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New Releases: May 2, 2006

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

Pearl Jam, Pearl Jam (J)
When life gives you avocados, make… a new Pearl Jam album. Pearl Jam’s self-titled political opus, whose cover art features the pitted fruit, hits shelves this week, and features anti-establishment tracks like “World Wide Suicide,” “Army Reserve,” and “Inside Job.”
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Tool, 10,000 Days (Volcano)
Ok, so it hasn’t been 10,000 days per se since their last studio album was released, but for Tool fans who have waited five years to hear some new material from the band, it sure feels like its been that long. Tool make up for it, though, with most of the tracks clocking in at over seven minutes. The A Perfect Circle-sounding project features songs with curious titles like “Lipan Conjuring” and “Jambi.”
Buy: Amazon

Mobb Deep, Blood Money (Interscope/G-Unit)
The Queensbridge, NY-bred duo have been releasing albums since 1993, but Blood Money marks their debut for 50 Cent’s G-Unit label. The new regime doesn’t just make an appearance on the album, it crashes nearly every track with 50 making guest appearances on five of them, and Young Buck, Tony Yayo, and Lloyd Banks also making cameos.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Wolfmother, Wolfmother (Interscope)
After near-deafening buzz built around them with performances at SXSW and Coachella this year, Sydney’s power trio, Wolfmother, finally release their ’70s hard rock-inspired self-titled debut.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

The Charlatans UK, Simpatico (Sanctuary)
Manchester’s Charlatans have a longevity most other bands can’t touch, with a resume that boasts 16 years of recording and nine studio albums released. Simpatico is the band’s first album on Sanctuary and the follow-up to 2004’s Up at the Lake.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes