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:] Kanye West Late Registration Universal
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Death Cab For Cutie Plans Atlantic
Album samples Your local Urban Outfitters will be quietly aflutter this week as Death Cab makes its major-label debut and hipsters everywhere pretend they don't care about the once-loved/now-loathed Bellingham, Washington, quartet. Ben Gibbard and company have drawn some flack for getting slicker with each album, and a major-label budget promises more of the same, but this record is likely to have at least two stick-in-your-brain melodies. Today you'll hear the word "sellout," and a few weeks from now you'll be hearing stories like, "Oh, this friend of my girlfriend bought it and then realized she already had a copy so she just left it here. I haven't touched it since."
Tony Yayo Thoughts of a Predicate Felon Interscope
Album samples G-G-G-G-Unit! Man, that never gets old. Another of 50's right-hand men busts out with his breakthrough record, featuring the man himself on the hit single "So Seductive." With production by Dr. Dre and Eminem and support from G-Unit mainstays Lloyd Banks and Shanky McStabstab (also known as Young Buck), this one's sure to go platinum -- Yayo says he wants to move around 700,000 units the first week -- and allow the Haitian rapper to pay for his own Cristal at the next after-party. And since dude was released from prison twice last year, expect some naughty language. We've seen Oz; we know how it is.
Alias and Ehren Lillian Anticon
Album samples The hit-or-miss Oakland, California, Anticon label brings you another installment in its genre-destroying catalogue. Alias, a member of hip-hop outfit Deep Puddle Dynamics, continues his journey into full orchestration on his third full-length. Though Brendon Whitney has worked with everyone from Will Oldham to Saul Williams, sharing the stage with his younger brother Ehren (not an alias) will mark the first time he's collaborated with someone on an entire album. No doubt their grandmother, for whom the album is titled, would be down for the dopest instrumental shiznit you ever peeped, biatch.
Mad Professor Method to the Madness Trojan
Album samples A disciple of dub master Lee "Scratch" Perry, Mad Professor gets the two-disc retrospective treatment he deserves. After leading the second wave of dub through the United Kingdom, the Guyana-born London resident solidified his place outside of the genre by remixing Massive Attack's Protection in its entirety and working with stars such as the Clash and the Beastie Boys. This collection features a wide range of artists -- the Orb, Perry Farrell -- and promises to soundtrack many late nights of weed smoking or whatever it is you kids do these days to get yourselves through two bags of Doritos and sixteen Twinkies.
OK Go Oh No Capitol
Album samples Remember OK Go's 2002 hit single "Get Over It," with its crunchy guitars and "Hey! Get-get-get-get over it" chorus? Whether you thought they were catchy and fun or obnoxious and derivative is an entirely different matter, but after writers everywhere hailed them as the antidote to "thinking" rock, you're stuck with them either way. Ira Glass, producer and host of public radio's This American Life, thought enough of the Chicago lads to bring them along to play the interludes for their touring show. But that may have just been a carrot to dangle in front of high school kids so they'd sit still for a seventeen-minute yarn about the librarian in Fowlerville, Michigan.
30 Seconds to Mars: A Beautiful Lie (Virgin Records) A Million Billion: Today We Love You () Alias/Ehren: Lillian (Anticon) Atheist: Unquestionable Presence [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Relapse) Bob Dylan: Bootleg Series, Vol. 7: No Direction Home - Soundt (Sony) Bob Dylan: Collection, Vol. 2: Freewheelin' Bob Dylan/Times T (Sony) Bob Dylan: Collection, Vol. 3: Blonde on Blonde/Blood on the (Sony) Bob Dylan: Collection, Vol. 4: Nashville Skyline/New Morning/ (Sony) Bob Dylan: Collection: Oh, Mercy/Time Out of Mind/Love and Th (Sony) Boy from Brazil: Pointless Shoes (Tigerbeat6) Brooks and Dunn: Hillbilly DeLuxe (Arista) Bruce Springsteen: Collection, Vol. 2: Nebraska/Lucky Town/In Concert (Sony) Casting Crowns: Lifesong (Reunion) Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra: Not in Our Name (Verve) Charlie Haden: Not in Our Name (Verve) Cold: Different Kind of Pain (Lava) Conjure One: Extraordinary Ways (Nettwerk) The Coral: Invisible Invasion (Sony) Czarnok: That One Way (Capitol) Death Cab for Cutie: Plans (Atlantic) Devo: Devo - Live 1980 [DUALDISC] [LIVE] (Music Video Dist.) Dirty: Hood Stories [Chopped and Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot (Wea)) Earth, Wind and Fire: Collection: That's the Way of the World/All 'N All (Sony) Eightball & MJG: Ghettoville: The Soundtracks (SBR) Eric Clapton: Back Home (Warner Bros.) Ethel Merman: The World Is Your Balloon: The Decca Singles 1950-1951 [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Decca) Facing New York: Facing New York (Five One Inc) From Autumn to Ashes: Abandon Your Friends (Vagrant) George Strait: Christmas Collection (Madacy) Gregg Karukas: Looking Up (V2) Gregg Karukas: Looking Up (V2) Hackensaw Boys: Love What You Do (Nettwerk) Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Vector Recordings) Herbie Hancock: Possibilities (Vector) Ian Anderson: Ian Anderson Plays the Orchestral Jethro Tull [IMPORT] (Zyx Records) J-Live: Hear After (Penalty (Ryko)) Johnny Cash: Collection: At Folsom Prison/At San Quentin/Americ (Sony) Journey: Collection: Escape/Frontiers/Infinity [2005 Reissu (Sony) Journey: Generations (King Japan) Joy Electric: Ministry of Archers (Tooth and Nail) Juliet: Random Order (Virgin) Kanye West: Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella) Lee Ritenour: World of Brazil (Grp Records) Les Paul: Les Paul and Friends (Capitol) Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz: Whaaat!!! Okaaay!!! [DualDisc] (Madacy) Macy Gray: Live in Las Vegas (Nutech Digital) Mad Professor: Method to the Madness (Trojan) OK Go: Oh No (Capitol) Opeth: Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner Records ) Our Lady Peace: Healthy in Paranoid Times (Sony) P$C: 25 to Life (Atlantic) Paul McCartney: Fine Line [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] (EMI Int'l) Percy Sledge: Hit Songs of Percy Sledge (Curb) Rihanna: Music of the Sun (Def Jam) Sonny Rollins: Without a Song: The 9/11 Concert (Fantasy) Suicide Girls: The First Tour [DVD] (Epitaph) Supergrass: Road to Rouen [IMPORT] () Various Artists: Austin City Limits Festival (Rhino) Various Artists: Old School Love Songs, Vol. 7 (Thump) Vendetta Red: Sisters of the Red Death (Sony) Wynton Marsalis: Live at the House of Tribes [LIVE] (Blue Note Records) Yat-Kha: Recovers [IMPORT] (Yat Ka Recordings ) Yolanda Adams: Day by Day (Atlantic / Wea) *Release dates may change. E-mail email@example.com with correction or additions. Discuss this feature at the Prefix Message Board