In Stores Now And Coming Soon: New Albums By Cee-Lo, Wilco, Elvis Costello, ‘Star Wars’ & More

Paul Westerberg, Cornershop, Badly Drawn Boy also new on shelves.

The movie may be as anticipated as “Spider-Man,” but the soundtrack? Not so sure. Nevertheless, John Williams’ “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” score hits shelves this week.

From the files of When Band Members Regroup/Go Solo, the Kickovers — a group made up of ex-Weezer bassist Mikey Welsh and former Mighty Mighty Bosstones guitarist Nate Albert — issue their first album, Osaka, this week, while closet freak and Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo unleashes Cee-Lo Green & His Perfect Imperfections.

Other releases to look out for are Classic Chillout Album, a compilation featuring Moby, Dido and Sade;When I Was Cruel, the umpteenth album from Elvis Costello; and Stereo, the Vagrant debut of ex-Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg. Cornershop generously dole out Handcream for a Generation on their LP, which features Noel Gallagher of Oasis, and Badly Drawn Boy returns with the soundtrack LP “About a Boy,” his first full-length release since The Hour of Bewilderbeast.

There’s also an embarrassment of riches available for Wilco fans, as their long-delayed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot finally hits stores, as does frontman Jeff Tweedy’s solo soundtrack LP, “Chelsea Walls.” Meanwhile, Jay Bennett, who left the band last year, releases The Palace at 4 A.M., recorded with Edward Burch.

Finally, if it’s felt like a long time since the last Michael Bolton release, that’s because it has been. Coming back stronger, sexier and more soulful than ever before, the crooner gives fans Only a Woman Like You.

 
Out Tuesday, April 23:


  • 10cc – Alive in Japan (BMG)
  • 12 Stones – 12 Stones (Wind-up)
  • Acid House Kings – Mondays Are Like Tuesdays (Hidden Agenda)
  • Agiel – Dark Pantheons Again Will Reign (Unique Leader)
  • Akwid – 2002 A.D. (Two K Sounds)
  • Alfie – A Word in Your Ear (XL/Beggars Banquet)
  • Audra – Going to the Theatre (Projekt)
  • Autopilot Off – Autopilot Off (EP, Island)
  • Susana Baca – Espiritu Vivo (Luaka Bop)
  • Badly Drawn Boy – “About a Boy” soundtrack (Artist Direct)
    Read about it … About A Badly Drawn Boy: Singer/Songwriter Does Soundtrack
  • Philip Bailey – Soul on Jazz (Heads Up)
  • Jay Bennett & Edward Burch – The Palace at 4 A.M. (Undertow)
  • Big Moe – Purple World (Wreckshop)
    Read about it … DJ Screw Protege Big Moe Spills ‘Purple Stuff’
  • Black Tape for a Blue Girl – The Scavenger Bride (Projekt)
  • Michael Bolton – Only a Woman Like You (Jive)
  • Brute – Nine High a Pallet (Velocette)
  • Carbon Leaf – Ether-Electrified Porch Music (Constant Ivy)
  • Cee-Lo – Cee-Lo Green and His Perfect Imperfections (Arista)
    Read about it … Cee-Lo Is Water And A Wig-Wearing ‘Closet Freak’ On Solo Debut
  • Kenny Chesney – No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems (BNA)
  • Tom Clark & the High Action Boys – Cross-Eyed & Bow-Legged (Blacksmith)
  • W.C. Clark – From Austin With Soul (Alligator)
  • Cornershop Handcream for a Generation (Wiija/Beggars Banquet)
    Read about it … Gump-Like Cornershop Learn Lessons From ‘Rocky’ On New LP
  • Elvis Costello – When I Was Cruel (Island)
  • Damon and Naomi – Song to the Siren (two CDs) (Sub Pop)
  • Death Threat – For God & Government (Triple Crown)
  • Deeds of the Flesh – Inbreeding the Anthropophagi (Unique Leader)
  • Kevin Denney – Kevin Denney (Lyric Street)
  • The Dirty Dozen Brass Band – Medicated Magic (Ropeadope/Atlantic)
  • Dishwalla – Opaline (Immergent)
  • Florence Dore – Perfect City (Slewfoot)
  • Earth, Wind & Fire – That’s the Way of the World: Alive in ’75 (Legacy)
  • Mark Eitzel – Music for Courage & Confidence (New West)
  • Entety – Cadaveric Necrogrind (World War III)
  • Cor Fijneman – Mesmer 1 (Razor & Tie)
  • John Forte – I, John (Kinetic)
  • Frost – Still Up in This S#*T! (In the Paint)
  • Gada – Addictive Lifestyle (Nuff Nuff)
  • Gay Dad – Transmission (Thirsty Ear)
  • Hate Theory – Hate Theory (World War III)
  • Hot Hot Heat – Knock Knock Knock (Sub Pop)
  • Jim Hurst – Second Son (Pinecastle)
  • Insight – Updated Software V.2.5 (Landspeed)
  • Bert Jansch – Dazzling Stranger: Anthology (Castle America)
  • Jerry Joseph & the Jackmormons – Conscious Contact (Terminus)
  • Joeski & Onoinz – Nu-York Nite Life (NRK)
  • K’s Choice – Almost Happy (Sony)
  • Nik Kershaw – To Be Frank (Koch)
  • The Kickovers – Osaka (Fenway)
  • King Kong – Big Bang (Drag City)
  • Greg Long – Balance (Shadow)
  • Joe Lovano – Viva Caruso (Blue Note)
  • Luna – Romantica (Jetset)
  • Lupine Howl – Vaporizer EP (Beggars Banquet)
  • Mad Happy – Feel Good Music for the Broke Middle Classes (Bar None)
  • John Martyn – Patterns in the Rain: Anthology (Castle America)
  • The Meat Purveyors – All Relationships Are Doomed to Fail (Bloodshot)
  • Kylie Minogue – Hits + (Arista)
  • Mae Moore – It’s a Funny World (Paras Group)
  • Mortal Decay – Forensic (Unique Leader)
  • Peter Murphy – Dust (Metropolis)
  • Non-Phixion – Future Is Now (Landspeed)
  • NRBQ – NRBQ Live From Mountain Stage (Black Pumpkin)
  • The Octopus Project – Identification Parade (Peekaboo)
  • Organic Grooves – 4 (Codek)
  • Oxymoron – Best Before 2000 (GMM)
  • Oxymoron – Feed the Breed (GMM)
  • Eddie Palmieri – La Perfecta II (Concord Picante)
  • Palomar – Palomar II (Self Starter Foundation)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Release (Sanctuary)
    Read about it … Pet Shop Boys ‘In Love’ With Gay Eminem Character
  • Gary Primich – Dog House Music (Antone’s)
  • Primus – Frizzle Fry (reissue, Prawn Song)
  • Primus – Suck on This (reissue, Prawn Song)
  • The Promise Ring – Woodwater (Anti/Epitaph)
  • Rae & Christian – Mixer Presents Rewind (Razor & Tie)
  • Racer X – Snowball of Doom (Shrapnel)
  • Toshi Reagon – Toshi (Razor & Tie)
  • Reid Speed – Resonance (Breakbeat Science)
  • Will Rigby – Paradoxaholic (Diesel Only)
  • RL – RL:Ements (J Records)
  • Rovo – Tonic 2001 (Tzadik)
  • Savatage – Dungeons Are Calling (Metal Blade)
  • Daryle Singletary – That’s Why I Sing This Way (Audium)
  • Charlie Sizemore – The Story Is … The Songs of Tom T. Hall (Rebel)
  • Sloan – Pretty Together (RCA)
  • Darden Smith – Sunflower (Dualtone)
  • Sneaker Pimps – Bloodsport (Tommy Boy)
  • Soul Hooligan – Music Like Dirt (Maverick)
  • Stevens Sisters – Little by Little (Rounder)
  • Step Kings – 3 the Hard Way (We Put Out)
  • Curtis Stigers – Secret Heart (Concord Jazz)
  • Still Breathing – September (Solid State)
  • Stir Crazy – Stir Crazy (Global Ent.)
  • Simon Stokes – Honky (Uppercut/Disgruntled)
  • The Stranglers – Live in Concert (Castle America)
  • Strike Boys – Grapefruit Flavoured Green Tea Time (Stereo Deluxe)
  • Strung Out – An American Paradox (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Tall Paul – Back & Forth (Moonshine)
  • James Talley – Touchstones (Cimarron)
  • Templars – Reconquista 1994-1998 (GMM)
  • Toy Dolls – We’re Mad! The Anthology (Castle America)
  • Tuatara – Cinemathique (Fast Horse)
  • Jeff Tweedy – “Chelsea Walls” soundtrack (Rykodisc)
  • Unwed Sailor – Firecracker EP (Constant Ivy)
  • Vinyl – Flea Market (Tornado)
  • The Walkabouts – Ended Up as a Stranger (Innerspace)
  • Waterboys – Waterboys (Chrysalis)
  • Wayward Shamans – Alchemy (Fedora)
  • Paul Westerberg – Stereo (Vagrant)
  • Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot (Nonesuch/Atlantic)
    Read about it … Jeff Tweedy Describes Wilco’s Evolution
  • John Williams – “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” soundtrack  (Sony Classical)
  • Luther Wright and the Wrongs – Rebuild the Wall (Back Porch)
  • Pete Yorn – Musicforthemorningafter (reissue, Columbia)
  • Frank Zappa – Threesome #1 (Rykodisc)
  • Frank Zappa – Threesome #2 (Rykodisc)
  • Various artists – “Ansel Adams” soundtrack (Green Linnet)
  • Various artists – Because We Care: Benefit for the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (Glue Factory/Oglio)
  • Various artists – Best of House Vol. 2 (Robin’s Ent.)
  • Various artists – Classic Chillout Album (Epic)
  • Various artists – “Dark Angel” soundtrack (Artemis)
  • Various artists – Exposure (Four Foot Eleven)
  • Various artists – Full Cycle Live! (Full Cycle)
  • Various artists – Glasgow Underground Presents – Explorations in Chill (Paras Group)
  • Various artists – Hed Kandi: Disco Heaven (Hed Kandi)
  • Various artists – My Favorite Things – A Richard Rodgers Celebration (RCA Victor)
  • Various artists – Monster Disco (Razor & Tie)
  • Various artists – “The New Guy” soundtrack (Epic)
  • Various artists – Progressive Development 01 (Nettwerk)
  • Various artists – Stereo Sushi Vol. 2 (Hed Kandi)
  • Various artists – Trance: The Progressive Experience (Capitol)
  • Various artists – Ultimate After Hours Vol. 2 (Groovilicious)

April 30:

May 7:

May 14:


  • Atticus Fault – Atticus Fault (Island/Def Jam)
  • Various artists – Now Presents Urban Hits (Columbia)

May 21:


  • Breeders – Title TK (Elektra)
  • Tommy Lee – Never a Dull Moment (MCA)
  • Raphael Saadiq – Instant Vintage (Universal)

June 4: