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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: October 26, 2011

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    Halloween is fast approaching, and there is no shortage of vinyl treats here! This week we've got new albums from blink-182 and Bjork, a Smiths vinyl box set, a Monkees reissue, and even a Christmas album!

    Tom Waits - Bad As Me (Epitaph)
    Tom Waits' first proper new studio album in seven years, Bad As Me is already being heralded as one of his finest. It features guests Keith Richards and Flea, reed and brass players from New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, his longtime guitarist Marc Ribot, and his wife, Kathleen Brennan, a frequent collaborator since 1983's Swordfishtrombones.

    She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas (Merge)
    Those who first fell in love with Zooey Deschanel as the elf-costumed, caroling love interest of Will Ferrell in the 2003 comedy Elf should be thrilled to hear that the actress-turned-singer is releasing a Christmas album with her bandmate, guitarist extraordinaire M. Ward. Drawing inspiration from classic Christmas albums by the Carpenters and the Beach Boys, the duo brings its homey take on holiday favorites to make for A Very She & Him Christmas.

    blink-182 - Neighborhoods (David Geffen Company)
    The reunion album and first in eight years from the SoCal pop-punk band is now available as a deluxe vinyl package! It features a double white vinyl LP inside a six-panel jacket and includes a digital download coupon. Leaving behind the trademark toilet humor of blink-182's early work, Neighborhoods is a gloomier album with a more atmospheric, keyboard-infused prog-punk sound, likely influenced by guitarist Tom DeLonge's band Angels & Airwaves.

    Bjork - Biophilia (Nonesuch)
    With each new Bjork album, you can expect something completely innovative, groundbreaking, and inspired. Biophilia is no exception. Her most ambitious undertaking to date, Biophilia "reconnects musicology with nature" and incorporates new technology in the process, resulting in what the New York Times has called "a possible paradigm for the 21st century album." In addition to harnessing the interactive aspects of the internet and smart phones in its multi-media elements, it harnesses the magical quality of Bjork's 2000 album, Vespertine, which promises total sonic brilliance on vinyl.

    Dirty Projectors & Bjork - Mount Wittenberg Orca (Domino)
    Originally a live set performed only at a one-off benefit concert in 2009, this seven-song suite composed by Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth and Bjork is now available on vinyl.

    The Smiths - Complete (Rhino UK)
    This comprehensive, limited-edition 8xLP box set includes the Smiths' complete discography remastered by the band's guitarist Johnny Marr and pressed on 180-gram vinyl. And if you can get your hands on the deluxe edition, you'll also find 25 7-inch singles (the Smiths' entire singles collection) including specially reproduced rarities.

    The Monkees - Head (Rhino)
    From Rhino US is a reissue of the Monkees' soundtrack to their 1968 film of the same name. Originally released in 1978, this classic is now available on 180-gram vinyl with all original replica packaging, including the mirrored cover.

    The Magnetic Fields - Holiday reissue (Merge)
    For the first time on vinyl, the band's classic 1994 album, remastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

    Lost Highway 10th Anniversary Album (Lost Highway)
    Just over a decade ago, the Nashville-based label released its debut record, the soundtrack to the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. The album garnered five Grammys, thus setting the precedent for the label, which has since released 80 albums and had 15 Grammy wins. They celebrate their 10 years of great music with this artist compilation featuring Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, Hank Williams, Ryan Adams, Lyle Lovett, and of course the Soggy Bottom Boys, among others. Pressed on limited-edition clear vinyl.

    Donavon Frankenreiter - Move By Yourself: 10th Anniversary Edition (Lost Highway)
    Also from Lost Highway's 10th Anniversary Series is the 2006 album from Jack Johnson's comrade Donavon Frankenreiter. On this, his sophomore album, the California singer/songwriter/surfer Frankenreiter explores a soulful '70s sound.

    The Devil Makes Three - Stomp and Smash (Milan)
    The long-awaited live album from this dynamic, drumless punk-bluegrass trio. Recorded live at Northern California's Mystic Theater, the live set features fan favorites from DM3's previous three studio albums, as well as two new songs, "This Life" and "They Call That Religion."

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