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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: March 30th, 2011

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    Who knew Radiohead would be the most polarizing band of the new year, nearly 20 years after their debut single "Creep" came out? I, for one, really like The King of Limbs. I'm also head over heels for the new Pains of Being Pure at Heart album, Belong. In addition to these new releases, be sure to check out the vinyl compilations mentioned at the end of the post.

    Radiohead - The King of Limbs (TBD)
    Its title references a 1000-year-old oak tree in Wiltshire's Savernake Forest, and its music takes listeners deep into the dark woods where Amnesiac's electronic glitches mix with dub-steeped grooves, spacey atmospheres, and Bjork-like strings and horns. It's Radiohead's surprise new album and follow-up to 2007's In Rainbows, and it is now available on 180-gram vinyl.

    Queens of the Stone Age - Queens of the Stone Age (Domino/Rekords Rekords)
    QOTSA's long out of print 1998 debut has been remastered from the original tapes and expanded by three tracks on this double LP reissue. "The Bronze" and "These Aren't the Droids You're Looking For" were originally released on the band's 1998 QOTSA/Beaver split EP, and "Spiders and Vinegaroons" is from the Kyuss/QOTSA split out the same year.

    Whitesnake - Forevermore (Frontiers Records)
    The legendary British rockers are back with their 11th studio album, available as a double gatefold LP. Forevermore provides a glimpse into both their blues-rock beginnings and their sentimental side, while still including the no-holds-barred crowd pleasers and signature Whitesnake ballads we've come to expect. And yes, David Coverdale still sounds great!

    Pete Yorn - musicforthemorningafter 10th Anniversary Edition (Columbia/Legacy)
    Previously out of print on vinyl, the 2001 debut album from "the best thing to come out of South Jersey since Bruce Springsteen" has been remastered by Grammy-winning engineer Bob Ludwig and is now available as a 180-gram double LP. Features the hit singles "Strange Condition" and "Life on a Chain."

    Peter, Bjorn and John - Gimme Some (Startime International/Almost Gold)
    The Swedish trio's sixth album marks a return to the memorable, feel-good melodies that made us fall in love with them on 2006's Writer's Block. They replace their trademark whistling with some punk edge to make for a bright indie power-pop album.

    Broken Bells - Meyrin Fields EP (Columbia)
    The super duo of Brian Burton (Danger Mouse) and James Mercer (the Shins) returns with an EP of two previously unreleased tracks, "Windows" and "Heartless Empire," and two previously digital-only tracks, "Meyrin Fields" and "An Easy Life."

    deadmau5 - 4x4=12 (Ultra)
    To all the mouse-eared fans who think synth-heavy house + dub-step = the cheese, Grammy-nominated dance music producer Joel Zimmerman's 2010 album is now available as a double vinyl LP.

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live in London (Cobraside)
    Originally released as a live DVD, the career-spanning setlist from BRMC's sold-out 2010 show at the London Forum can now be enjoyed on vinyl. Housed in a triple gatefold package, each LP is pressed on limited edition, uniquely colored recycled vinyl.

    Mountain Goats - All Eternals Deck (Merge)
    The lyric-driven folk-rock band led by the prolific John Darnielle returns with an album of immediate, emotionally tense narratives - and even some barbershop harmonies. A huge death metal fan, Darnielle enlisted Erik Rutan of Morbid Angel and Hate Eternal to produce four of the album's tracks.

    Okkervil River - "Wake and Be Fine" b/w "Weave Room Blues" 7-inch (Jagjaguwar)
    The first single from the band's forthcoming LP, I Am Very Far.

    The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Belong (Slumberland)
    The sophomore album from the New York indie band beefs up its giddy late-'80s/early-'90s indie-pop sound with big arrangements, Smashing Pumpkins-like guitar, and the production team of Flood and Alan Moulder (Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, the Jesus and Mary Chain... Smashing Pumpkins).

    The Books - Lost and Safe (Temporary Residence)
    The third album from the found sound duo is the third in line to get the vinyl reissue treatment. Originally released in 2005, Lost and Safe is repackaged here with new artwork and lyrics for every song, and boasts a warmer sound thanks to a brilliant remastering job by the Books' own Nick Zammuto.

    Holly Golightly - The Good Things (Damaged Goods)
    Vinyl reissue of the 1995 solo debut from England's garage rock femme fatale. Recorded after her departure from the all-girl Billy Childish backing band Thee Headcoatees.

    Obits - Moody, Standard and Poor (Sub Pop)
    Sophomore album from the band led by ex-Drive Like Jehu/Hot Snakes frontman Rick Froberg and former Edsel frontman Sohrab Habibion. Proto-punk garage and surf rock greatness.

    Vinyl Compilations:

    Fania Records 1964-1980: The Original Sound of Latin New York (Strut Records)
    The first definitive retrospective from the label responsible for the salsa explosion is being issued as a double gatefold vinyl. Includes outings from Johnny Pacheco (founder of Fania Records and the pachanga dance craze), Larry Harlow, Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe, Bobby Valentin, Ray Barretto, and Celia Cruz.

    Disco Love 2: More Rare Disco & Soul Uncovered (BBE)
    The ultimate cratedigger/Northern Soul enthusiast, Glaswegian DJ Al Kent follows up last year's successful Disco Love compilation with a second helping of rare grooves from disco's heyday.

    The Beat Generation: 10th Anniversary Collection (BBE)
    The London label celebrates the 10-year anniversary of its producer-led Beat Generation series with this mix compiled by DJ Spinna and Mr. Thing. The double LP features tracks from J Dilla (as Jay Dee), will.i.am, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Marley Marl, Pete Rock, Madlib, and King Britt, among others, pulled from the nine albums recorded for the series.

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