Weekly Release: Lil Wayne, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Cobra Starship and More

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We’re heading into the home stretch of the year. Before you know it, your sister from out of town will be waking you up at 3:30 am to drive her to the nearest mall so she can stock up on $25 VCR’s to hand out as conveniently non-regiftable Christmas presents. And with the hustle and bustle of holiday season comes a ton of new releases from the biggest artists on this or any other planet.

So let’s think about music and less about drunken brawls with distant relatives. There will be time enough for that later. As for now, this is your Weekly Release…

Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are one of those bands that hipsters and music snobs have loved to dismiss since around 1986 or so. But the truth is, they don’t show any signs of going away, and there’s good reason for that. They’ve been releasing some of the best music of their career since right before the calendar flipped to 2000.

And now, they’re back again with a new album, I’m With You. The lead single, “The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie,” certainly won’t appeal to that core group of fans who prefer Anthony Kiedis when he’s “rapping,” but it’s still a pretty good song. Enough to make checking the album out seem like a not entirely horrible idea.

Cobra Starship – Night Shades

I literally could not name a single Cobra Starship song before right now. And as I type this, I couldn’t tell you the name of the video posted above (Night Shades is the name of the album, smarty pants). I saw them perform this song live on the VMA’s and it was pretty atrocious. The album probably is too. Expect it to sell a million copies by the end of September.

Glen Campbell – Ghost On the Canvas

Aw Glen, why? For years, it’s been fun to tease poor Glen Campbell, especially after that unfortunate DUI mugshot from awhile back. But now, the man who first took “Wichita Lineman” to the top of the charts has Alzheimer’s, and it’s not nearly as fun to laugh at him. Unless you’re an asshole, which we understand is a possibility.

Despite the diagnosis, Glen is still hitting the road for a farewell tour and releasing new music. Today, Ghost On the Canvas hits stores and Internets nationwide. The title track was written by Paul Westerberg (of the mighty Replacements) and first appeared on his 2009 EP, PW & The Ghost Gloves Cat Wing Joy Boys. In other words, you’ve never heard it. It’s a fitting title for this song and the album though, in light of Glen Campbell’s current state of health. It’s also a damn sad title.

Lenny Kravitz – Black and White America

Man, this fucking guy. Lenny Kravitz has a new album out. It should go over great with that segment of the music buying public that doesn’t realize the 60′s happened and every Lenny Kravitz song ever is available by a much better artist from that era. People who only discover new music by way of what’s played over hard hit montages on the NFL Network should dig it also.

Anyway, when we searched “Lenny Kravitz Black and White America” on YouTube, we didn’t see an official video. But we did find this video of half a song and some behind the scenes footage. That’s how you make music buying decisions, right? Behind the scenes footage?

Lil Wayne – The Carter IV

Hey, did you know there was a new Lil Wayne album out already? Like, not just today. You could buy it Sunday night if you enjoy paying for the right to download files that are freely available on a trillion different sites. If you wanted the experience of holding a medium sized picture of Wayne as a young, tatted-up grade school graduate while listening, you had to wait until Monday morning.

Whichever route you went, the album was likely worth the cash/wait. A lot of people won’t want to admit it, but this is probably the best rap album of the year so far. Not by a wide margin or anything, but still, it’s pretty damn good.