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New Music for a Rainy Week



    As San Diego gets hit with a series of October showers, there's not a better time to stay indoors, turn on a gas fire, grab a local craft brew and explore new music.  After a couple of soft weeks, the "weather gods" have aligned with the "new music gods" to produce a fury of new material from heavy-hitters, including Elton John / Leon Russell, Kings of Leon, Sugarland and Miley Cyrus. Other scattered/notable releases include new music from Rod Stewart, Shakira and Liz Phair -- released digitally this summer, it’s her first album in more than five years.

    Kings of Leon, or the brothers Followill, follow up the uber-successful Only By the Night with Come Around Sundown, a collection of beach-inspired tracks that don't impress -- or disappoint.  Already on track to being the biggest release of 2010 in the UK, it will certainly sell a gazillion units internationally. Not as commercial, but certainly impressive, Sir Elton John pairs with his childhood idol, Leon Russell, for a new album entitled The Union.  Consisting of a stripped-down, acoustic tracks, the record was produced by legendary studio craftsman, T-Bone Burnett.

    Shakira -- who recently performed at the Sports Arena/Valley View Casino Center -- shakes down the follow-up to the electronic, dance-heavy She Wolf with an album full of Latin rhythms, beats and a cover of “Islands,” by breakthrough UK band The Xx.  Interesting choice, but it kinda works. Otherwise, Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush throw down a high-energy explosion of quirky anthems with Sugarland’s The Incredible Machine, Rod Stewert croons the classics, and Miley Cyrus says goodbye to her alter ego -- finally -- with the Hannah Montana Forever.

    My pick(s) of the rainy week: Red Hot Chili Pepper drummer Chad Smith and his Bombastic Meatbats, a couple of Beatles remasters, and Ima Robot’s Another Man’s Treasure -- Alex Ebert, lead singer of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, returns to his first band with a collection of David Bowie-inspired, psychedelic jams.

    More new releases :

    Bolan, Marc - Twopenny Prince (2Xcd)
    Burnham, Bo - Words Words Words
    Abk - Medicine Bag
    Allstar Weekend - Suddenly Yours
    Beatles, The - Red 1962 - 1966
    Beatles, The - Blue 1967 - 1970
    Butler, Jonathan/Juanita Bynum - Gospel Goes Classical
    Callier, Terry - Hidden Conversations
    Carl Palmer - Working Live - Volume 3
    Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats - More Meat
    Church, The - Deep In The Shallows (30Th Anniversary Singles Collection)
    Church, The - Of Skins & Heart
    Church, The - The Blurred Crusade
    Cotton, Josie - Pussycat Babylon
    Dag Nasty - Dag With Shawn
    Desertshore - Drifting Your Majesty
    Duarte, Chris Group - Infinity Energy
    Dylan, Bob - The Witmark Demos: 1962-1964 (The Bootleg Series Vol. 9)
    Dylan, Bob - The Best Of The Original Mono Recordings
    Elton John/Leon Russell - The Union
    Eskmo - Eskmo
    Extra Lens, The - Undercard
    Fops - Yeth Yeth Yeth
    Gigi W Material - Mesgana Ethiopia
    Glee Cast - Glee: The Music, The Rocky Horror Glee Show
    Hill, Zach - Face Tat
    Hot Toddy - Late Night Boogie
    Ima Robot - Another Man's Treasure
    Jed And Lucia - Superhuman Heart
    Joe Bonamassa - Joe Bonamassa Live From The Royal Albert Hall / [2 Cd]
    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The - Acme + Xtra Acme
    Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, The - Orange + Experimental Remixes Ep
    Kenniff, Keith - The Last Survivor
    Kings Of Leon - Come Around Sundown
    Liz Phair - Funstyle
    Lungfish - Pass And Stow
    Marsalis/De Lucia/Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra - Vitoria Suite / [2 Cd/1 Dvd Combo]
    Martina Topley Bird - Some Place Simple
    Maxwell, David & Otis Spann - Conversations In Blue
    Method Of Defiance - Incunabula
    Michael Schenker Group - Live In Tokyo: 30Th Anniversary Japan Tour
    Mike Gordon - Moss
    Mt. Desolation - Mt. Desolation
    Original Songwriter Demos - Original Songwriter Demos 2
    Original Songwriter Demos - Original Songwriter Demos 1
    Pace, Joe - Joe Pace Presents: Praise For
    Party Tyme Karaoke - Party Tyme Karaoke - Christmas Party Pack (65-Song Party Pack) / [4 Cd]
    Party Tyme Karaoke - Party Tyme Karaoke - Christmas Sing-Along 4 (16-Song Cd+G)
    Philistines Jr., The - If A Band Plays In The Woods...?
    Phish - The White Tape
    Pipettes, The - Earth Vs. The Pipettes
    Pop, Iggy & James Williamson - Kill City (Remastered)
    Radio Citizen - Hope And Despair
    Radioclit - Radioclit Presents: The Sound
    Raphael - Te Llevo En El Corazon - Lo Mejor De Tango - Bolero - Ranchera
    Sails, The - A Headful Of Stars
    Shakira - Sale El Sol
    Soars - Soars
    Soft Boys, The - A Can Of Bees
    Soft Boys, The - Underwater Moonlight
    Sorrows - Bad Times Good Times
    Soundtrack - Hannah Montana Forever
    Squarepusher - Shobaleader One: D'demonstrator
    Steven Page - Page One
    Stewart, Rod - Fly Me To The Moon...The Great American Songbook Volume V
    Sugarland - The Incredible Machine
    System And Station - A Series Of Screws
    Tammi Terrell - Come On And See Me: The Complete Solo Collection / [2 Cd]
    Teebs - Ardour
    Third Day - Move
    Three - Dark Days Coming
    Tribbett, Tye - Fresh

    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.