New Releases: Deftones, Staind, DJ Kay Slay, Less Than Jake, Weird Al, Marques Houston & More

Who knows the streets better than DJ Kay Slay? In addition to his proficiency on the 1s and 2s, this week Kay Slay can officially add Streetsweeper to his resume. The album features “50 Shot Ya,” by 50 Cent, “Purple Haze” by the Diplomats and Cam’ron, and “Freestyle” by Eminem.

Staind expose 14 Shades of Grey on their latest album, which includes a DVD documenting the band’s history, concert footage and behind-the-scenes action, while the Deftones show their action in the song titles. See songs like “Moana,” “When Girls Telephone Boys” and “Anniversary of an Uninteresting Event.”

Former Poison frontman Bret Michaels gives us Songs of Life, and on another solo effort, former Onyx member Fredro Starr offers the sage advice Don’t Get Mad, Get Money.

Other notable releases: Cherrywine, the band fronted by former Digable Planets principal Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler, and their Bright Black, with its funked-up, spaced-out sounds; and Starlight Mints’ second album, Built on Squares, whose quirky pop reveals subtle nods to the Pixies, the Kinks, Pavement and the Flaming Lips.

Finally, Weird Al Yankovic kicks out the jams on Poodle Hat, featuring his “Lose Yourself” parody, “Couch Potato.”

Out Tuesday, May 20:


  • Acceptance – Black Lines to Battlefields (Militia)
  • Aeternus – Darker Monument (Candlelight)
  • Affair – No Substitute (MTM)
  • Akrobatik – Balance (Coup d’Etat)
  • Matti Alfonzetti – Machine (MTM)
  • Amber Asylum – Learn to Love Your Cancer (United States Dist)
  • American Dog – Red, White, Black and Blue (Glue Factory)
  • Anti-Anti – Horray for Everything (Fast Music)
  • Angie Aparo – One With the Sun (Oarfin)
  • Articles of Faith – Fortunate Son (EP, Alternative Tentacles)
  • Mark Bacino – Million Dollar Milkshake (Parasol)
  • David Banner – Mississippi: The Album (Universal)
  • Jeff Bates – Rainbow Man (RCA)
  • Beavershot – Beavershot (Raucous)
  • Bedroom Heroes – Sea Change (Standard Recording)
  • Dave Beegle – Beyond the Desert (Hapi Skratch)
  • Black Dynasty – Reality Check: Deep East (Community)
  • Bavu Blakes – Create & Hustle (Bomb Hip Hop)
  • Betty Blowtorch – Last Call: Memorial Rarities Collection (Foodchain)
  • Big Dismal – Believe (Wind-up)
  • Biloxi – Right the Music (MTM)
  • Gus Black – Uncivilized Love (Immergent)
  • Black Cross – Art Offensive (Equal Vision)
  • Tim Blake – Tide of the Century (United States Dist)
  • The Bluebirds – Highway 80 East (Louisiana Red Hot)
  • Boz Boorer – My Wild Life (Raucous)
  • Brave – Searching for the Sun (The End)
  • Milton Brown and His Musical Brownies – Daddy of Western Swing (Proper Box)
  • T. Graham Brown – Next Right Thing (Compendia)
  • Burning Point – Feeding the Flames (Limb)
  • Callenish Circle – My Passion Your Pain (Metal Blade)
  • Canyon – Canyon Live in NYC (DCN)
  • Kevin Ceballo – Yo Soy Ese Hombre (RMM)
  • Celebrity – Lovesick (Doghouse)
  • The Chaos Engine – Escape Ferocity (United States Dist)
  • Chap – Horse (Lo)
  • Charger – Confessions of a Man Mad Enough to Live Amongst Beasts (Peaceville/Snapper)
  • Cherrywine – Bright Black (Dcide)
  • The Children’s Hour – SOS JFK (Minty Fresh)
  • Chinchilla – Madtropolis (Metal Blade)
  • The Commercials – It’s Not What You Say, It’s How You Say It (Blackout)
  • Rusty Cooley – Rusty Cooley (Lion Music)
  • Alex Cortiz – Mesmerising (Kriztal)
  • Craig G – This Is Now (D&D)
  • Paul Craver – Let the Music Play (Ripete)
  • Dame Darcy – Greatest Hits (Action Driver)
  • Darkest Hour – Hidden Hands of a Sadist Nation (Victory)
  • Daughter – Skin (Aum Fidelity)
  • Deadbolt – Haight Street Hippie Massacre (Headhunter)
  • Deadline – Back for More (Captain Oi!)
  • Death on Wednesday – Songs to To (Sidecho)
  • Defiled – Divination (Season Mist America)
  • Deftones – Deftones (Warner Bros.)
    Read: “Deftones Almost Done With Deftones — For Real This Time”
    Buy Now: Deftones (Warner Bros.)
  • Deminer – Woes and So’s (Johanns Face)
  • Sir Bald Diddley & His Wigouts – Man With Two Left Hands (Raucous)
  • Die Monitr Batss – Youth Controllerzzz (Dim Mak)
  • The Dining Rooms – Tre (Guidance)
  • The Divorce – There Will Be Blood Tonight (Tooth & Nail)
  • DJ Kay Slay – Streetsweeper, Vol. 1 (Sony)
  • Donnie – Colored Section (Universal)
  • D.U.S.T. – From the Sublime to the Obscene (United States Dist)
  • Dwele – Subject (Virgin)
  • Earth Wind & Fire – Promise (Kalimba)
  • Earwigs/Dataclast – Split (Crucial Blast)
  • The Eaves – Eaves (Ace Fu)
  • Eisley – Laughing City (EP, Warner Bros)
  • Electric Six – Fire (Beggars XL)
  • Empire – Trading Souls (Lion Music)
  • Enslaved – Below the Lights (The End)
  • Esmerine – If Only a Sweet Surrender (Ninja Tune)
  • Esperanto – Play This Anywhere (Uprising)
  • Eternal Flame – King of the King (MTM)
  • FBC – Born to Hustle (Shot Callin)
  • Feeder – Comfort in Sound (Universal)
  • The Flaming Sideburns – Sky Pilots (Jetset)
  • Forgotten – Out of Print (Better Youth Organization)
  • The Forgotten/The Headaches – Split (People Like You)
  • Frantic Flintstones – EP Collection (Raucous)
  • Fresh Blueberry Pancake – Heavy (Shadoks Music)
  • Freudstein – Mondo Freudo (United States Dist)
  • Freya – As the Last Light Drains (Victory)
  • Marty Friedman – Music for Speeding (Favored Nations)
  • Jeff Friedman – Slo and Lo (Accurate)
  • Hirsh Gardner – Wasteland for Broken Hearts (MTM)
  • Ghost Cauldron – Invent Modest Fires (K7)
  • Mickey Gilley – Invitation Only (Varese)
  • Good Riddance – Bound by Ties of Blood and Affection (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Goteki – Goteki O/S (United States Dist)
  • Government Issue – Strange Wine: Live at CBGB (Dr. Strange)
  • The Guild League – Private Transport (Matinee)
  • Guyana Punch Line – Direkt Aktion (Prank)
  • Sammy Hagar – Hallelujah (Sanctuary)
  • Neil Hagerty & the Howling Hex – Howling Hex (Drag City)
  • Hanzel und Gretyl – Uber Alles (Metropolis)
  • Ed Harcourt – From Every Sphere (Astralwerks)
  • Jesse Harris & the Ferdinandos – Secret Sun (Blue Thumb)
  • Hatesphere – Bloodred Hatred (Century Media)
  • Richard Hawley – Lowedges (Beggars XL)
  • Helicopter Helicopter – Wild Dogs With X-Rays Eyes (Initial)
  • Helloween – Rabbit Don’t Come Easy (Nuclear Blast America)
  • Hello Defective – Kill Us Now (Element)
  • Homesick for Space – Unison (Lakeshore)
  • Marques Houston – MH (Interscope)
  • Neilson Hubbard – Sing Into Me (Parasol)
  • William Hut – Road Star Doolittle (Five One)
  • Hybrid Freak Division – Non Conformative (Lion Music)
  • Ignition – Ignition (MTM)
  • Ikara Colt – Basic Instructions (EP, Epitaph)
  • In Dying Days – After the Fire (One Day Savior)
  • Incognito – Who Needs Love (Dome)
  • Invictus – Black Heart (Limb)
  • Iota – Iota (Shadoks Music)
  • J Boogie – J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science (OM)
  • J-Sce the Mastermind – Brain Food (Buymai)
  • Jedi Mind Tricks – Psycho-Social CD (Babygrande)
  • Joan of Arc – In Rape Fantasy and Terror Sex We Trust (Perishable)
  • Kaito – band-red (Spin Art)
  • Karda Estra – Constellations (Cyclops)
  • King Drapes – King Drapes Stomp (Raucous)
  • King’s X – Black Like Sunday (Metal Blade)
  • Kuprij/Ferrigno/Leal – Promised Land (Lion Music)
  • Less Than Jake – Anthem (Warner Bros.)

    Read: “Less Than Jake Want More Than Partying On Anthem LP”
    Buy Now: Anthem (Warner Bros.)
  • The Liberty Ship – Northern Angel (EP, Matinee)
  • Like Young – Art Contest (Parasol)
  • Lilys – Precollection (Manifesto)
  • Live – Birds of Pray (MCA)
  • Love and Rockets – So Alive (Psychobaby)
  • Lynch Mob – Revolution (Cleopatra)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Vicious Cycle (Sanctuary)
  • The Marked Men – Marked Men (Rip Off)
  • Ricky Martin – Almas del Silencio (Sony)
    Buy Now: Almas del Silencio (Sony)
  • Matchbox – Rockabilly Dynamos, Vol. 1 (Raucous)
  • Lars Eric Mattsson – Power Games (Lion Music)
  • Cass McCombs – A (Monitor)
  • Melodie Group – Updownaround (Matinee)
  • Mendelbaum – Mendelbaum (Shadoks)
  • Raz Mesinai – Resurrections for Goatskin (Tzadik)
  • The Meteors – Psychobilly (People Like You)
  • Bret Michaels – Songs of Life (Poor Boy)
    Read: “Open Up And Say ’Aww …’ — Bret Michaels Croons For Daughter On Solo LP”
  • Mindfield – Below (Lifeforce)
  • Miracle Chosuke – 7/8 Wonders of the World (Dim Mak)
  • M.O.D. – Rebel You Love to Hate (Nuclear Blast America)
  • Matthew Moon – XOM (Hapi Skratch)
  • La Mosca Tsé Tsé – Tango Latino (EMI)
  • Much the Same – Quitters Never Win (Af)
  • Narnia – Great Fall (Nuclear Blast America)
  • Nedelle – Republic of Two (Kimchee)
  • Network – Best of: View From the Bar (Wenlock)
  • Nocturne – Axis of Evil: Mixes of Mass Destruction (Underground Inc.)
  • North Mississippi Allstars – Polaris (Artemis)
  • A Northern Chorus – Spirit Flags (Sonic Unyon)
  • Noxagt – Turning It Down Since 2001 (Load)
  • N.V.A. – Straight From the Crate, Vol. 1 (Avatar)
  • John Oates – All Good People (Liquid 8)
  • Ohm – Ohm (Lion Music)
  • On Trial – Blinded by the Sun (Tee Pee)
  • The Ordinary Way – Dojo (Bos Music)
  • Robert Palmer – Drive (Compendia)
  • Papa Reu – Certified (Rue Musik)
  • Perfect Murder – Cease to Suffer (Suburban Home)
  • The Pernice Brothers – Yours, Mine and Ours (Ashmont)
  • Pink & Brown – Shame Fantasy II (Load)
  • Pipas – Cat Escaped (Matinee)
  • Post Stardom Depression – Ordinary Miracles (Control Group)
  • Jeff Potter & the Rhythm Agents – Rhythm Riot (Raucous)
  • Powerman 5000 – Transform (DreamWorks)
    Read: “Powerman 5000 Bury The Zombie And Transform Their Sound”
    Buy Now: Transform (DreamWorks)
  • Presence – Rise (Curb)
  • Protagonist – Hope and Rage (Blackout)
  • Pseudo Heroes – Prison of Small Perceptions (Go Kart)
  • Railer – Frame of Mind (Underground Inc)
  • Rappin’ 4-Tay – Gangsta Gumbo (Liquid 8)
  • The Real McKenzies – Oot & Aboot (Honest Don’s Hardly)
  • The Red Hot Valentines – Summer Fling (Polyvinyl)
  • The Red King – Vitreolvm (The End)
  • Rexway – Last Call Scars (Hapi Skratch)
  • Righteous Boy – I Sing Because of You (Future Farmer)
  • Robinella & the CC String Band – Robinella & The CC String Band (Sony)
  • Amanda Rogers – Place You Dwell (Immigrant Sun)
  • Rooney – Rooney (Geffen)
    Read: “Rooney Look To The Past For Pop Perfection On Debut LP”
    Buy Now: Rooney (Geffen)
  • Sadis Euphoria – Instinct and Obsession (Willowtip)
  • The Scoldees – Nightcap World (Off Hour Rockers)
  • Science Fiction – Walls Don’t Exist (Third Earth Music)
  • Serart – Serart (Sony)
    Read: “System Of A Down Frontman Gets Even More Eclectic On New LP”
  • Shai Hulud – That Within Blood Ill-Tempered (Revelation)
  • Kate Shindle – Till Today (Skip Sams)
  • Silverstein – When Broken Is Easily Fixed (Victory)
  • Solefald – In Harmonia Universali (Century Media)
  • Son Doobie – Funk Superhero (Battle Axe)
  • Soulless – Agony’s Lament (Crash Music)
  • SouthFM – Drama Kids (MCA)
  • Staind – 14 Shades of Grey (Elektra)
    Read: “New Staind LP Marked By Grey Matters”
    Buy Now: 14 Shades of Grey (Elektra)
  • Starflyer 59 – Old (Tooth & Nail)
  • Starlight Mints – Built on Squares (Pias)
  • Fredro Starr – Don’t Get Mad, Get Money (Riviera)
  • Street Talk – Restoration (MTM)
  • Joe Stump – Armed and Ready (Leviathan)
  • Sumptin’ Terrible – Sumptin’ Terrible (Thizz)
  • Suntan – Send You Home (Kimchee)
  • Swift – Communication Manual (Tribunal)
  • Swimming Pool Q’s – Royal Academy of Reality (Bar/None)
  • Tarantella Serpentine – Class One Laser Product (United States Dist)
  • Therapy? – High Anxiety (Spitfire)
  • 1349 Rykkinn – Brown Ring of Fury (Jester)
  • The Thorns – Thorns (Sony)
  • Those Peabodys – Unite Tonight (Tiger Style)
  • The Threats – Demos and Rarities (Dr. Strange)
  • To/Die/For – Jaded (Nuclear Blast America)
  • Toshack Highway/Sianspheric – Magnetic Morning/Asperin Age (Sonic Unyon)
  • The Tyde – Go Ask Yer Dad (EP, Sanctuary)
  • Ultimate Fakebook – Before We Spark (Initial)
  • Ultra X – Taste the X (Bomb Hip Hop)
  • Uproar – And the Lord Said (Step 1)
  • Vanderhoof – Blur in Time (Steamhammer)
  • Verbena – Musica Negra (Capitol)
  • Very Ape – Kosher Boogie (Alive)
  • Void – Posthuman (Candlelight)
  • Rocky Votolato – Light and the Sound (EP, Second Nature)
  • Weird Al Yankovic – Poodle Hat (Volcano)

    Read: “Weird Al Parodies ’Lose Yourself’ But Won’t Spoof Em’s Video”

    Buy Now: Poodle Hat (Volcano)
  • X27 – Your Neu Favourite Band (Narnack)
  • Jesse Colin Young – Walk the Talk (Liquid 8)
  • Various artists – America the Beautiful (Sony)
  • Various artists – Black & Proud: The Soul of the Black Panther Era (Trikont)
  • Various artists – Booty Summer Party 2003 (Little Joe)
  • Various artists – Casey Kasem Presents: America’s Top Ten (Top Sail)
  • Various artists – Guitar Ace: A Tribute to Link Wray (Musick)
  • Various artists – Hits of 1952 (Memoir)
  • Various artists – Hardest Hits (SPG)
  • Various artists – Ingredients Step, Vol. 5 (Good Looking)
  • Various artists – Lexoleum (Lex)
  • Various artists – Lullaby for the Apocalypse (Uprising)
  • Various artists – Lyricist Lounge: West Coast (BP Metro)
  • Various artists – Non-Stop Bluegrass (K-Tel Entertainment)
  • Various artists – Now That’s Chicago (Sony)
  • Various artists – Patriot Songbook (Hollywood)
  • Various artists – Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 8 (Epitaph)
  • Various artists – Punk vs. Emo (Fast Music)
  • Various artists – “Queer as Folk” Third Season (Tommy Boy)
  • Various artists – Riddim Driven: Time Travel (VP)
  • Various artists – Sound Pollution: High Energy High Voltage (Pollution)
  • Various artists – String Quartet Tribute to Garth Brooks (Vitamin)
  • Various artists – String Quartet Tribute to Linkin Park (Vitamin)
  • Various artists – String Quartet Tribute to Rod Stewart (Vitamin)
  • Various artists – String Quartet Tribute to Staind (Vitamin)
  • Various artists – Tribute to Bruce Springsteen (Big Eye)
  • Various artists – Tribute to 3 Doors Down (Big Eye)
  • Various artists – Ultimate Diva Collection: The Diva Series (Verve)
  • Various artists – Ultimate Wedding Hits, Vols. 1 &2 (Curb)

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June 17:
  • Petey Pablo – Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry (Jive)



June 24:
  • Gang Starr – The Ownerz (Virgin)



July 8:



July 15:
  • Macy Gray – The Trouble With Being Myself (Sony)