New Music Monday: Something Else! sorts through the week's notable releases

Here’s a run down — with a few of our thoughts — on some notable music projects, both new and reissue, slated for release for the week of Oct. 31, 2011. That includes fresh product from the Decemberists, Keith Jarrett, Nils Lofgren, Lou Reed/Metallica and Enrico Rava — as well as interesting updates of older items by Aerosmith, the Beach Boys, Miles Davis, Nels Cline and (well, actually, not so much) U2.

NEW MUSIC MONDAY FOR OCT. 31, 2011:

Beegie Adair, Into Somethin,’ CMD (Pop/Rock)
Ryan Adams, Ashes and Fire, CAP (Pop/Rock)

AEROSMITH, ROCKS [35th Anniversary Edition-Import], SONY JAPAN (POP/ROCK): Aerosmith was at the top of their game, tickling folks black and blue with their chugging hard rock anthems that forged refreshing roads. A tad less melodic and a few pounds heavier than the band’s prior albums, the record emits a rather dark, disturbing and doomy ambience. Loud, sleazy and erupting with power and venom, some folks consider Rocks to be Aerosmith’s best album — and for good reason. (More here.)Beverly Paterson

David Anthony, Location, Location, Location, Entertainment One (Urban)
AM & Shawn Lee, Celestial Electric, ESL Music (Pop/Rock)
Johann Sebastian Bach, Rough Guide to Classical Composition, World Music Network (Classical)]

THE BEACH BOYS, THE SMILE SESSIONS (POP/ROCK): Some summer sounds come and go: Cicadas, Weed Eaters, Ricky Martin. Not these. Cue them up, and the sun is always shining. Of course, early on with the Beach Boys, a series of memorable girls — Rhonda, Barbara Ann, these West Coast lovelies — worked as soft soil for Brian Wilson’s blossoming imagination. But by the time of The Smile Sessions, Wilson had grander plans. He didn’t quite get there. Still, this unfinished masterpiece included “Good Vibrations,” which became the Beach Boys’ zenith — a shimmering rock opera of unrelated, but still interlocking parts … like June, July and August. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

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Ludwig Van Beethoven, Rough Guide to Classical Composition, World Music Network (Classical)
Justin Bieber, Under The Mistletoe, Island (Holiday)
Big Business, Big Biz Quadruple Single, Chicago Independent (Pop/Rock)
Blouse, Blouse, Captured Tracks (Pop/Rock)
Susan Boyle, Someone To Watch Over Me, Syco-Columbia (Pop/Rock)

THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET, THEIR LAST TIME OUT, COLUMBIA-LEGACY (JAZZ): The title isn’t just another clever play on “time” related words: It really is the last show the great Brubeck Quartet ever played together. This will be a must for big fans; for others, it may be better to see what the reaction is. At Carnegie Hall is the definitive live recording of this group, as far as I (and most) are concerned, and another set may just be overkill.Tom Johnson
Love At Carnegie Hall. It might actually be THE Brubeck record to get before all the others, not Time Out. — S. Victor Aaron

JACK BRUCE, LIVE ’75 [Import/Japan] (Pop/Rock): Is this the Mick Jones/Carla Bley lineup? That’s got to be one of the oddest combinations of talent in all of rock, but this short-lived band could have been a contender had they stuck it out for longer than a few months. — S. Victor Aaron

Benny Carter, All That Jazz, Nimbus (Jazz)

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NELS CLINE, ANGELICA, ENJA (JAZZ): Nels is extremely productive, especially when you count his sideman work (like this recent one, by former Quartet Music bandmate Jeff Gaunthier). The pace of making his own records has slowed down a bit from last year, though, so maybe this was a good time for his old label Enja to reissue one of his early, lesser known efforts from the early 90s and give his newer fans something to explore from his back catalog. — S. Victor Aaron

JOHN COLTRANE, ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: LUSH LIFE/ SOULTRANE/ STARDUST/ BURRELL AND COLTRANE [Box Set], FANTASY (JAZZ): A collection of some of Trane’s most overlooked records of the ’50s (Lush Life might have been a bonafide classic had the piano player showed up for all the sessions). They should have tossed in Traneing In to make it more complete.S. Victor Aaron

Donna D Cruz, Rasa Swank, Rasa (Electronica)

MILES DAVIS QUINTET, ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: COOKIN’/ RELAXIN’/ WORKIN’/ STEAMIN’ [Box Set], FANTASY (JAZZ): Here’s the only review you need to read about it: You cannot go wrong with this.S. Victor Aaron

THE DECEMBERISTS, LONG LIVE THE KING (POP/ROCK): So is this EP an alternative to the release of a “deluxe” edition of The King Is Dead? It’s funny how fans get pissed off at that tactic and then buy the thing anyway. I’m a big fan of these guys but somehow managed to not hear the original album. I’ll have to rectify that and get this as well, because I’ve just got to hear them doing the Dead’s “Row Jimmy.”Mark Saleski
I guess with a title like The King Is Dead, this follow-up EP was an obvious conclusion, but with how well that album turned out, more from those sessions is a welcome thing.Tom Johnson

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The Dreaming, Puppet (Pop/Rock)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions, Apocryphal Fire In The Warehouse And Other Explanations, Chicago Independent (Jazz)

FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE, CEREMONIALS, UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC (POP/ROCK): There’s a lot of buzz out there about Florence. I’ve haven’t reached my final conclusion yet (more listening is required), but what I’ve heard strikes me as in the vein of Joanna Newsom, though much less eccentric.Mark Saleski

A Great Big Pile of Leaves, Have You Seen My Prefrontal, B9R (Pop/Rock)

VINCE GUARALDI, THE CHARLIE BROWN COLLECTION [Box Set], FANTASY (HOLIDAY): Now that you’ve read that, just try to get the Charlie Brown Christmas song out of your head.Fred Phillips

Helmet, Meantime (Vinyl), ORW (Pop/Rock)
Ice Earth, Dystopia, CMA (Pop/Rock)
Insane Clown Posse, Featuring Freshness, Psychopathic Records (Rap)
Chris Isaak, Beyond the Sun (Pop-Rock)

JETHRO TULL, AQUALUNG [40th Anniversary Edition] (POP/ROCK): Guess Lulu’s out of luck when the Grammys roll around.Fred Phillips

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KEITH JARRETT, RIO, ECM (JAZZ): Kind of odd that Jarrett has gone until November before releasing his first album of the year; ECMs backlog of immaculately recorded concerts with Jack DeJohnette and Gary Peacock should alone insure two quality releases per year at a minimum. This one, on the other hand, was recorded live in Rio de Janeiro earlier this year, and it’s solo piano, but as I understand it, not made-up-on-the-spot music a la The Koln Concert. Nonetheless, this should be another exemplary performance by Mr. Jarrett. Just as long as the audience members all left their videorecorders at home and cough drops in their mouths.S. Victor Aaron

George Jones, Hits (Country)

JOURNEY, GREATEST HITS VOL. 2, COLUMIA-LEGACY (POP/ROCK): Yet another greatest hits reissue? Don’t stop redeeming.S. Victor Aaron

Carole King, A Holiday Carole, Hear Music (Holiday)
Miranda Lambert, Four the Record, RCA-Nashville (Country)

NILS LOFGREN, OLD SCHOOL, VISION (POP/ROCK): Recorded in the wake of the passings of two fellow members of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Lofgren’s first all-new release in five years is a well-conceived journey — not just through grief, and through anger, but also toward acceptance. (More here.)Nick DeRiso

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LOU REED AND METALLICA, LULU, WB (POP/ROCK): I just don’t get it. I realize that when Lou Reed calls and asks you to do a record, it’s hard to say no. But I find Reed’s vocals annoying, and I’d much rather be listening to a new Metallica album. (More here.)Fred Phillips

Nellie McKay, Obligatory Villagers (Pop/Rock)

MEGADETH, TH1RT3EN, RRR (POP/ROCK): I’m not overly impressed with the three songs I’ve heard, but their last two records have been surprisingly good after a long fallow period. It’s enough to make me pick this one up.Fred Phillips

NILS PETTER MOLVAER, BABOON MOON, THIRSTY EAR (JAZZ): How much does a new backing band change Molvaer’s singular sound? Find out on my upcoming review of this record.S. Victor Aaron

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Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Rough Guide to Classical Composition, World Music Network (Classical)
Art Pepper, Live In the USA, Storyville (Jazz)

STEVE PERRY, STREET TALK, COLUMBIA (POP/ROCK): Oh Sherrrrrry! There, now it’s in your head too.Tom Johnson

ENRICO RAVA QUINTET, TRIBE, ECM (JAZZ): Does Italy’s premier jazzman still have the goods? Check out today’s review of this record.S. Victor Aaron

SLIPNOT, IOWA [Special Edition], RRR (POP/ROCK): Why?Fred Phillips

Spirit Free, Plays Starship, Asterisk (Jazz)

STEEL PANTHER, BALLS OUT (POP/ROCK): I really tried to like Steel Panther in an ultra-cheesy nostalgic way, but I just find them annoying.Fred Phillips

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Tyrese, Open Invitation, VLR (Urban)

U2, ACHTUNG BABY [Deluxe Edition/Box Set], ISLAND (POP/ROCK): On the surface it sounds like a lot of material, but looking closer it’s really pretty insubstantial stuff. Where the previous expanded remasters of U2′s albums have proven to be worth the extra money to invest in, this one makes it seem kind of like they were just warming us up with those to try and slip the worst possible release into our hands at the highest price possible. (More here.)Tom Johnson

UFO, Mechanix; No Place to Run; The Wild and the Willing [Limited Edition], PHD (Pop/Rock)
Various Artists, The Best of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum Live, TL (Pop/Rock)
Various Artists, Muppets: Green And Red Christmas, Walt Disney Records (Holiday)
Various Artists, All Time Greatest Jazz Ballads, AAO Music (Jazz)
Suzanna Vega, Close Up Vol. 3: States of Being, Amanuensis Productions (Pop/Rock)

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