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Top Five New CD Releases

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The Flaming Lips At War with the Mystics (Warner Bros.) – As much as we loved The Soft Bulletin and Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots we're glad they're trying some new things on this one. While it's not as stylistically consistent as their other albums, there are enough quality songs to recommend it. Catch them live at the Hollywood Bowl on 7/23.

Irving Death in the Garden, Blood on the Flowers (Eenie Meenie) – The second album from the local band is recommended for traditional indie pop fans. With three different lead singers, it vacillates between Elephant 6-influenced songs, dance rock songs bands and Cure or Joy Division influenced songs. The band appears live at Spaceland on 5/7.
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Islands Return to the Sea (Equator) – This one is recommended for fans of quirky indie pop. These two Canadians were in another band called the Unicorns. While at times it's still a little too self-consciously eccentric, we think a lot of people will like it. Appearing live at the El Rey on 5/5.

Morrissey Ringleader of the Tormentors (Sanctuary) – Do you think Morrissey smells good? This was produced by Tony Visconti (David Bowie, T. Rex) and features a song with string arrangements by Ennio Morricone. We didn't understand the hubbub over his last album but love the Smiths and Viva Hate. Apparently he's moved to Rome (no more sightings at the Cat & Fiddle?) and is no longer celibate. The lyrics on the new album allude to sex and real relationships.

Voxtrot Mothers, Sisters, Daughters & Wives EP – This Austin, TX band is one of our new favorites. They play twee, Smiths-influenced rock. It's so good. Why doesn't Morrissey ever play music like this anymore? Appearing live at the Wiltern on 5/26.
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Also out: Daft Punk Musique 1: 1993-2005 (Virgin), Jetpack UK The Art of Building a Moat EP (Heatstroke Records), Massive Attack Collected (Virgin), Mia Doi Todd Ninja: Amor & Other Dreams of Manzanita Remixes (Plug Research)