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New CD Album Release, 8-31-2010: Richard Thompson, Heart, Goo Goo Dolls

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

Richard ThompsonWoo hoo! This week we get a new Richard Thompson album, Dream Attic. Some of his records are inevitably better than others over 40+ years, but they’re pretty much always worth hearing, and often they’re great. In this case, he’s got 13 new songs recorded live.
Richard Thompson

Something for the ears
Black And Yellow Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa
Black Rain Lyrics
Soundgarden
Shaking My Head Lyrics
Detail
Blowing Me Kisses Lyrics
Soulja Boy
The Usual Lyrics
Trey Songz
Pink Friday Lyrics
Nicki Minaj
Calypso Lyrics
Chris Brown
Girlfriend In The City Lyrics
Nelly Furtado
Change Your Mind Lyrics
Kylie Minogue
My Wicked Heart Lyrics
Diana Vickers

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:

Ryan Bingham & the Dead Horses
Junky Star
Lost Highway
Americana, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Country-Rock, Country-Folk, Contemporary Folk

The Goo Goo Dolls
Something for the Rest of Us
Warner Bros.
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Heart
Red Velvet Car
SMG
Album Rock, Arena Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Hard Rock

Jenny and Johnny
I’m Having Fun Now
Warner Bros.
Indie Pop, Power Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

Klaxons
Surfing the Void
Polydor
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Weepies
Be My Thrill
Nettwerk
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

King Sunny Ade
Synchro System/Aura
T-Bird
Nigerian, African Traditions, West African

American Bang
American Bang
Reprise
American Trad Rock

Antony and the Johnsons
Thank You Your Love
Secretly Canadian
Art Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Louis Armstrong
The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection
Proper Records (UK)
Jazz

Atom Smash
Love Is in the Missile
Red Ink Records
Pop Idol, Post-Grunge

Bobby Bare Jr.
A Storm, A Tree, My Mother’s Head
Thirty Tigers
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Country-Rock, Americana, Indie Rock

Doug Benson
Hypocritical Oaf
Comedy Central Records
Standup Comedy, Comedy

Beta Collide
Psst… Psst!
Innova
Modern & Contemporary Chamber Music

Various Artists
Songs for Endless Cities, Vol. 1
!K7
Dubstep, Club/Dance, Left-Field Hip-Hop, Left-Field House

Carl Broemel
All Birds Say
ATO
Alt-Country, Indie Folk, Alternative Country-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

S. Carey
All We Grow
Jagjaguwar
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Casting Crowns
Until the Whole World Hears…Live
Reunion
Alternative CCM, Adult Contemporary, Gospel, Contemporary Christian, CCM

The Clientele
Minotaur
Merge
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Comeback Kid
Symptoms & Cures
Victory Records
Hardcore Punk

Miles Davis
Bitches Brew
Sony Music Distribution
Jazz-Rock, Fusion, Trumpet Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Dominican Traditions, Mini Jazz

Devil’s Brigade
Devil’s Brigade
Hellcat Records
Psychobilly, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk-Pop, Punk Revival

Disturbed
Asylum
Reprise
Alternative Metal, Rap-Metal, Heavy Metal

Micky Dolenz
King for a Day
Megaforce
Adult Contemporary

Ensemble Aventure
Ensemble Aventure plays Schulhoff & Wolpe
Ars Musici
Modern Vocal & Chamber Music

Fabolous
There Is No Competition, Vol. 2: The Grieving Music Mixtape
Def Jam
East Coast Rap

Film School
Fission
Hi-Speed Soul
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Bill Frisell
Beautiful Dreamers
Savoy Jazz
Progressive Jazz, Post-Bop, Modern Creative, Guitar Jazz, Jazz Instrument, Progressive Folk

The Graduate
Only Every Time
Razor & Tie
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Bruce Haack
Farad: The Electric Voice
Stones Throw
Obscuro, Computer Music, Experimental Electronic

Lyfe Jennings
I Still Believe
Jesus Swings
Contemporary R&B, Neo-Soul, Soul

Kid Loco
Trip-Hop Classics
Wagram Records
Trip-Hop, Club/Dance

Lang Lang
Live in Vienna
Sony Classics
Romantic, Post-Romantic & Modern Keyboard Music

Gerald Levert
The Best of Gerald Levert
Rhino
Adult Contemporary R&B, Contemporary R&B

Madlib
Madlib Medicine Show, No. 8: Advanced Jazz

Murderdolls
Women & Children Last
Roadrunner Records
Hard Rock, Punk Metal, Rap-Metal, Heavy Metal

Stefan Anton Reck
Alban Berg: Lulu
Oehms
Modern Opera

Jose Serebrier
Jose Serebrier: Symphony No. 1; Violin Concerto
Naxos
Modern Orchestral Music

Original Soundtrack
Vampires Suck [Original Soundtrack]
Lakeshore Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Emo, Soundtracks, Pop, Punk-Pop

Buck Owens
All-Time Greatest Hits
WEA
Bakersfield Sound, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country

Papa Roach
Time for Annihilation: On the Record & On the Road
Eleven Seven
Alternative Metal, Hair Metal, Heavy Metal

Lee Perry
Sound System Scratch: Lee Perry’s Dub Plate Mixes 1973 to 1979
Pressure Sounds
Dub, Roots Reggae

Calvin Richardson
America’s Most Wanted
Shanachie
Neo-Soul, Urban, Retro-Soul, Soul

Boz Scaggs
Moments
Columbia
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Album Rock

Boz Scaggs
Other Roads
Columbia
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Soft Rock, Album Rock

Philip Selway
Familial
Nonesuch
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Frank Sinatra
September Of My Years
Reprise
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, AM Pop, Vocal Pop

Smith Westerns
Smith Westerns
Horizontal Action
Indie Pop, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Sonny & the Sunsets
Tomorrow Is Alright
Fat Possum
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Indie Folk, Indie Pop

Street Dogs
Street Dogs
Hellcat Records
Punk Revival, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

10 Years
Feeding the Wolves
Motown
Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Post-Grunge

Terrible Things
Terrible Things
Universal Motown
Post-Hardcore, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Richard Thompson
Dream Attic
Proper Uk
Contemporary Folk, British Folk-Rock, British Folk

Turnpike Troubadours
Diamonds & Gasoline
Onward Music
Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Alternative Country-Rock

Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers
Chucho’s Steps
Four Quarters Entertainment
Afro-Cuban Jazz, Latin Jazz, Piano Jazz, Post-Bop, World Fusion

Various Artists
B.B. King & Kings of the Electric Blues
Proper Records (UK)

Various Artists
Chuck Berry & Rock ‘N’ Roll Giants
Proper Records (UK)

Various Artists
Little Richard & Rock ‘N’ Roll Giants
Proper Records (UK)

Various Artists
Now 35
Capitol
Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Pop-Rap, Contemporary R&B

New CD Album Releases, 8-24-2010: Fantasia, Disney Villains, Katy Perry

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

There’s just not a damned thing new that looks interesting this week. I can’t really imagine why anyone except her family and friends would bother with American Idol Fantasia when they’re still printing Aretha Franklin albums.

Music news
Only Girl Lyrics
Rihanna
Loving You No More Lyrics
Dirty Money
Shaking My Head Lyrics
Detail
Promise This Lyrics
Cheryl Cole
Dutty Love Lyrics
Sean Kingston
In The Dark Lyrics
JoJo
You And I Lyrics
Lady GaGa
White Knuckle Ride Lyrics
Jamiroquai
Stuttering Lyrics
Fefe Dobson
Dancing On My Own (remix) Lyrics
Robyn

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
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Strange Weather, Isn’t It?
Warp
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan
Hawk
Vanguard
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Dandy Warhols
The Capitol Years 1995-2007
EMI Music Distribution
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Eels
Tomorrow Morning
E Works
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Fantasia
Back to Me
J-Records/19
Contemporary R&B, Urban

JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys
Fidelity!
La Mina/Rocket Science
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock

Little Big Town
The Reason Why
Capitol
Neo-Traditionalist Country, Contemporary Country, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Country-Rock

Katy Perry
Teenage Dream
Capitol
Pop, Teen Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Ra Ra Riot
The Orchard
Barsuk
Indie Rock, Chamber Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Apocalyptica
7th Symphony
Red Ink Classical
Crossover, Neo-Classical Metal, Progressive Metal, Heavy Metal

Vladimir Ashkenazy
Bach: 6 Partitas
Decca
Baroque Keyboard Music

LaVern Baker
Saved
Castle Music Ltd.
Jump Blues, Early R&B

Barb
Barb
Yep Roc
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

James Blackshaw
All Is Falling
Young God Records
Alternative Folk

Julie Brown
Trapped In the Body of a White Girl
Sire
Novelty, Comedy, Music Comedy, Standup Comedy

Capstan Shafts
Revelation Skirts
Rainbow Quartz
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

S. Carey
All We Grow
Jagjaguwar
Indie Pop, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Margaret Cho
Cho Dependent
Clownery Record
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Music Comedy, Alternative/Indie Rock, Comedy

Paul Collins
King Of Power Pop
Alive Records
Power Pop

John Coltrane
The Definitive John Coltrane on Prestige and Riverside
Fantasy
Hard Bop, Bop

Cotton Jones
Tall Hours In the Glowstream
Suicide Squeeze
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Dead Confederate
Sugar
TAO Records
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Disney
Disney Villains: Simply Sinister Songs
Walt Disney Records
Soundtracks, Musicals

Dave Douglas / Keystone
Spark of Being: Expand
Greenleaf Music
Electric Jazz, Avant-Garde Jazz, Modern Creative

Fennesz Daniell Buck
Knoxville
Thrill Jockey Records
Experimental Ambient, Experimental

Grass Widow
Past Time
Kill Rock Stars
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock, New Wave/Post-Punk Revival

JJ Grey & Mofro
Georgia Warhorse
Alligator Records
Contemporary Blues, Southern Rock, Roots Rock

David Guetta
One Love
Astralwerks/Gumprod
Club/Dance, House, Progressive House

Lena Horne
The Essential Lena Horne
Masterworks
Traditional Pop, Modern Jazz Vocals, Early Jazz Vocals, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz, Cast Recordings, Show Tunes

The Intelligence
Males
In the Red Records
Experimental Rock, Noise-Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Lo-Fi

Karl Jenkins
Karl Jenkins: Gloria; Te Deum
EMI Classics
Contemporary Choral Music

Tamar Kaprelian
Sinner or a Saint
Interscope
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Kidz Bop Kids
Kidz Bop: Halloween Party
Razor & Tie Music
Childen’s Pop, Halloween, Teen Pop, Sing-Alongs, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Land of Talk
Cloak and Cipher
Saddle Creek Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Brad Laner
Natural Selections
Hometapes
Indie Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Shoegaze

Jon Langford & Skull Orchard
Old Devils
Bloodshot
Alternative Country-Rock, Alt-Country, Americana, Roots Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

Dylan LeBlanc
Paupers Field
Rough Trade US
Americana, Alt-Country, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Magic Kids
Memphis
True Panther Sounds
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Henry Mancini
The Essential Henry Mancini
Masterworks
Spy Music, Movie Themes, TV Music, Original Score, Lounge, Soundtracks, Mood Music, TV Soundtracks, Instrumental Pop, Orchestral Pop, Piano Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Marsalis Family
Music Redeems
Marsalis Music
Mainstream Jazz, Neo-Bop

Mogwai
Special Moves [CD/DVD]
Rock Action
Experimental Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Thelonious Monk
The Definitive Thelonious Monk on Prestige and Riverside
Fantasy
Bop, Piano Jazz, Hard Bop

Charlie Musselwhite
The Well
Alligator Records
Modern Electric Blues, Juke Joint Blues, Delta Blues, Harmonica Blues, Electric Delta Blues, Regional Blues, Modern Blues, Electric Blues, Chicago Blues

Never Shout Never
Harmony
Sire
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

One Night Only
One Night Only
Vertigo
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

William Orbit
Pieces in a Modern Style, Vol. 2
Decca
Electronica, Trance, Ambient, Experimental Electronic, House, Ambient Techno, Techno

Steffen Schleiermacher
Philip Glass: How Now
MDG
Contemporary Keyboard Music

Les Witches
Konge af Danmark
Alpha Productions
Renaissance Vocal and Chamber Music

The Pack
Wolfpack Party
SMC Recordings
West Coast Rap, Underground Rap

Pale Sketcher
Jesu: Pale Sketches Demixed
Ghostly International
IDM, Experimental Ambient, Ambient Techno

The Qemists
Spirit in the System
Ninja Tune
Jungle/Drum’n'bass

Gappy Ranks
Put the Stereo On
VP Records
Dancehall

The Randy Rogers Band
Burning the Day
MCA Nashville
Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Sonny Rollins
The Definitive Sonny Rollins on Prestige, Riverside, and Contemporary
Fantasy
Hard Bop, Mainstream Jazz, Bop

Jimmy Ruffin/David Ruffin
I Am My Brothers Keeper
Motown
Motown, Soul, Smooth Soul

Todd Rundgren
For Lack of Honest Work
Get Back
Live Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Power Pop, Hard Rock, Art Rock, Soft Rock

The Saturdays
Headlines
Polydor
Teen Pop, Dance-Pop

Ricky Skaggs
Mosaic
Universal Music Christian Group
Contemporary Christian, CCM, Gospel

Marty Stuart
Ghost Train: The Studio B Sessions
Welk
Americana, Honky Tonk, Country-Rock, Progressive Country, New Traditionalist, Traditional Country, Contemporary Country

The Sword
Warp Riders
Kemado Records
Stoner Metal, Heavy Metal, Doom Metal

Randy Travis
I’ll Fly Away
Spring Hill Music
Country Gospel, Contemporary Christian, CCM, Neo-Traditionalist Country, New Traditionalist, Southern Gospel, Contemporary Country, Gospel

Usher
Versus
Jive
Contemporary R&B, Pop

Various Artists
Franz Schubert, Jörg Widmann: Octets
Avi
Romantic and Contemporary Chamber Music

Various Artists
The Year Without a Santa Claus
Capitol
Christmas

Dale Watson
Carryin’ On
E1 Entertainment
Alternative/Indie Rock, Americana, Alt-Country, Bakersfield Sound

Wildbirds & Peacedrums
Rivers
The Control Group
Experimental Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

John Zorn
Filmworks, Vol. 24: The Nobel Prize Winner
Tzadik Records

New CD Album Releases, 8-17-2010: Brian Wilson, John Mellencamp

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Brian WilsonWay the most interesting sounding thing this week would be the new Brian Wilson album Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin. Besides giving the Gershwin compositions some of the famous Brian Wilson orchestrations and vocal arrangements, this album has two newly completed songs from unfinished George Gershwin music, “The Like in I Love You” and “Nothing But Love.”

Cool Songs
Don’t You Wanna Stay Lyrics
Jason Aldean
Loving You No More Lyrics
Diddy
White Knuckle Ride Lyrics
Jamiroquai
When I Was 17 Lyrics
Jason DeRulo
Double Vision Lyrics
30H3
Dirty Boy Lyrics
Jeremy Greene
La Vida Es Asi Lyrics
Ivy Queen
Man Of The House Lyrics
Fantasia
If I Die Young Lyrics
The Band Perry
Wonderful Life Lyrics
Hurts

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new album releases:
David Gray
Foundling
Mercer Street Records
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter

Kem
Intimacy
Universal Motown
Adult Contemporary R&B

Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs
God Willin’ & the Creek Don’t Rise
Red Ink Records
Heartland Rock, Roots Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Country-Folk, Contemporary Pop/Rock

Brian Wilson
Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin
Walt Disney
Contemporary Pop/Rock, American Popular Song

Trace Adkins
Cowboy’s Back in Town
Show Dog Nashville
New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country

Antibalas
Who Is This America?
Ropeadope Records
Afro-Beat, Funk, African Traditions

Arab Strap
Philophobia
Matador
Slowcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Sadcore, Alternative Pop/Rock

Arab Strap
The Week Never Starts Round Here
Matador
Slowcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Sadcore, Alternative Pop/Rock

Blue Things
Let the Blue Things Blow Your Mind
Cargo
Folk-Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic

Alfred Brendel
Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 17 & 27
Musical Concepts
Classical Keyboard Concertos

Eliza Carthy/Norma Waterson
Gift
Topic Records
Contemporary Folk, British Folk, Celtic, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Progressive Folk, Traditional Folk

Chief
Modern Rituals
Domino
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Chocolate Milk
We’re All in This Together/Milky Way
Funky Town Grooves
Funk

Darker My Love
Alive as You Are
Dangerbird Records
Indie Rock, Neo-Psychedelia, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Benjy Davis Project
The Angie House/More Than Local
Rock Ridge Music
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Matthew Dear
Black City
Ghostly International
Indie Electronic, Club/Dance, Experimental Techno, Techno

The Dollyrots
A Little Messed Up
Blackheart
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Dominant Legs
Young At Love and Life
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock

Ronnie Earl / Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters
Spread the Love
Stony Plain
Contemporary Blues, Jazz Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Soul-Blues, Electric Blues

Filter
The Trouble with Angels
Rocket Science
Industrial Metal, Heavy Metal, Industrial, Post-Grunge, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Metal

Joe Firstman
Live at the Treehouse
Rock Ridge Music
American Trad Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Ilya Gringolts
Schumann: Violin Sonatas 1-3
Onyx
Romantic Chamber Music

Jean-Francois Heisser
Albeniz: Iberia
Musicales Actes Sud
Post-Romantic Keyboard Music

Conrad Herwig
The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock
Half Note Records
Latin Jazz, Post-Bop, Contemporary Jazz, World Fusion, Trombone Jazz, Jazz Instrument

Hey Monday
Beneath It All
Sony Music
Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock

The Hoosiers
The Illusion of Safety
RCA
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Pop, Britpop

Human Expression
Love at Psychedelic Velocity
Collectables Records
Acid Folk, Garage Rock, Psychedelic, Folk-Rock

Human Zoo
The Human Zoo
Accent
Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic

Iron Maiden
The Final Frontier
Legacy
British Metal, Heavy Metal

The JuJus
You Treat Me Bad “1965-1967″
Garage Punk, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic

The Lemon Drops
Sunshine Flower Power
Sunshine Pop, Psychedelic Pop, Folk-Rock, Garage Rock, Psychedelic

Megan McCormick
Honest Words
Rykodisc
Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary, Blues-Rock

Morning Dew
At Last: 1968-1970
Folk-Rock, Psychedelic, Acid Rock

Morning Dew
No More 1966-1969
Folk-Rock, Psychedelic

Nofx
The Longest EP
Fat Wreck Chords
Skatepunk, Punk/New Wave, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Punk, Punk-Pop, Punk Revival

Maurice Peress
George Antheil: Ballet Mecanique
Nimbus
Modern Chamber Music

Francois-Xavier Roth
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Musicales Actes Sud
Romantic Music for Orchestra

Dolly Parton
The Fairest of Them All/My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner
The Omni Recording Corporation

Duke Robillard
Passport to the Blues
Stony Plain
Contemporary Blues, Modern Electric Blues, Jazz Blues

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin
Let It Sway
Polyvinyl
Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Esperanza Spalding
Chamber Music Society
Telarc Jazz
Contemporary Jazz, Jazz-Pop, Post-Bop, Modern Jazz, Adult Contemporary R&B

Superchunk
No Pocky for Kitty
Merge
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Superchunk
On the Mouth
Merge
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Taking Back Sunday
Life from Orensanz
Warner Bros.
Emo, Screamo, Punk-Pop, Emo-Pop

Camu Tao
King of Hearts
Fat Possum
Underground Rap, Alternative Rap

Toadies
Feeler
Kirtland Records
Post-Grunge, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Various Artists
60 Bar-B-Que Sizzlers
Proper Records (UK)
Early Pop/Rock, Honky Tonk, Vocal Pop, Jump Blues, Rockabilly, Early R&B

Original Soundtrack
The Switch [2010]
Warner Bros.
Soundtracks, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Urban, Dance-Pop

Porter Wagoner
What Ain’t to Be, Just Might Happen/Sings His Own
The Omni Recording Corporation
Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Country-Pop

Kenny Werner
No Beginning No End
Half Note Records
Structured Improvisation, Creative Orchestra, Avant-Garde Jazz

J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers
Last Kiss: The Definitive Collection
Cicadelic
Teen Idols, AM Pop, Early Pop/Rock

Jack Chick and the Damned Catholics

Monday, August 16th, 2010

ARE CATHOLICS CHRISTIANS?

Brother Jack Chick has issues with the Catholic church.  By issues, I mean that he’s convinced that the Catholic church is absolutely a tool of Satan used over many centuries to trick people into subtle idolatry that will absolutely send them to hell.  Indeed, the anti-Christ is going to rise up from the Vatican.  Are Roman Catholics Christians? The correct Biblical answer according to Jack Chick in this tract among others is NO.  Roman Catholics are definitely going to hell.

Jack Chick bases this belief (and all others) on the fundamentalist premise that the King James Bible is the inspired word of the living God.  If it’s in the Bible, and especially if it’s in the New Testament and most especially if it is in the officially recorded words of Jesus of Nazareth, then that’s it.  You can take it to the bank. 

I very much appreciate that Jack Chick takes this strict belief in the Bible deadly serious, unlike a lot of mealy-mouthed modern Christians who claim to believe in the Bible but manage to very conveniently make it consistent with popular modern social and political pieties.  There’ll be none of that nonsense for Jack Chick, I tell ya.  He really believes, and pleasing his God is far more important to him than pleasing people.

But in some of this stuff, I have to respectfully challenge Brother Chick on his ideas of just what the Bible says, and how to take it.  It’s good to be willing to make a firm, confident assertion based on the foundation of scripture – but you might want to be very humble about your own limited human understanding of holy writ. 

OK, it’s a pretty firm thing to say that according to the Bible you have to consciously call out the name of Christ and accept him as your savior.  So I can see where JC might think he would have to say that Hindus and Muslims are hell bound.  Sorry about that.  Even there though, one might gently admonish Brother Chick about “judge not.”  Which would be because “vengeance is MINE” according to the God of scripture.  I for one would not presume to have knowledge as to whose names will appear in the Book of Life.  Perhaps I’m just a squeamish skeptic, though.

But with due respect, Brother Chick is certainly being extremely presumptuous in passing certain eternal judgment on whole groups of people who absolutely worship Jesus Christ as their savior, including Catholics and Mormons among others.  When he starts condemning heretical Christians to certain damnation, how’s he any better than the popes doing that as Chick rightfully objects to?

Well, one important way that Jack Chick is different from the particularly objectionable older popes is that Jack Chick may CALL you a hell bound sinner, but unlike a lot of popes he does not intend to murder the heretics.  Chick does seem to get at least that much out of “vengeance is Mine.”

The hypothetical Helen is not saved, because she is a Roman Catholic.  She was baptized at birth – which doesn’t count because she wasn’t old enough to know what was happening.  It didn’t represent a choice on her part.  OK, fair enough.   But she’s also now gone through confirmation, which IS a conscious acceptance of the faith.  Well that still doesn’t count.  Why?  Well, cites two passages of scripture as proof.  Let’s look at them:

For by grace are ye saved through faith:  and that not of yourselves: It is the gift of God.  Not of works, lest any man should boast. -Ephesians 2:8-9

But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. – Romans 4:5

Exactly how does Chick get that from these scriptures?  Both of these scriptures go to the point of being saved by belief and faith rather than good works. That’s pretty much a non sequitir – completely not anything to do with the subject at hand.  Now, the Catholic church would certainly expect that you would do some things – as would ANY Bible believing church, for faith without works is dead.  As I would say it, if you really believed, you’d try to act like it.  But does the Roman Catholic church teach that you’re saved through good works rather than grace?  I don’t think so. 

 

Speaking of the popes, “Let’s see what the Bible says about a man who calls himself God”  Now come on, they’re not really saying that.  Granted, I’m not real impressed with how the church sets itself up as a middleman – which is, granted, fairly presumptuous. Me and Jesus got our own thing going, as Tom T Hall would say – so why would we need you?  But there’s a pretty big difference between claiming to speak on behalf of God – which the pope and Jack Chick himself routinely does – and claiming to actually BE God.

Still, in fairness to Brother Chick, way short of claiming to BE God, just claiming to officially speak on behalf of God is definitely a little presumptuous.  But speaking of presumptuous, note the third panel [last rites1170]:

Speaking of being presumptuous, this last panel left me howling in laughter, absolutely in tears the first time I read it.  I mean to say, Jack Chick et al definitely think right highly of themselves.  When the Catholic finds himself in hell, he can’t say he wasn’t warned:  We gave you a tract that said your religion is wrong – with pictures and everything! Riiiight….

Like many if not all religious people, JC is pretty good at finding what he wants to in the Bible.  Having been talking in verse two about “Babylon the great,” in Revelation 18:4 cited here, it says “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”  Chick just assumes that “Babylon the great” means the Roman Catholic Church.  That right there is some stuff that Jack Chick is just making up.  It simply is NOT the clear plain textual meaning of the Book.

Now I grant you that a good many theologians would be likely among those whose names I would expect to be least likely to be found in the Book of Life, if I were more of a believer.  From what I know of them, I’d be guessing at especially hot little hell pits for some of them medieval popes. 

Funny thing is that Chick does not hate or despise lay Catholics.  The leadership sucks, and they’re pretty much actively conspiring against Christ in this view.  But John and Helen here are just innocent dupes.  Jack Chick doesn’t seem to think them to be knowingly wicked -they both tried hard to be properly pious, but to hell forever and ever they’re going anyway.

Best I could make of Christianity, the basic plan is that you have to specifically and consciously accept Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior and love thy neighbor as thyself.  John and Helen here seem to have done that, but Jack Chick says that they’re going to hell anyway cause they didn’t do it the right way.

It would appear that Cat lickers would go to hell for any one of several specific main reasons.  One is the charge of “praying to Mary.”  Well now I grant freely that the Bible does not say to do that, but does that mean that you would actually go to hell for it?  Specifically, Catholics pray to Mary – for intercession with her Son.  Look, we know your son is super-busy, but could you put in a good word for us?  They’re NOT worshipping Mary, much less statues or sculptures of her.

Pretty much all Christians take communion seriously. “Take, eat: This is my body“  Jesus Christ Matthew 26:26  Well, Catholics seem to take that just absolutely literally.  The communion bread somehow IS the body of Christ.  Seems like you could argue that in this case in fact the Catholics are the one taking the scripture in the the most fundamental, directly literal way rather than the nominal fundamentalist in this case – crazy as it may seem to believe that this bread and juice LITERALLY become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.  But saying that this transubstantiation sounds crazy does not in the least imply that it is not Biblical.

Chick argues that transubstantiation amounts to trying to keep perpetually sacrificing Jesus, presuming the power to put him back on the cross again and again.  He has to really, really push the point to get to that.  That’s not how any Catholic would take it.  He was already killed and ascended into heaven.  This is a magical thing that He instructed them to do and they are just honoring His wishes, as best they would understand it. If it is “idolatry” as Chick insists, then it is – in the minds of the supposed idolators – idolizing Jesus Christ.  This whole evil explanation of transubstantiation is purely the imaginative creation of Jack Chick, and absolutely not a necessary interpretation of the KJV Bible.

But hey, there’s definitely some point to say that Catholics add a lot to their setup that is not specifically prescribed in the Bible.  However, from where would you PRESUME to say that people honestly and in good faith calling on the name of Jesus Christ as their savior would nonetheless be told by their presumed savior to burn in hell forever because they maybe took the communion he instructed them to take way TOO seriously, or honestly misunderstood His instructions?  Where exactly does it say THAT in the Bible?

Jesus said that he came to do away with the law, not that he would use technicalities of how prayers are expressed to funnel billions of people into hell for all eternity.  I say that according to my [admittedly amateur] understanding of the document, there’s a lot of gray area on acceptable expression.  Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and love thy neighbor as thyself – and there you’ve pretty well got the main gist of it, according to Jesus in the Bible.  I can’t presume to say what He would consider to take from his own words, but my best puny human understanding would suggest that under the Bible Helen and John would most likely both in fact be saved – even if they had done silly unnecessary things like directing their prayers through Mary. 

So I make here a polite challenge to Jack Chick and his followers:  Show me the specific Biblical texts that would really reasonably establish that believing in transubstantion means that you’re going to hell, or that directing prayers through intermediaries is not just unnecessary but positively a condemnable sin.  And don’t just label any little thing you don’t approve of as “idolatry.”  Catholics do not worship those statues of Mary.

There’s the King James Bible, and then there’s Jack Chick’s KJV Bible with opinions.  Let’s just try to keep a distinction.  And when he gets off into the elaborate Papal conspiracies to adulterate the Bible and sponsor all these off-base religions – well, the Bible doesn’t say all THAT, I’m pretty sure.  That’s Brother Jack Chick having his own apocalyptic visions, like John on the Isle of Patmos.

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I have based my criticism of Jack Chick at MoreThings.com largely on a couple of specific Chick tracts.  In the interest of careful presentation, I have borrowed these two pamphlets in totality in order to give Chick’s whole presentation and argument, lest I be accused of twisting or misrepresenting him or taking things out of context.  Note that I include the altar call last pages in case you want to accept Christ as your savior.  Your choice.

Are Roman Catholics Christians?  The complete original Chick tract

Last Rites  the complete original Chick tract

Damned Catholics  – Al’s flippantly serious response to these anti-Catholic tracts

Are Jesus Christ and Satan brothers?

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Margaret Thatcher Whips Some Sense into Christopher Hitchens

Monday, August 16th, 2010

At one time as a young man, Christopher Hitchens was a good, upstanding communist agitator. As an evil old wreck though, Hitchens has become… Well, he still at least wants to be a righteous radical, but he’s clearly betrayed the cause by repeatedly insisting on letting reality intrude on his ideologies.

I’ve been reading Hitch’s juicy memoir, Hitch-22. I think I may have discovered where the man got that little (literal) bending toward reality. In the late 70s, Hitchens had written for a left wing rag an article about the new female leader of the British Conservative Party, describing his natural ideological foe as surprisingly sexy. Writing a few not-hateful words about the soon to be Prime Minister apparently got him more hate mail than nearly anything else he ever wrote.

Anyway, he soon found himself at a party full of people, face to face with Margaret Thatcher.

Almost as soon as we shook hands on immediate introduction, I felt that she knew my name and had perhaps connected it to the socialist weekly that had recently called her rather sexy. While she struggled adorably with this moment of pretty confusion, I felt obliged to seek controversy and picked a fight with her on a detail of Rhodesia/Zimbabwe policy. She took me up on it. I was (as it chances) right on the small point of fact, and she was wrong. But she maintained her wrongness with such adamantine strength that I eventually conceded the point and even bowed slightly to emphasize my acknowledgement. “No,” she said. “Bow lower!” Smiling agreeably, I bent forward a bit farther. “No, no,” she trilled. “Much lower!” By this time, a little group of interested bystanders was gathering. I again bent forward, this time much more self-consciously. Stepping around behind me, she unmasked her batteries and smote me on the rear with the parliamentary order-paper that she had been rolling into a cylinder behind her back. I regained the vertical with some awkwardness. As she walked away, she looked back over her shoulder and gave an almost imperceptibly slight roll of the hip while mouthing the words: “Naughty boy!”

I had and have eyewitnesses to this. At the time, though, I hardly believed it myself. It is only from a later perspective, looking back on the manner in which she slaughtered and cowed all the former male leadership of her party and replaced them with pliant tools, that I appreciate the premonitory glimpse – of what someone in another context once called “the smack of firm government” – that I had been afforded. Even at the time, as I left that party, I knew I had met someone rather impressive. And the worst of “Thatcherism,” as I was beginning by degrees to discover, was the rodent slowly stirring in my viscera: the uneasy but unbanishable feeling that on some essential matters she might be right.

Well now. I’d say that getting a literal public spanking by Margaret Thatcher would be a kind of thing what might change your outlook on the world.

Plus, it’s kind of funny to think about Lady Thatcher being flirtatious and naughty like that. As a public figure, she’s naturally had to keep up the proper professional front. But of course she is a very strong, passionate and charismatic figure. Makes sense that she might have an occasional impish impulse to spank some naughty pinko like this. You might note from the last sentence of the quote that this little whoopin’ appears to have done some good.

Plus, of course, Christopher Hitchens has it coming.

New CD Album Releases, 8-10-2010: Brother Clyde, Charlie Daniels Band

Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

Not to put too fine a point on saying that it’s a slow week for new music, but the most interesting new album appears to be a Billy Ray Cyrus project. Brother Clyde is a rock band with alumni of Hole among others. I have to admit to grudging respect for the guy. He’s kept a credible recording career going for decades with fairly negligible talent. Hell, he’s created a freakin’ family musical dynasty. Ol’ boy’s doing something right. 

Music Leaks
My Big Secret Lyrics
Britney Spears
Right Through Me Lyrics
Nicki Minaj
When I’m Gone Lyrics
Eminem
Invincible Lyrics
Tinie Tempah
Super High Lyrics
Teairra Mari
Shout Out Lyrics
Alexis Jordan
Higher Lyrics
Saturdays
Wonderman Lyrics
Tinie Tempah
Memories Lyrics
Weezer
Like A Lady Lyrics
Monrose

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Brother Clyde
Brother Clyde
Walt Disney
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Mike Posner
31 Minutes To Takeoff
J-Records
Club/Dance, Alternative Rap

Eli “Paperboy” Reed
Come and Get It!
Parlophone
Blue-Eyed Soul, Soul, Neo-Soul

Original Soundtrack
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
Abko
Soundtracks

Vladimir Ashkenazy
J.S. Bach: 6 Partitas, BWV 825-830
Decca
Baroque Keyboard Music

Black Label Society
Order of the Black
Koch
Southern Rock, Hard Rock, Black Metal, Heavy Metal

Sarah Blasko
As Day Follows Night
Dramatico
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Buckner & Garcia
Pac-Man Fever
K-Tel Distribution
Novelty, Comedy, Contemporary Pop/Rock

The Budos Band
The Budos Band III
Daptone Records
Deep Funk Revival, Funk, Jazz-Funk

Kathryn Calder
Are You My Mother?
File Under Music
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Colour Revolt
The Cradle
Dualtone Music Group
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Bertrand Cuiller
Scarlatti, Soler: Sonatas per cimbalo & Fandango
Alpha Productions
Baroque Keyboard Music

The Charlie Daniels Band
Land That I Love
Koch
Southern Rock, Country-Rock, Traditional Country

Dreamend
So I Ate Myself, Bite by Bite
Graveface Records
Space Rock, Shoegaze, Dream Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

George Duke
Deja Vu
Telarc Jazz
Jazz-Funk, Jazz-Pop, Fusion

Elsinore
Yes Yes Yes
Parasol Records
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alt-Country, Indie Rock

Exile
Radio AM FM
Plug Research
Left-Field Hip-Hop, Underground Rap

Frontier(s)
There Will Be No Miracles Here
Arena Rock Recording Company
Post-Hardcore, Alternative/Indie Rock, Emo, Indie Rock

Orquesta Harlow
La Raza Latina: A Salsa Suite
Fania

The Dave Liebman Big Band
Live: As Always
Mama
Progressive Jazz, Modern Creative

Lost in the Trees
All Alone in an Empty House
Anti
Folk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Dan Mangan
Nice, Nice, Very Nice
Indie Folk, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Modest Mouse
Moon & Antarctica: 10th Anniversary Edition
Epic
Noise Pop, Emo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Lo-Fi

Mark Padmore
Schubert: Die schone Mullerin
Harmonia Mundi Franc
Romantic Vocal Music

Maris Sirmais
Rodion Shchedrin: The Sealed Angel
Wergo Germany
Contemporary Choral Music

Pieter Wispelwey
Britten: Cello Symphony; Cello Suite No. 1
Onyx Classics
Modern Concerto and Solo Music for Cello

PVT
Church with No Magic
Warp
Indie Rock, Post-Rock, Instrumental Rock, IDM, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Reporter
Time Incredible
Holocene Music
New Wave/Post-Punk Revival, Indie Electronic, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Blake Shelton
All About Tonight
Warner Bros.
New Traditionalist, Contemporary Country, Country-Pop

Jimmy Smith
Respect/Livin’ It Up!
Hip-O Select
Hard Bop, Soul Jazz, Jazz-Funk, Mainstream Jazz, Fusion

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Extra Width
Matador Punk Blues, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Year One
Shout! Factory Punk Blues, Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Blues-Rock

Starflyer 59
The Changing of the Guard
Tooth & Nail Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

 Thom Starr & the Galaxies
South Side Surf: Anthology 1963-1964
Sundazed Surf, Instrumental Rock

Original Soundtrack
Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
Walt Disney Pop, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Dance-Pop, Teen Pop, Soundtracks

Various Artists
…Next Stop Is Vietnam: The War on Record 1961-2008
Bear FamilyProtest Songs, Country-Folk, Political Folk, Country-Pop, Soul

ARE JESUS AND SATAN “BROTHERS”?

Monday, August 9th, 2010

When the good Christian minister/wicked demagogue politician Mike Huckabee was running for president in 2008, he ever so innocently stuck a shiv in his rival Mitt Romney by casually raising the point to a reporter that supposedly the Mormons believe that Jesus and Satan were brothers.  This idea seems to be the biggest easy point for Protestant preacher types who want to convince parishioners that Mormons aren’t really Christians, even though they do in fact worship Jesus Christ.  We might laugh off the funny underwear or a lot of other things, but good Christians bristle badly at any comparison between Jesus and Satan.

This panel comes from the Jack Chick tract The Visitors, in which a gullible old aunt was almost tricked into joining the Mormon Church under the mistaken impression that they were real Christians.  I note that his source for claiming that the Mormons claim Jesus and Satan to be “spirit brothers” is a 1980 magazine article, not Joseph Smith or the Book of Mormon.  That makes me a little skeptical right there.

I don’t claim to begin to understand the LDS church enough to even say that I know quite what they believe or mean here, and I don’t that much care.  As a religious skeptic, Jesus and Satan being “brothers” would seem less strange than Catholic transubstantiation.  I have no interest in finding some little “gotcha” to screw with the Mormons.  They’re generally very good neighbors, so I got no beef with them.  Again, I emphasize the point that I make no claim of analyzing specifically LDS doctrine here.

But I am interested in the idea of Jesus and Satan being “brothers.”  What exactly would that mean, and why does it piss off good Christians so much? I sense that this is because the idea basically amounts to poking a stick into the basic contradiction of the nominally monotheistic Christian trinity – the father, the son and the holy ghost.  Christians are real big on insisting that there is but ONE God – one only, I tell ya.  Say some other kind of nonsense contradicting that, and you’re definitely going to hell. 

But all Christians are obviously very high on the very distinct personhood of God’s son, born to Earth as Jesus of Nazareth.  The idea of God sending his only begotten son to suffer and die for our sins is the main nub of the whole belief system. 

Jesus phones home more than once in the gospels.  Was he talking to Himself when he asked to let the cup pass from him?  Who was he talking to on the cross?  The holy ghost you can maybe finesse around, regarding that as basically just God’s spirit voice because the ghost never has any independent dialogue in the Bible addressing the others. 

But Jesus Christ of Nazareth is presented as a clear and distinctly separate personality from God the father – and all the ideas of relationships between a father and son are basic to the Christian message of God sacrificing his only begotten son.  Of course, a bad person might discount this supposed big sacrifice.  Obviously, being omniscient, ol’ Yahweh knew that his son was not lost, but was just taking an ugly beating for maybe the period of a couple of measly little 24 hour Earth days and would be rejoining him whole in heaven shortly.  So then, what exactly was the major sacrifice on God’s part?  We’ll leave that issue for another day.

What though exactly would it mean to be God’s “son”?  The Christians and probably the Jews I’d venture to guess would generally be HIGHLY opposed to any idea of God having sex to generate a baby.  That would be a good way to differentiate between a son that Yahweh generated by a personal sexual union versus other lesser creations, such as Satan.  But Mary being a virgin is a very big deal in the Bible and thus to pretty much all Christians.  So that’s out.  But that’s not a big deal.  God the father could have created Jesus of pure spirit and pixie dust or whatever. 

But God created everything in heaven and Earth, besides the fact that fathers would seem to HAVE to someway create their sons.  Otherwise, what would it even mean to say that Jesus was God’s “son”?  Or do you think that Yahweh (God the father) and Jesus both always existed?  Do you think that Yahweh begat Jesus, and if not – if they both always existed – then how is one a “son” and the other a “father”?

If God made everything, including Jesus, then why wouldn’t Jesus and Satan – and everybody else, including you and me – be brothers?  It might be considered that it was one good brother and one bad one, like Cain and Abel.  But it would seem that if God made everything and everyone, then we would all be children of God, and thus brothers.  That would include you, me, Hitler, John the Revelator, the popes, Satan, Gabriel, Mother Theresa and Christopher Hitchens.  Just exactly where Jesus fits into all this is the Big Question.

But the general idea of universal brotherhood is also pretty basic to the gospel stories of Christ.  Love thy neighbor as thyself.  Demonstrating this, Jesus of Nazareth washed the feet of his disciples.  Was that in fact a show of equality and brotherhood among God’s children, or an affectation of noblisse oblige or what?

Yeah, I might as well cop to being a smartass, cause how am I going to pretend otherwise?  I seek a lighthearted and cheerful tone, but nonetheless my questions are serious and not facetious. How does all this stuff fit together?  Perhaps LDS or other Biblical scholars can reconcile some of this stuff.

Can someone dumb some of this down for a slow witted Kentuckian?

EXPLAIN THIS STUFF TO AL

JACK CHICK TRACTS 

JACK CHICK VS CATHOLICS

ARE JESUS AND SATAN “BROTHERS”?

AL BARGER’S GOD AND COUNTRY

New CD Album Releases, 8-3-2010: Los Lobos, Black Crowes, Dr. John, Allan Sherman

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010

Tin Can Trust is counted the 14th Los Lobos album. I haven’t heard any of this one yet, but these guys are serious musicians and songwriters. Some of their albums are better than others, but they’re always worth a listen.

Croweology is a two disc Black Crowes album with new acoustic arrangements of 20 of their songs – though somehow they couldn’t find room for “Hard to Handle.”

I’m pleased to see a set of re-issues of classic Allan Sherman albums. He’s most remembered now for “Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah.” That’s a fine little classic, but not really his best. “Pop Hates the Beatles” is the best answer record to the Beatles invasion that I have heard. But the peak of his art was a satire of the Berkeley free speech movement in the brilliantly conceived story of “The Rebel.”

New tunes
Hey Girl Lyrics
Wiz Khalifa
The Only Exception Lyrics
Paramore
Miss Me Lyrics
Drake
I Can’t Lose Lyrics
Kelly Clarkson
Bottles Lyrics
Dawn Richard
Tell Me Bitch Lyrics
Kesha
What I Do Lyrics
Bow Wow
Zoosk Girl Lyrics
Flo Rida
Your Love Lyrics
Nicki Minaj
Speechless Lyrics
Lady GaGa

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Here’s the complete list of this week’s major new CD album releases:
Arcade Fire
The Suburbs
Merge
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Los Lobos
Tin Can Trust
Shout! Factory
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Americana, Roots Rock, Heartland Rock

Queens of the Stone Age
Rated R
Interscope
Stoner Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Hard Rock

Versus
On the Ones and Threes
Merge
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Wavves
King Of The Beach
Fat Possum
Indie Rock, Noise-Rock, Lo-Fi, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

David Charles Abell
Jonathan Dove: Tobias and the Angel
Chandos
Contemporary Opera

Rinaldo Alessandrini
Chaconne
Naive
Baroque and Modern Harpichord Music

Rusty Anderson
Born On Earth
MRI
Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Asia
Omega
Frontiers
Arena Rock, Prog-Rock

Autolux
Transit Transit
TBD
Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Dream Pop, Shoegaze, Noise Pop

The Black Crowes
Croweology
Silver Arrow
American Trad Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Rock & Roll

Buckcherry
All Night Long
Eleven Seven
Post-Grunge, Hard Rock, American Trad Rock, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Art Rock

Bun B
Trill O.G
Rap-A-Lot
Southern Rap

Freddy Cole
Freddy Cole Sings Mr. B
Highnote
Vocal Jazz, Standards

Alondra De La Parra
My Mexican Soul
Sony Classical
Modern Orchestral Music

David Dondero
# Zero with a Bullet
Team Love
Alternative Singer/Songwriter, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Donna Regina
The Decline of Female Happiness
Karaoke Kalk
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance

Dr. John/The Lower 911
Tribal
429 New Orleans R&B, Rock & Roll, Piano Blues

El-P
WeAreAllGoingToBurnInHellMegaMixxx3
Gold Dust Media
Underground Rap, Alternative Rap

Freddie Gibbs
Str8 Killa
Decon
Midwest Rap, Hardcore Rap, Gangsta Rap

Gov’t Mule
Mulennium
Evil Teen
Southern Rock, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, American Trad Rock, Rock & Roll

JLS
JLS
Jive
Contemporary R&B, Teen Pop, Pop Idol, Pop

James
Morning After
Mercury

Jedward
Planet Jedward
Universal UK
Pop, Dance-Pop, Teen Pop

Various Artists
Sidetracked – La Roux (Mixed By La Roux)
Renaissance
Dance-Pop, Pop, Club/Dance

Lady Gaga
The Remix
Universal
Music Pop, Dance-Pop, Club/Dance, Urban

Level 42
Living It Up
Hip-O
Dance-Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Jazz-Funk

Katie Melua
The House
Dramatico
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Mount St. Helens Vietnam Band
Where the Messengers Meet
Dead Oceans
Indie Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Sarah Nemtanu
Gypsic
Naive
Modern Chamber Music

Night Horse
Perdition Hymns
Teepee
Hard Rock, Boogie Rock, Blues-Rock

On/Fennesz
Something That Has Form and Something That Does Not
Type
Sound Art, Electro-Acoustic, Experimental Electronic

Patricia Petibon
Rosso – Italian Baroque Arias
Deutsche Grammophon
Baroque Vocal Music

Original Soundtrack
The Kids Are Alright
Lakeshore
Downtempo, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Noise Pop, Art Rock, Soundtracks, Folk-Pop, Contemporary R&B

Original Soundtrack
Middle Men
ABKCO
Nashville Sound/Countrypolitan, Hard Rock, Blues-Rock, Soundtracks

Dax Riggs
Say Goodnight to the World
Fat Possum
Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock, Indie Rock

Secondhand Serenade
Hear Me Now
Glassnote
Emo, Emo-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

Allan Sherman
Allan In Wonderland
Collectables
Music Comedy, Song Parody, Comedy

Allan Sherman
My Son, The Celebrity
Collectables
Song Parody, Standup Comedy, Novelty, Comedy

Allan Sherman
My Son, The Folk Singer
Collectables
Song Parody, Standup Comedy, Novelty, Comedy

Allan Sherman
My Son, The Nut
Collectables
Music Comedy, Song Parody, Comedy

Squeeze
Spot the Difference
XOXO
Contemporary Pop/Rock

Ryan Star
11:59
Atlantic
Alternative/Indie Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Adult Contemporary

Thieves and Villains
South America
Victory
Emo-Pop, Punk-Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock

jj
jj No. 2
Secretly Canadian
Indie Electronic, Indie Pop, Alternative/Indie Rock