New Releases: Juvenile, Matisyahu, Lil Wayne, Bad Religion, Stereolab, Public Enemy, Mogwai & More

Also due Tuesday are releases by Scarface, Van Morrison, If Hope Dies, the Buzzcocks.

Tone Def: Juvenile has no shortage of friends on his latest effort, Reality CheckLudacris, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, 8Ball, Fat Joe, Bun B, Trey Songz and, more surprisingly, Brian McKnight all make appearances. But the real story behind the New Orleans rapper’s release might not be the tracks themselves but what you can do with them: A special feature lets you create ring tones from any part of any song on the record. Which means, in theory, you can have a little piece of “Loose Booty” with you at all times.

Welcome Back, Carter: While Juve is letting his listeners cut up his songs, Lil Wayne has let some producers chop and screw his. Don’t get these remixes confused with the chopped-and-screwed ones that came with the deluxe edition of Tha Carter, Vol. 2; those were alternate takes of songs released before that album, while these all pertain to Carter 2 and run in the same order as the LP.

New Matis? Yahoo!: Youth, the latest effort by Hasidic rapper Matthew Miller (a.k.a. Matisyahu), comes in three shapes and sizes: the standard release, produced by NYC avant-garde guru Bill Laswell and containing 13 tracks; Youth Dub, a limited disc that came with preorders of the album and features eight dub mixes plus two new songs; and the DualDisc version, with videos and behind-the-scenes treats, due at a later date.

Not-So-Public Enemy: Public Enemy have been doing the indie thing for a little while, but with their new one, they’re delving even deeper into obscurity. Rebirth of a Nation is coming out on Guerrilla Funk Recordings, a label that “counters the corporate stranglehold of censorship currently plaguing the entertainment industry.” Its owner, Paris — the politically conscious rapper behind “Bush Killa” — essentially co-authors the new PE record, producing it and appearing on songs like “Make It Hardcore,” “Hannibal Lecture” and “Hard Truth Soldiers.” MC Ren, Sister Souljah and Dead Prez also help with the Rebirth.

Making The Rounds: Do you smell a hippie? You must be near a record store, then, because they’re hitting them in droves this week. Five Grateful Dead albums are getting deluxe-reissue treatment, gifting fans with bonus tracks, splendid packaging and more. Also on the bohemian front, Dead amigo David Grisman has produced Mike Compton and David Long‘s Stomp, while jam master John Medeski has written the liner notes for 70-year-old pianist Ran Blake‘s All That Is Tied.

His troupe Medeski, Martin & Wood, in the meantime, take part on the Herb Alpert mash-up record Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped, also featuring Ozomatli and Thievery Corporation. There’s only one stranger mash-up due this week, and that’s “Rapture Riders,” a collision of Blondie‘s “Rapture:” and the Doors‘ “Riders on the Storm,” which surfaces on Blondie’s Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision collection.

Another MMW agent, bassist Chris Wood, has his hands full with the Wood Brothers, a project pairing him with brother Oliver Wood. Oh, and speaking of brothers, they’re a topic of conversation this week too: Ted Leo‘s brother Chris is trotting out the second effort by his Vague Angels, Let’s Duke It Out at Kilkenny Katz; and Ray Davies, the Kinks leader who put out a new album a couple of weeks ago, is seeing his long-running feud with brother Dave Davies reignited this week when Dave releases his Kinked collection.

Song Titles of the Week:

“Too-Rai-Skippery-Dappery Day” and “Just Blow, Don Quixote! Blow!” from Vague AngelsLet’s Duke It Out at Kilkenny Katz

Other Notables:

Bad Religion‘s “Live at the Palladium” and the Casualties‘ “Can’t Stop Us” DVDs: Cobbling together live footage from Hollywood’s historic punk venue as well as rare performances, TV appearances, interviews and the like, Bad Religion had every reason to promote their new visual item with a special screening and autograph session at Virgin Records in Tinsel Town. Unlike BR, the Casualties haven’t been around for 20 years, but they’ve got plenty of punk spirit, as shown in their gritty disc, which proudly advertises footage of “riots, riots and more riots.” The footage is derived from gigs in Mexico and Japan and has 20 leather-clad clips.

Mogwai‘s Mr. Beast and Goldfrapp‘s Supernature: Glasgow’s Mogwai are celebrating their 10th anniversary this year, and maybe not coincidentally they’re breathing some new life into their younger, louder selves with Mr. Beast. Limited copies are bundled in hard-book deluxe package and come with a bonus DVD. Another Brit, singer/composer Allison Goldfrapp, has a similar game plan: The deluxe version of her latest has a DVD bristling with videos, documentary footage, a performance film and more. As the first track on her album says, “Ooh La La.”

I Love You But I’ve Chosen DarknessFear Is on Our Side and Revolting CocksCocked and Loaded: You’ve heard the name, now finally you can hear the album. Instead of Spoon‘s Britt Daniel, who produced the band’s initial EP, ILYBICD went instead with Paul Barker, who’s worked with Ministry and the Revolting Cocks. Speaking of which (see where this is going?), the latest by the Cocks (led by Ministry’s Al Jourgensen) attracted two Gibbies — ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons and Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers — plus Jello Biafra and members of Cheap Trick. Leave it to Al to do it up right.

New Releases:

  • Agency – Agency (digipak; Aeria)
  • Big Al Anderson – After Hours (Sony Legacy)
  • Architects – Revenge (SideCho)
  • Balli – New Blood – The D.N.A. (Black Five)
  • The Bamboos – Step It Up (Ubiquity)
  • Warren Barfield – Reach (Reunion)
  • Bitter:Sweet – The Mating Game (Quango)
  • The Black Dove – The Black Dove (Tompkins Square)
  • Ran Blake – All That Is Tied (digipak; Tompkins Square)
  • Blush – From the Falls to the Path (Rust)
  • Boom Boom Satellites – Full of Elevating Pleasures (Tofu)
  • Buzzcocks – Flat-Pack Philosophy (Cooking Vinyl)
  • Caedmon’s Call – In the Company of Angels II – The World Will Sing (Brentwood)
  • Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Ballad of the Broken Seas (V2)
    Buy Now: Ballad of the Broken Seas (V2)
  • Larry Carlton – Fire Wire (RCA)
  • Caroline – Murmurs (Temporary Residence)
  • Neko Case – Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti)
  • Centro-Matic – Fort Recovery (Misra)
  • Exene Cervenka and the Original Sinners – Sev7en (Nitro)
  • Mattie Moss Clark – I’m Not Alone: Hands of God Reached Out (Sounds of Gospel)
  • Mike Compton and David Long – Stomp (Acoustic Disc)
  • Controller.Controller – X-Amounts (Paper Bag)
  • Eric Darius – Just Getting Started (Narada)
  • David & the Citizens – David & the Citizens (digipak; Friendly Fire)
  • Kimya Dawson and Matty Pop Chart – Kimya Dawson and Matty Pop Chart (EP; K)
  • Daylight Dies – Dismantling Devotion (Candlelight)
  • Jesse Dayton – South Austin Sessions (Stag)
  • Desole – Story to Tell (Abacus)
  • Deus – Pocket Revolution (V2)
  • Dévics – Push the Heart (Reincarnate)
  • Dian Diaz – Dian Diaz (Strip City)
  • Dir En Grey – Withering to Death (Warcon Enterprises)
  • Dismember – The God That Never Was (Candlelight)
  • Dogme 95 – The Reagle Beagle (Empyrean)
  • Downtown Singapore – Don’t Let Your Guard Down (Dcide)
  • Dryline – Reach for the Surface (Zero Sum)
  • The Duke Spirit – Cuts Across the Land (Star Time)
  • Eastern Conference Champions – Southampton Collection (EP; Retone)
  • Edubb – Don’t Flex (I.M.)
  • The Elysian Fields – Suffering G.O.D. Almighty (Black Lotus)
  • Mark Erelli – Hope & Other Casualties (Signature)
  • Anthony Evans – Letting Go (Sony)
  • Jace Everett – Jace Everett (Epic)
  • Cesaria Evora – Rogamar (RCA)
  • Field Music – Field Music (Memphis Industries)
  • Figurines – Skeleton (Control Group)
  • Fresh Digress – Fresh Digress (Beatmart)
  • Charles Gayle – Time Zones (digipak; Tompkins Square)
  • Ghostdigital – In Cod We Trust (Ipecac)
  • David Gilmour – On an Island (Columbia)
  • Gnarkill – Gnarkill Vs. Unkle Matt & the Sh–birdz (10/90)
  • Goldfrapp – Supernature (with DVD; Mute)
  • Half-Handed Crowd – Halos & Lassos (Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Jeff Hamilton – From Studio 4 (Azica)
  • Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid – Exchange Session 1 (Domino)
  • Hotel Lights – Hotel Lights (Bar None)
  • James Hunter – People Gonna Talk (Rounder)
  • I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – Fear Is on Our Side (Secretly Canadian)
  • If Hope Dies – Life in Ruin (Metal Blade)
  • The Impossible Shapes – Tum (Secretly Canadian)
  • Javier – Left of Center (Capitol)
  • Chachi Jones – Dymaxion Daydream (Reincarnate)
  • Juvenile – Reality Check (DualDisc; Atlantic)
    Read: “Juvenile Gets Busy At The Holiday Inn — Making An Album “
    Buy Now: Reality Check (Atlantic)
  • The Killing Moon – Message Through Your Teeth (Fearless)
  • Glenn Kotche – Mobile (Nonesuch)
  • Kris Kristofferson – This Old Road (New West)
  • Jon Langford – Gold Brick (Roir)
  • Ana Laura – Ana Laura (Reunion)
  • The Lawrence Arms – Oh Calcutta (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Rolf Lislevand – Nuove Musiche (ECM)
  • Lil Wayne – Tha Carter II: Chopped & Screwed (Cash Money)
    Buy Now: Tha Carter II: Chopped & Screwed (Cash Money)
  • The Little Willies – The Little Willies (Milking Bull)
  • The Lonely Hearts – Paper Tapes (Tooth & Nail)
  • Lucky Luciano – Pimps Up Hoez Down (Vista Media)
  • Janiva Magness – Do I Move You? (Northern Blues)
  • Matisyahu – Youth (Epic)
    Buy Now: Youth (Epic)
  • Mellowdrone – Box (3 Records/ Red Ink)
  • Mogwai – Mr. Beast (Matador)
    Buy Now: Mr. Beast (Matador)
  • Van Morrison – Pay the Devil (Lost Highway)
  • Most Hi-Fi – Everything’s Gonna Be Alright (Slam Jamz)
  • Mudhoney – Under a Billion Suns (Sub Pop)
  • Munk – Gommagang 3 (Gomma)
  • Nathan & the Zydeco Cha Chas – Hang It High, Hang It Low (Rounder)
  • Nicolette – I Am Where the Party’s At (Early)
  • Nightmares on Wax – In a Space Outta Sound (Warp)
  • The Ocean – Aeolian (Metal Blade)
  • Outlawz – Against All Oddz (Real Talk Entertainment)
  • Lee Roy Parnell – Back to the Well (Universal South)
  • Patrizio – The Italian (Universal)
  • Pinetop Seven – Beneath Confederate Lake (Empyrean)
  • Pink Mountaintops – Axis of Evol (Jagjaguwar)
  • Pinmonkey – Big Shiny Cars (Back Porch)
  • Planeside – Milk (Exotic)
  • Lucas Prata – Let’s Get It On (Ultra)
  • Presence – Presence (Curb)
  • Public Enemy – Rebirth of a Nation (Guerrilla Funk)
  • Raising The Fawn – The Maginot Line (Sonic Unyon)
  • Revolting Cocks – Cocked and Loaded (Megaforce)
  • The Rogers Sisters – The Invisible Deck (Too Pure/ Beggars)
  • Gonzalo Rubalcaba – Solo (Blue Note)
  • Scarface – My Homies, Vol. 2 (Asylum/Rap-a-Lot)
  • Terry Smith – Fall Out (Sunbeam)
  • Soldier Ink – The Newest and the Strongest (enhanced; Thump)
  • Sparks – Hello Young Lovers (In the Red)
  • Stereolab – Fab Four Suture (with DVD; Too Pure/ Beggars)
    Buy Now: Fab Four Suture (Too Pure)
  • The Story – Tale Spin (Sunbeam)
  • Streetlight Manifesto – Keasbey Nights, Vol. 2 (Victory)
  • Television Personalities – My Dark Places (Domino)
  • Ten Falls Forth – Excuse Me I Believe That’s My Ride (Rise)
  • The Tennessee Boltsmokers – Hydro Radio (Madjack)
  • Terrestrial Tones – Dead Drunk (Paw Tracks)
  • Trent Tomlinson – Country Is My Rock (Lyric Street)
  • Tres Chicas – Bloom Red & the Ordinary Girl (Yep Roc)
  • Ralph Tresvant – Rizz Wa Faire (Xzault Media Group)
  • Turbulence – Born for This (Charm)
  • Gecko Turner – Guapapasea! (Quango)
  • The Vacation – The Vacation (American)
  • Vague Angels – Let’s Duke It out at Kilkenny Katz (Pretty Activity)
  • Voodoo Blue – Smile N Nod (Dcide)
  • The Weepies – Say I Am You (Nettwerk)
  • Witch – Witch (Tee Pee)
  • The Wood Brothers – Ways Not To Lose (Blue Note)
  • Mike Younger – Every Stone You Throw (Bare Bones)
  • Nadine Zahr – Underneath the Every Day (Chirality)
  • Various artists – Paris Presents: Hard Truth Soldiers (Guerilla Funk)
  • Various artists – Tunnel Trance Force America 2 (Water)
  • Various artists – “Dark Kingdom: The Dragon King” soundtrack (Dancing Ferret)
  • Various artists – “Date Movie” soundtrack (Lakeshore)
  • Various artists – “That’s So Raven Too” soundtrack (Disney)
  • Various artists – “Zoey 101 Music Mix” soundtrack (Nick)

Notable Reissues And Archival Material:

  • Agnostic Front – Live at CBGB (with DVD; Nuclear Blast)
  • Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped (Shout! Factory)
  • Blondie – Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision (with DVD; Capitol)
  • Peabo Bryson – The Very Best of Peabo Bryson (Time Life)
  • Cheap Trick – Dream Police and All Shook Up (with bonus tracks; Epic/Legacy)
  • Joe Cocker – Gold (two CDs; Hip-O)
  • The Czars – Goodbye (Bella Union)
  • Darkest Hour – So Sedated So Secure (Victory)
  • Dave Davies – Kinked (Koch)
  • Martin Denny – The Best of Martin Denny’s Exotica (Capitol)
  • Grateful Dead – Blues for Allah, From the Mars Hotel (two CDs), Shakedown Street, Terrapin Station and Wake of the Flood (digipaks with bonus tracks; Rhino)
  • Jethro Tull – Aqualung Live (Fuel 2000)
  • Little Feat – Barnstormin’ Live Box (Hot Tomato)
  • Loretta Lynn – Gold (two CDs; MCA Nashville)
  • Simon Joyner – Beautiful Losers: Singles & Compilation Tracks 1994-1999 (Jagjaguwar)
  • Willy Mason – Where the Humans Eat (enhanced; with bonus tracks; Astralwerks)
  • Gwen McCrae – Rockin’ Chair/Let’s Straighten It Out (Koch)
  • Liza Minnelli – Liza With a “Z” (Columbia/Legacy)
  • Moondog – Moondog (Astralwerks)
  • Fred Neil – Fred Neil (Water)
  • Pentagram – First Daze Here Too (two CDs; Relapse)
  • Martha Reeves & the Vandellas – Gold (two CDs; Motown)
  • Snoop Dogg – Death Row’s Snoop Doggy Dogg Greatest Hits (digipak; Death Row)
  • Sun Dial – Return Journey (Relapse)
  • Glenn Tipton – Baptizm of Fire (Rhino)
  • Glenn Tipton, John Entwistle and Cozy Powell – Edge of the World (Rhino)
  • Conway Twitty – Gold (two CDs; MCA Nashville)
  • Various artists – Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 9, Vol. 10, Vol. 11 and Vol. 12

DVDs:

  • Bad Religion – Live at the Palladium (Epitaph)
  • The Casualties – Can’t Stop Us (Side One Dummy)
  • Bing Crosby – A Little Bit of Irish: Bing Crosby in Dublin (Varèse)
  • Deicide – When London Burns (Earache)
  • Luke Kelly – The Performer (Dark Peak)
  • Various artists – Assemblage, Vol. 1 (Grey Two-Eleven)

Coming Attractions:

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