November 14, 2006

Rack And Opinion: Release Date 11.14.06

The Wrens -- SecaucusFor those of us who don't really have an interest in Joanna Newsom (who releases the very anticipated Ys today), this week's new releases are sort of a hodge-podge. If you've got a lot of banknotes lining your pockets and a serious fixation with The Clash, then the new The Singles box set is for you. It includes something on the order of 19 individual CDs made to look like the 19 vinyl singles the legendary punkers issued over its career. Reissue fans also have two Wrens sets, a Neil Young live record and an Adam & The Ants disc to consider. The safe bet for a truly new new release is Trail Of Dead's So Divided, which we've been spinning off and on for a couple weeks. It's definitely a step forward from Worlds Apart, and the pre-release teaser track "Wasted State Of Mind" has a hook that will set up shop in your head and never leave. Not to mention the odd polyrhythmic drumming that kicks off the track. Expect a review sometime soon. Anyhoo, those records and the rest of our picks for the week are listed below. Links go to relevant commercial opportunities with our friends over at Newbury Comics, because we like to support the scene.

Adam & The Ants -- Kings of the Wild Frontier [Remastered] -- Sony BMG [UK]
... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead -- So Divided -- Interscope [Stream it here]
The Clash -- The Singles [box set] -- Epic/Legacy
Depeche Mode -- The Best of Volume 1 [CD/DVD] -- Sire/Reprise
Jarvis Cocker -- Jarvis -- Rough Trade [UK]
Mercury Rev -- Hello Blackbird: A Soundtrack by Mercury Rev -- V2 [UK]
The Wrens -- Secaucus [Reissue] -- Wind-Up
The Wrens -- Silver [Reissue] -- Wind-Up
Neil Young & Crazy Horse -- Live at the Fillmore East 1970 [CD/DVD] -- Reprise [Stream it here]


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