Peter Case | Wig! (Out now)
Peter Case, after a hiatus healing up from open heart surgery, returns to his Nerves/Plimsouls power pop roots with Wig!, a 12-tracker which includes "New Blue Car," perhaps a bookend to his solo track, "Old Blue Car"? Look for a review here soon.
Julian Cope | Floored Genius 2 [Deluxe Edition] (July 6)
An expanded version of the CD that featured a bunch of Cope's BBC recordings, this time there are 13 more, all handpicked by the man himself. The sessions span the years 1983-1991 and include never heard before tunes such as "Ballad of King Plank" and "The Mystery Trend" plus some tunes first put out by his band, The Teardrop Explodes. Speaking of which…
The Teardrop Explodes | Kilimanjaro [Deluxe Edition] (July 20)
THREE discs… Could be too many, but it looks like this Deluxo comes with a full disc of BBC sessions (many of the tunes from Kilimanjaro and the following album, Wilder, in very different arrangements), and a disc of b-sides and rarities, meaning you get their very earliest Zoo Records singles (very hard to find in any format).
R.E.M. | Fables of the Reconstruction [Deluxe Edition] (July 13)
A 2CD reissue with a bonus disc of demos, all previously unreleased (at least, legally) and including "Throw Those Trolls Away," which has never come out in any form. The albums are packaged in a special lift top box, and a poster and four post cards are also included. (The album is also being reissued as a standard, single LP.)
X | Under the Big Black Sun (July 13)
Porterhouse Vinyl continues their campaign to bring back all of America's best punk band's albums on vinyl. And this one, originally released on Elektra in 1982, is my favorite! The 180-gram reissue includes some of X's best-known tunes, like "Blue Spark," "Riding with Mary," and "The Hungry Wolf." If the pressing's as good as the one they did of Wild Gift, you better not miss this.