New Releases — April 30, 2012 at 6:00 am

New releases: The Primitives’ ‘Echoes and Rhymes,’ plus Swans, Stan Ridgway reissues

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 : The Primitives
RELEASE:  Echoes and Rhymes
 The reunited British indie-pop outfit this week releases its first full-length record in 21 years, a 14-track “concept covers album” that will “revisit songs from semi-obscure bands from the ’60s with women lead singers” in a variety of sonic styles. Tracks include “Turn Off the Moon,” “The Witch” and more (see full tracklist here).
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ARTIST : Swans
 The Burning World
 The one and only major-label release from Michael Gira’s famed post-punk act, originally released in 1989, is reissued this week after being out of print for years. The album was produced by Bill Laswell, and Gira has famously said, “I abhor that record.” The new edition is a straight reissue with no bonus material.


ARTIST : Stan Ridgway
 The Big Heat
BACKSTORY: The 1986 solo debut from the Wall of Voodoo frontman is reissued this week for the third time since 1993, expanded with four bonus tracks — but not the last two live tracks that were included on the 1993 and 2007 editions of the album. The record includes the alternative radio hit “Camouflage,” plus “Drive She Said.”




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