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We offer a selective preview of music due out from now through June. Quality's hard to guarantee, but week after week the albums will arrive, in pop genre after genre. And someone's bound to be playing your song.

January 29, 2006

Guide to the list

The Sounds '06 list is a snapshot of albums in the works as of late January. Release dates and other details are subject to change through the year.

Sounds '06

Capsules compiled by Richard Cromelin and Casey Dolan.



Barry Manilow

"The Greatest Songs of

the Fifties" (Arista)

The crooner with perfect hair interprets a wide array of genres from the last decade of innocence. Features an appearance by Phyllis McGuire of the McGuire Sisters. (C.D.)

For The Record
Los Angeles Times Tuesday January 31, 2006 Home Edition Main News Part A Page 2 News Desk 0 inches; 26 words Type of Material: Correction
Hoobastank -- Sunday Calendar's "Sounds '06: A CD Preview" said that Hoobastank's new album was due out Feb. 7. It will be released in late April.
For The Record
Los Angeles Times Sunday February 05, 2006 Home Edition Sunday Calendar Part E Page 2 Calendar Desk 0 inches; 27 words Type of Material: Correction
Album date -- Last Sunday's "Sounds '06: A CD Preview" said the new Hoobastank album would be released Feb. 7. It will come out in late April.

FEB. 7

KT Tunstall

"Eye to the Telescope"


The Scottish singer and songwriter hits the U.S. with a bang, bearing three nominations in the Brit Awards and a sheaf of rave reviews. (R.C.)

Jack Johnson

"Sing-A-Longs and Lullabies for the Film 'Curious George' " (Universal)

Nine new songs by America's answer to Badly Drawn Boy are given center stage in the upcoming film, including duets with Ben Harper, G. Love and Matt Costa. (C.D.)


Title TBA (Island)

Agoura's finest marks its 12th year of rumbling the rafters with post-grunge stomping tunes. (C.D.)

William Orbit

"Hello Waveforms"


The first release in over five years by the techno pioneer who took Eno's ambient music concept to new heights. (C.D.)

Sarah Harmer

"I'm a Mountain" (Zoe)

Her third album with naked, acoustic music that owes much to bluegrass and is as comfortable as a well-worn pair of slippers. (C.D.)

Beth Orton

"Comfort of Strangers"


The English singer-songwriter returns to form on an album produced by Sonic Youth's Jim O'Rourke (R.C.)

Deadboy & the Elephantmen

"We Are Night Sky"

(Fat Possum)

With a song title like "What the Stars Have Eaten," how can you not love them? Sounding like a de-tuned, methylated marriage between the Kings of Leon and Skip Spence. (C.D.)

The Minus 5

"The Gun Album" (Yep Roc)

Scott McCaughey's poppy music collective's latest outing, including members of Wilco, R.E.M., the Decemberists, the Long Winters and Mott the Hoople. (C.D.)

FEB. 14

Sergio Mendes


(Concord Records/Starbucks Hear Music)

The '60s-vintage purveyor of mass-appeal Braziliana is taken under the wing of Black Eyed Pea (R.C.)

Various artists

"I Am the Resurrection:

A Tribute to John Fahey" (Vanguard)

A compilation including performances by Calexico and Sonic Youth's Lee Ranaldo, paying homage to the late country-blues guitar minimalist. (C.D.)

FEB. 21

Ray Davies

"Other People's Lives" (V2)

Other people's lives formed the prime subject matter of Davies' incomparable songs with the Kinks, and they still fuel his artistic fires four

decades later. (R.C.)

Kid Rock

"Live Trucker" (Atlantic)

Bringing his hard-rockin' macho self to a live recording, the Kid includes such favorites as "Cowboy" and "Bawitdaba." Loud and proud. (C.D.)

Nick Cave and

Warren Ellis

"The Proposition"

soundtrack (Mute)

The grim reaper of rock singers and the Dirty Three violinist conjure atmospheres of bleak beauty for the epic Australian western, which was written by Cave. (R.C.)

Arctic Monkeys

"Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not"


From the label that brought you Franz Ferdinand, another dose of infectious British rock that's catching on in a big way in the U.K. (R.C.)


"Eels With Strings: Live

at Town Hall" (Vagrant)

Documents the downbeat pop visionary E in last year's sympathetic concert setting of string quartet and oddball instruments. (R.C.)

Dilated Peoples

"20/20" (Capitol)

The L.A. trio got a boost on its last CD from Kanye West, who produced and performed on the hit "This Way." (R.C.)

Tony Gilkyson

"Goodbye Guitar"

(Rolling Sea)

Ex-X guitar slinger offers a second solo outing that focuses on a more folky side. With guest appearances by Van Dyke Parks, sister Eliza and more. (C.D.)


"Destroyer's Rubies"

(Merge Records)

Vancouver's Dan Bejar on his solo project outside of the New Pornographers ventures into ambitious pop territories but with the occasional dosage of glam. (C.D.)

FEB. 28

Ghostface Killah

"Fishscale" (Def Jam)

The Wu-Tang stalwart's fifth album features production by MF Doom, Madlib and others. And be sure to keep an eye out for the action figure. (R.C.)

Elvis Costello

"My Flame Burns Blue" (Deutsche Grammophon)

The musical polymath enlarges his impressive quiver with a live performance in the Netherlands with a 52-piece jazz orchestra. A bonus disc features a full-length orchestral work. (C.D.)


"In My Own Words"

(Def Jam)

The single "So Sick" is already calling attention to this debut from the 23-year-old singer-songwriter who wrote Mario's 2004 smash "Let Me Love You." (R.C.)

Hank III

"Straight to Hell" (BRUC)

The unruly rocker's two-CD set includes his first-ever

stab at a song by granddad Hank Williams, "I Could Never Be Ashamed of You." (R.C.)


Loose Fur

"Born Again in the USA" (Drag City)

The second album from the atmospheric, folksy Americana of Jim O'Rourke, Jeff Tweedy and assorted attendees. (C.D.)


Donald Fagen

"Morph the Cat" (Reprise)

The voice of Steely Dan steps out for his own album for the first time since 1993's "Kamakiriad." (R.C)


"Idlewild" soundtrack


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