New Releases: Hawthorne Heights, We Are Scientists, Morningwood, Sharissa

Also due Tuesday is the 'Underworld: Evolution' soundtrack and albums by Bleeding Through and BR5-49.

Reaching New Heights: They’ve rammed a couple songs deep into your consciousness (“Ohio Is for Lovers,” “Niki FM”), spent 50 weeks on the Billboard albums chart and have a big tour with Fall Out Boy coming up — but now Hawthorne Heights are showing their true colors with their debut DVD, “This Is Who We Are.” The disc offers sneaks of three new tunes (“Light Sleeper,” “Where Do I Stab Myself in the Ears” and “This Is Who We Are”) and is rounded out by radio-show clips, TV spots and the inevitable behind-the-scenes footage.

Exclusive Evolution: Hawthorne’s “Where Do I Stab Myself” finds itself remixed Legion of Doom-style on the soundtrack to “Underworld: Evolution.” Sixteen bloody tracks are stacked onto the platter, some of them chopped into remixes, and they’re all exclusive (well, for now, at least). Linkin Park‘s Chester Bennington puts Julien-K in a stranglehold on “Morning After,” while My Chemical Romance, Cradle of Filth, Atreyu, Slipknot and Alkaline Trio also rise to the occasion. Meat Beat Manifesto, in the meantime, devolve to their earlier sound with “Suicide,” which marks their first use of vocals in six years.

Weird Science: Speaking of evolution, after months as fixtures on mtvU — with “Nobody Move, Nobody Get Hurt” and “Inaction” — We Are Scientists are finally letting loose the anxious, caged beast that is their debut LP. And it’s got three cats on the cover. The Scientists expand their zoo with “Cash Cow,” elsewhere making their “Great Escape” and solemnly declaring “This Scene Is Dead.” That’s With Love and Squalor, in stores meow.

Morning Glory: Brooklyn’s Scientists have to make some room for fellow New York rookies Morningwood, who are sporting their self-named maiden release this week. Produced by Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters), the record finds 23-year-old crooner Chantal Claret urging listeners to “Take Off Your Clothes,” “Ride the Lights” and take it to the “Nth Degree” — on a dance floor, one can only hope.

Song Title of the Week:

“Let Jesus Make You Breakfast” (BR5-49‘s Dog Days)

Other Notables:

Sharissa‘s Every Beat of My Heart: R. Kelly‘s found himself caught in a number of different, uh, dilemmas in his “Trapped in the Closet” series, but he digs himself into deeper drama on Sharissa‘s sophomore LP, Every Beat of My Heart. On the duet “In Love With a Thug,” Sharissa bemoans the drug dealer she fell in love with, voiced by Kelly. On a lighter note, the starlet finds hip-hop happiness with Wyclef Jean on “Take Me as I Am,” goes clubbin’ with the Game on “I’m Hot” and teams with Millie Jackson on “I’m Through,” which is a play on Bobby Womack‘s “I’m Through Trying to Prove My Love to You.”

Various artistsHands Across the Water: A Benefit for the Children of the Tsunami: With the one-year anniversary of the Asian tsunami still fresh in mind, a bevy of folksters from the U.S., Scotland and Ireland are making another push for relief. All proceeds from the item — which features Jackson Browne, Vince Gill, Rodney Crowell, John Prine and many others — go to relief efforts.

MassLabour of Love, Rema-Rema‘s Wheel in the Roses and the Wolfgang PressThe Burden of Mules: Seminal indie-rock label 4AD is digging through its warehouse to revive three early releases, all on CD for the first time (but limited to just 1,000 copies apiece). Post-punks Rema-Rema, the label’s first artists under the name 4AD, find four early tunes retouched (one was later covered by This Mortal Coil, one by Big Black), while the only album put out by Mass — an arty group featuring three members of Rema-Rema — has original show flyers and some other cool stuff. Related project the Wolfgang Press are also recalled with a revitalized version of their debut.

New Releases:

  • Armik – Desires (Bolero)
  • Avid – Altered States (Jetspeed)
  • Vicky Beeching – Yesterday, Today & Forever (Sparrow)
  • Bleeding Through – The Truth (Trustkill)
  • BR5-49 – Dog Days (DualTone)
  • Eric Burdon – Soul of a Man (SPV)
  • Brandi Carlile – EP (Columbia)
  • Chloë – Walking in the Air (Manhattan)
  • Conga Fury – Dear Friends (Six Weeks)
  • The Cottars – Forerunner (Rounder)
  • Dion – Bronx in Blue (Dimensional Music Recordings)
  • Dragonforce – Inhuman Rampage (Sanctuary)
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous – Be Mine, Valentine (EP; Rise)
  • Mary Duff – When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New (Beautiful Music Co.)
  • John Lord Fonda – Debaser (Citizen)
  • Frankel – Chatterbox EP (Three Ring)
  • Glasshead – Daydreams on Jupiter (New School)
  • Delta Goodrem – Born to Try (DualDisc same day; Epic)
  • Hurt Locker – Fear in a Handful of Dust (Napalm)
  • It Dies Today – Forever Scorned (EP; Victory)
  • Living Loud – Living Loud (Capitol)
  • Erwin McManus – Barbarian Way: Unleash the Tamed Faith (Thomas Nelson Publishing)
  • Mairead – Raining Up (Manhattan)
  • Meav – A Celtic Journey (Manhattan)
  • Members – At the Chelsea Nightclub (Captain Oi)
  • Mercury Radio Theater – Blue Eyed Model (Lujo)
  • Morningwood – Morningwood (Capitol)
  • Buy Now: Morningwood (Capitol)

  • Public Announcement – When the Smoke Clears (Boss Entertainment)
  • Randy – Randy the Band (enhanced; Fat Wreck Chords)
  • The Satelliters – The Satelliters (Dionysus)
  • Sharissa – Every Beat of My Heart (Virgin)
  • Buy Now: Every Beat of My Heart (Virgin)

  • Sia – Colour the Small One (Astralwerks)
  • Darden Smith – Field of Crows (Dualtone)
  • Sons of the San Joaquin – Way Out Yonder (Dualtone)
  • Soweto Gospel Choir – Blessed (Shanachie)
  • Switched – Ghosts in the Machine (two CDs; Corporate Punishment)
  • Tango Red – The Campaign (Reprise)
  • The Transit War – ¡Ah Discordia! (Orange Peal)
  • UHF – All Our Golden Tomorrows (Second Story)
  • We Are Scientists – With Love and Squalor (Virgin)
    Read: “We Are Scientists Hope Giving Advice, Running From Bears Is Formula For Fame”
    Buy Now: With Love and Squalor (Virgin)
  • Various artists – A Bluegrass Tale: Pickin’ on Nickel Creek (CMH)
  • Various artists – Afterdark: Milan (Kinkysweet)
  • Various artists – Another Brick in the Wall, Vol. 2: The Remixes (Cleopatra)
  • Various artists – All Shook Up: A Reggae Tribute to the King (Trojan)
  • Various artists – Alright This Time Just the Girls, Vol. 2 (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
  • Various artists – The Bluegrass Tribute to the Strokes (CMH)
  • Various artists – Chicano Rap Con Reggaetón (P.R.)
  • Various artists – Funeral: The String Quartet Tribute to My Chemical Romance (Victory)
  • Various artists – Hands Across the Water: A Benefit for the Children of the Tsunami (Compass)
  • Various artists – Heartbreaker: Pickin’ on Tom Petty (CMH)
  • Various artists – “Glory Road” soundtrack (Hollywood)
  • Various artists – “High School Musical” soundtrack (Disney)
  • Various artists – “Underworld: Evolution” soundtrack (Lakeshore)

Notable Reissues and Archival Material:

  • 16 Horsepower – Hoarse (Alternative Tentacles)
  • The Autumn Offering – Revelations of the Unsung (Victory)
  • Chet Baker – Chet Baker Plays for Lovers (Concord)
  • Regina Belle – Love Songs (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Tony Bennett – Tony Bennett Sings for Lovers (Concord)
  • Black Market Baby – Coulda Shoulda Woulda: The Black Market Baby Collection (Dr. Strange)
  • David Bowie – David Live (with unreleased material; Virgin)
  • Dave Brubeck – Dave Brubeck Plays for Lovers (Concord)
  • Buckwheat Zydeco – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Buckwheat Zydeco (Island)
  • Chicane – Behind the Sun (Xtravaganza)
  • Climax Blues Band – Rich Man (Fuel 2000)
  • John Denver- Love Songs (RCA)
  • Bill Evans – Bill Evans Plays for Lovers (Concord)
  • Phyllis Hyman – Love Songs (Arista)
  • The Incredible String Band – The Circle Is Unbroken: Live and Studio 1967-1972 (live; Castle/Ryko)
  • Etta James – The Definitive Collection (Geffen/UME)
  • Etta James – Love Songs (RCA)
  • Brenda Lee – The Definitive Collection (MCA Nashville)
  • Julie London – The Very Best of Julie London (two CDs; Capitol)
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Family (Geffen/UME)
  • Mass – Labour of Love (4AD)
  • Stephanie Mills – Gold (Hip-O)
  • The Move – Message From the Country (Capitol)
  • John Jacob Niles – I Wonder as I Wander: Tradition Years (Empire Musicwerks)
  • Dolly Parton – Love Songs (RCA)
  • Rema Rema – Wheel in the Roses (4AD)
  • Reverend Horton Heat – 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of Reverend Horton Heat (Hip-O/UME)
  • Lionel Richie/ Commodores – Gold (two CDs; Motown/UME)
  • The Righteous Brothers – Gold (two CDs; Polydor/UME)
  • Nina Simone – The Definitive Collection (Hip-O/UME)
  • Sloan – Between the Bridges (Koch)
  • The Statler Brothers – Gold (Mercury Nashville)
  • Talking Heads – Fear of Music, More Songs About Buildings and Food, Remain in Light and Talking Heads 77 (DualDiscs; Rhino)
  • U.K. Subs – Complete Riot (New Red Archives)
  • Kyle Vincent – Gathering Dust – Rare & Unreleased, Vol. 2 (Songtree)
  • Andreas Vollenweider – White Winds (enhanced; Kin Kou)
  • Grover Washington Jr. – Gold (Hip-O/UME)
  • The Wolfgang Press – The Burden of Mules (4AD)
  • Various artists – Blues Gold (Hip-O/UME)
  • Various artists – Classic Railroad Songs From Smithsonian Folkways (Smithsonian Folkways)
  • Various artists – TBS Tunes: Fun Tracks Wisecracks (Rhino)

DVDs:

  • Asia – “Ultimate Collection” (Classic Rock Legends)
  • Blues ‘N’ Trouble – “Lost Deposit” (with CD; Dark Peak)
  • Dubliners – “Dublin” (Dark Peak)
  • Bob Geldof – “Geldof in Africa” (two DVDs; Rhino)
  • Hawthorne Heights – “This Is Who We Are” (Victory)
  • Living Loud – “Debut Live Concert – Sydney Fox Studios, 2004″ (Capitol)
  • Magna Carta – “In Tomorrow” (Dark Peak)
  • Kevin McDermott Orchestra – “Boxed Set” (Dark Peak)
  • Donnie Munro and Friends – “Boxed Set” (Dark Peak)
  • Motörhead – “Stage Fright” (SPV)
  • Mountain – “Live in Texas 2005″ (United States Distribution)
  • Nazareth – “Naza’ Live” (Dark Peak)
  • The Rolling Stones – “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out” (Classic Rock Legends)
  • Kim Waters – “In the Groove” (Shanachie)
  • Various artists – “One for the Money: The Birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (Passport)

Coming Attractions:

    January 17:

    January 24:

    January 31:

    • Heather Headley – In My Mind (RCA)
    • She Wants Revenge – She Wants Revenge (Geffen)
    • Warren Zevon – Reconsider Me: The Love Songs (Artemis)