Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
RELEASE: In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition, “Live and Loud”
BACKSTORY: Nirvana’s final album receives a 20th anniversary reissue this week in multiple formats, including a 3CD/1DVD box set that includes a brand-new mix of the album, a host of B-sides, alternate mixes and early demos. The “Live and Loud” concert is also released separately (full tracklist).
RELEASE: Seasons of Your Day
BACKSTORY: The reunited Mazzy Star — David Roback of Rain Parade and Opal plus singer Hope Sandoval — this week release their first new album in 17 years. The set was preceded by first single “California,” and also features “In the Kingdom,” “Common Burn” and more (enter to win a test pressing).
New Model Army
RELEASE: Between Dog and Wolf
BACKSTORY: The U.K. post-punk act this week releases, in the U.K. (it’s out next week in the U.S.), ts 12th studio album and first in four years, a 14-track set on which the band debuts its new bassist. Songs include “I Need More Time,” “March in September” and “Horsemen” (see full tracklist).
RELEASE: And I’ll Scratch Yours
BACKSTORY: Peter Gabriel this week, in the U.K., finally releases the companion to 2010′s Scratch My Back, this time offering up versions of his songs covered by may of the artists (Arcade Fire, Lou Reed, Paul Simon) that he covered on the original. Not clear if there will be a U.S. release.
RELEASE: Live in Lyon
BACKSTORY: The Roxy Music frontman this week releases a live DVD/Blu-ray filmed in July 2011 in Lyon, France, during his tour in support of the Olympia album. Tracks include “Slave to Love,” “Just Like Tom Thumb’s Blues,” “Avalon,” “Jealous Guy,” “Love is the Drug” and more.
RELEASE: Just Desserts: The Complete Waitresses
BACKSTORY: Omnivore Recordings this week serves up a new compilation that combines both studio albums (1982′s Wasn’t Tomorrow Wonderful? and 1983′s Bruiseology) from the New Wave group (“I Know What Boys Like,” “Christmas Wrapping”), plus throws in a few bonus tracks.
RELEASE: The Brightest Light
BACKSTORY: The Mish this week release, in the U.K. (it’s already out in the U.S.), their first new album in six years — an 11-track effort that’s the first from the band to feature original band members Wayne Hussey, Simon Hinkler and Craig Adams since 1990 (full tracklist and stream now).
RELEASE: The Ghost Of The Mountain
BACKSTORY: The indie-folk supergroup — featuring R.E.M.’s Peter Buck, plus members of Snow Patrol and Belle & Sebastian — this week releases, in the U.S., its second album, featuring the songs “I’m Begging You Not To Go” and “The Creak in the Flooboards.” It was released in the U.K. last month.