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Mueller's Musings: A Look at July Releases

July has some interesting releases, both from the indie world, as well as the world of top-name music acts.  The bigger name artists with releases this month include Oasis, Sonic Youth, Counting Crows, Robert Plant, and two of the most anticipated releases of the year: Bruce Springsteen's The Rising on July 30th and Dave Matthews Band's Busted Stuff on the 16th. 

Lesser known artists with new discs this month include the long-awaited Daybreak from Beth Orton on the 30th , her first album since 1999's beautiful Central Reservation.  The remaining members of Morphine are back under the name of The Twinemen with a self-title disc on the 9th.  On the 16th look out for the critically acclaimed Highly Involved from The Vines, while Mark Olson releases December's Child on the 23rd, featuring wife Victoria Williams and former Jayhawk's bandmate Gary Louris.  And of course don't forget the Silent Planet's compilation tribute to Beach Boy Brian Wilson, Making God Smile. 

Also, two discs of note that are already out: the new EP from Cush, the first in what is intended to be a three-part series of spirituals, and Michael Pritzl's new side-project, The Gravity Show with the disc Fabulous Like You.

The Beach Boys - Beach Boys Classics (including previously unreleased track) 
David Broza - Painted Postcard 
Doleful Lions - Out Like a Lamb 
Filter - Amagamut 
Kansas - The Ultimate Kansas 
Oasis - Heathen Chemistry 
Sonic Youth - Street Sauce to Murray Street
Paul Weller (of the Jam) - Days of Speed (live acoustic disc) 
Various - Black Magic: A Tribute to Santana 
Various - Sound+Vision: An Electronic Tribute to David Bowie 

Bonnie Bramlett - I'm Still the Same 
Jen Chapin - Open Wide (Harry Chapin's daughter) 
Counting Crows - Hard Candy 
Jellyfish - Fan Club (4-cd box set) 
Kieran Kane - The Blue Chair 
Jason Loewenstein - At Sixes and Sevens (of Sebadoh) 
Mighty Mighty Bosstones - A Jacknife to a Swan 
Bill Miller - Spirit Rain 
Pixies - Pixies (early demos) 
Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way 
Six By Seven - The Way I Feel Today 
Styx - At the River's Edge: Live in St. Louis 2000 
Twinemen - Twinemen 
Kevin Welch - Millionaire 

Joe Cocker - Respect Yourself 
Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots 
Halo Friendlies - Get Real 
Kutless - Kutless 
Marah - Float Away with the Friday Night Gods (featuring Bruce Springsteen) 
Dave Matthews Band - Busted Stuff (reworking of "Lillywhite Sessons" w/ new cuts) 
David Pirner - David Pirner (first solo effort from Soul Asylum frontman) 
Robert Plant - Dreamland 
Doug Powell - The Lost Chord 
Rocket from the Crypt - Hot Charity Cut and Play 
Simon & Garfunkel - Live from New York City 1967 
The Vines - Highly Involved 
Zao - A Parade of Chaos 
Various - Songs from the Penalty Box, Vol. 5 (Tooth & Nail artists) 

Ruben Blades - Mundo 
Solomon Burke - Don't Give Up on Me (featuring songs written specifically for Burke by Dylan, Costello, Waits, Van Morrison, Brian Wilson, Joe Henry and others)

Dag Nasty - Minority of One 
Mark Olson- December's Child 
Stephen Pearcey - Social Intercourse 

Def Leppard - X 
Filter - The Amalgamut 
Linkin Park - Reanimation (remixes from Hybrid Theory) 
Graham Nash - Songs for Survivors 
Beth Orton - Daybreaker 
Plankeye - Wings to Fly 
David Pirner - Faces and Names (of Soul Asylum) 
Bruce Springsteen - The Rising (first studio disc with full E-Street band since 1984) 
Linda Thompson - Fashionably Late 
Richard Thompson - Rumor and Sigh (DVD Audio w/ videos) 
Yes - In a Word (five disc compilation with six tracks never heard before) 
Various - Making God Smile: Artists' Tribute to the Songs of Beach Boy Brian Wilson 

Also in July: 
Pulp - We Love Life 

16 Horsepower - Folklore (U.S. release on Jet Set Records) 
Burlap to Cashmere - tba 
Chevelle - Wonder What's Next 
Lifehouse - tba 
Victoria Williams - Old Fashioned (covers of standards) 
Various - Total Lee: The Songs of Lee Hazelwood (featuring Evan Dando, Calexico, Lambchop, Jarvis Cocker, and others) 

Jay Farrar - ThirdShiftGrottoSlack (EP) 
Aimee Mann - Lost in Space (second self-released disc) 
Poor Old Lu - The Waiting Room 

Blindside - Silence (debut on Elektra) 

Bleach - Again for the First Time 
Black Crowes - Live 
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Heart 
Morella's Forest - Tiny Lights of Heaven 
Joan Osborne - Womanly Hips 

Also in August: 
Frank Black - two new discs tba 
Ted Nugent - Craveman (featuring Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, and others) 
Sleater-Kinney - tba 
Peter Wolf - Sleepless (featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Steve Earle, and members of Dylan's band) 

Also This Summer: 
Duran Duran - Singles Box '81 - '84 (12 CD set) 
The Minus 5 - Down with Wilco (Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, etc., featuring members of Wilco) 
Chris Stamey - Travels in the South (from dbs, featuring Ben Folds and others) 
Taproot - tba 

Element 101 - More Than Motion 
Bob Mould - Body of Song (acoustic album) 
Soft Cell - Cruelty Without Beauty (first new album in 18 years) 
Speech - Spiritual People 

Beck - tba 
Mortal - Nu-En-Jin 
Poor Old Lu - The Waiting Room 
Project 86 - Truthless Heroes 
Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown 
Various - I'm Your Biggest Fan, Vol. 2 (Tooth & Nail) 

In September: 
The Billions - Never Felt This Way Before 
Bjork - best of album 
Johnny Cash - American IV: When the Man Comes Around (w/ Rick Rubin) 
Rhett Miller - tba (Old 97s front man) 
The Baptist Generals - No Silver/No Gold 

Bon Voyage - The Right Amount 
Starflyer 59 - Can't Stop Eating (EP) 
Two Thirty Eight - You Should Be Living 

OC Supertones - Truth and Soul (produced by Charlie Peacock and Brent Bourgeois) 
Various - I'm You're Biggest Fan, vol. 2 (Tooth & Nail) 
Various - 80s Tribute, vol. 1 (Tooth & Nail) 

Too Bad Eugene - Moonlighting 

Various - Tooth & Nail Box Set 200 

Stay tuned for more... 
Ken Mueller 


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