Out This Week 11/25

Local Music, In Stores Now
11/25/2014
Janice Headley

No, we haven't time-warped to twenty years ago: on this holiday week, the reissues and anniversary editions dominate the new release list. One of the highlights is the reissue of Flake Music's 1997 debut (and sole release) When You Land Here, It’s Time to Return. Flake Music was an early incarnation of The Shins, featuring much of the same line-up minus one guy. They even had a song titled "The Shins." The album has been remixed by Kennie Takahashi, remastered by J.J. Golden, and re-released by The Shins' home Sub Pop along with James Mercer's own label, Aural Apothecary.

Another highlight of the week comes from local label Light in the Attic with their compilation Native North America (Vol. 1): Aboriginal Folk, Rock, and Country 1966–1985. This ambitious 2CD/3LP collection captures music by the "indigenous peoples of Canada and the northern United States, recorded in the turbulent decades between 1966 to 1985." It's an impressive set featuring comprehensive liner notes, artist interviews, unseen archival photos, and translated lyrics.

The remastered reissue of Cursive's 2003 album The Ugly Organ adds eight previously unreleased tracks recorded during those sessions. The reissue of landmark Public Enemy album It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back also includes a second disc compiling bonus mixes and a DVD of 1989's Fight the Power… Live, an out-of-print VHS of live performances and music videos from the album. And Seattle's own Soundgarden share a rarities collection curated by guitarist Kim Thayil, featuring B-sides, EPs, bonus tracks, live recordings, songs recorded for soundtracks and compilations, and seven previously unreleased tracks.

  • Various Artists
  • from Native North America, Vol.1: Aboriginal Folk, Rock and Country 1966-1985 on Light in the Attic Records
  • The Brand New Heavies – “Sweet Freeek”
  • from Sweet Freaks on Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Cursive – “Art Is Hard”
  • from The Ugly Organ [Deluxe Edition] on Saddle Creek Records
  • Deadmau5 – “I Remember (Shiba San Remix)”
  • from 5 Years of Mau5 on mau5trap
  • Flake Music – “Spanway Hits”
  • from When You Land Here It's Time to Return [2014 Remix] on Aural Apothecary / Sub Pop
  • Public Enemy – “Don't Believe The Hype”
  • from It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back [Deluxe Edition] on Def Jam
  • R.E.M.
  • from REMTV DVD on Rhino Records
  • September Girls – “Veneer”
  • from Veneer EP on Kanine Records
  • Simple Minds – “Midnight Walking”
  • from Big Music on Caroline
  • Soundgarden – “Kristi”
  • from Echo of Miles: Scattered Tracks Across the Path on A&M

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