Hungry?: The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been piquing fans' appetites with their "Dani California" single, but that song has 27 brethren on the two-disc Stadium Arcadium. The guys wrote 38 songs, but the number they whittled the list down to still exceeds the number of tracks on their Greatest Hits and Best Of records combined. The two CDs — nicknamed "Jupiter" and "Mars" — are boosted by a DVD in the limited-edition black-box version of the set, which has a chunky booklet, artwork by the band, an hour-long interview, the "Dani" video and more. Tracks on both versions include "Especially in Michigan," featuring a guitar solo by Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez; "Warlocks," with legend Billy Preston on clavinet; and "She's Only 18."
Lonely: Nick Lachey makes his second solo splash as the aftershocks of his break with Jessica Simpson are still rippling through the tabloids. The writing's on the, er, CD, as they say, on tracks like "I Can't Hate You Anymore," "On Your Own," "You're Not Alone" and — well, on just about all 12 songs. Lachey shares writing credits on most tracks, finding company in British singer/pianist Jamie Cullum on "Ghosts" and Backstreet Boys' Brian Littrell collaborator Dan Muckala on three tunes, including "Outside Looking In." Hang in there, bub.
Korny: There's a reason you haven't heard about Korn's Live & Rare: It's being dished out by the band's former label, Epic, undoubtedly trying to piggyback on Korn's current album and tour promotions. Dubbed a companion piece to 2004's Greatest Hits, Vol.1, the single disc culls seven tracks from the group's gig at New York's CBGB in 2003, two from its 1999 Woodstock performance, plus covers of Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall (Parts 1-3)," Metallica's "One" and Cheech & Chong's "Earache My Eye."
Gnarly: Wherever St. Elsewhere is, expect to find astronauts, purple panthers, pink palm trees, gas masks and other scattered military equipment — if the cover of Gnarls Barkley's debut is at all accurate. All songs were written primarily by Brian Burton, a.k.a. Danger Mouse — save a surprising cover of Violent Femmes' "Gone Daddy Gone" — while Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, a.k.a. Cee-Lo, mans the mic. Both partners are Grammy nominees, so expect this one to have some extra bounce with the critics.
Agelessly: Gotta love it when soul heroes the Isley Brothers advertise a fresh number as a "new vintage classic." That would be "Gotta Be With You," one of 11 new cuts by the bros that also include "Blast Off," which features and was written, produced and arranged by R. Kelly; the Jermaine Dupri-produced "Gotta Be With You," co-written by Bryan Michael Cox (Mariah Carey, Usher); "Heaven Hooked Us Up," with guitars by Ernest Isley; and the laudably titled "Forever Mackin'," which has the priceless lyric "I rock the grooves and make moves on all the mommies."
She's not as old as the Isleys, but veteran Motown and current Cash Money heavyweight Teena Marie follows up 2004's La Doña with Sapphire. The death of her close companion Rick James is at the root of her 13th record, for which her 14-year-old daughter, Alia Rose, pays more than a couple of visits. Also chiming in are Kurupt and his wife, Gail Gotti; Teena Marie's sister, Queen; plus Smokey Robinson, Gerald Albright and the late James (on "You Blow Me Away").
Fiery: For their fourth studio venture, Eyes Open, Snow Patrol sought some help from singer Martha Wainwright for the scorching duet "Set the Fire to the Third Bar." Oh, and if you've got an all-regions DVD player and some extra motivation, try to hunt down the limited-edition import copy of the record. The accompanying video disc has making-of material plus the video for "You're All I Have."
All in the Family: This week would make Jack and Meg White proud. The Chicago husband-and-wife duo the Like Young step up with their third record, Last Secrets; Mercury Prize-nominated brothers the Electric Soft Parade deliver The Human Body EP — with a bonus track that didn't appear on the U.K. edition; and John Carter Cash contributes liner notes to a re-release of his father's The Johnny Cash Children's Album, which has four previously unissued tracks.
Pony Up is a project that pairs drummer Linsay Wills with her younger sister/ ad-hoc keyboardist Laura Elizabeth. The Montreal group cowboy up with their debut, Make Love to the Judges With Your Eyes, which the band tracked with Arcade Fire collaborator Howard Ian Bilerman and engineer Brian Paulson of Beck and Wilco note.
Grandaddy's Just Like the Fambly Cat is in the thick of the incestuous pack, even if the record is more of a signature on their set of divorce papers, while New York bluesman Popa Chubby reveals the art behind Stealing the Devil's Guitar. Accident Experiment is another family matter, so to speak, as the band's United We Fear opus adopts members of P.O.D., Sprung Monkey and Grammatrain.
And the third release by Danielson Famile spinoff Danielson brings together siblings Chris, Greg, John and Satomi and also features Sufjan Stevens and Serena Maneesh. As luck would have it, Pitchfork darlings Serena Maneesh drop their own self-titled record this week, a record the Norwegian group calls an exercise in serenity. Let's hope they don't have any in-laws!
Song Title of the Week:
"Tire Bracelets for Coffin Life" from Zach Hill and Mick Barr's Shred Earthship
Matmos' The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast: The San Francisco duo's seventh record is really an event in and of itself. With help from Björk, the Kronos Quartet and Antony, Matmos pay homage to 10 notorious deviants, including Germs singer Darby Crash, Valerie Solanas — the woman who shot Andy Warhol — and William S. Burroughs. And it gets even more far-out when they acknowledge Bavarian ruler King Ludwig II and a '60s gay-porn director. Capping the milestone, Matmos enlisted an array of artists — including Ghost World and Art School Confidential mastermind Daniel Clowes — to craft a visual accompaniment for each piece.
Plain White T's' Hey There Delilah: Chicago's latest great "white" hope have already won big with this EP's title track, which has been downloaded more than 40,000 times on iTunes. A live version of the song plus four new numbers recorded with Sean O'Keefe (Fall Out Boy, Hawthorne Heights) and four additional videos give this EP even more bang for the buck.
Kimya Dawson's Remember That I ♥ You: The Moldy Peach just got married and is expecting a baby this summer, but apparently that's not enough — she found time to birth her fifth solo LP as well. She fumes about the response to the 2004 tsunami in "12/26," declaring, "We'd have 12/26 tattooed across our foreheads if something this atrocious happened on our coast instead." But she saves some vitriol for the White House on "Loose Lips" — after all, what would a new-releases week be these days without some Bush bashing?
- Accident Experiment - United We Fear (Rock Ridge)
- The Aggrolites - The Aggrolites (digipak; Hellcat)
- Astral Doors - Astralism (Locomotive)
- ATB - The DJ in the Mix 3 (digipak; Water)
- Backyard Babies - People Like People Like People Like Us (Abacus)
- Susana Baca - Travesías (Luaka Bop)
- The Black Heart Procession - The Spell (digipak; Touch & Go)
- Black Hollies - Crimson Reflections (Ernest Jenning Record Co.)
- Ane Brun - A Temporary Dive (V2)
- Burden of a Day - Pilots & Paper Planes (Blood & Ink)
- Clear Static - Clear Static (Maverick)
- Harry Connick Jr. - Harry on Broadway, Act 1 (two CDs; Columbia)
- Cx Kidtronik - Krak Attack (Sound-Ink)
- Danielson - Ships (Secretly Canadian)
- Kimya Dawson - Remember That I ♥ You (K)
- Casey Driessen - 3D (Sugar Hill)
- The Electric Soft Parade - The Human Body (EP; Better Looking)
- The Everyothers - Pink Sticky Lies (EP; Kill Rock Stars)
- Flying - Just-One-Second-Ago-Broken Eggshell (Millpond)
- Forgive Durden - Wonderland (Fueled by Ramen)
- The Isley Brothers - Baby Makin' Music (Island)
- Girl Talk - Night Ripper (Illegal Art)
- Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere (Downtown)
- Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat (V2)
Read: "Grandaddy Can't Wait To Leave Home — But They Have To Finish Telling It Off First"
- Grave Digger - 25 to Live (two CDs; Locomotive)
- Zach Hill and Mick Barr - Shred Earthship (5 Rue Christine)
- Jolie Holland - Springtime Can Kill You (digipak; Anti)
- I See Hawks in L.A. - California Country (Western Seeds)
- Jagged Edge - Jagged Edge (Columbia)
- Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch & Fats Kaplin - Lost John Dean (Compass)
- KMFDM - Ruck Zuck (EP; Metropolis)
- Korn - Live & Rare (Epic)
- Darren Kozelsky - Let Your Mind Fly (Boo Hatch)
- Nick Lachey - What's Left of Me (Jive)
- Lansing-Dreiden - The Dividing Island (digipak; Kemado)
- The Like Young - Last Secrets (Polyvinyl)
- Little Annie - Songs From the Coal Mine Canary (Durtro/ Jnana)
- Teena Marie - Sapphire (Cash Money)
- Matmos - The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast (Matador)
- MC Magic - Magic City (Thump)
- McFly - Just My Luck (Universal)
- Julia Murney - I'm Not Waiting (Sh-K Boom)
- New Mexican Disaster Squad - Don't Believe (Jade Tree)
- Nomo - New Tones (Ubiquity)
- The Old Haunts - Fuel on Fire (Kill Rock Stars)
- Panzer AG - Your World Is Burning (Metropolis)
- Stephen Pearcy - Stripped (Sidewinder)
- Plain White T's - Hey There Delilah (enhanced EP; Fearless)
Read: "Plain White T's Find Getting Personal Pays Off, Literally"
- Pony Up - Make Love to the Judges With Your Eyes (Dim Mak)
- Popa Chubby - Stealing the Devil's Guitar (Blind Pig)
- Rasheeda - Georgia Peach (Big Cat)
- Red Hot Chili Peppers - Stadium Arcadium (two CDs; limited edition with DVD also available; Warner Bros.)
Read: "Chili Peppers Stoked About New Album, Possible Kanye Tour"
- Retisonic - Levittown (EP; Ascetic)
- Serena Maneesh - Serena-Maneesh (Play Louder)
- Shearwater - Palo Santo (Misra)
- Paul Simon - Surprise (Warner Bros.)
- Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - My Heart's in Texas (Blind Pig)
- Snog - Snog Vs. the Faecal Juggernaut of Mass Culture (Metropolis)
- Snow Patrol - Eyes Open (A&M)
Read: "Snow Patrol Turn 'Candy-Assed' Music Into Beastly Arena Rock"
- Sodom - Sodom (Steamhammer/ SPV)
- The Stills - Without Feathers (Vice)
Read: "The Stills Look To Britney Spears In Picking New Single"
- Suga Free - Just Add Water (with bonus DVD; Bungalo)
- Sugarplum Fairies - Country International Records (Starfish)
- Thee More Shadows - Monkey Vs. Shark (Turn)
- Toots Thielemans - One More for the Road (Verve)
- Transition - Get There (Floodgate)
- Jim Van Cleve - No Apologies (Rural Rhythm)
- Wooden Wand - Harem of the Sundrum & the Witness Figg (5 Rue Christine)
- Yonder Mountain String Band - Yonder Mountain String Band (Vanguard)
- Hans Zimmer - "The Da Vinci Code" soundtrack (Decca)
- Various artists - Punk Goes 90's (Fearless)
- Various artists - Re-Bop: The Savoy Remixes (Savoy Jazz)
- Various artists - Rewind! 5 (Ubiquity)
- Various artists - Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman (Sugar Hill)
- Various artists - The Sound the Hare Heard (Kill Rock Stars)
- Various artists - "Charmed: The Final Chapter" soundtrack (Adrenaline)
- Various artists - "Mission: Impossible III" soundtrack (Varèse Sarabande)
- Various artists - "Poseidon" soundtrack (Interscope)
Notable Reissues and Archival Material:
- Chris Isaak - Best of Chris Isaak (two-disc version with DVD also available; Reprise)
- Barry Manilow - Barry Manilow II, Even Now and Tryin' to Get the Feeling (expanded with unreleased tracks; Arista/ Legacy)
- Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - "My Heart's in Texas" (Blind Pig)
- Trivium - Ascendancy (special-edition slipcase with DVD; Roadrunner)
- Gino Vanelli - These Are the Days (Universal)
- Various artists - Pure '80s: #1s (UTV)
- Rory Gallagher - "Live at Montreux" (Eagle Vision)
- Grave Digger - "25 to Live" (Locomotive)
- New Order - "New Order Story" (Rhino)
- Whitesnake - "Live in the Still of the Night" (Hip-O)
- Ashley Parker Angel - Soundtrack to Your Life (Universal)
- Cam'ron - Killa Season (limited-edition version with DVD and two bonus tracks also available; Rap-a-Lot)
Read: "Mixtape Monday: LL Cool J Stays Hungry, Cam'ron Delivers A Preview"
- Hoobastank - Every Man for Himself (Island)
Read: "Hoobastank Find Inspiration For New LP In Scott Weiland's Cold Shoulder"
- Christina Milian - So Amazin' (enhanced; Def Jam)
- The Raconteurs - Broken Boy Soldiers (V2/ Third Man)
Read: "Jack White: Don't Call The Raconteurs A Side Project"
- Rock Kills Kid - Are You Nervous? (Reprise)
Read: "Rock Kills Kid Bring Music From Windowless Room To Radio"
- Angels & Airwaves - We Don't Need to Whisper (Geffen)
Read: "Tom DeLonge Spills More About Angels & Airwaves' Plans For World Domination "
- Don Omar - King of Kings (Universal)
Read: "Reggaeton Star Don Omar Out To Spread Latino Unity"
- The Walkmen - Hundred Miles Off (Record Collection)
- The Charlatans UK - "Live at Last" (Standing Room Only)
- Les Claypool - Of Whales & Woe (digipak; Prawn Song)
- Peeping Tom - Peeping Tom (Ipecac)