Look Out: Ryan Cabrera might not have finished high school, but he's certainly got skills, having produced his second record, You Stand Watching, all by himself. On top of that, he recorded the sucker in a mere three weeks. Tracks include: "Shine On" (first single), "Hit Me With Your Light" and "It's You."
Pollinating Pac: The Rose, Vol. 2 - Music Inspired by Tupac's Poetry commemorates the ninth anniversary of the rapper's death and finds Ludacris, Memphis Bleek, Talib Kweli and others using Pac's poetry as a launch pad for songs of their own. Teenagers Morgan McKenzie and Amber Granderson bring his story full-circle with the final track, "Poetry"; they're students at Pac's Kids, a summer performing-arts camp set up in memory of the rapper. Tracks include: "In the Depths of Solitude" (featuring Ludacris), "Power of a Smile" (featuring Bone Thugs-N-Harmony) and "Life Through My Eyes" (featuring Memphis Bleek and Tupac).
5 Alive: Maroon 5 flipped the name of their CD/DVD combo collection from Live at the Santa Barbara Bowl to the more foreboding Live - Friday the 13th. It's hitched with a bonus DVD featuring an interview with writer/director Mitch Glaser and a photo montage consisting of behind-the-scenes and live footage. Tracks include: "Wasted Years" (unreleased song), "Hello" (Oasis cover) and "She Will Be Loved."
A Novel Idea: As if Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness wasn't enough to chew on, Coheed and Cambria are putting out a 118-page graphic novel to coincide with the long-winded release. Good Apollo tracks include: "Ten Speed (Of God's Blood and Burial)," "The Suffering" and "Crossing the Frame."
DualDiscs Galore: Adding extra incentives for fans to buy instead of burn, the video portion of Bon Jovi's limited-edition Have a Nice Day DualDisc has five live clips from a November 2004 gig in Atlantic City, New Jersey, plus a behind-the-scenes video for the title track and a sticker to boot. Flip over Jamiroquai's Dynamite and you'll find two videos and an interview, while David Banner's Certified has some top-secret video goodies.
As Heard On TV: With the Emmys still fresh, the record racks are crossing over into TV land with the "Desperate Housewives" soundtrack (featuring Liz Phair, Macy Gray and Joss Stone); Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre, a companion to the INXS show; and "American Idol" contender LaToya London's Love & Life. Also, PBS packages three of its specials in video-disc form: the Martin Scorsese-directed Dylan biopic "No Direction Home"; the Carter Family's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"; and "The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation."
Astral Week: Tupac Shakur's The Rose, Vol. 2 captures Talib Kweli wishing on a "Fallen Star"; George Michael decides to "Blame It on the Sun" on Ray Charles' Genius & Friends; Coheed and Cambria take off with Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness; Pilotdrift see "Comets" on Water Sphere; and Trio da Paz "Look to the Sky" on Somewhere. In the meantime, Earth (Hex [Or Printing in the Infernal Method]) and Earth, Wind & Fire (Illumination) stay closer to home. Also going the global route are Alicia Keys and Jermaine Paul ("If This World Were Mine," on So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross); Anthax ("In My World," on Alive 2 (2005)); Jordis Unga (covering David Bowie's "Man Who Sold the World," on Rock Star); Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash ("King of the World," on Mile Markers); Most Precious Blood ("World War You," on Merciless); Bif Naked ("The World Is Over," on Superbeautifulmonster); New Order ("World in Motion," on their "A Collection" DVD); Cage ("Perfect World," on Hell's Winter); the Last Dance ("World Down," on Once Beautiful); and the Cruxshadows ("Edge of the World," on the "Sleepwatching: Volume 1" comp).
Horse the Band - "Octopus on Fire" (The Mechanical Hand) Most Precious Blood - "Narcoleptic Sleepwalker" (Merciless) Shaggy - "Ready Fi Di Ride" (Clothes Drop)
Miri Ben-Ari's The Hip-Hop Violinist and Ray Charles' Genius & Friends: The Jay-Z/Wyclef collaborator has arrived at long last, and she joins forces on her maiden release with Kanye, Fabolous and Musiq ("Fly Away"); Scarface ("Sunshine to the Rain"); and John Legend and Consequence ("I've Been Waiting on You"). Don't miss the bonus reggaetón remix of "Jump & Spread Out," with Fatman Scoop, Zion, Lennox and Pitbull along for the ride. John Legend also crops up on Genius & Friends, which also features Mary J. Blige, Diana Ross and Angie Stone. (And, on that note, Rhino issues the behemoth Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) the same day.)
Disturbed's Ten Thousand Fists: The metal band enlisted comic-book guru Todd McFarlane for a special edition of its latest; he crafts original art for the expanded, 24-page booklet. Previously, iTunes offered a video for "Stricken," a bonus track ("Monster") and a McFarlane sketch with pre-orders.
So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross, Love to Love You, Baby: A Tribute to Donna Summer and The Killer in You: A Tribute to Smashing Pumpkins: The speedily released Vandross tribute corrals Beyoncé, Elton John, Wyclef and Donna Summer, who gets her own salute the same day via Tom Tom Club, Soft Cell, Heart and others. On the other end of the spectrum, Poison the Well, A Static Lullaby and Hopesfall give Smashing Pumpkins a metalcore makeover with The Killer in You.
The 88 - Over and Over (Mootron) Agent Sparks - Not So Merry EP (Immortal/Epic) The American Analog Set - Set Free (Arts & Crafts) Anthrax - Alive 2 (2005) (Sanctuary) A.R.E. Weapons - Free in the Streets (Defend) At All Cost - It's Time to Decide (Koch) The Audition - Controversy Loves Company (Victory) The Bad Plus - Suspicious Activity? (Columbia) Bang 'Em & Domination - God Giveth, God Taketh Away (Koch) David Banner - Certified (DualDisc same day; Universal)
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Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash - Mile Markers (Emergent) Josh Bates - Perfect Day (Reunion) Miri Ben-Ari - The Hip-Hop Violinist (Universal)
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Bon Jovi - Have a Nice Day (limited DualDisc edition same day; Island) Broadcast - Tender Buttons (Warp) Kev Brown - I Do What I Do (Up Above) Burning Spear - Our Music (DualDisc; Burning Music) C-Dott - Loyal to Da Block (Empire Musicwerks) Ryan Cabrera - You Stand Watching (Atlantic)
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Cage - Hell's Winter (limited-edition version with bonus disc of instrumentals due same day; Definitive Jux) Cartel - Chroma (The Militia Group) Ray Charles - Genius & Friends (Rhino) Ken Clark Organ Trio - Mutual Respect (Severn) Coheed and Cambria - Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness (Columbia Records)
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Cold Blood - Transfusion (Dig Music) Curumin - Achados E Perdidos (Quannum Projects) D:Fuse - People 3: Both Sides of the Picture - Live (Moist) Disturbed - Ten Thousand Fists (special edition due same day; Warner Bros.)
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DJ Three - Hallucienda (System Recordings) Jerry Douglas - The Best Kept Secret (Koch) Earth - Hex (Or Printing in the Infernal Method) (Southern Lord) Earth, Wind & Fire - Illumination (Sanctuary Urban) Echo and the Bunnymen - Siberia (Cooking Vinyl) Marty Ehrlich - News on the Rail (Palmetto) El Ten Eleven - El Ten Eleven (Bar/None) End of Level Boss - Prologue (Exile on Mainstream) Estéfano - Código Personal: A Media Vida (Universal Latino Media) The Five Corners Quintet - Chasin' the Jazz Gone By (Milan) Forgas Band Phenomena - Soleil 12 (Cuneiform) God Forbid - IV: Constitution of Treason (DualDisc; Century Media) Alex Gold - Back From a Break (Koch) Horse the Band - The Mechanical Hand (Koch) Innerstance.Beatbox - Your Eyes Are Like UFO's My Darling (Consumers Research) John Hall - Rock Me on the Water (Siren Song) Jamiroquai - Dynamite (DualDisc same day; Epic) Kyle Jason - Revolution of the Cool (Slam Jamz) JD & the Straight Shot - Nothing to Hide (Rhino) Djam Karet - Recollection Harvest (Cuneiform) The Kingsbury Manx - The Fast Rise and Fall of the South (Yep Roc) The Lackthereof - Christian the Christian (Film Guerrero) The Last Dance - Once Beautiful (Dancing Ferret) Christine Lavin - Folkzinger (Appleseed) Lil Al - The Self Made LP (P.R.) LaToya London - Love & Life (Peak/Concord) Eric Marienthal - Got You Covered! (Peak/Concord) Maroon 5 - Live - Friday the 13th (with DVD; Octone) Masterplan - Aeronautics (Candlelight) Mats/Morgan Band - Thanks for Flying With Us (Cuneiform) Katy Moffatt - Up Close & Personal (Fuel 2000) Mojo Gurus - Shakin' in the Barn (Empire Musicwerks) The Morning After Girls - The Morning After Girls (Rainbow Quartz) Most Precious Blood - Merciless (Trustkill) Mr. Oizo - Moustache (Half a Scissor) (Mute) Municipal Waste - Hazardous Mutation (Earache) Bif Naked - Superbeautifulmonster (Bodog) Nashville Pussy - Get Some! (Spitfire) NDIO - Airback (Cuneiform) New Recruits - Attila Sex Shock (Cancer) Old 97's - Alive & Wired (New West) Oranger - New Comes and Goes (Eenie Meenie) P$C - 25 to Life (Atlantic) Paint by Numbers - Plastic (Victory) Charlie Peacock - Love Press Ex-Curio (Emergent) Pilotdrift - Water Sphere (Good) Psyche Origami - The Standard (ArcTheFinger) Jon Randall - Walking Among the Living (Sony Nashville) Ray J - Raydiation (Sanctuary)
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Jenni Rivera - Parrandera, Rebelde y Atrevida (Fonovisa) Shaggy - Clothes Drop (Geffen) Billy Joe Shaver - The Real Deal (Compadre) Tupac Shakur - The Rose, Vol. 2 - Music Inspired by Tupac's Poetry (Koch) Shipwreck Union - Self Defense (Detroit Management) Darden Smith - Field of Crows (DualTone) Barbra Streisand - Guilty Pleasures (DualDisc same day; Columbia) Swords - Metropolis (Arena Rock) Trio da Paz - Somewhere (Megaforce) Paul Van Dyk - The Politics of Dancing 2 (Mute) Andreas Vollenweider - Vox (DualDisc; Kin Kou) Kim Waters - All for Love (Shanachie) We Are Wolves - We Are Wolves (Fat Possum) Withered - Memento Mori (Lifeforce) Zero Hour - A Fragile Mind (Sensory) Various artists - Anjunabeats Volume Three (Epic) Various artists - Instrumental Icons, Vol. 3 (Koch) Various artists - The Killer in You: A Tribute to Smashing Pumpkins (Reignition) Various artists - Love to Love You, Baby: A Tribute to Donna Summer (Koch) Various artists - Rock Star: A Night at the Mayan Theatre (Epic) Various artists - So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross (J) Various artists - "Desperate Housewives" soundtrack (Hollywood) Various artists - "Roll Bounce" soundtrack (Sanctuary) Anthrax - Anthrology: No Hit Wonders (1985-1991) (Island) James Brown - Gettin' Down to It (Verve) Bon Jovi - Slippery When Wet (DualDisc; Mercury/Universal) Coal Chamber - Coal Chamber - The 25th Anniversary Series (Roadrunner) Ray Charles - Pure Genius: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (1952-1959) (Rhino) Sam Cooke - Night Beat (limited edition), One Night Stand!: Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club and The Best of Sam Cooke (RCA) King Diamond - Abigail - The 25th Anniversary Series (Roadrunner) King's X - Box Set (limited edition; Metal Blade) Steve Lukather - SantaMental (one bonus track; features Slash, Eddie Van Halen and Steve Vai; Favored Nations) Master P - ReMix Classics (Koch) Premonitions of War - Glorified Dirt/The True Face of Panic (Metal Blade) VHS or Beta - Le Funk (with bonus remixes; Astralwerks) Various artists - Night Train to Nashville: Music City Rhythm & Blues 1945-1970 Volume Two (with bonus remixes; Astralwerks) Anthrax - "Alive 2" (Sanctuary) The Carter Family - "Will the Circle Be Unbroken" (PBS/Paramount) Bob Dylan - "No Direction Home" (directed by Martin Scorsese; PBS/Paramount) Jesse McCartney - "Up Close" (Hollywood) New Order - "A Collection" (Rhino) Traffic - "The Last Great Traffic Jam" (Epic) Various artists - "The Sixties: The Years That Shaped a Generation" (PBS/Paramount) Various artists - "Sleepwatching: Volume 1" (Dancing Ferret) Ryan Adams & the Cardinals - Jacksonville City Nights (Lost Highway) Sheryl Crow - Wildflower (A&M) Lil Kim - The Naked Truth (Atlantic)
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Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine (DualDisc; Epic)
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Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better (Epic)
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Nickelback - All the Right Reasons (Roadrunner) Ricky Martin - Life (Columbia) Alicia Keys - Unplugged (J)
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Ashlee Simpson - In Another Life
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