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New CD Releases, March 18: Danity Kane, Daniel Lanois, She & Him
Danity Kane “Welcome to the Dollhouse”
Diddy’s darlings return with their second studio album, which follows the ladies’ eponymous debut of 2006.
The Danity Kane story began when Sean “Diddy” Combs set out to create an all-female super group during the third installment of the MTV reality TV series “Making the Band.” The result was the creation of Danity Kane in 2005.
Thanks in large part to all of the exposure on MTV, the group was a hit and its debut CD, “Danity Kane,” would produce two big singles–“Show Stopper” and “Ride for You”–and go on to sell more than a million copies.
The five ladies in Danity Kane are Wanita “D. Woods” Woodgette, Aundrea Fimbres, Shannon Bex, Aubrey O’Day and Dawn Richard.
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Daniel Lanois “Here Is What Is”
The master musician/producer, who has worked with everyone from Bob Dylan and U2 to Emmylou Harris and Peter Gabriel, hits with his fifth studio album. Lanois released the album in a “download-only” format back in December–a la Radiohead–and is just now getting around to putting it out on CD.
“Here Is What Is” is the soundtrack to the 2007 documentary of the same name, which chronicles Lanois’ creative process for recording an album. That doc premiered at the 2007 Toronto Film Festival. Brian Eno is featured both in the film and on the album.
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She & Him “Volume 1”
The “She” in question is Zooey Deschanel, an actor-turned-musician known for such films as “Elf.” The “Him” is the acclaimed singer-songwriter M. Ward.
The two were first paired, musically speaking, by director Martin Hayens for the film “The Go-Getter.” The result, apparently, was fetching enough to inspire the duo to record a full album, “Volume 1.”
Besides recording this debut, She & Him have also been playing some concerts, including a date at San Francisco’s influential Noise Pop festival.
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Flo Rida “Mail on Sundays”
The rapper, who–you guessed it–hails from Florida, releases his debut album. Flo Rida is perhaps best known for his work on the touching love song “Bitch, I’m From Dade County,” which was featured on DJ Khaled’s “We the Best” CD. The rapper’s latest single is called “Elevator.”
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The Kills “Midnight Boom”
The minimalist art-rock duo, consisting of Florida-bred Alison “VV” Mosshart (vocals/guitars) and UK native Jamie “Hotel” Hince (drums/vocals/guitar), returns with its third full-length studio album. The band’s two previous outings, 2003’s “Keep on Your Mean Side” and 2005’s “No Wow,” have combined to sell more than 70,000 copies.
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More new releases:
Be Your Own Pet, “Get Awkward” (Ecstatic Peace)
Big Dipper, “Supercluster: The Big Dipper Anthology” (Merge)
Black Tide, “Light from Above” (Black Tide)
Destroyer, “Trouble in Dreams” (Merge)
DeVotchKa, “A Mad and Faithful Telling” (Anti)
The Hush Sound, “Goodbye Blues” (Atlantic)
Johnny and the Sprites, “Johnny and the Sprites” (Disney)
Ottmar Liebert, “La Semana” (Spiral Subwave)
Mindless Self Indulgence, “Never Wanted to Dance” (The End)
The Teenagers, “Reality Check” (Beggars Xl)
Yael Naim, “Yael Naim” (Atlantic)
Various Artists, “BuzzCuts” (Razor & Tie)
Various artists, “Tom Waits Jukebox: The Songs that Inspired the Man” (United States of Distribution)
Soundtracks and scores:
“Body of War: Songs That Inspired an Iraq War Veteran” (Sire)