New Releases: Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, Warren G, Danger Doom, Gang Of Four & More

Also due Tuesday are new releases by Jackson Browne, Drowningman, Sevendust, Hanson.

More Keys Please: Devout Alicia Keys fans will want to nab the CD+DVD version of Unplugged, which boasts two additional audio performances, “Goodbye” and “Butterflyz,” on the CD, and behind-the-scenes action and a video for “Unbreakable” on the DVD. That’s not to mention a booklet that has poems, a letter from Keys, liner notes, photos and info on Keep a Child Alive, a nonprofit she aligned herself with for a World AIDS Day benefit last year.

Leading a Double Life: DualDiscs are all the rage, and record companies usually send them to stores at the same time as the standard album in order to maximize sales potential. Not so with Ricky Martin‘s Life, which will come out in regular form Tuesday but won’t see a DualDisc release until November 22. Tracks on both editions include: “I Don’t Care” (featuring Fat Joe and Amerie), a Luny Tunes reggaeton remix of “Que Mas Da” and the Spanish track “Déjate Llevar (It’s Alright).”

A New G Thang: G-Funk guru Warren G resurfaces after his longest solo hiatus yet — nearly four years — with the indie release In the Mid-Nite Hour. After spending time with 213 for last year’s The Hard Way, Warren gets some help from his comrades on a few tracks: Snoop crops up on “Chronic Break” and “Garilla Pimpin,” while Nate Dogg chimes in on “We Need Each Other.” Raphael Saadiq, Bishop Lamont and Chuck Taylor also lend their skills.

Dive Right In: Originally called [Adult Swim] Presents DangerDoom, The Mouse and the Mask still realizes what Danger Mouse and MF Doom set out to do: high-five the animated-TV block with a set of inspired songs, plus character voices and skits from shows like “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” and “Sealab 2021.” Cee-Lo and Ghostface Killah dip their toes into “Benzie Box” and “The Mask,” respectively.

United They Stand: In addition to this week’s two metal-champ collections — Numbers From the Beast: An All-Star Tribute to Iron Maiden and the Roadrunner Records 25th anniversary throwdown The All-Star Sessions — there’s a spate of other kinetic alliances happening. Illinois punks Resident Genius jam along to a recorded phone conversation they shared with legendary Boston University prof/activist Howard Zinn for You Can’t Blow Up a Special Relationship; elusive indie darling Chan Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power) hops onto grimy Aussie instrumental trio Dirty Three‘s Cinder; and ex-Swans singer Jarboe duets with members of Low, Ministry and Bauhaus on her new one, The Men Album. (For three points: Blixa Bargeld of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds also sings with Jarboe; her fellow Seed, Warren Ellis, is Dirty Three’s violinist.)

SteEPed in EPs: Neo-goth dance punks American Eyes find an unlikely producer in Michael Patterson (Diddy, Notorious B.I.G.) for their first release, Never Trust Anything That Bleeds; likewise, chaotic London punks the Rakes make their debut with Retreat. Also, Lambchop pay Nashville neighbors Hands Off Cuba a visit with Colab; the country-rockin’ Magnolia Electric Co. taped two of their Hard to Love a Man tracks at Steve Albini‘s, uh, Electrical Audio Studios; San Francisco solo artist Kelley Stoltz breaks bread with Sub Pop on The Sun Comes Through; and another solo artist, Amanda Rogers, goes even further out on a limb by covering At the Drive-In, among others, on Something Borrowed Something Blue.

Song Title of the Week: “Major Disappointment Reporting for Duty” (Drowningman‘s Don’t Push Us When We’re Hot)

Other Notables:

Sevendust‘s Next: After eight years and a bitter breakup with career-long label TVT Records, the metal squad is resurrecting itself with a fresh new label (the Universal-affiliated WineDark), single (“Ugly”) and guitarist, Snot‘s Sonny Mayo. Keep an eye out for limited-edition copies of ‘Dust’s fifth studio record, which come with a bonus DVD.

Gang of Four‘s Return the Gift: The truly seminal U.K. dance-rock group initially decided to put out a batch of re-recordings of its classic songs as a stand-alone disc and hold off until 2006 for an equally tempting set of remixes by Hot Hot Heat, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, No Doubt‘s Tony Kanal and others. Now they’ve decided to simplify by melding the two into a 26-track, double-CD set.

Modest Mouse‘s Good News for People Who Love Bad News DualDisc: Humble-rodent connoisseurs probably have the bonus track “I’ve Got It All (Most)” — which previously appeared as a B-side but is tacked onto the Good News DualDisc for good measure — but they should take note of the many visual nuggets: two videos, behind-the-scenes stuff and an interview with main man Isaac Brock directed by — you guessed it — Isaac Brock.

New Releases:


  • 31Knots – Talk Like Blood (Polyvinyl)
  • Abel – Alegria Musica (Tommy Boy)
  • Adult. – Gimme Trouble (Thrill Jockey)
  • Agents of the Sun – Monarchs of a Fallen Society (DCide)
  • Gary Allan – Tough All Over (MCA Nashville)
  • Allister – Before the Blockout (Drive Thru)
  • American Eyes – Never Trust Anything That Bleeds (EP; Side One Dummy)
  • American Werewolves – 1968 (Fractured Transmitter)
  • Apache Indian – Time for Change (Explorer)
  • Barr – Beyond Reinforced Jewelcase (5 Rue Christine)
  • Hudson Bell – When the Sun Is the Moon (Monitor)
  • Boris with Merzbow – Sun Baked Snow Cave (Hydra Head)
  • Peter Brötzmann & Han Bennink – Schwarzwaldfahrt (Atavistic)
  • Jackson Browne – Solo Acoustic Vol. 1 (Inside)
  • Castanets – First Light’s Freeze (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Celebration – Celebration (4AD)
  • Cheetah Girls – Cheetah-Licious Christmas (Disney)
  • The Clientele – Strange Geometry (Merge)
  • Company – Parallel Time (Jagjaguwar)
  • Constantines – Tournament of Hearts (Sub Pop)
  • Susan Cowsill – Just Believe It (Blue Corn)
  • Jamie Cullum – Catching Tales (deluxe edition due same day; Verve)
  • Danger Doom – The Mouse and the Mask (Epitaph)
  • Deerhoof – The Runners Four (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Default – One Thing Remains (TVT)
  • Dios Malos – Dios Malos (Star Time)
  • Dirty Three – Cinder (Touch and Go)
  • Drowningman – Don’t Push Us When We’re Hot (Thorp)
  • Early Man – Closing In (Matador)
  • Explosions in the Sky – How Strange, Innocence (Temporary Residence)
  • Gamma Ray – Majestic (Sanctuary)
  • Gang of Four – Return the Gift (two CDs; V2)
    Read: “No Doubt, Beck, Yeah Yeah Yeahs Plan Gang Of Four Remixes”
  • Mark Gardener with Goldrush – These Beautiful Ghosts (United for Opportunity)
  • Great Lake Swimmers – Bodies and Minds (Misra)
  • Hanson – The Best of Hanson: Live and Electric (limited edition; two CDs with DVD; Three Car Garage)
  • George Huff – Miracles (Word)
  • Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – The Sameness of Difference (Hyena)
  • Jarboe – The Men Album (Atavistic)
  • Jonathan Kane – February (Table of the Elements)
  • Alicia Keys – Unplugged (special edition due same day; J)
    Read: “Alicia Keys Taps Mos Def, Common For ‘Inspired’ ‘Unplugged’ “
  • Lambchop/ Hands Off Cuba – CoLAB (EP; Merge)
  • The Living Blue – Fire, Blood, Water (Minty Fresh)
  • The Long Winters – Ultimatum (Barsuk)
  • The Magnolia Electric Co. – Hard to Love a Man (EP; Secretly Canadian)
  • Ricky Martin – Life (Columbia)
  • The Mass – Perfect Picture of Wisdom and Boldness (Crucial Blast)
  • Joe McPhee and John Snyder – Pieces of Light (Atavistic)
  • Minus Story – No Rest for Ghosts (Jagjaguwar)
  • Mouse on Mars – Live04 (Sonig)
  • New London Fire – I Sing the Body Holographic (Eyeball)
  • Dolly Parton – Those Were the Days (Sugar Hill)
  • Matt Pond PA – Several Arrows Later (Altitude)
  • Daniel Powter – Daniel Powter (Warner Bros.)
  • The Rakes – Retreat (EP; Dim Mak)
  • Resident Genius/ Howard Zinn – You Can’t Blow Up a Special Relationship (Thick)
  • Roadrunner United – The All-Star Sessions (Roadrunner)
  • Amanda Rogers – Something Borrowed Something Blue (EP; Immigrant Sun)
  • Kate Rusby – The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (Compass)
  • Saving Jane – Girl Next Door (Madacy)
  • Sevendust – Next (WineDark/Universal)
    Read: “Sevendust Turn Up The Heaviness, Leave Beef Behind On Next
  • Kelley Stoltz – The Sun Comes Through (EP; Sub Pop)
  • Story of the Year – In the Wake of Determination (Maverick)
  • T.A.T.U. – Dangerous and Moving (Interscope)
  • Susan Tedeschi – Hope and Desire (Verve)
  • Warren G – In the Mid-Nite Hour (Lightyear)
  • Paul Weller – As Is Now (Yep Roc)
  • Nancy Wilson – “Elizabethtown” score (RCA)
  • Woolly Bandits – Say Hello to My Little Friend (Dionysus)
  • Young Playthings – Pick Up With the Young Playthings (Dionysus)
  • Various artists – Numbers From the Beast: An All-Star Tribute to Iron Maiden (Restless)
  • Various artists – One Million Strong Vol. 2: Love Peace & War (Bungalo)
  • Various artists – “Dora the Explorer: Dance Fiesta!” (Nick/Jive)
  • Various artists – “North Country” soundtrack (Columbia)
  • Various artists – “Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” soundtrack (Varèse)

Notable Reissues:


  • Johnny Adams – The Great Johnny Adams Blues Album (Rounder)
  • Allman Brothers Band – Gold (Mercury/Universal)
  • Bachman-Turner Overdrive – Gold (Mercury/Universal)
  • Colosseum II – Strange New Flesh: Upgraded (Castle/Ryko)
  • John Coltrane – One Down, One Up: Live at the Half Note (two CDs; Impulse)
  • The Diplomats of Solid Sound – Instrumental Action Soul (Hammondbeat)
  • Dru Hill – Hits (Def Soul Classics)
  • Billie Holiday – Gold (Hip-O/Universal)
  • Buddy Holly – Gold (Geffen/Universal)
  • Holy Terrors – This Is What It Sounds Like When You’re Dead (Eulogy)
  • Shirley Horn – But Beautiful: The Best of Shirley Horn on Verve (Verve)
  • John Legend – Get Lifted (Columbia)
  • Don McLean – Rearview Mirror: An American Musical Journey (Hyena)
  • Men’s Recovery Project – The Very Best of Men’s Recovery Project (5 Rue Christine)
  • Modest Mouse – Good News for People Who Love Bad News (DualDisc; Epic)
  • Nekromantix – Brought Back to Life Again (Hellcat)
  • New Edition – Gold (Hip-O/Universal)
  • Linda Perry – In Flight (enhanced; Kill Rock Stars)
  • Nina Simone – The Soul of Nina Simone (DualDisc; RCA)
  • Lyn Taitt & the Jets – Hold Me Tight: Anthology 65-73 (Trojan)
  • Tigertailz – Banzai and Berzerk (Ryko)
  • Tom Verlaine – Warm and Cool (with bonus tracks; Thrill Jockey)
  • Johnny Guitar Watson – A Real Mother for Ya (with unreleased bonus tracks; Shout! Factory)
  • Johnny Guitar Watson – Ain’t That a Bitch (with unreleased bonus tracks; Shout! Factory)
  • Johnny Guitar Watson – Funk Beyond the Call of Duty (with unreleased bonus tracks; Shout! Factory)
  • Hank Williams – Turn Back the Years: The Essential Hank Williams Collection (Mercury Nashville)
  • Bill Withers – Just as I Am (DualDisc; Columbia/Legacy)
  • Yanni – Live at the Acropolis (with DVD; RCA Victor)
  • Various artists – Sand & Steel: The Classic Sound of Jamaican Steel Drums (Trojan)
  • Various artists – Southern Rock: Gold (Hip-O/Universal)

DVD:


  • Terry Callier – “Live in Berlin” (Verve)
  • Charlie Daniels – “The Kings and Friends: Live at the Gothic With Special Guest Hazel Miller” (Burnside)
  • K-Ci & JoJo – “All My Life: Their Greatest Video Hits” (Universal)
  • Alicia Keys – “Unplugged” (J)
  • Machine Head – “Elegies” (Universal)
  • Bobby McFerrin – “Live in Montreal” (Universal)
  • Carmen McRae – “Live in Montreal” (Universal)

Coming Attractions:

October 18:

October 25:

November 1: