George Clinton, Plan 9, Darius Rucker offer new releases

The Cure has added another teaser for their forthcoming album next week, following the series of monthly singles that debuted in May with an EP that benefits the International Red Cross. Containing four songs from the upcoming album, each track on Hypnagogic States isn’t the original, but a tweaked remix. Rounded out by a mega-mix by tour mates 65 Days of Static, other knob-twisters on the Geffen Records CD include Jared Leto of 30 Seconds to Mars, Gerard Way of the My Chemical Romance and Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy. Coming up next month, Manimal Vinyl Records is releasing a new covers project, Perfect as Cats: A Tribute To The Cure. The two-CD set also benefits a charity, Invisible Children, and is highlighted by the Dandy Warhols, Kaki King, Wolkfin, Xu Xu Fang, Jesu and Bat For Lashes. Trying to beat the album’s inevitable leak over the web, Metallica is releasing their new album, Death Magnetic, on Friday this week, bypassing the traditional Tuesday street date. Produced by Rick Rubin, vinyl aficionados get two ways to crank up the analog rush — in a standard two- LP set or a deluxe edition listing at $199.98, with the album broken down into five 180-gram black slabs cut at 45 RPM for superior sound quality, housed in a box with the CD and a lithograph print…

Television Alert:

“The Late Show with David Letterman” welcomes Paul Weller of the Jam this evening; “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” hosts Al Green tonight, Alejandro Escovedo on Thursday and Nelly on Tuesday; “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” presents 50 Cent this evening and the Fab Faux on Friday overnight; “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson” boasts Alice Cooper tonight, Lady Antebellum on Monday and Tally Hall on Tuesday overnight; “Jimmy Kimmel Live”’s got Buckcherry on Thursday and Glen Campbell on Monday overnight; and “Saturday Night Live”’s musical guest this weekend is Lil Wayne.

New Releases Coming Sept.16

(and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change…)

Kevin Ayers What More Can I Say… (Reel Recordings) demos and outtakes collection from the Soft Machine co-founder, with guests Mike Oldfield and Robert Wyatt

Blessid Union of Souls Close To the Edge (Torque Records) all new

The Break and Repair Method Milk the Bee (Bluhammock)uplifting solo debut from the Matchbox Twenty co-founder, with guestsTracy Bonham on violin, Roger Manning of Jellyfish on Moog and clavinetand background vocals from Moon Zappa and Veruca Salt’s Nina Gordon

Buckcherry Black Butterfly (Eleven Seven /Atlantic) on tour this month with Avenged Sevenfold

Lindsey Buckingham Gift Of Screws (Reprise) second solo album from the guitarist, backed by Fleetwood Mac band mates Mick Fleetwood and John McVie

George Clinton George Clinton and Some Gangsters of Love (Shanachie)inspired by old school doo wop and packed with guests Sly Stone, RZA,the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Shavo Odadjian of System Of A Down, ahandful of cool covers include Carlos Santana on the Impressions’“Gypsy Woman” and El DeBarge on Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar”

Kimya Dawson Alphabutt (K Records) hot off the Juno soundtrack, this children’s album from half the Moldy Peaches features songs “Wiggle My Tooth” and “Little Monster Babies”

Jackson United Harmony and Dissidence (Acetate)featuring guitarist Chris Shiflett of Me First and the Gimme Gimmes andfellow members of the Foo Fighters, these vintage punk stalwarts are ontour with the Loves Ones and Flogging Molly next month

Javon Jackson Once Upon a Melody (Palmetto) featuring his tenor sax touch on Wayne Shorter’s “One by One” and Sonny Rollins’ “Paradox”

James Hey Ma (Decca) all new after seven silent years, this is the domestic release of this UK smash reunion

Jem Down To Earth (ATO)head-spinning sophomore CD from the Welsh artist, singing in Japaneseon “Aciiid,” working with Cut Chemist on “I Want You To” andcollaborating with South African activist Vusi Mahlasela on “You WillMake It”

Laika and The Cosmonauts Cosmopolis (Yep Roc) 27-track swan song compilation from these Finnish sci-fi psycho-surfers

Annie Lennox The Annie Lennox Collection (Arista) CD and DVD set featuring two new songs

Mad Buffalo Wilderness (MadBuffalo Records) blue-collar honest and steel-guitar stirring, thispassionate group helmed by Randy Riviere with guest guitarist and Rockand Roll Hall of Famer James Burton, singing the praises of “Ohio” and “Old Kentucky

Nelly Brass Knuckles (Universal) with guests Akon, LL Cool J, Fergie, Lil Wayne and Snoop Dogg

Conor Oberst — “Souled Out!” (Wichita) seven-inch single with an etched B-side

Nick Pagliari Please and Thank You (PalogreenoRecords) new from the Memphis son with Nashville roots, painting apicture of the Civil War with the lyrics of “The Union Infantry” andperhaps singing autobiographically in “Play That Rock N’ Roll Loud”

Amanda Palmer Who Killed Amanda Palmer (Roadrunner)solo debut from one half of the Dresden Dolls, featuring liner notes byNeil Gaiman and a cover of “What’s the Use of Wondering’” from themusical Carousel

Plan 9 Manmade Monster (Nickel and Dime Records) born of a Misfits tribute band, this San Francisco quartet is fronted by Scary Only of the Hellbillys

Portugal. The Man Censored Colors (ApproachingAIRballoons/Equal Vision) brilliantly haunting third album from theAlaskan foursome, softy tripping in harmonic waves of Supertramp andQueen as it builds from an awakening egg to a crushing crescendo;treating their superfans to four rising levels of deluxe packaging thatinclude a signed and numbered lithograph painted by vocalist JohnBaldwin Gourley, twin-LP gold vinyl discs, a T-shirt and a monkey mask

Darius Rucker Learn To Live (Capitol) new country album from the Hootie & the Blowfish vocalist

Shock of Pleasure It’s About Time (ExecutiveMusic Group) founded by Robert Romano of Stranger Than Fiction andcaptivating vocalist Kelly Christian, this sexy electronica is Sademeets Portishead conducted by Chaz Jankel and features an shimmeringcover of the Classic IV’s “Spooky” and icy grind through theCarpenters’ “Superstar” that would make a killer James Bond opener

Meaghan Smith The Cricket’s Quartet (Sire) four-song CD EP/DVD, on tour with Ron Sexsmith through next month

Valerie Smith & Becky Buller Here’s a Little Song (BellBuckle) beautiful harmonies and bluegrass sunrise sweetness, recallingrural Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe in the gorgeous “Heart of the House”

Al Stewart Sparks of Ancient Light (Appleseed)produced by Paul McCartney guitarist Laurence Juber, the new albumreferences Elvis Presley, the Shah of Iran and Lord Salisbury

Tanya Tagaq Auk-Blood (Ipecac Recordings) self-taught throat singer recently performing with Björk and the Kronos Quartet

Tindersticks The Hungry Saw (Constellation)a heartbreaking, slow dance seduction in a beautiful cardboard gatefoldsleeve on art stock paper, this is the band’s first new music in fiveyears and since the departure of Dickon Hinchcliffe

Unwritten Law Live and Lawless (Suburban Noize) CD and DVD filmed at the Key Club on the Sunset Strip, featuring five acoustic songs on the DVD

Redd Volkaert Reddhead (TelehogRecords) new from the tone master of the Fender Telecaster andguitarist of Merle Haggard’s backing band, peppered with smokin’ hotcovers of the Box Tops’ hit “The Letter” and the Waylon Jennings’ hit“Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line”

War Tapes War Tapes (Sarathan) setting the world on fire with the dark, theatrical wail of Joy Division and New Order various artists —

The Imus Ranch Record (NewWest) benefiting Don Imus’ working cattle ranch that offers adventureand hope to children with cancer, each of the CD’s 13 exclusive trackswere selected by Imus and paired with a superstar of his asking, fromJohn Hiatt’s take on the Bottlerockets’ “Welfare Music,” Willie Nelsoncovering Dinah Washington’s“What A Difference A Day Makes,” Big & Rich getting’ down with theBeastie Boys’ “You’ve Got To Fight For Your Right To Party” and PattyLoveless trying on Stevie Nicks’ “Silver Springs”

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