Now that all the blockbuster discs, boxed sets, greatest hits packages and other quick cash-ins are out of the way, there's room on shelves for the cult faves, rising indie talents and lovable losers trying to make a comeback. Here's what's coming up.
ROSE IN BLOOM
Tormented moppet Katy Rose drops Because I Can January 27 on V2 Records. It sounds like the aural equivalent of the fucked-up-teen-girl flick Thirteen as written by the Breeders and Elastica.
Auf Der Maur of the moment
Melissa Auf Der Maur 's self-financed project, Auf Der Maur, involves her Queens of the Stone Age pal Josh Homme and is set for international release on Phantom February 2. That's the week before the release of Courtney Love 's new album, America's Sweetheart (Virgin), which had to be rescheduled after the star's drug-fuelled misadventures.
Indie scene stars controller.controller , release History February 24 on Paper Bag Records. If they replicate the sultry adrenaline rush of their live performances, the death-disco darlings - who recorded their debut with Rob Sanzo (Treble Charger, Southpacific) - could redeem the post-punk revival movement.
NO, THEY'RE SAYING LOOOOU!
Having his tai chi chuan master onstage with him at Massey Hall didn't quite work for Lou Reed , but Reed himself was impressive. His Animal Serenade (Warner) double live disc, due March 23, captures his June 24 show at the Wiltern in Los Angeles with the exact same songs and running order.