Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.
ARTIST: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross
RELEASE: The Social Network
BACKSTORY: The former Nine Inch Nails mastermind and his producer/musician partner this week release their 19-track score to the box-office topping movie about the rise and, uh, rise of Facebook. The score will be sold as a CD, download or “dual 180-gram vinyl triple gatefold package.”
BUY IT: The Social Network via Amazon.com
ARTIST: The Cult
RELEASE: “Everyman and Woman is a Star”
BACKSTORY: Back in July, the British hard-rockers released a new four-track “capsule” via iTunes, a new self-declared format that’s somehow not just an EP. This week, the band releases a limited-edition, 1,000-copy run of 180-gram 12-inch singles featuring two of the capsule’s songs: the title track and “Siberia.”
BUY IT: “Everyman and Woman is a Star” via The Ideal Copy
ARTIST: Duran Duran
RELEASES: Notorious, Big Thing
BACKSTORY: For those who didn’t spring for the imports a few weeks back, this week sees the delayed release of the latest in DD’s series of expanded reissues: 2CD/1DVD editions of the band’s 1986 and 1988 albums, featuring a bevy of bonus tracks and remixes, plus videos and live performances. (See full tracklists here.)
BUY IT: Notorious, Big Thing via Amazon.com
ARTIST: Suzanne Vega
RELEASES: Close-Up: Vol. 2, People and Places
BACKSTORY: The singer-songwriter this week releases the second in her series of four planned thematically grouped collections of re-recorded back catalog; this installment features some of her biggest ’80s hits — including “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” — all performed acoustically.
BUY IT: Close-Up: Vol. 2, People and Places via Amazon.com
ARTIST: John Foxx
BACKSTORY: The synth pioneer and former Ultravox singer this week releases, in the U.K., a new CD/DVD set that collects pieces the electronic musician scored for work by some of his favorite filmmakers, plus additional tracks that he recorded as “possibilities” for soundtracks with favored collaborators such as Harold Budd.
BUY IT: D.N.A. via Amazon.co.uk