New tunage (For the Spring)

Hot new CD releases for spring
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but the deep-freeze will continue with little relief in sight.
And we’re not talking about the Farmers’ Almanac’s prediction that penguins will be carpooling their way up here in the coming weeks — we’re talking about the new releases in the music world.
By all accounts, we still have another couple of chilly months ahead of us, with only a handful of hot discs to help with the thaw in the next month.
Keep in mind, thanks to the production difficulties/the Internet/acts of God/etc. all dates are tentative, which may mean we’ll have to wait even longer for some respite.
The first taste of sort-of big-name releases comes Jan. 25 when you can expect the Chemical Brothers’ new disc Push the Button, as well as the latest studio release from all-growed-up country star LeAnn Rimes titled This Woman.
The following week, Motley Crue fans can come out of the closet and enjoy the band’s two-disc retrospective Red, White and Crue.
On Feb. 8 some Cancon comes down the pipe — crooner Michael Buble releases It’s Time and Alberta-based cowboy legend Ian Tyson drops Songs from the Gravel Road.
Fans of new country might want to spend their money on Be As You Are, the hotly anticipated new album from Kenny Chesney, which also hits stores that day.
The mid part of the month proves relatively dry — save. maybe for a new Goldfinger CD Feb. 15 — with the next big name stepping out Feb. 22.
That’s when Tori Amos returns with The Beekeeper. Southern alt rock darlings the Kings of Leon also release the followup to their critically salivated over debut Youth and Young Manhood with Aha Shake Heartbreak.
On the oh-so-incredibly tentative side of things, hip hop hotshot Kanye West is also listed as maybe having something new before February closes.
On March 1, the floodgates temporarily open for new albums from The Doves, Judas Priest, Mars Volta, Jack Johnson and the artist formerly known as J. Lo, Jennifer Lopez.
If that’s not enough we’re being teased with the possibility of another Black Eyed Peas effort that same day.
The following week sees the release of albums by two artists that could not be more disparate — The Backstreet Boys and 50 Cent.
No word yet on what the Boys will be calling their next masterpiece, but Fitty’s is titled, presumably, what he’d do to them if they were ever in the same room — The Massacre.
Other than a new one from Moby, March 22 proves to be a great week for hard-rock music fans with System of a Down and Queens of the Stone Age both set to make some noise.
March 29 is a banner day for fans of Britpop old and new.
On the veteran side of things, New Order has an album ready, and for the newbies, Coldplay will look to lull the world into submission with the as-yet untitled followup to the 2002 phenom A Rush Of Blood To The Head.
Also look for new ones from Daft Punk, Faith Evans, Chingy and Trace Adkins that week.
Before the end of the month you may also expect a new studio album from Beck, Mariah Carey and a pair of hometown superstars — Jann Arden and Terri Clark, who both have new discs ready for release.
And finally, taking us to spring — when the real thaw, both musically and environmentally, should take place — look for new April and May albums from OutKast, Sloan, Treble Charger, White Stripes, Sheryl Crow, Bon Jovi, Gorillaz and Garbage, to name but a few.
The Rest … Here are some more artists releasing albums in the coming months: Vanessa Williams, Low, John Frusciante, Marianne Faithfull, Alex Lloyd, Erasure, The Devlins (Jan. 25); Ed Harcourt, Liam Titcomb, Youngbloodz, Los Lobos (Feb. 1); Brian McKnight, 3 Doors Down, Jamiroquai (Feb. 8); John Hammond, Al Green (Feb. 15); Iron & Wine, Jim White, (Feb. 22); Joshua Redman (March 1); Ash, Amanda Stott (March 8); The Soundtrack of Our Lives, Natalie Imbruglia, (March 15); Fat Joe, Tweet (March 22); Esthero, American Hi-Fi, New Order (March 29); Hot Hot Heat, Missy Elliot, Lisa Marie Presley, Shelby Lynn, Beth Orton, Babyface, Clay Aiken (April/May)