Time again for new releases, but this week's big story might not be a record: Eminem's rags-to-riches story, "8 Mile," makes its DVD debut and features deleted scenes of Em spontaneously battling extras from the film in a freestyle sequence.
The compilation Atticus: Dragging the Lake 2 features pop-punks Blink-182 and their side projects Box Car Racer and the Transplants, plus contributions from Sparta, Rocket From the Crypt and Alkaline Trio.
The Libertines up the racket in Up the Bracket, their punk rock album produced by the Clash's Mick Jones, which invokes the Jam and the Buzzcocks on "Horror Show" and "The Boy Looked at Johnny." Meanwhile, the Buzzcocks invoke themselves on their new eponymous album. After some shaky years trying to maintain relevance, the punk pioneers recapture some of their original magic as co-founder Howard Devoto returns to pen "Stars" and "Lester Sands" with Pete Shelley.
M. Ward, a singer/songwriter combination of Nick Drake and Neil Young with a hint of John Fahey, presents his haunting Transfiguration of Vincent, while Stereolab bassist Simon Johns releases Trinity Neon from his band Imitation Electric Piano.
Moldy Peaches and their Unreleased Cutz & Live Jamz share shelf space with the Blam's poppy garage rock on their self-titled LP, as well as with the North Carolina hip-hop trio Little Brother's Listening.
Now that the buzz on this band has increased, it's time for its major-label debut. You Hear It First alums the Raveonettes present, for the second time, Whip It On. And finally, Stephen Malkmus is back. The ex-Pavement star and his band the Jicks release their second album, Pig Lib. Wowee Zowee.
Alicen - Talk to Me (Hitpros) The Allman Brothers Band - Hittin' the Note (Peach/Sanctuary) Ape Breaks - Volume 5 (Ubiquity) Nate Ashley - The Darker Corners of Your Heart (Knw-Yr-Own) Philo Beddow - End the Measured Mile (The First Time) Belmondo - Entertainers (Kold) Big Country - Rarities III (Navarre) Biohazard - Kill or Be Killed (Sanctuary) Jeff Black - B-sides and Confessions Volume One (DualTone) The Black Lips - Black Lips (Bomp) The Blam - The Blam (Mootron) The Blood Brothers - Burn, Piano Island, Burn (ARTISTdirect)
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Blue Oyster Cult - Then and Now (Sanctuary) The Boils - Pride and Persecution (TKO) Briefs - Off the Charts (EP, Dirtnap) Mick Bund - Astronaut Graffiti (Madacy) Buzzcocks - Buzzcocks (Merge) Califone - Quicksand/Cradlesnakes (Thrill Jockey) Deana Carter - I'm Just a Girl (Arista) Cave In - Antenna (Hydra Head/RCA) Concrete Blonde - Live in Brazil (2 CDs, Ark 21) Crooks - Just Released (Navarre) Culture - Healing of the Nations (Varese Sarabande) Deerhoof - Apple O' (Kill Rock Stars) Detroit Experiment - Detroit Experiment (Rope A Dope) DF Dub - Country Girl (Columbia) DJ Debra - Wildlife 2003 (Studio K7) DJ Spooky - Dubtometry (Thirsty Ear) Drugstore - Songs for the Jet Set & Collector Number One (First Time) Ronnie Earl - I Feel Like Goin' On (Stony Plain) Exhibition - Sign of Tomorrow (Limb) Father MC - My (Empire Musicwerks) Lorraine Feather - Cafe Society (Sanctuary) Ibrahim Ferrar - Buenos Hermanos (Nonesuch) Fire - Magic Shoemaker (Navarre) Five Blind Boys of Alabama - Bridge Over Troubled Water (Liquid 8) Fleetwood Mac - Live in Boston 1&2 (Snapper Classics) FM Knives - Useless and Modern (Broken Rekids) Kim Fox - Return to Planet Earth (Franklin Castle/Oglio) Freaks - Man Who Lived Underground (Music 4 Freaks) Fred Frith - Prints (Fred) Rory Gallagher - Wheels Within Wheels (BMG) Howie Gelb - Listener (Thrill Jockey) Gentle Giant - Artistically Cryme (United States) Gigi - Illuminated Audio (Palm Pictures) Gluecifer - Basement Ape (Steamhammer) Grand Mal - Bad Timing (Arena Rock) Gravy Train - Hello Doctor (Kill Rock Stars) Gun Barrel - Battle Tested (Limb) Regie Hamm - American Dreams (Universal South) Jim Hightower - The People Are Revolting (In the Very Best Sense of That Word) (Alternative Tentacles) Imitation Electric Piano - Trinity Neon (Drag City) Incredible Expanding Mindf--k - Arcadia Son (United States) Jet Black Summer - Ladder of Divine Ascent (Lakeshore) Junior Panthers - Junior Panthers (First Time) Damien Jurado - Where Shall You Take Me? (Secretly Canadian) Kaskade - It's You It's Me (Om) Kill Your Idols - Skinnier Years (State of Grace) King Britt - Adventures in Lo-Fi (Studio K7) Jill King - Jillbilly (Blue Diamond) Lambrettas - Da-A-A-Ance (Navarre) Adam Levy - Get Your Glow On (Lost Wax) Libertines - Up the Bracket (Sanctuary/Rough Trade) Little Brother - Listening (Abb Soul) Longwave - The Strangest Things (RCA) Corb Lund Band - Five Dollar Bill (Stony Plain) Lylah - Lifeless Valentine (Vermillion) M. Ward - Transfiguration of Vincent (Merge) Magic - White Eyes (Universal) Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks - Pig Lib (Matador) Marmalade - Kaleidoscope: Psych-pop Sessions (Navarre) Meteors - Wreckin' Live (Navarre) The Midnight Evils - Straight Til Morning (Estrus) Miracle of 86 - Every Famous Last Word (Idelic Sounds/Lakeshore) Mirror - Eye of the Storm (Streamline) Moldy Peaches - Moldy Peaches 2000: Unreleased Cutz & Live Jamz (Sanctuary) Mr. Capone-e - Dedicated 2 the Oldies (Thump) Mr. Cheeks - Back Again (Universal)
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Mr. Serv-On - No More Questions (D3) Mull Historical Society - Us (XL/Beggars Banquet) Neon Hunk - Smarmymob (Load) Pearlene - Pearlene (Sympathy for the Record Industry) Pistoleros - Cult 45 (Navarre) Planet Earth - Blackout (Volcano/Jive) Puny Human - It's Not the Heat, It's the Humanity (Small Stone) The Raveonettes - Whip It On (Columbia) Redemption - Redemption (Sensory) Red Snapper - Red Snapper (Lo) Reese & Bigelow - R&B Playa Music (Mo-Biga) River - You Remind Me (Ross) Saturday Looks Good to Me - All Your Summer Songs (Polyvinyl) Sid Selvidge -Little Bit of Rain (Archer) Severe Torture - Misanthropic Carnage (Hammerheart) Simple - Simple (Navarre) Slightly Stoopid - Everything You Need (Surfdog) Silvertide - American Excess (EP, J) Smog - Supper (Drag City) Sons, Brothers & Wrestlers - Former Miss Sunshine (Native Language) Sorry About Dresden - Let It Rest (Saddle Creek) Stupids - Stupid Is as Stupid Does (Navarre) Roberto Tapia - Roberto Tapia (Sony International) Terminal 4 - When I'm Falling (Atavistic) The Threats - 12 Punk Moves (Dr. Strange) Total Eclipse - Ashes of Eden (Limb) Tremeloes - What a State I'm In: Pop-psych Sessions (Navarre) Vandermark 5 - Airports for Light (Atavistic) Van Oehlen - Rock and Roll Is Here to Die (Blue Chopsticks) Velvet Fogg - Velvet Fogg (Navarre) Venom - Seven Gates of Hell (Sanctuary) Sonny Vincent - The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Acetate) Nick Warren - Global Underground: Reykjavik (Global Underground) David K. Wilcox - Best Blues and Boogie (Stony Plain) XDisxiplex a.d. - The Revelation (TCR) Xerophonics - Xerophonics (Seeland) Richard Youngs - Airs of the Ear (Jagjaguar) Zeke - Live and Uncensored (Dead Teenager) Zeromancer - Clone Your Lover (Cleopatra) Various artists - "A View From the Top" soundtrack (Curb) Various artists - Atticus: Dragging the Lake 2 (SideOneDummy) Various artists - Bass Busters: Booty Party (Pandisc) Various artists - Bass Busters: Techno Bass Jamz (Pandisc) Various artists - Black on Black: A Tribute to Black Flag (Initial) Various artists - Buddha Bar V (George V) Various artists - "Chicago" Collector's Edition (Epic/Sony Music Soundtrax) Various artists - "Children of Dune" soundtrack (Varese Sarabande) Various artists - Conception: A Musical Tribute to Stevie Wonder (Motown) Various artists - Fashion Lounge (Water) Various artists - Heart of Roadrunner Records (Roadrunner) Various artists - Heroes of Kingston (Soundclash/Lakeshore) Various artists - Latin Rap Mix 1 (Latin One Stop) Various artists - New Licks - A Tribute to the Rolling Stones (Reverberations) Various artists - "Obstacles" soundtrack (Liquid 8) Various artists - Pickin' on Led Zeppelin Volume II (CMH) Various artists - "Piglet's Big Movie" soundtrack (Disney) Various artists - "Sex and Lucia" soundtrack (Palm Pictures) Various artists - Smokin' Reggae Non Stop Mixx (Thump) Various artists - The String Quartet Tribute to Aerosmith (also, Rolling Stones and the Smiths) (Vitamin) Various artists - "Tears of the Sun" soundtrack (Varese Sarabande) DVD - "8 Mile" (Universal)
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DVD - Outside Out (by Phish's Mike Gordon) (Music Video Distributors) DVD - The Beatles - A Long and Winding Road (Passport Video) DVD - Goo Goo Dolls - Music in High Places: Live in Alaska (Image Entertainment) DVD - Joe Jackson - 25th Anniversary Special (Image Entertainment) DVD - The Rolling Stones - Just for the Record (Passport Video) Air - City Reading (Astralwerks) Celine Dion - One Heart (Sony) Les Nubians - One Step Forward (Higher Octave) Linkin Park - Meteora (Warner Bros.) Various artists - Now That's What I Call Music! Vol. 12 (Virgin) The White Stripes - Elephant (V2) Robbie Williams - Escapology (Virgin) Russell Crowe and 30 Odd Foot of Grunts - Other Ways of Speaking (Artemis) Godsmack - Faceless (Universal) Lisa Marie Presley - To Whom It May Concern (Capitol) Yo La Tengo - Summer Sun (Matador) Thicke - Cherry Blue Skies (Interscope)