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Mueller's Musings: A Look at August Releases

The heart of the summer is here and things are heating up in August.  On August 6th we'll see the U.S. release of the wonderful 16 Horsepower disc "Folklore," which has been out in Europe for about a month.  Also of note that day is the new Victoria Williams disc of old standards.  On the 13th it's the release of Jay Farrar's solo EP, as well as another self-released disc from songstress Aimee Mann, and a long awaited Poor Old Lu disc.  Highlights for the 20th include two, count 'em, two new discs from Frank Black and the Catholics, as well as Blindsides debut disc for Elektra.  Also that day is the latest from the Rock and Roll Worship Circus.  And finally, on August 27th we get to hear new discs from Coldplay, Morella's Forest, and the Black Crowes, as well as a special re-release of POD's "Satellite" which includes three new songs and an extra DVD of videos and concert footage.

16 Horsepower - Folklore (U.S. release on Jet Set Records) 
Rick Danko - Best of 
Kevin Fowler - High on the Hog (w/ Willie Nelson) 
Richard X. Heyman - Basic Glee 
LA Symphony  - Call it What You Want 
Allison Moorer - Miss Fortune 
Victoria Williams - Sings Some Ol' Songs (Standards) 
Various - Total Lee: The Songs of Lee Hazelwood (featuring Evan Dando, Calexico, Lambchop, Jarvis Cocker, and others) 

Dag Nasty - Minority of One 
Marianne Faithful - Kissin' Time 
Jay Farrar - ThirdShiftGrottoSlack (EP) (ex-Son Volt/Uncle Tupelo) 
Steve Forbert - More Young, Guitar Days (unreleased tracks, demos, live songs) 
Grits - The Art of Translation 
Aimee Mann - Lost in Space (second self-released disc) 
Mary Lee's Corvette - Blood on the Track 
Peter Mulvey - Ten Thousand Mornings 
Nerf Herder - American Cheese 
Nickel Creek - This Side (produced by Alison Krauss 
Norma Jean - Bless the Martyr, Kiss the Child 
The Posies - At Least, At Last (4 cd box set) 
James Taylor - October Road 
Various - The Angels are Singing (Rounder Records) 

Frank Black & The Catholics - Black Letter Days 
Frank Black & The Catholics - Devil's Workshop 
Blindside - Silence (debut on Elektra) 
Neko Case - Blacklisted (featuring Howie Gelb) 
The Mekons - O.O.O.H. 
Grant-Lee Phillips - Ladies' Love Oracle 
Pulp - We Love Life (U.S. release) 
Rock & Roll Worship Circus - Welcome to the Rock & Roll Worship Circus 
Sleater-Kinney - One Beat 
Sonia Dada - Barefoot Soul 
Tegan & Sara - If It Was You (on Neil Young's Vapor Records)
Travail - tba 
Kelly Willis - Easy 

Bleach - Again, for the First Time 
Black Crowes - Live (2 cds) 
Johnny Cash - Ballads of the True West 
Johnny Cash - Silver 
Johnny Cash - Live at Madison Square Garden 
Johnny Cash - Songs of Our Soil 
Chevelle - Wonder What's Next 
Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head 
Dixie Chicks - Home (featuring songs by Patty Griffin, Stevie Nicks, and others) 
Gordon Gano - Hitting the Ground (Violent Femmes frontman) 
Bob Geldof - Sex, Age, & Death 
Morella's Forest - Tiny Lights of Heaven 
Of Montreal - Aldhill Arboretum 
Joan Osborne - Womanly Hips 
POD - Satellite (new version with bonus tracks and DVD) 
Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf 
Duncan Shiek - Daylight 
Peter Wolf - Sleepless (featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Steve Earle, and members of Dylan's band) 

Also This Summer: 
The Minus 5 - Down with Wilco (Scott McCaughey, Peter Buck, etc., featuring members of Wilco) 

The Baptist Generals - No Silver/No Gold 
The Replacements - re-issues of first four albums 

Element 101 - More Than Motion 
Radney Foster - Another Way to Go (w/ Chely Wright, Kim Richey, and Chris Thile of Nickel Creek) 
Lifehouse - Stanley Climbfall 
Bob Mould - Body of Song (acoustic album) 
Bebo Norman - Myself When I am Real 
Soft Cell - Cruelty Without Beauty (first new album in 18 years) 
Speech - Spiritual People 

Ryan Adams - Demolition (13 demo recordings) 
Ceilli Rain - No You-No Me 
Sixpence None the Richer - Divine Discontent 

Beck - tba
John Fahey - Christmas Guitar, Volume 1 
John McCutcheon - Winter Solstice 
Rhett Miller - The Instigator (Old 97s front man) 
Mortal - Nu-En-Jin 
Poor Old Lu - The Waiting Room 
Project 86 - Truthless Heroes 
Switchfoot - The Beautiful Letdown 
Butch Thompson & Laura Sewell - Bethlehem After Dark 
Various - Sounds Eclectic Too (live KCRW - featuring REM, Dido, Coldplay, Starsailor, Nick Cave, Cousteau and more) 
Various - I'm Your Biggest Fan, Vol. 2 (Tooth & Nail) 

In September: 
Bjork - best of album 
Johnny Cash - American IV: When the Man Comes Around (w/ Rick Rubin) 
Peter Gabriel - Up 
Peter Case - Beeline 
Santana - Shaman 

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

Jets to Brazil - Perfecting Loneliness 

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) 

Also in October: 
Apples in Stereo - tba 

Too Bad Eugene - Moonlighting 

Burlap to Cashmere - tba 
Plumb - tba 
Various - Tooth & Nail Box Set 200 

Looking ahead to 2003: 
Chris Stamey - Travels in the South (from dbs, featuring Ben Folds and others) 

Stay tuned for more... 

Ken Mueller 


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