As Kermit the Frog and Neil Young know, it's not easy being Green.
Greendale,Young's latest project, is a concept album about the fictional Green family and the fictional California town of Greendale. The CD/DVD set features songs about politics, the environment and the media, in addition to live concert footage.
The Neptunes Present ... Clones is a compilation that may as well be called Pharrell and Friends because one-half of the Neptunes appears on more than half of the tracks. He collaborates with Busta Rhymes, the Clipse, Jay-Z, N.O.R.E. and Dirt McGirt (a.k.a. Old Dirty Bastard).
truANT, Alien Ant Farm's first album since the band's May 2002 bus crash, serves up more anthemic rock, like the lead single, "These Days," as well as the serious tune "Sarah Wynn," about a drug-addicted friend.
Adema's on Unstable ground, as their latest effort finds them moving away from angsty nü-metal and toward more melodic rock. Plus, Adema also tackle the subject of drug addiction on "Needles."
Bow Wow gets Unleashed this week and gets a chance to show off his new, non-Lil' status. Baby guest stars in his Jazzy Pha-produced first single, "Let's Get Down."
Juelz Santana is in a giving mood this week as he bestows From Me to U on his fans. Cam'ron and his fellow Diplomats appear on the record, as does T.I., whose own Trap Muzik comes out this week.
On Jessica Simpson's In This Skin, the pop singer maintains the good-girl image that made her popular and delivers the Diane Warren ballad "Sweetest Sin" among the other sweet numbers that Simpson co-wrote.
Guided by Voices stick us with some Earthquake Glue, while Coal Chamber spend this week Giving the Devil His Due, and Michael Franti puts his money where his mouth is this week as he releases Everybody Deserves Music.
Out Tuesday, August 19:
- 2 Ton Predator - Boogie (Diehard)
- 707 Ridaz - 707 Ridaz (Familia)
- Blake Aaron - Bringin' It Back (Innervision)
- Adema - Unstable (Arista)
- Alien Ant Farm - truANT (DreamWorks)
Read: "Stone Temple Brothers To Pilot Alien Ant Farm Album"
- Ian Anderson - Rupi's Dance (Varese)
- Chet Baker - Chet for Lovers (Verve)
- Bix Beiderbecke - Bix Lives (Naxos)
- Ten Benson - Benson Burner (Jet Set)
- Dierks Bentley - Dierks Bentley (Capitol)
- Blowtops - Blackstatic (Big Neck)
- Bobaflex - Primitive Epic (Big Daddy)
- Boosie - For My Thugz (Trill)
- Bow Wow - Unleashed (Sony)
Read: "Bow Wow Unleashed On Next LP, Talks About Life Post-Jermaine Dupri"
Buy Now: Unleashed (Sony)
- Bunnydrums - PKD Simulacra (Metropolis)
- Carlsonics - The Carlsonics (Arena Rock)
- Cauterize - So Far From Real (Wind-Up)
- Chicanos - Chicanos (RCA)
- Coal Chamber - Giving the Devil His Due (Roadrunner)
- Consonant - Love & Affliction (Fenway)
- Constantines - Shine a Light (Sub Pop)
- Celia Cruz - Carnaval de la Vida (Lideres)
- Dandy Warhols - Welcome to the Monkey House (Capitol)
Buy Now: Welcome to the Monkey House (Capitol)
- Rue Davis - Dapp Daddy (Knock on Wood)
- Tod Dockstader - 8 Electronic Pieces (Locust)
- Dogs D'Amour - Happily Ever After (Artful)
- Do or Die - Pimpin' Ain't Dead (Rap-A-Lot)
- Dreamzfate - Pound That Rock (Dreamzfate)
- Chris Duarte - Romp (Rounder)
- Duran Duran - Seven and the Ragged Tiger (Capitol)
- Exuma - Exuma Vols. 1 & 2 (Repertoire)
- Fever Boys - Traiconera (Universal)
- Fireside - Get Shot (V2)
- Flamers - Flamers (RCA)
- Peter Frampton - Now (33rd St)
- Michael Franti - Everyone Deserves Music (BMG)
- Amy Grant - Simple Things (A&M)
- Vince Guaraldi - Charlie Brown Suite and Other Favorites (RCA)
- Guided by Voices - Earthquake Glue (Matador)
- Stephen Hero - Lullaby (EP, Ragoora)
- Houston - Bottom of the Curve (54-40 or Fight)
- Kool Keith - Lost Masters (Dmaft)
- Kraftwerk - Tour de France Soundtracks (Astralwerks)
- Last Laugh - Ashamed of It (Suburban Noize)
- Gabriel Le Mar - Short Stories (Caroline)
- Kenny Loggins - It's About Time (All the Best)
- Low Key - Back Stabbers (Mafioso)
- Max - Blue Lounge (Hubcap)
- Maseneye - Face Drip (Hapi Skratch)
- Monsier Leroc - Oh La La (Cornerstone)
- Jason Moran - Bandwagon (Blue Note)
- Mr. Madogg - Get a Dog Mad You Bound to Get Bit (Familia)
- Over the Rhine - Ohio (Back Porch)
- Papas Fritas - Pop Has Freed Us (Minty Fresh)
- Paper Lace - And Other Bits of Material (Repertoire)
- People Under the Stairs - Or Stay Tuned (OM)
- Lee Perry/King Tubby - 7x7 (Varese)
- Pimmon - Snaps Crackles Pops (Tigerbeat6)
- Point Blank - Bull (Wreckless)
- Prisoners - Last Fourfathers (Big Beat UK)
- Ramones - NYC 1978 (King Biscuit)
- Rancid - Indestructible (Epitaph)
- Riddle of Steel - Python (Ascetic)
- Rock County - Rock Solid (Rebel)
- Juelz Santana - From Me to U (Def Jam)
Read: "Diplomats' Juelz Santana Questions Jay-Z's Tour Plans, Records Solo LP"
- Jessica Simpson - In This Skin (Sony)
Buy Now: In This Skin (Sony)
- Sonny Spoon - Arrival (Dollywood)
- Star Spangles - Bazooka (Capitol)
- Patti Sterling - Bettin' on You (Kon-Kord)
- Stretch Armstrong - Engage (Tooth and Nail)
- Matt Suggs - Amigo Row (Merge)
- Superchunk - Cup of Sand (Merge)
- T.I. - Trap Muzik (Atlantic)
- T-Rock - Defcon 1: Lyrical Warfare (Secret Service)
- Takara - Blind in Paradise (Lion)
- Williamson - A Few Things to Hear Before We All Blow Up (The Orchard)
- Gary Wright - Extraction (Repertoire)
- Neil Young - Greendale (Warner Bros)
Buy Now: Greendale (Warner Bros)
- Zane - Big Zane Theory (Capitol)
Read: "Rapper Zane Reinvents The World On Next LP; Follows In Bow Wow's Footsteps"
Buy Now: Big Zane Theory (Capitol)
- Various artists - "American Splendor" soundtrack (New Line)
Read: " 'American Splendor' Like A Diamond On A Dunghill, By Kurt Loder"
- Various artists - Bay Area Playaz 5 (S&S)
- Various artists - Best of Narada: New Flamenco Guitar (Narada)
- Various artists - Brown Royal Kingpins (Familia)
- Various artists - Cheapskates 4 (EMD)
- Various artists - Conexion (Universal)
- Various artists - Dark Awakening 3 (Cop)
- Various artists - "Devil's Music" soundtrack (Sanctuary)
- Various artists - Fresh Outta Juvi Compilation (Straight Forward)
- Various artists - It Takes Two (EMD)
- Various artists - I've Always Been Crazy: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings (RCA)
- Various artists - The Neptunes Present: Clones (Arista)
Read: "Summer Music Preview: Neptunes' Star Trak Presents ... Clones"
- Various artists - Poolside: Summer Lounge Collection (Varese)
- Various artists - Radio Waves of the 80s: Rock Hits (MCA)
- Various artists - Ras Kass Presents: Re-Up (Empire Musicwerks)
- Various artists - "Thirteen" soundtrack (Nettwerk)
- Various artists - Xbox: Outlaw Volleyball (Sumthing Else)
- Hilary Duff - Metamorphosis (Disney)
Read: "Hilary Duff: Not Just For Kids"
Buy Now: Metamorphosis (Disney)
- Peter Frampton - Now (33rd St.)
- Anthony Hamilton - Coming From Where I'm From (Arista)
Read: "Eve, D'Angelo Can Testify: Anthony Hamilton Is 'Hellified Powerful' "
Buy Now: Coming From Where I'm From (Arista)
- Outkast - Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (La Face)
Buy Now: Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (La Face)
- Triumph the Insult Comic Dog - Songs in the Key of Poop (Warner Bros.)
Read: "Eminem Enemy Triumph Previews LP; Beefs With Bow Wow, Benji"
- Mariah Carey - Remixes (Sony)
- Raveonettes- Chain Gang of Love (Sony)
- John Mayer - Heavier Things (Sony)
Read: "John Mayer Tries Hip-Hop With Help From Roots' ?uestlove"
- Seal - Seal (Warner Bros.)
- Elvis Costello - North (Universal)
- Bubba Sparxxx - Deliverance (Interscope)
Read: "Bubba Sparxxx Softens Bumpkin Image, Teams Up With Justin For A 'Hootnanny' "
- Carnie Wilson - For the First Time (KMA)
- Jin - Almost Famous (Virgin)
Read: "Ruff Ryders' New Dog: Jin"