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Feb 20, 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:




Acid Mothers Temple
Starless and Bible Black Sabbath
Getting excited about a new Acid Mothers Temple album is like getting excited about a new episode of The Tonight Show. It's hard to get riled up by something that comes along so often. But how can you go wrong when the title is as unassailably cool as Starless and Bible Black Sabbath? Everyone's favorite Japanese heavy-psych collective may be ready to blow minds once again. You should smoke weed for this one. ~Benjamin Hill
Acid Mothers Temple Web site

Arab Strap
Last Romance
The "boy(s) from the Arab Strap" are back with their first album for Transdreamer Records, promising more of the unapologetically mannish lyrics (wow, a music writer just used the adjective "unapologetic" properly and not as a cliché to describe someone's sound) and beautifully sluggish melodies that we love from these Scottish scamps. Let's hear it for their unapologetic post-emo stylings. ~Andrew Bradick
Band Website
Label Site
"Dream Sequence" MP3
Prefix review of Monday at the Hug and Pint

Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers
Blue Note
Blue Note continues its Rudy Van Gelder reissue series (Van Gelder was the original engineer for many of the classic Blue Note sessions), turning again to drummer and bandleader Art Blakey. Mosaic captures the group in 1961 with a new lineup, featuring Freddie Hubbard on trumpet (replacing Lee Morgan) and Cedar Walton on piano (replacing Bobby Timmons). Rounded out by Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone), Jymie Merritt (bass) and Curtis Fuller (trombone), the group's sound is noticeably fuller (pardon the pun) and frenetic. Walton, Hubbard, Shorter and Fuller each contribute songs, modernizing the group's sound and direction considerably. Highlights include the powerhouse "Mosaic" and Hubbard's cool "Crisis." Leonard Feather contributes liner notes. ~Dan Nishimoto
Art Blakey on Blue Note's Web site
Blue Note Records

Cellski & San Quinn
Please Listen to My Demo
Inner City
Stalwart Bay Area rappers Cellski and San Quinn team-up for this documentary and soundtrack on their recording careers. The two intend on showing the trials and tribulations of industry life, so be sure to expect warnings against 4080, mean-muggin' and thizz faces and the odd reference to a beezy. The film includes appearances by Guce, Twister and Lil' Flip, so expect more of the goodness. ~Dan Nishimoto
Cellski on Myspace.com
San Quinn on Myspace.com

Chihei Hatakeyama
Minima Moralia
Chihei Hatakeyama is part of Tokyo's Opitope, an electronic/acoustic outfit that also consists of Japanese electronic composer Tomoyoshi Date. Though Minima Moralia will be filed under electronica, Hatakeyama's solo debut avoids technologically advanced instrumentation, featuring only things such as piano and guitar that Hatakeyama fed through his laptop. He is also active in organizing a festival in Japan called "Radical Mute Geek," but it unfortunately has nothing to do with silencing any "geeks" that otherwise consider themselves "radical." ~Dominic Umile
Kranky Web site
"Bonfire on the Field" MP3
"Inside of the Pocket" MP3

Dilated Peoples
After a two-year wait, West Coast mainstays Dilated Peoples are back with their fourth album, 20/20. With seminal albums such as The Platform and Expansion Team in their catalog, Evidence, Rakaa and Babu look to improve upon their decent but forgettable 2004 release, Neighborhood Watch. Featuring singles such as "Back Again" and "You Can't Hide, You Can't Run," they seem to have their eyes set on the music charts this time around. ~Adrian Covert
Dilated Peoples Web site
Streaming audio

Five Deez
How does a hip-hop group from Cincinnati wind up on a German label? By crafting hip-hop music that sounds foreign to American ears. Not that it is foreign. Producer Fat Jon and emcees Pase Rock, Sonic and Kyle David have a familiar aesthetic: clean tones, danceable rhythms and those "fun" rhymes that many seem nostalgic for. Yet their approach has been admittedly fresh and innovative, often filtering and deemphasizing vocals in favor of dense arrangement. Don't be intimidated: As the title of their third LP suggests, they're reaching out to you ... as well as to those in the great beyond. ~Dan Nishimoto
Five Dees Web site (streaming audio)
Rapster Records (streaming audio)

Harold Budd
By Dawn's Early Light (Original Recording Remastered)
Music for Three Pianos (Original Recording Remastered)
Champions of ambient composer Harold Budd held introspective vigil as he shuttered his ivories and retired after 2005's Avalon Sutra/As Long As I Can See My Breath. Now those fans can see a sliver of dust-flecked light stream into view with the release of two remastered Budd song cycles from the early nineties. Based on his reflective interpretations of the American landscape and prominently featuring Bill Nelson on guitar and Mabel Wong's windswept viola, By Dawn's Early Light (1991) arguably veers as close to new age as Budd's catalog ever ambled. Featuring contributions from Daniel Lentz and Ruben Garcia, Music for Three Pianos (1993) saw the conceptual approach of By Dawn's Early Light discarded, while Budd's quiet search for the perfect silence softly pressed forward. ~Adam Brent Houghtaling
Harold Budd on New Albion Records Web site
Hannibal Records Web site

J. Rawls
The Essence of Soul
Toiling in obscurity for most of his career as half of the Lone Catalysts (along with J. Sands), and half of 3582 with Five Deez producer Fat Jon, The Essence of Soul is J. Rawls's second solo project. Working with some established names (Eric Roberson, Jonell) as well as unknowns (Venus Malone, Tavaris), J. Rawls hopes to deliver yet another solid release. ~Adrian Covert
J. Rawls Web site
Streaming audio

Keak da Sneak
Kunta Kinte
Sumday Entertainment
You know the voice - got more grit than D.O.C. through the wire, yaddamean? The former 3X Crazy member has been solo for a while, but this time the hyphy movement is in full swing, and he has hit records in both his home state ("Superhyphy," included here) and nationally (E-40's "Tell Me When to Go"). Features guest spots from the Team, Lil' Mo, Too Short and, of course, E-40. Note: The DJ Shadow collabo "3 Freaks" is not included. ~Dan Nishimoto
Keak da Sneak Web site 

The Make-Up
Untouchable Sound: Live!
Sea Note
The Make-Up, always an exciting live band, was at the top of its game in 2000, when this album was recorded. And like most bands at the top of their game, this one broke up soon afterward. Untouchable Sound: Live! documents a particularly transcendent night of white-hot faux-soul at Washington D.C.'s Black Cat club. Hey, do you know who should have opened for the Make-Up on this tour? Kiss. Get it? It would have been the Kiss and Make-Up tour. I'm going to go kill myself now. ~Benjamin Hill
The Make-Up Web site

Metal Hearts
Suicide Squeeze
A nineteen-year old girl (Flora Wolpert-Checknoff)and eighteen-year old guy (Anar Badalov) who have dated the same "sexy Greek" chick (she in kindergarten; he in high school), Metal Hearts is bound to get some unwarranted Postal Service comparisons after the release of this debut. The two multi-instrumentalists produced their record on a four-track in a Baltimore basement, combining their young, wispy voices with programmed drums and little bits of everything else. ~China Bialos
"Socialize" MP3
Streaming audio

Nick Cave/Warren Ellis
The Proposition (Original Soundtrack)
In 2005, Nick Cave hit the big screen twice when he wrote the screenplay and soundtrack for his Colonial-era Australian Western The Proposition. With the help of Bad Seed cohort/Dirty Three violinist Warren Ellis, the two track the big-screen trouble men with guttural moans and weeping tones. A mixture of ambient instrumentals and droning vocal pieces, the soundtrack represents yet another apt twist in the oeuvres of these two artists. ~
Dan Nishimoto
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Web site
Warren Ellis Web site
Mute Records Web site
The Proposition Web site (streaming audio)

Babies Making Babies 2: The Misery Strikes Back
One of the more famous crate-diggers in the hip-hop community, Questlove follows up his apparently successful 2002 comp with a sadder sequel: the breakup songs. Though he keeps it mostly well-known, the selection is impeccable, moving from Ohio Players to Al Green to the Delfonics. Records like this are not going to get the press, but if you're looking for something a little chill or maybe an introduction to the syrupy '70s, this could be right up your alley. ~
Matthew Gasteier
Questlove's blog
BBE Records Web site

Ray Davies
Other People's Lives
It's a shame about Ray. Former-Kinks frontman and probable genius Ray Davies delivers an eagerly anticipated batch of never-before-released songs about fresh outlooks on life and finding perspective. Since writing these songs, Davies was shot and his home city of New Orleans had a catastrophic flood, so sadly he's had plenty of opportunity to put these ruminations into practice. Undaunted, Davies has persevered, and his first full-length record on V2 is the result. ~Mike Legat
Ray Davies Web site

Spank Rock
Rick Rubin 12"/CD
Big Dada
With a single named for a certain musical maestro of sorts, Philly's sass-mouthed Baltimore transplant and self-proclaimed disco emcee Spank Rock readies heads for his forthcoming debut full-length. Spank Rock (born Naeem Juwan) and Brooklyn-based producer Armani XXXchange (Alex Epton) pull the "Rick Rubin" A-side from Yo Yo Yo Yo Yo, the LP slotted for April release on Big Dada. Peep Spank's "Air Cock Thrust" move: It makes the Solid Gold dancers look like the fat, drunk white people at your sister's wedding. ~Dominic Umile
'Rick Rubin' on Big Dada's Web site
Spank Rock electronic press kit
Spank Rock Web site
"Rick Rubin" sample

They Shoot Horses Don't They?
Boo Hoo Hoo Boo
Kill Rock Stars
The problem with music-criticism circles is the lack of attention given to circus band/art-rock hybrids. They Shoot Horses Don't They? might change that trend. When the band isn't (apparently) busy watching old Jane Fonda flicks, then this brass- and woodwind-heavy seven-piece is busy making joyful, glorious noise. ~Justin Sheppard
"Emptyhead" MP3

Two Gallants
What the Toll Tells
Saddle Creek
On their second album and Saddle Creek debut, Tyson Vogel and Adam Stephens of Two Gallants offer another slab of epic, Dylan-esque story songs. Tales of old times and new abound, and found within these yarns are barflies, slaves and other intriguing characters. Currently the band is telling its stories overseas, but it will soon return for a fairly extensive U.S. trek. ~Austin L. Ray
Videos, live tracks and past material downloads
Two Gallants Web site
Saddle Creek Web site

Acid Mothers Temple: Starless and Bible Black Sabbath (Alien8 Recording)
Allen Ginsberg: First Blues (Water)
Amelia White: Black Doves (Funzalo)
Andrew Hill: Time Lines (Blue Note)
Anna Oxygen: This Is an Exercise (Kill Rock Stars)
Anthony Coleman: Shmutsige Magnaten: Coleman Plays Geburtig (Tzadik)
Arab Strap: Last Romance (Transdreamer)
Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I Am Not (Domino)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers: Mosaic (Blue Note)
Azita: Detail from the Mountainside (Drag City)
B. Fleischmann: Humbucking Coil (Morr Music / M.M.)
B.B. King: Blues Biography (United Multi Consign)
The Beautiful Mistake & Ettison Clio: Beautiful Mistake/Ettison Clio (Law of Inertia)
Billy Bragg: Brewing Up With Billy Bragg (Yep Roc)
Billy Bragg: Internationale/Live and Dubious   (Yep Roc)
Billy Bragg: Life's a Riot With Spy vs Spy [EP] (Yep Roc)
Billy Bragg: Talking With the Taxman About Poetry [Bonus Disc] (Yep Roc)
Birdie Busch: Ways We Try (Bar/None)
Bloc Party: Helicopter [EP]    (Dim Mak)
Bob Marley: Rainbow Country (Pazzazz)
The Byrds: Preflyte (Sundazed)
Bullwackies All Stars: Dub Unlimited (Wackies / Basic)
Califone: Roomsound (Thrill Jockey)
Cesium 137:   Intelligent Design (Metropolis)
Charlie Parker: 1952-1954 (Classics Records Fr)
Chicago Underground Duo: In Praise of Shadows (Thrill Jockey)
Chihei Hatakeyama: Minima Moralia (Kranky)
Clem Snide: Bitter Honey (Spin Art)
Coldcut: Sound Mirrors (Ninja Tune)
Cracker: Get on with It: The Best Of (Virgin)
Czar: Czar (Akarma)
Das Oath: Mini LP (Dim Mak)
Deadstring Brothers: Starving Winter Report    (Bloodshot)
Demented Are Go: Hellbilly Storm (Hellcat)
Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies (Merge)
Dilated Peoples: 20/20 (Capitol)
Eef Barzelay: Bitter Honey (Spin Art)
Eels: With Strings: Live at Town Hall (Vagrant)
Elbow: Leaders of the Free World (V2)
Eliot Lipp: Tacoma Mockingbird (Hefty)
Erik Friedlander: Prowl (Cryptogramophone)
Ever We Fall: We Are But Human (Hopeless)
Ex-Boyfriends: Dear John (Absolutely Kosher)
Five Deez: Kommunicator (Rapster)
The Fold: This Too Shall Pass (Tooth & Nail)
Global Communication: Fabric 26 (Fabric)
Head Like a Kite: Random Portraits of the Home Movie (Pattern 25)
Hell Is For Heroes: Transmit Disrupt (Burning Heart)
Henri Pousseur: Musique Mixte 1966-1970 (Sub Rosa)
The Holy Fire: In the Name of the World (Militia)
The Howling Hex: 1/2/2003 (Drag City)
Jimmy Edgar: Colorstrip (Warp)
John Coltrane: Coltrane Live in Paris (Passport Audio)
Johnny Cash & June Carter Cash: Duets [IMPORT] (Sony / Bmg Import)
Jon Mayer/Rufus Reid/Dick Berk: My Romance (Reservoir)
Jonah Sonz Matranga: There's a Lot in Here [CD & DVD] (Equal Vision)
Keak da Sneak: Kunta Kinte (Sumday Entertainment)
Ken: Stop! Look! Sing Songs of Revolutions (Metropolis)
Kidz Bop Kids: Kidz Bop 9 (Razor & Tie)
Kiki: Boogy Bites, Vol. 1 (Bpitch Control)
Kitaro: Spiritual Garden (Domo Records)
The Lashes: Get It (Red Ink)
Lilys: Everything Wrong is Imaginary (Manifesto)
The Lost Children of Babylon: 911Report: The Ultimate Conspiracy (Babygrande)
Loved Ones: Keep Your Heart (Fat Wreck Chords)
Low Skies: All the Love I Could Find (Flameshovel)
Luc Ferrari: Son Memorise (Sub Rosa)
Lying in States: Wildfire on the Lake (Flameshovel)
Make-Up: Untouchable Sound (Sea Note)
Man Man: Six Demon Bag (Ace Fu)
Maximo Park: Missing Songs (Warp)
The Metal Hearts: Socialize (Suicide Squeeze)
Miles Davis Quintet/John Coltrane: Live in Zurich (Gambit)
Mr. Dead: MV3: Dynamic Tension (Raptivism)
The M's: Future Women (Polyvinyl)
Ned Rothenberg: Solo Works: The Lumina Recordings (Tzadik)
Nick Cave/Warren Ellis: Proposition [Original Soundtrack] (Mute U.S.)
Oxbow: Love That's Last: A Wholly Hypnographic and Di (Hydrahead)
Paul Oakenfold: Voyage into Trance [CD/DVD] (Cleopatra)
Paul Shapiro: It's in the Twilight (Tzadik)
Pink Floyd: In London: 1966-67 (Snapper UK)
Polysics: Now Is the Time! (Tofu)
Rapid Ric/Trae: Whut It Dew, Vol. 3 (BCD Music Group)
Ray Davies: Other People's Lives (V2)
Richard Ashcroft: Keys to the World [IMPORT] (EMI Int'l)
The Robocop Kraus: They Think They Are the Robocop Kraus (Epitaph / Ada)
Santana: Legends (United Multi Consign)
Scarface: Product (Koch)
Scientist: 911 (Nature Sounds)
Shakeyface: Bicycle Day Boogaloo (Ubiquity)          
Sigur Ros: Ny Batteri [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] (Fat Cat)
The Slackers: Peculiar (Hellcat)
Souls She Said: As Templar Nites (Dim Mak)
Spice 1 & MC Eiht: Keep It Gangsta            
Stephen Fretwell: Magpie (Interscope)
Teddy Thompson: Separate Ways (Verve)
They Shoot Horses Don't They: Boo Hoo Hoo Boo (Kill Rock Stars)
Tusk: Get Ready (Hewhocorrupts Inc)
Two Gallants: What the Toll Tells (Saddle Creek)
Various Artists: In the House of Love: Dimitri from Paris (Defected)
Various Artists: Indie Translations to the White Stripes  
Various Artists: Take Action!, Vol. 5 (Sub City)
Vitalic: OK Cowboy (Uncivilized World)
Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson: 16 Biggest Hits [2006] (RCA)

Wayne Horvitz: Whispers, Hymns and a Murmur (Tzadik)
Willie Nile: Streets of New York (Reincarnate Music)
Wooden Wand & the Vanishing Voice: Gipsy Freedom  (5 Rue Christine)

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