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Mueller's Musings: A Look at May 2003 Releases 

The record industry ups the ante this month with some seriously hot music.  On May 6th there are new releases from Blur, Unwed Sailor, John Hiatt, Goldfrapp, and an EP from Sea and Cake. The following week John Hiatt gets the tribute treatment with a whole lotta artists performing his songs.  On May 20th Kings X has a new album of old songs (don't ask...just check it out), while Starflyer 59 is back with a new lineup and one great disc.  Also that day is the powerpop/folk supertrio of  The Thorns, and there are also new discs from The Pernice Brothers, The Incredible Moses Leroy, and the long awaited disc from Live.  Then, wrapping up the month on the 27th, some nice live music from Led Zeppelin.  This includes a 3-cd set as well as a double DVD set.  These discs present live Zep in a way that "The Song Remains the Same" never could.  Also that day is the debut disc from Joy Electric's Ronnie Martin's new sideproject, Shepherd.  And rumor has it there could be a new CUSH disc this month...but no official release date has been given.

5/6/03 
Anberlin - Blueprints for the Black Market 
Mark Bacino - The Million Dollar Milkshake 
Janet Bean and the Concertina Wire - Dragging Wonder Lake 
Blur - Think Tank 
Paul Brady - Songbook 
Brave Combo - Box of Ghosts 
Johnny Cash - Greatest! 
The Children's Hour - SOS JFK 
Delirious? - Libertad 
Elastica- Radio 1 Sessions 
Goldfrapp - Black Cherry 
John Hiatt & the Goners - Beneath This Gruff Exterior 
Isley Brothers - Body Kiss 
Jack Johnson - On and On 
Etta James - Let's Roll 
Walt Kelly with Norman Monath - Songs of the Pogo (reissue of 1956 album) 
Leadbelly - Take This Hammer: The Complete RCA Recordings 
Lefty's Deceiver - Cheats 
Martin Lloyd - Marigold 
Lonesome Organist - tba 
Ashley MacIsaac - Ashley MacIsaac 
Rich Mullins - Here in America (cd/dvd) 
New Pornographers - Electric Version 
Pleasure Forever - After 
Public Enemy - Son of a Bush 
Sea and Cake - Glass EP 
Serart - Serart 
Kate Taylor - Beautiful Road 
Richard Thompson - Old Kit Bag (w/ limited edition bonus disc) 
Ultrabeat - Shine Through My Life 
Unwed Sailor - The Marionette and the Music Box 
Tom Wehrle - Something You Can't Find 
Andrea Zonn - Love Goes On (w/ Alison Krauss, Amy Grant, Beth Nielsen Chapman, and Alison Brown, etc.) 
Soundtrack - Matrix Reloaded (w/ POD, Deftones, Linkin Park, etc.) 

5/13/03 
Alkaline Trio - Good Mourning 
Brian Jonestown Massacre - Space Girl and Other Favorites 
George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars - Six Degrees of P-Funk (best of...) 
John Eddie - Who the Hell is John Eddie? 
Macy Gray - The Trouble with Being Myself 
Tish Hinojosa - The Best of: Live 
The Klezmatics - Shvaygn = Toyt 
Todd Snider - Near Truths and Hotel Rooms 
Third Eye Blind - Out of the Vein 
Greg Trooper - Floating 
Various - It'll Come to You: The Songs of John Hiatt (w/ Willie Nelson, Patty Griffin,  Buddy & Julie Miller, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, BB King, Nick Lowe, Emmylou Harris, and others)

5/20/03 
Paul Brady - Songbook (DVD version) 
Sarah Brightman - Harem 
Cracker/Leftover Salmon - O Crack Where Are Thou? 
Candy Dulfer - Right in My Soul 
Deftones - Deftones 
Earth, Wind, and Fire - The Promise 
Sammy Hagar - Hallelujah 
Ed Harcourt - From Every Sphere 
Richard Hawley - Lowedges (guitarist from Pulp) 
Kings X - Black Like Sunday 
The Incredible Moses Leroy - Become the Soft Lightes 
Less Than Jake - Anthem 
Live - Birds of Pray 
Lucerin Blue - Tales of the Knife 
Lynyrd Skynyrd - Vicious Cycle 
Nicole Nordeman - Live at the Door 
Pernice Brothers - Yours, Mine and Ours 
Righteous Boy - I Sing Because of You (Cardigans/Shudder to Think side project) 
Seven Places - Lonely for the Last Time 
Staind - 14 Shades of Grey (w/ limited edition DVD) 
Starflyer 59 - Old 
The Thorns - No Blue Sky (new band of Matthew Sweet, Shawn Mullins, Pete Droge) 
Ultimate Fakebook - Before We Spark 

5/27/03 
Califone - Deceleration Two 
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orch. - Small World Big Band vol. 2: More Friends (f. Bono, Norah Jones, Robert Plant, etc.)

Led Zeppelin - How the West Was Won (3-cd live performances from Long Beach in 1972) 
Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin DVD (two discs w/ various live performances) 
Vince Neil - Live at the Whisky - One Night Only 
Shepherd - Committing to Tape (new Ronnie Martin project) 
The Yellowjackets - Time Squared 

Also tentative in May: 
CUSH - untitled full-length disc 

6/3/03 
Eels - Shootenanny! 
John Mellencamp - Trouble No More 
Dean Wareham/Britta Phillips - L'Avventura (Luna side project) 
Lou Reed - NYC Man: The Ultimate Collection 
Gillian Welch - Soul Journey 

6/10/03 
Agony Scene - Agony Scene 
Bruce Cockburn - You've Never Seen Everything 
Fountains of Wayne - Welcome Interstate Managers 
LPG - The Gadfly 
Metallica - St. Anger 
Radiohead - Hail to the Thief 
Steely Dan - Everything Must Go 
Waterboys - Universal Hall (UK only) 

6/17/03 
East West - Hope in Anguish 
The Mars Volta - De-Loused in the Comatorium (former At the Drive In members) 
Holly Nelson - Leaving the Yard 

6/24/03 
Everman - Everman 
Jay Farrar - Terroir Blues 
Grand Incredible - Gi-Gantic 
Wtashi Wa - The Love of Life 

Also in June: 
Five Iron Frenzy - The End is Near (final album) 
Guster - Keep it Together 
The Cure - The Trilogy: Live in Berlin (DVD) 

7/8/03 
All Things Bright and Beautiful - tba (former Luxury frontman Lee Bozeman) 
Grand Incredible - Gi-gantic 
Juliana Theory - Live: 10/13/2001 

7/22/03 
Queensryche - Tribe 

8/5/03 
Bill Mallonee - Perfume Letter 

Also in August: 
REM - Best of REM 

September: 
Sting - tbd 

Also arriving in 2003: 
Black 47 - New York Town 
BoDeans - tba 
Burlap to Cashmere - tba 
Dashboard Confessional - A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar 
Fish - Field of Crowes (former Marillion singer) 
Kurt Neumann - tba 
Bob Walkenhorst - The Beginner 

Stay tuned for more...
Ken Mueller
 
 
 
 

 

 
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