Ol' Glory: Ol' Dirty Bastard may be gone, but in this post-Tupac world, that doesn't mean he can't still make some moves. A Son Unique is not only his first release on Def Jam, it's also the first to attribute the music to "ODB," not "Ol' Dirty Bastard," on the album art. Songs include a cover of "Don't Go Breaking My Heart" with Macy Gray, "Intoxicated" and "Skrilla."
Five — And Still Alive: Bewildered by the title of Staind's Chapter V? Time to hit the bins. While many thought 2001's Break the Cycle was their debut, and those who looked a little deeper unearthed 1999's Dysfunction, Tormented, an independent album from 1996, actually began the band's cycle. Chapter V might sound like a turning of the page, but Aaron Lewis seems as tormented as ever with "Cross to Bear," "Runaway" and "King of All Excuses."
A Motley Crew: Tommy Lee's invited some major — and majorly bizarre — guests to his TommyLand: The Ride, including Nick Carter, Good Charlotte and Slash, but by releasing the record through a tiny Michigan-based distributor, sales could be a challenge. Then again, Lee has drawn plenty of attention in the past by slipping out his stuff through, uh, less traditional means. Songs include "Makin' Me Crazy" with Dirty Harry, "Sister Mary" and "The Butler."
The Search Is Over: More than three years after it was first announced, D12's Proof is finally dishing up Searching for Jerry Garcia, a follow-up to 2002's Electric Cool Aid: Acid Testing EP. He's tweaked the original concept, which was for each song to be named after a musician or icon ("Janis Joplin," "Billie Holiday," etc.), although he did retain "Kurt Kobain." He's also padded the LP with some red-hot guests: 50 Cent ("Forgive Me"), D12 ("Pimplikeness"), Obie Trice ("72nd & Central") and Nate Dogg ("Sammy Da Bull").
Chopped & Served: Swishahouse Records owner Mike "5000" Watts is fine-tuning his chopped-and-screwed skills for retouched versions of Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz's Crunk Juice and the Ying Yang Twins' U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta).
Stones Galore: Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood roll onto Tim Ries' The Rolling Stones Project and contribute to the album design; Wood also surfaces on the Jones Gang's Any Day Now, a record he also did the cover art for; and a reissue of the Blasters' 4-11-44 includes a bonus video of "Daddy Rollin' Stone."
Around the World in Six Albums: We Will Take You With Us (Epica), Made in China (Juliana Hatfield), East/West (Bill Frisell), Underneath a Brooklyn Moon (JC Hopkins Biggish Band), Let Me Come Home (Limbeck).
Song Titles Of The Week:
"There's a Coldest Day in Every Year" (Cursive's The Difference Between Houses and Homes: Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001)
"Twelve Years on Tour and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt" (Suicide Machines' War Profiteering Is Killing Us All)
"Women Turn on Your TV" (Kool Keith's Lost Masters: Volume 2)
Backandtotheleft - Obsolete (Metropolis): The Seattle band's moniker is a tip to the famous "magic bullet" line quoted by JFK conspiracy theorists, hence joining the ranks of Dead Kennedys, Texas Is the Reason (whose own "Back and to the Left" came out in 1996), Kennedy, Bay of Pigs and Jackie O Mother------.
Chimaira - Chimaira (Roadrunner): Hardcore heroes Chimaira pay tribute to a fallen comrade, Dimebag Darrell, on "Nothing Remains," one of 10 tracks featured on their self-titled fourth record. "Lazarus" is another tribute, this time to a friend who committed suicide, while "Left for Dead" and "Comatose" deepen the somber mood.
Tremolo - Love Is the Greatest Revenge (Flagship): The Bay Area band is putting its money where its mouth is — literally. The benevolent bunch — which has been heard on numerous MTV shows — is donating 50 percent of the proceeds from its debut to the Love>Revenge Fund, a site that, through online voting, allows fans to decide where the trust fund money should go to.
Various Artists - Def Jazz (Verve): Yup, you guessed it: a collection of smooth-jazz versions of rap faves commemorating the 20th anniversary of Russell's baby. Unlike the ever-present Pickin' On tributes, however, this endeavor brings in veritable talent like Roy Hargrove and Gerald Albright — and tosses in a version of "Bring the Pain" with flute and Moog to boot.
Out Tuesday, August 9:
- Backandtotheleft - Obsolete (Metropolis)
- Big Blue Hearts - Here Come Those Dreams Again (Adrenaline)
- Bottom of the Hudson - Holiday Machine EP (Absolutely Kosher)
- Kaci Brown - Instigator (Interscope)
- Chimaira - Chimaira (Roadrunner)
Buy Now: Chimaira (Roadrunner)
- Day of Contempt - The Will to Live (EP, Epitaph)
- Epica - We Will Take You With Us (The End)
- Fleshtones - Beachhead (Yep Roc)
- Bill Frisell - East/West (live, 2 CDs) (Nonesuch)
- Eliza Gilkyson - Paradise Hotel (Red House)
- Gogol Bordello - Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike (SideOneDummy)
- Groovie Ghoulies - Berry'd Alive (EP, Green Door)
- Hail Social - Hail Social (Polyvinyl)
- Juliana Hatfield - Made in China (Ye Olde)
- Holopaw - Quit +/or Fight (Sub Pop)
- Ellis Hoojeks - Godson of Soul (Evidence)
- JC Hopkins Biggish Band - Underneath a Brooklyn Moon (featuring Queen Esther) (Evidence)
- Hootie & the Blowfish - Looking for Lucky (Sneaky Long Records)
- J-Henry - Another Long Day (Rockview)
- The Jones Gang - Any Day Now (Reality/AAO)
- The Juan MacLean - Less Than Human (Astralwerks)
- Kill Your Idols - Live at CBGB's July 30th 2000 (Blackout)
- Earl Klugh - Naked Guitar (Koch)
- Koufax - Hard Times Are in Fashion (Doghouse)
- Tommy Lee - Tommy Lee Presents: TommyLand the Ride (Rocket Science)
Read: "Tommy Lee Parties With Good Charlotte, Slash And, Er, Nick Carter on Tommyland"
Buy Now: Tommyland: The Ride (Rocket Science)
- Lil Jon & the East Side Boyz - Crunk Juice - Chopped & Screwed by Michael (TVT)
- The Life and Times - Suburban Hymns (DeSoto)
- Limbeck - Let Me Come Home (Doghouse)
- Lunascape - Reminiscence (Noir)
- Mad Ro - The Foul Stench of Something Good (Noc on Wood)
- Pat Metheny - Song X (Nonesuch)
- Minotaur Shock - Maritime (4AD/Beggars)
- Mobius Band - The Loving Sounds of Static (Ghostly International)
- Moggs - The White Belt Is Not Enough (Absolutely Kosher)
- Carrie Newcomer - Regulars and Refugees (Philo/Rounder)
- Nickel Creek - Why Should the Fire Die? (Sugar Hill)
- ODB - A Son Unique (Def Jam)
Read: "ODB Album Preview: Star-Studded A Son Unique Is Radio Ready"
Buy Now: A Son Unique (Def Jam)
- David Pack - The Secret of Movin' On (Peak/Concord)
- Pennywise - The Fuse (Epitaph)
Buy Now: The Fuse (Epitaph)
- Proclaimers - Restless Soul (Persevere)
- Proof - Searching for Jerry Garcia (Iron Fist)
Read: "D12's Proof Readying Solo LP With 'Kurt Cobain' On It"
- Tim Ries - The Rolling Stones Project (Concord)
- Poncho Sanchez - Do It! (Concord)
- Scars of Life - What We Reflect (Sixthman)
- Shelby - The Luxury of Time (Gigantic)
- Sons and Daughters - The Repulsion Box (Domino)
- Staind - Chapter V (Elektra)
Read: "Staind Pushing Hard To Put Grey Days Behind Them"
Buy Now: Chapter V (Flip/Atlantic)
- Suicide Machines - War Profiteering Is Killing Us All (SideOneDummy)
- Swarmy, Astro & Glide - Le Souk Sunday Sessions (Aurora Music Group)
- Richard Thompson - Front Parlour Ballads (Cooking Vinyl)
- Tremolo - Love Is the Greatest Revenge (Flagship)
- Ying Yang Twins - U.S.A. (United State of Atlanta) - Chopped & Screwed by Michael (TVT)
Buy Now: USA (United State of Atlanta) [Chopped & Screwed] (TVT)
- Various artists - American Folk (Putumayo)
- Various artists - Dance 2 This Volume 2 (Thump)
- Various artists - Def Jazz (Verve)
- Various artists - "Heights" soundtrack (Tommy Boy)
- Various artists - Killer Queen: A Tribute to Queen (Hollywood)
- Various artists - Ministry of Sound Clubber's Guide Vol. 1 (Ultra)
- Various artists - Pure Chill (Water Music)
- Bardo Pond - Selections: Volumes I-IV (unreleased and rare tracks, ATP)
- Blasters - 4-11-44 (bonus video, Rainman)
- Chin Up Chin Up - Chin Up Chin Up EP (three bonus tracks and a bonus video, Flameshovel)
- Cursive - The Difference Between Houses and Homes: Lost Songs and Loose Ends 1995-2001 (two unreleased songs, 10 rarities and a 24-page booklet by written by frontman Tim Kasher and illustrated by Eastern Youth's Yuriko Yoshino; ATP)
- Kool Keith - Lost Masters: Volume 2 (Dmaft)
- Pat Metheny and Ornette Coleman - Song X: 20th Anniversary (six unreleased bonus tracks, Nonesuch)
- Michael McDonald - The Ultimate Collection (Rhino)
- Mouse on Mars - Autoditacker (Too Pure/ Beggars)
- Orange Juice - The Glasgow School (two unreleased bonus tracks, Domino)
- Sloan - Smeared and Twice Removed (Koch)
- "The Muppets' Wizard of Oz" (featuring Ashanti)
Read: "Ashanti's Muppet Co-Stars Pull Back The Curtain On 'Wizard' "
- Jerry Garcia Band - "Live at Shoreline 9/1/90" (Rhino)
- Chris Isaak with Raul Malo - "PBS Soundstage Presents: Chris Isaak Live in Concert" (Koch Vision)
- Steve Winwood - "PBS Soundstage Presents: Steve Winwood Live in Concert" (Koch Vision)
- Yes - "Songs From Tsongas: Yes 35th Anniversary Concert" (Image)
- 311 - Don't Tread on Me (Volcano)
- The Click Five - Greetings From Imrie House (Lava)
Read: "Click Five Winning Over Soccer Moms On Ashlee Simpson Tour"
- Killers - Hot Fuss (limited edition, Island)
- Björk - "Drawing Restraint 9" soundtrack (One Little Indian)
- Jim Jones - Harlem: Diary of a Summer (Koch)
- Kurupt - Against the Grain (Death Row)
- Death Cab for Cutie - Plans (Atlantic)
Read: "Death Cab For Cutie Living Up To The 'Death' Part On Next LP"
- Rihanna - Music of the Sun (Def Jam)
- Kanye West - Late Registration (Def Jam)
Read: " 'Can He Do It Again?' — Kanye West Says New LP Backs Up His Bragging"