New Releases: Clay Aiken, Mariah Carey, Distillers, ‘American Idol’ Christmas LP, Travis & More

This ain’t no paltry remix EP. Mariah Carey gets it — bigger is better. So Remixes delivers exactly what its title promises: two discs full of reworkings of Carey’s songs, including “Heartbreaker” featuring Da Brat and Missy Elliott, “The One” featuring Bone Crusher and “Thank God I Found You” co-starring Joe and Nas.

“American Idol” ‘s #2 man, Clay Aiken, releases Measure of a Man, featuring the single “This Is the Night.” And for more, though drastically less theatrical pop, Sessions@AOL is a collection of in-studio live recordings by Coldplay (“The Scientist”), Missy Elliott (“Work It”), Avril Lavigne (“Mobile”) and the Roots (“Break You Off”).

This week, Travis recall their 12 Memories, one of which is the lead cut, “Re-Offender,” a song about domestic abuse, and its accompanying video, which curiously portrays the guys beating the crap out of each other. Meanwhile, the Distillers bare their Coral Fang, and Phish keyboard player Page McConnell’s side project, Vida Blue, sample “Aunt Esther,” played by the late LaWanda Page from the TV show “Sanford and Son,” on The Illustrated Band.

Wanda Jackson, the bad-ass country music chick, releases Heart Trouble, her first studio album in 15 years. “Crying Time” is a duet with Elvis Costello and “Funnel of Love” is updated by having the Cramps back Jackson. Jackson and the Cramps also remake “Riot in Cellblock #9.” To commemorate the 35th anniversary of another country filly’s first album, Norah Jones, Shania Twain, Melissa Etheridge, Emmylou Harris, Sinead O’Connor and Joan Osborne contribute songs to Just Because I’m a Woman: Celebrating the Songs of Dolly Parton.

Me’Shell NdegéOcello sings about love on Comfort Woman while Ursula Rucker, the poet best-known for closing most of the Roots’ albums, releases her second album, Silver or Lead. Raphael Saadiq releases All Hits at the House of Blues, a live, two-disc set of material with his former group Tony! Toni! Toné! and his solo album, Instant Vintage. Special guests include the Tony/i/es, D’Angelo and Joi.

Out Tuesday, October 14:

  • Clay Aiken – Measure of a Man (RCA)

    Read: “Clay Aiken Makes A Big Scene For ‘Invisible’ Video”
    Buy Now: Measure of a Man (RCA)
  • Baby Blak – Once You Go Blak (BBE/Rapster)
  • David Benoit – Right Here, Right Now (GRP)
  • Edie Brickell – Volcano (Universal)
  • Campfire Girls – Tell Them Hi (Interscope)
  • Mariah Carey – Remixes (Columbia)

    Read: “Mariah: Remixes, Reunions And Russia”

    Buy Now: Remixes (Columbia)
  • Children on the Corner – Rebirth (Sonance)
  • Christiansen – Stylish Nihilists (Revelation)
  • Walter Clevenger and the Dairy Kings – Full Tilt and Swing (Brewery)
  • Sylvie Courvoisier – Abaton (ECM)
  • Howard Crosby – Pennies from Heaven (Panjandrum)
  • Decibully – City of Festivals (Polyvinyl)
  • Kevin Denney – A Year at a Time (Lyric Street)
  • The Dishes – 3 (File 13)
  • The Distillers – Coral Fang (Sire)

    Read: “Distillers Promise Refinement, Experimentation On Biting New LP”

    Buy Now: Coral Fang (Sire)
  • Will Downing – Emotions (GRP)
  • Dukes of Nothing – War and Wine (EP, Tortuga)
  • Feable Weiner – Dear Hot Chick (Doghouse)
  • Five Horse Johnson – The Last Men on Earth (Small Stone)
  • Freaky Chakra – Moonroof Operator (: run)
  • The Frisk – Audio Ransom Note (Adeline)
  • From Ashes Rise – Nightmares(Jade Tree)
  • Gangsta Boo – Enquiring Minds 2: The Soap Opera (RT)
  • Gutter Swans – Foolishness Meets Vision (Gnashville Sounds)
  • Hard-Ons – Very Exciting! (Bomp)
  • Bonnie Hayes – Love in the Ruins (Bondage)
  • Hybrid Morning – Sci-Fi (Distinct’ive/¡K7)
  • Wanda Jackson – Heart Trouble (CMH)
  • Jagged Edge – Hard (So So Def/Columbia)
    Buy Now: Hard (So So Def/Columbia)
  • Jem – It All Starts Here (EP, ATO)
  • Kill 2 This – Mass.Down.Sin.Drone (Abstract Sounds)
  • Kill Hannah – For Never and Ever (Atlantic)
  • King Prawn – Got the Thirst (Abstract Sounds)
  • Jonny Lang – Long Time Coming (A&M)
  • Albert Lee – Heartbreak Hill (Sugar Hill)
  • Abbey Lincoln – It’s Me (Verve)
  • Living Science Foundation – Last Call for Nightfall (Second Nature)
  • Loretta – The Translation (Benchmark)
  • Maroon – Who the Sky Betrays (Head Fulla Brains)
  • John McLaughlin – Thieves and Poets (Verve)
  • Essra Mohawk – You’re Not Alone (Evidence)
  • Mushroomhead – XIII (Universal)
  • Matt Nathanson – Beneath These Fireworks (Universal)
  • Me’Shell NdegéOcello – Comfort Woman (Maverick)
  • Pipedown – Mental Weaponry (A-F)
  • Rod Price – West Four (Trillium)
  • Ursula Rucker – Silver or Lead (!K7)
  • Raphael Saadiq – All Hits at the House of Blues (Pookie)
  • Scissorfight – Deathchants, Breakdowns and Military Waltzes Vol. 2 (EP, Tortuga)
  • Scrappy-Loco – Scrappy-Loco (Thump)
  • Seksu Roba – Pleasure Vibrations (Eenie Meenie)
  • Barbra Streisand – The Movie Album (Columbia)
  • Steve Swallow Trio – Damaged in Transit (ECM)
  • Switchblade Symphony – Sweet Little Witches (Cleopatra)
  • Thrall – Lifer (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Travis – 12 Memories (Epic)

    Read: “Travis Members Beat Each Other To A Pulp At Video Shoot For ‘Re-Offender’ “
    Buy Now: 12 Memories (Epic)
  • Trivium – Ember to Inferno (Lifeforce)
  • Josh Turner – Long Black Train (MCA Nashville)
  • Twilight Singers – Blackberry Belle (Birdman/One Little Indian)
  • Union 13 – Symptoms of Humanity (Disaster)
  • Vida Blue – The Illustrated Band (Sanctuary)
  • Russell Watson – Reprise (Decca)
  • Yob – Catharsis (Abstract Sounds)
  • Various artists – American Idol Christmas: The Great Holiday Classics (RCA)
  • Various artists – Bozo & Pals – Get Down with the Clown (Music for Little People)
  • Various artists – Celtic Twilight 6 (Valley Entertainment)
  • Various artists – Festival in the Desert (World Village)
  • Various artists – “Finding Nemo” Ocean Favorites (Walt Disney)
  • Various artists – A Guitar Tribute to Dave Matthews Band (Liquid 8)
  • Various artists – A Guitar Tribute to the Foo Fighters (Liquid 8)
  • Various artists – House Sessions (Sunswept)
  • Various artists – “The Human Stain” Coleman’s Collection (Lakeshore)
  • Various artists – Incredible Christmas Album (Decca)
  • Various artists – Just Because I’m a Woman: Celebrating the Songs of Dolly Parton (Sugar Hill)
  • Various artists – The Party Never Ends: Robert Earl Keen Songs You Know from the Times You Can’t Remember (Sugar Hill)
  • Various artists – Piano Strings Tribute to the Chicago Soundtrack (Liquid 8)
  • Various artists – Pure Techno (Water Music)
  • Various artists – “Ragus” soundtrack (Valley Entertainment)
  • Various artists – Red Star Sounds, Vol. 3: Def Jamaica (Def Jam)
  • Various artists – Sandungueo.com – Reggaeton Hits Vol. 1 (Cutting)
  • Various artists – Sessions @ AOL (Atlantic)
  • Various artists – Spiders from Venus (Skipping Discs)
  • Various artists – “Underworld” score (: run)
  • DVD Chevelle – Live from the Norva (Epic)
  • DVD WC Bandana Swangin: – All That Glitters Ain’t Gold (Image Entertainment)

October 21:


  • Barenaked Ladies – Everything to Everyone (Warner Bros.)
  • Mandy Moore – Coverage (Sony)
    Buy Now: Coverage (Sony)
  • Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros – Streetcore (Epitaph)
  • Yo La Tengo – Today Is the Day (EP, Matador)



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