Some great stuff over at AOL Music's pre-release album stream corral this week, although perhaps not as great as we like. We feel a little conflicted stating that we are somewhat disappointed with the Dinosaur Jr. reissues that street tomorrow. The original records are excellent by most every standard. But the amount of bonus material appended to the reissues is downright uninspiring. Sure, the extra gloss here and the starker vocals there are a nice touch and make for an interesting listen. We think we hear a pulsing harmonic buried in the verse of the remastered version of "The Wagon" on Green Mind that is particularly interesting. The epic-length, shreddin' version of "What Else Is New" that closes the reissue of Where You Been was new to us, but not new to many. On the whole the reissues don't really offer any sort of new experience with or take on the material. We'll reserve our final judgement on the records until we get the pre-orders in the mail and strap on the fancy headphones.
Also over at AOL Music this week is the stream for the debut of hotly tipped supergroup (well, if you think Brendan Benson is in the same neighborhood of "super" as Jack White, we guess) The Raconteurs. Broken Boy Soldiers clocks in at just over a half hour and is a nice set of rock and roll numbers. We recommend streaming this one, particularly the Deep Purple-tastic "Store Bought Bones." Three links to hot streams below.
Dinosaur Jr. -- Green Mind -- Rhino
Dinosaur Jr. -- Where You Been -- Rhino
The Raconteurs -- Broken Boy Soldiers -- V2