Here's a quick look at a handful of new albums, as well as a list of the rest of the stuff that's supposed to hit shelves this week:
[more:] The Juan Mclean Less Than Human Astralwerks
Album samples If there ever was a time to get your shit together, now would be that time. When some of your best friends are DFA lords James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy and every kid from Brooklyn to Bangkok just wants to dance, it's time to quit the hard narcotics and put out that record you always talked about making. That's exactly what John Mclean did. A band (Six Finger Satellite), a state (New Hampshire), and a sampler later, Mclean hooked up with the reigning twins of dance-punk to record the Juan McLean's Less Than Human a monumental run through dance music's dusty back rooms and the best argument for Bootsy Collins since Parliament-Funkadelic.
Hail Social Hail Social Polyvinyl
Album samples With the second Franz Ferdinand record set to drop in less than two months, Hail Social is almost two albums late on the eighties-nostalgia-angular-guitar-Iran-Contra-whatever revival, but that won't stop this Philadelphia quartet from brooding its way through nine tracks of Breakfast Club angst. As a recent run of opening gigs for Interpol would seem to demonstrate, Hail Social's debut should serve as a nice flashpoint for post-punk's burgeoning second wave.
Pennywise The Fuse Epitaph
Album samples With eight full albums and a suicide behind them, the members of California's Pennywise are still at it, keeping the Warped Tour kids happy with their galloping riffage and political fire-balling. The The Fuse should certainly please Tony Hawk's elves, but Pennywise's sheer tenacity should inspire more than just loitering and vandalism. The quartet is a rarity a group that was born at the birth of a sound and still manages to carry it to an undaunted and sizable fan-base long after most of us stopped caring.
Kool Keith The Lost Masters Vol. 2 Lujo
Album samples You'll have to forgive the guy if he seems to change his alias more times than Ol' Dirty on a parole violation. You see, Kool Keith purportedly spent time as a psychiatric patient at New York's Bellevue Hospital before selling records as Dr. Octagon, Mr. Doom, Reverend Tom, all the rest. Imagine the confusion when collaborations with DJ Q-Bert, DJ Shadow, and Dan the Automator are thrown in. It's no wonder, then, that Mr. Keith's got some extra material up his chameleon sleeve. Looks like Bellevue's made itself a mighty productive member of society. And we should all be thankful.
Cursive The Difference Between Houses and Homes: Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001 Saddle Creek
Album samples You may have been "there from the beginning" or "heard them before they sold out," but you still paid too much for the their early recordings, which is why you'll have to forgive of us if we chuckle a bit now that Cursive's rarities collection is about to hit shelves in one neat little package. The Difference Between Houses and Homes collects all the Midwest band's early seven-inches, a few unreleased tracks, and other tasty morsels. And if their recent output is any guide, you can expect more than just Omaha backwater.
3 Fox Drive: Listen to the Music (Folk) Baaba Maal: Baaba Maal (Palm Pictures) Benny Goodman: Live Swing Sessions 1943-1949 (Storyville) Bill Frisell: East/West (Nonesuch) Carrie Newcomer: Regulars and Refugees (Philo / Pgd) Charlotte Church: Tissues and Issues (Phantom) Chimaira: Chimaira (Roadrunner Records) Color Purple: Color Purple (Reissue) (Dreamworks) Cursive: The Difference Between Houses and Homes: Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001 (Saddle Creek) Dave Liebman: Lieb Plays Wilder (Challenge) David Pack: Secret of Moving On (Peak) Day of Contempt: The Will to Live (Epitaph) DJ Screw: Greatest Hits (Screwed up Click) DJ Screw: Playaz Nite (Screwed up Click) Do or Die: D.O.D. [Chopped and Screwed] (Atlantic) Do or Die: Victory [Chopped and Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot (Wea)) Earl Klugh: Naked Guitar (Koch) Ellay Khule AKA Rifleman: Califormula (DeCon Inc) Geto Boys: Da Good da Bad & Da Ugly [Chopped and Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot (Wea)) Goldfrapp: Ooh La La Pt.1 [CD-SINGLE] (Mute) Hail Social: Hail Social (Polyvinyl) Holopaw: Quit+/Or Fight (Sub Pop) Hootie and The Blowfish: Looking for Lucky (Vanguard) Jack's Mannequin: Everything in Transit (Maverick) Jerry Garcia: Jerry Garcia Collection, Vol. 1: Legion of Mary (Rhino) Jesper Thilo: Jesper Thilo and the American Stars, Vol. 2 (Storyville) The Juan MacLean: Less Than Human (Astralwerks) Juliana Hatfield: Made in China (Ye Olde Records) Kool Keith: The Lost Masters, Vol. 2 (Dmaft Records) Lords: Swords (Jade Tree) Louis Armstrong: In Scandinavia, Vol. 2 (Storyville) Menomena: Posh Isolation / Tung Track (Polyvinyl) Michael McDonald: Greatest Hits (Rhino) Michael McDonald: The Ultimate Collection (Rhino / Wea) Minotaur Shock: Maritime (4AD) Mob Trio: Quite Live in Brooklyn (Omnitone) Mobius Band: Loving Sounds of Static (Ghostly International) Moggs: The White Belt Is Not Enough (Absolutely Kosher) Mouse on Mars: Autoditacker (Reissue) (Too Pure / Beggars) Mr. Charlie: Booty Survivor: I'm Still Wid It (Pandisc) Nickel Creek: Why Should the Fire Die? (Sugar Hill) Orange Juice: Glasgow School (Domino) Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman: Song X: Twentieth Anniversary (Nonesuch) Pennywise: The Fuse (Epitaph) Proof: Searching for Jerry Garcia (Iron Fist Records) Quasimoto: The Unseen (Reissue + instrumentals) (Stones Throw) The Ramones: Weird Tales of the Ramones [BOX SET] (Rhino / Wea) Richard Thompson: Front Parlour Ballads (Cooking Vinyl) Richard Thompson: Front Parlour Ballads (Cooking Vinyl) Shelby: The Luxury of Time (Gigantic) Sloan: Smeared (Koch) Sloan: Twice Removed (Koch) Somerset: Pandora (Punknews) Sons and Daughters: The Repulsion Box (Domino) Spill Canvas: One Fell Swoop (111) Staind: Chapter V (Elektra) Stephen Stills: Man Alive (Titan / Pyramid) Tim Berne: Tim Berne's Bloodcount: Poisoned Minds - Paris Con (Winter & Winter) Tim Ries: The Rolling Stones Project (Concord Records) Tommy Lee: Tommyland: The Ride (Rocket Science) Various Artists: Hazy Dreams: (Not Just) A Jimi Hendrix Tribute (Koch) Various Artists: Hed Kandi: Beach House 04.05 (Hed Kandi) Various Artists: Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (Hollywood Records) Various Artists: Little Movies, Big Noises (Definitive Jux) Various Artists: Re: Made, Vol. 1 (Koch) Various Artists: Shamanic Work Presents: The Family Files, Vol. 2 (Shaman Works) Various Artists: Stairway To Rock (Not Just) A Led Zeppelin Tribute (Koch) *Release dates may change. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with correction or additions.