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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

New Tunes Tuesday: Bill Hicks, Weezer, Justin Townes Earle,

Posted By on September 14, 2010, 10:03 AM

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There is a ridiculous number of potentially great albums coming out Tuesday. The list starts with Accept and Azure Ray, and ends with The Walkmen and Weezer. But there's a lot in between.---

We have hot young-ish acts (Black Mountain, Blonde Redhead, The Walkmen), living legends (Leonard Cohen, Robert Plant going folksy, soul legend Mavis Staples produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy), mainstream success stories (Linkin Park, Weezer, Brandon Flowers of The Killers) and folks who should be far more popular than they are (Grinderman's Nick Cave, Justin Townes Earle, Of Montreal).

And we have two of my personal faves that I HAVE to give special attention.

First is the return of Superchunk after a decade away. The North Carolina band and founders of Merge Records (Arcade Fire, Spoon) are back with a joyful batch of guitar-fuzz anthems on Majesty Shredding, and you won't find a happier boy on the planet than I—now would some local promoter PLEASE book a show?

The other is Bill Hicks' The Essential Collection, which collects two CDs and two DVDs of the stand-up comic's performances into one easy grouping. Newbies might find the idea of buying so much of Hicks' material in one go daunting, but trust me: Once you get into Hicks, you'll want everything. The fact he died in 1994 has done nothing to diminish how funny the man was, and you'll keep finding inspiring bits on repeated listening. Take it from someone who has bought each of his posthumous CDs as they've been released: Buying this set will save you a lot of time and money tracking down the shows included here.

Here's a list of all the notable CDs coming out Tuesday: Accept, Blood of Nations; Azure Ray, Drawing Down the Moon; Bad Plus, Never Stop; Black Angels, Phosphene Dream; Black Mountain, Wilderness Heart; Blonde Redhead, Penny Sparkle; Leonard Cohen, Songs from the Road; The Drums, The Drums; Justin Townes Earle, Harlem River Blues; Brandon Flowers, Flamingo; Grinderman, Grinderman 2; Bill Hicks, The Essential Collection; James, The Morning After The Night Before; Jamey Johnson, The Guitar Song; Linkin Park, A Thousand Suns; Of Montreal, False Priest; Robert Plant, Band of Joy; Mavis Staples, You Are Not Alone; Superchunk, Majesty Shredding; Underworld, Barking; Armin Van Buuren, Mirage; The Walkman, Lisbon; Weezer, Hurley

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