New Releases: Clarence Clemons, Phantom Planet, Paul Weller & More

Week also sees debut of Backbeat punk rock video magazine.

People are still adjusting to the new year, and musicians are no exception. There are only a few early birds putting out new music Tuesday (January 6), but no doubt more will trickle in during the coming weeks.

First up, Phantom Planet. The group formerly known as "the band with the guy from 'Rushmore' " has a new CD and a new drummer for the '04. Their self-titled LP, produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips), features the single "Big Brat," whose video, a zombie clip, was co-directed by Johannes Gamble and Spike Jonze.

Next, ex-Jam leader Paul Weller puts together his dream CD on Under the Influence, a collection of his favorite and most inspirational acts. On the album you'll find the Kinks, D'Angelo, Marvin Gaye and Little Richard.

Out Tuesday, January 6:

  • Caffiends - Fission, Fusion and Things Made of Concrete (Indianola)

  • Casey Jones - The Few, the Proud, the Crucial (Indianola)

  • Circle Takes the Square - As the Roots Undo (Robotic Empire)

  • Clarence Clemons - Live in Asbury Park Vol. II (Valley Entertainment)

  • Congress - Resurrection (Good Life)

  • Crime in Stereo - Explosives and the Will to Use Them (Blackout)

  • Dirty Sanchez - Really Rich Italian Satanists (Cleopatra)

  • Forest Sun - For the Story (Artist One Stop)
  • A. Ray Fuller - The Weeper (Artist One Stop)
  • Gentle Giant - Way of Life (Recall)

  • Humble Gods - Born Free (Suburban Noize)
  • Phantom Planet - Phantom Planet (Epic)

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  • Paul Weller - Under the Influence (DMC)
  • Various artists - A Guitar Tribute to Offspring (Tribute Sounds)

  • Various artists - Pickin' on Trace Adkins — A Bluegrass Tribute (CMH)

  • Various artists - The String Quartet Tribute to Chevelle (Vitamin)

  • Various artists - The String Quartet Tribute to David Gray (Vitamin)

  • Various artists - The String Quartet Tribute to Korn (Vitamin)

  • Various artists - The String Quartet Tribute to Metallica (Vitamin)

  • Various artists - A Tribute to Cold (Tributized)
  • Various artists - A Tribute to Nickelback (Tributized)

  • Various artists - A Tribute to Nine Inch Nails (Tributized)

  • Various artists - A Tribute to Queens of the Stone Age (Tributized)

  • Various artists - A Tribute to George Strait (Big Eye)

  • Various artists - A Tribute to Outkast (Big Eye)
  • Various artists - A Tribute to Train (Big Eye)

  • DVD: Coldplay - Unauthorized (Music Video Distributors)

  • DVD: Sarah McLachlan - VH1 Storytellers (Image Entertainment)

  • DVD: Various artists - Backbeat: Punk Rock Video Magazine Vol. 1 (Music Video Distributors/Coldfront)

January 13:

  • Crystal Method - Legion of Boom (V2)

  • Lou Reed, John Cale and Nico - Bataclan 72 (Pilot)
  • Runaways - Waitin' for the Night (Cherry Red)

January 20:

  • Cee-Lo - Cee-Lo Green Is the Soul Machine (Arista)
  • Ani DiFranco - Educated Guess (Righteous Babe)

January 27:

  • Stereolab - Margerine Eclipse (Elektra)