New Releases: Pink, Gorillaz, Flaming Lips, NIN, Now 21, Morrissey, Vines, Bubba Sparxxx & More

Also due Tuesday are releases by DFA, Islands, Van Hunt, MC Eiht, Massive Attack.

Dead Alive: Proving she's got much more than just a pulse, Pink rails against politicians and a culture that breeds bulimia and rampant materialism on her fourth record, I'm Not Dead. The Indigo Girls sing along on "Dear Mr. President," while the singer's father appears on the hidden track "I Have Seen the Rain." Get totally Pink'd with the DualDisc, which has a promo clip and making-of segments for her single "Stupid Girls," plus interview footage and a teaser for her forthcoming "Live in Europe" DVD.

Flaming Tongues Tied: And if you don't think yours will be too, try saying track names like "It Overtakes Me/ The Stars Are So Big, I Am So Small ... Do I Stand a Chance?" or "Pompeii Am Gotterdammerung" 10 times fast. If you're looking for a longer kiss from the Lips, pick up the special edition of At War With the Mystics, which is backed with a bonus DVD featuring extra songs, videos and, feeding the outlandish band's surround-sound addiction, select mystical tracks in 5.1 stereo.

He's No Circus Clown: Morrissey looks innocent enough on the cover of his Ringleader of the Tormentors, dressed in a suit, rolling his eyes and playing the violin. But with some unusually lewd lyrics — if "There are explosive kegs between my legs" doesn't make you blush, other lines on the record will — Moz is dirtier than ever this time around. The limited deluxes have a bonus DVD with videos for "You Have Killed Me," "The Youngest Was the Most Loved" and "In the Future When All Is Well," plus additional behind-the-scenes stuff.

A Monkey Chases Its Tail: They've pulled off a virtual tour, have turned themselves into holograms and are even planning a mobile-phone adventure, but first things first, the Gorillaz have a DVD to eke out. The remarkably straightforward "Demon Days Live at the Manchester Opera House" finds the group running through last year's Demon Days track list with De La Soul and Shaun Ryder of the Happy Mondays, capping off the affair with the B-side "Hong Kong" and "Latin Simone," from 2001's Gorillaz.

Gorillaz's "Dare" doesn't only appear again this week on Now That's What I Call Music! 21Mariah, Chris Brown, Black Eyed Peas and Rihanna also crop up on that set — it also rears its head on The DFA Remixes: Chapter One. The electro-post-punk whizzes pull together that track plus their remixes of Chemical Brothers, Le Tigre, Fischerspooner and Hot Chip tunes for the comp. Chapter Two, due this summer, will feature their touch-ups on songs by N.E.R.D., Goldfrapp and Nine Inch Nails.

Speaking of which, DFA's remix of NIN's "Hand That Feeds" is tucked onto Every Day Is Exactly the Same, a single that's been beefed up to EP status. The set leads off with the title track and has a remix of the same tune by Interpol's Carlos D and Sam Fogarino, but there are two more songs on the set, both of which are presented, er, twofold: the DFA and straight mixes of "Hand That Feeds," plus retreatments of "Only" by El-P and Richard X.

Finding nice company in this wild-eyed pack are trip-hop pioneers and remix junkies Massive Attack, who, like Gorillaz, have also collaborated with Madonna recently. MA take a look back with Collected, and while fans will only find a new single on the standard release, the limited-edition version has a bonus DualDisc granting a trove of previously unissued tracks, rarities and all the collective's videos to date.

Vision Valley, the new album from the very-ape Vines, has no special adornments, and the song titles are light on cheer too: Tracks include "Nothin's Comin', " "Don't Listen to the Radio," "F--- Yeah," "Futuretarded" and "Dope Train."

Last but not least, as smooth as R&B crooner Van Hunt may be, his sophomore effort is called On the Jungle Floor and puts some rock into his repertoire. Songs include "Daredevil, Baby," "Priest or Police" and "The Thrill of This Love."

With Very Special Guest: Three artists are in pretty far-out company this week. Unicorns offshoot project Islands recruit the two guys who invented a type of video game music called Mario Paint Music Maker, plus a bass player who hails from Togo and James R. Guthrie, grandson of Woody Guthrie, for their Return to the Sea debut. Folk instrumentalist John McCutcheon has an even more esteemed guest list for his Mightier Than the Sword, roping in a U.S. poet laureate, Pulitzer Prize nominee and National Humanities Medal winner. But jam masters Umphrey's McGee might feature the most badass outside help of all on their Safety in Numbers, even if it only consists of one person: Huey Lewis.

Song Title of the Week:

"Jesus Christ R'n R" from Dir en Grey's Withering to Death

Other notables:

Bubba Sparxxx's The Charm: After being on the down low for the past few years, Bubba's Charm-ed to have shifted over to the Purple Ribbon imprint run by Outkast's Big Boi. And he's hoping for an extra boost in light of featured spots by Ying Yang Twins, Frankie J, Petey Pablo, Sleepy Brown and Killer Mike, plus production by Timbaland, Organized Noize, Big Boi and more.

The Coup's "Best Coup DVD Ever": The unapologetically political Oakland rap assemblage try to get equally radical onscreen, with videos for "Fats Cats & Bigga Fish," "Not Yet Free" and "Me and Jesus the Pimp in a '79 Granada Last Night." Filling out the disc are interviews with Boots Riley and DJ Pam the Funkstress, plus a bonus film called "Eating Forever: A South African Hip Hop Travelog," shot during the Black August hip-hop tour.

Victory at Sea's All Your Things Are Gone and the New Orleans Social Club's Sing Me Back Home: What do veteran Boston indie-rockers and a handful of New Orleans soul legends have in common? They've both lost their homes in recent months. A fire destroyed Victory at Sea drummer Dave Norton's house, which doubles as the band's recording space. (To make matters worse, their violin player, Taro Hatanaka, has been unable to re-enter the States because of visa problems.) Closer to the equator, Ivan Neville, founding members of the Meters and other bayou greats have formed NOSC as a way to cope with the Katrina devastation. Their cover of John Fogerty's anti-war anthem "Fortunate Son" is especially poignant, while you may have already heard "Sing Me Back Home," which the Neville Brothers recorded in Austin, Texas, six weeks after Katrina.

New Releases:

  • 46 Short - Truth Denied (TKO)
  • 5 Browns - No Boundaries (DualDisc due also available; RCA)
  • Abysmal Dawn - From Ashes (Crash)
  • Aereogramme - Seclusion (Sonic Unyon)
  • All-Stokz - A Bronx Tale (Paperchase/ Warlock)
  • American Princes - Less and Less (Yep Roc)
  • Angel Blake - Angel Black (Metal Blade)
  • Daryl Anger's Republic of Strings - Generation Nation (Compass)
  • Barnes - The Last Shall Be First (Sugar Water)
  • Bird Show - Lightning Ghost (Kranky)
  • Bitter: Sweet - The Mating Game (digipak; Quango)
  • Blackmore's Night - Village Lanterne (Steamhammer/ SPV)
  • Blue October - Foiled (enhanced; Universal/ Motown)

  • Buy Now: Foiled (Universal/ Motown)
  • Erin Boheme - What Love Is (Concord)
  • Danielle Bollinger - When the Broken Hearted Love Again (Esntion Silver)
  • Anouar Brahem - Le Voyage de Sahar (ECM)
  • Darius Brooks - My Soul (Journey)
  • Francesco Cafiso Quartet - Happy Time (CAM Jazz)
  • Caliban - The Undying Darkness (Abacus)

  • Buy Now: The Undying Darkness (Abacus)
  • Concretes - In Colour (Astralwerks)
  • John Corbett - John Corbett (Fun Bone)
  • Carl Cox - Second Sign (Koch)

  • Buy Now: Second Sign (Koch)
  • Guy Davis - Skunkmello (Red House)
  • Dead to Fall - The Phoenix Throne (Victory)
  • Bob Delevante - Columbus and the Colossal Mistake (Relay)
  • Dir en Grey - Withering to Death (with bonus DVD; Warcon)
  • Dirty Sanchez - Dirty Sanchez (Cleopatra)
  • DJ Crucial - Test Presses and Dub Plates (F5)
  • Dmitri From Paris and DJ Muro - Super Disco Friends (Headphone Heroes)
  • Dog Fashion Disco - Adultery (Rotten)

  • Buy Now: Adultery (Rotten)
  • Lila Downs - La Cantina (Narada)
  • Enablers - Output Negative Space (Neurot)
  • Evergrey - Monday Morning Apocalypse (Inside Out)
  • Facedowninsh - NPON (Relapse)
  • Flaming Lips - At War With the Mystics (special edition with DVD also available; Warner Bros.)
    Read: "Flaming Lips Go To War Against Britney, Gwen On New LP"

  • Buy Now: At War With the Mystics (Warner Bros.)
  • Flower Kings - Paradox Hotel (Inside Out)
  • Radney Foster - This World We Live In (Dualtone)
  • Mimi Fox - Perpetually Hip (two CDs; Favored Nations)
  • Fragments of Unbecoming - Sterling Black Icon (Metal Blade)
  • Moncef Genoud - Aqua (Savoy Jazz)
  • Girl Authority - Girl Authority (Zöe)
  • Governor Washington - Son of Pain (Atlantic)
  • Gregor Samsa - 55:12 (Kora)
  • G-Rod - Tha Movement (Warlock)
  • Hawk Nelson - Smile, It's the End of the World (Tooth & Nail)
  • Head Control System - Murder Nature (The End)
  • Hell Promise - Aim for Hell (RocketStar)
  • Van Hunt - On the Jungle Floor (Capitol)

  • Buy Now: On the Jungle Floor (Capitol)
  • Irving - Death in the Garden Blood on the Flowers (Eenie Meenie)
  • Islands - Return to the Sea (digipak; Equator)
  • Shooter Jennings - Electric Rodeo (Universal South)
  • Lacuna Coil - Karmacode (enhanced; Century Media)

  • Buy Now: Karmacode (Century Media)
  • Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin - Lost John Dean (Compass)
  • Philip E. Karnats - Pleasesuite (Good)
  • Tommy Keene - Crashing the Ether (digipak; 1130)
  • Paula Kelley - Some Sucker's Life, Part 1 (Stop Pop & Roll)
  • Sonya Kitchell - Words Came Back to Me (Velour)
  • Tony Levin - Resonator (Narada)

  • Buy Now: Resonator (Narada)
  • Eric Lindell - Change in the Weather (Alligator)
  • Little Killers - Real Good One (Glen Blandsten)
  • Charles Lloyd, Zakir Hussain and Eric Harland - Sangam (ECM)
  • Jeremiah Lockwood - American Primitive (digipak; Vee-Ron)
  • Nils Lofgren - Sacred Weapon (Vision Music)

  • Buy Now: Sacred Weapon (Vision Music)
  • Lotus - The Strength of Weak Ties (Harmonized)
  • Pat Martino - Remember: A Tribute to Wes Montgomery (Blue Note)
  • MC Eiht - Affiliated (enhanced; Paid in Full/ Koch)
  • Donny McCaslin - Soar (Sunny Side)
  • John McCutcheon - Mightier Than the Sword (Appalsongs)
  • John Medeski - Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz Radio Broadcast (Jazz Alliance)
  • Mellowdrone - Box (Red Ink)
  • Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors (limited deluxe edition with DVD also available; Attack/ Sanctuary)

  • Buy Now: Ringleader of the Tormentors (Attack/ Sanctuary)
  • Matt Nathanson - At the Point (digipak; High Wire)
  • Nazi Dogs - Chase the Man (TKO)
  • Need to Breathe - Daylight (Atlantic)
  • New Orleans Social Club - Sing Me Back Home (enhanced; Burgundy)
  • Nine Inch Nails - Every Day Is Exactly the Same (EP; Nothing/ Interscope)

  • Buy Now: Every Day Is Exactly the Same (Nothing/ Interscope)
  • Northey Valenzuela - Northey Valenzuela (The Lab)
  • One Man Army and the Undead Quartet - 21st Century Killing Machine (enhanced; Nuclear Blast America)
  • Alan Parsons - A Valid Path (remix LP; DualDisc; Immergent)
  • Pink - I'm Not Dead (DualDisc also available; La Face)
    Read: "Pink Pens An Open Letter To President Bush On New Album"

  • Buy Now: I'm Not Dead (La Face)
  • Placebo - Meds (limited special edition also available; Astralwerks)
  • Protest the Hero - Kezia (Vagrant)
  • Queensrÿche - Operation Mindcrime II (Rhino)
  • Rainer Maria - Catastrophe Keeps Us Together (Grunion)
  • Nelson Rangell - Soul to Souls (Koch)
  • Rascal Flatts - Me and My Gang (Lyric Street)

  • Buy Now: Me and My Gang (Lyric Street)
  • Bruce Robison - Eleven Stories (Sustain)
  • June Rochelle - Changing Places (Titan/ Pyramid)
  • Aldo Romano - Chante (Dreyfus)
  • Sanctus Real - The Face of Love (Sparrow)
  • The Scarred - No Solution (Punkcore)
  • Scotch Greens - Professional (DRT)
  • Sinai Beach - When Breath Escapes (Victory)
  • Jan Smith - 29 Dances (Landslide)
  • Sonata Arctica - For the Sake of Revenge (with bonus DVD; Nuclear Blast America; two CDs)
  • Soul Position - Things Go Better With RJ and Al (Rhymesayers)
  • South - Adventures in the Underground Journey to the Stars (Young American)
  • Bubba Sparxxx - The Charm (New South/ Purple Ribbon/ Virgin)

  • Buy Now: The Charm (New South/ Purple Ribbon/ Virgin)
  • Candi Station - His Hands (Astralwerks)
  • Tanakh - Ardent Fevers (Alien 8 Recordings)
  • Terror 2000 - Terror for Sale (Nuclear Blast America)
  • Gecko Turner - Guapapaesa! (Quango)
  • Umphrey's McGee - Safety in Numbers (Sci Fidelity)
  • Unearthly Trance - The Trident (Relapse)
  • Ursula 1000 - Here Comes Tomorrow (ESL)
  • U.S. Bombs - We Are the Problem (Sailor's Grave)
  • Venom - Metal Black (Sanctuary)
  • Victory at Sea - All Your Things Are Gone (Gern Bladsten)
  • The Vines - Vision Valley (Capitol)

  • Buy Now: Vision Valley (Capitol)
  • Keith Fullerton Whitman - Lisbon (EP; Kranky)
  • Cassandra Wilson - Thunderbird (Blue Note)
  • Various artists - Dieselboy Presents the Human Resource (two CDs; System Recordings/ HUMAN)
  • Various artists - Disneymania 4 (Disney)
  • Various artists - Now That's What I Call Music! 21 (UTV)
  • Various artists - See You on the Moon! - Songs for Kids of All Ages (Universal)
  • Various artists - Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of (Yazoo)

Notable Reissues and Archival Material:

  • Cannonball Adderley - Great Sessions (Blue Note)
  • The Alarm - The Best of the Alarm (Capitol)
  • Bellamy Brothers - The Lost Tracks (Bellamy Brothers)
  • Boston - Boston and Don't Look Back (digipaks; Epic/ Legacy)
  • Daft Punk - Musique 1: 1993-2005 (with DVD; Virgin)
  • Miles Davis - Great Sessions (Blue Note)
  • Rick Derringer - Live at Cheney Hall (Fieldstone)
  • DFA - The DFA Remixes: Chapter One (Astralwerks)
  • Ani DiFranco - Carnegie Hall 4.6.02 (Righteous Babe)
  • The J. Geils Band - Best of the J. Geils Band (Capitol)
  • Grand Funk Railroad - Greatest Hits (Capitol)
  • Herbie Hancock - Great Sessions (Blue Note)
  • Lamb of God - New American Gospel (enhanced; with bonus tracks; Prosthetic)
  • John Lennon - The Plastic Ono Band - Live Peace in Toronto, 1969 (Mobile Fidelity)
  • Magneta Lane - Dancing With Daggers (Paper Bag)
  • Massive Attack - Collected (limited DualDisc also available; two CDs; Virgin)
  • Medeski Martin & Wood - Note Bleu: Best of the Blue Note Years 1998- 2005 (deluxe edition with DVD also available; Blue Note)
  • Poison - The Best of Poison: 20 Years of Rock (Capitol)
  • Little Richard - The Best of Little Richard: The Vee-Jay Years (Metro)
  • Sonny Rollins - Great Sessions (Blue Note)
  • Wayne Shorter - Great Sessions (Blue Note)
  • Soul Asylum - Closer to the Stars: Best of the Twin Tone Years (Rykodisc)
  • Sudden Death - Unpure Burial (Locomotive)
  • Uriah Heep - Different World and Raging Silence (Blue Note)
  • World Party - Goodbye Jumbo and Private Revolution (enhanced; Seaview)
  • Zeke - Super Sound Racing and Flat Tracker (Relapse)
  • Various artists - The '80s: A Body + Soul Collection (Time Life)
  • Various artists - Gangsta Party (three CDs; Thump)
  • Various artists - See You on the Moon! Songs for Kids of All Ages (Paper Bag)


  • Herb Alpert with the Jeff Lorber Band - "Live at Montreux 1996" (Eagle Vision)
  • Aly & AJ - "On the Ride" (Hollywood)
  • The Coup - "The Best Coup DVD Ever" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Cream - "Classic Albums: Cream - Disraeli Gears" (Eagle Vision)
  • Desdemona - "Live 3.0" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Bob Dylan - "Rolling Thunder and the Gospel Years: A Totally Unauthorized Documentary" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Marvin Gaye - "The Real Thing: In Performance 1964-1981" (Hip-O)
  • Gillian - "Live Edinburgh 1980" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Gorillaz - "Demon Days Live at the Manchester Opera House" (Virgin)
  • Leo Kottke - "Home & Away Revisited" (Music Video Distributors)
  • Gary Moore & Friends - "One Night in Dublin: A Tribute to Phil Lynott" (Eagle Vision)
  • Pantera - "3 Vulgar Videos From Hell" (Rhino)
  • Russell Peters - "Two Concerts ... One Ticket" (Eclectic)
  • The Who - "Music in Review: The Essential Music of the Who - The Moon Years" (Icons of Rock)
  • Various artists - "The Grind" (Mercury)
  • Various artists - "Hip-Hop Laws of Success" (Image)
  • Various artists - "In the Beginning, Vol. 1: 2006 Montreal International Reggae Festival" (Razor & Tie)

Coming Attractions:

April 11:

April 18:

April 25: