New Releases — February 20, 2012 at 6:33 am

New releases: Simple Minds, Dinosaur Jr, Sinead O’Connor, The Church’s Steve Kilbey

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 : Simple Minds 
BACKSTORY: Jim Kerr and Co.’s first five albums — Life In A DayReal To Real CacophonyEmpires and DanceSons and Fascination/Sister Feelings Calling and New Gold Dream (81, 82, 83, 84) — are reissued this week in a new 6CD box set with a total of 19 bonus tracks spread across the discs (see full tracklists here).
BUY: (CD box set)


ARTIST : Dinosaur Jr 
“Bug Live at 9:30 Club: In the Hands of the Fans”
The reunited rockers this week release a DVD and Blu-ray — overseen by Dave Markey, director of “1991: The Year Punk Broke” — featuring a full performance of 1988′s Bug filmed June 25, 2011,at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. The film features the full nine-song album plus performances of You’re Living All Over Me cuts “Sludgefeast” and “Raisans” (see full details here).
BUY: (DVD, Blu-ray)


ARTIST : Sinead O’Connor
How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
BACKSTORY: The Irish singer this week releases her first new album in five years, a 10-track album that is entirely written or co-written by O’Connor with the exception of a cover of “Queen of Denmark,” the title track off the acclaimed 2010 solo album by former Czars frontman John Grant (see tracklist here).


ARTIST : Isidore
Life Somewhere Else
Steve Kilbey of The Church and Remy Zero’s Jeffrey Cain return this week with their second album as Isidore, a 14-track record featuring such songs as “Some Reverse Magic,” “The Headight Child,” “Song for the Moon,” “You Will Remain,” “Belle in Mid Air,” “Old Black Spirit” and more.




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