[April 4, 2006] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.
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 Concretes In Colour Astralwerks Remember the last time you ate a whole package of cookies and then wondered where they managed to settle? Stockholm co-eds the Concretes are like those cookies -- they've got enough members to form a softball team, but when I listen to their records, I can't help but wonder, Where do all those people fit? In Colour kicks off the band's second decade, but it's only the Concretes' second proper album; at least its painfully charming pop somewhat makes up for the members' timing. Listen for a guest appearance by one of the Magic Numbers while you're fantasizing about hugs and crumbs -- or crummy hugs. ~China Bialos The Concretes Web site (stream 'In Colour') Islands Return to the Sea Equator All the Unicorns fans out there torn up inside because of the band's demise should cheer up. Sure, the band imploded almost as soon as it got started, but Nick Diamonds and J'aime Tambeur have a new group, Islands, with a larger lineup and fuller sound. The best part is, according to their Web site, Islands are forever. That remains to be seen, but let's just be grateful for another album of quirky pop songs. ~Justin Sheppard Dieselboy The Human Resource System Renowned New York drum 'n' bass producer/deejay Dieselboy culls "best of" selections from his four-year-old Human Imprint label for a two-CD set. The first disc is a compilation, featuring Dieselboy productions and faves as well as remix work from Kaos, DJ Fresh and more. Atlanta three-piece jungle outfit Evol Intent didn't make the cut for T.I.'s new movie, but it commandeers a lengthy Dieselboy-picked mix for the second half of The Human Resource, which features remixes of the Rapture, Kaos, Sasha, and um, oh yeah, Dieselboy. ~Dominic UmileSystem Recordings Web site Human Imprint Records Web site Styles of Beyond "Subculture" MP3lengthy Died (Right Click Save As) The Flaming Lips At War With the Mystics Warner Brothers Yo, Washington's WNBA team should have never crossed Wayne Coyne. Coyne and his Lips are back and all up in the grill of the Mystics with a full blown war, y'all. Alana Beard might be able to drop buckets, but she's gonna need Chamique Holdsclaw back to handle Coyne's crew. What's that? This album has nothing to do with hoops? Oh. Well, it would be cool if the Flaming Lips did a concept album around the Washington Mystics. ~Andrew C. Bradick Flaming Lips Web site "Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" audio "Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" video Morrissey Ringleader of the Tormentors Attack/SanctuaryWhen he's not busy being sued, boycotting Canada or turning down bagfuls of money to re-form the Smiths, our mopey friend Morrissey tries to find the time to release an album now and again. Love him or hate him, Morrissey is one of a kind, and with songs such as "Life is a Pigsty" on Ringleader of the Tormentors, it's safe to say he's still got plenty left to complain about. ~Justin Sheppard "You Have Killed Me" video Morrissey Web siteStreaming audio Pink I'm Not Dead La Face I know Try This performed well below expectations, but could the new album title be more of an overreaction? Will the fickle pop public welcome her back? If the new song and amusing video for "Stupid Girls" is any indication, we'll all be sick of Pink again in the near future. ~Mike Legat Pink Web site Rainer Maria Catastrophe Keeps Us Together Grunion With a title like Catastrophe Keeps Us Together, the members of Rainer Maria seem strikingly unafraid to acknowledge their emo roots -- a fact that can make this Madison, Wisconsin trio a stomach-turner for many a feckless hipster. Five albums into its eleven-year career, though, Rainer Maria's chops may just give it the edge over the haters. When it displays a little grit and grizzle -- a little maturity -- emo has its pleasures, and if the members of Rainer Maria have done anything over the course of their career, they've proven the value of a little elbow grease. ~John MacDonald Rainer Maria Web site Stream 'Catastrophe Keeps Us Together' South Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars Young American Three months after the album's first single ("A Place in Displacement") comes the album itself. The Britpop darlings in South have departed their native London to embark on a spring tour in support of this safe-but-nonetheless-endearing record that might make you miss the '90s. Just a little bit. And speaking of timing, it's handy that these multi-instrumentalists are releasing their record right before Easter -- one member's name is Joel Cadbury. ~China Bialos South on Young American Recordings' Web site (streaming audio) The Vines Vision Valley Capitol A twist on the age-old question: If a tree fell on a truck carrying the entire supply of Vision Valley CDs from the warehouse (and the driver escaped unharmed) would anyone give a damn? From the looks of things, not really -- and that includes Capitol Records. There's been a distinct lack of promotion in the lead-up to the third album from these off-the-wall Aussies. Maybe Capitol knows something we don't. No, wait -- we knew they were dead in the water after their last album too. ~Justin Sheppard "Don't Listen to the Radio" stream The Vines Web site (streaming audio) .38 Special: Best Shots (Music Mill) 5 Browns: No Boundries (RCA) 50 Foot Wave: Free Music (Reincarnate Music) Aceyalone: Grand Imperial (DeCon Inc) Aereogramme: Seclusion (Sonic Unyon) American Princes: Less and Less (Yep Roc) Angel Blake: Angel Blake (Metal Blade) Ani DiFranco: Carnegie Hall (Righteous Babe) Arthur Russell: First Thought Best Thought (Audika) Baby Shambles: Down in Albion (Rough Trade Us) Beans: Only (Thirsty Ear) Billy Mackenzie: Transmission Impossible (One Little Indian Us) Bird Show: Lightning Ghost (Kranky) The Birthday Party: Release the Bats (Three-One-G) Bitter: Sweet: Mating Game (Dig) (Quango) Blind Melon: Live at the Palace (Capitol) Blind Melon: Live at the Palace (Dig) (Capitol) Blue October: Foiled (Universal) Bob Marley: Bob Marley Story (1967-1972) [Universal Internatio (Universal International) Brian Eno & David Byrne: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (Nonesuch) Bubba Sparxxx: Charm (Virgin) Candi Staton: His Hands (Astralwerks) Cannonball Adderley: Blue Note's Great Sessions (Blue Note) Carl Cox: Second Sign (Koch) Celly Cel: Slaps, Straps and Baseball Hats (Imn) The Charlatans UK: Up at the Lake (Fontana Int'l) Chet Baker: Milano Sessions (Promo Sound) Chet Baker/Bud Shank: My Funny Valentine/I'll Take Romance (Promo Sound) The Concretes: Concretes in Colour (Astralwerks) The Cure: Seventeen Seconds (Elektra / Wea) Daft Punk: Musique, Vol. 1: 1993-2005 (Virgin) Dead to Fall: Phoenix Throne (Victory) Devics: If You Forget Me (Splinter) Dieselboy: The HUMAN Resource (System Recordings / HUMAN Imprint) Dimitri from Paris/DJ Muro: Super Disco Friends (Headphone Heroes) Don Rickles: Speaks (Jmg / Jewish Music) Edison Glass: Burn or a Shiver [EMI] (Credential Rec.) Enablers: Output Negative Space (Neurot) Envelopes: Demons (Brille) Erin Boheme: What Love Is (Concord) The Fall: Live from the Vaults: Retford 1979 (United States Dist) The Flaming Lips: At War with the Mystics (Warner Bros.) Fragments of Unbecoming: Sterling Black Icon (Metal Blade) Frankie J: Nuevo Dia (Sony) The Free Design: Cosmic Peekaboo (Marina) Funkadelic: Funk Gets Stronger [2-CD] (Recall) Georgia Anne Muldrow: Worthnothings (Stones Throw) Governor: Son of Pain (Atlantic / Wea) Grace Jones: Grace Jones Story (Universal International) Gregor Samsa: 55:12:00 (Kora) Heidi Mortenson: Wired Stuff (Wired) Herbie Hancock: Blue Note's Great Sessions (Blue Note) The Hidden Cameras: Arms of His Ill (Absolutely Kosher) Him: Peoples (Bubble Core) I Am Robot and Proud: Electricity in Your House Wants to Sing (Darla) Irving: Death in the Garden, Blood on the Flowers (Eenie Meenie) Islands: Return to the Sea (Equator) J. Geils Band: Best of the J. Geils Band [Capitol] (Capitol) Jackie Mason: World According to Me (Jmg / Jewish Music) The Jam: Story (Universal International) James Brown: CD Story (Universal International) Jane Birkin: Fictions (EMI) Joe Jackson: Joe Jackson Story (Universal International) John Corbett: John Corbett (Fun Bone Records) John Lennon: Live Peace in Toronto, 1969 [35th Anniversary] (Mobile Fidelity Koch) John Medeski: Marian Mcpartland's Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast (Jazz Alliance) Johnny Cash: I Walk the Line [Box Set] Johnny Cash: Walk the Line (Snapper UK) Jose Gonzalez: Veneer (Mute U.S.) Kaito: Hundred Million Light Years (Kompakt Germany) Keith Fullerton Whitman: Lisbon (Kranky) Knife: Silent Shout (Rabid) Lamb of God: New American Gospel [Bonus Tracks] (Prosthetic) Lee "Shot" Williams: Starts with a P. (Ecko) Little Louie Vega: Vega Records Compilation, Vol. 1 (Vega) Little Richard: Best of Little Richard (Metro) Loka: Fire Shephards (Ninja Tune) Lostep: Because We Can (Global Underground) Loudon Wainwright III: Album 1 (Collectors' Choice Music) Loudon Wainwright III: Album 2 (Collectors' Choice Music) Magneta Lane: Dancing With Daggers (Universal Music Can) Marianne Faithfull: Marianne Faithfull Story [Universal International] (Universal International) Marvin Gaye: Marvin Gaye Story [Universal International] (Universal International) Massive Attack: Collected (Virgin) Matt Nathanson: At the Point (High Wire Music) MC Eiht: Affiliated (Paid in Full) Medeski, Martin & Wood: Note Bleu: The Best of the Blue Note Years 1998-20 (Blue Note) Medeski, Martin & Wood: Note Bleu: The Best of the Blue Note Years 1998-20 (Blue Note) Mellowdrone: Box (Red Ink) Metalux/John Wiese: Exoteric (Load) Mia Doi Todd: Ninja: Amor and other dreams of Manzanita (Plug Research) Miles Davis: Blue Note's Great Sessions (Blue Note) Monster Magnet: Tab (re-issue) (Steamhammer Us ) Morrissey: Ringleader of the Tormentors (Sanctuary) Mr. Len: Tribute to Company Flow, Class X (Smacks) Needtobreathe: Daylight (Atlantic / Wea) Nightmares on Wax: Smoker's Delight (Warp) Nightmares on Wax: Word of Science (Warp) Nine Inch Nails: Every Day Is Exactly the Same [EP] (Nothing) One Man Army & Undead Quartet: 21st Century Killing Machine (Nuclear Blast America) Paid in Full: Paid in Full's Greatest Hits (Paid in Full) Paradise: Jazzfunkhiphopoetry Partners-N-Crime: Club Bangaz (Asylum / Rap-A-Lot) Pat Benatar: Crimes of Passion (Capitol) Pat Benatar: In the Heat of the Night (Capitol) Pat Benatar: Precious Time (Capitol) Pat Martino: Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery (Blue Note) Pink: I'm Not Dead (La Face) Placebo: Meds (Astralwerks) Poison: Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock (Capitol) Prozack Turner: Bang a Thon (Pockets Linted) Queensrÿche: Operation: Mindcrime II (Rhino / Wea) Radney Foster: This World We Live in (Dualtone Music Group) Rahim: Ideal Lives (French Kiss) Rainer Maria: Catastrophe Keeps Us Together (Grunion) Rascal Flatts: Me and My Gang (Lyric Street) Raz Ohara: Last Legend (Kitty Yo) Santana: Anthology (Cleopatra) Scarface: My Homies, Pt. 2 [Chopped & Screwed] (Asylum / Rap-A-Lot) Shooter Jennings: Electric Rodeo (Universal South) Sonny Rollins: Blue Note's Great Sessions (Blue Note) Sonya Kitchell: Words Came Back to Me (Velour) Soul Asylum: Closer to the Stars: Best of the Twin/Tone Years (Rykodisc) Soul Position: Things Go Better With RJ & Al (Rhymesayers) South: Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars (Young American) Squeeze: Squeeze Story (Universal International) Subtle: Wishingbone [Bonus DVD] (Lex) Sunz of Man: Old Testament (Green Streets Ent) Supertramp: Live (Emi Gold Imports) T.I. Presents the P$C: I'm a King (Atlantic / Wea) Takagi Masakatsu: Journal for People (Carpark) Tapes 'N Tapes: The Loon Tears for Fears: Tears for Fears Story (Universal International) The Velvet Underground: Velvet Underground Story (Universal International) The Vines: Vision Valley (Capitol) Tom Brosseau: Empty Houses Are Lonely (Fat Cat) Tommy Keene: Crashing the Ether (Eleven Thirty) Tommy Keene: Crashing the Ether (Dig) (Eleven Thirty) Tony Touch: Mic Destruction: Mixed and Hosted by Tony Touch (Sure Shot Recordings) U.S. Bombs: We Are the Problem (Sailor's Grave) Van Hunt: On the Jungle Floor (Capitol) Various Artists: Best of Blaxploitation (Metro) Various Artists: DFA Remixes Chapter One (Astralwerks) Various Artists: Hefty 10 Digest (Hefty) Various Artists: Now 21 - Now That's What I Call Music (Utv Records) Various Artists: See You on the Moon: Songs for Kids All Ages (Universal Music Can) Various Artists: Smooth Jazz Tribute to Aaliyah (Big Eye) Various Artists: Snoop Classics, Vol. 1 (Inflamable) Various Artists: Soul Jazz Records Presents Tropicalia (Soul Jazz) Venom: Metal Black (Sanctuary) Wires on Fire: Homewrecker (Buddyhead) Z-Ro's Underground Railroad: Paper Stacks, Vol. 3 [Hulled & Chopped] (KMJ)