DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Decoration Day (New West) The Southern quintet traffics in unhappy yarns about life on the road, family feuding, and a jilted bride.
CLEM SNIDE Soft Spot (spinART) Joe Chiccarelli, who has worked with Frank Zappa, American Music Club, and Tori Amos, produced the latest from these compressors of country, rock, punk, and rockabilly.
MONICA After the Storm (J) Miss Thang welcomes some well-known guests, including DMX and Tyrese.
STEVE WINWOOD About Time (Wincraft/SCI Fidelity) Time will tell if Winwood was wise to blend world music (expect congas and timbales), rock, and bebop-y organ playing.
ON THE SPOT Cool Songs From Commercials
JONATHAN RICHMAN & THE MODERN LOVERS’ ”Ice Cream Man” establishes a strong quirk ethic for the Kohl’s department-store ad depicting a neighborhood gone mad for the guy in the refrigerated truck.
Hey! Ho! Let’s go…sell some cell phones? Unbelievably, that is indeed the RAMONES’ ”Blitzkrieg Bop” in the promo for telecom behemoth AT&T.
Search engine Yahoo! could not have found a better tune to represent itself than QUEEN’s ebullient ”You’re My Best Friend.”
GMC trots out the ISLEY BROTHERS’ ”I Turned You On” for its commercial starring a trailer-transported horse hanging its head out the window to enjoy the breeziness of the open road doggy-style.