Available Today: May 20, 2008

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Islands / Photo by Melissa Trott
WRITTEN BY
William Goodman

Here's a rundown of what's available online and in record stores today. Click each artist's name for more on SPIN.com, and pick up Spin's June issue later this week to read each album's full review:

Islands, Arm's Way

Canadian raconteur sees life in the face of death.
More on Islands:
- Poolsideat Coachella '08: Islands Perform "The Arm" Acoustic
- Islands, Artist of the Day

Mudhoney, The Lucky Ones

Like the Ramones, but with seasonal affectation disorder.
More on Mudhoney:
- Mudhoney, Artist of theDay

French Kicks, Swimming

The classiest garage band this side of the Williamsburg Bridge.
More on French Kicks:
- French Kicks, Artist ofthe Day

Scarlett Johansson, Anywhere I Lay My Head

Bombshell actress coos coyly behind hipster sound sculptor.
More on Scarlett Johansson:
- Scarlett Johansson Talks Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton
- New Video: Scarlett Johansson, "Falling Down"

Mates of State, Re-Arrange Us

Indie-pop couple calm down and compose masterpiece.
More on Mates of State:
- 'This American Life' Host Ira Glass, Mates ofState Pay Homage to Phantom Planet, 'The O.C.'

The Wedding Present, El Rey

Terminally forlorn bard is back with a wink and a leer.
More on The Wedding Present:
- NewWedding Present LP Out May 20

Windsor for the Derby,How We Lost

Nineties nostalgists raid record collections, familiarity ensues.

Bun B, II Trill

After partner's passing, H-town's baddest dude bounces back.

Orchestra Baobab, Made in Dakar

African sophisticates rev up their groove machine once more.

Kira Lynn Cain, The Ideal Hunter

Bay Area torch singer fades into wisps of blue smoke.

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