May 14, 2006

Rack And Opinion: Release Date 5.16.06

Dinosaur Jr. -- Green MindIt's a pretty big week for new releases. Well, old releases. Rhino issues remastered and weakly expanded versions of the first two major label Dinosaur Jr. releases. A big deal to us, because 1991's Green Mind was what turned us onto Dinosaur in the first place. Also jump into the way-back machine for the newly collected The Best of Material Issue, a disc celebrating an indie rock trio from the late '80s and '90s that probably deserves more respect than it gets. Speaking of bands sort of lost in the sands of time, The Wonder Stuff have a new set. As does the latest incarnation of Damon Che's math rock behemoth Don Caballero. The latest from Greg Dulli's Twilight Singers is likely one of the strongest new sets hitting racks this week, although we haven't heard a note of it yet. Finally, it's worth pointing out that French electropop dreamers Hypo have a new record out on Active Suspension that you'll hopefully be able to find in the import bin sooner rather than later. Other notable electronic artists with new discs this week: Morgan Geist and Manual. All of these and our other picks for best releases of the week are listed below, with links going to relative commercial opportunities via our aromatherapists over at Insound.

Don Caballero -- World Class Listening Problem -- Relapse
Dinosaur Jr. -- Green Mind -- Rhino
Dinosaur Jr. -- Where You Been -- Rhino
Espers -- Espers II -- Drag City
Morgan Geist - Most of All -- Environ
Hypo and EDH - The Correct Use of Pets -- Active Suspension
Manual - Bajamar -- Darla
Material Issue -- 20th Century Masters: The Best of Material Issue -- Mercury
The Raconteurs -- Broken Boy Soldiers -- Third Man/V2
The Twilight Singers -- Powder Burns -- One Little Indian
The Wonder Stuff -- Suspended By Stars -- IRL

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