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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: July 20, 2011

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    This is a big week for fans of the Ramones, Grandaddy, and  ’90s radio. Be prepared to get nostalgic.

    RamonesRamones (1976), Leave Home (1977), Rocket to Russia (1977), Road to Ruin (1978) (Rhino)
    180-gram Rhino reissues of the Ramones’ first four albums will make you scream, “Gabba Gabba Hey!” Full of classic Ramones songs, these albums set the blueprint for punk rock.

    T. RexBolan’s Zip Gun (Fat Possum)
    Vinyl reissue of T. Rex’s 10th studio album, originally released in 1975. Self-produced by frontman Marc Bolan, Bolan’s Zip Gun features a much sparser sound than the British glam-rock band’s previous work, as well as a futuristic polish that reflected Bolan’s love for science fiction.

    GrandaddyUnder the Western Freeway (1997), The Sophtware Slump (2000), Sumday (2003) (The Control Group)
    Early Grandaddy vinyl reissues sourced from the master tapes. This marks the first time the Jason Lytle-fronted indie rock band’s debut album, Under the Western Freeway, will appear on vinyl in the US. It’s also the first time in years that fans will be able to enjoy the vintage electronic textures, rustic country tinge, and ornate space-pop of The Sophtware Slump (Grandaddy’s critically acclaimed concept record that made a fan out of David Bowie) and its follow-up, Sumday, on vinyl.

    They Might Be GiantsJoin Us (Rounder)
    After a series of Grammy-winning children’s music releases, the quirky alt-rock veterans return with their 15th full-length album and all the surrealist humor, infectious hooks, and eclecticism of their late-’80s/early-’90s heyday.

    Hole Pretty on the Inside (Plain Recordings)
    The oft-overlooked 1991 debut from the Courtney Love-fronted grunge band was produced by Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon and Gumball frontman Don Fleming. Heavily influenced by noise rock and punk, it is easily Hole’s most uninhibited album, and this reissue is all the more relevant as Love opened the shows on Hole’s 2010 tour with the album’s title track.

    Eddie VedderUkulele Songs (Universal Republic)
    As its title suggests, this 2011 album features a mix of covers and originals performed on ukulele by the Pearl Jam frontman. Vocalists Chan Marshall of Cat Power and Glen Hansard of the Swell Season make guest appearances on this surprisingly tender and beautiful record – now available on vinyl!

    Ben Folds FiveBen Folds Five (Plain Recordings)
    Vinyl reissue of the self-titled 1995 debut from the pop/alt-rock trio fronted by pianist extraordinaire Ben Folds. Features the single “Underground.”

    Coldplay – “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” single (Capitol)
    Blue 7-inch vinyl featuring what’s being heralded as the English alt-rock band’s comeback single, “Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall,” and another new song from Coldplay’s forthcoming album titled “Major Minus.”

    311Universal Pulse (ATO/311 Records)
    The  ’90s reggae-rock heavyweights return with a new album featuring eight songs tailored toward their live show. Universal Pulse marks 311’s 10th studio album to date.

    3 Doors DownTime of My Life (Republic)
    The fifth studio album from the Mississippi alt-rock quintet is sure to satisfy fans with its mix of rockers and power ballads.

    Wilco – “I Might” 7-inch (dBpm Records)
    In anticipation of Wilco’s highly anticipated eighth studio album (slated for a Fall 2011 release) and in celebration of their new label, dBpm Records, comes this limited-edition 45 rpm 7-inch vinyl. The A-side is the first single from the new album and the B-side is a cover of Nick Lowe’s perfectly apt “I Love My Label.”

    Low Long Division (Plain Recordings)
    Vinyl reissue of Low’s sophomore album. Praised as one of the Minnesota slowcore legends’ best, Long Division was originally released in 1995 and is the album on which the trio began embracing English post-punk influences such as Joy Division.

    Steve EarleI’ll Never Get Out of This World Alive (New West Records)
    Produced by T-Bone Burnett and featuring guests Joan Baez as well as Steve Earle’s wife and fellow country singer Allison Moorer, Earle’s 14th studio album shares its title with a Hank Williams song and Earle’s first novel. Following the Grammy-winning country artist’s album of Townes Van Zandt covers, this 11-track LP is Earle’s first album of new material since 2007’s Washington Square Serenade.

    Madeleine PeyrouxStanding on the Rooftop (EmArcy)
    The renowned jazz/pop vocalist delves into new sonic realms and embraces an American roots sound on her fifth solo album. Featuring a mix of covers and originals, the double LP includes a haunting version of Robert Johnson’s “Love in Vain,” a banjo-filled take on the Beatles’ “Martha My Dear,” collaborations with former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, and legendary New Orleans pianist Allen Toussaint.

    Portugal. The ManIn the Mountain in the Cloud (Atlantic) / Waiter: You Vultures! (2006), It’s Complicated Being a Wizard EP (2007)Church Mouth (2007) (Approaching AIRballoons)
    The sixth full-length album and Atlantic Records debut from these versatile rockers is a psych-glam delight. The cherry on top is three early P.TM vinyl reissues courtesy of the band’s own Approaching AIRballoons label.

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