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:
[more:] Cage Hell's Winter Definitive Jux
Album samples White rappers -- from Eminem to Necro -- can often be criticized for their reliance on shock value, and Cage is no different. Sitting somewhere between those two extremes of commercialism, the former member of the Smut Peddlers joins Definitive Jux for what appears to be (critically, anyway) his breakthrough record. After 2003's Weather Proof (which made white-hip-hop history for prominently displaying its rapper's race on the cover) and his debut, Movies for the Blind, this third Cage full-length continues the gory display but adds some prominent guests, including DJ Shadow and Jello Biafra. Not recommended for the easily disturbed. Broadcast Tender Buttons Warp
Album samples It's nice to know that after Jamie Lidell, Maximo Park and all the other middle-of-the-road money-makers they've tried to throw at us over the past year, there are still some great artists on Warp making some truly strange and pioneering music. Broadcast may not be the most pioneering of them, but it is certainly one of the strangest. On their third album, the now-two-member band continues to hover somewhere in the pop vicinity, churning out childish melodies and age-old mechanics. We here at Prefix really dig it, and you can read the review here.
Echo and the Bunnymen Siberia Cooking Vinyl
Album samples Although this band is basically in the cultural equivalent of Siberia ... No wait, I've got one: The reception for a new album from '80s staples Echo and the Bunnymen is a lot like Siberia: very, very cold. Anyway, insults aside, the members of one of the most popular bands of two decades ago inexplicably decided to reform in 1997 (well, not totally inexplicably: cha-ching!). Three albums later, they have even more inexplicably recorded their strongest record since their heyday. Though not nearly as popular here as in their native England, the band may see a stronger level of attention coming their way. I guess with this and the new Stones record, 2005 has been somewhat reinvigorating. David Banner Certified Universal
Album samples Mississippi has seen better days, and there's no doubt that is on David Banner's mind as he releases this fourth album, recorded before the Hurricane Katrina hit. The Jackson-born rapper/producer gained fame and respect with his big national releases two years ago, the impressive and sprawling Mississippi: The Album and it's sequel, MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water. The rapper has been busy making friends over the past two years, including Jazzy Pha, Lil' Jon, Too Short and Talib Kweli, all of whom appear on Certified. Praised among critics, though not as much as some of his fellow (and lesser) southern peers, Banner looks to expand his commercial success with this record, and the advanced word is strong enough to give him hope. Ian Brown Greatest Hits Koch
Homepage The destruction of the Stone Roses remains one of the single greatest tragedies in British pop-music history, but it's to Ian Brown's credit that he's managed to pump out some decent records in the wake of fronting such a titanic disaster. Now, fifteen years after the Roses' debut, Brown gets his canonization as a solo artist. With two discs of Brit-pop goodness and remixes by UNKLE and more, the Stone Roses legacy continues to bare fruit. (John MacDonald) 2Pac: Poetry and Music, Vol. 2 (Koch) A.R.E. Weapons: Free in the Streets (Defend Music) American Analog Set: Set Free (Arts & Crafts) At All Cost: It's Time to Decide (Koch) The Bad Plus: Suspicious Activity [CONTENT/COPY-PROTECTED CD] (Sony) Barbra Streisand: Guilty Pleasures (Sony) The Bats: At the National Grid (Magic Marker) Blonde from Fargo: Only in It for the Blondes (Long Live Crime) Bon Jovi: Have a Nice Day (Island) Bon Jovi: Slippery When Wet (Mercury / Universal) Broadcast: Tender Buttons (Warp) Cage: Hell's Winter (Definitive Jux) Chalkie: Down to One (Long Live Crime) Clue to Kalo: One Way, It's Every Way (Mush) Coheed And Cambria: Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Volume One: From Fear Through The Eyes of Madness (Sony) Coheed And Cambria: The Second Stage Turbine Blade (Equal Vision) Curumin: Achados E Perdidos (Quannum Projects) David Banner: Certified (Universal) Davka: Davka Live (Tzadik) Disturbed: Ten Thousand Fists (Warner Bros.) Domination: God Giveth God Taketh Away (Koch) Earth Wind & Fire, Wind & Fire Earth: Illumination (Sanctuary Urban) Echo & The Bunnymen: Siberia (Cooking Vinyl) El Ten Eleven: Ten Eleven (Bar/None) End of Level Boss: Prologue (Exile on Mainstream) Franz Ferdinand: Do You Want to Pt.1 (Domino) Horse the Band: Mechanical Hand (Koch) Horse the Band: The Mechanical Hand (Koch) Lackthereof: Christian the Christian (Film Guerrero) Ladytron: Destroy Everything You Touch Pt.1 (Universal) Latoya London: Love and Life (Peak Records) Lawless Element: Soundvision: In Stereo (Babygrande) Lay Low: Deep Waters (Shot) Le Tigre: This Island Remixes (Chicks on Speed) Les Nubians: Nubians Presents Echos (Triloka) Mr. Oizo: Moustache (Half a Scissor) (Mute U.S.) Ni Hao: Gorgeous (Tzadik) Oasis: Importance of Being Idle (Big Brother) Old 97's: Alive and Wired [LIVE] (New West) Omni: Omni (Ariel) Oranger: New Comes and Goes (Eenie Meenie Records) Original Soundtrack: The Corpse Bride (Warner Bros / Wea) Original TV Soundtrack: Desperate Housewives (Hollywood Records) Painkiller: 50th Birthday Celebration, Vol. 12 (Tzadik) Paul Mccartney: Chaos And Creation In The Backyard [IMPORT] (Toshiba EMI) Paul Van Dyk: The Politics of Dancing, Vol. 2 (Mute U.S.) Peanut Butter Conspiracy: It's a Happening Thing: Best Of (Sundazed) Peter Malick Group/Norah Jones: New York City: The Chill Album (Koch) Ray Barbee: In Full View (Galaxia Records) Ray Charles: Genius and Friends (Rhino / Wea) Ray J: Raydiation (Sanctuary) The Rolling Stones: Bigger Bang [IMPORT] [LIMITED EDITION] (Toshiba EMI) The Rolling Stones: Streets of Love/Rough Justice [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] (EMI Int'l) Ryan Cabrera: You Stand Watching (Atlantic / Wea) Saint Etienne: Presents Finisterre (Plexifilms) Saosin: Saosin EP (Capitol) Shaggy: Clothes Drop (Geffen) Turmoil: Staring Back (Abacus) Twelve Thousand Armies: Mirth These Days (Morisen) Various Artists: Love Begins with You (Compendia) Various Artists: Night Train to Nashville, Vol. 2 (Lost Highway) Various Artists: Night Train to Nashville, Vol. 2 (Lost Highway) Various Artists: Rockin' the Corps (Image) Various Artists: Shaolin Soul Classics (Koch) Various Artists: So Amazing...An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross (J-Records) Venetian Snares: Meathole (Planet Mu) VHS or Beta: Le Funk (Astralwerks) We Are Wolves: We Are Wolves (Fat Possum) Wonderful Broken Thing: Scotch Tape and Threadspools (Long Live Crime) *Release dates may change. E-mail email@example.com with correction or additions. Discuss this feature at the Prefix Message Board