Norah Jones, George Harrison, Anders Osborne, Carrie Underwood Top New CD Releases

New Music Tuesday 5/1/2012
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I don't know why a person might want to shake a stick at a lot of something but that would seem to be the social convention regarding the number of excellent, exciting, and/or noteworthy releases this week.Norah Jones - Broken Little Hearts - New CD Releases May 1, 2012

Let us begin, as all things should, with Norah Jones. Norah's new record Little Broken Hearts is a sonic departure from her earlier work but not so much that longtime fans should be alienated by the different approach. You can stream the first single "Happy Pills" and see its video (two words: shower scene) and Jones has already announced summer tour plans.

Only Norah Jones could oust the great George Harrison from top billing on our new release column but Martin Scorsese's documentary George Harrison - Living In The Material World is being released on DVD and Blu-ray and there's also a CD of previously unreleased rarites called Early Takes Vol. 1 being sold separately and also bundled with a deluxe box set edition of the film. It would be difficult to find a more enthusiastic George Harrison than me (although our very own Kit O'Toole might take me up on that challenge) and my copy of the Blu-ray and CD are on their way. We will be discussing both, soon.

Also on the soon-to-be discussed list is the latest CD from master musician, songwriter, producer Anders Osborne. I was introduced to Osborne courtesy of his previous album American Patchwork. I am still madly in love with that record and have collected many of his previous albums since. His new album Black Eye Galaxy is out this week and my review is in progress. We'll talk more about this one as well.

American Idol and country music fans can look forward to the new Carrie Underwood record Blown Away. I'll be taking a pass on this as I'm not a fan of country or Idol but we have some folks on staff who are likely lining up to share their thoughts on this one, so be ready for that as well.

Also worthy of mention this week are new and recent releases from Delmark Records: Rockin' Johnny Band's Grim Reaper and Quintus McCormick Band's Still Called The Blues. The full soundtrack to The Aveners is out, brimming with bland and anonymous rock bands and the first new song from Soundgarden in 15 years and it falls into that bland, anonymous category itself.

Those are the releases we're tracking. Let us know what's on your radar!

  • Ad-Libs, The - The Complete Blue Cat Recordings
  • Advance Base - A Shut-In's Prayer
  • Ane Brun - It All Starts With One
  • Ask Me This - Alcoholic Faith Mission
  • B.o.B - Strange Clouds (Amended)
  • Barrow, Geoff & Ben Salisbury - Drokk
  • Barrow, Geoff & Ben Salisbury - Drokk (Special Edition Cd)
  • Blockhead - Interludes After Midnight
  • Brian Jonestown Massacre, The - Aufheben
  • Burial - Street Halo Ep / Kindred Ep (Japanese Import)
  • Burial - Street Halo Ep / Kindred Ep (Japanese Import)
  • Conn, Bobby - Macaroni
  • Dirty Dozen Brass Band - 20 Dozen
  • Dmx - Icon / [Explicit]
  • Dot Hacker - Inhibition
  • Dwight Twilley - Green Blimp
  • Eddi Egomez - Per Sempre
  • Father John Misty - Fear Fun
  • George Harrison - Early Takes Volume 1
  • Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Vol. 30 - Academy Of Music,
  • Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks Vol. 31 - 8/4-5 Philadelphi
  • Gravenhurst - The Ghost In Daylight
  • Hammill, Peter - Pno, Gtr, Vox, Box (84 Live Performances)
  • Herman's Hermits - The Very Best Of Herman's Hermits
  • Hurt - The Crux
  • Jones, Norah - Little Broken Hearts
  • K-Holes - Dismania
  • Kwes - Meantime
  • Light Asylum - Light Asylum
  • LL Cool J - Icon / [Explicit]
  • Lower Dens - Nootropics
  • Marilyn Manson - Born Villain / [Explicit]
  • Marriages - Kitsune
  • McDaniel, Mel - Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On -- His Orig
  • Monkees, The - The Birds, The Bees & The Monkees
  • Musiq Soulchild - Icon
  • Newman, Thomas - The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
  • Nine Ton Peanut Smugglers, The - Drop Some Leg!
  • Now 42 - Now 42
  • Now Classic Rock Hits - Now Classic Rock Hits
  • Osborne, Anders - Black Eye Galaxy
  • Party Tyme Karaoke - Party Tyme Karaoke - Variety Pack 3 / [4 Cd][64-Song Party Pack]
  • Pennywise - All Or Nothing
  • Pitchell, Jeff - American Girl
  • Point Of Grace - A Thousand Little Things
  • Principato, Tom - Raising The Roof (Remastered!)
  • Rabbitt, Eddie - 13 Original #1 Hits
  • Ramona Falls - Prophet
  • Ramos, David - Sento La Tua Mancanza
  • Reptar - Body Faucet
  • Rufus Wainwright - Out Of The Game
  • Santigold - Master Of My Make Believe
  • Sea Of Bees - Orangefarben
  • Skip The Foreplay - Nightlife
  • Smash Cast - The Music Of Smash
  • Soundtrack - Coriolanus (Ilan Eshkeri) / [2 Cd]
  • Soundtrack - The Cabin In The Woods
  • Spinto Band, The - Shy Pursuit
  • Steve Kuhn Trio - Wisteria
  • The Animals - The Very Best Of The Animals
  • Thee Exciters - Perpetual Happening
  • Thin Lizzy - Fighting / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
  • Thin Lizzy - Nightlife / [2 Cd Deluxe Edition]
  • Underwood, Carrie - Blown Away
  • Various - 1313: Bermuda Triangle
  • Various Artists - Rainer Ptacek Tribute: The Inner Flame
  • Various Artists - Sex: Too Fast To Live Too Young To Die
  • Various Artists - Avengers Assemble
  • Waterhouse, Nick - Time's All Gone
  • Watson, Patrick - Adventures In Your Own Backyard
  • Wild Hunt - Before The Plane Of Angles
  • Williams, Tom & The Boat - Teenage Blood