Just in time for Halloween, the underappreciated Aimee Mann releases a Christmas album, One More Drifter in the Snow. It includes two original compositions (with Michael Penn), and at least a couple of other songs not familiar to me. It also includes basic Christmas standards such as "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" and "You're a Mean One, Mr Grinch."
Also just in time for Halloween comes Butchering the Beatles: A Headbashing Tribute. The "bone-crushing" album features Billy Idol singing "Tomorrow Never Knows" and the contributions of luminaries including Alice Cooper and Yngwie Malmsteen.
Supersunnyspeedgraphic: The LP collects Ben Folds tracks mostly from the limited run EPs Super D, Sunny 16, and Speed Graphic. This includes Ben Fold's version of Dr Dre's closing track from The Chronic, "Bitches Ain't Shit."
The first album by Alabama in five years is also their first gospel album, Songs of Inspiration.
Montgomery Gentry is a big name in modern "country" music, but damned if I can remember a single tune. Word of this indistinguished act adding funk and hip-hop beats to the mix on Some People Change does not inspire hope. Doubtless it'll sell millions.
Moby has a hits album out, which includes a new single with Debbie Harry, "New York, New York" and a whole bonus CD of remixes.
Here's the complete list of this week's major new album releases, courtesy AMG:
Jibbs Jibbs Featuring Jibbs Beasta/Geffen
Midwest Rap, Pop-Rap
Montgomery Gentry Some People Change Columbia
Contemporary Country, Country-Rock
My Chemical Romance The Black Parade Reprise
Emo, Punk-Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock
The Walkmen Pussy Cats Record Collection
Indie Rock, Alternative Pop/Rock
Alabama Songs of Inspiration RCA
Contemporary Country, Country Gospel
Atari Teenage Riot Atari Teenage Riot: 1992-2000 Digital Hardcore
Hardcore Techno, Gabba, Club/Dance
Jeanne Baxtresser A Collection of My Favorites MSR Classics
George Benson/Al Jarreau Givin' It Up Concord
Crossover Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Smooth Jazz
The Blow Paper Television K
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Indie Electronic
Bright Eyes Noise Floor (Rarities 1998-2005) Saddle Creek
Indie Rock, Lo-Fi, Singer/Songwriter
Converge No Heroes Epitaph
Heavy Metal, Hardcore Punk