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    Taylor Swift's album, "Speak Now," launches on October 25, 2010.

    Country singer/songwriter, producer and America’s sweetheart Taylor Swift releases her  much-anticipated third studio album, Speak Now, this week, to critical acclaim. Written entirely by herself -- rare for a songstress in 2010 -- Swift cites the album as a “conceptual” project about a "boy-crazy country starlet who tries to stop dripping tears all over her guitar".  Um, OK.

    In other new releases, 74-year-old legendary bluesman and Hall-of-Famer Buddy Guy offers a smokin’ collection of 100 percent guitar-driven blues on Living Proof, with guest appearances by B.B. King and Carlos Santana. Brian Ferry collaborates with former Roxy Music bandmates -- for the first time since 1973 -- Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay on his 13th solo endeavor Olympia, a collection of eight new songs and cover of Tim Buckley’s “Song to the Siren.”

    Crooner Michael Buble releases a companion EP to Crazy Love, with four live tracks and a new song, “Hollywood,” and R.E.M. -- getting us ready for a new record in 2011 -- drops Live from Austin, featuring concert footage from their appearance at 2008’s Austin City Limits. 

    The “pick-of-the-week” goes to indie singer/songwriter Andrew Bird and his latest Useless Creatures. An instrumental companion piece to 2009’s Noble Beast, the new album is atmospheric and moody in nature, delivering awesome lazy-day music -- perfect for the fall weather we have been experiencing in San Diego.

    Other releases include :

    (Hed) P.E. - Truth Rising
    9th Wonder - Opus
    Alan Moore - Unearthing / [Deluxe Edition]
    Andrew Bird - Useless Creatures
    Artist - Title
    Avey Tare - Down There
    Badfinger - Ass
    Badfinger - Magic Christian Music
    Badfinger - No Dice
    Badfinger - Straight Up
    Bal Sagoth - Battle Magic
    Bal Sagoth - Starfire Burning Upon
    Ban, Lucian & John Hebert - Enesco Re-Imagined
    Beasley, Walter - Backatcha
    Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band - Songs The Bonzo Dog Band Taught Us
    Bortnick, Ethan - Ethan Bortnick And His Musical Time Machine
    Bruford Levin Upper Extremities - Bruford Levin Upper Extremities
    Budden, Joe - Mood Muzik 4
    Cain, Chris - So Many Miles
    Cale, John & Band - Live At Rockpalast
    Cap D - Polymath
    Cave & The Bad Seeds, Nick - Abattoir Blues/Lyre Of Orpheus
    Charles, Ray - The Way I Feel
    Charlie Daniels Band, The - The Essential Charlie Daniels Band
    Clegg, Johnny - Human
    Como, Perry - The Essential Perry Como
    Conducting From The Grave - Revenants
    Cousins, Dave - Secrets, Songs & Stories
    Cousins, Dave And Wakeman, Rick - Strawbs 40th Anniversary Celebration Vol 2
    Cradle Rock - Lullaby Versions Of Songs Reco
    Crowded House - Veryvery Best Of Crowded House
    Cuarto Poder - In Tha House
    Daath - Daath
    Davis, Miles - Young Miles
    Default - Comes And Goes
    Devon Allman's Honeytribe - Space Age Blues
    Diamond Rings - Special Affections
    Diskreet - Engage The Mechanicality
    Dixie Chicks - The Essential Dixie Chicks
    Drudkh - Handful Of Stars
    Dubblestandart - Marijuana Dreams
    Easy Star All-Stars - Dubber Side Of The Moon
    Eddy, Duane - Movin' & Groovin'
    Elizabeth & The Catapult - The Other Side Of Zero
    Exaudi, James Weeks; Daniel Becker (Piano) - Skempton: Bolt From The Blue
    Fall, The - The Unutterable Plus
    Fejd - Eifur
    Ferry, Bryan - Olympia
    Ferry, Bryan Tribute - Smooth Jazz Tribute To Bryan Ferry
    Firewind - Days Of Defiance
    Forbidden - Omega Wave
    Fourplay - Let's Touch The Sky
    Franklin, Aretha - The Essential Aretha Franklin
    Gehenna - Malice
    Ghostland Observatory - Codename: Rondo
    Guess Who, The - The Essential The Guess Who
    Guy, Buddy - Living Proof
    Highwaymen, The (Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Kris Kristofferson) - The Essential Highwaymen
    Holiday, Billie - The Essential Billie Holiday
    Holy Grail - Crisis In Utopia
    Hopkin, Mary - Earth Song, Ocean Song
    Hopkin, Mary - Post Card
    Howard, Dwight - Shoot For The Stars
    Iglesias, Julio - The Essential Julio Iglesias
    Ill Niño - Dead New World
    Jail Weddings - Love Is Lawless
    Jenifer, Darryl - In Search Of Black Judas
    Jethro Tull - Stand Up-Collector's Edition
    Joe Diffie - Homecoming: The Bluegrass Album
    Juice Newton - Duets: Friends & Memories
    K.C. Accidental - Captured Anthems For An
    Kansas - The Essential Kansas
    Katra - Out Of The Ashes
    Keller Williams - Kids
    King, B.B. - B B Boogie
    King's X - Live Love In London
    Krieg - Isolationist, The
    Kylesa - Spiral Shadow
    Kylesa - Spiral Shadow
    Las Ardillitas - Exitos Navidenos Las Ardillita
    Lavish - Hometown Hero
    Lobo - All Time Greatest Performances
    Lomax, Jackie - Is This What You Want
    Lyrics Born - As U Were
    Maddslinky - Make A Change
    Maddslinky - Make Your Peace
    Mark Salling - Pipe Dreams
    Mcmorrow, Brenda - Love Abounds
    Melechesh - Epigenesis, The
    Michael Bublé - Hollywood The Deluxe Ep
    Michael Bublé - Crazy Love Hollywood Edition (2cd)
    Michael Schenker Group - Rockpalast: Hardrock Legends Vol. 2
    Mikkey Halsted - The Dark Room
    Miller, Lisa - Within Myself
    Modern Jazz Quartet - Under The Jasmin Tree/Space
    Monster Magnet - Mastermind
    Monster Magnet - Mastermind (Limited Edition Di
    Napalm Death - Diatribes/Greed Killing
    Nitzer Ebb - Industrial Complex
    Nugent, Ted - The Essential Ted Nugent
    Ocean's Edge Music - Higher Praise Christmas:Heaven
    Overkill - Immortalis / Live At Wacken
    Pomegranates - One Of Us
    Prefab Sprout - Let's Change The World With Music
    Preston, Billy - Encouraging Words
    Preston, Billy - That's The Way God Planned It
    Pretty Things, The - Parachute - 40th Annivesary Edition
    Pure Reason Revolution - Hammer And Anvil
    R.E.M. – Live From Austin, TX
    Rackard, Toni - Unconditional Love
    Radha Krsna Temple, The - Radha Krsna Temple, The
    Raducanu, Maria - Ziori
    Ray Charles - Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters
    Ray Davies - The Kinks Choral Collection / [Special Edition]
    Reyes, Diana - Navidad Duranguense
    Richmond, Jeff - 30 Rock Original Tv Soundtrack
    Rocky Business - Rebel's Roar
    Satriani, Joe - The Essential Joe Satriani
    Scanner With The Post Modern J - Blink Of An Eye
    Senses Fail - The Fire / [Deluxe Edition]
    Sesame Street - Old School Vol 2
    Simon, Paul - The Essential Paul Simon
    Sinatra, Frank - The Essential Frank Sinatra
    Skillz - The World Needs More Skillz
    Slaine - A World With No Skies
    Slocumb, Jonathan - Live From Chicago
    Small Black - New Chain
    Soundtrack - Treme: Music From The Hbo Original Series, Season 1
    Soundtrack - Country Strong (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
    Soundtrack/Movie - Stomp The Yard:Homecoming
    Sri Kirtan - Live Your Love
    Star One - Victims Of The Modern Age
    Strawbs - Strawbs 40th Anniversary Volume One
    Sugarland Tribute - Piano Tribute To Sugarland
    Sun Airway - Nocturne Of Exploded Crystal C
    Superions, The - Destination... Christmas!
    Swedish House Mafia - Until One
    T. Rex - The Slider
    Tangerine Dream - Chandra - The Phantom Ferry Part 1
    Tangerine Dream - Cyberjam Collection
    Tangerine Dream - Tangines Scales
    Taylor Swift - Speak Now
    Taylor, James - James Taylor
    Telekinesis - Parallel Seismic Conspiracies
    Tenebrae In Perpetuum / Krohm - Split
    Tepfer, Dan Trio - Five Pedals Deep
    The Derailers - Live! From Texas
    The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger (Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl)  - Acoustic Sessions
    The Suzan - Golden Week For The Poco Poco Beat
    Therion - Sitra Ahra
    Timmy S Organism - Rise Of The Green Gorilla
    Triptykon - Shatter - Eparistera Daimones
    Troy, Doris - Doris Troy
    Ufo - Rockpalast: Hardrock Legends Vol. 1
    Various - Boss Tuneage...Vol. 3
    Various - Apple Records Box Set
    Various - Come And Get It: Best Of Apple
    Various - California Concert: The Hollywood Palladium
    Various - Graves Mountain All-Star Jam (Rural Rhythm 55 Year Celebration Live Album)
    Various - Imus Ranch Record Ii
    Various Artists - Doughboys, Playboys & Cowboys - The Golden Years Of Western Swing
    Various Artists - 20 Great Broadway Show Stoppers
    Various Artists - Balance 017
    Various Artists - Elaste Vol. 3 - Super Motion D
    Various Artists - Jackass 3-D Soundtrack
    Various Artists - Listen To The Banned
    Various Artists - Namaste Ii
    Various Artists - Party-Keller Vol.3
    Warpaint - The Fool
    Wayman Tisdale - The Fonk Record : Featuring Tiz & The Fonkie
    Wisemen - Children Of A Lesser God
    Wolf & Cub - Science And Sorcery
    Wretched End, The - Ominous
    Your Demise - The Kids We Used To Be
    Zapp & Roger - Double Dose Of Funk / [2 Cd]
    Zorn, John - What Thou Wilt

    Chris Cantore, SoundDiego's anchor contributor and a longtime fixture on San Diego radio, is on the air weekdays from 3-7 p.m. on 102.1 KPRI. Follow Chris on Twitter @chriscantore or send him a story idea.