Kelly Clarkson Holds Breath, Beastie Boys Shut Up, In New Releases

Also due Tuesday: Ryan Adams, Metric, Click Five, 3 Inches of Blood, Gore Gore Girls, Orange Goblin.

If you’re in Southern California this time of year, you’ve probably heard the phrase “June gloom” — it’s an expression used to describe the gray early mornings that bum out the beach bums and spoil the area’s otherwise idyllic weather conditions. Well, there’s certainly an artist who has felt a different type of June gloom this year, and her name is Kelly Clarkson.

You’ve probably heard a thing or two by now about her third album, My December, which was originally pegged for a July 24 release but moved to June so fans could become familiar with the tracks before she set out on her proposed summer tour. Well, the tour ain’t happenin’ this summer — but to make matters worse, fans were able to get their hands on the album early all the same when it leaked online a couple of weeks ago. Add in her firing of manager Jeff Kwatinetz and a litany of reports that she clashed with Clive Davis over the supposedly darker material, and you get an album that’s been building exactly the wrong kind of hype.

But this week brings the release of the thorny My December and its 13 songs all the same — 14, actually, if you count the hidden track “Chivas.” Also featured on the album — which Blender and Entertainment Weekly have been digging — is “Don’t Waste Your Time,” “Judas” and “Haunted.” And if you’ve been scouring iTunes, you might have been able to get access to two remixes of her “Never Again” single, “Dirty Little Secret” and “Not Today.”

Mark of the Beasties: Like the Beastie Boys but wish they’d just shut up? You’re in for a treat this week — the act’s first album in three years is an all-instrumental affair and its first to consist solely of vocal-free songs. Mike D smacks the drums, MCA plays bass and Adrock handles guitar while Money Mark lends some keyboard support and Alfredo Ortiz adds percussion. The trio’s seventh album features “Dramastically Different,” “Freaky Hijiki” and “The Kangaroo Rat” — but with no lyrics to go along with those names, you’ll have to use your imagination. MCA is actually appearing elsewhere this week, even though he still has his lips sealed — he produced Bad Brains‘ first album in five years, Build a Nation.

Adams at It Again: While it’s taken the Beasties over two decades to put out seven studio albums, it’s only taken Ryan Adams seven years to crank out a staggering 10. Recorded with his band the Cardinals at New York’s Electric Lady Studios but issued as a solo effort, Easy Tiger features Sheryl Crow singing backup on “Two” and also includes “Halloweenhead,” “Oh My God, Whatever, Etc.” and “I Taught Myself How to Grow Old.” Unlike the Beasties, Adams is definitely a guy who has a thing or two to say.

Too Much Pearl Jam: As if Pearl Jam‘s exhaustive — and exhausting — “official bootleg series” and four additional really official bootlegs (as in, proper releases with decent packaging and stuff) didn’t do the trick, the aging rockers are busting out a new concert set devoted to the beloved venue in their Washington home state. In classic PJ fashion, Live at the Gorge 05/06 sprawls seven and a half hours’ worth of material over seven discs, ensuring that fans will be so suffocated with material that they won’t even have the chance to listen to any other bands. If the cover image weren’t so cool, we’d be giving these guys even more flak for incessantly weighing down store shelves with these esoteric live packages.

Frankly Speaking: Frank Black is much more than just a Pixie — the frontman has also maintained a formidable solo career over the years, and he’s got two CDs’ worth of choice material to prove it. Best of Frank Black 93-03 cherry-picks from his nine LPs and is beefed up with a bonus disc of live songs from his North American tour last year. There’s also a new slice, “Threshold Apprehension,” that Black recorded under his recently revived Black Francis moniker — his Bluefinger is due September 11.

Stock Tip: T.I. will soon be reaping the rewards of his way-anticipated July 3 release T.I. vs. T.I.P., but before he does, he creeps up on the first album by Dallas rapper and Dirty South Rydaz agent Tum Tum. Tip squeezes in alongside Lil Wayne and E-40 on
“Caprice Musik Remix,” which closes out Tum Tum’s Eat or Get Ate LP. (TT might have taken another tip from T.I. — the sixth track on the album is called “T.U.M.”) Jim Jones and Mannie Fresh also lend the newcomer a hand.

What a Concept: A slew of concept albums are hitting stores this week. Sinéad O’Connor‘s double-CD Theology “is an attempt to create a place of peace in a time of war,” she said in a press statement. “It is my own personal response to what has taken place and is affecting everyone around the world since and including September 11, 2001.” Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet‘s “Juliet Letters” DVD revolves around the album of the same name, which was inspired by a series of letters an Italian literature professor wrote for the Shakespeare character. Similarly, Queensrÿche‘s “Mindcrime at the Moore” DVD captures their live performance of the two-part album that describes a political puppet master who brainwashes the story’s main character into assassinating corrupt politicians.

Also, Lisa Germano‘s Lullaby for Liquid Pig, which details her troubles with drinking, is reissued this week with a 20-song bonus CD; Bryan Ferry‘s Dylanesque is a full-on salute to His Bobness; New Orleans bluesman Bryan Lee‘s Katrina Was Her Name has an obvious concept; and Manticora‘s The Black Circus Part 2: Disclosure deals with a 19th century traveling circus.

Song Title of the Week:

“Eat or Get Ate” from Tum Tum‘s Eat or Get Ate

Album Cover of the Week:

Baroness/Unpersons’ A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk

Other Notables:

3 Inches of Blood‘s Fire Up the Blades
For all intents and purposes, the Vancouver, British Columbia, thrash band’s third studio album is also a concept album — in a press statement, singer Jamie Hooper said, “With this album, the blacksmith is heating up the blades and we are preparing for battle. We are forging the steel that we’ll use to annihilate the heavy-metal posers, and in every town we play, the streets will run red with their blood.” Hooper might not be kidding — even if he and partner Cam Pipes are singing and screaming about warriors and dragons and other subject matter that’ll delight the “D&D” set. With four more guys in their squad and a friend in Slipknot‘s Joey Jordison — he produced the LP — Ozzfest fans should be warned when the rip-roaring band tours with the fest this summer.

The Sharp ThingsA Moveable Feast
Also sharpening up its third effort this week is this symphonic-pop band from New York. The Sharp Things’ crew is even larger than 3 Inches’ — 10 bandmembers recorded the album, but the ensemble also tapped the Hold Steady‘s Franz Nicolay, a 40-piece orchestra and Broadway star Michael Cerveris for the outing. Recorded in kitchens, living rooms, basements and elsewhere, the homemade LP features “Franz Agoniste,” “Driving in Manhattan in My Car” and “What’s the New Girl Wonder.”

Mocean Worker‘s Cinco de MoWo!
The one-man eclectic-electronic sensation steps up with album number five — or, rather, cinco. Beyond his usual cut-and-paste approach, MoWo also integrated live instrumentation courtesy trumpet players Herb Alpert (“Changes”) and Steven Bernstein (“Shake Your Boogie”), regular collaborator Rahsaan Roland Kirk and others. MoWo — a.k.a. Adam Dorn — is actually dropping this album on his own label, but given the strong radio play 2005′s Enter the MoWo! received, and the love he gets from taste-making Santa Monica, California, radio station KCRW, expect to see this album very much in motion.

New Releases:

· 108 – A New Beat From a Dead Heart (Deathwish)
· 3 Inches of Blood – Fire Up the Blades (Roadrunner) [Buy Now]
· Ryan Adams – Easy Tiger (Lost Highway) [Buy Now]
· Ananda Project – Fire Flower (MVD Audio)
· Asia – Fantasia: Live in Tokyo XXV (two CDs; Eagle Rock)
· Automatic Automatic – Not Accepted Anywhere (Columbia) [Buy Now]

· Baby Dee – The Robin’s Tiny Throat (two CDs; Jnana)
· Back Door Slam – Roll Away (Blix Street)
· Bad Brains – Build a Nation (Megaforce) [Buy Now]
· Baroness/Unpersons – A Grey Sigh in a Flower Husk (At a Loss)
· Beastie Boys – The Mix-Up (Capitol) [Buy Now]
· Tab Benoit – Power of the Pontchartrain (Telarc)
· Elvin Bishop – Booty Bumpin’ (Blind Pig)
· Boys Night Out – Boys Night Out (Ferret) [Buy Now]
· Marc Broussard – S.O.S.: Save Our Soul (Amazon edition comes with bonus track; Vanguard) [Buy Now]
· Bob Burns and the Breakups – Terminal Breakdown (Gearhead)
· Carolina Chocolate Drops – Dona Got a Ramblin’ Mind (enhanced; Music Maker)
· The Chapter – The Prewreck (Awthentix)
· Kelly Clarkson – My December (RCA) [Buy Now]

Read: “Kelly Clarkson On Her Revealing New LP: ‘I’m Not Even This Open With Boyfriends!’ “

· The Click Five – Modern Minds and Pastimes (Lava) [Buy Now]
· The Nels Cline Singers – Draw Breath (Cryptogramophone)
· The Cursed – Room Full of Sinners (Locomotive)
· The Charlie Daniels Band – Live From Iraq (two CDs; Koch) [Buy Now]
· The Drifters – Greatest Hits (MVD Audio)
· Dub Trio – Cool Out and Coexist (ROIR)
· Tinsley Ellis – Moment of Truth (Alligator)
· Epitaph – Remember the Daze (MVD Audio)
· Bryan Ferry – Dylanesque (Virgin)
· Steve Forbert – Strange Names & New Sensations (429)
· Adam Franklin – Bolts of Melody (Hi-Speed Soul)
· Gabby Glaser – Gimme Splash (Latchkey)
· Gore Gore Girls – Get the Gore (Bloodshot)
· Guff – Symphony of Voices (Go Kart)
· HeadQuarters – O and O (Vibratone)
· Adina Howard – Private Show (Arsenal) [Buy Now]
· Peter Karp – Shadows and Cracks (Blind Pig)
· King Wilkie – Low Country Suite (Zoë/Rounder)
· Greg Lake – Greg Lake (MVD Audio)
· Bryan Lee – Katrina Was Her Name (Justin Time)
· Sylvie Lewis – Translations (Cheap Lullaby)
· Nick Lowe – At My Age (Yep Roc)
· Charlie Manhattan – The Manhattan Project (RNB)
· Manticora – The Black Circus: Part 2 – Disclosure (Locomotive)
· The Minor Times – Summer of Wolves (Prosthetic)
· Mocean Worker – Cinco de MoWo! (Mowo! Inc.)
· Erik Mongrain – Fates (MVD Audio)
· My American Heart – Hiding Inside the Horrible Weather (Warcon) [Buy Now]
· Tony Naima & the Bitters – Dismember (Regain)
· Sinéad O’Connor – Theology (two CDs; Koch) [Buy Now]
· Operator – Soul Crusher (Atlantic)
· Orange Goblin – Healing Through Fire (limited edition comes with DVD; Sanctuary)
· Pearl Jam – Live at the Gorge 05/06 (seven-CD box set; Rhino) [Buy Now]

· Popa Chubby – Electric Chubbyland Volume One (Blind Pig)
· André Previn – Alone: Ballads for Solo Piano (Decca)
· Rasputina – Oh Perilous World! (Filthy Bonnet Recording Co.) [Buy Now]
· Duke Robillard – Duke Robillard’s World Full of Blues (two CDs; Stony Plain)
· KJ Sawka – Cyclonic Steel (DualDisc; Wax Orchard)
· The Secret Meeting – Ultrashiver (Noiseplus)
· The Seventh Season – Liquid Water (Independent)
· The Sharp Things – A Moveable Feast (Bar/None)
· Spooky – Open (self-released)
· Symphony X – Paradise Lost (SPV)
· Tenderhooks – Vidalia (Rock Snob)
· Till We Die – Pressing On (Locomotive)
· Pat Travers – Boom Boom (Out Go the Lights) (MVD Audio)
· Tum Tum – Eat or Get Ate (Republic) [Buy Now]
· Waverly Seven – Yo! Bobby (two CDs; Anzic)
· Kelly Willis – Translated From Love (Rykodisc)
· David Witham – Spinning the Circle (Cryptogramophone)
· Pegi Young – Pegi Young (Warner Bros.)
· Various artists – Essential Dub (ROIR)
· Various artists – “Hannah Montana 2″ soundtrack (two CDs; Disney)
· Various artists – “Ratatouille” soundtrack (Disney)

Notable Reissues and Archival Material:

· Frank Black – Best of Frank Black 93-03 (two CDs; Cooking Vinyl)
· Eric Carmen – Boats Against the Current/ Change of Heart (American Beat)
· Rodney Crowell – Rodney Crowell (American Beat) [Buy Now]
· DC Talk – Greatest Hits (Forefront) [Buy Now]
· Emerson Lake & Palmer – Pictures at an Exhibition (live) and Trilogy (Shout! Factory)
· The Emotions – Best of the Emotions (Mastercuts Gold)
· Lisa Germano – Lullaby for Liquid Pig (with bonus CD; Young God)
· Grateful Dead – Three From the Vault (two CDs) [Buy Now]
· Heatwave – Best of Heatwave (Mastercuts Gold)
· Robyn Hitchcock – Storefront Hitchcock (Noble Rot)
· David Johansen – Here Comes the Night (American Beat)
· Love – The Blue Thumb Recordings (limited-edition three-CD set; Hip-O Select)
· Yngwie Malmsteen – Fire & Ice (Noble Rot)
· John McLaughlin – The Essential John McLaughlin (two CDs; Columbia/Legacy)
· Metric – Grow Up and Blow Away (Last Gang) [Buy Now]
· Odyssey – Best of Odyssey (Mastercuts Gold)
· Jaco Pastorius – The Essential Jaco Pastorius (two CDs; Columbia/Legacy)
· Linda Ronstadt – Don’t Cry Now (Collector’s Edition) (Mobile Fidelity) [Buy Now]
· Tommy Shaw – Ambition (American Beat)
· Paul Simon – The Essential Paul Simon (two CDs and one DVD; Warner Bros.) [Buy Now]
· Social Distortion – Greatest Hits (Time Bomb) [Buy Now]
· Squeeze – East Side Story (American Beat) [Buy Now]
· Billy Squier – Emotions in Motion (American Beat)
· Trin-I-Tee 5:7 – Holla: The Best of Trin-I-Tee 5:7 ()
· Trio of Doom – John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorius, Tony Williams (Columbia/Legacy)
· Steve Vai – Sound Theories Vol. 1 & 2 (two CDs; Epic)
· Various artists – Putumayo Presents Latin Jazz (Putumayo)

Music DVDs:

· AC/DC – “Back in Black – The Ultimate Critical Review” (Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· The Beach Boys – “Videobiography” (Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· Bob Berg Quartet – “The Geneva Concert” (MVD Visual)
· Randy Brecker Quartet – “The Paris Concert” (MVD Visual)
· The Clash – “Music in Review” (Classic Rock Legends) a href=”/music/artist/clash/albums.jhtml”>[Buy Now]
· Echo & the Bunnymen – “Dancing Horses” (MVD Visual) [Buy Now]
· Elvis Costello – “Live: A Case for Song” (Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet – “The Juliet Letters” (Rhino)
· Country Joe Band – “Turned Up and Turned On” (MVD Visual)
· The Cure – “Rock Case Studies” (Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· The Drifters – “Greatest Hits Live” (MVD Visual) [Buy Now]
· Echo & the Bunnymen – “Dancing Horses” (MVD Visual)
· Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau – “Autumn Journey” (Kultur)
· Green Day – “Rock Case Studies” (with book; Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· The Gun Club – “Fire of Love” (Cherry Red)
· Elton John – “Rock Case Studies” (with book; Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· Tom Jones – “This Is Tom Jones” (three DVDs; Time Life) [Buy Now]
· Greg Lake – “Welcome Backstage” (MVD Visual)
· Madonna – “Music in Review” (Classic Rock Legends) and “The Performance Review” (Video Music) [Buy Now]
· New Model Army – “Live 161203″ (MVD Visual)
· North Mississippi Allstars – “Keep on Marchin’ ” (Songs of the South) [Buy Now]
· Queen – “DVD Collector’s Box” (two DVDs; Video Music) [Buy Now]
· Queensrÿche – “Mindcrime at the Moore” (two DVDs; Rhino)
· Tina Turner – “Rio ’88″ (Eagle Vision) [Buy Now]
· Twisted Sister – “The Video Years” (Rhino) [Buy Now]
· Various artists – “Pop Legends Live!” (three DVDs; Standing Room Only)

Digital Releases:

· Damien Dempsey – To Hell or Barbados (available in brick-and-mortar stores July 3)

Coming Attractions:

July 3:

· Kelly Rowland – Ms. Kelly (Columbia) [Preorder]
· T.I. – T.I. vs. T.I.P. (Atlantic) [Preorder]
Read: “T.I. Taking On T.I.P. With Help From Eminem, Justin Timberlake”

· Velvet Revolver – Libertad (RCA) [Preorder]
Read: “Scott Weiland Pumped For Velvet Revolver LP, Solo Collabo With Pharrell”

· Various artists – “Transformers” soundtrack (Warner Bros.)

July 10:

· Aly & AJ – Insomniatic (Hollywood) [Preorder]
· Interpol – Our Love to Admire (special edition packaged in hard-covered book form due same day; Capitol) [Preorder]
· Mike Jones – The American Dream (Ice Age) [Preorder]
Read: “The Dream Is Nearly Over For Mike Jones”

· Smashing Pumpkins – Zeitgeist (Reprise) [Preorder]
Read: “Smashing Pumpkins Drummer Offers More Clues About Forthcoming LP”

July 17:
· All-American Rejects – “Tournado” DVD (Interscope) [Preorder]
· Avenged Sevenfold – “All Excess” DVD (Warner Bros.) [Preorder]
· The Chemical Brothers – We Are the Night (Astralwerks) [Preorder]