SUGAR RAY In the Pursuit of Leisure (Atlantic) A fifth flight of fancy from the smirky SoCal band, who cover Joe Jackson’s ”Is She Really Going Out With Him?”
JOHN MELLENCAMP Trouble No More (Columbia) Mellencamp studied the blues and folk for Trouble and recorded the album live with oldfangled technology.
EELS Shootenanny! (DreamWorks) It’s ”Saturday Morning.” You’re a kid, you’re up early, and your folks are still asleep. It’s lonely boredom. It’s part of this CD.
NORTHERN STATE Dying in Stereo (Star Time) Rappers Hesta Prynn, DJ Sprout, and Guinea Love ”do it how we do it and we don’t need permission.”
GIMME FIVE Choice cuts for your mixtape
DAVID BOWIE ”Let’s Spend the Night Together” (from Aladdin Sane, 30th Anni-versary Edition) Makes the Stones sound like they were on downers.
THE BANGLES ”Tear Off Your Own Head (It’s a Doll Revolution)” (from Doll Revolution) Elvis Costello’s was wryer, but Susanna Hoffs is a living doll.
THE WHITE STRIPES ”I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself” (from Elephant) Elvis’ Burt cover was more elegant, but squeaky power chords do get the grease.
NORAH JONES ”Wurlitzer Prize (I Don’t Want to Get Over You)” (from Lonesome, On’ry and Mean: A Tribute to Waylon Jennings) Drinking to forget to remember to forget never sounded more winsome.
THE NEW MAIN STREET SINGERS ”Never Did No Wanderin”’ (from A Mighty Wind) Forget the Folksmen: This cover sounds authentically wanderlust-phobic.