New Releases: Fischerspooner, American Hi-Fi, Richard Ashcroft, Freeway, Movielife & More

This week the WB’s “Smallville” soundtrack offers up some super music: Weezer’s “Island in the Sun,” the Flaming Lips’ “Fight Test,” Ryan Adams’ “Nuclear” and Phantom Planet’s “Lonely Day.”

Former Verve man Richard Ashcroft releases his second solo album, Human Conditions, which finds the morose musician introspective as usual and also dabbling in some existential contemplation on such songs as “Lord I’ve Been Trying” and “Paradise.”

Cheeky electro group Fischerspooner consider their album #1. The LP includes the breakout single “Emerge” and a cover of Wire’s “The 15th.” The Minus 5′s Down With Wilco, meanwhile, was recorded around the same time as Wilco’s Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and features all four members of Wilco as well as R.E.M.’s Peter Buck.

Peanut Butter Wolf’s Badmeaningood Vol. 3 has remixes of Grandmaster Flash, Human League and Iron Butterfly, while Roc-a-Fella rapper Freeway, known for the single “Roc the Mic” and cameos on Jay-Z’s The Blueprint 2, finally releases his long-awaited Philadelphia Freeway featuring “What We Do.”

And now what we do is list the rest of this week’s releases …

Out Tuesday, February 25:


  • A18 – Forever After Nothing (Victory)
  • Mindi Abair – It Just Happens That Way (Universal)
  • Alpinestars – White Noise (Astralwerks)
  • Scott Amendola Band – Cry (Cryptogramophone)
  • American Hi-Fi – The Art of Losing (Island)
    Read: “American Hi-Fi Master Art Of Losing, Art Of Partying”
  • Eric Andersen – Beat Avenue (two CDs, Appleseed Recordings)
  • Richard Ashcroft – Human Conditions (Virgin)
  • Audio Adrenaline – Worldwide (ForeFront)
  • B3 Bombers – Live at the Green Mill (Alltribe)
  • A Band of Bees – Sunshine Hit Me (Wall of Sound/Astralwerks)
  • Doyle Bramhall – Fitchburg Street (Yep Roc)
  • Burrito Deluxe – Georgia Peach (Lamon)
  • Calavera – Tequilamatic (CBM)
  • Communiqué – A Crescent Honeymoon (EP, Lookout!)
  • Count the Stars – Never Be Taken Alive (Victory)
  • Evan Dando – Baby I’m Bored (Generic)
  • The D.O.C. – Deuce (Red Urban)
  • David Darling – The Tao of the Cello (Hearts of Space/Valley Entertainment)
  • Jesse Davis – The Setup (Alltribe)
  • Dirty – Keep It Pimp & Gangsta (Universal)
  • Vikter Duplaix – International Affairs (Hollywood)
  • Echoboy – Giraffe (Mute)
  • Essence – Mariposa (O.R. Music)
  • Terry Evans – Live Like a Hurricane (AudioQuest/Valley Entertainment)
  • George Fenton – “Sweet Home Alabama” score (Hollywood)
  • Fischerspooner – #1 (Capitol)
  • Freeway – Philadelphia Freeway (Def Jam)
  • Funky Meters – Fiyo at the Fillmore Vol. 1 (Varese)
  • Donald Glaude – Mixed Live 2nd Session (Moonshine Music)
  • Peter Green Splinter Group – Reaching the Cold 100 (Eagle)
  • Eileen Ivers – Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul (Koch)
  • Juggaknots – Clear Blue Skies (Third Earth)
  • Kem – Kemistry (Motown)
  • Jeannie Kendall – Jeannie Kendall (Rounder)
  • Jay Klum – Home Cookin’ (Alltribe)
  • Little Brother – The Listening (ABB)
  • Lo Fidelity Allstars – Abstract Funk Theory (Obsessive)
  • Lyle Lovett – Smile (MCA)
  • Mae – Destination: Beautiful (Tooth & Nail)
  • Tak Matsumoto – Hana (Favored Nations)
  • Edwin McCain – The Austin Sessions (ATC)
  • Maureen McGovern – Music Never Ends: The Lyrics of Alan & Marilyn Bergman (Varese)
  • Memento – Beginnings (Columbia)
  • Cory Morrow – Full Exposure (Write On)
  • Mountaineers – Mountaineers (EP, Mute)
  • Movielife – Forty Hour Train Back to Penn (MCA)
  • Murder 1 – On High (Music Cartel)
  • The Music – The Music (Capitol)
  • Sevara Nazarkhan – Yol Bolsin (Real World)
  • The Notwist – Neon Golden (Domino)
  • Orchestre National de Jazz – Charmediterraneen (ECM)
  • Paper Lions – The Symptom and the Sick (Kindercore)
  • Peace 586 – Generations (Uprok/Tooth & Nail)
  • Peanut Butter Wolf – Badmeaningood 3 (Ultimate Dilemma)
  • Rachel Portman – “Nicholas Nickleby” score (Varese)
  • The Rocket Summer – Calendar Days (Militia Group)
  • Rockin’ Highliners – Sputnik Cafe (Severn)
  • Rufio – Rufio (EP, Nitro)
  • Brady Seals – Thompson Street (Image Entertainment)
  • Adrian Sherwood – Never Trust a Hippy (Real World)
  • Slide Hampton – Spirit of the Horn (Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild)
  • DJ Smash – Phonography No. 2 (Blue Note)
  • Soul Embraced – Immune (Tooth & Nail)
  • Spyro Gyra – Original Cinema (Heads Up)
  • Summon – And the Blood Runs Black (Napalm)
  • John Surman With Jack DeJohnette – Free and Equal (ECM)
  • Swingin’ Utters – Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass and Bones (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Switchfoot – The Beautiful Letdown (Red Ink)
  • Tosca – Dehli 9 (two CDs, Studio K7)
  • Steve Turre – One 4 J: Paying Homage to J.J. Johnson (Telarc Jazz)
  • Wilco & Minus 5 – Down With Wilco (Yep Roc)
  • David Wilcox – Into the Mystery (What Are Records)
  • Willie and Lobo – Manana (Narada World)
  • Zao – All Else Failed (Tooth & Nail)
  • Various artists – All Together Now (Music for Little People)
  • Various artists – Covered in Filth – A Tribute to Cradle of Filth (Cleopatra)
  • Various artists – Down & Out With the Dolls(Lakeshore)
  • Various artists – Songs From the Material World: A Tribute to George Harrison (Koch)
  • Various artists – Kloned and Remixed – A Tribute to Korn (Big Eye)
  • Various artists – Sky Lounge (Water)
  • Various artists – “Smallville” Soundtrack: The Talon Mix (Elektra)
    Read: “Weezer, Ryan Adams, Lifehouse On ‘Smallville’ Soundtrack”
  • Various artists – This Is Electroclash (Hypnotic/Cleopatra)
  • Various artists – Tribute to Avril Lavigne (Big Eye)
  • Various artists – Tribute to Coldplay (Big Eye)
  • Various artists – Tribute to LeAnn Rimes (Big Eye)
  • Various artists – Tribute to P.O.D. (Big Eye)
  • DVD: Various artists – Punk-O-Rama DVD Vol. 1 (Epitaph)

March 4:


  • Cursive – Ugly Organ (Saddle Creek)
  • Fabolous – Street Dreams (Elektra)
  • Hootie & the Blowfish – Hootie & the Blowfish (Atlantic)
  • Lil’ Kim – La Bella Mafia (Atlantic)
  • Special Goodness – Land Air Sea (Control Group)
  • Voivod – Voivod (Navarre)
    Read: “Jason Newsted Says His New Band Can Kick Metallica’s Ass”

March 11:


  • Various artists – Punk Goes Acoustic (Fearless)

March 18:


  • Buzzcocks – Buzzcocks (Merge)

March 25: