New Releases — February 24, 2014 at 12:01 am

New releases: Bob Mould, Morrissey, Simple Minds, Neneh Cherry, The Woodentops

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Record Rack: A round-up of the week’s new albums, expanded reissues and/or box sets, appearing each Monday on Slicing Up Eyeballs.


Bob Mould WorkbookBob Mould

RELEASE: Workbook 25
BACKSTORY: Omnivore Recordings this week reissues Mould’s solo debut on CD and LP; the CD set also will include a complete 1989 performance from Chicago’s Cabaret Metro (see full tracklist).



RELEASE: Your Arsenal
BACKSTORY: Moz’s reissue campaign continues with the “definitive master” of his third album on LP and CD, the latter of which features a bonus DVD with a previously unreleased concert from 1991 (see full tracklist).


Simple MindsSimple Minds

RELEASE: Celebrate: The Greatest Hits Live + Tour 2013 – O2 Arena, London
BACKSTORY: Jim Kerr and Co. this week release a 2CD live set recorded on Nov. 30, 2013, at London’s O2 Arena on the band’s greatest-hits tour. Includes “Promised You a Miracle,” “Theme for Great Cities,” “See the Lights” and more.


Neneh CherryNeneh Cherry

RELEASE: Blank Project
BACKSTORY: Neneh Cherry returns this week with her first solo album in 16 years, a set produced by Four Tet and featuring a guest appearance by pop singer Robyn on the song “Out of the Black.”


The WoodentopsThe Woodentops

RELEASE: Granular Tales
BACKSTORY: The U.K. indie band returns this week with its first new studio album since 1988’s Woodenfoot Cops on the Highway. The new set, on Cherry Red Records, is preceded by the single “Third Floor Rooftop High.”


Peter GabrielPeter Gabriel

RELEASE: Scratch My Back and I’ll Scratch Yours
BACKSTORY: Peter Gabriel’s two-album set featuring a collection of his covers of other artists and a second collection of their covers of his music receives a limited-edition vinyl release this week.


The Afghan WhigsThe Afghan Whigs

RELEASE: Black Love
BACKSTORY: The Whigs’ fifth album receives a 180-gram audiophile vinyl pressing this week via Music On Vinyl. The album, presented in a gatefold sleeve, is available on vinyl for the first time since 1996.





  1. Amazon (US) seems to think that the vinyl version of “Workbook” contains the live set as well as the album tracks. Does anybody know if that’s correct?

  2. I love the cover for Black Love. The photo, the font, the title – everything! Fun fact: I’ve never actually heard anything off that release, go figure.

  3. Sadly it looks like Amazon is wrong in listing all the tracks for vinyl. From the official record site:

  4. Really excited about the new Woodentops record, it sounds like they haven’t lost any of the magic from their heyday, a truly underrated band!

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