Out This Week 11/10

Minotaur

You call yourself a Pixies fan? Bought tickets to their reunited Doolittle tour, yeah? For multiple shows even? Well, you’re not a real Pixies fan until you’ve plunked down two hundred and something bucks on the Minotaur box set, collecting 5 remastered CDs of their studio albums, also contained on 6 Blu-ray and 6 DVDs in 5.1 surround, plus a 54 page book set, all packaged by Vaughan Oliver, the designer of all of the Pixies album artwork. Come on, pilgrim -- show your love.

Under the shadow of that monster, the rest of the week’s releases are fairly low key... but certainly not to be ignored. British brat rockers The Cribs let loose their fourth studio album, while Snow Patrol continues on their path with Up to Now, their sixth, and a new band fronted by a seasoned veteran, Bad Lieutenant, with New Order’s Bernard Sumner, releases in CD form their debut. Local (and former local) acts Big Spider’s Back, Loch Lomond, and deVries have new ones out today, as do Ola Podrida and Pants Yell!. Iceland rings in with two new releases, both quite different but equally excellent (what else would you expect?): the ambient experimental By the Throat by Ben Frost from the Bedroom Community, and Ólafur Arnalds‘s Found Songs, which collects 7 songs of chamber strings and piano recorded in as many days, out on Erased Tapes -- both well worth checking out!


And now that Halloween has come and gone, well... ‘tis the season. Box sets, mostly less ambitious than Minotaur, and holiday albums begin to proliferate on the shelves. This week, AC/DC weighs in with a 2 CD/DVD box, and of course you’ll find the requisite Billy Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald collections. Tori Amos has recorded an album of Christmas classics along with a few originals, called Midwinter Graces, and if you’ve ever wondered what “Waterloo Sunset” sounds like in choral version, Ray Davies has put The Kinks to the 65-piece Crouch End Festival Chorus for The Kinks Choral Collection. Maybe a little less in the holiday spirit but certainly to make great gifts nonetheless: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Robyn Hitchcock have new live DVDs for fans. So prepare to gather ‘round the Festivus Pole, but not before you create your list from Largehearted Boy and enjoy these kind gifts courtesy of the bands and their labels:

Tori Amos - Pink and Glitter (stream)
from Midwinter Graces on Universal Republic


Ólafur Arlnalds - Ljósið

from Found Songs on Erased Tapes

Big Spider’s Back - Warped (MP3)
from Warped on Circle Into Square Records

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Live (trailer)
from Live on Vagrant / Abstract Dragon

Brim Liski - Fight (MP3)
from Brim Liski EP on Latenight Weeknight Recordings

Brown Bird - Muck and Mire (MP3)
from The Devil Dancing on Pea Pod Recordings

The Cribs - Cheat On Me
from Ignore the Ignorant on Wichita Recordings

deVries - Darkest Summer (MP3)
from Death to God on Noise on Noise

Dragon Turtle - Island of Broken Glass (MP3)
from Almanac on La Société Expéditionnaire

General Elektriks - Raid the Radio
from Good City for Dreamers on Quannum Projects/RED

Caroline Herring - Tales of the Islander (MP3)
from Golden Apples of the Sun on Signature Sounds Recording Company

Robyn Hitchcock - I Often Dream of Trains
from I Often Dream of Trains in New York on Yep Roc

Hyperstory - Ascension (MP3)
from Hyperstory on Pureland

Little Tybee - Building a Bomb (MP3)
from self-released Building a Bomb

Loch Lomond - Wax and Wire (MP3)
from Night Bats on Hush Records

Omar Rodriguez Lopez - Mundo De Ciegos (MP3)
from Xenophanes on Rodriguez Lopez Productions

Mass Fiction - Sing to Dream (MP3)
from Genre on The Nothing Room

Midnight Masses - Preacher’s Son (MP3)
from Rature Ready, I Gazed at the Body on Team Love

Ola Podrida - Your Father’s Basement (MP3)
from Belly Of The Lion on Western Vinyl

The Orange Peels - We’re Gonna Make It (MP3)
from 2020 on Minty Fresh

Ox - Burnout (MP3)
from Burnout on Weewerk

Pants Yell! - Cold Hands (MP3)
from Received Pronunciation on Slumberland

Anders Ponders - The Discus Incident (MP3)
from Nodes of Overtones (self-released)

Proud Simon - Rock Unturned (MP3)
from Anchors Aweigh (self-released)

Sleep Whale - Cotton Curls (MP3)
from Houseboat on Western Vinyl

Snow Patrol - Just Say Yes
from Up to Now on Geffen

Static of the Gods - Talk You Down (MP3)
from Knowledge Machine (self-released)

The Sun - In Perfect Time (MP3)
from Don’t Let Your Baby Have all the Fun on Rock Proper

Susurrus Station - Taking the Air (MP3)
from Add a Day Going West on aio records

Tommy T - The Response (MP3)
from The Prester John Sessions on Easy Star

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