Weekly US music releases: 1990s’ rock bands, soundtracks revisit the 1980s

Click to follow
The Independent Culture

From a sublime reunion of jazz greats Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden to the ridiculous retread of MacGruber's soundtrack, May 25 releases mark the return of Stone Temple Pilots, Smashing Pumpkins, plus soundtracks for Sex & the City 2 and True Blood, Vol. 2.

Keith Jarrett/Charlie Haden, Jasmine
In Keith Jarrett's small home studio, the pianist reunited with jazz bassist Charlie Haden to collaborate again after 30 years. The eight great love songs include classics like "Body and Soul" and "Don't Ever Leave Me," offering an intimate, spontaneous and nuanced collection on ECM Records. www.keithjarrett.org

Smashing Pumpkins, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor
This limited-edition box set features a special wooden box containing a series of CDs, plus a stone obelisk. Original member Billy Corgan reformed a group for a new kind of concept album released as eleven 4-song EPs totaling 44 songs, also available as downloads over the internet. http://www.smashingpumpkins.com

Stone Temple Pilots, Stone Temple Pilots
With 40 million records sold, this Grammy winning band returned to release its sixth album and first in almost a decade. The 12-track collection leads with Between the Lines on Atlantic Records updates STP's '90 mix of alternative rock, pop, punk, and various musical influences. http://stonetemplepilots.com

True Blood: Music from the HBO Original Series, Volume 2
From HBO's Emmy winning vampire series, Vol 1 was Grammy nominated. Vol. 2's 14 tracks feature Beck's "Bad Blood and "Fresh Blood" by Eels, as well as Bob Dylan, Robbie Robertson, and Elvis Costello. http://www.hbo.com/true-blood/index.html

MacGruber Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
The 19-track collection features hits of the 1980s like Toto's "Rosanna" and Eddie Money's "Take Me Home Tonight." The movie sends-up the Eighties' action-adventure television show MacGyver with ELP and Michael Bolton along with The Hives and Wolfmother. http://iamrogue.com/macgruber

Sex and the City 2 Soundtrack
This diva-driven album features a duet with Leona Lewis and Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys' "Empire State of Mind", 1980s' icon Cyndi Lauper, Dido, Erykah Badu, and Liza Minnelli who makes a cameo. The cast's four female friends sing the anthem "I Am Woman" and the Sex and the City Men's Choir perform on this 18-track album from Universal. Releases May 25. www.sexandthecitymovie.com

RC

 

Comments