New Releases: Yellowcard, P.O.D., Cat Power, Jenny Lewis, Velvet Underground

Also due Tuesday are albums by the Elected, Tortoise, UB40, the Advantage and Test Icicles.

Lights, Camera, Action: Looking for even more Lights and Sounds? A special edition of Yellowcard's much-ballyhooed, harder-rockin' release is upped with an hour-long DVD featuring the requisite making-of material, commentary, photo gallery and video (for the title track). Don't miss the Judeo-Christian hoedown on "Roots in Stereo," featuring Matisyahu, or "Rough Landing, Holly," "Martin Sheen or JFK" and "Holly Wood Died."

C.O.D.: After priming fans with their second Warriors EP in November, Payable on Death are cashing in with Testify. Those who pre-ordered the disc on the band's Web site were gifted with a T-shirt; everyone else will have to settle for the frills-free package, which houses 13 songs. Among them are "Sounds Like War," "Mistakes & Glories" and "Mark My Words."

The Power That Be: Consummate trickster Chan Marshall (a.k.a. Cat Power) has dubbed her latest The Greatest, even though it's actually a batch of fresh recordings, not a recap. Marshall went back to Memphis, Tennessee, where she recorded 1996's What Would the Community Think, holing up in a Stax-affiliated studio with Al Green's guitarist to track tunes for Cat Power's first album in three years. Keep your eye out for "The Moon," "Willie" and "Islands."

DV(elvet)D: Digital video discs have been around for oh, a little while now, but believe it or not, experimental masters Velvet Underground haven't experimented yet with the format. Until this week, that is! For the Roman-numerically impaired, "Velvet Redux: Live MCMXCIII" is a snapshot of the band's 1993 reunion tour; these performances (by the original lineup, mind you) were filmed at the Paris Olympia on June 15-17. The disc runs 85 minutes and offers both the expected ("Heroin," "Femme Fatale," etc.) and the unexpected (a then-new track, "Coyote").

Purple Pandemonium: Back in 1974, when dinosaur-rock was the dominant species, Deep Purple were a tyrannosaurus rex, stalking the earth in billowing bell-bottoms, platform heels and their own jet. "Deep Purple Live in California 74" captures the band's co-headlining set at the California Jam festival, which drew 200,000 people and was broadcast on network TV. Amid ridiculously long solos — somehow, the band sprawled seven songs over nearly two hours — you see an extremely young and nervous future Whitesnake frontman David Coverdale and some of the greatest rock destruction ever captured on film. Annoyed by an intrusive cameraman, Purple guitarist Ritchie Blackmore goes completely ballistic, hurling two Marshall stacks into the crowd, setting off an alarmingly large explosion and smashing four guitars — one directly into the lens of the camera that irritated him. While we would never endorse such behavior, it does make for great TV.

Diva Envy: Indie-rock usually doesn't have much in common with the top 40 countdown, but this is no ordinary week. Jose Gonzalez covers Kylie Minogue's "Hand on Your Heart" on his Stay in the Shade EP, while Action Action recorded their new one, An Army of Shapes Between Wars, with Cyndi Lauper producer William Wittman. Not to be overlooked is the National Trust, who also go the bubblegum route by collaborating with producer Abel Garibaldi (Britney Spears, Ciara) for Kings & Queens.

Graphic Artists: What is this, Genitalia Celebration Week? We've got Test Icicles' For Screening Purposes Only and Buzzcocks' "Live at Shepherds Bush Empire 2003" DVD and, on a somewhat related note, soul singer Darondo — whose Let My People Go is reissued this week — used to be a pimp; Some Girls are busy with Heaven's Pregnant Teens; and Hayseed Dixie get a Hot Piece of Grass.

Song Title of the Week:

"Oh Sh--, My Phaser's Jammed" (The Beatings' Holding on to Hand Grenades)

Other Notables:

Jenny Lewis With the Watson Twins' Rabbit Fur Coat Vs. Elected's Sun, Sun, Sun: Rilo Kiley's leading representatives duke it out this week with opposing releases. Lewis finally takes a stab at the solo thing, although she finds good company with Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard, Maroon 5's James Valentine, M. Ward and Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, whose boutique label Team Love is issuing the album. Her Kiley cohort Blake Sennett has a bit of a head start, having released the Elected's debut in 2004. The follow-up was recorded in analog, which, to studio-philes, is kind of a big deal. Sun, Sun, Sun hammers home the overarching theme with tracks like "Clouds Parting (8:14 a.m.)," "Beautiful Rainbow" and "Biggest Star."

The Advantage's Elf-Titled Vs. Town and Country's Up Above: What's more bizarre, a band devoting an entire album to eight-bit Nintendo songs and toying with convention by calling it Elf-Titled, or a band recording an album after being inspired by a lecture on hypnotherapy? If you're feeling extra adventurous, you might want to give the Advantage and Town and Country's respective releases a spin.

UB40's Who You Fighting For?, Various artists' Future Retro and Marty Casey & Lovehammers' Marty Casey & Lovehammers: UB40 have already fought their way into the U.K. top 40 with their new single "Reasons," but their LP's main attraction might be the bushel of songs they reinterpret: Lennon/McCartney's "I'll Be on My Way," the Jamaicans' lilting "The Things You Say You Love" and the Manhattans' "Kiss and Say Goodbye," which has also cracked the chart. Rhino has another covers-laden disc out this week: Future Retro, a disc that compiles the Crystal Method's version of New Order's "Bizarre Love Triangle," Jaded Alliance's take on Erasure's "A Little Respect" and Static Revenger's rendition of INXS' "Need You Tonight." And speaking of INXS, Marty Casey, who made a name for himself on "Rock Star: INXS," sets forth his major-label debut, containing his heavily downloaded "Trees," "Rain on the Brain" and "Casualty" — a title that's very apropos, given his dismissal from the TV show.

New Releases:

  • 10 Second Drop - 10 Second Drop (Rock Ridge Music)
  • Action Action - An Army Of Shapes Between Wars (Victory)
  • The Advantage - Elf-Titled (5 Rue Christine)
  • Akimbo - Forging Steel and Laying Stone (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Audio Bullys - Generation (Astralwerks)
  • Avalon - Stand (Sparrow)
  • The Beatings - Holding on to Hand Grenades (Midriff)
  • Karl Blau - Beneath Waves (K)
  • Calling All Monsters - The Traps That Work Best (Turn)
  • Marty Casey & Lovehammers - Marty Casey & Lovehammers (Epic)
  • Rosanne Cash - Black Cadillac (enhanced; Capitol)
  • Cat Power - The Greatest (Matador)
    Buy Now: The Greatest (Matador)
  • Catfish Haven - Please Come Back (EP; Secretly Canadian)
  • Andre Ceccarelli and Bireli Lagrene - Avenue Des Diables Blues (Dreyfus)
  • The Class of 98 - Touch This and Die (The Militia Group)
  • Clearlake - Amber (Domino)
  • Tony Conrad - Fantastic Glissando (Table of Elements)
  • Demiricous - One (Hellbound) (Metal Blade)
  • Dozer - Through the Eyes of Heathens (Small Stone)
  • T. Duggins - Undone (Thick)
  • Liz Durrett - The Mezzanine (Warm)
  • East River Pipe - What Are You On? (Merge)
  • East West Blast Test - Popular Music for Unpopular People (Ipecac)
  • The Elected - Sun, Sun, Sun (Sub Pop)
  • Ester Drang - Rocinate (Jade Tree)
  • Excepter - Sunbomber (EP; Touch and Go)
  • Film School - Film School (Beggars Banquet)
  • Fivespeed - Morning Over Midnight (enhanced; Virgin)
  • The Gibson Brothers - Red Letter Day (Sugar Hill)
  • Golden Dogs - Everything in 3 Parts (Funzalo)
  • Jose Gonzalez - Stay in the Shade (EP; Hidden Agenda)
  • Good Clean Fun - Between Christian Rock and a Hard Place (Equal Vision)
  • The Gossip - Standing in the Way of Control (Kill Rock Stars)
  • The Gourds - Heavy Ornamentals (Eleven Thirty)
  • Green Carnation - The Acoustic Verses (The End)
  • Hayseed Dixie - Hot Piece of Grass (Cooking Vinyl)
  • The Hellacopters - Rock & Roll Is Dead (with bonus CD; Liquor and Poker)
  • His Name Is Alive - Detrola (Reincarnate Music)
  • Taylor Hollingsworth - Tragic City (Brash Music)
  • William Hooker and Lee Ranaldo - The Celestial Answer (Table of Elements)
  • Il Divo - Ancora (Columbia)
  • Incognito - Eleven (Narada)
  • Richard Julian - Slow New York (Manhattan)
  • Jennifer Knapp - Jennifer Knapp Live (Gotee)
  • Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Long Walk to Freedom (enhanced hybrid SACD; Heads Up)
  • Lareau - Changes (Rust)
  • Jenny Lewis With the Watson Twins - Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love)
    Read: "Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis Gets Her Wilburys On With Death Cab Frontman"
  • Miwon - Pale Glitter (City Centre Offices)
  • Paul Motian Band - Garden of Eden (ECM)
  • Natas - N of Tha World (Warlock)
  • The National Trust - Kings & Queens (Thrill Jockey)
  • Nocturnal Rites - Grand Illusion (Century Media)
  • Pearls & Brass - Indian Tower (Drag City)
  • Plastic Constellations - Crusades (French Kiss)
  • P.O.D. - Testify (Atlantic)
    Buy Now: Testify (Atlantic)
  • Robert Pollard - From a Compound Eye (Merge)
  • Railroad Earth - Elko (two CDs; Sci Fidelity)
  • Scott Reeder - TunnelVision Brilliance (Liquor and Poker)
  • Steve Reynolds - Exile (Savoy Jazz)
  • Tony Rich - Pictures (I.M.)
  • Saint Etienne - Tales From Turnpike House (Savoy Jazz)
  • Scarlet - This Was Always Meant to Fall Apart (Ferret)
  • Seven Witches - Amped (Candlelight)
  • Duncan Sheik - White Limousine (Zöe/Rounder)
  • Patty Hurst Shifter Too Crowded on the Losing End (Evo/Fontana)
  • Slow Runner - No Disassemble (Red Ink)
  • Some Girls - Heaven's Pregnant Teens (enhanced; Epitaph)
  • Sound the Alarm - Sound the Alarm (EP; Rock Ridge Music)
  • Streetwize - Does Dre (Shanachie)
  • The Subdudes - Behind the Levee (Back Porch)
  • Sullivan - Hey, I'm a Ghost (enhanced; Tooth & Nail)
  • KT Sullivan & Mark Nadler - A Fine Romance: A Dorothy Fields Songbook (DRG)
  • Sworn Enemy - Beginning of the End (Abacus)
  • Tarkio - Omnibus (two CDs; Kill Rock Stars)
  • Livingston Taylor - There You Are Again (Chesky)
  • Test Icicles - For Screening Purposes Only (Domino)
  • Tortoise and Bonnie "Prince" Billy - The Brave and the Bold (Overcoat)
    Buy Now: The Brave and the Bold (Overcoat)
  • Town and Country - Up Above (Thrill Jockey)
  • Josh Turner - Your Man (MCA Nashville)
  • UB40 - Who You Fighting For? (Rhino)
    Buy Now: Who You Fighting For? (Rhino)
  • Rocky Votolato - Makers (Barsuk)
  • Waterdown - All Riot (Victory)
  • Wintergreen - The Extended Play (EP; Mt. Fuji)
  • Jah Wobble - Mu (Sanctuary)
  • Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3 - ... Tick ... Tick ... Tick (Down There)
  • Yellowcard - Lights and Sounds (with DVD; Capitol)
    Read: "Yellowcard Move To New York, Write LP About Hating Los Angeles"
    Buy Now: Lights and Sounds (Capitol)
  • Various artists - The Best of Taste of Chaos (Warcon)
  • Various artists - Future Retro (Rhino)
  • Various artists - Grammy 2006 Nominees (BMG Strategic Marketing)
  • Various artists - Love Sucks (Rhino)
  • Various artists - No. 1 Smooth Jazz Hits! (Shanachie)
  • Various artists - Now That's What I Call Music! #1's (UTV)
  • Various artists - Otis' Opuses (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Various artists - UltraDance.07 (Ultra)
  • Various artists - "Breakfast on Pluto" soundtrack (Milan)
  • Various artists - "The Color Purple" original cast recording (Angel)
  • Various artists - "Fun With Dick & Jane" soundtrack (Varèse)
  • Various artists - "London" soundtrack (Reincarnate Music)
  • Various artists - "The World's Fastest Indian" soundtrack (Milan)

Notable Reissues and Archival Material:

  • Ariel Pink - House Arrest (Paw Tracks)
  • Louis Armstrong - The Definitive Collection (Hip-O/Chronicles)
  • Chet Baker - Everyday Is Valentine's Day (Blue Note)
  • Shirley Bassey - Live at Carnegie Hall (DRG)
  • Jim Croce - Have You Heard Jim Croce Live (Shout! Factory)
  • Bing Crosby - The Definitive Collection (Geffen/Chronicles)
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash - Crosby, Stills & Nash and Daylight Again (with bonus tracks; Rhino)
  • Darondo - Let My People Go (Luv 'N Haight)
  • Ray Davies - Let My People Go (Luv 'N Haight)
  • Delta 5 - Singles & Sessions 1979-81 (Kill Rock Stars)
  • DJ Quik - Trauma: Instrumentals (Mad Science)
  • Herb Ellis - Ellis in Wonderland (Verve)
  • Ace Frehley - Greatest Hits Live (Megaforce)
  • Kenny G - The Essential Kenny G (two CDs; Arista/Legacy)
  • Stan Getz - Music for Lovers (Blue Note)
  • Dexter Gordon - Music for Lovers (Blue Note)
  • Al Green - Full of Fire, Al Green Is Love,

    Have a Good Time, Livin' for You and Truth N' Time (The Right Stuff/EMI)

  • Elton John - Legendary Covers as Sung by Elton John (DBK Works)
  • Richard Julian - Slow New York (Manhattan)
  • Earl Klugh - Music for Lovers (Blue Note)
  • Lisa Loeb - The Very Best of Lisa Loeb (Geffen/Chronicles)
    Buy Now: The Very Best of Lisa Loeb (Geffen/Chronicles)
  • MF Doom - Special Herbs Box Set: Vols 0-9 (Nature Sounds)
  • Lee Morgan - Music for Lovers (Blue Note)
  • Hank Mobley - Music for Lovers (Blue Note)
  • Nausea - Punk Terrorist Anthology 1 (Alternative Tentacles)
  • Pansy Division - The Essential Pansy Division (with DVD; Alternative Tentacles)
  • Elvis Presley - #1 Singles (20-CD box set; BMG Strategic Marketing)
  • Kenny Rogers - 21 Number Ones (Capitol)
  • Henry Rollins - Talk Is Cheap, Volume 2 (2.13.61)
  • Linda Ronstadt - The Best of Linda Ronstadt: The Capitol Years (two CDs; Capitol)
  • Savage Garden - Truly, Madly, Completely - The Best of Savage Garden (Columbia)
  • Horace Silver - Music for Lovers (Blue Note)
  • Jimmy Smith - Music for Lovers (Blue Note)
  • T. Rex - Bolan's Zip Gun, Futuristic Dragon, Tanx and Work in Progress (with bonus tracks; Rhino)
  • Thievery Corporation - Sounds From the Thievery Hi-Fi (Eighteenth Street)
  • Stanley Turrentine - Music for Lovers (Blue Note)
  • Bill Wyman - Stoned Alone: The Solo Anthology 1974-2001 (Sanctuary)
  • Various artists - Love Songs: Gold (Hip-O/Chronicles)
  • Various artists - Music for Lovers (Blue Note)


  • Roy Ayers - "In Concert: Ohne Filter" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Buzzcocks - "Live at Shepherds Bush Empire 2003" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Can - "Can Live" (two DVDs; Mute)
  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - "Road to God Knows Where/ Live at the Paradiso" (Mute)
  • Deep Purple - "Live in California 74" (Eagle Vision)
  • Gordon Haskell - "The Road to Harry's Bar" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Ludacris - "Southern Smoke" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Pain - "Life Is Overrated" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Procol Harum - "Live at the Union Chapel" (two DVDs; Eagle Vision)
  • Sacriversum - "Saevitia Draconis: Live in Krakow 2005" (Music Video Distributors)
  • The Small Faces - "Under Review" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Starter Set - "Starter Set" (Kill Rock Stars)
  • Starz - "Back in Action: Live 2003" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Glenn Tilbrook - "One for the Road" (Image)
  • The Velvet Underground - "Velvet Redux: Live MCMXCIII" (Rhino)
  • Various artists - "The '60s Rock Experience Live" (Shout! Factory)
  • Various artists - "Culturama666, Vol. 2" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Various artists - "God Save the Queen: A Punk Rock Anthology" (Cleopatra/Music Video Distributors)
  • Various artists - "Love Songs, Volume 1" and "Volume 2" (Hip-O/Chronicles)
  • Various artists - "The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave" (Shout! Factory)
  • Various artists - "Triple Crown Video, Vol. 1" (Triple Crown)

Coming Attractions:

    January 31:

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

    February 7:

    • Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit (Matador)
    • Beth Orton - Comfort of Strangers (Astralwerks)
    • Dem Franchize Boyz - On Top of Our Game (Virgin)

    February 14: