Weekly Release: Stevie Nicks, Fleet Foxes, Beastie Boys and More

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There are so many big names dropping new albums in the next couple weeks, you’d think the world was ending sometime this month. Some people totally think it is, but we have a hard time believing they have anything to do with record release dates. But we’ve been wrong about lesser things many times before.

Anyway, let’s get to it. This is your weekly release for the first week of May, 2011.

Colbie Caillat – All Of You

Looking for something to put on blast while you beat the block in your Impala? Look no further, because there’s a new Colbie Caillat album out today. You might remember her from that video that inexplicably starred the fat guy from the current Saturday Night Live cast who we still call Horatio Sanz even though he got the boot years ago. This is probably the last you’ll hear of this album, unless you watch a whole lot of VH1 at four in the morning, in which case, you’ll assume she’s the biggest selling artist of the year.

Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues

Get ready to thrash! In an acoustic guitar and Crosby, Still & Nash kind of way! Indie darlings Fleet Foxes are back in the building, and they’ve come to rock you like a stiff breeze on a warm summer day. If you’re in the market for something to blast the quads at the gym to, this probably isn’t the ideal choice. But if you’re in a smoking mood, you could certainly do a lot worse.

Jennifer Lopez – Love?

Jennifer Lopez seemed well on her way to “Where Are They Now?” status not too long ago. She hasn’t released a film in years (that we know of). She may very well have released an album in the past couple years, but damn if we heard anything about it. For all intents and purposes, she was Mrs. Marc Anthony (or he was Mr. Jennifer Lopez) and not much else.

And then, she got a job as a judge on American Idol and, just like that, we all have to pretend she’s a musician again and People Magazine named her the Most Beautiful Woman of 2011. On the bright side, at least Ellen DeGeneres’ stint on American Idol never led to any ass shaking music videos.

Stevie Nicks – In Your Dreams

A new album from Stevie Nicks (or anyone related to Fleetwood Mac, for that matter) is a pretty big event, mostly because it doesn’t happen that often. Her last solo album was 2001′s Trouble in Shangri-La. That’s ten damn years ago. So, give it a listen. Even if it’s only for the same reason that you stand on your lawn and look for a comet that only comes around every 50 years or so. And besides, she’s a damn legend. Show some respect.

Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

Speaking of legends, the Beastie Boys are back! They’ve survived a cancer scare and are finally ready to release the highly anticipated Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2. Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 still hasn’t been released, but there’s a perfectly sensible explanation for that. Here’s what the band said in an email that went out to their fans:

In what can only be described as a bizarre coincidence, following an exhaustive re-sequence marathon, Beastie Boys have verified that their new Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 will be composed of the same 16 tracks originally slated for inclusion on Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. The record (part 2 that is) will be released as planned in spring 2011 on Capitol. The tracks originally recorded for Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 (which now are actually back on Part 1) have now apparently been bumped to make room for the former Hot Sauce Committee Part 1 material. Wait, what?

“I know it’s weird and confusing, but at least we can say unequivocally that Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is coming out on time, which is more than I can say about Part 1, and really is all that matters in the end.” says Adam “MCA” Yauch. “We just kept working and working on various sequences for part 2, and after a year and half of spending days on end in the sequencing room trying out every possible combination, it finally became clear that this was the only way to make it work. Strange but true, the final sequence for Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. So we’ve come full circle.”

Thanks for clearing that up, guys!

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