New Music Tuesday: Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Gillian Welch, Queensryche, Buddy Guy, Taking Back Sunday, Insane Clown Posse, Limp Bizkit

New CD Releases for June 28, 2011...
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New Music Tuesday: Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Gillian Welch, Queensryche, Buddy Guy

It's hard to imagine there's something to celebrate on a day Taking Back Sunday, Insane Clown Posse, and Limp Bizkit are all threatening us with new music but allow me the honor of pointing you in the direction of Gillian Welch's first new album in seven years The Harrow & The Harvest. I preordered my copy and it arrived a day early in what amounts to a rare stroke of good luck for me. It is a scrumptious, beautiful record and we'll discuss it in fuller detail soon but this is clearly the crown jewel of New Music Tuesday.

Also of interest this week is a re-issue that nearly escaped my attention called Buddy & The Juniors. The album features Buddy Guy and his longtime friend and musical foil Junior Wells as well as jazz pianist Junior Mance. The album was recorded in 1969 in what was dubbed a very loose, acoustic session. Guy turns 75 and the folks at Verve/Hip-O-Select are re-issuing it on CD for the first time in the US. The album was digitally remastered from the original analog master tapes, and I just pre-ordered my copy.

Beyonce is releasing her new album 4 this week but what really jumped out at me in the R&B arena this week is the 10th anniversary edition of Alicia Keys debut Songs In The Key Of A Minor. I just cannot believe it's been a decade! I don't own this or any of her records but I respect her as an immense talent. I should also very much like to highlight the new release from Queensrÿche and a deluxe edition of Robbie Robertson's exquisite How To Become Clairvoyant.

See, even a trifecta of terrible releases can't block out the sun.

100 Monkeys - Liquid Zoo
Alaoui, Amina - Arco Iris
Andrew Lloyd Webber - Andrew Lloyd Webber's New Production Wizard Of Oz
Bad Company - Live At Wembley
Bellydance Superstar - Volume 9
Ben Williams - State Of Art
Beyoncé - 4
Big Sean - Finally Famous
Billy Ray Cyrus - I'm American
Buddy Guy/Junior Wells/Junior Mance - Buddy And The Juniors
Burn Halo - Up From The Ashes
Cook, David - This Loud Morning
Curren$Y - Weekend At Burnie's
Da Cruz - Systema Subversiva
Demaria, Michael Brant - In The Flow
Dolly Parton - Better Day
Doobie Brothers - Live At The Greek Theater
Gappy Ranks - Thanks & Praise
Handsome Furs - Sound Kapital
Holland, Jolie - Pint Of Blood
Insane Clown Posse - Eye Of The Storm
Ison, David - Chakra Healing Music
Keith Emerson Band Featuring Marc Bonilla - Moscow
Keys, Alicia - Songs In A Minor (10th Anniversary Edition) (Collector's Edition)
Limp Bizkit - Gold Cobra
Luis Fonsi - Tierra Firme
Luis Mighue; Del Amargue - Dispuesto A Todo
Mannheim Steamroller - The Freshaire Music Of Mannheim Steamroller
Maus, John - We Must Become The Pitiless Ce
Mighty Clouds - Mighty Clouds
Original Broadway Cast Recording - Catch Me If You Can
Paul McCartney - Run Devil Run
Philthy Rich & Messy Marv - Neighborhood Superstar 3 / [Explicit]
Queensryche - Dedicated To Chaos
Redlight King - Something For The Pain
Robbie Robertson - How To Become Clairvoyant / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
Sbtrkt - Sbtrkt
Selena Gomez & The Scene - When The Sun Goes Down
Set Your Goals - Burning At Both Ends
Shabazz Palaces - Black Up
Soundtrack - Game Of Thrones (Ramin Djawadi)
Soundtrack - Monte Carlo (Michael Giacchino)
Soundtrack - Mr. Popper's Penguins (Rolfe Kent)
Soundtrack - Super 8 (Michael Giacchino)
Soundtrack - Too Big To Fail (Marcelo Zarvos)
Stokes, Chadwick - Simmerkane Ii
Taking Back Sunday - Taking Back Sunday
Teena Marie - First Class Love: Rare Tee / [2 Cd]
Teena Marie - Irons In The Fire / [Expanded Edition]
Teena Marie - Lady T / [Expanded Edition]
The Best Of Soul Train - Best Of Soul Train Live, The
The Bunny The - If You Don't Have An
There For Tomorrow - The Verge
Thievery Corporation - Culture Of Fear
Titus, Christopher - Neverlution
Trae Tha Truth - Street King / [Explicit]
Various - Knickerbocker Holiday
Various Artists - Live From The Cotton Club
Various Artists - Essence Music Festival Volume 4 The Collection / [Cd/Dvd Combo]
Various Artists - Reggae Gold 2011 / [2 Cd]
Various Artists - To What Strange Place: Music Of The Ottomon-American Diaspora 1916-29 Various Artists - Rave On Buddy Holly
Welch, Gillian - The Harrow & The Harvest
White Wives - Happeners