New Releases: Otis Redding, Guy Clark, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, Smashing Pumpkins and More

New CDs for July 23, 2013...
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I was beginning to wonder if the summer wasn't some kind of dead zone for musical releases.  The last two weeks haven't seen anything that has made me run to the nearest record store to throw my money at it.  Yes, ok, a new one from Jay-Z probably made a whole bunch of people lay down their money, but it doesn't punch any of my buttons.  This week however, is full of some really interesting looking music that I can't wait to tear into.  Oh and there's new ones by Marc Anthony and Selena Gomez, but we're talking about me and I am not a fourteen year old girl.

  • The Complete Stax/Volt Singles by Otis Redding:  There aint nobody who compares to Otis.  Dude had the voice, the soul, and the back-up band to tear the roof off of any venue, at any time.  This three disk set contains every 45 the King of Soul cut during his legendary reign at Stax.  Essential stuff, this is.
  • My Favorite Picture of You by Guy Clark: Guy has been making elegant, poetic, funny folk music for decades.  Even into his '70s he's writing songs better than anybody and everybody.  
  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros by Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros:  Stuck in the hippy dippy 60s these guys make life affirming music to smoke a bong to and dream of a peaceful world.  Don't worry even if you are straight and cynical, there effervescent joy can still win you over.
  • Aeroplane Flies High (Deluxe Ed) by the Smashing Pumpkins: A bigger badder version of their rarities and b-sides boxed set this new edition includes an additional 71 songs including an entire new disk of live songs from the Mellon Collie Tour and a DVD from a July, 4 1997 performance in Belfort, France.
  • Slow Focus by Fuck Buttons: I have friends who love these guys.  I have yet to give them any sort of real chance, but I'm willing to start now.
  • Street Punk by Hunx & His Punx: I've only ever heard one song from these guys ("Too Young Young to be In Love") but its mix of hoppy 50s pop and sloppy 70s punk is enough to make me interested in this new one.