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    Vinyl Releases of the Week: August 3, 2011

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    This week, jazz luminaries Coleman Hawkins, McCoy Tyner, Sonny Stitt, and Paul Gonsalves receive the deluxe 180-gram treatment courtesy of Analogue Productions, seminal punk band NOFX keeps the hardcore spirit of the ’80s alive, and rock supergroup Black Country Communion carries on the hard blues tradition of the ’70s.

    Fountains of WayneSky Full of Holes (Yep Roc)
    Four years after their last release, power-pop heroes Fountains of Wayne return with a new album that is full of all the things that make them great: sharp storytelling, big guitar hooks, and fun, feel-good pop gems. Well worth the wait!

    Archers of LoafIcky Mettle (Merge)
    Reissue of the acclaimed 1993 debut album from the Chapel Hill indie rockers. Bonus material including the entire Archers of Loaf vs. The Greatest of All Time EP as well as singles and B-sides from the Icky Mettle era will be included as a digital download. Available on limited-edition blue vinyl.

    NOFX – Untitled 10-inch (Fat Wreck Chords)
    Dubbed “The Hardcore 10,” the latest release from these California punk vets is without a title, but it lacks nothing in the way of intensity or love for ’80s hardcore punk. Released only on 10-inch vinyl, the album features covers of songs from the genre the band was raised on, and members Fat Mike, El Hefe, and Eric Melvin trading off on lead vocals.

    Kenny Wayne ShepherdHow I Go (Roadrunner Records/Loud and Proud Records)
    It’s been seven years since his last studio album, and after hitting the road to film a blues documentary, getting hitched, and becoming a father, the acclaimed blues-rock guitarist returns with a new double LP. How I Go features a mix of classics (Bessie Smith’s “Blackwater Blues,” Albert King’s “Oh, Pretty Woman,” and the Beatles’ “Yer Blues”) and originals that showcase Shepherd’s strong songwriting and guitar chops.

    Boston SpaceshipsLet It Beard (Guided by Voices)
    Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard describes the latest release from his new band as ”a subconscious concept album about the sorry state of Rock ‘n’ Roll… The White Album meets Quadrophenia meets Jesus Christ Superstar.” Joining the trio of Pollard, his former GBV bandmate Chris Slusarenko, and the Decemberists’ John Moen on this epic, 26-song double LP are Colin Newman (Wire), J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr.), Steve Wynn (the Dream Syndicate), Mick Collins (the Dirtbombs), Dave Rick (Phantom Tollbooth), and Mitch Mitchell (Guided by Voices).

    Black Country Communion2 (J&R Adventures)
    The rock supergroup featuring bassist/vocalist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath), blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa, drummer Jason Bonham (son of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham), and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater) returns with this highly anticipated sophomore LP. 2 indeed satisfies.

    Coleman HawkinsWrapped Tight (Analogue Productions)
    180-gram 45rpm double LP reissue of this revelatory 1965 album from one of jazz’s first great tenor saxophonists. One of the last recordings of Hawk’s long career, Wrapped Tight is bursting with creative new ideas.

    McCoy TynerNights of Ballads & Blues (Analogue Productions)
    One of Tyner’s best early albums, this 1963 release was a low-key affair that contrasts his intense work with Coltrane at the time. With bassist Steve Davis and drummer Lex Humphries, Tyner develops standards and bebop classics like Thelonious Monk’s “‘Round Midnight,” Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn’s “Satin Doll,” and Charlie Parker’s “Star Eyes.” In addition to performing ballads, he showcases his own writing talents with the bluesy “Groove Waltz.” Reissued as a 180-gram 45rpm double LP.

    Sonny Stitt and Paul GonsalvesSalt and Pepper (Analogue Productions)
    This 1963 bebop treasure pairs jazz saxophonists Sonny Stitt and Paul Gonsalves. 180-gram 45rpm double LP pressing.

    Drive-By TruckersUgly Buildings, Whores & Politicians: Greatest Hits 1998-2009 (New West Records)
    The first “best of” compilation from the acclaimed, vinyl-loving alt-country band features songs culled from the group’s first seven studio albums. Double vinyl LP pressing.

    Buffalo Killers3 (Alive)
    If you’re quick, you may be able to snatch up one of the limited-edition colored vinyl pressings of this Cincinnati rock trio’s long-awaited third album.

    Grinderman – “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man” 12-inch single (ANTI-)
    Limited-edition 12-inch single on white vinyl with black swirl. Features the album version of “Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man” (from the Nick Cave-fronted band’s 2010 release, Grinderman 2), a live French TV version, and a remix by Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme.

    Richard BucknerOur Blood (Merge)
    The long-awaited follow-up to 2006’s Meadow is an understated treasure just like the enigmatic alt-country artist himself. Where Meadow turned up the volume, Our Blood is full of eerie, quiet tension and a hint of the electronic experimentalism of Buckner’s late-’90s work.

    Okkervil River –  “Your Past Life As a Blast” 7-inch single (Jagjaguwar)
    The third single from Okkervil River’s latest LP I Am Very Far. Features a treasure of a B-side in “Gold Faces.”

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