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New Album Releases, 8-1-2006: DMX, Kill Hannah

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There's absolutely not one damned thing in new music this week that looks like it would be likely worth even a passing listen. The biggest name release is DMX's Year of the Dog Again. This opus apparently breaks artistic ground by exploring the theme of women as bitches, and also the popping of caps into the asses of gang-bangers.

I've seen some good buzz on Kill Hannah's Until There's Nothing Left of Us. If you've just got a fetish for the new, you could try that.

Meantime, there are always the re-issues and compilations. Rhino has a single disc Buck Owens collection that'd be a likely starting place if you don't have any, 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection.

There's also an Elvis Presley r&b collection. Obviously they have to keep finding ways to re-process the Elvis catalogue. If you're going to do that, looking for stylistic themes like this is better than the 200th randomly selected hits collection.

Also, there some groovy-sounding jazz re-issues from Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday, among others.

Here's the complete list of this week's major new releases, courtesy AMG:

DMX Year of the Dog Again Sony Urban Music/Columbia
Hardcore Rap, East Coast Rap

Five for Fighting Two Lights Aware/Columbia
Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock

Kill Hannah Until There's Nothing Left of Us Atlantic
Post-Grunge, Post-Hardcore, Neo-Glam, Emo, Dream Pop, Shoegaze

Towers of London Blood Sweat & Towers TVT
Punk-Pop, Hard Rock

Horace Andy Natty Dread a Weh She Want [Bonus Tracks] Trojan
Roots Reggae, Dancehall

Count Basie One O'Clock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie [Legacy] Columbia/Legacy
Swing, Big Band

Ian Bostridge Wolf: Lieder EMI
Post-Romantic Vocal Music

Eddie Boyd The Sonet Blues Story Verve
Piano Blues, Electric Chicago Blues, Chicago Blues

Brecker Brothers Sneakin' Up Behind You: The Very Best of the Brecker Brothers Arista/Legacy
Crossover Jazz, Fusion, Funk

The Divine Comedy Victory for the Comic Muse Parlophone
Chamber Pop, Alternative Pop/Rock

Eileen Farrell Puccini Arias Sony
Post-Romantic Operatic Selections

Zino Francescatti Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto; Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto Sony
Romantic Music for Violin and Orchestra

G. Love Lemonade Brushfire
Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative Rap, Indie Rock, Blues-Rock

Serge Gainsbourg Monsieur Gainsbourg: The Originals Verve Forecast
Baroque Pop, Foreign Language Rock, French Pop, French Rock

Dizzy Gillespie A Night in Tunisia: The Very Best of Dizzy Gillespie RCA/Legacy
Afro-Cuban Jazz, Bop

Scott Hamilton Nocturnes & Serenades Concord
Standards, Mainstream Jazz

Billie Holiday God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday Columbia/Legacy
Vocal Jazz, Traditional Pop, Swing, Torch Songs, Ballads, Classic Female Blues, Standards

Joe Lovano Streams of Expression Blue Note
Post-Bop, Contemporary Jazz

Tania Maria Intimidade Blue Note

Brazilian Jazz, Latin Jazz, MPB

Ronnie Milsap The Essential Ronnie Milsap [2-CD] RCA Nashville
Urban Cowboy, Country-Pop, Contemporary Country

Dimitri Mitropoulos Prokofiev: Romeo & Juliet Ballet Sony
Modern Ballet Music

Ollabelle Riverside Battle Songs Verve Forecast
Americana

St. Lawrence String Quartet Shostakovich: String Quartets 3, 7 & 8 EMI
Modern Chamber Music

Jeannie Ortega No Place Like Brooklyn Hollywood
Contemporary R&B

Buck Owens 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection Rhino
Bakersfield Sound, Honky Tonk, Traditional Country

Houston Person/Bill Charlap You Taught My Heart to Sing Highnote
Ballads, Standards, Mainstream Jazz, Post-Bop

Kelly Joe Phelps Tunesmith Retrofit Rounder
Contemporary Blues, Modern Acoustic Blues, Slide Guitar Blues, Folk-Blues

The Pink Spiders Teenage Graffiti Suretone/Geffen
Alternative Pop/Rock, Garage Punk, Punk-Pop

Elvis Presley Elvis Live RCA/Sony BMG Strategic Market
Pop/Rock, Pop, Rock & Roll

Elvis Presley Elvis Movies RCA/Sony BMG Strategic Market
Pop, Rock & Roll

Elvis Presley Elvis R&B RCA/Sony BMG Strategic Market
Pop, Rockabilly, Rock & Roll

Professor Longhair Rock 'n Roll Gumbo [Sunnyside] Sunnyside
New Orleans R&B, New Orleans Blues, Piano Blues

Otis Rush Troubles, Troubles [Bonus Tracks] Verve
Electric Chicago Blues, Chicago Blues, Modern Electric Chicago Blues, Electric Blues

Charlie Sexton and Shannon McNally Southside Sessions Back Porch
Singer/Songwriter

J.D. Short The Sonet Blues Story Verve
Acoustic Blues, St. Louis Blues, Delta Blues

Stone Sour Come What(ever) May Roadrunner
Post-Grunge, Alternative Metal

Sunnyland Slim
The Sonet Blues Story Verve
Acoustic Chicago Blues, Piano Blues

Various Artists No Limit Greatest Hits Priority
Gangsta Rap, Hip-Hop, Hardcore Rap, West Coast Rap, Urban

Vaux Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice Lava
Punk Metal, Alternative Metal, Heavy Metal, Skatepunk

Robert Pete Williams The Sonet Blues Story Verve
Country Blues, Acoustic Louisiana Blues, Acoustic Blues

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