New Releases: Nick Cave, Massive Attack, John Mayer, Supergrass, Paul van Dyk, Tech N9ne & More

With just under two weeks until the Grammys, it’s time to start revisiting the songs that were the most popular — and by extension, the most grating — last year. And what better way to jog your memory than the Grammy Nominees 2003 album?

The disc includes Pink’s “Get the Party Started,” Britney Spears’ “Overprotected,” Avril Lavigne’s “Complicated,” Norah Jones’ “Don’t Know Why,” Eminem’s “Without Me,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” ‘NSYNC’s “Girlfriend” and Nickelback’s “How You Remind Me.”

On the other end of the spectrum are new releases from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Massive Attack. Cave’s Nocturama comes two years after No More Shall We Part and features, among other tormented songs, a 14-minute “Babe, I’m on Fire.” Meanwhile, following a five-year absence, Massive Attack return with 100th Window. The album offers the standard soaring Massive Attack sound, but this time with the addition of Sinead O’Connor on “What Your Soul Sings” and “A Prayer for England.”

John Mayer’s live Any Given Thursday shares shelf space with cheeky Supergrass’ fourth album, Life on Other Planets.

And finally, the Ramones tribute album We’re a Happy Family features the second all-star lineup of the week. Rob Zombie takes on “Blitzkrieg Bop,” Marilyn Manson interprets “The KKK Took My Baby Away,” Green Day and the Offspring weigh in with their versions of “Outsider” and “I Wanna Be Sedated,” respectively. U2 sings “Beat on the Brat,” while the Red Hot Chili Peppers tackle “Havana Affair.”

As for the rest of this week’s releases — hey, ho, let’s go …

Out Tuesday, February 11:


  • David Ackles – American Gothic (Collector’s Choice)
  • Alathea – What Light Is All About (Rocketown)
  • Paul Anka – Absolutely the Best: The 70s (Varese)
  • Atom and his Package – Attention! Blah Blah Blah (Hopeless)
  • The Bad Plus – These Are the Vistas (Columbia)
  • Baka Beyond – East to West (Narada World)
  • Bass Hit – Bass Re-Loaded (Neurodisc)
  • Bloody Mary – Day of Resurrection (Danger)
  • Boulevard Knights – Boulevard Knights (Familia)
  • Kenny Brown – Stingray (Fat Possum)
  • Michael Bublé – Michael Bublé (143/Reprise)
  • C-Bo – West Coast Mafia: Chopped and Screwed (West Coast Mafia)
  • Rodney Carrington – Nut Sack (Capitol)
  • Karan Casey – Distant Shore (Shanachie)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Nocturama (Anti/Epitaph)
    Read: “Nick Cave Delivers More Tales From The Dark Side”

    Buy Now: Nocturama (Anti/Epitaph)
  • Chevelles – Girl God (Zip)
  • Coachwhips – Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine (Narnack)
  • Corporation 187 – Perfection in Pain (Wicked World)
  • Data 80 – Data 80 (EFA/Caroline)
  • Debbie Davies – Key to Love: A Tribute to John Mayall (Shanachie)
  • Dr. Demento – Hits From Outer Space (Laugh.com)
  • Duke – 21st Century Man (produced by Eddy Grant) (Ice)
  • Tim Easton – Break Your Mother’s Heart (New West)
  • Eightball and MJG – On Top of the World (Draper)
  • DJ Envy – The Desert Storm Mixtape: Blok Party Vol. 1 (Desert Storm/Epic)
  • Fabulous Disaster – Panty Raid (Pink & Black)
  • John Fahey – Red Cross (Revenant)
  • Five Way Friday – Wrecked (Redeye)
  • Flatline – Dead Man Walking (Thug City)
  • Matt Flinner Quartet – Walking on the Moon (Compass)
  • Fo Clips – Just Be Thankful (Danger)
  • Foys Boys – My Life My Hustle (Dog Team)
  • Funk Porcini – Fast Asleep (Ninja Tune)
  • Further Seems Forever – How to Start a Fire (Tooth & Nail)
  • Jeffrey Gaines – Toward the Sun (Artemis)
  • Vince Gill – Next Big Thing (MCA Nashville)
  • Girls in the Club – Girls in the Club (Downsouthrap.com)
  • Grade 8 – Grade 8 (Lava/Atlantic)
  • Hall & Oates – Do It for Love (U-Watch)
  • John Hammond – Ready for Love (Back Porch)
  • Stefon Harris – The Grand Unification Theory (Blue Note)
  • JoJo Hermann – Defector (Fat Possum)
  • Hexstatic – Solid Steel Mix (Ninja Tune)
  • Holland – Photographs & Tidal Waves (Tooth & Nail)
  • Jackpot – Bone-Ville (Future Farmer)
  • Jackstraw – Jackstraw (High Horse)
  • Kingzmen – Not of this World (Holy Hip Hop)
  • Kissing Chaos – Enter With a Bullet (Fueled by Ramen)
  • DJ Krush – The Message at the Depth (Red Ink)
  • Patty Larkin – Red = Luck (Vanguard)
  • Erik Larson – The Resounding (Small Stone)
  • Kenny Lattimore/Chante Moore – Things That Lovers Do (Arista)
  • Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – Hearts of Oak (Lookout!)
  • Lil Mac – From the Cracks to the Stacks (Lock Down)
  • Madder Mortem – Deadlands (The End)
  • Madhouse – Holiday (Radikal)
  • Massive Attack – 100th Window (Virgin)

    Buy Now: 100th Window (Virgin)
  • John Mayer – Any Given Thursday (Sony)
  • John McCusker – Goodnight Ginger (Compass)
  • My Sick Friends – Simple (Hapi Skratch)
  • Willie Nelson – Crazy: The Demo Sessions (Sugarhill)
  • Gary Numan – Scarred: Live at Brixton Academy (2 CDs, Eagle)
  • Erlend Oye – Unrest (Source/Astralwerks)
  • Pacifier – Pacifier (Arista)
  • Pumpkinhead – A Beautiful Mind (EP, Third Earth)
  • Rae – Rae (Relentless)
  • Rapture – Songs for the Withering (Century Media)
  • Rush – The Spirit of Radio: 1974-1987 (Universal)
  • Rusty Humphries – Bomb Iraq (Laugh.com)
  • Joshua Ryan – By Design (System)
  • Sanctus Real – Say It Loud (Sparrow)
  • Slater – Can You Feel Me (T.O.P.)
  • Stephan Smith – The Bell (Synchronic)
  • Socialburn – Where You Are (Elektra)
  • Sofia – Sofia (Big Sur)
  • Spiv – Don’tcha Know (Pop Sweatshop)
  • Tammy Faye Starlite & the Angels of Mercy – Used Country Female (Diesel Only)
  • Miriam Stockley – Second Nature (Narada)
  • George Strait – For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome (MCA Nashville)
  • Strapping Young Lad – SYL (Century Media)
  • Supergrass – Life on Other Planets (Island)
    Read: “Supergrass Get Thrown For A L.O.O.P, Party With Skanks”

    Buy Now: Life on Other Planets (Island)
  • Tech N9ne – Anghellic (MSC)
  • Troika – Kingdom of the Sun (Narada)
  • Twelfth Gate – Summoning (Crash Music)
  • Paul van Dyk – Global (Mute)
  • Vexers – The Vexers (Ace Fu)
  • Cosmo Vitelli – Clean (Astralwerks)
  • Viva – Blanksidesongs (Pitch a Tent)
  • Otto Von Schirach – Chopped Zombie Fungus (Schematic)
  • Voodou – Your Basic Evil Black Squadron (Underground Inc.)
  • Doc Watson – Then and Now (Tomato)
  • Carol Welsman – The Language of Love (Savoy Jazz)
  • Yanni – Ethnicity (Virgin)
  • Various artists – The American Song-Poem Anthology: Do You Know the Difference Between Big Wood and Brush (Bar/None)
  • Various artists – “Ash Wednesday” soundtrack (Koch)
  • Various artists – Buenos Aires Cafe (Narada)
  • Various artists – Duck Down Records Presents: Collect Dis Edition (Duck Down)
  • Various artists – Global Hits 2003 (Motown)
  • Various artists – Grammy Nominees 2003 (Rhino)
  • Various artists – Motown Soul Jams Vol. 1 (Motown)
  • Various artists – Oil: Chicago Punk Refined (Thick)
  • Various artists – Rollin on Dubs (Thump)
  • Various artists – The Songs of Hank Williams Jr.: A Bocephus Celebration (Warner Bros./Curb)
  • Various artists – Tribute to Bob Marley (K-Tel)
  • Various artists – We’re a Happy Family: A Tribute to the Ramones (DV8/Columbia)
    Read: “Garbage Give Ramones Electro Sheen While Manson Moans, Marches”
  • DVD: Various artists – “Pass the Mic!” (Image Entertainment)
  • DVD: The Gathering – “In Motion” (Century Media)
  • DVD: John Mayer – “Any Given Thursday” (Columbia)
  • DVD: Jane Monheit – “Live at the Rainbow Room” (N-Coded)

March 4:

March 11:


  • Various artists – Punk Goes Acoustic (Fearless)

March 18:


  • Buzzcocks – Buzzcocks (Merge)

March 25: