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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:

 

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Bell Orchestre:

Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light

Rough Trade

Now
that Broken Social Scene and Godspeed You! Black Emperor have paved the
way for ginormous Canadian collectives to form waves of offshoots, it�s
about time the Arcade Fire jumped on the, ahem, bandwagon. Our first
contender: Bell Orchestre, which features the Fire�s violinist Sara
Neufeld and guitarist/percussionist Richard Reed Parry (not to be
confused with Richard Reid, the �shoe-bomb� terrorist). These guys
reign in the pop bombast of their daddy project, instead focusing on
rock-influenced chamber music a la Rachel�s or Tortoise. The only
problem is that Bell Orchestre is entirely instrumental, so you don�t
get to make fun of their accents.

"Rajasthan" (Audio Stream)

"Synching" (Audio Stream)

"Tower of Bowl" (Audio Stream)

 

 

Hella

Concentration Face/Homeboy

5RC

Most
bands would scoff at the idea of putting out a major release a mere
seven months after dropping a double-disc set, but most bands aren�t
Hella. Everything about the band is relentless, from Zach Hill�s
category-five drumming to its exhausting tour schedule (between albums
the members went straight from an international headlining tour to a
spate of opening gigs for System of a Down). Concentration Face/Homeboy
combines an EP�s worth of new material, written for a newly expanded
four-piece band, with a live DVD of performances from the recent
Japanese tour. Expect the nineteen-disc Guided by Voices tribute box
next week.

http://www.hellaband.com/

 

 

Guided by Voices

Suitcase 2: American Superdream Wow

Recordhead

Speaking
of which, will someone please remind Robert Pollard that he dissolved
Guided by Voices last year? The band�s been nearly as prolific
posthumously as it was in its two decades as indiedom�s most fecund
rock band. On his third box set since 2000, Pollard assembles one
hundred unreleased tracks spanning Guided by Voice�s entire life as a
band, plus scraps and demos dating back to the late 70s and a handful
of post-breakup songs from earlier this year. If you�re thinking that�s
a little excessive, you�ve obviously never heard of Guided by Voices
before. For you I would recommend the abridged vinyl version, Briefcase 2: The Return of Milko Waif, which annoyingly features two tracks not in the box set.

http://www.gbv.com/

http://robertpollard.net/news.html

 

 

Knut

Terraformer

Hydrahead

While
their homeland may be officially neutral, the members of Swiss
metalcore quartet Knut are some belligerent motherfuckers. On their
third long-player, Knut (Mr. Gingrich wishes to remind you that the �K�
is not silent) sounds just as angry as it did when it was formed in
1994. The members have learned a few things from their Hydrahead
labelmates, balancing some of their more feral moments with the kind of
minimalist, crushingly heavy riffs that Isis specializes in. Still, Terraformer�s
emphasis is on the rhythm section�s brutal math thrash and vocalist
Didier, who violates the Geneva Convention with every scorched-earth
howl.

"Torvalds" (Audio Stream)

 

 

No-Neck Blues Band

Qvaris

5RC

Bands
from Manhattan�s loft scene are so pretentious, it�s making me
verklempt. Talk amongst yourselves. I�ll give you a topic: the No-Neck
Blues Band. It's not a band, it�s not blues, and the members all have
necks. Discuss. Though this enigmatic music collective (a.k.a. NNCK)
has been around since 1992, its music derives from some prehistoric age
before drums and saxophones supplanted rocks and didgeridoos. Much like
the group�s previous albums, Qvaris centers on
primitivist grooves and drones, with doses of cosmic free jazz thrown
in for good measure. Sonic Youth�s Thurston Moore maybe overstated
things when he called it �the best band ever in the universe," but NNCK
definitely has its own thing going. 

"The Black Pope" (MP3)

 

 

38 Special/Van Zant: Live (Direct Source)

ABBA: Complete Studio Recordings (Universal International)

a-ha: Analogue (Universal International)

Akron/Family/Angels of Light: Akron/Family & Angels of Light (Young God)

The Alchemist: 1st Infantry [Instrumental] (Koch)

August Burns Red: Thrill Seeker (Tooth & Nail)

AZ: A.W.O.L. [Version 1.5] (Fastlife)

Beastie Boys: Solid Gold Hits (Capitol)

Bell Orchestre: Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light (Rough Trade Us)

Benny Carter: Early Years of Brilliance: 1928-1940 (Jazz Legends)

Big Pokey & Lil Keke: Since the Grey Tapes, Vol. 3 (Screwed up Click)

Bigg Jus: Poor People's Day (Mush)

Bob Marley & The Wailers: Africa Unite: The Singles Collection (Island)

Brotha Lynch Hung: 24 Deep (Black Market)

Calico System: They Live (Eulogy Recordings)

Canibus & Phoenix Orion: Cloak N Dagga: Defcon Zero (First Kut)

Capone: Chicano World, Vol. 2 (Aries Music)

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: The First Two Albums (Tomlab)

Cat Stevens: Chronicles (A&M)

Chet Baker/John Coltrane/Stan Getz: For Lovers (Verve)

Choppa: Da Real Choppa (Body Head Ent)

Comet Gain: City Fallen Leaves (Kill Rock Stars)

Corm: Audio Flame Kit (Polyvinyl)

Cyndi Lauper: The Body Acoustic (Sony)

D4L: Down 4 Life (Atlantic / Wea)

DJ Screw: 11-12-00 (Screwed up Click)

Dokken/UFO: Live (Direct Source)

Double Leopards: Hole Is True (Troubleman Unlimited)

Duke Ellington: Cotton Club Stomp: 1929-1932 (Jazz Legends)

Elmore James: Every Day I Have the Blues (Passport Audio)

Eurythmics: Ultimate Collection (Arista)

Fenix TX: Purple Reign in Blood (Adrenaline)

Fleetwood Mac: Men of the World: The Blues Years (Sanctuary)

Floetry: Flo' Ology (Geffen)

Giant Panda: Fly School Reunion (Wax Orchard)

Glass Joe: Glacious (Felonious)

Greeley Estates: Caveat Emptor (Record Collection)

The Gris Gris: For the Season (Birdman)

Guided by Voices: Suitcase 2: American Superdream Wow [Box Set] (Recordhead)

Harvey Danger: Cream and Bastards Rise [EP] (Kill Rock Stars)

Headlights: Enemies (Polyvinyl)

Hella: Concentration Face/Homeboy (5 Rue Christine)

Helloween: Keeper of the Seven Keys: The Legacy (Steamhammer Us)

The Human League: Original Remixes [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [IMPORT] (EMI Int'l )

Grizzly Bear: Horn of Plenty (Kanine)

Interpol: Interpol Remix [EP] (Matador)

Jahcoozi: Pure Breed Mongrel (Kitty Yo)

John Coltrane: Live at the Half Note (Passport Audio)

John Lennon: Live Peace in Toronto, 1969 [35th Anniversary] (Mobile Fidelity Koch)

Johnny Cash: Complete Sun Recordings 1955-1958 (Time Life)

Kate Bush: Aerial (Sony)

Knut: Terraformer (Hydrahead)

L.A. Guns: Black List

Lenny Kravitz: Greatest Hits [Limited Edition Bonus DVD] (Virgin)

Limp Bizkit: Greatest Hitz (Geffen)

Louis Armstrong: Early Big Band Performances: 1929-1933

Louis Armstrong: In Scandinavia, Vol. 3 (Storyville)

The Mars Volta: Scab Dates (Universal)

The Marshall Tucker Band: Carolina Christmas (Shout! Factory)

The Mean Reds: Together at Last and This Is Our Wedding (Record Collection)

Mi & l'Au: Mi and l'Au (Young God)

Miranda July: 10 Million Hours in a Mile (Kill Rock Stars)

My Chemical Romance: Life on the Murder Scene (Reprise / Wea)

Neil Diamond: 12 Songs (Sony)

Nickelback: Silver Side Up/Live at Home [Roadrunner 25th Anniversary] (Roadrunner)

No-Neck Blues Band: Qvaris (5 Rue Christine)

Novatone: Time Can't Wait (Wax Orchard)

The Orb: Okie Dokie It's the Orb on Kompakt (Kompakt Germany)

Original Soundtrack: Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Interscope)

Original Soundtrack: Music from the O.C.: Mix 5

Original Soundtrack: Sound of Music [40th Anniversary Deluxe Editon] (RCA)

Original Soundtrack: Warriors [Bonus Track] (A&M)

Original TV Soundtrack: Smallville: The Metropolis Mix [SOUNDTRACK] (Hollywood)

Patti Smith: Horses [30th Anniversary Legacy Edition] (Arista)

Paul Duncan: Be Careful What You Call Home (Hometapes)

Purple City: Paris to Purple City (Babygrande)

R.E.M.: Document [DUALDISC] (Reissue) (Capitol)

Rah Bras: Whohm (Lovitt)

Relient K: Apathetic EP (Capitol)

Reverand Glasseye: Our Lady of the Broken Spine

Richard Youngs & Alex Neilson: Partick Rain Dance (Vhf)

Rosanne Cash: Very Best of Rosanne Cash (Sony)

Sepultura: Live in Sao Paulo (Steamhammer/SPV)

Sheek Louch: After Taxes (Koch)

Spoon: Sister Jack EP (Merge/Matador)

Sutekh: Born Again: Collected Remixes 1999-2005 (Leaf)

T. Rex: Dandy in the Underworld [Expanded Edition] (Rhino / Wea)

T. Rex: Slider [Expanded Edition] (Rhino / Wea)

T. Rex: T. Rex Wax Co. Singles: A's & B's 1972-77 (Rhino / Wea)

T. Rex: Zinc Alloy and the Hidden Riders of Tomorrow (Rhino / Wea)

Tarantula A.D.: Book of Sand (Kemado)

Tristeza: A Colores (Better Looking)

Twista: Day After [Chopped and Screwed] (Atlantic / Wea)

Various Artists: Camping 2 (Bpitch Control)

Various Artists: Ultimate Hits: More Ultimate Disco (Madacy)

Various Artists: Ultimate Hits: Ultimate Disco (Madacy)

Young Buck: T.I.P. (M.a. Records) 

 

*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.

 

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