New Releases: DMX, A Perfect Circle, Bubba Sparxxx, Buckethead, Erykah Badu, David Bowie, Pearl Jam & More

This week DMX emerges from his Great Depression of 2001 with yet another ode to his dog Boomer, Grand Champ. In addition to more traditional hip-hop collaborations, X teams up with Patti LaBelle on “Thank You.”

A Perfect Circle take their Thirteenth Step, the follow-up to 2000’s Mer de Noms. The disc features ex-Marilyn Manson bassist Twiggy Ramirez, who joined the band early this year.

Country bumpkin Bubba Sparxxx’s new album is named Deliverance, after the 1972 movie that had everyone squealing like a pig. Sparxxx reunites with Timbaland on the record and teams up with Justin Timberlake on “Hootnanny.” Meanwhile, Erykah Badu’s Worldwide Underground EP kicks off its journey to ground level with the lead single “Danger.” The album includes a duet with Lenny Kravitz on “Back in the Day” as well as a collaboration with Queen Latifah, Angie Stone and Bahamadia on the reinterpretation of back-in-the-day rappers Sequence and their “Funk You Up.”

KFC-lovin’ neo-Guns N’ Roses guitarist Buckethead serves up a return trip to his world on Bucketheadland 2, while the Darkness, a British hard rock band following in the footsteps of Spinal Tap but claiming not to be a joke, release Permission to Land.

Pearl Jam issue a five-disc live set alongside the Ying Yang Twins’ Me and My Brother, featuring the single “Naggin’,” and Leona Naess’ self-titled album about love, love and love.

In honor of the 20th anniversary of the classic “Scarface,” Def Jam has compiled Music Inspired by the Movie “Scarface,” featuring Jay-Z, the Notorious B.I.G., and Grand Master Flash, among others.

Following his last album, Heathen, David Bowie introduces us to his brand of Reality, featuring the single “New Killer Star” and covers of Jonathan Richman’s “Pablo Picasso” and George Harrison and Ronnie Spector’s “Try Some Buy Some.”

And, really, doesn’t that last song embody the spirit of what the new releases column is all about?

Out Tuesday, September 16:


  • Erykah Badu – Worldwide Underground (EP, Motown)
    Buy Now: Worldwide Underground (EP, Motown)
  • Birdsongs of the Mesozoic – Iridium Controversy (Cuneiform)
  • Jane Birkin – Arabesque (Narada)
  • Blind Boys of Alabama – Go Tell It on the Mountain (Real World)
  • Bond – Remixed (Decca)
  • David Bowie – Reality (ISO/Columbia)
  • Buckethead – Bucketheadland 2 (Ion)
  • Noam Chomsky – The Emerging Framework of World Power (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Collider – WCYF (SonaBlast)
  • Robert Crenshaw – Dog Dreams (Gadfly)
  • Curlew – Mercury (Cuneiform)
  • The Darkness – Permission to Land (Atlantic)
  • Maria de Barros – Nha Mundo: Music of Cape Verde (Narada World)
  • DMX – Grand Champ (Def Jam)

    Read: “DMX Declares Himself ‘Grand Champ,’ Makes Plans To Shoot Werewolf’ “
    Buy Now: Grand Champ (Def Jam)
  • Electric Eye – Electric Wisdom (Dirtnap)
  • Eliane Elias – Brazilian Classics (Blue Note)
  • Evil Beaver – Pleased to Eat You (Johann’s Face)
  • Aretha Franklin – So Damn Happy (Arista)
  • Harkonen – Dancing (EP, Initial)
  • Ima Robot – Ima Robot (Virgin)
  • J Church/Storm the Tower – J Church/Storm the Tower (Broken Rekids)
  • The Jupiter Affect – The Restoration of Culture After Genghis Khan (Orange Sky)
  • Paula Kelley – The Trouble With Success or How You Fit Into the World (Kimchee)
  • Kid Dynamite – Cheap Shots, Youth Anthems (Jade Tree)
  • Little Killers – The Little Killers (Crypt)
  • Patty Loveless – On Your Way Home (Epic Nashville)
  • Shelby Lynne – Identity Crisis (Capitol)
  • Lisa Marr Experiment – American Jitters (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
  • Mates of State – Team Boo (Polyvinyl)
  • Phil Miller/In Cahoots – All That (Cuneiform)
  • MxPx – Before Everything & After (A&M)

    Read: “MxPx Get Promotional Help From George W. Bush, Emily Bronte”
    Buy Now: Before Everything & After (A&M)
  • Leona Naess – Leona Naess (MCA)
  • Need New Body – UFO (File 13)
  • Oh Susanna – Oh Susanna (Nettwerk)
  • Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen – Cool Yule: A Christmas Party With Friends (Columbia)
  • Pearl Jam – “official bootleg” from July 8-9 New York shows (Epic)
  • A Perfect Circle – Thirteenth Step (Virgin)

    Read: “A Perfect Circle Admit They’re ‘Weak And Powerless’ On New Single”
  • Phantom Limbs – Displacement (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Harold Ray – Live in Concert (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Run Run Run – Drizzle (EP, First Time)
  • Saves the Day – In Reverie (DreamWorks)
    Read: “Saves The Day Attempt To Save Themselves, The World With Reverie”
    Buy Now: In Reverie (DreamWorks)
  • Side Walk Slam – … And We Drive (Tooth & Nail)
  • The Situation – The Reece Nasty (EP, Orange Sky)
  • Sloth – Dead Generation (Hollywood)
  • Bubba Sparxxx – Deliverance (Interscope)
    Read: “Bubba Sparxxx Softens Bumpkin Image, Teams Up With Justin For A ‘Hootnanny’ “
    Buy Now: Deliverance (Interscope)
  • Joss Stone – The Soul Sessions (S-Curve)
  • Story of the Year – Page Avenue (Maverick)
  • Billy Talent – Billy Talent (Atlantic)
  • Telecast – The Beauty of Simplicity (BEC/Tooth & Nail)
  • Chalee Tennison – Parading in the Rain (DreamWorks Nashville)
  • Thinking Plague – A History of Madness (Cuneiform)
  • Thursday – War All the Time (Island)
    Read: “Thursday Deal With Paranoia, Women Who Want To Be Hit On New LP”
    Buy Now: War All the Time (Island)
  • TRS-80 – Shake Hands With Danger (File 13)
  • Vincebus Eruptum – Vincebus Eruptum (Load)
  • Rocky Votolato – Suicide Medicine (Second Nature)
  • Wayfaring Strangers – This Train (Rounder)
  • Carnie Wilson – For the First Time (KMA)
  • Ying Yang Twins – Me & My Brother (TVT)
  • Zodiac Killers – Society Offenders (Rip Off)
  • Various artists – Music Inspired by the Movie “Scarface” (Def Jam)
  • Various artists – The Sound of San Francisco (Alive)
  • Various artists – Version City Sessions (Asian Man)

September 23:

September 30:


  • Dido – Life for Rent (Arista)

October 7:

October 14:


  • Mariah Carey – Remixes (Sony)