New Releases — June 21, 2009 at 11:12 am

In stores this week: R.E.M.’s ‘Reckoning’ reissue; new Dinosaur Jr, Lemonheads CDs

R.E.M., 'Reckoning: Deluxe Edition'

Record Rack: A weekly round-up of the pertinent new releases hitting stores this Tuesday:

RELEASE: Reckoning: Deluxe Edition
BACKSTORY: The second installment in the band’s 2CD reissue series features the classic 1984 album on one disc, and a 16-track bonus disc that includes  a concert recorded July 7, 1984, at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom, featuring live performances of eight of Reckoning’s 10 songs, plus “Gardening at Night” from the Chronic Town EP and “Radio Free Europe,” “9-9″ and “Sitting Still” from Murmur.

ARTIST: Dinosaur Jr
BACKSTORY: With its classic ’80s lineup — J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph — still intact, the seminal indie-rock trio issues its second post-comeback album this week on CD and vinyl, as well as a limited-edition 2CD set that includes four more new songs on the second disc.
BUY IT: Jagjaguar Records,

ARTIST: The Lemonheads
RELEASE: Varshons
BACKSTORY: Evan Dando and his latest assortment of sidemen issue an 11-track covers album produced by the Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes and featuring covers of songs by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Wire, Gram Parsons and G.G. Allin — plus that increasingly oft-covered, Linda Perry-penned Christina Aguilera hit “Beautiful.”
BUY IT: The End Records,


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