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New Releases: April 11, 2006

Here’s our rundown of what’s new and noteworthy in record stores this week.

Eagles of Death Metal, Death By Sexy (Downtown)
Putting their own spin on the clichéd phrase, “looks that could kill,” Eagles of Death Metal release Death By Sexy. Queen of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme is still on drums, and he helps pound out tracks with wanton titles, like “I Want You So Hard (Boy’s Bad News)” and “Don’t Speak (I Came to Make a Bang).”
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

LL Cool J, Todd Smith (Def Jam)
Ladies Love… Todd Smith? Hip-hop’s muscular mainstay, LL Cool J, releases an album named after himself this week. The project features guest appearances by Mary J. Blige, J. Lo, Jamie Foxx, Teairra Mari, 112, Juelz Santana and others, as well as production by Jermain Dupri, the Neptunes, Scott Storch and Bink.
Buy: iTunes

Death Cab for Cutie, Directions (Atlantic)
Death Cab for Cutie go all film school on us with the DVD, Directions, which features 11 short films — one for each of the tracks on Plans. A different director shoots each clip, none of which — sorry super-fans and Bait Shop-revivalists — feature the band members themselves. The set also includes two videos for unreleased songs.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Saves the Day, Sound the Alarm (Vagrant)
Sound the emo alarm — Saves the Day have a new album. It’s been three years since they dropped Reverie, and just when you thought these Jersey boys were through being cool, the group releases their fifth full-length, Sound the Alarm.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Built to Spill, You in Reverse (Warner Bros.)
Having once titled an album Perfect From Now On, it’s no wonder Built to Spill have taken five years to releases their next full-length. You in Reverse is the Idaho-bred group’s follow-up to 2001’s Ancient Melodies of the Future, and it features tracks that nod to the time lapse, like “Mess With Time” and “The Wait.”
Buy: Amazon | iTunes