Move Over, Crunk: E-40 claims to have inserted "It's all good" and "fo' shizzle" into the hip-hop lexicon, and this week he's trying to incorporate the hyphy movement into the mainstream with My Ghetto Report Card. He's called all hands on deck for the effort, including Mike Jones, Juelz Santana, Too Short, UGK, T-Pain and Oakland, California's best-named artist, Keak Da Sneak. Lil Jon was apparently too busy behind the decks to spit out any verses on tracks like "They Might Be Taping," "Do Ya Head Like This" or the curious two-part skit "GetTheF---On.com."
Score Another One for the Underdogs: Re-releasing albums with a bonus DVD shortly after their original release is all the rage -- but Fall Out Boy aren't ones to conform. Instead they're revisiting their Grammy-nominated From Under the Cork Tree with just one disc, a limited-edition item specifically designed for their Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour. They've managed to squeeze extra cuts on the new version, endowing them with their hi-larious titular prowess: "Snitches and Talkers Get Snitches and Walkers," "The Music or the Misery" and "My Heart Is the Worst Kind of Weapon." There's also remixes of "Sugar, We're Goin Down" (by lead singer Patrick Stump) and "Dance, Dance."
Old-School Boogie: DMC is shooting for high scans this week with his long-awaited solo debut, Checks Thugs and Rock N Roll -- more scans, that is, then the disappointing number Run-DMC counterpart the Rev Run tallied with his own solo debut, Distortion, late last year. A limited run comes with a bonus DVD -- and, of course, those peculiar guest spots by Kid Rock, Sarah McLachlan, Jam Master Jay and members of Korn, Buckcherry and Aerosmith.
Meanwhile, Boogie Down Productions -- who treaded the path beaten by Run-DMC -- are also recalled this week with Blast Master Tapes: The Best of the B-Boy Sessions. There's a heap of unreleased songs from 1985-'87 sprinkled over the course of the two discs, including the very fermented "D-Nice Rocks the House" and an alternate version of "Criminal Minded."
Hard Up for Bonus Tracks?: You'd have to think all the way back to last summer to recall Hard-Fi's Stars of CCTV making a splash in the U.K. (and subsequently getting some lovin' from the Brit Awards), but now the neo-ska band's debut disc is finally hitting U.S. shores. So what extra treats await all you holdouts? None, unfortunately: Free of bonus content, the U.S. version has the same 11 tracks that appeared on the U.K. one, including "Middle Eastern Holiday," "Tied Up Too Tight" and "Feltham Is Singing Out."
Party on, Dave: Don't want to sit through a movie to hear your favorite hip-hop artists perform? Well, that's what soundtracks are for. The one for "Dave Chappelle's Block Party" has a dozen delectable delights, including the Roots' eye-popping pair-up with Big Daddy Kane and Kool G Rap, Mos Def's "Universal Magnetic" and "Umi Says," and more Erykah Badu performances than you can shake a stick at.
Kids' Stuff: The "Kidz Bop" clan pummeled the competition with its little fists a couple of weeks ago, and now there's a second wave of pint-size threats this week led by Devo 2.0. Ranging in age from 10 to 13 years old, Nicole, Nathan, Kane, Jackie and Michael put a pre-pubescent polish on Devo classics like "Whip It" and "Cyclops" -- even though, according to their profiles, they're more into the Mars Volta and Chopin. If you still don't believe this project, feast your eyes on the accompanying DVD, which has performance material by the teensy troupe, plus footage of original Devo members and some computer-animation elements.
Over on the other side of the playground, Nickelodeon Kids' Choice, Vol. 2 lets the original artists do the talking, and this time around that means Gwen Stefani, Ciara, Weezer and Franz Ferdinand. Extra special is Simple Plan's live performance of "Shut Up" from the 2005 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
Slightly older kids -- namely those 45 years and above -- will jump for joy upon seeing, for the first time in the U.S., the soundtrack to the movie version of hallucinogenic children's show "H.R. Pufnstuf." There's more tracers, er, traces of Sid and Marty Krofft this week with the reissue of "The Bugaloos" soundtrack, which was a show about a bunch of rock musicians with wings who live in a magical forest and are hunted by Benita Bizarre, who wants to deprive them of all their happiness. Now that's what you call a bad trip.
Lest Ye Forget: Sonic Youth have hundreds of records to their name, but even loyal fans are probably lacking the original EP the band put out way back in October 1981. Well, they're in luck this week: Not only is Geffen re-tailoring the five-song set with eight additional tracks (mostly live stuff from that year), they're also tossing two more related titles back into stores after being out of print for more than a decade. The Whitey Album, a Madonna tribute of sorts by Ciccone Youth -- the SY-ers, plus the Minutemen's Mike Watt and Dinosaur Jr.'s J Mascis -- is back, as is SY guitarist Thurston Moore's 1995 solo affair, Psychic Hearts.
And in other play-it-again news, Now ReIgnition Records is giving Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag another push. Initial Records originally slipped out the disc in mid-2003, but the label went bust shortly thereafter. BF and metalcore fans alike should take note, because there are six bonus covers by Bleeding Through, Most Precious Blood, the Black Dahlia Murder and others appended on the re-release.
Song Titles of the Week:
"Auntie Toothache" and "What a F---ing Lovely Day!" from Stephin Merritt's Showtunes
Nicolai Dunger's Here's My Song: You Can Have It ... I Don't Want It Anymore/ Yours 4-Ever: Gotten over that title yet? Good. Dunger -- a seasoned Swedish singer/songwriter who's collaborated with Will Oldman, Calexico and others -- has found new friends in Mercury Rev, with whom he partnered for his new LP. He co-produced and recorded the album with the New Yorkers, letting them handle most guitar duties, although the album isn't officially a joint release between the two camps. Don't miss the slick slide guitar on "Country Lane."
NOFX's Never Trust a Hippy: Twenty-two years into their career, NOFX have finally accomplished their mission. "Thing is, NOFX will be going to hell for this EP," the band says on its Web site. The six-song menu includes a song to that end, "I'm Going to Hell for This One," plus "Everything in Moderation (Especially Moderation)," "Golden Boys," "You're Wrong" and two slices that will resurface on the band's incoming Wolves in Wolves' Clothing LP: "Seeing Double at the Triple Rock" and "The Marxist Brothers."
Miss Kittin's Radio Caroline: French neo-electro whiz Miss Kittin pays homage to pirate station Radio Caroline with a mix CD featuring 15 artists you've never heard of. They include Jesper Dahlbäck, Der Zyklus and Andreas Fragel. Hopefully this disc's as animated as her Web site (MissKittin.com).
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Notable Reissues And Archival Material:
- Bill Anderson - The Definitive Collection (Hip-O/ MCA Nashville)
- Benise - Nights of Fire! (Rosanegra)
- Black Sabbath - Greatest Hits 1970-1978 (Rhino)
- Boogie Down Productions - Blast Master Tapes: The Best of the B-Boy Sessions (two CDs; Traffic Entertainment)
- Bobby Brown - The Definitive Collection (Hip-O/ Geffen)
- Cameo - The Definitive Collection (Hip-O/ Mercury)
- The Chesterf!elds - Electric Guitars in Their Hearts: The Best of the Chesterf!elds (Cherry Red)
- Ciccone Youth - Whitey Album (Geffen)
- Dr. John - Right Place, Right Time: Live at Tipitina's - Mardi Gras '89 (The Music Force)
- Fall Out Boy - From Under the Cork Tree: Limited Black Clouds and Underdogs Tour Edition (Island)
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