It’s another slow one out there, kids, as the great new release famine of August 2010 rolls on. Fear not — relief arrives next week in the estimable forms of David Gray and Ray LaMontagne, so until then, bide your time with these titles:


  • The ever-ambitious Blake Shelton delivers the second leg of a planned trilogy of EPs this week with the release of All About Tonight,
    a six-track collection of tunes which includes “Draggin’ the River,”
    a bizarro duet with his beloved, that surly spitfire Miranda Lambert.

  • Just ahead of the film’s arrival in theaters nationwide this weekend
    drops the motion picture soundtrack for Julia Roberts’ much-anticipated Eat, Pray, Love, which includes a brand new single from Pearl Jam’s frontman Eddie Vedder, as well as previously released material from Josh Rouse, Neil Young, and Marvin Gaye.

  • This has apparently been out since freakin’ May, but I only stumbled across the original television soundtrack Friday Night Lights, Vol. 2 just last week (and quite by accident, at that). Nevertheless, this is a must-own, with tracks from Augustana, Jakob Dylan, and The Avett Brothers, as well as — at long last — W.G. Snuffy Walden’s gorgeous theme song, about which I waxed eloquent here last weekend.

  • Finally, head on down to your local Wal-Mart store this week, where five bucks’ll get you Self Loves Lilith 2010, a miniature version of Self magazine (with Sugarland’s glorious goddess Jennifer Nettles gracing the cover!) which comes bundled with a fifteen-track CD containing music from such Lilith Fair participants as Suzanne Vega, Grace Potter, A Fine Frenzy, Lights, and (duh!) Sarah McLachlan. (Give this one spin, and then I dare you to tell me it’s not ten times more satisfying than the so-called “official” Lilith companion disc that was released last month!)

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