• In other movie news, the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster is released on DVD this week with 40 additional scenes, audio commentary, and new interviews.
• Mercury Rev is set to release its new album, The Secret Migration, in the United States in May but is joining the download revolution to sneak out the set early in three separate digital EPs. Part one is available now exclusively through iTunes Music, and parts two and three follow in March and April.
• Downtown New York City cabaret duo Kiki & Herb spin their unique take on a mother lode of covers this coming Tuesday with the release of Will Die for You: At Carnegie Hall. The Evolver Records set features the group's take on Kate Bush's "Running Up That Hill," Eminem's "Lose Yourself," Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime," Melanie's "Lay Down," Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart," Gil Scott-Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," and - dig this - the Singing Nun's 1963 hit "Dominique." Guests on one track "Those Were the Days" include Rufus Wainwright and Jason Sellards of the Scissor Sisters.
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno welcomes Lyle Lovett tonight, Unwritten Law on Thursday, and Kenny Chesney on Tuesday; The Late Show with David Letterman hosts Kaki King on Thursday, B.B. King on Friday, and Nanci Griffith on Tuesday; Late Night with Conan O'Brien features Maroon 5 on Tuesday overnight; The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson boasts Razorlight on Friday overnight and Scissor Sisters on Monday overnight; and Austin City Limits presents The Pixies this weekend.
New Releases Coming Tuesday, February 1:
... and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change
Antony & the Johnsons - I Am a Bird Now (Secretly Canadian) with guests Devendra Banhart, Lou Reed, and Rufus Wainwright
Arena - Pepper's Ghost (Inside Out) featuring cover art by children's book illustrator David Wyatt
Athlete - Tourist (Astralwerks) new import-only album from these Mercury Music Prize nominees
Terry Bozzio - Prime Cuts (Magna Carta) collection of previously unreleased sessions with Steve Stevens, Tony Levin, Jordan Rudess, and more
Built Like Alaska - Autumnland (Future Farmer) recently found with two songs in the indie film Ellie Parker
Bobby Caldwell - Perfect Island Nights (Sindrome) featuring a cover of Donny Hathaway's "Where Is the Love?" with Deniece Williams
Chiara Civello - Last Quarter Moon (Verve) sung in three languages and featuring one song co-written with Burt Bacharach
Jeff Coffin - Mu'tet Bloom (Compass) solo album from the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones' saxophonist, with guests DJ Logic and Victor Wooten
Bill Connors - Return (Tone Center) all new from the Return to Forever guitarist
DJ Revolution - Class of '85 (On the Corner) old-school hip-hop hits selected by radio host of The Wakeup Show
Dubtime Sound System - Baggage (Imperial Dub) San Francisco deep groove
Eulogy - original motion picture soundtrack (Liquid 8) featuring a cover of Jackson Browne's "Doctor My Eyes" by Paula Cole
Happy Apple - The Peace Between Our Companies (Sunnyside) jazz trio featuring drummer David King
Ed Harcourt - Strangers (Astralwerks) domestic issue with the USA-only track "Only Happy When You're High"
Kash - Beauty Is Everywhere and Kash (Sick Room) two-on-one CD re-issue of early EPs from this Italian quartet
Kool Keith - Global Enlightenment Part 1 (Music Video Distributors) DVD release featuring his personal, self-guided tour of Manhattan
Lemon Jelly - '64-'95 (XL/Beggars Banquet) with an accompanying DVD designed by Airside
Lismore - We Could Connect or We Could Not (Eighth Dimension) featuring Ween bassist Claude Coleman
Jack Logan & the Monday Night Recorders - Nature's Assembly Line (Orange Twin)
Cass McCombs - PREfection (Monitor) touring soon with Modest Mouse
Kylie Minogue - Ultimate Kylie (Capitol) hits collection featuring the new song "I Believe In You," written and recorded with Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters
Jason Moran - Same Mother (Blue Note) featuring his jazz piano cover of Albert King's "I'll Play the Blues for You"
Motley Crue - Red, White & Crue (Hip-O) two-CD live set featuring bonus remixes and a cover of the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man"
Nektar - Evolution (Ace) all-new studio album featuring new bassist Randy Dembo and cover art by the Dali-esque Helmut Wenske
Nektar - Sunday Night at the London Roundhouse (Eclectic/Dream Nebula) expanded two-CD reissue from 1973
R. Carlos Nakai Quartet - People of Peace (Canyon) the fourth album from the Native American flutist featuring percussionist Will Clipman
Pilot Scott Tracy - Any City (Alternative Tentacles) featuring former members of The Causey Way
The Pretty Things - Still Unrepentant (Snapper) two-CD set from the group's 40th anniversary concert this past August, featuring a bonus DVD
Henry Rollins - Shock & Awe (Image) DVD of his recent spoken-word tour, featuring observations from his USO tour of Afghanistan and Iraq
RPWL - World Thru My Eyes (Inside Out) fourth original album from this former Pink Floyd cover band, featuring former Genesis vocalist Ray Wilson on "Roses"
Klaus Schulze - Mirage and Dreams (Inside Out) CD reissues from 1977 and 1986
Seal - Acoustic (Warner Bros) CD or DVD
SNAP - The Cult of SNAP! 1990>>2003 (SPV) featuring a second CD of remixes
Snitches Get Stitches - I Liked You Better When You Were a Corpse (Empty)
Snow Patrol - The Trip (Family) two-CD set of personal selections from TV On the Radio, The Shins, Bill Withers, Low & Spring Heel Jack, Beastie Boys, and more
Spock's Beard - Octane (Inside Out) also available in a special edition with bonus tracks and multimedia goodies such as the Mellotron-heavy "Listening to the Sky"
Tobin Sprout - Live at the Horseshoe Tavern (Recordhead) fantastic two-CD set from the musical mastermind behind Guided by Voices, featuring three new studio piano demos
Joey Stec - The Jimmy Miller Productions 1976-1979 (Sound City) collection of lost tracks from the Blues Magoo guitarist
Tishamingo - Wear N' Tear (Magnitude) featuring a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Poison Whiskey," the band's name is taken from mythical town in the film O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Twilight Singers - She Loves You (Birdman) 120-gram audiophile vinyl version of this killer collection of covers in a gatefold sleeve
Umphrey's McGee - Local Band Does O.K. (Sci-Fidelity) CD reissue of this home-grown recording
Umphrey's McGee - Live from the Lake Coast (Sci-Fidelity) live DVD filmed in 2003 with new drummer Kris Myers
Vanessa Williams - Everlasting Love (Lava) collection of favorite love songs of the 1970s, including "One Less Bell to Answer" and "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Patrick Wolf - "The Libertine" (Tomlab) CD and seven-inch single featuring a cover of Nico's "Afraid"
Yuppie Pricks - Brokers Banquet (Alternative Tentacles) with guest Jello Biafra on one track
various artists - Revive the Soul (Revive the Soul) two-CD set of down tempo and electronic lounge featuring The Herbaliser, Kid Koala, Blue States, Funki Porcini, and more