While it may have been a good time to relax, Memorial Day weekend was a lot noisier and angrier than originally planned. In an effort to combat bootlegging and Internet piracy Eminem's label pushed the release date of The Eminem Show up couple of days, with some stores even selling the album as early as last Friday. That way holiday revelers had the chance to BBQ to heartwarming ditties such as "White America," "My Dad's Gone Crazy" and Marshall's ode to himself, "Without Me."

Also landing in stores this week are Maximum Strokes (an album of interviews with the Strokes), an international tribute to the Ramones and Hootie & the Blowfish frontman Darius Rucker's solo album, Back to Then.

When it comes to this week's new releases, maybe Eminem is right: It would be so empty without him.

Out Tuesday, May 28:



  • As Friends Rust - Young Trophy Band (EP, Equal Vision)
  • The Ataris - Anywhere But Here (Kung Fu)
  • Boulder - Reaped in Half: Acts 1 & 2 (Tee Pee)
  • Eddie Burns - Snake Eyes (Delmark)
  • Cadillac Blindside - These Liquid Lungs (Fueled by Ramen)
  • Caural - Stars on My Ceiling (Chocolate Industries)
  • Cinematic Orchestra - Every Day (Ninja Tune)
  • Chris Connelly - Private Education (Invisible)
  • Joanna Connor - The Joanna Connor Band (M.C.)
  • James Cotton - 35th Anniversary Jam (Telarc)
  • Eminem - The Eminem Show (Aftermath/Interscope) (pre-Tuesday release)
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  • GMS - No Rules (EFA-CAR)
  • High on Fire - Surrounded by Thieves (Relapse)
  • Hutch - Turn It Around (Smile/Image)
  • Shirley Johnson - Killer Diller (Delmark)
  • Kaamos - Kaamos (Candelight US)
  • Praga Khan - Freakazoidz (Antler Subway)
  • Kevin Mahogany - Pride and Joy (Telarc Jazz)
  • Mastodon - Remission (Relapse)
  • Joe McBride - Keepin' It Real (Heads Up)
  • The Arnold McCuller Band - Live (What's Good)
  • Metalwood - The Recline (Telarc Jazz)
  • The Midnight Thunder Express -The Midnight Thunder Express (Empty)
  • Mother Superior - Sin (MuscleTone)
  • Mr. Brady - Dusty Baker (Underworld Inc.)
  • Mr. Spike - Beer Can Alley (Def Attack)
  • Nashville Pussy - Say Something Nasty (Artemis)
  • Non-Exist - Deus Deceptor (Century Media)
  • Jill Olson - My Best Yesterday (125)
  • Omniblank - Birth of a Firefly (Summa)
  • Panacea - Underground Stardom (EFA-CAR)
  • Phat Boi - Dedicated to the Game (Powerhouse Rap)
  • Q-Burns Abstract Message - Re-routed (Eighth Dimension)
  • Red Harvest - Sick Transit Gloria Mundi (Relapse)
  • Richy Pitch - Live at Home (Seven Heads)
  • Darius Rucker - Back to Then (Hidden Beach/Epic)
  • The Sabians - Beauty for Ashes (The Music Cartel)
  • Scorpions - Bad for Good: The Very Best of Scorpions (Hip-O)
  • Skinlab - Revolting Room (Century Media)
  • Steroid Maximus - Ectopia (Ipecac)
  • The Strokes - Maximum Strokes: Interview Disc (Phantom Imports)
  • Susperia - Vindication (Nuclear Blast)
  • John Tejada - Daydreams in Cold Weather (EFA-CAR)
  • Jimmy Thackery - We Got It (Telarc)
  • Tidfall - Circular Supremacy (Candlelight US)
  • Ugly Duckling - Journey to Anywhere (Emperor Norton)
  • Uphill Battle - Uphill Battle (Relapse)
  • Various artists - Crydamour Presents: Waves (Astralwerks)
  • Various artists - Dino & Terry Present: Deep Inside (EFA-CAR)
  • Various artists - "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" soundtrack (Columbia)
  • Various artists - Hot Guitar Licks (Time Life)
  • Various artists - Playing 4 Square 2 (Suburban Home)
  • Various artists - Ramones Forever: International Tribute (Radical)
  • Various artists - Soul Sessions (Giant Step)
  • The Virus - Nowhere to Hide (Punk Core)
  • Kevin Yost - Abstrack Funk Theory (Obsessive)

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