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First Look: 07.19.05 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:

 

Frank Black
Honeycomb
Back Porch


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Pixies frontman Frank Black turned forty in April. What better way to celebrate his new rock-geezer status than to stage a reunion tour and release a full-on country-rock album? For his first true solo work since 1996's Cult of Ray, Black excommunicated his former backing-band, the Catholics, and hired some of Nashville's finest session musicians, including keyboardist Spooner Oldham (Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Neil Young) and guitarist Steve Cropper (Otis Redding, Booker T & the MGs). Here's hoping that we don't have to wait ten more years for the imminent heavy-metal covers record.

 

Marjorie Fair
Self-Help Serenade
Capitol


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Marjorie Fair's debut is a clear argument for the "nature" side of the "nature vs. nurture" argument. How else to explain why a band that lives and records in Los Angeles' crime-infested Skid Row can write such wussy, British music? Not as loathsome as Keane and a little less irritatingly earnest than Travis, Marjorie Fair (a kind of rose, duh) writes music for people that have a soft spot for Coldplay but are afraid to admit it. That's everybody, right?

 

Soilent Green
Confrontation
Relapse


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In 1998, Rolling Stone named this New Orleans quintet one of the ten most important bands in heavy metal. With Confrontation, the band's fourth full-length, the guys in Soilent Green prove they're still in a league of their own. The band sutures together blast-beats, death metal, hardcore and Southern-fried grooves so recklessly that each "song" becomes a Frankenstein-esque assemblage of unrelated parts -- imagine a Fiery Furnaces album as recorded by Dimebag Darrell's exhumed corpse. Hard to swallow? Sure. But Soilent Green tastes good, whether or not it's made out of people.

 

Fieldwork
Simulated Progress
Pi


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Fieldwork is the sound of jazz exploding and raining down shards of glass upon our heads. Led by Vijay Iyer on his way to becoming the most significant jazz pianist of his generation, the piano-sax-drums trio wraps dense harmonic sheets around off-kilter rhythmic patterns that manage to groove no matter how mind-bogglingly complex they get. Fieldwork's music is foreboding and unrelentingly intense, with a dark mysticism that places it somewhere between Indian classical music and Coltrane's A Love Supreme.

 

Aardvark Jazz Orchestra: Trumpet Madness (Leo)
Ace of Base: Ultimate Collection (Universal International)
Acid Mothers Temple & The Cosmic Inferno: Just Another Band from the Cosmic Inferno (Important)
Aimee Mann: Forgotten Arm [Japan Bonus Track] (Japanese Import)
B5: B5 (Bad Boy)
Big V Entertainment: Gangsta Muzik [Chopped & Screwed] (Asylum)
Blood Sweat & Tears: Mirror Image (Wounded Bird)
Bobby Vee: Original Bobby Vee (Disky)
Boy Least Likely To: Best Party Ever (Rough Trade)
Buddy Holly: Raining in My Heart (Pazzazz)
Carly Simon: Moonlight Serenade (Sony)
Charlie Feathers: Rockabilly Kings (Ace)
Charlie Parker: Bird of Paradise [Pazzazz] (Pazzazz)
David Bowie: Collection (Virgin)
DJ Maj: Boogiroot (Boogiroot)
Don Cherry: Don Cherry (Don Cherry)
Don Cherry: Symphony for Improvisers (Blue Note)
Don Ellis: Don Ellis at Fillmore [LIVE] (Wounded Bird Records)
Donald Byrd: Fuego (Blue Note)
Emmylou Harris: Greatest Hits (Rhino)
Evan Parker & September Wings: Short Stories (Leo)
Frank Black: Honeycomb (Honeycomb)
Frank Zappa & the Mothers: Frank Zappa: Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa (Rykodisc)
(Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa: Apostrophe (Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa: Hot Rats (Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa: Joe's Garage: Acts II & III (Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa: Lumpy Gravy (Salsoul)
Frank Zappa: Rykodisc (Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa: Sheik Yerbouti (Rykodisc)
Frank Zappa: Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa (Rykodisc)
Frogg Caf?: Fortunate Observer of Time (Progrock)
The Go! Team: Thunder Lightning Strike [IMPORT] (Memphis Industries)
I Am Kloot: Gods & Monsters (Echo UK)
I Am Kloot: Natural History (EMI)
Iggy Pop: Million in Prizes: The Anthology (Virgin)
J-Live: Hear After (Penalty)
Johan Onvlee: I'm in the Mood (Pazzazz)
Johnny Cash: Country Legend (Disky)
King Crimson: Starless and Bible Black: 30th Anniversary Edition (Discipline)
Lil Boosie/Pat Lowrenzo: Street Code (Big V Entertainment)
Lilium: Short Stories (Smooch)
Lilium: Transmission of All the Good-Byes (Smooch)
Louis Armstrong: Life Is So Peculiar (Pazzazz)
Louis Jordan: #1's (Geffen)
Lynyrd Skynyrd: Greatest Hits (Universal International)
Marjorie Fair: Marjorie Fair (Capitol)
Mark Ronson: Here Comes the Fuzz [Japan Bonus Track] (Wea Japan)
The Marshall Tucker Band: Greetings from South Carolina (Shout Factory)
The Marshall Tucker Band: Just Us (Shout Factory)
The Marshall Tucker Band: Tuckerized (Shout Factory)
Mary Mary: Mary Mary (Sony)
Mediaeval Baebes: Mirabilis (Nettwerk)
MF Grimm: Scars and Memories (Day by Day)
Michael Jackson: The Essential Michael Jackson (Sony)
Mortal Treason: Sunrise Over a Sea of Blood (Flicker)
Number One Gun: Promises for the Imperfect (Tooth & Nail)
Obituary: Frozen in Time (Roadrunner)
Quicksand: Home Is Where I Belong (Breathless)
Sham 69: Albums (Castle Us)
Simon & Garfunkel: Sounds of Silence [Japan Bonus Tracks] (Sony Japan)
Soilent Green: Confrontation (Relapse)
Steven Seagal: Songs from the Crystal Cave [IMPORT] (Sony)
Thousand Foot Krutch: The Art of Breaking (Tooth & Nail)
Tyler Bates: The Devil's Rejects (Score) (La-La Land)
Various Artists: 20 Greats from the Golden Decade of Power Pop (Varese Records)
Various Artists: Jermaine Dupri Presents...Young Fly and Flashy, Vo (Virgin)
Various Artists: Now That's What I Call Music! 19 (Capitol)
Various Artists: Six Feet Under (Disky)
Various Artists: The Dukes of Hazzard (Phantom)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.

 

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