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First Look: 08.16.05 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:


Mount Eerie
No Flashlight (Songs of the Fulfilled Night)
P.W. Elverum & Sun

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Now that the Microphones are disbanded, Phil Elv(e)rum is free to do whatever he wants, including go bat-shit insane, which is precisely what he's done for his first album under the Mount Eerie moniker. You'd think it would have been enough to release a fifteen-track album of bizarre percussion tracks and blatherings about "the 'pregnancy' of the world at night, and stuff like that" (Elverum's own words). But no, he had to go and make the most ambitious packaging ever, too. No Flashlight is only available as a joint CD/vinyl release, packaged in a futon-sized wrapper with a gigantic illustration on one side and in-depth notes and explanations on the other. Seven trees and a fairy died for every copy that was pressed. I hope you have trouble getting to sleep at night, Phil.


Win Lose or Draw

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Pras is the Fugees' George Harrison, the band member whose post-breakup material is overshadowed by that of his ex-bandmates. With the exception of the blockbuster single "Ghetto Supastar" in 1998, Pras's solo career never met the same success as Wyclef's or Lauryn's. This is just to say that the stakes aren't too high for Win Lose or Draw, but that might just make it easier for the album to win you over. With trenchant sociopolitical commentary and guests such as Sean Paul, Akon and Wyclef Jean on board, Win Lose or Draw may prove that Pras is no third wheel. Now, about that new Lauryn Hill album


Fall of Troy
Equal Vision

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Fond of the Mars Volta, but wish they would cut the indulgent noodle-jamming and just fuckin' rock out? Then raise your glasses to Fall of Troy (just don't offer any to the band -- none of them can drink legally). Jaw-dropping virtuosity aside, these guys sound their age. They cram in so many musical and lyrical non-sequiturs into each of their four-minute screamo-prog opuses that you can tell they forgot to take their Ritalin on recording day. Live, the drummer plays a see-through kit that lights up a different color depending on what he's hitting. Great. First ADHD, now epilepsy.


Oxes EP

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Yep, they still play wireless guitars, refuse to hire a singer or a bassist, and write thorny metal riffs that sound like their namesake animal plowing through a brick wall. Remind you of the Fucking Champs? Good, you've been doing your homework. The main thing that differentiates this EP from the rest of your math-rock collection is that the band didn't come up with song titles, just like Sigur Ros. The main thing that separates this EP from your Sigur Ros collection is that you'll probably never have sex while listening to it.


Windsor for the Derby
Giving Up the Ghost
Secretly Canadian

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When you're in a long-distance relationship you make every moment of togetherness count. Up until last summer, Windsor for the Derby's founding members Jason McNeely and Dan Matz did just that, except their semi-annual meetings were spent making records instead of babies. McNeely and Matz now live together in Philadelphia, recording prolifically and playing with a full band. Will their happy reunion kill off the plangent, lo-fi post-rock sound of their earlier releases? Nah. The mournful Yo La Tengo vibe remains in tracks such as "Giving Up" and "Empathy for People Unknown." (Shhh. Don't tell the Postal Service that living together can be good for a creative partnership. We wouldn't want to encourage them.)


2 Live Jews: The Worst of... [ENHANCED] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Empire Musicwerks)
311: Don't Tread on Me (Volcano)
Abdel Wright: Abdel Wright (Interscope )
Ahmad Jamal: Legendary Okeh and Epic Recordings (Sony)
American Minor: American Minor (Red Ink)
AWOL One & Daddy Kev: Souldoubt (Cornerstone)
Barbez: Insignificance (Important Records)
Bob Brookmeyer: Bob Brookmeyer and Friends (Sony)
Brad Paisley: Time Well Wasted (Arista)
Cannonball Adderley: Domination [Bonus Tracks] (Blue Note)
Cannonball Adderley: Money in the Pocket (Blue Note)
Chimaira: Chimaira [IMPORT] [LIMITED EDITION] (Road Runner)
The Click Five: Greetings from Imrie House (Lava)
Cowboy Junkies: Early 21st Century Blues (Zoe)
Cuban Link: Chain Reaction (Mob Records)
Dirty: Hood Stories (Rap-A-Lot (Wea))
Dissent: Primal Deconstruction (Wide Hive)
The Fall of Troy: Doppelganger (Equal Vision)
Flotation Toy Warning: Bluffer's Guide to the Flight Deck (Misra Records)
The Foghorn Stringband: Weiser Sunrise (Nettwerk)
Fun Lovin' Criminals: Livin' in the City (Sanctuary)
Gang Gang Dance: Hillulah (The Social Registry)
Hanna-McEuen: Hanna-McEuen (Dreamworks Nashville)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass: Sounds Like [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Shout Factory)
Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass: The Beat of the Brass [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Shout Factory)
Herb Alpert: Herb Alpert's Ninth [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Shout Factory)
Hilary Duff: Most Wanted (Hollywood Records)
The Hollies: Greatest Hits... Live (Fuel 2000)
ID & Sleeper: Displacement (Mush)
Idlewild: Warnings/Promises (EMI)
Intelligence: Icky Baby (In The Red)
Jeff Buckley: Grace (Sony International)
Jimmie Dale Gilmore: Come on Back (Rounder / Pgd)
Johnny Cash: At Folsom Prison (Sony International)
Johnny Cash: Legend [Columbia] [Bonus CD & DVD] (Sony)
Johnny Cash: The Legend [BOX SET] [LIMITED EDITION] (Sony)
Junkbox: Junkbox (Park the Van Records)
L.A. Guns: Tales from the Strip (Shrapnel)
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz: Reggaeton Remix (Ichiban/Ryko)
Lou Rawls: Live! [Bonus Tracks] (Blue Note)
Lou Reed: Coney Island Baby (BMG International)
Lynn Miles: Love Sweet Love (Universal International)
Madness: Dangermen Sessions Volume One (V2)
Magic Slim & The Teardrops: Anything Can Happen (Blind Pig)
Malcolm Middleton: Into the Woods (Chemikal Underground)
Miles Davis: In a Silent Way (Sony International)
Mos Def: New Danger [Bonus Track] (Universal International)
Nine Inch Nails: Only [CD-SINGLE] [ENHANCED] [IMPORT] (Universal Int'l)
One Block Radius: Long Story Short (Avatar)
Oxes: Oxes [EP] (Monitor)
Pras: Win Lose or Draw (Universal)
The Ramones: Weird Tales of the Ramones (Rhino)
Razorlight: Up All Night [Bonus Track] (Universal International)
Rodney Crowell: The Outsider (Sony)
Salim Nourallah: Beautiful Noise (Western Vinyl)
Shemekia Copeland: The Soul Truth (Alligator)
Silverstein: Discovering the Waterfront (Victory Records)
Sleeping People: Sleeping People (Temporary Residence)
Stan Kenton: Stage Door Swings (Blue Note)
The Stooges: Fun House [Deluxe Edition] (Rhino)
The Stooges: Stooges [Deluxe Edition] (Rhino)
Stryper: Reborn (Big3 Records)
Taj Mahal: Essential Taj Mahal (Sony)
Taproot: Blue Sky Research (Atlantic)
Tina Turner: Essential Collection (Madacy)
The Tren Brothers: The Swimmer (Western Vinyl)
Unstable Ensemble: Embers (Family Vineyard)
Vanilla Ice: Platinum Underground (Ultrax)
Various Artists: Listen to Bob Dylan: A Tribute Album (Drive Thru)
Various Artists: This Is Americana, Vol. 2 (Narm Recordings)
The Waco Brothers: Freedom and Weep (Bloodshot)
Webbie: Savage Life [Chopped and Screwed] (Atlantic)
Willie Dixon: Boos of the Chicago Blues (Fuel 2000)
Windsor for the Derby: Giving Up the Ghost (Secretly Canadian)
Xavier Rudd: Good Spirit (Universal International)
Your Codename Is Milo: Ignoto (Universal International)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.


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