New Releases: Madonna, The Flaming Lips, The Yardbirds, Mobb Deep, Blue Man Group & More

As usual, it’s all about Madonna.

This week her American Life hits shelves, with the requisite controversy surrounding the title track in the form of a pulled — then changed— video paving the way (see “Madonna Yanks Controversial ‘American Life’ Video” ). The LP finds Madonna musing about America, Hollywood, herself and James Bond.

The Flaming Lips issue Fight Test, a seven-song EP which features covers of Kylie Minogue’s “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” and Radiohead’s “Knives Out,” plus the group backing Beck on “The Golden Age,” in addition to two new songs, “The Strange Design of Conscience” and “Thank You Jack White (for the Fiber-Optic Jesus that You Gave Me).”

Blue Man Group has taken their act out of the theater and into record stores. Again. The painted threesome’s The Complex boasts guest stars Dave Matthews on “Sing Along” and Rob Swift on “Shadows Pt. 2.”

Meanwhile, the Murder City Devils’ live album R.I.P documents their final show, the punkabilly Supersuckers opine that Motherf—ers be Trippin’, and beat-maker RJD2′s The Horror picks up where last year’s Dead Ringer left off, with remixes from the earlier album, new compositions and live concert footage along with an animated video for the title track.

Following recent solo efforts from Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton comes the fifth Arab Strap album, Mondays at the Hug and Pint alongside Evan Dando’s solo album, Baby I’m Bored, which boasts guests including members of Calexico, Giant Sand, Come, and Spacehog and comes seven years after the Lemonheads’ last album.

But seven years is no match for the Yardbirds, whose Birdland comes a whopping thirty-six years after Little Games. Original members Chris Dreja and Jim McCarty are joined by guitarists Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Slash and Jeff Beck.

Out Tuesday, April 22:

  • A Long Winter – Breathing Underwater (EP, Tribunal)
  • Adios – Ropes (Tribunal)
  • Agent 51 – Red & The Black (Surf Dog)
  • All Girl Summer Fun Band – 2 (K)
  • The Androids – Androids (Universal)
  • Arab Strap – Monday at the Hug and Pint (Matador)
  • Atomic Kitten – Atomic Kitten (Virgin)
  • Attention – Say What You Mean What You Say (Suburban Home)
  • Louis Belogeni – Twice Told Tales (DIW)
  • Big Star – Big Star Story (Rykodisc)
  • Blac Haze – So Much Drama (Warlock)
  • The Blithe Sons – We Walk the Young Earth (Family Vineyard)
  • Blue Man Group – Complex (Atlantic
  • Blue Shade Witness – Blue Shade Witness (EP, Suburban Home)
  • Blueline Medic – Text Bomb (Fueled by Ramen)
  • Bozo Porno Circus – Degenerate (Underground Inc)
  • Breather Resist – Only in the Morning (Deathwish)
  • Ed Bruce – 12 Classics (Varese)
  • The Caesars – 39 Minutes of Bliss (Astralwerks)
  • Canterbury Effect – Every Piece of Me (Pluto)
  • Carnal Forge – More You Suffer (Century Media)
  • Caitlin Cary – I’m Staying Out (Yep Roc)
  • Champion – Come Out Swinging (Bridge Nine)
  • Chap – Horse (Lo)
  • The Clinton Administration – One Nation Under a Re-Groove (Magna Carta)
  • Club 8 – Saturday Night Engine (Hidden Agenda)
  • Cockney Rejects – Out of the Gutter (Captain Oi!)
  • Cult of Luna – Beyond (Earache)
  • Evan Dando – Baby, I’m Bored (Bar/None)
  • Day of Contempt – See Through the Lies (Good Life)
  • Death Threat/Over My Dead Body – Split (EP, Bridge Nine)
  • Death by Stereo – Into the Valley of the Death (Epitaph)
  • Digger – Tattoo Broken Hearts (EP, Suburban Home)
  • Dollarstore Cowboys – And the Horse They Rode in On (Infect)
  • Earlimart – Everyone Down Here (Palm Pictures)
  • Early Day Miners – Jefferson at Rest (Secretly Canadian)
  • Electrocute – I Love Daddy (EP, Emperor Norton)
  • The Fight – Wot! No Beer? (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • The Flaming Lips – Fight Test (EP, Warner Brothers)

    Buy Now: Fight Test (Warner Brothers)
  • The Fleshtones- Do You Swing? (Yep Roc)
  • Folksongs for the Afterlife – Put Danger Back in Your Life (Hidden Agenda)
  • Frenzal Rhomb – Sans Souci (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Friendly Fire – Initiative (Blackout)
  • Generous Maria – Command of the New Rock (Abstract Sounds)
  • Quinn Golden – Bottoms Up (Ecko)
  • Hamartia – To Play the Part (Good Life)
  • Gemma Hayes – Night on My Side (Astralwerks)
  • I Farm – I Farm Is Lying to Be Popular (Go Kart)
  • Mark Insley – Supermodel (Rustic)
  • The Jet City Fix – Play to Kill (Infect)
  • K-Blac – How U Luv Dat (World Wide)
  • Killah Priest – Black August (Artemis)
  • King JC – Ana Off My Chest (Playalistic)
  • Kaki King – Everybody Loves You (Velour)
  • Chantal Kreviazuk – What If It Means Something (Sony)
  • La County Sareno – 13 With a Bullet (Teen Angel)
  • Daniel Lanois – Shine (Epitaph)
  • Lazily Spun – Lazily Spun (Camera Obscura)
  • Leadfoot – We Drink for Free (Abstract Sounds)
  • Locale A.M. – Breaking the Fourth Wall (Pop Smear)
  • The Loveless and Goodnight Trail – Star Rover (Euphonious)
  • The Lucksmiths – Midweek Midmorning (Matinee)
  • Madonna – American Life (Warner Brothers)

    Buy Now: American Life (Warner Brothers)

    Read: “Madonna To Pirates: ‘What The F— Do You Think You’re Doing?’ “ )
  • Matchbox – Rockabilly Dynamos Vols. 1&2 (Raucous)
  • Maria McKee – High Dive (Viewfinder)
  • MC Mack – Macknificent (Basix)
  • Bob Messano – Holdin’ Ground (Fishhead)
  • The Meteors – Meteors Live, Vol. 1-2 (Raucous)
  • Joe Miller – Building an Iron Man (Topcat)
  • Mobb Deep – Murda Mix Tape (Landspeed)
  • Monade – Socialisme Ou Barbarie (Drag City)
  • Mortician – Darkest Day of Horror (Relapse)
  • Mr. Lil One – Tha Boogieman (Aries)
  • Murder City Devils – R.I.P. (Sub Pop)
  • Raymond Anthony Myles – Taste of Heaven (Sony)
  • Nineteen Forty-Five – I Saw a Bright Light (Daemon)
  • Nothingface – Skeletons (TVT)
  • On the Rise – Burning Inside (Bridge Nine)
  • Opeth – Damnation (Koch)
  • The Oranges Band – All Around (Lookout!)
  • Graham Parker – Blue Highway (Pilot)
  • Peter & The Test Tube Babies – Live and Loud (Step 1)
  • Phunk Junkeez – Rock It Science (Suburban Noize)
  • Webb Pierce – Honky Tonk Hero (Varese)
  • Pink Anvil – Halloween Party (Ipecac)
  • Pipas – Cat Escaped (Matinee)
  • Rasco & The Cali Agents – Presents Hip-Hop Classics Vol. 1 (Copasetik)
  • Jerry Richards – Paradogs: Foul Play at the Earth Lab (United States)
  • Riptones – Slant 6 (Orchard)
  • RJD2 – Horror (Definitive Jux)
  • Alasdair Roberts – Farewell Sorrow (Drag City)
  • Ruth’s Hat – Hitchhiker’s Guide to Rock and Roll (Fast Music)
  • Rydell – Always Remember Everything (Ignition)
  • Scribe Machine – Fragile (Plan B)
  • Derek Sherinian – Black Utopia (Inside Out)
  • Single Bullet Theory – Route 666 (Crash Music)
  • Skindred – Babylon (MCA)
  • Slow Coming Day – Farewell to the Familiar (Tooth & Nail)
  • Some Kind of Hate – Some Kind of Hate (EP, Bridge Nine)
  • The Spades – Friday Night (People Like You)
  • Star One -Live on Earth (Inside Out)
  • Sunride – Great Infiltration (People Like You)
  • Supersuckers – Motherf—ers Be Trippin’ (Mid Fi)

  • Swollen Members – Monsters in the Closet Instrumentals (Battle Axe)
  • T Nutty – Last of the Flowheecanz (Murder Creek)
  • Thirteen Forty-Nine – Liberation (Candlelight)
  • Thirty Called Arson – You’re Only a Rebel From the Waist Down (Pluto)
  • Tokyo Sex Destruction – Red Soul Communitte (Dim Mak)
  • Tower of Power – Oakland Zone (O.R)
  • The Trouble With Sweeney – I Know You Destroy! (Burnt Toast)
  • Unwed Sailor – Marionette and the Music Box (Burnt Toast)
  • Uproar – And the Lord Said (Step 1)
  • Usurper – Twilight Dominion (Earache)
  • Suzanne Vega – Retrospective: The Best of Suzanne Vega (Interscope)
  • Via Tania – Under a Different Sky (Chocolate Industries)
  • Sid Vicious – Viva le Rock (Pilot)
  • Warsaw Pack – Gross Domestic Product (G-7)
  • Wildchild – Secondary Protocol (Stones Throw)
  • Ray Wilson – Change (Inside Out)
  • The Yardbirds – Birdland (Favored Nations)
  • The Young Savages – Untamed (Raucous)
  • Zack Wylde’s Black Label Society – The Blessed Hellride (Spitfire)
  • Various artists – “Dysfunktional Family” soundtrack (Death Row)
  • Various Artists – Kings of Classic Country (Varese)
  • Various artists – “Lizzie McGuire Movie” soundtrack (Disney)