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Mueller's Musings: A Look at February 

This will be the first of what will hopefully be a monthly look at upcoming releases in the world of mainstream rock and pop.  I make no claims as to how good any of these albums will be, and there are some decided prejudices in favor of my personal tastes, but I'll try to throw in other stuff that some readers might be interested in.  I also make no claims as to the accuracy of the release dates.  Remember, this is the record industry, where "yes" means "no " and "black" means "white." 

Anyway, here is a look at what is coming out during the month of February.

Among the top releases for February are a few indie albums.  TW Walsh (friend and cohort of Pedro the Lion) releases the Pollen Songs EP on the My Pal God label on February 11th, and he continues his reputation as the saddest guy in music.  Meanwhile, Damian Jurado and his band, Gathered in Song, release I Break Chairs on SubPop on February 19th.  Jurado, also an associate of Pedro the Lion, continues to rock out a bit as he did on his last disc, Ghost of David.  Also coming out on February 19th is Capricornica, the latest disc from Midnight Oil.  On February 12th we'll hear the latest release from Aussie Kasey Chambers called Barricades and Brickwalls.  Chambers is a "folk-country" singer who has been influenced heavily by the likes of Buddy and Julie Miller, as well as Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams.  Her U.S. debut was 2000's The Captain.  February also brings about a lot of reissues, including a remastered version of Point of Know Return from Kansas.  For the younger set, Kansas was one of the seminal art-rock bands of the 70s with music and lyrics that were heavily marked by the spiritual journey of Kerry Livgren.  In the late 70s Livgren became a Christian and, in addition to continuing on and off with Kansas, he released a number of important solo albums. Point of Know Return is a great album that will delight anyone who listens to music for intelligent lyrics and spirituality.

Now a complete look, week by week, of new releases:

(delete the King Crimson entry...being rescheduled)
The CHurch - After Everything...Now This
Robin & Linda Williams w/ Garrison Keillor - Visions of Love
various artists - Rock Music: A Tribute to Weezer (including Further Seems
Forever and Dashboard Confessional)
various artists - The Electronic Tribute to Pink Floyd, vol. 2
Grateful Dead - Dick's Picks volumes 13 -18 (limited time only)
Soft Cell - Non-stop Erotic Cabaret (rerelease w/ bonus mixes)
The Nice - Swedish Radio Sessions

(delete the Meshell Ndegeocello release...bumped to april)
Luka Bloom - Between the Mountain and the Moon (Sinead O'Connor guests)
Josh Clayton-Felt - Spirit Touches Ground
The Mendoza Line - Lost in Revelry
N*E*R*D - In Search of...
Tom Paxton - Your Shoes, My Shoes
Freedy Johnston - Primitive Years
Richard Shindell - Courier (featuring cover of Springsteen's "4th of July,
Asbury Park")
Teenage Fanclub and Jad Fair - Words of Wisdom and Hope
Aphex Twin - Selected Ambient Works '85 - '92
Aphex Twin - Classics
Chet Atkins - Picks on the Grammys (rerelease)

(delete previous entry for teenage fanclub as it is now on 2/12)
Apoptygma Berzerk - Harmonizer
The Bottle Rockets - Songs of Sahm (tribute to the late Doug Sahm)
Echo and the Bunnymen - Live at Lipa
Josh Rouse - Under Cold Blue Stars
Sneaker Pimps - Bloodsport
The BoDeans - Slash and Burn: The Best of

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Source Tags & Codes
The Alarm - Acoustic Standards
Black 47 - On Fire Live 2001
The Breeders - untitled
Club 8 - Spring Came, Rain Fell
The Czars - The Ugly People vs. The Beautiful People (U.S. release)
Extol - EP
Still Breathing - September
Neil Finn - 7 Worlds Collide
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones - Live at the Quick
Great Big Sea - Sea of Cares
Tonio K. - 16 Tons of Monkeys
Eric Lichter - Palm Wine Sunday Blue
Lasse Lindh - You Wake Upat Sea-Tac
Rev. Horton Heat - Lucky 7
Under Oath - The Changing of Times
Violet Indiana - Casino
various artists - Steel Guitar Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd
Various artists - a tribute to Tool
Original SOundtrack - Roswell (featuring Dido, Coldplay, and Sarah
various artists - Fast Folk: A Community of Singers and Songwriters

Billy Bragg and the BLokes - England, Half-English
Brandy - Full Moon
Natalie Imbruglia - Whitte Lilies Island
Jars of Clay - The Eleventh Hour
Led Zeppelin - IV (re-release on 2 cds)
Lo-Fidelity Allstars - Don't Be Afraid of Love (w/ guest Greg Dulli of
Afghan Whigs)
Pop Unknown - The August Division
Psychedelic Furs - reissues of Forever Now, Psychedelic Furs, and Talk Talk
Songs: Ohia - Didn't It Rain
Volumizer - Gaga for Gigi

Califone - Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People
Calibretto - Adventures in Tokyo
Hayden - Skyscraper National Park
Masters of the Hemisphere - I Can't Believe the Volume
Bob Mould - Modulate 
Six Parts Seven - Things Shaped in Passing
Squad Five-O - Squad Five-O
Uncle Tupelo - Greatest Hits

Luna - Romantica
Pine Valley Cosmonauts - The Executioner's Last Songs (featuring Steve
Earle, Neko Case, Johnny Dowd, and others)
Rye Coalition - On Top
Six by Seven - The Way I Feel
Patti Smith - Land 1975 to 2002 (2 CD featuring hits, outtakes, demos, live
songs, and poetry)
Ultimate Fakebook - Open Up and Say Awesome

Low - video compilation (DVD)
Woven Hand - Woven Hand (16 Horsepower side project - European release only)

Mark Eitzel - Courage and Confidence (all cover songs)
Gloria Record - Start Here
Patty Griffin - 1000 Kisses
Tom Waits - Alice
Tom Waits - Blood Money

Pedro the Lion - Control

764-HERO - Nobody Knows This is Everywhere
Elvis Costello - When I Was Cruel
Promise Ring - Woodwater
Paul Westerberg - Stereo/Mono (1st studio release in 3 years)

Weezer - Maladroit

DJ Shadow - to be announced

Sparta - TBA (At The Drive In spinoff)

Also coming out in mid-may:
Box Car Racer - untitled (side project of Blink 182 members)

In June:
Loudbomb - Long Playing Grooves (electronica project of Bob Mould)
Starflyer 59 - EP

In September:
Bob Mould - Body of Song (acoustic album)

More to come...
Ken Mueller


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