In this week’s new releases, there are a number of groups who have quite the resume backing their careers. Not only do most of the them have an eclectic past, but some are a well known for their influence on society. One of these groups is Jane’s Addiction. The band's history is a fascinating one. From creating one of the most famous music festivals of all time to bringing Alternative Rock to mainstream audiences with albums like 1988’s Nothing's Shocking and 1990’s Ritual de lo Habitual, the group has already left an unshakeable mark on popular culture. This week, Jane's Addiction is back after a long hiatus and a couple of failed reunions, and are now releasing their newest album, The Great Escape Artist. Noel Gallagher is another impressive musician who is releasing an album this week. As the lead guitarist of his Britpop band Oasis, Noel and his brother Liam helped forge their band from a little rock group from Manchester, England to mainstream success. Now that Oasis has finished it’s long run in the public’s eye though, Noel is releasing his first solo album after leaving the band, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

If that wasn’t enough, Tool’s lead vocalist Maynard James Keenan is coming out with his own album, under the moniker Puscifer, which shows off anything but the Progressive leanings of Tool, which composes Maynard's sense of humor and mixes it with trip hop, Ambient and industrial music. Country artist Shelby Lynne is also releasing an album called Revelation Road, while the fantastic Rock-A-Billy musician Chris Isaak is coming out with Beyond the Sun. Here are this week’s LP releases:

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5) Shelby Lynne Revelation Road
Even though shes been active in the music industry since 1988, when country music artist Shelby Lynne won a Grammy in 1999 for “Best New Artist,” she became a hero among the genre’s audiences. After her album I Am Shelby Lynne came out, the singer song-writer took on a whole new career, where she acted in movies like Bridget Jones' Diary and Identity Crisis. After moving to California, she sang the John Lennon song "Mother" at the ‘Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music’ in October 2001, and released five hit albums.

In 2010, Lynne released Tears, Lies and Alibis and in only a little more than a year later, she’s now unveiling Revelation Road. Shelby’s latest is sure to continue the same style of country music she’s made before. Her fans know that she is a consistent artist who melds country music with pop and rock influences. If you enjoy anything in the country genre, then you’ll probably get a kick out of her more than optimistic music.

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4) Puscifer Conditions of My Parole
If you know who Maynard James Keenan is, then you're probably a Progressive Metal junkie. For those of you who aren’t the wiser, Maynard is one of the founding members of Tool. The group released four albums spanning from 1993 to 2006. Their sprawling music was considered Progressive Metal because of their use of synthesizers, extended jamming on recorded efforts and of course, their subject matter and concept records. Still, because the band didn’t utilize vocals on nearly 40% of their recorded songs, Maynard wasn’t used to his full potential. Instead, the singer is now working on a solo effort which utilizes his talents perfectly.

In his side project Puscifer, the lead singer goes all out. Starting off as a pseudonym for his solo work, Maynard's taken this project to the next level by releasing one album already, three mix tapes, five singles and two EP’s. The artist explains that his efforts are to show his real personality in music, and to allow audiences to see his “Creative Subconscious." Instead of sticking to the Progressive Metal leanings his prior group was known for, Puscifer blends Ambient, comedy, experimental, post-industrial, and trip hop music. It is surely an eclectic sound, and with his latest album Conditions of my Parole being released today, it will definitely keep his “creative subconscious” working.

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3) Chris Isaak Beyond the Sun
Chris Issak is by far one of the greatest Rock-a-Billy artists of all time. Sure, I explained how Merle Haggard created the genre in last week’s LP Release Tuesday, but it was Chris Isaak who helped bring the genre to what it is today. Some of the tracks of his first album Silvertone, were used in David Lynches iconic film Blue Velvet, while "Baby Did a Bad, Bad Thing" was featured in Stanley Kubrick's final film Eyes Wide Shut. It’s obvious that his music has been used by a lot of filmmakers, but he’s also acted on the silver screen as well. Isaak played a major role in David Lynch's Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, and he also made appearances in The Silence of the Lambs, That Thing You Do!,A Dirty Shame and on the HBO miniseries, From the Earth to the Moon.

You would think that with all his acting jobs, he wouldn't find time to make music; but in fact he does. In 2008 he recorded Live in Australia, in 2009 Mr. Lucky, and now this week he is releasing Beyond the Sun , his latest record. Recorded in Sun Studio in Memphis, Tennessee the album is a collection of songs originally made by artists like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee Lewis. The album sees the artist adding his special flair of Rock-A-Billy, Roots and Surf Rock to these famous songs. The record will surely not disappoint.

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2) Noel Gallagher Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
Noel Gallagher and his brother Liam led the Britpop group Oasis to stardom. The group was known for their smash hit albums (What's the Story) Morning Glory? and Be Here Now. Since the group's rise to fame, the two brothers have been in an endless fight over creative differences. Since the late 90s, every subsequent release saw the brothers and their group as a whole falling apart. After a dreadful tour last year, in the last leg before their show in Paris, Noel left the group for a solo career.

Now he is taking on the next step in an already great career by releasing his first post-Oasis album, entitled Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds. On this record he takes the name High Flying Birds from Jefferson Airplane, which he has shown deep admiration for. The album's name draws from his past influences, which is why I’m not surprised that he also draws inspiration from his previous band as well. Critics have been giving this record critical praise for its amazing sound, use of lyrics and Noel’s draw from the back catalog of Oasis. Many people have described the album as sounding like his famed Be Here Now days which channels the unflinching pop songs, with catchy hooks and thoughtful choruses. Honestly, I wouldn't expect anything else from a talented person like Noel Gallagher.

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Jane’s Addiction The Great Escape Artist
Like Noel Gallagher, Jane’s Addiction has a fascinating past full of trials and tribulations that have changed the course of popular music. After the band's sophomore release Ritual de lo Habitual, the Los Angeles group quickly rose to mainstream attention, bringing Alternative Rock to fame with them. Before the group’s appearance, Alt Rock was a form of music that didn’t see much attention in mainstream media, but after Jane’s Addiction changed the genre, other forms of rock music, including Alternative became popular. Genres like Grunge, Alternative Metal and Hard Rock—again-- saw the light of day with audiences. Yet that wasn’t the last of their undying influences. After they brought all of these styles into popularity, lead singer Perry Farrell along with his group created one of the most influential and popular music festivals of all time. That’s right, Jane’s Addiction created Lollapalooza.

After breaking up in 1991 and getting back together ten years later, the group released Strays in 2003, and now they are coming out with their latest album in eight years, The Great Escape Artist. Not only is their latest album a much anticipated return, but the group is also touring again, with an appearance at this year’s De Luna Festival in Pensacola, Florida, as well as headlining gigs at the Reading and Leeds Festivals. For their latest album The Great Escape Artist, they brought in the talented TV on the Radio guitarist and producer Dave Sitek to replace Duff McKagan who departed from the band in September 2010. All I have to say is that it’s a great time for music fans all over. With the level of influence Jane's Addiction has behind them, I’m excited to see how they influence the future.

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