New Jackson Browne, Everlast, Alice Cooper; Parton on Leno

While Johnny Cash may be rotating in his grave over Snoop Dogg’s freeform rap alongside his vocal samples in the QDT Muzic remix of “I Walk the Line,” I think the man in black might just dig the rest of Compadre Records’ new Johnny Cash Remixed. Given complete access to Cash’s original master recordings, a bevy of hip-hop and up-and-coming knob-twisters give 13 of his hits a fresh workout to overall success. Approved by his son, John Carter Cash, the delightfully weird project is highlighted by “Sopranos”’ theme superstars Alabama 3, slipping into “Leave That Junk Alone,” DirtPop icon Kennedy slapping around “Sugartime” and Australia’s Midnight Juggernauts’ dark journey through the “Port of Lonely.” Not available on CD until next year, DJs and other wax spinners get an early crack at the album in a two-LP vinyl edition available this coming Tuesday… Arriving in theaters Sept. 26, the soundtrack to the film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s Choke gets a digital-only release next week from ATO Records. Featuring Radiohead’s “Reckoner,” an exclusive song from Blitzen Trapper and a cover of the Doors’ “Crystal Ship” by Nicole Atkins and the Sea, the sexually explosive film also features the rather fitting “Orgasm Addict” by the Buzzcocks and one of the sexiest bands around, Greg Dulli’s Twilight Singers…

Television Alert : “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” hosts George Clinton tonight, Hawthorne Heights on Thursday, Dolly Parton on Friday, My Morning Jacket on Monday and Glen Campbell on Tuesday; “The Late Show with David Letterman” presents TV On the Radio on Monday; “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” welcomes Loudon Wainwright III this evening and Southside Johnny on Thursday overnight; “Jimmy Kimmel Live”’s got Good Charlotte on Thursday, Cold War Kids on Friday and Foals on Tuesday overnight; and the ladies of “The View” chat up Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics on Thursday.

New Releases Coming Sept. 23

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

The Action Design Never Say (Popsmear) featuring former members of Tsunami Bomb, Pipedown and Calcutta Bazaar

Kevin Ayers Songs for Insane Times (Harvest/EMI) four- CD box set featuring a previously unreleased concert from 1973

Elvin Bishop The Blues Roll On (Eclectro Groove) with guests Warren Haynes, George Thorogood, Derek Trucks and BB King

Blitzen Trapper Furr (Sub Pop) featuring the murder ballad “Black River Killer” J

ackson Browne Time the Conqueror (Inside Recordings) all new on his own label

Olivia d’Abo Not TV (InnerKnot) known as a television actress on “The Wonder Years,” the daughterof Manfred Mann vocalist Mike d’Abo serves up a crisp, cool debut thatrecalls Concrete Blonde, Kate Bush and Marti Jones

Will Callery Rider Comin’ In (FeatsRecords) with a resume that reads Taj Mahal, Arlo Guthrie and Ramblin’Jack Elliott, this seasoned singer/songwriter sets the mood for apensive thunderstorm brewing on the open prairie

Cold War Kids Loyalty to Loyalty (Downtown/Atlantic)

Alice Cooper From the Inside & Flush the Fashion (Rhino) long-lost reissues from 1978 and 1980, available for the next six months as part of the label’s Encore series

Jesse Dee Bittersweet Batch (7nótRecords) led by a suburban, blue-eyed, retro-soul sensation channelingthe happy-sway energy of Otis Redding, Jimmy Hughes and Gene Allison,this real-deal, old-school r&b gem is worth searching for

The Dirty Heads Any Port In a Storm (ExecutiveMusic Group/Fontana) featuring some of the last work recorded by thelate Billy Preston, this Reggae hip-hop groover, soon to be heard inthe upcoming Matthew McConaughey film Surfer Dude

Everlast Love, War and the Ghost of Whitey Ford(Martyr/Fontana) calling out the haters and hypocrites in “Kill theEmperor,” the political new CD from the House of Pain founder featuresthe Iraq War themed “Letters From the Garden of Stone” and a killercover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”

Thea Gilmore Liejacker (Ryko) opening her eighth album with “Old Soul,” a stirring duet with Dave McCabe of the Zutons

Golden Smog Stay Golden, Smog: The Best of Golden Smog (Rhino)boasting a previously unreleased bonus cover of Brian Wilson’s “Loveand Mercy,” this modern day supergroup features members of Wilco, SoulAsylum, the Jayhawks and Big Star

David Grubbs An Optimist Notes the Dusk (Drag City) new six-track solo EP from the Gastr del Sol founder

Charlie Haden Rambling Boy (Decca)surrounded by Petra, Josh and his other musical offspring, the Hadenfamily legacy continues with guests Pat Metheny, Elvis Costello, VinceGill, Ricky Skaggs and Dan Tyminski lending a hand on covers of tunesby Hank Williams, the Carter Family and the Stanley Brothers

High Places High Places (ThrillJockey) percolating in whimsical jitters and a manipulated kitchen sinkof sound sources; this easy-tripping duo creates a flickering,undulating jungle of funk for tiny toys

I Heart Lung Interoceans (Asthmatic Kitty) featuring Wilco’s Nels Cline on guitar and electric sitar

Ill Bill The Hour of Reprisal (UncleHowie/Fat Beats) with guests Raekwon the Chef, Vinnie Paz of Jedi MindTricks, Max Cavalera of Sepultura, Howard Jones of Killswitch Engageand HR and Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains

Kings of Leon Only By Night (RCA)

Lenka Lenka (Epic) former vocalist for Decoder Ring

Jenny Lewis Acid Tongue (WarnerBros) sophomore solo album from the Rilo Kelly vocalist, with guestsElvis Costello, Zooey Deschanel, Johnathan Rice and M. Ward

Jessica Lea Mayfield With Blasphemy, So Heartfelt (Polymer Sounds) featuring various instrumentation and production skills by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys

The Morning Light The Morning Light (Fearless) on tour now with the Hush Sound and the Cab

Mother Mother O My Heart (LastGang) snappy power pop glistening with catchy hooks and melodicexuberance, this Canadian band’s second CD is bolstered by the amazing,stop-motion video for the title track

Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist –original motion picture soundtrack (Atlantic) with music by DevendraBanhart, We Are Scientists, the Real Tuesday Weld, Mark Mothersbaugh ofDEVO and Vampire Weekend

Old Crow Medicine Show Tennessee Pusher (Nettwerk)featuring guests Jim Keltner on drums and Benmont Tench on Hammond C-3organ, and a cover of Blind Alfred Reed’s “Always Lift Him Up,” thisfantastic, rootsy return is summed up best by producer Don Was, whocalls them “the Clash of bluegrass music”

Jean-Jacques Perrey Destination Space (Oglio)at 80 years old, the electronica and Moog pioneer creates an imaginarysoundtrack to a starship spaghetti Western with Seattle’s DanaCountryman

Plain White T’s Big Bad World (Hollywood)

Pussycat Dolls Doll Domination (Interscope)with guests Missy Elliott and Snoop Dogg, an import-only two- CD“deluxe edition” adds a seven-track CD EP featuring the New Kids On theBlock on “Lights, Camera, Action”

The Replacements Tim, Pleased To Meet Me, Don’t Tell a Soul, & All Shook Down (Rhino) remastered reissues, each expanded with as many as a dozen demos and rarities

Uli John Roth Under a Dark Sky (SPV) the former Scorpions guitarist returns with a robust operatic opus, lifted by his Sky orchestra and choir

Serena-Maneesh S-M Backwards (Smalltown Supersound) remastered, two-CD collection of early recordings by the Norwegian group, featuring bonus videos

Tracy Shedd Cigarettes & Smoke Machines (Teenbeat Records) with guest Joey Burns of Calexico

Sing It Loud Come Around (Epitaph) produced by Josh Cain of Motion City Soundtrack

TV on the Radio Dear Science (Interscope) on tour this month with the Dirtbombs and Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson

McCoy Tyner Guitars (McCoyTyner Music/Halfnote) backed by Ron Carter and Jack Dejohnette, withguests Bill Frisell, John Scofield, Derek Trucks and Béla Fleck

Laura Warshauer Laura Warshauer (Pink Chariot/ Island) looking back in the first single, “Sweet 17”

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