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First Look: 09.27.05 Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

First Look: 09.27.05

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:


Wolf Parade
Apologies To The Queen Mary
Sub Pop

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Whether you think this band is quirky and original or just a Talking Heads -- or even Arcade Fire -- rip-off, you'll likely hear a lot about Wolf Parade this fall. This is the debut from this Montreal four-piece, but the band has already been written up in the New York Times and Spin, likely ensuring a backlash to counter whatever critical successes it attains. Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock is doing his part to champion the band, even going so far as produce a fair chunk of this record. For a take on the actual music, read our review.


The Craft

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Five years ago these Bay Area residents and Solesides affiliates dropped one of the more important hip-hop records of recent memory with their 2000 debut, NIA. But since their last full-length, 2002's Blazing Arrow, primary emcee Gift of Gab released a decent but unexciting solo record and deejay Chief Xcel has worked on handful of projects such as the Maroons and Lifesavas -- nothing approaching the strength of that debut. This week we find out if they're slowing down, but at least this record is guaranteed to be better than the movie of the same name, because witches are dumb. Yeah, that's right. Dumb.


Neil Young
Prairie Wind

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Neil Young has always been at his best during times of social turmoil (see "Ohio"). With a viciously divided post-9/11 America at war with multiple countries, as well as with Mother Nature, we'd say 2005 qualifies as a bit unsettled. Touted as the final installment of a trilogy that includes 1972's Harvest and 1992's Harvest Moon, Young's new record might just be that good, or, some marketing genius could be making a shameless attempt to link it to those bestsellers. The people at Amazon.com say it ranks with his best. But they also thought the Segway would change the world.


Live It Out
Last Gang

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Okay, a band with a moody sound, lots of synth lines and a female singer isn't exactly an anomaly these days, but the slew of press this hometown-hopping quartet has garnered is. (Of course, it's easy to expand your press coverage when you call Toronto, Montreal, London, Brooklyn, and Los Angeles home during a seven-year stretch.) The band's debut, 2003's Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? was forty minutes of catchy indie pop with smart, biting lyrics. But will its successor, um, measure up? Oh, come on. You're just surprised you had to wait three sentences before getting that one.


The 69 Eyes: Devils (456 Enterprises)
Abandoned Pools: Armed to the Teeth (Universal)
Anoushka Shankar: Rise (Angel Records)
The Band: A Musical History [Box set] (Capitol)
Bettye LaVette: I've Got My Own Hell to Raise (Anti-)
Big Star: In Space (Rykodisc)
Biology: Making Moves (Vagrant)
Bizzy Bone: Speaking in Tongues (845 Entertainment)
Blackalicious: The Craft (Epitaph)
The Blackout Pact: Hello Sailor (Astro Magnetics)
Blind Melon: The Best Of Blind Melon (Capitol)
Bloodhound Gang: Hefty Fine (Geffen)
Brad Mehldau Trio: Day Is Done (Nonesuch)
Buddy Guy: Bring 'Em In (Jive)
Calla: Collisions (Beggars)
Criteria: En Garde (Saddle Creek)
Detroit Cobras: Baby (Bloodshot Records)
DJ Jazzy Jeff: The Soul Mixtape (Groovin)
Ex Models: Chrome Panthers (Troubleman Unlimited)
Grandaddy: Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla (V2)
Growing: His Return (Troubleman Unlimited)
Her Space Holiday: The Past Presents the Future (Wichita)
The High Strung: Moxie Bravo (Future Farmer)
HIM: Dark Light (Sire)
Ill Niño: One Nation Underground (Roadrunner)
Jello Biafra and the Melvins: Sieg Howdy (Alternative Tentacles)
The Joggers: With a Cape and a Cane (Star Time)
King Britt: Late Night with (Swank)
The King of France: The King of France (Echo)
King's X: Ogre Tones (Inside Out U.S.)
KTU: 8 Armed Monkey (Thirsty Ear)
Lil' Kim: Naked Truth (Atlantic)
Mack 10: Hustla's Handbook (Capitol)
Metric: Live It Out (Last Gang)
Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 [BOX SET] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Sony)
Mommy and Daddy: Duel at Dawn (Kanine)
Morcheeba: The Antidote (Echo)
Natalie Merchant: Greatest Hits [LIMITED EDITION] (Rhino / Wea)
Neil Young: Prairie Wind (Reprise)
New Black: Time Attack (Thick)
Original TV Soundtrack: Original TV Soundtrack (Nettwerk)
Ric Ocasek: Nexterday (Sanctuary)
Robert Pollard: Music for Bubble (Fading Captain)
Roger Waters: Ca Ira (Sony BMG Masterworks/Columbia)
Ryan Adams & the Cardinals: Jacksonville City Nights (Mercury Nashville)
Sean Paul: The Trinity (Atlantic)
Sheryl Crow: Wildflower (Interscope)
Si*Sé: More Shine (MOB)
Sigur Ros: Takk (Spec) [Import] [Limited Edition] [Special Edition] (EMI Int'l)
Suicide Girls: A Black Heart Retrospective (Epitaph)
Supergrass: Road to Rouen (Capitol)
Thelonious Monk, John Coltrane: Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane [LIVE] (Blue Note)
Three 6 Mafia: The Known Unknowns (Columbia)
Three 6 Mafia: The Most Known Unknown (Sony)
Toni Braxton: Libra (Universal Motown)
V/A: Hotel Costes, Vol. 8 [Import] [Limited Edition] (Pschent Music)
V/A: Rent (2005 Movie Soundtrack) (Warner Bros / Wea)
Vs. The World: Versus the World (Kung Fu)
Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary (Sub Pop)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.
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