50 x 2: With a replacement black backdrop on the cover and a bonus DVD adding an extra ounce or two in weight, it won't be hard to distinguish the special edition of 50 Cent's The Massacre from the previous pressings — the enhanced version, the collector's edition, et al. The audio disc has a remix of "Outta Control" with Mobb Deep and the DVD features a video for every song on the original release.

Bang and Blame: The Rolling Stones' first studio album in eight years, A Bigger Bang, isn't all hyperbole. The album reportedly represents the band's fascination with the scientific theory of the origin of the universe — as also illustrated by the cover, which depicts the Stones staring into a ball of light. Tracks include: "Sweet Neo Con," their supposed bash on Bush; "Laugh, I Nearly Died"; "Look What the Cat Dragged"; and "Rough Justice."

Bloom's Day: If you're living in Canada and carrying a computer, you've got an extra edge when it comes to hearing Sarah McLachlan's stuff, as the north-of-the-border singer put out an exclusive EP through iTunes Canada in anticipation of her second remix album, Bloom. Tracks from the LP include: "Train Wreck (Sly & Robbie Mix)," "Dirty Little Secret" (Thievery Corporation Mix)" and "Just Like Me (Will.I.Am Remix)," which is actually a song McLachlan collaborated on with DMC.

E Springs Eternal: As it spells out on the cover, this package binds together the best-of Eazy-E collection Eternal E, with the new bonus track "Lil Eazier Said" by Lil E., and a DVD featuring seven clips by E and two by N.W.A. The video disc closes with three public-service announcements by the nonprofit health-care organization Kaiser Family Foundation, a touching reminder of the rapper's tragic end.

Allstars Duke It Out: In one corner we have blues jammers North Mississippi Allstars tag-teaming with Lucinda Williams, Robert Randolph, Al Kapone and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band on Electric Blue Watermelon. In the other we've got George Clinton and his indomitable P-Funk All Stars with How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent. Seeing as how this is the inauguration of Clinton's the C Kunspyruhzy label and he's got a 50th-anniversary tour in the works, he deserves the heavyweight title.

Have We Seen You Before?: Released on a tiny independent label, Seu Jorge's Cru squeaks by this week, mirroring the Brazilian artist's fleeting (but hilarious) presence singing David Bowie covers in Portuguese in Wes Anderson's oddball pic "The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou." José González has made a slight appearance on the small screen — or at least his music has, on "The O.C." Veneer features "Crosses," a song that surfaced on one of the episodes.

Song Titles Of The Week:

"Mediocrity Gets You Pears (The Shaker)" (Against Me!'s Searching for a Former Clarity)

"Woe Is the Contagion" (Twilight's Twilight)

Other Notables:

Joan Baez's Bowery Songs: With covers galore — Bob Dylan, whom she has saluted tirelessly throughout her career, Steve Earle, and Natalie Merchant — Baez also chips in with four unreleased songs on this November 2004 concert. There isn't much break between numbers, save a brief dedication to Michael Moore.

Richard Youngs' The Naive Shaman: Purported to feature the Glasgowian's first kazoo work since 1992's obscure New Angloid Sound, the prolific multi-instrumentalist also lets loose with a 16-minutes-plus track, "Summer's Edge II." (There is no "Summer's Edge I," of course.) He also shines bright with "Life on a Beam" and "Illuminated Land."

Richard Thompson's "Grizzly Man" soundtrack and The Old Kit Bag reissue: The guitarist who was once notorious for releasing the worst-selling album in the history of Warner Bros., Henry the Human Fly, takes on a different species with a documentary soundtrack. Fans might raise their eyebrows at this one, but they'll undoubtedly want to pick it up — it's 84 minutes of pure Thompson. A DualDisc version of 2003's The Old Kit Bag also comes out this week.

New Releases:

  • 32 Leaves - Welcome to the Fall (enhanced; Double Blind)
  • The Absence - From Your Grave (Metal Blade)
  • Against Me! - Searching for a Former Clarity (Fat Wreck Chords)
  • Doug Alan - Sun, Surf and Sand (AmeriMusic)
  • Augustana - All the Stars and Boulevards (Epic)
  • AZ - AWOL (Fastlife)
  • Joan Baez - Bowery Songs (live recording from November 6, 2004, in New York; Koch)
  • Baleen - Follow Me Blind (LiquiLab)
  • Bellini - Small Stones (Secretly Canadian)
  • Between the Buried and Me - Alaska (Victory)
  • Black Dice - Broken Ear Record (Astralwerks)
  • Brick Bath - American Currency (Crash)
  • Blood on the Wall - Awesomer (The Social Registry)
  • Bozzio Metropole Orkest - Chamber Works (Favored Nations)
  • King Britt - King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude Morgan (Ropeadope)
  • Kate Campbell - Blues and Lamentations (Large River)
  • Johnny Casino's Easy Action - We've Forgotten More Than You'll Ever Know (Steel Cage)
  • Casual - Casual Presents Sam Rockwell (Hieroglyphics)
  • George Clinton Presents the P-Funk All Stars - How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent (C Kunspyruhzy)
    Buy Now: How Late Do U Have 2 B B 4 U R Absent (C Kunspyruhzy)
  • Barbara Cook - Tribute (DRG)
  • Deaf Pedestrians - Deaf Pedestrians (Dot Point Period)
  • The Divorce - Gifted Program (Made in Mexico)
  • Dreamside - Spin Moon Magic (Dancing Ferret)
  • Drums & Tuba - Battle Olé (Righteous Babe)
  • Exploited - Beat the Bastards (Reis) (Abstract Sounds)
  • Frontier Index - Frontier Index (Rainbow Quartz)
  • José González - Veneer (Hidden Agenda)
  • Adam Harnett - Adam Harnett (Goretti)
  • Beth Hart - Live at Paradiso (Koch)
  • < LI>Richard Hawley - Cole's Corner (Mute)
  • Heatmakerz - Crack, Vol. 1 (Fastlife)
  • Heaven 17 - Before/After (Ninth Wave)
  • Armand Van Helden - Nympho (Ultra)
  • Honky - Balls Out Inn (Small Stone)
  • Immaculate Machine - Ones and Zeroes (Mint)
  • The Immortal Lee County Killers - These Bones Will Rise to Love You (Tee Pee)
  • Indukti - S.U.S.A.R. (Laser's Edge)
  • Liz Janes & Create (!) - Liz Janes & Create (!) (EP; Asthmatic Kitty)
  • Howard Jones - Revolution of the Heart (Koch)
  • Seu Jorge - Cru (Wrasse)
  • Little Bruce - Base Rock 2 Pimp Socks (High Speed Entertainment)
  • Mad Science Fair - ... For a Better Tomorrow (Mud)
  • Marat - Again (Morisen)
  • Sarah McLachlan - Bloom Remix Album (Arista)
  • James McMurty - Childish Things (Compadre)
  • Merciless - Block Monster (Big Gun)
  • Mortal Decay - Cadaver Art (Crash Music)
  • Alison Moyet - Voice (Sanctuary)
  • Johnny Napp - Cowboy Up and Party Down (Johnny Napp)
  • New Model Army - Carnival (Attack Attack)
  • New Monsoon - The Sound (Harmonized)
  • North Mississippi Allstars - Electric Blue Watermelon (ATO/RCA)
    Buy Now: Electric Blue Watermelon (ATO/RCA)
  • Hope Partlow - Who We Are (Virgin)
  • The Peasall Sisters - Home to You (DualTone)
  • Duane Peters & the Hunns - Beyond Warped Live Music Series (Immergent)
  • The Phenomenauts - Beyond Warped Live Music Series (Immergent)
  • Qualo - Believe. (The Movement)
  • Stan Richardson - Moon on the Water (Gemini Sun)
  • The Rolling Stones - A Bigger Bang (Virgin)
    Read: "Rolling Stones Announce World Tour, Unveil New Song"
    Buy Now: A Bigger Bang (Virgin)
  • Secret Oyster - Vidunderlige Kaelling (Laser's Edge)
  • Sexsmith & Kerr - Destination Unknown (Emergent)
  • Ryan Shupe & the RubberBand - Dream Big (Capitol)
  • Robert Skoro - That These Things Could Be Ours (Yep Roc)
  • Socratic - Lunch for the Sky (enhanced; Drive-Thru)
  • Space Mtn - A Drawing of a Memory of a Photograph of You (Aeronaut)
  • Angela Strehli - Blue Highway (M.C.)
  • Symphorce - Godspeed (Metal Blade)
  • Ben Taylor - Another Run Around the Sun (Iris)
  • Lewis Taylor - Stoned (with bonus tracks not on European version; HackTone)
  • Richard Thompson - "Grizzly Man" soundtrack (Cooking Vinyl)
  • Big Mama Thorton - Big Mama Thorton in Europe (Arhoolie)
  • Twilight - Twilight (Southern Lord)
  • Dinah Washington - Blues for a Day (Delta)
  • Watch Them Die - Bastard Son (Century Media)
  • Kathy Valentine - Light Years (All for One)
  • Valina - Epode EP (54º40' or Fight)
  • Valis - Champions of Magic (Small Stone)
  • Viva K - Viva K (Stinky)
  • Wobbler - Hinterland (Laser's Edge)
  • Richard Youngs - The Naive Shaman (Jagjaguwar)
  • Various artists - Aerosmithsonian: A Tribute to Aerosmith (Perris)
  • Various artists - All Men Country (Direct Source)
  • Various artists - The Best of Just Jazz (Direct Source)
  • Various artists - Putumayo Presents: Latin Lounge (Putumayo World Music)
  • Various artists - Summoning of the Muse: A Tribute to Dead Can Dance (Projekt)
  • Various artists - Tone Poets (Acoustic Disc)
  • Various artists - Ultimate Pickin': The Best of Instrumental Bluegrass (Pinecastle)

Notable Reissues:

  • 50 Cent - The Massacre: Special Edition (CD/DVD; Aftermath/Interscope)
    Buy Now: The Massacre: Special Edition (Aftermath/Interscope)
  • Billy Bragg - Brewing Up With Billy Bragg (double disc with bonus tracks; Cooking Vinyl)
  • Eazy-E - Eternal E: Gangsta Memorial Edition (Priority)
    Buy Now: Eternal E: Gangsta Memorial Edition (Priority)
  • The Human League - Hysteria (Astralwerks)
  • M83 - M83 (Mute)
  • River City Tanlines - River City Tanlines (collection of 7-inches; Dirtnap)
  • Richard Thompson - The Old Kit Bag (DualDisc; Silverline)
  • Run-DMC - King of Rock, Raising Hell, Run-DMC and Tougher Than Leather (Arista)
    Buy Now: King of Rock (Arista)
  • Steve Vai - Archives, Vol. 4 (Favored Nations)
  • Venice Underground - Venice Underground (DualDisc; Immergent)
  • Van Zant - Brother to Brother (DualDisc; Silverline)

DVDs:

  • Dave Brubeck - "Brubeck Returns to Moscow" (Koch Vision)
  • Lunachicks - "XXX Naked" (Koch)
  • Mariah Carey - "Music Video Box Document" (Koch)
  • Rolling Stones - "Music Video Box Document" (Koch)
  • Bruce Springsteen - "VH1 Storytellers" (Columbia)
  • Various artists - "Punk: Attitude" (Capital Entertainment)
  • Various artists - "Rockin' the Corps" (Image)

Coming Attractions:

September 13:

September 20:

September 27:

  • Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights (Lost Highway)
  • Blackalicious - The Craft (Anti-)
  • Sheryl Crow - Wildflower (A/M)
    Buy Now: Wildflower (A/M)