New Releases: R. Kelly, 'Cradle 2 The Grave' Soundtrack, Ministry, Cat Power, DJ Whoo Kid, Styx & More

R. Kelly tops the headlines this week and it's, thankfully, because of his music this time. His new album, Chocolate Factory, finally hits shelves after a few rescheduled stints.

Chocolate Factory features several cuts from Love Land, the widely bootlegged but never officially distributed album from last year, plus new material like the popular, euphemistic single "Ignition."

Though they broke up after their last album, Arrhythmia, the electro-noise hip-hop group Anti-Pop Consortium release one last album as a group, Anti-Pop Versus Matthew Shipp.

Meanwhile, Ministry dispense double the noise and double the hatred with their latest, Animositisomina ("animosity" spelled forwards and backwards, kind of). Among their own rage-filled tracks, Al Jourgensen and company cover Magazine's "The Light Pours Out of Me."

Also out this week are Morphine's best-of record, Rye Coalition's Jersey Girls EP, and Cat Power's You Are Free, which finds singer/songwriter Chan Marshall collaborating with Dave Grohl and Eddie Vedder.

Finally, if you haven't tired of it yet from the round-the-clock commercials, you can take home the ubiquitous song "X Gon' Give It to Ya" from the "Cradle 2 the Grave" soundtrack, which also features other songs from the Darkman as well as 50 Cent, Eminem and Foxy Brown.

Now, let me stick my keys in your ignition and cruise on over to the rest of this week's releases.

Out Tuesday, February 18:

  • Aereogramme - Sleep and Release (Matador)

  • Anti-Pop Consortium - Anti-Pop Vs. Matthew Shipp (Thirsty Ear)

  • Bad Times - Bad Times (Sympathy for the Record Industry)

  • Blood Red Throne - Affiliated With (Hammerheart)

  • Boulevard Knights - Boulevard Knights (Familia)

  • Brand New - Your Favorite Weapon (Razor & Tie)

  • Calexico - Feast of Wire (Quarterstick)

  • Caribbean Pulse - Stand Up (Irie)

  • Cat Power - You Are Free (Matador)

  • Decoded Feedback - Shockwave (Metropolis)

  • John DeFrancesco - Jumpin' (Savant)

  • Detroit Experiment - Detroit Experiment (Ropeadope)

  • The Dirty Three - She Has No Strings Apollo (Touch and Go)

  • DJ Dara - Breakbeat Science: Exercise 01 (Breakbeat Science)

  • DJ Whoo Kid - Hood Radio 1 (Full Clip)

  • Dave Douglas - Freak In (Bluebird)

  • The Downbeat 5 - lsm (Sympathy for the Record Industry)

  • Nicolai Dunger - Tranquil Isolation (Overcoat)

  • Easy Star All-Stars - Dub Side of the Moon (Easy Star)

  • Flatline - Dead Man Walking (Thug City)

  • Future Sound of London - Mello Hippo Disco Show (Artful)

  • The Go-Betweens - Bright Yellow, Bright Orange (Jetset)

  • Jennifer Hanson - Jennifer Hanson (Capitol)

  • Isaac Hayes - Chocolate Chip (Prestige)

  • Hayseed Dixie - Kiss My Grass: A Hillbilly Tribute to KISS (DualTone)

  • Bill Heid - Da Girl (Savant)

  • The Immortal Lee County Killers - Love Is a Charm of Powerful Trouble II (Estrus)

  • Kings of Leon - Holy Roller Novocaine (EP, RCA)

  • Ministry - Animositisomina (Sanctuary)

    Read: "Ministry Add Singing, Not Steroids, On New Album"

  • Moreland Audio - Turbogold (54º40' or Fight!)

  • Morphine - Best of 1992 –1995 (Rykodisc)

  • Necrophobic - The Nocturnal Silence (Hammerheart)

  • Orna - The Very Thought of You (A440)

  • O.S.I. - Office of Strategic Influence (Inside Out)

  • Outspoken - Bitter Shovel (Lava/Atlantic)

  • The Owl & the Pussycat - The Owl & the Pussycat (Kill Rock Stars)

  • R. Kelly - The Chocolate Factory (Jive)

    Read: "R. Kelly Calls Out Foes, Entices Fans To Join Him At Chocolate Factory"


    Buy Now: Chocolate Factory (Jive)

  • Red Hot Valentines - Calling Off Today (EP, Polyvinyl)

  • Reggie & the Full Effect - Under the Tray(Vagrant)

  • Ruiners - How's That Grab Ya (Disaster)

  • Rye Coalition - Jersey Girls (EP, Tiger Style)

  • Schoolly D - The Best of Schoolly D (Jive)

  • Septic Flesh - Sumerian Daemons (Hammerheart)

  • Shipping News - Three-Four (Quarterstick)

  • Patrick Street - Street Life (Green Linnet)

  • Styx - Cyclorama (Sanctuary/CMC Int'l)

  • Ben Taylor Band - Famous Among the Barns (Iris/Ryko)

  • Teen Idols/Squirtgun - The Dysfunctional Shadowman (Asian Man)

  • Dar Williams - The Beauty of the Rain (Razor & Tie)

  • Xiu Xiu - A Promise (5 Rue Christine)

  • Zion I - Deep Water Slang v2.0 (Raptivism)

  • Various artists - Bangin' - Progressive Beats (Tommy Boy)

  • Various artists - "Cradle 2 the Grave" soundtrack (Def Jam)

    Read: "Eminem, DMX Team Up For 'Cradle 2 The Grave' Soundtrack"

  • Various artists - Dirtnap Across the Northwest (Dirtnap)

  • Various artists - Hookah Café (Triloka)

  • Various artists - The Power (Razor & Tie)

  • Various artists - Survive and Advance Vol. 2 (Merge)

  • Various artists - What Doesn't Kill Me (Blackout!)

  • DVD - Modulations: Cinema for the Ear (Music Video Distributors/Caipirinha)

  • DVD Electric Frankenstein - Live at Camden Underground (Music Video Distributors/Punkervision)

  • DVD Angie Stone - Music in High Places: Live in Vancouver (Image Entertainment)

March 4:



March 11:

  • Various artists - Punk Goes Acoustic (Fearless)


March 18:

  • Buzzcocks - Buzzcocks (Merge)


March 25:




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