Hold on to your allowance this week, kids: This latest batch of new releases has your parents' names written all over it (really — look in the liner notes). Billy Ray Cyrus, Bruce Cockburn, Steve Miller and a cavalry of other aging men you couldn't care less about are lumbering into the racks, and if that's not enough, they're joined by a couple of younger acts pining after the same demographic: Los Lonely Boys and Rodney Atkins.
But if you're feeling adventurous or your tastes skew indie, you're in for some treats too. Here's a host of newcomers you oughta know about:
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: If you've heard their name, you probably haven't forgotten it. And if you haven't, you probably haven't been watching mtvU, catching Jared Leto's 30 Seconds to Mars on tour or monitoring our You Hear It First reports (shame on you). RJA look to make an indelible imprint with Don't You Fake It, which has their buzz cut, "Face Down," plus "Misery Loves Its Company," "Cat and Mouse" and "Seventeen Ain't So Sweet."
The Bronx: The punks have splattered many a Los Angeles club with their blood, sweat and beers, and now it's time for them to finally unveil their three-years-in-the-making major-label debut. Have no fear, fans — even though this record is also self-titled, it's not the same batch of tracks they put out in 2003. This Michael Beinhorn-produced set has "Transsexual Blackout (The Movement)," "White Guilt" and "History's Stranglers" and is also available as a digipak.
Feist: She birthed her debut, Let It Die, two years ago, but the Broken Social Scene singer is hoping to up the interest with a compendium of remixes and leftovers from the LP. The complementary Open Season features "Simple Story," with legendary singer and Serge Gainsbourg ex-wife Jane Birkin; "One Evening," featuring a piano solo by frequent collaborator Chilly Gonzales; and remixes by the Postal Service, Apostles of Hustle, K-os and more.
MSTRKRFT: Take one of the guys from Death From Above 1979, add DFA's producer and you've got — well, something pretty incomprehensible. The duo have already twiddled knobs for Bloc Party and Wolfmother, and by giving us The Looks, they've provided a handy guide on how to get indie rockers on the club floor. Don't miss "Neon Knights," "Bodywork" and "She's Good for Business."
French Kicks: The Freedom Sneakers have been skulking around Brooklyn, New York, since 1998, but with longtime label StarTime getting a boost from affiliate Vagrant, the refreshed group hopes to boost its album sales by at least Two Thousand. The band recently lost a founding member, the unfortunately named Matt Stinchcomb, but the Kicks have taken on guitarist/keyboardist/percussionist Kush El Amin to fill his seat. Take a stroll with "Basement: D.C." or "England Just Will Not Let You Recover."
More Than You Bargained For: Metalcore fans have been digging Orange County, California's Eighteen Visions for 10 years, but this time around, they have even more to rip into. The band's Machine (Lamb of God, White Zombie)-produced, self-titled LP endowed preorders with five trading cards, a sticker and a poster. In case you missed those goodies, you can still enjoy "Your Nightmare," "The Sweetest Memory" and "Last Night" all the same.
Fans of graphic-novel writer Neil Gaiman are also getting more bang for their buck with Where's Neil When You Need Him?, an unusual collection of songs inspired by Gaiman's stories and characters. Tori Amos, Tapping the Vein, Rasputina, Future Bible Heroes and others chalk up songs about Stardust, Coraline and more, while Gaiman writes the liner notes — alas, he doesn't sing or perform — and "Sandman" artist Dave McKean creates the artwork.
This week there's also more Particle than you could ask for. The L.A. jam band captures its recent reconfiguration with Transformations Live for the People, a two-CD set that immortalizes its February 28 gig at the Music Box at the Fonda in Hollywood. It was at that show that Particle introduced their new five-member roster, a milestone event for which they were joined by Blackalicious, DJ Logic and Joe Satriani. A DVD version of the show, which has three more performances but does not contain either CD, is also due.
Alien Ant Farm are taking a similar approach by putting out their new album, Up in the Attic, in conjunction with a fresh DVD, "Busted." The audio disc features "San Sebastian," "Consti2tion" and "Sleepwalker," while the DVD has 10 videos, a live set from Germany and a "60-minute nude and crude documentary." And if that's not enough, Circuit City's offering a free AAF tee with purchase of the new CD.
Last but not least, Counting Crows and Goo Goo Dolls tour partners the Working Title signed copies of their new release for fans who preordered the disc through Tower. About-Face was produced by Brad Wood (Placebo, Pete Yorn) and the Crows' own David Bryson.
Song Title of the Week:
"Senor Hombre de Tamale" from the Bronx's The Bronx.
Golden Smog's Another Fine Day: Since 1992, this ensemble's provided an outlet for members of Wilco, the Replacements and Soul Asylum to decompress and mess around. Now they deliver their fourth disc and first for Lost Highway, Another Fine Day, which finds Jeff Tweedy joining forces with the Jayhawks' Gary Louris for a cover of the Kinks' "Strangers" and much more.
Helmet's Monochrome: After bouncing back with 2004's Size Matters on Interscope, the band is already getting another makeover with a new label, Warcon, and two new members, drummer Mike Jost and bassist Jeremy Chatelain. That's not to mention Helmet's unlikely stint on the Warped Tour, where you can expect to hear new config barreling through "Monochrome," "Gone" and other new tracks.
Heather Duby's Heather Duby: The Northwest songstress takes her time with her LPs, issuing one about every three or four years, and for her third she hooked up with one of the region's most vaunted producers, Steve Fisk (Nirvana, Low). Duby has a newcomer in the mix as well: Minus the Bear drummer Erin Tate, who brushes up "Never Even Made a Voyage," "A Sort of Flat Curve" and "Places Shape Lives."
- Alien Ant Farm - Up in the Attic (New Door)
Buy Now: Up in the Attic (New Door)
- Rodney Atkins - If You're Going Through Hell (Curb)
- Shane Bartell - Too Soon to Say (Sarathan)
- Black Stone Cherry - Black Stone Cherry (Roadrunner)
- Bone Crusher - Release the Beast (Body Head Entertainment)
Buy Now: Release the Beast (Body Head Entertainment)
- The Bronx - The Bronx (digipak also available; White Drugs/ Island)
Read: "The Bronx Strive For Imperfection On Major-Label Debut"
- Michael Brook - RockPaperScissors (High Wire)
- Cactus - V (Escapi)
- Eric Church - Sinners Like Me (Capitol Nashville)
- Bruce Cockburn - Life Short Call Now (Rounder)
- The Coma Recovery - Drown That Holy End in Wine (Underground)
- Albert Cummings - Working Man (Blind Pig)
- Billy Ray Cyrus - Wanna Be Your Joe (New Door/ Universal)
- Heather Duby - Heather Duby (Sonic Boom)
- Eighteen Visions - Eighteen Visions (Epic)
Buy Now: Eighteen Visions (Epic)
- End of a Year - Sincerely (Revelation)
- Feist - Open Season (Cherrytree/ Interscope)
- Kristy Frank - Freedom (Ruffnation)
- French Kicks - Two Thousand (Startime/ Vagrant)
Buy Now: Two Thousand (Startime/ Vagrant)
- Neil Gaiman - Where's Neil When You Need Him? (Dancing Ferret)
- Lisa Germano - In the Maybe World (Young God)
- Golden Smog - Another Fine Day (Lost Highway)
Buy Now: Another Fine Day (Lost Highway)
- Nicholas Gunn - Beyond Grand Canyon (Gemini Sun)
- Helmet - Monochrome (Warcon)
Buy Now: Monochrome (Warcon)
- Hidden Cameras - The Arms of His Ill (EP; Absolutely Kosher)
- Joe Jackson - Body and Soul (Fontana)
- Janid - Goddess (Dead Ninja)
- Jil Station - Still Love (enhanced; Platform Group)
- Kokane - Back 2 Tha Clap (SMC)
Buy Now: Back 2 Tha Clap (SMC)
- Los Lonely Boys - Sacred (deluxe edition with DVD also available; Or/ Epic)
Buy Now: Sacred (Or/ Epic)
- Minders - Bright Guilty World (Future Farmer)
- MSTRKRFT - The Looks (Last Gang)
- Naked Rhythm - Frequency (Caravan)
- One Dead Three Wounded - Moving Units (1x1)
- Ozric Tentacles - The Floor's Too Far Away (Magna Carta)
- Particle - Transformations Live for the People (two CDs; Shout! Factory)
- Bill Perry - Don't Know Nothing About Love (Blind Pig)
- John Pizzarelli - Dear Mr. Sinatra (Telarc)
- The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Don't You Fake It (Virgin)
Read: "The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: You Can Call Them Sellouts"
Buy Now: Don't You Fake It (Virgin)
- Sinking Ships - Disconnecting (Revelation)
- Sissy - All Under (Global Underground)
- Jeremy Spencer - Precious Little (Blind Pig)
- Stream of Passion - Live in the Real World (two CDs; Inside Out)
- Chip Taylor - Unglorious Hallelujah (two enhanced CDs; Back Porch)
- The Working Title - About-Face (Universal)
Buy Now: About-Face (Universal)
- Various artists - "John Tucker Must Die" soundtrack (Wind-Up)
- Various artists - "The Lady in the Water" soundtrack (Decca)
- Various artists - "Monster House" soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande)
- Various artists - "You, Me and Dupree" soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande)
Notable Reissues and Archival Material:
- A Flock of Seagulls - We Are the '80s (Arista/Legacy)
Buy Now: We Are the '80s (Arista/Legacy)
- Johnny Adams - The Greatest Johnny Adams R&B Album (Rounder)
- Mose Allison - Mose Allison Sings: Rudy Van Gelder Remasters (Prestige)
- Bangles - We Are the '80s (Columbia/Legacy)
Buy Now: We Are the '80s (Columbia/Legacy)
- Bow Wow Wow - We Are the '80s (RCA/Legacy)
Buy Now: We Are the '80s (RCA/Legacy)
- Crosby/ Nash - Highlights (Sanctuary)
- Richard "Groove" Holmes - Soul Message: Rudy Van Gelder Remasters (Prestige)
- Lakeside - Fantastic Voyage (Capitol)
- Yusef Lateef - Eastern Sounds: Rudy Van Gelder Remasters (Prestige)
- Loverboy - We Are the '80s (Columbia/Legacy)
Buy Now: We Are the '80s (Columbia/Legacy)
- Midnight Star - No Parking on the Dance Floor (Capitol)
- Steve Miller Band - Fly Like an Eagle (with DVD; Capitol)
- Eddie Money - We Are the '80s (Columbia/Legacy)
- Thelonious Monk/ Sonny Rollins - Thelonious Monk/ Sonny Rollins: Rudy Van Gelder Remasters (Prestige)
- Mott the Hoople - An Introduction to Mott the Hoople (Fuel)
- Oliver Nelson - Screamin' the Blues: Rudy Van Gelder Remasters (Prestige)
- The Original Five Blind Boys of Mississippi - An Introduction to the Original Five Blind Boys of Mississippi (Fuel)
- Emitt Rhodes - The American Dream (Lilith)
- Scandal - We Are the '80s (Columbia/Legacy)
- Shalamar - Ultimate Collection (Capitol)
- Rick Springfield - We Are the '80s (RCA/Legacy)
- Third Eye Blind - A Collection (Rhino)
Buy Now: A Collection (Rhino)
- Venom - Cast in Stone (Castle/ Ryko)
- XTC - Apple Box (four-CD box set; TVT)
- Various artists - Billboard #1s: Classic Country (Rhino)
- Various artists - Dave Hamilton's Detroit Funk - Rare and Unreleased Twisted Funk 1967-1973 (BGP)
- Various artists - Doo-Wop Forever, Volume 2 (Empire Musicwerks)
- Various artists - Funk N' R&B (three-CD box set; Thump)
- Various artists - Playboy Cocktail Mix (Playboy Jazz)
- Various artists - Soul Sistas (three-CD box set; Thump)
- Alien Ant Farm - "Busted - The Definitive DVD" (New Door)
- Anathema - "A Moment in Time" (limited edition comes with CD; Music Video Distributors)
- Jeannie Bryson - "Live at Warsaw Jazz Festival" (Music Video Distributors)
- Chic - "Live in Amsterdam" (Music Video Distributors)
- Del the Funky Homosapien - "The 11th Hour" (Hieroglyphics)
- Fatboy Slim - "The Greatest Hits - Why Make Videos" (Astralwerks)
- H20 - "One Life, One Chance" (Music Video Distributors)
- Neal McCoy - "Live!" (903 Music)
- Particle - "Transformations Live" (Shout! Factory)
- Stream of Passion - "Live in the Real World" (Inside Out)
- Various artists - "Best of Bang Your Head!!! Festival" (two DVDs; Locomotive)
- Various artists - "Hot in Here, Vol. 3" (DJ Vlad)
- Various artists - "Kung Fu Vs. Hip Hop" (Cleopatra)
- Flogging Molly - Whiskey on a Sunday (DualDisc; Side One Dummy)
- Jurassic 5 - Feedback (Interscope)
Preorder: Feedback (Interscope)
- Pharrell Williams - In My Mind (Star Trak/ Interscope)
Read: "Pharrell Williams: Fired Up"
Preorder: In My Mind (Star Trak/ Interscope)
- DMX - Year of the Dog, Again (Sony)
Read: "DMX Signs With Columbia, Will Release Long-Delayed LP This Spring"
Preorder: Year of the Dog Again (Sony)
- Stone Sour - Come What(ever) May (Roadrunner)
Read: "Slipknot's Taylor Gearing Up For Stone Sour LP — And Tenacious D Tribute"
Preorder: Come What(ever) May (Roadrunner)
- Various artists - Kidz Bop 10 (Razor & Tie)