Kanye’s indie banner-waving and iconic photoshoot recreations made him and his 50 Cent sales showdown difficult to avoid, we know. But aside from the inevitable, forthcoming post about Curtis’s concession speech (and subsequent renege on his retirement vow), it’s safe to say you’re in the clear — it’s over. Also, as likely you’ve read but haven’t seen/heard, Kanye’s relationship with MTV is over, too…
But we digress — this one’s for the artists with 9/11 releases that don’t necessarily have the promo budget/foresight to concoct a headline grabbing “rivalry.” Avey, Panda, Deakin, and the Geologist’s excellent Jam is the obvious highlight, but there’s plenty more worth noting, including LPs from Alberta Cross, Black Lips, Black Francis, The Go! Team, Modeselektor, etc. After the jump, a stab at a comprehensive second-week-of-September record buyer’s guide.
Alberta Cross – The Thief & the Heartbreaker
Amber (Danish alt-rock trio) – One Minute Love Affair
Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
Ann Wilson – Hope & Glory
B5 – Don’t Talk, Just Listen
Black Francis – Bluefinger
Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil
Bizzy Bone – Trials & Tribulations
Kenny Chesney – Just Who I Am: Poets & Pirates
Vic Chesnutt – North Star Deserter
Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True: Deluxe Edition
Deadly Syndrome – The Ortolan
Ani DiFranco – Canon
Enuff Z’nuff – Tonight – Sold Out
40 Cal. (of The Diplomats) – Broken Safety 2
The Go! Team “Proof of Youth
Grand National – A Drink and a Quick Decision
Joe Henry – Civilians
The Holloways – So This Is Great Britain?
Hot Hot Heat – Happiness Ltd.
Jupiter Rising – Electropop
Brian Kent – Breathe Life
Scott Matthews – Passing Stranger
Modeselektor – Happy Birthday!
Orange – Escape From L.A.
Para One – Epiphanie
Pinback – Autumn of the Seraphs
Pitch Black – Revenge
The Proclaimers – Life With You
Qui (fronted by David Yow, formerly of Jesus Lizard) Love’s Miracle
Johnathan Rice – Further North
Henry Rollins – A Rollins In The Wry (2001 album)
Shout Out Louds – Our Ill Wills
Simian Mobile Disco – Attack Decay Sustain Release
Taken By Trees Open Field
The Bends – The Bends
Various Artists – Grey’s Anatomy, Vol. 3
Various Artists – Sowing the Seeds: The 10th Anniversary
Various Artists – The Anthems 07
Chris Volz – Redemption
X-Press 2 – Makeshift Feelgood
Who you buying/downloading? Since we’re sure to have missed a few, feel free to update the list with those we overlooked. As if we have to ask.