Not only has the Matrix reloaded, so has its soundtrack. Out this week, Matrix Reloaded: The Album features some familiar faces -- Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie and Rage Against the Machine, as well as some new ones like Linkin Park, P.O.D. and the seemingly misplaced Dave Matthews Band.
Blur -- minus founding member Graham Coxon -- release Think Tank, with catchy tracks like "We've Got a File on You," and "Crazy Beat," this album's "Song 2."
Jack Johnson, not straying too far away from the alternative-folk sounds of Brushfire Fairytales, goes On and On this week while the indie super group the New Pornographers give an eager audience Electric Version featuring upbeat, quirky, catchy songs like "Chump Change," "Ballad of a Comeback Kid" and "July Jones."
More indie sounds are served up by Arab Strap with their Cherubs EP, the Decemberists' Castaways and Cut-Outs, Pleasure Forever's Alter and the Gossip's Movement.
Prince Paul's Politics of the Business features a slew of guests like Chuck D, Ice T, members of the Pharcyde and De La Soul, plus Chris Rock and Dave Chapelle. Meanwhile, MC Lyte also taps some comedic talent in the form of Jamie Foxx for her LP Da Underground Heat Vol. 1.
On the "American Dreams" soundtrack, you'll find Stacie Orrico on a version of "My Boyfriend's Back" and Vanessa Carlton on "Wishin' and Hopin.' " Finally, something a little less wholesome: veteran punk band NOFX's War on Errorism which includes the ever-so-subtly titled song and video "Idiot Son of an A--hole."
Abdelli - Among Brothers (Real World) Acroma - Orbitals (Universal) Akatombo - Trace Elements (Swim) Allstonians - Bottoms Up (Fork in Hand) Amazing Device - Quiet Room (Tribunal) Anberlin - Blueprints for the Black Market (Tooth & Nail) Annihilator - Double Live Annihilator (The End) Anthrax - We've Come For You All (Sanctuary) Apes - Oddeyesee (French Kiss) Arab Strap - Cherubs (EP, Jetset) Argonaut - Shoot the Moon (Infect) Audrey Auld - Losing Faith (Reckless) Michael Baird - Gongs and Bells (Sharp Wood) Duster Bennett - Fingertips (Sanctuary) Big Ross/T-Rock - Ya'll Ain't Ready (Image) Bobby Birdman - Born Free Forever (Hush) Black Dynasty - Reality Check: Deep East (Community) Billy Blanks - Taebo Mix (Red Ball) Darryl Blood - This Isn't Goodbye (Bluesanct Musak) Tim Bluhm - Soft Adventure/Colts (California) Blur - Think Tank (Virgin) Bone - Uses Wrist Grab (Cuneiform) Boz Boorer - My Wild Life (Raucous) Brave Combo - Box of Ghosts (Rounder) Breaking Pangaea - Phoenix (EP, Equal Vision) Breather Resist - Only in the Morning (Deathwish Inc.) Brady Brock - Warm American Sweater (In Music We Trust) California Oranges - Oranges & Pineapples (Darla) Camarosmith - Camarosmith (DeAd Teenager) Troy Campbell - American Breakdown (Loud House) Michael Carpenter & Kings Rd. - Kings Rd. Works (Not Lame) Champion - Come Out Swinging (Bridge Nine) Circle of Dead Children - Human Harvest (Martyr) Patsy Cline - Dac Presents Patsy Cline (Coe Pop) Cobra High - Sunset in the Eye of the Hurricane (Cold Crush) Cobra Verde - Easy Listening (Muscle Tone) David Allan Coe - Whoopsy Daisy (Coe Pop) Cripple Bastards - Desperately Insensitive (Deathvomit) D+ - Deception Pass (KNW-Yr-Own) Da Entourage - Entourage, Vol. 2 (Universal) Damone - From the Attic (RCA) Death Threat/Over My Dead Body - Split (EP, Bridge Nine) Decemberists - Castaways and Cut-Outs (Kill Rock Stars) Dirty South Mafia - It's a Robbery (Attitude) DJ Feelgood - Across America (System) Dog Fashion Disco - Committed to a Bright Future (Spitfire) Down by Law - Windwardtidesandwaywardsails (Union Local) Bob Drake - 13 Songs and a Thing (Rer) Electrocute - Tribute to Your Taste (Emperor Norton) Matt Elliott - Mess We Made (Merge) Fall Out Boy - Take This to Your Grave (Fueled by Ramen) The Family Tree - Tree House Rock (All Natural) 54th Platoon - All or Nothin' (Fubu) 54th Platoon - 54th Platoon (Fubu) Flare - Hung (Le Grand Magistery) Fog - Ether Teeth (Ninja Tune) Forest Stream - Tears of Mortal Solitude (Earache) From Zero - My So Called Life (Arista) Front 242 - Pulse (Metropolis) Gasman - Remedial (Planet Mu) The Gathering - Souvenirs (The End) Ghetto Priest - Vulture Culture (On U Sounds) Goldfrapp - Black Cherry (Mute) The Gossip - Movement (Kill Rock Stars) Robin Guthrie - Imperial (Bellaire) Roger Hatfield & Eddie Howard - Naya (Red Ball) Steven Hero - Darkness and the Day (Artful) John Hiatt - Beneath This Gruff Exterior (New West) The Hidden Cameras - Smell of Our Own (Sanctuary) Hitchcock's Regret - Her Life in Reverse (Laughing Outlaw) Hollow Tip - Takin' No Shorts, Vol. 2 (Murder Creek) Doyle Holly - Together Again (Oms) Gary Pickford Hopkins - GPH (Angel Air) House - Put Here to Bleed (In Music We Trust) Mike Hurst - Drivetime (Angel Air) Imbue - Ritual in Bloom (Underground Inc.) Impaled - Medical Waste (Deathvomit) The Isley Brothers - Body Kiss (DreamWorks) Etta James – Let's Roll (Private) Je Suis France - Fantastic Area (Orange Twin) Jet - Dirty Sweet (EP, Elektra) Jack Johnson - On and On (Universal) John Kennedy - Kennedy Town (Laughing Outlaw) J-Sce the Mastermind - Brain Food (Buymai) Kentucky Headhunters - Soul (Audium) The Killing Tree - We Sing Sin (Eyeball) Rydah J Klyde - Prince of Da' Projects (Thizz) Brian Knight - Good Time Down the Road (Sanctuary) Krakatoa - We Are The Rowboats (Cuneiform) Victor Krummenacher - Nocturne (Pitch A Tent) Labrat - Ruining It for Everyone (Century Media) Lamb of God - As the Palaces Burn (Prosthetic) Larval - Obedience (Cuneiform) Last Rough Cause/Society's Rejects - Skins N' Punks (Step 1) The Late B.P. Helium - Kumquat Mae (Orange Twin) Lazarus - Songs for an Unborn Sun (Temporary Residence) Leftover Salmon/Cracker - O Cracker, Where Art Thou? (Pitch A Tent) Lefty's Deceiver - Cheats (My Pal God) Liquid Sound - Inside the Acid Temple (Orchard) Marty Lloyd - Marigold (Razor & Tie) The Long Winters - When I Pretend to Fall (Barsuk) Lou E Lou - Trunk Muzic (East Co. Co.) Lowlights - Lowlights (Darla) Manic Hispanic - Mijo Goes to Jr College (Better Youth Organization) Maquiladora - What the Day Was Dreaming (Darla) Matchbox - Rockabilly Dynamos, Vol. 1 (Raucous) John Mayall - Rockin' the Roadshow (Sanctuary) Mayday - I Know Your Troubles Been Long (Bar/None) MC Lyte - Undaground Heat, Vol. 1 (Artist Direct/BMG) MC Mack - Macknificent (Basix) Ian McCulloch - Slideling (Spin Art) Money Black - 4 Da Money (Coast 2 Coast) Mt. St. Helens - You Are a Ghostly Presence (Divot) Mystifier - Profanus (Crash Music) Naglfar - Sheol (Century Media) Nail Within - Nail Within (The End) The Natural History - Beat Beat Heartbeat (Star Time) New Pornographers - Electric Version (Matador) NOFX - War on Errorism (Fat Wreck Chords) Noise Ratchet - Noise Ratchet (EP, Militia) Nucleus - Live In Bremen (Cuneiform) On the Rise - Burning Inside (Bridge Nine) One Mile North - Minor Shadows (Ba Da Bing!) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Virgin) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Organisation (Virgin) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark - Architecture and Morality (Virgin) Outrageous Cherry - Supernatural Equinox (Rainbow Quartz) Ozma - Spending Time On The Borderline (Kung Fu) Robert Palmer - Drive (Compendia) Papa Reu - Certified (Rue Musik) Pearlene - Murder Blues & Prayer (Dim Mak) Pipas - Cat Escaped (Matinee) Pleasure Forever - Alter (Sub Pop) Adam Power - More Juice (Laughing Outlaw) Prince Paul - Politics of the Business (Razor & Tie) Randy - Welfare Problems (Epitaph) Read Yellow - Read Yellow (EP, Fenway) Angie Reed - Presents the Best of Barbara Brockhaus (EFA) Rippingtons - Let it Ripp (Peak) Rob the Viking - Beats to Pillage and Conquer By (Battle Axe) Charlie Robison - Live (Sony) Phil Roy - Issues + Options (O.R. Music) Rubinoos - Crimes Against Music (Zip) The Sea and Cake - Glass (Thrill Jockey) Settlefish - Dance a While Upset (Deep Elm) Sin Ropas - Trickboxes on the Pony Line (Sad Robot) Sloane - Divine Soul (Orchard) Soilwork - Figure Number Five (Nuclear Blast) Sounds - Living in America (New Line) Stark Reality - Now (Stones Throw) Sumptin' Terrible - Sumptin' Terrible (Thizz) Sunride - Great Infiltration (People Like You) Bobby Sutliff - Perfect Dream (Not Lame) T Nutty - Last of the Flowheecanz (Murder Creek) Ten Grand - This Way to Rule (Southern) They Came from the Stars - What We Are Doing Here (Lo.) Third Grade Teacher - Third Grade Teacher (Pinch Hit) To Dream of Autumn - Kill Your Cul-De-Sac/WNYU Live (Magic Bullet) Tomahawk - Mit Gas (Ipecac) Scott Tuma - River 1 2 3 4 (Atavistic) Turbonegro - Scandinavian Leather (Epitaph) The Turbo AC's - Automatic (Gearhead) Uproar - And the Lord Said (Step 1) Via Tania - Under a Different Sky (Chocolate Industries) The Virtues - Ruminate (Zip) VU - Voices Underwater (Action Driver) The Waifs - Up All Night (Compass) Wakefield - American Made (Arista) Bob Welch - Three Hearts (One Way) Nancy White - Stickers on Fruit (Borealis) Worthless United - Nation Under (Now Or Never) Wumpscut: - Preferential Legacy (Metropolis) Young Black Brotha - Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 (Young Black Brotha) Young Lay - Don't Get It Twisted: Remix Album (Young Black Brotha) Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer - Jalopy Go Far (Eyeball) Andrea Zonn - Love Goes On (Compass) Various artists - "American Dreams"soundtrack (Hip-o)
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Various artists - ESPN Stadium Anthems (Hollywood) Various artists - Home Team Beats Rivals by 10 (Poprockit) Various artists - Lost Weekend Compilation (Zip) Various artists – Matrix Reloaded: The Album (Warner Bros.)
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Various artists - Mind Motion Rocks (Savagement) Various artists - That's My Jam: Blazin Block Party (Logic) Various artists - Thought Sauce (BSI) Various artists - Zigilaytion (50. 50)