• The holiday gift-giving season is a still a few months away, but you should start begging now for the new Johnny Cash box set, Cash: The Legend. The four-CD offering is a beautiful testament t.o the beloved icon, saluting the 50th anniversary of his first single, "Cry, Cry, Cry," and the upcoming biopic Walk the Line, arriving in theatres in November.
Next week Louisville, Kentucky's Center for Women & Families gets a boost from the Coalition of Independent Record Stores, as it will receive the proceeds from a limited-edition EP only available at the coalition's exclusive list of 27 retailers nationwide.
• My pick of the week is the infectious, funky, laid-back perfection of the Animal Liberation Orchestra, waxing a soulful, pensive philosophy of "traversing and rehearsing and perversing along the doubt-laden extension-cord thread of life" in "Welcome to Your Barbeque," one of 10 wickedly tasty jams on the group's new CD, Fly Between Falls.
Seattle's KEXP-FM is prepping its first CD, a selection of rare tracks recorded in the radio station's studios that's simply titled Live at KEXP Vol. 1. Available online and in stores next month, the 19-track set is a who's-who of modern-rock stardom with Joseph Arthur, Interpol, The Flaming Lips, Belle & Sebastian, The Shins, Ben Lee, Sonic Youth, Air, Michael Franti & Spearhead, and My Morning Jacket offering up exclusive tracks.
One of indie rock's most valuable players, Solid Public Relations, has just released a nifty benefit album packed with clients from its roster. Simply entitled Solid PR Presents: Volume 1, the two-CD set raises funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and the firm is already looking toward a second volume to be released in January.
This coming Tuesday brings the DVD release of Bodysong, the award-winning documentary film featuring an epic, ambient soundtrack by Jonny Greenwood, the multi-instrumental genius of Radiohead. Produced in 2002 and winning numerous awards last year as it toured in limited release in art-house theatres, this powerful collection of slow-motion images weaves a silent journey through the life experience we all share, as our cells emerge, bond, and multiply, until their failure in ultimate death.
• This Tuesday brings a cool collection of rarities from Fountains of Wayne, filling two CDs with B sides from out-of-print singles, cover tracks, and hard-to-find songs from various compilations. Entitled Out-of-State Plates, the Virgin Records set features two new songs, the first "official" release of the band's 1999 take on Britney Spears' hit " .
The smooth stylings of 1960s teen idol Paul Anka are back with Rock Swings, a new album of cover songs aimed at younger ears. Recently reaching number one on the German pop-album charts, this domestic issue on Verve Records features some hard-to-imagine interpretations, with his take on Billy Idol's "Eyes Without a Face" and Van Halen's "Jump.
The warming weather might be calling you outside to play, but a hefty stack of stellar DVDs is tempting you to stay inside with lost footage and behind-the-scenes secrets. A tremendous labor of love is released this Tuesday with T.
• The vaults of Motown Records have been opened up for a select group of modern-day DJs and producers, and the fruits of these new interpretations are released this week. Simply entitled Motown Remixed, the 15-track CD is a master list of classic singles and a who's who of mixology.