Avenged Sevenfold And All-American Rejects OD On DVD Extras, In New Releases

Also due Tuesday: Now 25, Too Short, Chemical Brothers, Editors, MxPx, Rooney, Magic Numbers, Yellowcard.

This week’s an odd one, with almost too many titles hitting stores to count … but probably just a few that’ll have you reaching for your wallet. Luckily for us, there’s enough variety among the litter to have some fun. Let’s go.

Video Vipers: Avenged Sevenfold are greasing up a new, self-titled album for an October release, but while that’s still in the works, ‘Fold fanatics can sink their teeth — or eyes, rather, or … oh well, never mind — into “All Excess,” a new DVD. The title doesn’t just allude to the band’s hard-partying, c’mon-don’t-we-really-look-like-GN’R-now? ways but also hints at what you’ll find inside the set: more video bonuses than frontman M. Shadows has tattoos. Piled onto the disc is a documentary, live footage, music videos and segments capturing the making of each of them. “There’s footage from some early shows, when we still sucked,” Shadows told MTV News’ Chris Harris. “[You'll] learn everything about us with this DVD.”

Turn the volume knob down a notch or two and you’ll be ready for the All-American Rejects, who are teeing up a video set of their own this week. This one’s got a funny name too — “Tournado” — but that was actually the band’s craftily named trek with Motion City Soundtrack, Gym Class Heroes and others. The resplendently packaged DVD captures the band’s gig in the Twin Cities, plus the requisite on-the-road documentary, photo gallery — and a not-so-requisite batch of skits.

Hey guys, wait for us! Underoath are also anteing up with a DVD, the piously titled “777″ (well, they are Christians, after all). Frontman Spencer Chamberlain and the crew have dumped onto their disc 75 minutes of unreleased footage from the Warped Tour, Taste of Chaos and other stints, as well as videos and a making-of doc.

So it’s Tyson Ritter vs. M. Shadows vs. Spencer Chamberlain. You decide. They all sound like porn stars to us.

Now and Then: Who are we kidding — a quick glance at the listings below will tell you that this week’s heaviest hitter is definitely Now That’s What I Call Music! 25, and if the set featured more than just previously issued fare, we’d have more to say about it. It doesn’t, so we don’t.

A Bit of Hip-Hop: With all the rock that’s been hitting stores the last two weeks — Smashing Pumpkins, Interpol, Against Me!, etc. — you’d figure rap would want to step up its game on the whole. But that really hasn’t been the case (MCs must still be fearing the mighty T.I. ) That said, Too Short is plopping a new effort into his massive catalog, and for once the title isn’t about chicks or pimps or ego — in a sweet gesture, he’s named it I Love the Bay. New York rapper Akir is also stepping up to the plate — well, sorta: His paradoxically named debut, Legacy is back again, thanks to Babygrande, with guest spots by Jean Grae, Immortal Technique and others still intact.

Well, Aren’t They Special: When all else fails, there’s always the vaults. This week, two ladies and a Guy are back thanks to bonus-track-laden special editions of their noted LPs. Erykah Badu‘s Baduizm is getting beefed up via B-sides, U.K.-only cuts and more hard-to-find tunes, while sister-in-soul India.Arie‘s Acoustic Soul is getting similar treatment. Guy‘s eponymous release is getting a full disc of extras, though … feeling jealous, ladies? Don’t be: As far as reissues go, Garbage have them all beat — the special limited-edition version of their best-of Absolute Garbage boasts a second disc of remixes by Massive Attack, Crystal Method, UNKLE and more.

Chemical Balance: While we’re on the subject of electronic music, don’t forget the mighty Chemical Brothers. That’s right, mighty: While the group’s releases have been slipping Stateside — 1997′s Dig Your Own Hole peaked at #14 on the Billboard albums chart, followed by 1999′s Surrender at #32, 2002′s Come With Us also at #32 and 2005′s Push the Button at #59 — the group’s last five releases have all hit #1 in the U.K. That includes its new one, We Are the Night, which docks at U.S. shores this week. Featured on the effort are legendary Canadian beat poet Bill Bissett, members of Klaxons, Fatlip of the Pharcyde and progressive-rockers Midlake.

Throwing a Changeup: Or maybe we should say “gyro ball” … either way, if you’re looking for something different this week — and happen to like a little rinky-dink team of scrappers called the Boston Red Sox — you’ll want to dig your cleats in a little deeper. Music From the Mound is a new compilation curated (supposedly) by Japanese pitching import Daisuke Matsuzaka (a.k.a. Dice-K). Featured on the disc — seriously, don’t laugh — is a song called “Gyro Ball” featuring no less than J. Geils harmonica player Magic Dick, onetime Extreme guitarist Nuno Bettencourt and Sox TV announcers Don Orsillo and Jerry Remy. The team’s charity, the Red Sox Foundation, will be getting all proceeds from the album, which features other anthems for a nation … Red Sox Nation, that is.

Song Title of the Week:

“Handicapitation” from Birdflesh‘s Mongo Musicale

Album Cover of the Week:

Winters’ Black Clouds in Twin Galaxies

Other Notables:

Los Campesinos!‘s Sticking Fingers Into Sockets
This Welsh band came together thanks to a common affection for Super Furry Animals and the Decemberists — which should give you an indication of its indie-pop goodness. Before heading into the studio to record their proper debut with Broken Social Scene producer David Newfeld, Los Campesinos! are bowing with this enhanced EP. Look out for “We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives,” “You! Me! Dancing!” and other timelessly titled tracks.

Eastern Conference ChampionsAmeritown
These guys wish they were from Wales, or somewhere in British, even though the solidly American squad named their album the way they did. The group hooked up with Oasis and Verve producer Owen Morris for this LP and just toured with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club too. And while BRMC aren’t from overseas either, they’re also all about My Bloody Valentine, Spacemen 3 and other louder-than-thou Brit psych bands. Expect to hear lotsa soaring vocals, heavily distorted psych guitars and big drums on this LP.

Mick Harvey‘s Two of Diamonds
You might know him from the Bad Seeds or the Birthday Party … eh, you probably haven’t heard of Mick Harvey at all. The longtime (read: decades-long) Nick Cave collaborator has a few things of his own to say, which he details on his follow-up to 2005′s One Man’s Treasure. Enlisting PJ Harvey pianist/drummer Rob Ellis — oh, and a double-bass, too — Harvey spills his soul on “Slow-Motion Movie Star,” “Home Is Far From Here” and “Out of Time Man.” So are we!

New Releases:

· A Fine Frenzy – One Cell in the Sea (Virgin)
· Almah – Edu Falaschi (Candlelight)
· Big Shug – Street Champ (Babygrande)
· Birdflesh – Mongo Musicale (Candelight) [Buy Now]
· Bottom of the Hudson – Fantastic Hawk (Absolutely Kosher)
· Colbie Caillat – Coco (Republic)
· The Chemical Brothers – We Are the Night (Astralwerks) [Buy Now]
· The Cribs – Men’s Needs, Women’s Needs, Whatever (Warner Bros.) [Buy Now]
· Deathspell Omega – Fas (Southern Lord)
· Destroyer Destroyer – Littered With Arrows (Goodfellow)
· Minnie Driver – Seastories (Zoë/Rounder)
· Eastern Conference Champions – Ameritown (Suretone)
· Editors – An End Has a Star (Fader Label) [Buy Now]
· Federation – It’s Whateva (Reprise)
· Eliza Gilkyson – Your Town Tonight (Red House)
· Great White – Back to the Rhythm (Shrapnel)
· Emerson Hart – Cigarettes & Gasoline (Manhattan)
· (Hed) p.e. – Insomnia (Suburban Noize)
· Mick Harvey – Two of Diamonds (Mute)
· Ryan James – Directed (High Tail)
· Ben Jelen – Ex-Sensitive (digipak; Custard)
· Eilen Jewell – Letters From Sinners & Strangers (Signature Sounds)
· Lillian Axe – Waters Rising (Locomotive)
· Livin’ Out Loud – What About Us (Pyramid)
· Los Angeles Jazz Ensemble – Expectation (with DVD; Kind of Blue)
· Los Campesinos! – Sticking Fingers Into Sockets (enhanced EP; Arts & Crafts)
· The Magic Numbers – Those the Brokes (enhanced; Astralwerks)
· Raul Malo – After Hours (New Door)
· Meat Puppets – Rise to Your Knees (Anodyne)
· Memfis – The Wind Up (Candlelight) [Buy Now]
· MxPx – Secret Weapon (Tooth & Nail) [Buy Now]
· The Rocket Summer – Do You Feel (Island)
· Rooney – Calling the World (Geffen)
· Rose Funeral – Crucify Kill Rot (Candlelight)
· Matt Shulman – So It Goes (Jaggo)
· Slough Feg – Hardworlder (Candlelight)
· Mark Soskin – One Hopeful Day (Kind of Blue)
· Sound the Alarm – Stay Inside (Geffen)
· Strata – Strata Presents the End of the World (Wind-Up) [Buy Now]
· Tech N9ne – Tech N9ne Collabos: Misery Loves Kompany (Strange Music)
· Too Short – I Love the Bay (Up All Nite)
· Suzanne Vega – Beauty & Crime (Blue Note)
· Violent Storm – Storm Warning (Gold Storm)
· Winters – Black Clouds in Twin Galaxies (Candlelight)
· Wise Intelligent – Wise Intelligent Is … The Talented Timothy Taylor (Intelligent Muzik/ Shaman Work)
· The Phil Woods Quintet – American Songbook II (Kind of Blue)
· Yellowcard – Paper Walls (deluxe edition with DVD due same day; Capitol) [Buy Now]
· Various artists – A Shaman Work Retrospective: Looking Back to Move Forward (Shaman Works)
· Various artists – Daisuke Matsuzaka: Music From the Mound (EMI Catalog Marketing)
· Various artists – FabricLive 34: Krafty Kuts (Fabric)
· Various artists – Now That’s What I Call Music! 25 (UTV)
· Various artists – Toolroom Knights, Vol. 1 (two CDs; Toolroom)

Notable Reissues and Archival Material:

· Akir – Immortal Technique Presents: Akir – Legacy (Babygrande)
· Laurie Anderson – Big Science (Nonesuch)
· India.Arie – Acoustic Soul – Special Edition (Motown/Universal)
· Chet Atkins – The Essential Chet Atkins (two CDs; RCA/Legacy)
· Chet Atkins and Les Paul – Chester & Lester (RCA/Legacy)
· Erykah Badu – Baduizm – Special Edition (Motown/Universal)
· Bobby Bare – Bobby Bare Sings Lullabys, Legends and Lies (two CDs; RCA Nashville/ Legacy)
· George Benson – Greatest Hits (Rhino)
· Grant Lee Buffalo – Fuzzy (Noble Rot)
· Cheech & Chong – Greatest Hits (Rhino)
· Confederate Road – Greatest Hits (Rhino)
· Rodney Crowell – Greatest Hits (Rhino)
· Detente – Recognize No Authority (MVD Audio)
· The Dramatics – The Very Best of the Dramatics (Stax) [Buy Now]
· Holly Dunn – Greatest Hits (Rhino)
· Einstürzende Neubauten – Palast der Republik (MVD Audio)
· Freddy Fender – Greatest Hits (Rhino)
· Ella Fitzgerald – The Very Best of the Harold Arlen Song Book and The Very Best of the Irving Berlin Song Book (Verve)
· Eddie Floyd – The Very Best of Eddie Floyd (Stax)
· Garbage – Absolute Garbage (limited-edition two-CD set; Almo Sounds/ Geffen/ UMe) [Buy Now]
· The Groundhogs – The Best of the Groundhogs (Caroline)
· Arlo Guthrie – The Best Of (Rhino)
· Guy – Guy – Special Edition (Motown/Universal) [Buy Now]
· Robyn Hitchcock – Jewels for Sophia (Noble Rot)
· John Lee Hooker – Jealous (Shout! Factory)
· K-os – Collected (Virgin)
· The Knife – Silent Shout – Deluxe Edition (two CDs and one DVD; Mute) [Buy Now]
· Johnny Lee – Greatest Hits (Rhino)
· Little Milton – The Very Best of Little Milton (Stax)
· Neal McCoy – Greatest Hits (Rhino)
· Natalie MacMaster – The Collection (Foreign Media)
· Charles Mingus Sextet with Eric Dolphy – Cornell 1964 (live; two CDs; Blue Note)
· Gary Morris – Hits (Rhino)
· Willie Nelson – Live at Billy Bob’s Texas (limited edition; with DVD; Smith Music Group)
· Louis Prima – Jump, Jive an’ Wail: The Essential Louis Prima (Capitol/EMI)
· Rammstein – Völkerball (available as a standard digipak with one CD and one DVD; a special-edition digipak with one CD and two DVDs; or limited-edition photo book with two CDs and two DVDs; Universal) [Buy Now]
· The Rivingtons – Papa Oom Mow Mow: Rockin’ R&B and Boss Ballads (Shout! Factory)
· Saxon – Best of Saxon, The Eagle Has Landed and Power & the Glory (Caroline)
· Seals & Crofts – Greatest Hits (Rhino)
· Keely Smith – The Essential Capitol Collection (Capitol/EMI)
· Johnnie Taylor – The Very Best of Johnnie Taylor (Stax)
· Susan Tedeschi – The Best of Susan Tedeschi: Episode Two (Sheridan Square)
· Rufus Thomas – The Very Best of Rufus Thomas (Stax)
· Teddy Thompson – Up Front & Down Low (Verve Forecast)
· UFO – Lights Out (two CDs), Masters of Rock and Obsession (Caroline)
· Manuel Valera – Vientos (Anzic)
· Warren G – Regulate: G Funk Era (two CDs; Def Jam) [Buy Now]
· Various artists – Crickets: Best of the Fading Captain Series 1999-2007 (two CDs; Recordhead)
· Various artists – Freeway Jam: To Beck and Back (Tone Center)
· Various artists – Seriously Good Music: Bollywood, Burleque, Celtic, Gypsy and Reggae (Petrol/EMI)

Digital Releases:

· Seizure Crypt – Hello, My Name Is … Madness (available through Interpunk and on SeizureCrypt.com)

Music DVDs:

· Aerosmith – “In Performance” (with book; Hurricane) [Buy Now]
· All-American Rejects – “Tournado” (Interscope) [Buy Now]
· Avenged Sevenfold – “All Excess” (Warner Bros.) [Buy Now]
· James Brown – “Mr. Dynamite” (MVD Visual)
· Johnny Cash – “Music in Review” (with book; Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· Bob Dylan – “The Golden Years 1962-1978″ (Chrome Dreams)
· E-40 – “The Best of E-40: Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow – The Videos” (Jive/Legacy)
· Donald Fagen – “The Nightfly Trilogy” (three-MVI box set; Rhino)
· Garbage – “Absolute Garbage” (Almo Sounds/ Geffen/ UMe) [Buy Now]
· Green Day – “In Performance” (with book; Hurricane) [Buy Now]
· Green Day – “Rock Case Studies” (with book; Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· The Moody Blues – “Videobiography” (Classic Rock Legends)
· Nirvana – “In Performance” (with book; Hurricane) [Buy Now]
· Rolling Stones – “Rock Case Studies” (with book; Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· Jill Scott – “Live in Paris” (Hidden Beach)
· Sublime – “The Ultimate Bundle for the Sublime Fan” (two DVDs and one DVD; MVD Visual) [Buy Now]
· Tanya Tucker – “Tanya Tucker” (MVD Visual)
· Underoath – “777″ (Tooth & Nail) [Buy Now]
· Gene Watson – “Gene Watson … Sings His Greatest Hits” (MVD Visual)
· The Who – “Videobiography” (Classic Rock Legends) [Buy Now]
· Various artists – “60′s Rock ‘N’ Roll Jukebox” (MVD Visual)
· Various artists – “Reggae Nashville Deep Roots Music 1 – Revival/ Ranking Sounds” (MVD Visual)
· Various artists – “This Ain’t Your Mom’s Hardcore: Volume Two” (MVD Visual)
· Various artists – “The Undagrind” (MVD Visual)
· Various artists – “We Love Ella! A Tribute to the First Lady of Song” (Verve)

Coming Attractions:

July 24:
· Prince – Planet Earth (Columbia) [Preorder]
· Sum 41 – Underclass Hero (Island) [Preorder]
Read: “Sum 41 Kill President In New Song — Deryck Whibley Says It’s ‘A Metaphor’ “
· Tegan and Sara – Con (deluxe edition with DVD due same day; Vapor/Sanctuary)

July 31:
· Common – Finding Forever (Universal) [Preorder]
Read: “Kanye West, Lily Allen Finding Something In Common”
· DevilDriver – The Last Kind Words (Roadrunner) [Preorder]
· Korn – Untitled (deluxe edition with bonus DVD due same day; Epic) [Preorder]
Read: “Korn Are Cracking Up Over Eighth LP’s ‘Gothic Feel,’ Munky Says”

August 7:
· Constantine Maroulis – Constantine (6th Place)
Read: ” ‘American Idol’ Vets Bo Bice, Constantine Maroulis Can’t Stop Rockin’ “
· Okkervil River – The Stage Names (Jagjaguwar)
· UGK – Underground Kingz (two CDs; Jive) [Preorder]
Read: “Ex-Con Pimp C Juiced For UGK Album, Says He Has Lessons To Teach”