They're back on the road, have re-released a good chunk of their catalog and they have a new-ish double album out this week. While it's true that only one of those activities requires the group to actually do anything, it's also true that the Rolling Stones are showing no signs of slowing down.
Forty Licks, a compilation featuring the band's most popular songs hits shelves alongside a compilation from a less venerable, though still popular group: the "American Idol" gang.
"American Idol" Greatest Moments includes some of the unforgettable individual performances from the TV show, plus a special collabo track: "California Dreamin'" by the Finalists. And don't think you can get away from Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" and "Before Your Love," because they're on the CD, too.
Xzibit returns with his Man Vs. Machine, while Good Charlotte's The Young & the Hopeless debuts in addition to Floetry's Floetic and Elvis Costello & the Imposters' tour CD Cruel Smile unofficially subtitled: "Studio Mysteries, Airshots, Dub Mixes and World Tour Performances."
Another new release with an impossibly long and enigmatic title is the Flaming Lips' The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg - The Priest Driven Ambulance Album, Demos and Outtakes, featuring music from the band's first eight years together, while rocker Matthew Sweet has a similar LP, simply called To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet. Sweet.
Out Tuesday, October 1:
- 3rd Storee - Get With Me (Def Jam)
- Advent - Sketched for Life (EFA-CAR)
- Blondie - Greatest Hits (Chrysalis)
- Blue States - Man Mountain (ELS)
- Joe "King" Carrasco - Joe "King" Carrasco (Tornado)
- Cassius - Au Rêve (Astralwerks)
- Cherrie Blue - Chemical Messiah (Underground Inc.)
- Elvis Costello & the Imposters - Cruel Smile (Island)
- Darkane - Expanding Senses (Nuclear Blast)
- Daylight Dies - No Reply (Relapse)
- Digger - Keystone (Hopeless)
- Discount - Singles Collection Vol. 2 (New American Dream)
- DJ Vadim - U.S.S.R. The Art of Listening (Ninja Tune)
- Downthesun - Downthesun (Roadrunner)
- Dzihan & Kamien - Gran Riserva (Six Degrees)
- Electrochemie LK - Gold! (Radikal)
- Feel - Feel (Curb)
- The Flaming Lips - The Day They Shot a Hole in the Jesus Egg - The Priest Driven Ambulance Album, Demos and Outtakes (Restless)
- Floetry - Floetic (DreamWorks)
Read: "Floetry Bring London Vibe To Philly Soul Movement"
Buy Now: Floetic (DreamWorks)
- Good Charlotte - The Young & the Hopeless (Epic)
Read: "Good Charlotte Shoot Vid With 'NSYNC, Tenacious D Members"
Buy Now: The Young and the Hopeless (Epic/ Sony)
- Hate Eternal - King of All Kings (Earache)
- Homunculus - Words (Megaforce)
- Isyss - Way We Do (Arista)
Read: "Isyss, Lovher, TG4 & More: Meet The New R&B Girl Groups"
- Junction 18 - Heroes From the Future (EP, Fearless)
- Mark Knopfler - Ragpicker's Dream (Warner Bros.)
- Bobby Konders and Massive Sounds - Lost Era in NYC (EFA-CAR)
- Less than Jake - Pezcore: Remixed and Remastered (Fueled by Ramen)
- Life in a Blender - Tell Me I'm Pretty (Fang)
- Midwikid - Something Wikid This Way Comes (Arista)
- Necrophobic - Bloodhymns (Hammerheart)
- Pork Tornado - Pork Tornado (Rykodisc)
- Primordial - Storm Before Calm (Hammerheart)
- Relativez - Snoop Dogg Presents: The Takeover (AMC)
- Bill Ricchini - Ordinary Time (Megaforce)
- Kim Richey - Rise (Lost Highway)
- Leann Rimes - Twisted Angel (Curb)
Read: "LeAnn Rimes Talks Sex Over Techno Beat On Twisted New Album
- Rolling Stones - Forty Licks (Virgin)
Buy Now: Forty Licks (Virgin)
- Michael Schenker - Thank You 3 (Shrapnel)
- Sissel - Sissel (Decca)
- Slightly Stoopid - Acoustic Roots (Megaforce)
- Sourvein - Will to Mangle (Southern Lord)
- Squarepusher - Do You Know Squarepusher? (Warp)
- Stavesacre - Stavesacre (Nitro)
- Sting/The Police - The Very Best of Sting and the Police 2002 (Universal TV)
- Stroke 9 - Rip It Off (Universal)
- Matthew Sweet - To Understand: The Early Recordings of Matthew Sweet (Hip-O)
- Thievery Corporation - Richest Man in Babylon (ESL)
- Thyrfing - Vansinnesvisor (Hammerheart)
- Steve Von Till - If I Should Fall to the Field (Neurot)
- Tino - Tino's Breaks Hallowe'en Dub Vol. 6 (Tino Corp.)
- Various artists - '90s Pop Hits (Sony)
- Various artists - "American Idol" Greatest Moments (RCA)
Read: "'American Idol' CD To Feature Four Kelly Clarkson Numbers"
- Various artists - Amiata: Milano Lounge (Amiata)
- Various artists - Love Songs (Sony)
- Various artists - New Wave Hits of the '70s and '80s (Sony)
- Various artists - Pop and Soul Divas (Sony)
- Various artists - Rebirth of the Heavy (Music Cartel)
- Various artists - Soul Hits of the '70s (Sony)
- Various artists - Soul Hits of the '80s (Sony)
- Various artists - Ultra Trance Vol. 1 (Ultra)
- Xzibit - Man Vs. Machine (Sony)
Read: "Xzibit Clip Has Bus With Stripper Pole But 'Nothing Corny' "
Buy Now: Man Vs. Machine (Sony)
- The Apples in Stereo - Velocity of Sound (SpinART)
- Bon Jovi - Bounce (Mercury)
Read: "Bon Jovi Album Preview: The Real Meets The Ideal"
Buy Now: Bounce (Mercury)
- Ben Folds - Ben Folds Live (Epic)
- Jennifer Love Hewitt - Barenaked (Jive)
Read: "In Jennifer Love Hewitt's Latest Role She's 'Bare Naked' "
Buy Now: Barenaked (Jive)
First Listen: Jennifer Love Hewitt - Barenaked
- Jurassic 5 - Power in Numbers (Interscope)
Read: "Nelly Furtado, Big Daddy Kane On New Jurassic 5 Album"
Buy Now: Power in Numbers (Interscope)
First Listen: Jurassic 5 - Power in Numbers
- Sinead O'Connor - Sean-Nos Nua (ARC)
- Soft Cell - Cruelty Without Beauty (Cooking Vinyl)
- Tahiti 80 - Wallpaper for the Soul (Minty Fresh)
- Various artists - Rise Above (2.13.61/Sanctuary)
Read: "Rollins Raises Black Flag To Salute West Memphis Three"
- LL Cool J - Ten (Def Jam)
Read: "LL Cool J Has No Butterflies, Gives Ladies Extra Love In New Video"
- Adema - Insomniac's Dream (EP, Arista)
- Toni Braxton - TBD (Arista)
Read: "Toni Braxton Making 'Hit After Hit,' Rodney Jerkins Promises"
Buy Now: TBD (Arista)
- The Donnas - Spend the Night (Atlantic)
- Foo Fighters - One by One (RCA)
Read: "Foo Fighters Cross The Rock Line On One By One
Buy Now: One by One (RCA Records)
- Kelly Rowland - Simply Deep (Columbia)
Read: "Kelly Rowland Moves Into 'Leave It To Beaver' House"
- Saint Etienne - Finisterre (Mantra/Beggars)
- Santana - Shaman (Arista)
Read: "Michelle Branch Plays Romantic 'Game' With Santana"
Buy Now: Shaman (Arista)
- SR-71 - Tomorrow (RCA)
- Various artists - Metal Blade 20th Anniversary (Metal Blade)
- Various artists - "Paid in Full" soundtrack (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
- WC - Ghetto Heisman (Def Jam)
- Christina Aguilera - Stripped (RCA)
Read: "Christina Aguilera: Not Your Puppet"
- Tori Amos - Scarlet's Walk (Epic)
Read: "Tori Amos Writes Scarlet Letters, Draws Tour Map"
- Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Thug World Order (Epic)
- Nick Carter - Now or Never (Jive)
Read: "Nick Carter Album A Trip Back To The '80s"
- Shaggy - Lucky Day (MCA)
- Sigur Ros - Untitled (MCA)
- Too Short - What's My Favorite Word? (Jive)
Read: Too Short Gets Serious (About Pimpin') On New Album"
- Various artists - "8 Mile" soundtrack (Shady/Aftermath) Read: " '8 Mile' Soundtrack To Include Cuts From Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas"
- Nick Carter - Now or Never (Jive)
- Badly Drawn Boy - Have You Fed the Fish? (Artistdirect)
- Björk - Björk's Greatest Hits (Elektra)
- David Cross - Shut Up, You F — -ing Baby! (Sub Pop) Read: "David Cross Says Shut Up, You F — -ing Baby! With Sub Pop's Help"
- David Gray - A New Day at Midnight (ATO)
Read: "In Bed With Your Daughter? No Thanks, Says David Gray"
- Ms. Jade - Girl Interrupted (Beat Club/Interscope)
Read: "Ms. Jade, Nelly Furtado Battle Timbaland On Video Set"
- Jaheim - Still Ghetto (Divine Mill/Warner Bros.)
Read: "Jaheim Shooting For 10 Million With Still Ghetto"
- Jay-Z - The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
- Third Eye Blind - Crystal Baller (Elektra)
Read: "Third Eye Blind Recruit Fred Durst, Andrew W.K. For Third Album"
- Justin Timberlake - Justified (Jive)
Read: "Dirty South Pop: Timberlake Teams Up With Bubba Sparxxx"
- Twista - Kamikaze (Atlantic)
Read: "Twista Finishing His Kamikaze, Playing Mickey And Mallory With Lil' Kim"
- The Wallflowers - Red Letter Days (Interscope)
- 3 Doors Down - Away From the Sun (Universal)
- Crazy Town - Darkhorse (Columbia)
Read: "Crazy Town Take On All Comers With Darkhorse"
- Fat Joe - Loyalty (Atlantic)
Read: "Fat Joe Won't Dance With Ginuwine, But Records With R. Kelly"
- Kool G Rap - The Giancana Story (Rawkus/Koch)
Read: "Kool G Rap LP Finally On The Way, Capone-N-Noreaga, Michael Stipe Included"
- O-Town - O2 (J)
Read: "O2 Gives Members Of O-Town Room To Breathe, Write"
Buy Now: O2 (J)
- Pearl Jam - Riot Act (Epic)
Read: "Pearl Jam Finalize Riot Act, Plan More Live Albums"
- Saliva - Back Into Your System (Island)
Read: "Saliva Shoot Down Domestic Abuse On New Single 'Always' "
- TLC - 3D (Arista)
Read: "TLC Album Preview: 3D Tributes Left Eye With Sass, Spunk, Silence"
- U2 - U2 - The Best of 1990-2000 (Interscope)
- Various artists - "Die Another Day" soundtrack (Warner Bros.)
Read: Madonna Escapes Electric Chair, Engages In Deadly Duel"
- Various artists - We're a Happy Family (DV8/Columbia)
Read: "Rob Zombie Finalizes Ramones Tribute With Last-Minute Adds"
- Audioslave - Audioslave (Epic)
Read: "Rage/Cornell Project To Release Album In November"
- Foxy Brown - Ill Na Na 2: The Fever (Def Jam)
Read: "P. Diddy In Director's Chair For Ill Na Na 2"
- George Harrison - Brainwashed (Dark Horse/Capitol)
- Ja Rule - The Last Temptation (Murder Inc./Def Jam)
Read: Ja Rule, Bobby Brown Team Up For 'Thug Lovin' "
- Nas - God's Son (Columbia)
Read: "Nas Sets Release For God's Son, Pooh-Poohs Jay-Z's Challenge"
- Matchbox Twenty - More Than You Think You Are (Atlantic)
- Mudvayne - The End of All Things to Come (Epic)
Read: "Mudvayne Reach The End With New Album"
- Baby - The Birdman (Cash Money)
Read: "Cash Money's Baby Makes Video Plans With P. Diddy, Toni Braxton"
- DJ Envy - Block Party (Epic)
- Jennifer Lopez - This Is Me ... Then (Epic)
Read: "J. Lo Sets Release Date For LP After Song Leaks Out"
- Sum 41 - Does This Look Infected? (Island)
Read: "Sum 41 Ask, Does This Look Infected?"
- Various artists - "Chicago" soundtrack (Epic)
Read: "Janet Jackson To Appear On LP With Mya ... And Richard Gere"
- Charli Baltimore - The Diary (You Think You Know)
(Murder Inc./Def Jam) Read: "Charli Baltimore's Working All Night And Needs Pink"
- Mariah Carey - TBD (MonarC/Island/Def Jam)