The week’s new releases bring a domestic collection of remixes from one of the biggest names in music, plus a collection of new tracks to hopefully make another talent a future big name in music.

While you’re busy wearing out Cyndi Lauper’s June release of “Memphis Blues” in preparation for her Atlanta concert on Saturday, take a time-out to give these beauties a listen.

Lady Gaga
“The Remix” (Domestic Version)

imageOK, so I guess we can bitch and moan about the fact that the domestic version finally was released months after several import versions, but I think a far more germane point is that out of the 17 or so remixes on the import reviewed in May, only 10 of them are featured on the domestic release.

Among them are the beat-heavy Richard Vission Remix of “Just Dance,” the trippy Chew Fu Ghettohouse Fix of “LoveGame,” the frenzied Frankmuzik Remix of “Eh, Eh,” the fantastic Glam as You Remix of “The Fame,” and the midtempo but still cool Monarchy Remix of “Dance in the Dark.”

It is disappointing that the TZR Discocaine Remix of “Monster” making the rounds on BPM wasn’t included as an exclusive for the domestic version of the album, but if you passed on the earlier imports because of the cost, now’s your chance.

Katie Melua
“The House”

imageWilliam Orbit helms Melua’s fourth studio album, and the result is a wonderful marriage of the singer/songwriter and pop genres. The album opens with the dramatic “I’d Love to Kill You” and flows into a series of tracks that glide through emotions like a babbling brook.

The tracks may envoke different styles—“A Moment of Madness” is a vampy, campus throw-back; “Plague of Love” sounds like a 60s-era love song—Melua’s gorgeous vocals, Orbit’s slick production, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’s lush orchestration tie the album together as a delightful and cohesive package.

Of course, supporting your local gay retailers with your hard-copy music purchases is always encouraged. Remember Brushstrokes and Outwrite when you’re out shopping for CDs, DVDs and other gay sundries. Both places are great about orders for out-of-stock items, too.

imageProfessional university administrator by day and roving entertainment reporter by night, Buck Cooke moved to Atlanta in 2000. Armed with a passion for pop culture and rabid appetite for music, Buck scours the entertainment landscape for treasures in music, TV and cinema.