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First Look: 04.05.05

If you're anything like us (and we think you are), you can't wait for Tuesdays, when you frivolously trade your hard-earned cash for a stack of new albums. That it happens every week is one of life's great gifts, though we know it can be hard to keep up.
That's where we come in: Each week we'll look at a handful of highly anticipated, newly released albums, as well as a list of the rest of the stuff that's supposed to be coming out. It's a service we'll try to provide each week, for as long as they keep releasing albums.


The Books
Lost and Safe

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The duo of New Englander Nick Zammuto and Dutchman Paul de Jong return for their third record. This time, their mix of live instrumentation and electronic sampling is joined by Zammuto's newfound vocal abilities and a filing cabinet. In a perfect world, the Books would be the most popular band on the planet, and there would be a national holiday the day after the album came out so everyone could stay home and listen to it. Unfortunately, we live in shitty world where people start wars, the Lisa Marie Presley album released the same day as this one will sell ten times as many copies, and we all have to go to work on Wednesday.

Hot Hot Heat

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Now that the U.K.'s Futureheads have joined Hot Hot Heat in the new-wave pop revolution, it's time for the Canadians (who will be touring with the British harmonizers) to try to reclaim their throne. Make Up the Breakdown, released on Sub Pop in 2002, featured breakthrough single "Bandages," which led to the group signing with Warner Bros. "You Owe Me an IOU," the first single off their second proper album, Elevator, seems to be on the "more of the same" tip. The album also marks the debut of guitarist Luke Paquin, who's from San Francisco, so he's one of us.


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Not as embarrassing as Prodigy releasing a new album, this group was also, at one time, called the "future of dance music." Now reduced to just another electro-pop group, Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner look to prove themselves as more than a fad. The early word of mouth on this follow-up to their 2002 debut, #1, seems to point in the right direction. The duo, famous for their Bacchanalian live shows, will be on tour to promote and party, beginning with a weekly residency at Canal Room in New York. You're going to want some lyrics memorized by then.

Damien Jurado
On My Way to Absence
Secretly Canadian

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The mostly folk-styled singer-songwriter's his sixth full length is his second on Secretly Canadian after 2003's Where Shall You Take Me? (though, in typical fashion for Jurado, he's released two EPs in the meantime). A darker record than Jurado fans are used to, On My Way To Absence finds a middle ground between the folk he's famous for and the rock this former punk-group member has often dabbled in. Whether it's successful or not, expect two things: an EP to follow, and something totally different on his next full-length.

Album Leaf: Seal Beach EP (Better Looking)
Bloom: Osinner (Fighting Records)
The Blue Van: Art of Rolling (TVT)
Bob Dylan: Collection, Vol. 2: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (Sony)
Bob Dylan: Collection, Vol. 3: Blonde on Blonde/ (Sony)
Bob Dylan: Collection, Vol. 4: Nashville Skyline(Sony)
Bob Marley & The Wailers: Essential Bob Marley and the Wailers [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Trojan)
The Books: Lost and Safe (Tomlab)
Brandy: Best of Brandy (Rhino)
British Sea Power: Open Season (Rough Trade)
Cheap Trick: Collection: Cheap Trick/In Color/Heaven Tonight (Sony)
Crain: Speed (Temporary Residence)
Crystal Method: Community Service, Vol. 2 (Ultra)
Damien Jurado: On My Way to Absence (Secretly Canadian)
The Damned: Neat, Neat, Neat - The Alternative Anthology (3 CD) (Castle)
The Damned: Strawberries [Deluxe Edition] (Castle)
The Dirty Projectors: Getty Address (Western Vinyl)
DJ Micro: World Around Me (System Recordings)
DJ Skribble: Perfecto Presents: Spring Break (Thrive)
Dungen: Dungen (Subliminal Sounds)
Early Man: Early Man [EP] (Monitor)
Efterklang: Springer (Leaf)
Electric Light Orchestra: Collection: Face the Music/A New World Record/Disc (Sony)
Eligh: Enigma (Red Urban)
Erasure: Don't Say You Love Me [Single] (Mute)
Et Sans: Par Nousses Touss Les Trous De Vos Cranes! (Alien 8)
Euphone: V (Record label)
Eyeball Skeleton: My Pal God (My Pal God)
The Eyeliners: No Apologies (Blackheart)
Faith Evans: First Lady (Capitol)
Fantômas: Suspended Animation (Ipecac)
Faris Nourallah: King of Sweden (Western Vinyl)
Gang Gang Dance: God's Money (The Social Registry)
Great Lake Swimmers: Great Lake Swimmers (Misra)
Hawaii: Hawaii (Paper Bag)
Heart: Collection: Little Queen/Dog & Butterfly/BebeleS (Sony)
Hot Hot Heat: Elevator (Sire)
Illogic: Celestial Clockwork (Raptivism)
Jet By Day: The Vulture (Future Farmer)
Judas Priest: Collection: British Steel/Point of Entry/Screaming (Sony)
Lisa Marie Presley: Now What (Capitol)
Little Freddie King: You Don't Know What I Know (Fat Possum)
Lost City Angels: Broken World (Universal)
Magnolia Electric Co: What Comes After the Blues (Secretly Canadian)
Master P: MP Da Last Don (Priority)
Nihilist: Nihilist Demos (Candlelight)
OCS: 3 and 4 (Narnack)
Okkervil River: Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar)
P:ano: Brigadoon (Mint)
Parlour: Hives and Fives (Temporary Residence)
R.E.M.: Electron Blue [UK CD #2] (WEA International)
Ray Charles: I Chose to Sing the Blues (Brentwood)
Reel Big Fish: We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy (Mojo / Jive)
The Residents: Animal Lover (Mute)
The Rolling Stones: Made in the Shade (Virgin)
The Rolling Stones: Sucking in the 70s (Virgin)
Sadies: J'ai Esaye De Ne Pas (Mint)
Shimmer: Shimmer (Cake)
Shrimp Boat: Speckly (Aum Fidelity)
Snuff: Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other 1986-2002 (Fat Wreck)
Solvent: Elevators and Oscillators: An Album Companion (Ghostly Interntional)
Static Lullaby: Faso Latido (Sony)
Stiff Little Fingers: Go for It [Bonus Tracks] (Restless)
Stiff Little Fingers: Inflammable Material [Bonus Tracks] (Restless)
Stiff Little Fingers: Nobody's Heroes [Bonus Tracks] (Restless)
Summer at Shatter Creek: All the Answers (Badman)
Supersuckers: Devil's Food (Mid Fi Recordings)
Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra La La Band: Horses in the Sky (Constellation)
Todd: Purity Pledge (Southern)
Tonedeff: Archetype [CD & DVD] (Freshchest)
Various Artists: Bonnaroo Music Festival 2004 (Sanctuary)
Various Artists: Bridge Nine: First Four Years (Bridge Nine)
Various Artists: Everything Comes and Goes (Temporary Residence)
Various Artists: Everything Comes and Goes [Black Sabbath Tribute] (Constellation)
Various Artists: Music from the O.C. Mix 4 (Warner Bros.)
Various Artists: Verve Remixed, Vol. 3 (Verve)
Vast Aire & Mighty Mi: Best Damn Rap Show (Eastern Conference)
Via Tania: True (Chocolate Industries)
Wilco: Ghost Is Born [UK Bonus Tracks] (WEA International)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.

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