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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: June 22, 2011

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    This week,  Beastie Boys serve up their new album on vinyl, Bon Iver comes out of woodsy isolation, and Roberta Flack gets a 180-gram makeover.

    Roberta FlackKilling Me Softly (Rhino)
    Roberta Flack’s 1973 best-selling classic is now available on 180-gram vinyl. This Rhino reissue was mastered from the original analog tapes and features the original die-cut LP packaging.

    Beastie Boys
    Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (Capitol)
    Triple-vinyl pressing of the long-awaited eighth album from the hip-hop/rock trio.

    Bon IverBon Iver (Jagjaguwar)
    The long-awaited follow-up to Bon Iver’s wintry folk debut, For Emma, Forever Ago, finds Justin Vernon embracing a bolder yet equally mesmerizing sound textured with strings, horns, organs, and electric guitars. Abandoning For Emma‘s acoustic solitude, it retains its emotional sincerity.

    The Flaming LipsHeady Nuggs Vinyl Box Set (Warner Bros.)
    In case you didn’t get a chance to grab this incredible, limited-edition vinyl box set on Record Store Day, you can order a copy now through Amazon. Included are 120-gram vinyl reissues of the Flaming Lips’ first five Warner Bros. releases: Hit to Death in the Future Head (1992), Transmissions from the Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1999), and the Grammy-winning Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots (2002).

    Seun KutiFrom Africa with Fury: Rise (Knitting Factory)
    Co-produced by Brian Eno, this sizzling Afrobeat album features Seun Kuti fronting his father Fela Kuti’s Egypt 80 band and really coming into his own as an artist.

    Ben HarperGive Till It’s Gone (Virgin)
    Ben Harper’s 10th studio album is one of his most personal and emotionally raw albums to date. For the album, he used Jackson Browne’s basement as a recording studio and collaborates with Ringo Starr on two tracks. He also explores new sonic territory ranging from fuzzy funk to nervy post-punk.

    GomezWhatever’s on Your Mind (ATO)
    For the many loyal fans that have followed these English rockers over the last 15 years, it should come as no surprise that Gomez’s seventh studio album is full of eclectic genre influences – and even violin! Unlike the band’s previous albums, however, it was written across two continents, long-distance style.

    Dave AlvinEleven Eleven (Yep Roc Records)
    Roots-rock pioneer Dave Alvin returns to his guitar-based, blues-rock roots with his new album, Eleven Eleven. He even recruits some of the Blasters to perform on it, including his brother Phil with whom he duets for the first time on record.

    Nickel CreekNickel Creek, This Side, Why Should the Fire Die? (Sugar Hill)
    Audiophile vinyl reissues of the acoustic bluegrass trio’s eponymous album (2000), This Side (2002), and Why Should the Fire Die? (2005). Originally only available on Record Store Day, these titles are now available for wide release. Each album is presented as a double LP.

    MF DoomOperation: Doomsday (Metal Face Records)
    This four-LP vinyl box set features a re-mastered pressing of the masked, abstract rhymer’s landmark 1999 debut, Operation: Doomsday, as well as a disc of instrumentals, b-sides, and alternate versions. These are packaged together in a tin case with MF Doom’s iconic mask embossed on the front. Also included is a 32-page lyric book, an updated version of the original album’s comicbook-style cover art, and a set of 10 Doomsday MCs trading cards.

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