New Releases: John Mayer, Pennywise, Seal, David Banner, My Morning Jacket, Andrew W.K. & More

Even though he didn’t win any Moonmen at this year’s VMAs, Johnny Cash got a lot of love from the musical community in the weeks leading up to the ceremony. Now his late wife, June Carter Cash, gets some shine too with Wildwood Flower, her final recording sessions and a collection of songs on which she and Johnny sing duets many times over.

In other news memorializing country singer powerhouses, the tribute album Remembering Patsy Cline features interpretations of Cline’s songs by women including Norah Jones, Natalie Cole, Lee Ann Womack and K.D. Lang.

And as if that weren’t heavy enough, there’s Heavier Things, the title of John Mayer’s follow-up to Room for Squares, which features the single “Bigger Than My Body.” On the album, Mayer also collaborates with guest drummer ?uestlove from the Roots on the album’s first track, “Clarity.”

Now that summer’s over, it’s time for a New Romance, and the timing couldn’t be better, because these days Seattle outfit Pretty Girls Make Graves find a little more emo in their punk. Meanwhile, the only love celebrity DJ Mark Ronson is giving is to the guest stars on his debut album, Here Comes the Fuzz, which features Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo on “I Suck,” Mos Def and M.O.P on “On the Run,” and Ghostface Killah and Nate Dogg on the lead single, “Oh Wee.” The “Fighting Temptations” soundtrack features songs by Missy Elliott, P. Diddy and movie star herself, Beyoncé, both as a solo artist as well as a member of Destiny’s Child.

Last but never least is the earnest, face-bashing, air-splitting party animal Andrew W.K.’s The Wolf. Songs like “Really in Love,” “I Love Music” and yes, even “Make Sex,” show that W.K. has moved away from the party theme (with the exception of “Long Live the Party”) and onto the subject of love this time out. Where do you think “Totally Stupid” fits in?

Out Tuesday, September 9:


  • 22-20s – Live (EP, Astralwerks)
  • 4 Way Street – Pretzel Park (Sanctuary)
  • The A.K.A.’s – White Doves & Smoking Guns (Fueled by Ramen)
  • Acumen Nation – Lord of the Cynics (Invisible)
  • Joan Baez – Dark Chords on a Big Guitar (KELA/Koch)
  • David Banner – Mississippi: The Screwed & Chopped Album (Universal)

    Read: “David Banner Clears Up What Dirty Water Is All About”
    Buy Now: Mississippi: The Screwed & Chopped Album (Universal)
  • Beulah – YOKO (Velocette)
  • Eric Bibb – Natural Light(EarthBeat!)
  • Frank Black & the Catholics – Show Me Your Tears (spinART)
  • Michael Brecker Quindectet – Wide Angles (Verve)
  • British Sea Power – The Decline Of (Rough Trade)
  • Brotzmann, Van Hove, Bennink – FMP 0130 (Atavistic/UMS)
  • Michael Bublé – Totally Bublé (DRG)
  • June Carter Cash – Wildwood Flower (DualTone)
    Read: “Country Star June Carter Cash, Wife Of Johnny Cash, Dies At 73″
  • Cave Catt Sammy – Whiskey and the Devil (Rubric)
  • Chieftains – Further Down the Old Plank Road (RCA Victor)
  • Avishai Cohen – Lyla (Razdaz/Rykodisc)
  • Roger Creager – Long Way to Mexico (DualTone)
  • Decemberists – Her Majesty and (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Diplomats of Solid Sound – Let’s Cool One (Estrus)
  • E-40 – Breakin’ News (Jive)
  • East River Pipe – Garbageheads on Endless Stun (Merge)
  • Scott Ellison – Bad Case of the Blues (Burnside)
  • Enon – Hocus Pocus (Touch and Go)
  • From Autumn to Ashes – The Fiction We Live (Vagrant)
  • Tony Furtado & the American Gypsies – Live Gypsy (DualTone)
  • Thea Gilmore – Avalanche (Compass)
  • The Gossip – Undead in NYC (Dim Mak)
  • Adam Green – Jessica (EP, Sanctuary)
  • Steve Haines Quintet – A Beginner’s Mind (Artists House)
  • Tom Harrell – Wise Children (Bluebird/AAL)
  • Rodney Hayden – Living the Good Life (Audium)
  • John Hicks – Fatha’s Day — An Earl Hines Songbook (HighNote)
  • Allan Holdsworth – All Night Wrong (Favored Nations)
  • Iomos Marad – Deep Rooted (All Natural)
  • Iron and Wine – Sea and the Rhythm (EP, Sub Pop)
  • Iron Maiden – Dance of Death (Columbia)
    Buy Now: Dance of Death (Columbia)
  • David J. – Estranged (Heyday)
  • Kingsbury Manx – Afternoon Owls (EP, Overcoat)
  • Kitaro – Sacred Journey of Ku-Kai (Domo)
  • Kudzu Wish – Reverse Hurricane (Ernest Jenning)
  • Laibach – Wat (Mute)
  • Lord Finesse – From the Crates to the Files: Lost Sessions (Fatbeats)
  • Los Straitjackets – Supersonic Guitars in 3-D (Yep Roc)
  • Natalie MacMaster – Blueprint (Rounder)
  • Michelle Malone and the Low-Down Georgia Revue -Stompin’ Ground (Daemon)
  • Branford Marsalis – Romare Bearden Revealed (Marsalis Music/Rounder)
  • John Mayer – Heavier Things (Aware/Columbia)
    Read: “John Mayer Tries Hip-Hop With Help From Roots’ ?uestlove
    Buy Now: Heavier Things (Sony)
  • Mercury Tide – Why? (Century Media)
  • Mico – Outside the Unbearable Grows (G7 Welcoming Committee)
  • Millionaire – Outside the Simian Flock (PIAS)
  • Moholo, Stabbins, Tibbett – Tern (Atavistic/UMS)
  • My Morning Jacket – It Still Moves (ATO/RCA)
    Buy Now: It Still Moves (ATO/RCA)
  • Nanang Tatang – Muki (Tiger Style)
  • North Mississippi Allstars -Polaris (Tone-Cool/Artemis)
  • Novakill – Hard Tech for a Hard World (Metropolis)
  • Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert – Side of the Road (Philo/Rounder)
  • Nicholas Payton – Sonic Trance (Warner Bros.)
  • Pennywise – From the Ashes (Epitaph)
    Buy Now: From the Ashes (Epitaph)
  • Houston Person – Social Call (HighNote)
  • Jean-Michel Pilc – Cardinal Points (Dreyfus)
  • Pretty Girls Make Graves – The New Romance (Matador)
  • Pride and Fall – Nephesh (Metropolis)
  • Quasi – Hot Sh– (Touch and Go)
  • Calvin Richardson – 2:35 PM (Hollywood)

    Read: “Nelly Opening Slot Helps Calvin Richardson Keep ‘Pushin’ “
  • Don Rigsby – The Midnight Call (Sugar Hill)
  • Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys – Bon R?ve (Rounder)
  • Romantics – 61/49 (Web Entertainment)
    Buy Now: 61/49 (Web Entertainment)
  • Mark Ronson – Here Comes the Fuzz (Elektra)

    Read: “Ghostface Killah, Nate Dogg Help DJ Mark Ronson Say ‘Ooh Wee’ “
    Buy Now: Here Comes the Fuzz (Elektra)
  • Poncho Sanchez – Out of Sight (Concord Picante)
  • Seal – IV (Warner Bros.)
    Buy Now: IV (Warner Bros.)
  • Semiautomatic – Wolfcentric (5 Rue Christine)
  • Shiner Massive – Shiner Massive (Slash/Biggmassive)
  • Sick of It All – Life on the Ropes (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Martin Simpson – Righteousness & Humidity (Red House)
  • Sir Mix-A-Lot – Daddy’s Home (iMUSIC)

    Read: “Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Hoping Baby’s Got Comeback”)
  • Slackers – Close My Eyes (Hellcat)
  • Slumber Party – 3 (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Small Brown Bike – The River Bed (Lookout!)
  • Steve Smith and Buddy’s Buddies – Very Live at Ronnie Scott’s, London, Set Two (Tone Center)
  • Some Girls – Feel It (Koch)
  • Reid Speed – Life After Dark (Breakbeat Science)
  • Spineshank – Self-Destructive Pattern (Roadrunner)
  • Spiritualized – Amazing Grace (Spaceman/Sanctuary)
  • Jim Stack – Jazz on a Summer’s Day (Artists House)
  • Stereophonics – You Gotta Go There to Come Back (V2)
  • Curtis Stigers – You Inspire Me (Concord Jazz)
  • Kelley Stoltz – Antique Gold (Jackpine Social Club)
  • Swell – Whenever You’re Ready (Beggars Banquet)
  • Vic Thrill – CE-5 (Circus Clone)
  • Rick Trevino – In My Dreams (Warner Bros.)
  • James “Blood” Ulmer – No Escape from the Blues: The Electric Lady Sessions (Hyena)
  • V-Shape Mind – Cul-De-Sac (Universal)
  • Andrew W.K. – The Wolf (Island)

    Read: “Andrew W.K. Goes From Crying ‘Party!’ To Crying Wolf
    Buy Now: The Wolf (Island)
  • Clay Walker – A Few Questions (RCA)
  • Wellwater Conspiracy – Wellwater Conspiracy (Transdreamer/Megaforce)
    Read: “Wellwater Conspiracy Get Focused While Staying Trippy”
  • CeCe Winans – Throne Room (Epic)
  • Wrens – The Meadowlands (Absolutely Kosher)
  • ZZ Top – Mescalero (RCA)
  • Various artists – American Juniors: Kids in America (Jive)
  • Various artists – Booty Time (Razor & Tie)
  • Various artists – “Cold Creek Manor” soundtrack (Hollywood)
  • Various artists – Deadly DJ Cuts (Thump)
  • Various artists – “Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star” soundtrack (Hollywood)
  • Various artists – “Fighting Temptations” soundtrack (Music World/Soundtrax)
    Read: “Beyonce Teams With Diddy, Destiny’s Child On ‘Temptations’ Soundtrack”
  • Various artists – Identity 8 (Century Media)
  • Various artists – “Lost in Translation” soundtrack (Emperor Norton)
  • Various artists – “Once Upon a Time in Mexico” soundtrack (Milan)
  • Various artists – Radio Disney Jams Vol. 6 (Walt Disney)
  • Various artists – Remembering Patsy Cline (MCA Nashville)
  • Various artists – Take Action! Vol. 3 (Hopeless)
  • Various artists – Thump Rap Radio (Thump)
  • Various artists – Total Lounge (Water Music)
  • DVD: Kiss – Symphony: The DVD (Sanctuary/Kiss)
  • DVD: Super Furry Animals – Phantom Power (XL/Beggars Banquet)

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September 23:

September 30:


  • Dido – Life for Rent (Arista)

October 7:

October 14:


  • Mariah Carey – Remixes (Sony)