Full Release: Music

Christina Milian

It’s a new year, and that brings with it new music to listen to. And how does the record industry think they should kick off 2010? Well, with a couple of hot chicks, so that’s a pretty good sign. I’ve got the rundown on all of the discs dropping this Tuesday.

Christina MilianElope – After leaving Def Jam due to her belief that the label was spending more money and attention on promoting Rihanna (which was probably true), the Dip It Low hottie is dropping her new disc on Myspace Records. That’s so 2007, baby. Working with her husband, producer The-Dream, this promises to be ballad-heavy and “cinematic,” whatever that means.

Katharine McPheeUnbroken – The long-legged American Idol runner-up and semi-Scientologist returns to the music world with her second album, which continues to mine the inoffensive adult contemporary bauxite that fans of this kind of thing are fans of. Unlike Idol contemporaries Adam Lambert or Kelly Clarkson, McPhee doesn’t give a rat’s ass about proving herself as anything but a pre-manufactured radio friendly unit shifter, and good for her. She married a million year old dude, too.

The OctagonWarm Love And Cool Dreams Forever – This scrappy New York three-piece hearkens back to the heady postpunk days of Dinosaur Jr. Their debut album has been previewed with an EP that’s free to download here, and if all of the overproduced pap that you’ve read about has you craving an ear-washing, this could be just the soap.

Flying LotusDJ Kicks – The DJ Kicks series has traditionally spotlit the best DJs and electronic musicians dropping remixes of some of their favorite tracks, and this month’s installment features Flying Lotus, the people responsible for the track of one of the best Eric Wareheim videos of all time. So this is pretty much guaranteed to rule.