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Feb 13,2006 Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.


Here's a quick look at a handful of new albums, as well as a list of the rest of the stuff that's supposed to hit shelves this week:



Down in Albion
Rough Trade US
Pete Doherty really gives drug users a bad name. All he does is get arrested and fuck up his shit. And then the media covers it! What about the millions of hard-working drug users who make this world function? How come no one talks about them? Anyway, Pete Doherty used to be in a really good band named the Libertines, but then he did a lot of drugs, broke into his bandmate's basement, fucked Kate Moss, and then really started doing drugs. Now he put out a record under the name Babyshambles with some other guys. Lots of druggy rock. Did I mention drugs? ~Matthew Gasteier
Babyshambles Web site

Everly Brothers
The Outtakes
Bear Family
Outtakes from the original pioneers of alt.country, the Everly Brothers were cited as influences by both the Beatles and the Byrds. This album consists of true rarities and collects tracks that are substantially different from studio versions includes flubs, studio conversation and early works-in-progress. ~Jonathan Easley
'The Outtakes' on Bear Family Records' Web site

Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan
Ballad of the Broken Seas
Hey, big spender! Want to be the envy of all your friends and peers? Then pick up your import copy of the Isobel/Campbell/Mark Lanegan collaboration today and be three weeks ahead of your hopelessly out of touch North American friends. Witness The Odd Couple 2K6 as an original Belle & Sebastian member and former Screaming Trees frontman try to musically coexist. ~Justin Sheppard
Album samples

John Fahey: The Yellow Princess
Various Artists: I am the Resurrection: A Tribute to John Fahey
Listening to many of today's modern-day independent guitar players, it would be hard to deny the influence of John Fahey. Which brings us to the M.Ward-produced I Am the Resurrection, a twelve-track tribute album that includes covers by Sufjan Stevens, Devendra Banhart, Calexico and How Gelb. Lest you don't feel like hearing a bunch of young punks re-doing Fahey's work, Vanguard is also re-releasing his 1968 fan favorite, The Yellow Princess. ~Austin L. Ray
Audio clips from the tribute album
John Fahey Web site
Vanguard Record Web site

The Tourniquet
Filter U.S. Recordings
Released in August '05 in the United Kingdom, The Tourniquet is the just-left-of-MOR sophomore album from Norway native Even Johansen (a.k.a. Magnet). It's the sound of a rustic Rufus Wainwright spending a Sunday afternoon with Chris Martin's missing humility (see: Parachutes) and Beck's part-time sincerity (see: Sea Change). Produced in part by L.A. singer/songwriter/workhorse Jason Falkner (who has logged studio time with both Wainwright and Beck), The Tourniquet is a warm touch of spring for fans of soft-blossoming West Coast pop. ~Adam Brent Houghtaling
Album stream and "Duracellia" MP3

Matchbook Romance
Epitaph Records
On its second full-length in nearly a decade together, Matchbook Romance is following 2003's more-emo-than-thou Stories and Alibis with a record that's got a little more aggression, a little more darkness and a second ball. And, hey, with tracks such as "You Can Run, But We'll Find You," "Surrender" and "I Wish You Were Here," this record's bound to make a great Valentine's Day present for that tight-jeaned hottie you've been stalking. ~China Bialos
"Monsters" MP3
"You Can Run, But We'll Find You" MP3

New Radiant Storm King
The Steady Hand
When things don't go your way, whining isn't the best policy, especially in the music business. Just make another record. Or so that seems to be the approach of former Western Massachusetts indie hopeful New Radiant Storm King. After label headaches and lineup changes that have dogged the members since their days hanging with Guided By Voices and Sebadoh, The Steady Hand is their grin 'n' bear it seventh album, and what should be a return to form for the lesser-known creators of the indie-rock jangle that got us through the first Bush war. ~John MacDonald
New Radiant Storm King Web site

Nina Simone
High Priestess of Soul
High Priestess of Soul follows RCA's Forever Young, Gifted & Black: Songs of Freedom and Spirit and Hip-O's The Definitive Collection as the third posthumous compilation so far this year of one of the world's foremost chanteuses. Let this be a warning to other record labels out there: If you've been sitting on a Simone release for 2006, you're slacking. ~Mike Legat
Nina Simone Web site
Verve Music Group Web site

Sergio Mendes
Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am set aside Fergie's humps for a while to focus on an LP fusing the music of the Brazilian mastermind Sergio Mendes and some of hip-hop and R&B's most respected acts. Featuring collabos with the Roots, Erykah Badu, Stevie Wonder, John Legend and Pharoahe Monch and more, the album could expose the greatness of Mendes to a population who may be unfamiliar with his catalog. ~Seth Berkman
Sergio Mendes on Concord Records Web site 

The Subways
Young for Eternity
Sire/Warner Bros.
The Subways signed a major-label deal after winning the Glastonbury Festival of Unsigned Performers competition in 2004. This thirty-five minute debut from the Welwyn Garden City trio of teenagers features pop punk, acoustic balladry and male-female call-and-response. ~Jonathan Easley
Streaming audio
The Subways Web site 

The Sword
Age of Winters
This highly anticipated debut from the Austin, Texas's stoner-rock powerhouse the Sword is full of heavy, sludge-filled guitars a la Black Sabbath meets Iron Maiden. Heralded as one of the best bands from last year's South by Southwest convention, it's not uncommon to hear this name in the same sentence as Mastodon or Isis. With the stoner-rock genre pushing the levels of creativity beyond Kyuss, Age of Winters  may be one of those records worthy of its place in all hesher's disc players. ~Jack Booty
Kemado Records Web site (with MP3s)

2 Many DJ's: As Heard on Radio Soulwax, Pt. 2 [IMPORT] (Pias Records)
Afrika Bambaataa: Zulu Groove (Hudson Vandam)
AIDS Wolf: Lovvers LP        
Arctic Monkeys: When the Sun Goes Down [CD-SINGLE]  (Domino)
Baby Shambles: Down in Albion (Rough Trade Us)
Beck: Guerolito [Bonus Track] (Universal International)
Bela Fleck & The Flecktones: Hidden Land (Sony)
Bishop Don Magic Juan: Green Is for Money... (Avatar)
Bling Kong: Do the Awesome
Bullet for My Valentine: The Poison [ENHANCED] (Trustkill Records)
Crush Kill Destroy: Metric Midnight (No Karma Group)
The Dears: Instant Live: El Rey Theatre,Los Angeles, CA (Instant Live Rec.)
The Dears: Instant Live: Magic Stick, Detroit, MI (Instant Live Rec.)
Dechen Shak-Dagsy: Shi De: A Call for World Peace (New Earth)
Deep Purple: Collection (BMG International)
Drop the Lime: Shot Shot Hearts (Tigerbeat6)
Etta Baker: Instrumental Music of the Southern Appalachians (Empire Musicwerks)
The Everly Brothers: Outtakes (Bear Family)
Freddie King: Live at the Electric Ballroom, 1974 (Shout! Factory)
Function: Secret Miracle Fountain (Locust)
Greg Lake: From the Beginning: Retrospective (Sanctuary)
Hall & Oates: Ecstasy on the Edge (Dynamic Italy)
Henry Flynt: Back Porch Hillbilly Blues, Vol. 1 (Locust)
Henry Flynt: Raga Electric (Locust)
Isobel Campbell, Mark Lanegan: Ballad of the Broken Seas [IMPORT] (V2)
Jaheim: Ghetto Classics (Warner Bros.)
John Fahey: Yellow Princess [Bonus Tracks] (Vanguard)
Johnny Cash: I Walk the Line [Collectables] (Collectables)
Los Lobos: Wolf Tracks: The Best of Los Lobos (Rhino / Wea)
Louis Armstrong: Best Of [BMG International] (BMG International)
Luke Doucet: Broken (And Other Rogue States) (Six Shooter S)
The M's: M's [Reissue]
Magnet: Tourniquet [Bonus Track]   
Massacre: Massacre (Rer)
Matchbook Romance: Voices (Epitaph / Ada)
Miles Davis Quintet/John Coltrane: Live in Zurich [Bonus Track] (Gambit)
Miles Davis: Cool Miles (Our World)
Miles Davis: Out of Nowhere: The Rise of Miles Davis [Savoy] (Savoy Jazz)
Mountain Heart: Wide Open (Skaggs Family)
New Radiant Storm King: Steady Hand (Darla)
Nina Simone: High Priestess of Soul (Verve)
Rasa: Temple of Love (New Earth)
Regina Spektor: Mary Ann Meets the Gravediggers and Other Short (WEA International)
Saturday Looks Good to Me: Sound on Sound
Sergio Mendes: Timelesss (Concord Records)
Shawn Mullins: 9th Ward Pickin' Parlor (Vanguard)
Sing-Sing: Sing-Sing and I (Reincarnate Music)
Smokey Robinson And The Miracles: Legends (Universal International)
Sneaker Pimps: Becoming X (EMI)
Soulfood/Ra Music: Cafe Santa Fe (Soulfood Music)
The Subways: Young for Eternity (Sire / London/Rhino)
Summer at Shatter Creek:   Sink or Swim EP
The Sword: Age of Winters (Kemado)
Tiny Amps: Trill & Swagger
Toto: Falling in Between (Frontiers)
Ultra Magnetic MCs: Smack My Bitch Up (Tuff City)
Various Artists: Cool Jazz Collection, Vol. 2 (Universal International)
Various Artists: I Am the Resurrection: A Tribute to John Fahey (Vanguard)
Various Artists: New York Noise, Vol. 2 (Soul Jazz)
Various Artists: Soul Jazz Records Presents Tropicalia: a Brazilian Revolution in Sound [IMPORT] (Soul Jazz)
Various Artists: Sounds of Harlem, Vol. 2 (Hep)
Various Artists: A Tribute to Nicolette Larson: Lotta Love Concert [LIVE](Rhino / Wea)
The Veronicas: Secret Life Of (Sire / London/Rhino)
Willie Clayton: Classic Soul, Vol. 1 (Malaco)
Wolfmother: Wolfmother [IMPORT] (Modular)
Young and Sexy: Panic When You Find It (Mint)

*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with corrections or additions.  
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