New Releases: Zwan, ‘Biker Boyz’ Soundtrack, Lou Reed, Dirty Vegas, Blackstreet, Erasure & More

Although the Smashing Pumpkins packed it in a few years ago, that was far from frontman Billy Corgan’s swan song. It did, however, make way for his Zwan songs. With the help of fellow rockers Dave Pajo (Slint, Tortoise), Matt Sweeney (Chavez, Skunk), Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle) and Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlain, Mary Star of the Sea was born. (Check out Zwan’s music at MTV.com First Listen.)

You’ll be more mixed up than Kay Slay after the rest of this week’s new releases shout-outs. The batch features one compilation after the next, starting with Erasure’s ’80s-infused interpretation of Other People’s Songs. Can you say “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Elvis Presley, “Everyday” by Buddy Holly, and “Video Killed the Radio Star” by the Buggles? Andy Bell can.

Next up is Lou Reed’s dark mixed set, The Raven, which was inspired by the writings of horror master Edgar Allen Poe. David Bowie and Steve Buscemi are among the stars who contribute their voices to the album, which is filled with a seamless blending of Poe’s poems and stories with Reed’s, and also includes a new version of “Perfect Day.”

Dirty Vegas’ Night at the Tables features the group’s own music, plus songs by the likes of dance and trance well-knowns Frankie Knuckles, Kylie Minogue and Underworld, while N.V.A. Straight From the Crates Vol. 1 houses new tracks by Mos Def, Black Moon, the Pharcyde and Jurassic 5. Finally, Papa Roach and N.E.R.D. team up for the “Biker Boyz” soundtrack, which also includes cuts from Jadakiss featuring Ron Isley, Redman featuring E3, and Metallica, Ja Rule and Swizz Beatz.

Now let’s get the rest of these albums in the mix.

Out Tuesday, January 28:


  • 4 Way Street – 4 Way Street (Sliced Bread)
  • A Static Lullaby – Don’t Forget to Breathe (Ferret)
  • Acousticsol – Acousticsol (Pure and Simple)
  • Apocalypse Theater – Lost in America (Underground Inc)
  • Backdraft – Here to Save You All (Abstract)
  • A Band of Bees – Sunshine Hit Me (Wall of Sound/Astralwerks)
  • Blackstreet – No Diggity: The Very Best of Blackstreet (Interscope)
  • Boils – Ripping Waters (EP, Thorp)
  • Brainstorm – Funky Entertainment (Capitol)
  • Butthole Surfers – Butthole Surfers/Live Pcppep (Latino Bugger Veil)
  • Claude Challe – Near Eastern Lounge from the R.E.G. Project (Virgin)
  • Steven Curtis Chapman – All About Love (EMD)
  • Richard Clayderman & Rahul Sharma – The Confluence (Narada)
  • Click – Gently Unraveling (Fowl)
  • Colorform – Send Forth Your Soul (Synchronic)
  • Contempt – Secret Around Us (World War III)
  • Ry Cooder & Manuel Galban – Mambo Sinuendo (Nonesuch/Perro Verde)
  • Chris Cutler – Solo (ReR)
  • Stefano Di Battista – Round About Roma (Blue Note)
  • Kasse-Mady Diabate – Kassi Kasse: Music From the Heart (Narada World)
  • Dirty Vegas – Night at the Tables (Ultra)
    Buy Now: Night at the Tables (Ultra)
  • Dogwood – Seismic (Tooth & Nail)
  • Erasure – Other People’s Songs (Mute)
  • Eternal Gray – Kindless (The End)
  • Stephen Fearing – That’s How I Walk (Shawn Colvin guests) (Philo/Rounder)
  • Furthermore – She and I (Tooth & Nail)
  • G-Wiz – Just Like You (Orpheus)
  • Grave – Back From the Grave (Century Music)
  • Benny Green and Russell Malone – Jazz at the Bistro (Telarc Jazz)
  • Fred Hersch – Live at the Village Vanguard (Palmetto)
  • Randy Howard – I Rest My Case (Sugar Hill)
  • Human League – Dare/Love & Dancing (Caroline)
  • Human League – Reproduction (Caroline)
  • Human League – Travelogue (Caroline)
  • K-OS – Exit (Astralwerks)
  • Kid Brother Collective – Highway Miles (One Day Savior)
  • Kill Pill – Outside These City Walls (Uprising)
  • Sonny Landreth – The Road We’re On (Sugar Hill)
  • Adrian Legg – Guitar Bones (Favored Nations Acoustic)
  • Loose Fur – Loose Fur (Drag City)
  • Jesse Malin – The Fine Art of Self-Destruction (Artemis)
  • Midtown, Recover, and Blue Medic – New Old Rare (Fueled by Ramen)
  • The Monkees – Live Summer Tour (King Biscuit)
  • Mul-Ty – Made 4 Love (Universal)
  • David Murray Latin Big Band – Now Is Another Time (Justin Time)
  • Mutiny UK – In the Now (System)
  • Bob Neuwirth – Bob Neuwirth (Water)
  • Aaron Neville – Believe (EMI Gospel)
  • Nightingale – Alive Again (The End)
  • Nightmares on Wax – Carboot Soul (Warp)
  • Oingo Boingo – Boi-ngo (MCA)
  • Old Friends Quartet – Feelin’ Fine (EMD)
  • Original Fierce – Fierce Factor (American)
  • Pigface – Easy Listening (Underground Inc)
  • Poww Brothers – Faithful (Orpheus)
  • Pressure – Anthem (EP, Uprising)
  • Pretty Girls Make Graves – Pretty Girls Make Graves (EP, Dim Mak)
  • Project Rocket – New Years Revolution (Uprising)
  • Flora Purim – Speak No Evil (Narada Jazz)
  • Raunchy – Velvet Noise (Nuclear Blast)
  • Lou Reed – The Raven (Sire/Reprise)
    Read: “Lou Reed’s Obsession With Edgar Allan Poe Spawns The Raven
  • Rock Kills Kids – Rock Kills Kids (Fearless)
  • Rondellus – Sabbatum (medieval tribute to Black Sabbath, The Music Cartel)
  • Scene Creamers – I Suck on That Emotion (Drag City)
  • ScoLoHoFo – Oh! (Blue Note)
  • Mark Selby – Dirt (Vanguard)
  • Virgil Shaw – Still Falling (Future Farmer)
  • The Snowdogs – Deep Cuts, Fast Remedies (Victory)
  • Somehow Hollow – Busted Wings and Rusted Halos (Victory)
  • Souls of Mischief – Spark (Chocolate Industries)
  • Stakker – Eurotechno (Rephlex)
  • Steel Train – For You My Dear (EP, MCA)
  • Storm – Unpredictable Amalgamation (Orpheus)
  • Summer at Shatter Creek – Summer at Shatter Creek (Absolutely Kosher)
  • Sweet Honey in the Rock – The Women Gather (EarthBeat!)
  • Swimmingpool – Anything That Doesn’t Move (Combination)
  • Teena Marie – Irons in the Fire (MCA)
  • Danny Tenaglia – Choice (Ultra)
  • Underwater – Bleed Me Blue (Tribunal)
  • Cheryl Wheeler – Different Stripe (Philo/Rounder)
  • Zwan – Mary Star of the Sea (Reprise)
    Read: “Billy Corgan In Search Of Personal ‘Jesus’ On Zwan Debut”
    Buy Now: Mary Star of the Sea (Reprise)
  • Various artists – Absolute Body and Soul (Time Life)
  • Various artists – Astro Bar (Water Music)
  • Various artists – Back to the Future 80s (Topaz)
  • Various artists – Bare Essentials, Vol. 2 (Naked/Astralwerks)
  • Various artists – “Biker Boyz” soundtrack (DreamWorks)
    Read: “Papa Roach, Neptunes Team Up For ‘Biker Boyz’ Soundtrack”
  • Various artists – Bodega Lounge (Ark 21)
  • Various artists – Electricity – An Electropop Sampler Volume Two (Ninthwave)
  • Various artists – “The Guru” soundtrack (Universal)
  • Various artists – High Times Presents: Rip This Joint (Uni/Win)
  • Various artists – Hit the Breaks (Radikal)
  • Various artists – “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days” soundtrack (Virgin)
  • Various artists – “Les Miserables” highlights (Decca)
  • Various artists – Mixdown (ForeFront)
  • Various artists – More Music from “Coyote Ugly” (Curb)
  • Various artists – “Movern Callar” soundtrack (Warp)
  • Various artists – N.V.A: Straight from the Crates Vol. 1 (Avatar)
  • Various artists – “Pulse: A Stomp Odyssey” soundtrack (Six Degrees)
  • Various artists – Pure 80s Love: The #1 Hits (Universal)
  • Various artists – “The Recruit” soundtrack (Varese Sarabande)
  • Various artists – Sourcelabs (Source)
  • Various artists – “Two Weeks Notice” soundtrack (Varese Sarabande)
  • DVD D.I.Y. or Die: How to Survive as an Independent Artist (Music Video Distributors)
  • DVD Manu Chao – Babylonia en Guagua (Virgin)
  • DVD Natalie Cole – Ask a Woman Who Knows (Hip-O)
  • DVD Midge Ure – Rewind: The Greatest Hits Tour (Eagle Eye/Pioneer)

February 4:


  • Jars of Clay – Furthermore: From the Studio to the Stage (BMG)
  • Pet Shop Boys – Disco 3 (EP, Sanctuary)
  • Various artists – “Daredevil” soundtrack (Wind-Up)



February 11:

  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Nocturama (Epitaph)
  • Massive Attack – 100th Window (Virgin)
  • John Mayer – Any Given Thursday (Sony)
  • Various artists – We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones (Sony)



February 18:

  • R. Kelly – Chocolate Factory (Jive)



February 25:

  • Third Eye Blind – Crystal Baller (Elektra)