Sugar Ray is In the Pursuit of Leisure, and that process apparently involves Mark McGrath and company reuniting with their longtime producer, David Kahne. The new album features the group's usual mix of '80s-inspired tunes, a flirtation with hip-hop, and lighthearted party songs, plus a cover of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Going Out with Him" and the first single, "Mr. Bartender (It's So Easy)."
Jewel channels her inner Prince on 0304, using such song titles as "Run 2 U," "Yes U Can," and "U & Me = Love." Meanwhile, Nina Nastasia issues the beautifully haunting album Run to Ruin, engineered by Steve Albini, and Northern State, the all-girl hip-hop group from Long Island, New York, who fancy themselves a Beastie Boys for a new generation, is Dying in Stereo.
Eels deliver Shootenanny!, a solid pop album, while Souls She Said, a band featuring former members of the Icarus Line and Ink and Dagger, release the EP Rub the Sleep Out. Also out this week is Paper Monsters, the debut solo album from Depeche Mode's David Gahan.
The Yes New York compilation features Longwave, the Walkmen, and the Strokes on a live recording of "New York City Cops." Another team effort, Warped Tour 2003, contains songs from the Used, NoFX and Andrew W.K., among other performers at this year's festival.
Finally, indie hip-hop heads, Aceyalone and Saul Williams both release albums this week. The emcees espouse their political poetry on Love and Hate and Not in Our Name, respectively. Also on the independent hip-hop radar is S.A Smash/Cage's Smashy Trashy, produced by El-P and featuring Def Jux favorite Aesop Rock.
- Aceyalone - Love and Hate (Red Urban)
Adequate Seven - Songs of Innocence and of Experience (Household Name) Amazing Transparent Man - Taking Back the Covers (EP, Springman) Joan Armatrading - What's Inside (Denon) Armor for Sleep - Dream to Make Believe (Equal Vision) Aspera - Oh Fantastica (Jagjaguwar) Audio Bullys - Ego War (Astralwerks) Gene Autry - Singing Cowboy (American Legends) Aziza A - Kendi Dunyam (Doublemoon) Belvedere - 'Twas Hell Said Former Child (Household Name) Brendan Benson and the Wellfed Boys - Metarie (Star Time) Biff Bang Pow! - Best of Biff Bang Pow (Rev-Ola) Big Star - Big Star Story (Rykodisc) Bodies Lay Broken - Eximinous Execration (Deathvomit) Marc Bolan - Work in Progress (Edsel) Bonepony - Jubilee (Superduper) Bride of No No - Bride of No No (Atavistic) Budapest One - This Town Just Gave You a Dreamer (Beatville) Canned Heat - Friends in the Can (Varese) Andre & Martine Charbonneau - Air Mail Music: Spain - Guitare Flamenca (Playasound) Chatham County Line - Chatham County Line (Bonfire) Don Chezina - Live from Miami (D.C.) The Clique - Vanbrugh Park (DeTour) Cousin Harley - Jukin' (East Side) Curse of the Golden Vampire - Mass Destruction (Ipecac) Terence Trent D'Arby - Wild Card (Compendia) The Daycare Swindlers - This Is No Way to Make a Living (Vile Beat) Dead Meadow - Shivering King and Others (Matador) Death Comet Crew - DCC America (Troubleman Unlimited) Dee Rangers - Pretty Ugly Beat (White Jazz) Depswa - Two Angels and a Dream (Interscope) Destruction Made Simple - Terror Sticken Youth (Af ) Divine Empire - Nostradamus (Olympic) DNA - Influences (Tommy Boy) Don't Look Down - Five (EP, NIT) Gordon Downie - Battle of the Nudes (Rounder) The Dragons - Sin Salvation (Gearhead) D.R.I. - Dirtiest ... Rottenest (Restless) The Durutti Column - Someone Else's Party (Artful) Dusty Drake - Dusty Drake (Warner Bros) Dust to Dust - Sick (Music Cartel) Stacey Earle/Mark Stuart - Never Gonna Let You Go (Evolver) Earth Quake - Purple: The A&M Recordings (Acadia) Eels - Shootenanny (DreamWorks) Elephant Micah - Elephant Micah, Your Dreams Are Feeding Back (Bluesanct Musak) Enon - In This City (Touch & Go) Erase Errata - Dancing Machine (EP, Troubleman Unlimited) Essential Logic - Fanfare in the Garden: An Essential Logic Collection (Kill Rock Stars) Extreme Noise Terror - From One Extreme to Another (Anag Punk) The Fall - It's the New Thing (Sanctuary) Federation X - X-Patriot (Estrus) Flamethrower - Flamethrower (DeAd Teenager) Adam Forkner - [[[[VVRSSNN]]]] (K) From Monument To Masses - Impossible Leap in 34 Simple Steps (Dim Mak) David Gahan - Paper Monsters (Warner Bros.)
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Gasman - Remedial (Planet Mu) Ghetto Superstars - Ghetto Classics (Blackstone) The Gift Machine - Don't Turn Me Off (KNW-Yr-Own) Give Up the Ghost - Background Music (Equal Vision) Goldberg-Miller Blues Band - 1965-66 Blowing My Mind Plus (Acadia) Gold Chains - Young Miss America (Pias America) Grave Digger - Rheingold (Nuclear Blast America) Buddy Guy - Blues Singer (Jive) Steve Hackett - To Watch the Storms (Inside Out) Hoods - Pray for Death (Victory) Horace X - Sackbutt (Omnium) Glenn Hughes - Live in Tokyo (Shrapnel) The Jealous Sound - Kill Them With Kindness (Better Looking) The Jets - Bolt of Lightning (Krypton)
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Jumpin' Jack - Rhumba Lee (Back Bender) Josh Kelley - For the Ride Home (Hollywood) King Prawn - Got the Thirst (Golf) Landing - Passages Through (K) Langhorns - Mission Exotica (Bad Taste) Last Days of April - Ascend to the Stars (Crank) Chris Lee - Cool Rock (Misra) Barry Levenson & Johnny Dyer - Hard Times Won (Storyville) Limecell - It's Gonna Get Ugly (TKO) Erik Lindgren - Sound on Sound (Arf Arf) The Lonesome Organist - Form and Follies (Thrill Jockey) Lonestar - Greatest Hits (BNA) Lousy - Babylon District (Knockout) Love and Rockets - Sorted: The Best of Love and Rockets (Beggars Banquet) David McWilliams - Reflections of David McWilliams (RPM) Mea Culpa - They Put You in a Mask (Empty) John Cougar Mellencamp - Trouble No More (Sony) Millencolin - Battery Check (Burning Heart) The Mink Lungs - I'll Take It (Arena Rock) Mister Zippy - Ambition Is Critical (Golf) Mistreaters - Playa Hated to the Fullest (Estrus) Moka Only - Lowdown Suite (Battle Axe) Eddie Money - Then and Now (Sanctuary) The Moondogs - John Peel Sessions (DeTour) The Movies - In One Era out the Other (Gern Blandsten) Nina Nastasia - Run to Ruin (Touch & Go) New Orleans Klezmer All Stars - Borvis (Kismet / Mri) None More Black - File Under Black (Fat Wreck Chords) Northern State - Dying in Stereo (Star Time) Nuclear Saturday - Best Time You Never Had (New School) Louis Osbourne - Motion Audio (Blue Chip) Paradise Island - Lines Are Infinitely Fine (Dim Mak) Dolly Parton - Ultimate Dolly Parton (RCA) Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham - Avventura (Jetset) Pineapple Corner - Soul G & Tony Match (Milan) Planet Smashers -Mighty (Stomp) Puffball - Leave Them All Behind (Burning Heart) Rattlesnakes - I, Explosion (Localhost) Lou Reed - NYC Man: The Ultimate Lou Reed Collection (RCA) The Riffs - Death or Glory (TKO) The Riverboat Gamblers - Something to Crow About (Gearhead) Roxy Music - Live (Eagle) Carla Rugg - Dynamite (East Side) S.A. Smash/Cage - Smashy Trashy (Definitive Jux) The Satellites - Jump (Planet X) Saxon Shore - Four Months of Darkness (Burnt Toast Vinyl) Brian Setzer - Jump, Jive an' Wail (Interscope) Seventh Star - Dead End (Facedown) Shoe Suede Blues - Saved By the Blues (Beachwood) Sinister - Savage or Grace (Nuclear Blast America) Skinless - Sacrifice to Survival (Relapse) Sleep - Dopesmoker (Tee Pee) Snuff - Kilburn/Caught in Session (Golf) Sonata Arctica - Winterheart's Guild (Century Media) Souls She Said - Rub the Sleep Out (EP, Buddyhead) Spacegirl - Alone (Topaz) Rebecca Spencer - Wide Awake and Dreaming (LML) Strung Out - Live in a Dive (Fat Wreck Chords) A Sudden Sway - Seventysix Kids Forever (Cherry Red) Sugar Ray - In the Pursuit of Leisure (Atlantic)
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Surface of Eceon - Dragyn (Strange Attractors) Tabula Rasa - Role of Smith (Af) Tegan & Sara - If It Was You (Sanctuary) Testostarone Kill - War All the Time (Fortified) They Came from the Stars - What We Are Doing Here (Lo.) Three Inches of Blood - Battle Cry Under a Winter Sun (Infect) Throw Rag - Desert Shores (Better Youth Organization) Devin Townsend - Terria (Inside Out) Train - My Private Nation (Sony) Pete Turland - Both Wheels Left the Ground (East Side) Unseen -Explode (Better Youth Organization) Vanilla Muffins - Drug Is Football (Knockout) The Vanishing - Songs for Psychotic Children (Gold Standard) Variable Unit - Handbook for the Apocalypse (Wide Hive) Gillian Welch - Soul Journey (Acony) White Light Motorcade - Thank You, Goodnight! (Octone) Saul Williams - Not in Our Name (EP, Synchronic) Wirebox - Prison Cell (Tru-one) Woman & Children - Woman & Children (Attack 9) Various artists - 25 Beach Music Classics (Varese) Various artists – “Beer: The Movie” soundtrack (Triple Crown) Various artists - Best of America, Vol. 2 (Curb) Various artists – “Bruce Almighty” soundtrack (Varese) Various artists - Cat'n Around, Vols. 1 & 2 (Pink & Black) Various artists - Compunktion, Vol. 2 (Sucka-punch) Various artists - Deadly Dose of Wylde Psych (Arf Arf) Various artists - Dream Babes, Vol. 4: Go Girl (RPM) Various artists - Forgive This Foolish Man: Hi Records' Deep Soul (Hi) Various artists - Grimey, Vol. 1 (Image) Various artists - Jesse and Jorge Morales Presents Z: Banda Rap (Sony) Various artists - Liberation Songs to Benefit PETA (Fat Wreck Chords) Various artists - Magpie (RPM) Various artists - Old School Oldies (Thump) Various artists - Pawn Stars!: The Pawn Label Story 1974-1978 (Hi) Various artists - Snoisses: The Skateboarder Sessions (Sessions) Various artists - Spanish Fly (Universal Latino) Various artists - Swami Sound System, Vol. 1 (Swami) Various artists - Terminal Sales (Sub Pop) Various artists - Ultimate Smash Hits (Arista) Various artists - Underground Radio: Volume High (Morisen) Various artists - Warped Tour 2003 (Side One Dummy) Various artists - We Are Tottenham (Cherry Red) Various artists - World Wide Noise Attack (Retch) Various artists - Vital Idol (Idol) Various artists - Yes New York (Atlantic)
- Metallica - St. Anger (2 CDs, Elektra)
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- Duran Duran - Singles Box Set 1981-1985 (Capitol)
Justin Guarini - TBD (RCA) Radiohead - Hail to the Thief (Capitol)
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Luther Vandross - Dance With My Father (J)
- Petey Pablo - Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry (Jive)
- Monica - After the Storm (J)
- Beyoncé - Dangerously in Love (Sony)
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Gang Starr - The Ownerz (Virgin)
- Macy Gray - The Trouble With Being Myself (Sony)