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    This week, Universal Music Group's new Icon -- or, best of -- series dominates the list of new releases. 

    Deserving artists such as James Brown, Rod Stewert, Kiss and Nirvana are granted ICON status, but I question the inclusion of Hoobastank in this blatant attempt to profit off of rebranded greatest-hits collections. Regardless, two bands with existing "best of" catalogs -- and offering new material as well -- include Heart (Red Velvet Car) and Goo Goo Dolls (Something for the Rest of Us).  Also out today for the kiddies/parents (present company included), Yo Gabba Gabba Music Is Awesome Volume 2, featuring Weezer, MGMT and the Ting Tings.

    In the latest she&him pairing, Jenny Lewis, of Rilo Kiley, teams up with her boyfriend and producer, Jonathan Rice, to release the cute, '60s-pop-infused, Jenny and Johnny I'm Having Fun Now

    Granted, I'm more than a tad biased, but my "pick of the week" is handed to Radiohead drummer Phil Selway and his solo record, Familial. Described by his label -- the same as Beach House/Fleet Foxes -- as "a collection of sublimely fragile, haunting and heartfelt songs," Familial is a soft, totally bare acoustic offering, worthy of a sincere listen. 

    Philip Selway: Familial (album sampler) by Bella Union

    10 Years: Feeding the Wolves
    Abba: Icon
    Abigail Washburn: City of Refuge
    Alan Moore: Unearthing (deluxe edition)
    American Bang: American Bang
    Louis Armstrong: The 25 Greatest - Hot Fives and Hot Sevens
    Atom Smash: Love Is in This Missile
    Patti Austin:  Every Home Should Have One
    Gene Autry: Back in the Saddle Again -- 25 Cowboy Classics
    The Autumn Offering: The Autumn Offering
    The Bartley Brothers: Hit the Road
    Big Pokey: Warning Shot
    Bill Frisell: Beautiful Dreamers
    Bryan Adams: Icon
    Buck Owens:  All-Time Greatest Hits
    Katie Cadence: On the Wings of an Angel
    Cam'ron & Vado: Gunz n' Butta
    Carl Broemel: All Birds Say
    Casting Crowns: Until the Whole World Hears Live
    Cephalic Carnage: Misled By Certainty
    Stanley Clarke: Modern Man/I Wanna Play for You
    The Clientele: Minotaur
    Colley, Scott: Empire
    Comeback Kid: Symptoms + Cures
    Cory Morrow: Brand New Me
    The Cranberries - Icon
    Celia Cruz: Mis Favoritas
    Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (legacy edition)
    Issac Delgado: L-O-V-E
    Devil S Brigade: Devil S Brigade
    Diana Ross and the Supremes: Icon
    Disturbed: Asylum
    Don Williams: Icon
    Dorrough: Get Big
    Dr. Elmo: Dr. Elmo -- Bluegrass Christmas
    Erykah Badu: Icon
    Etta James: Icon
    Fabolous: There Is No Competition 2 -- The Grieving Music Mixtape
    Jandy Feliz: Jandy
    Film School: Fission
    For Today: Breaker
    Frank Sinatra: September of My Years
    Gerald LevertThe Best of Gerald Levert
    Gladys Knight and the Pips: Icon
    The Goo Goo Dolls:  Something For The Rest Of Us
    The Graduate: Only Every Time
    Rick James: Icon
    Jarrod Gorbel: Devil S Made a New Friend
    Heart: Red Velvet Car
    Hoobastank: Icon
    Israel Houghton:  Love God. Love People.
    Jackson 5: Icon
    James Brown: Icon
    Janet Jackson: Icon
    Jay, Roy: Fairfax Avenue
    Jenny and Johnny: I'm Having Fun Now
    The John Henrys: White Linen
    Johnny Cash: Icon
    Jonathan Butler: Faith, Love & Joy -- Great Spiritual Inspirations
    Stuart Jones: Touched By Angels
    Joshua's Troop: Troop Nation
    Kirk Whalum: Everything Is Everything -- The Music Of Donny Hathaway
    Kiss: Icon
    Krs-One and True Master: Meta-Historical
    Leaves Eyes: Njord (special fan edition)
    Riley Lee: Shakuhachi Water Meditations
    Lil C:  H-Town Chronic 4
    Linkin Park Tribute: String Tribute to Linkin Park
    Lyfe Jennings: I Still Believe
    Vera Lynn: We'll Meet Again -- The Early Years
    Lynyrd Skynyrd: Icon
    Rebecca Martin:  When I Was Long Ago
    Marvin Gaye: Icon
    Marvin Gaye: Icon (two-CD set)
    Mcguffey Lane: 10
    Nils Petter Molvaer:  Hamada
    Motorhead: Icon
    Murderdolls: Women and Children Last
    Neil Diamond: Icon
    Nirvana: Icon
    Nosound: Sol29
    Now 35: Now 35
    Original Cast: Good Ol' Girls
    The Other:  New Blood
    Papa Roach: Live Greatest Hits
    Patsy Cline: Icon
    Patsy Cline: Icon (two-CD set)]
    Lee Perry and the Upsetters: Sound System Scratch
    Philip Selway: Familial
    Chico Pinheiro: There S A Storm Inside
    Polock: Getting Down From the Trees
    Ponderosa: Moonlight Revival
    Portico Quartet: Isla
    Quest for Fire: Lights From Paradise
    Calvin Richardson: America's Most Wanted
    Roberto Fabbriciani: Clementi, A. -- Works for Flute
    Paul Robeson: Ol Man River -- His 25 Greatest
    Smokey Robinson: Icon
    Rod Stewart: Icon
    Rush: Icon
    Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses: Junky Star
    Sammy Kershaw: Better Than I Used to Be
    Antonio Sanchez:  Live in New York
    Boz Scaggs: Moments (The Deluxe Edition)
    Boz Scaggs: Other Roads (The Deluxe Edition)
    Jacques Schwarz-Bart featuring Stephanie Mckay : Rise Above
    Secret Agent 23 Skidoo: Underground Playground
    Jonn Serrie: Christmas Prayers
    Shadowgarden: Ashen
    Brian Simpson: South Beach
    Stereoside: Stereoside
    Street Dogs: Street Dogs
    Styx: Icon
    Ten Kens: For Posterity
    Terrible Things: Terrible Things
    The Temptations: Icon
    Richard Thompson: Dream Attic
    Three Dog Night: Icon
    Tiesto: Kaleidoscope Remixed
    Trisha Yearwood: Icon
    Tristania: Rubicon
    Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach: Bhakti Bazaar
    Stevie Wonder: Icon
    Valdes. Chucho: Chucho's Steps
    Richie Valens: La Bamba
    Various Artists:  Real Wild Child -- 50 Rockin' Rollin' Favorites for Kids of All Ages
    Various Artists: Hair Metal Live
    Various Artists: Hollywood Rocks! Audio Companion
    Various Artists: 100 Beats -- African
    Various Artists: 100 Beats -- Cuban
    Various Artists: World Travels
    Vince Gill: Icon
    The Weepies: Be My Thrill
    Jonalee White: Sugar
    Woe Is Me: Number(S)
    The Word Alive: Deceiver
    Yo Gabba Gabba!: Yo Gabba Gabba Music Is Awesome Volume 2