First of all, Holy Crap!
Second of all, welcome back to Rack And Opinion. It's our first set of picks for 2007 for the best and most interesting new releases of the week. We've already gushed about The Shins' Wincing The Night Away below, so you know that is going into our shopping cart tomorrow when we step out at lunch. The record will probably be joined there by Deerhoof's Friend Opportunity. And we expect that Virgin will be deeply discounting the debut from Damon Albarn's The Good, The Bad And The Queen, so if we can get it for less than $10 we'll probably throw that in, too.
Other records of note this week include the solid solo debut from Pinback's Rob Crow, Clinic's latest spookfest Visitations and, for those of you living in the UK or those of you willing to pay through the nose for the import, the expanded reissue of Adam and The Ants' Kings Of The Wild Frontier. Really, we can think of nothing more groovy right now, and it would offer a nice listening counterpoint to The Good, The Bad And The Queen, we expect. Anyhoo, those discs and the rest of our picks are listed below, with hyperlinks going to related commercial opportunities with our friends over at Newbury Comics.
Adam and the Ants -- Kings Of The Wild Frontier [Expanded Reissue] -- SonyBMG [UK]
Animal Collective -- People EP -- Fat Cat
The Broken West -- I Can't Go On, I'll Go On -- Merge
Clinic -- Visitations -- Domino
Rob Crow -- Living Well -- Temporary Residence
Deerhoof -- Friend Opportunity -- Kill Rock Stars
The Good, The Bad And The Queen -- The Good, The Bad And The Queen -- Virgin
The Shins -- Wincing the Night Away -- Sub Pop