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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:





Lady Sovereign

Vertically Challenged

Chocolate Industries

Bloggers of the world, unite! The "biggest midget in the game" is already riding a huge wave of Internet buzz from her native U.K. all the way to the States. The five-foot-one-inch nineteen-year-old has worked with Mike Skinner of the Streets and has been courted by Jay-Z, but she'll be making her first U.S. appearance on Chicago's relatively obscure Chocolate Industries label. This EP includes the singles that created the buzz plus a handful of remixes. She impressed Jigga with her freestyles (of course, he was also impressed by Memphis Bleek) and she's got a knack for catchy choruses. Will she be the M.I.A. of 2006, the Eminem of Britain, or just another victim of Internet hype?


Bonnie "Prince" Billy

Summer in Southeast

Sea Note

Wow, it's strange to read the words "Bonnie 'Prince' Billy" without an "and" attached to the end these days, isn't it? Will Oldham, collaborator-extraordinaire, settles in for his first live album with a backing band that includes - doh! - Matt Sweeney, whom he collaborated with on Superwolf earlier this year. Summer in the Southeast was recorded in the Deep South, but don't hold that against it. Just enjoy Oldham's renderings of his exceptional tunes and marvel in the joy of hearing other people sing along. Sometimes they're probably crying or getting the chills. But they're singing along, too.



Additional Productions, Vol. 1

Ghostly International

You know that weird Motorola Razr commercial where everything starts folding into everything else and the walls come apart and that hot brunette is like "What the hell?" and there's that amazing beat in the background? That's Dabrye. (The beat, not the chick.) The Michigan native walks a line between glitch and hip-hop with the best of them, and this EP promises more of the same. Featuring Dabrye mixes of T.Raumschmiere and Trans Am, among others, it also features a mix of "Nite Eats Day" featuring ex-Anti-Pop Consortium emcee Beans, a track from the eternally delayed Two/Three album. We'd rather be announcing that release, but we'll take this. Hell, we'd take a recording of him recording this.


Scott Walker

The Early Years


"Been there, done that" could easily be Scott Walker's motto. The Forrest Gump of American rock 'n' roll first made a name for himself and his heavenly voice in the 1960s with the Walker Brothers, whose popularity in Europe is said to have rivaled the Beatles for a time. His penchant for bleakness balanced with Phil Spector grandiosity influenced scores of musicians and propelled his solo career into the 1970s. Once the synth age came about, he helped revolutionize the genre, earning props from Julian Cope and that shape-shifting guy who's currently stalking Arcade Fire and Shut Your Face Say What. And he kept on going, writing the soundtrack for Leos Carax's Pola X, and produced Pulp's We Love Life in 2001. The Early Years compiles some of Walker's, well, early stuff. Be a dick and say it's his best.


Mike Ladd

Father Divine



Feel free to crown Mike Ladd the king of concept - or the red-headed stepchild of execution. Never content to settle into a comfortable niche, Ladd - who has under his belt Negrophilia, Welcome to the Afterfuture and the Majesticons/Infesticons project, among others - will tackle any socio-political issue at the drop of a dime, and he'll switch up the ingredients of his hip-hop sound just as quickly. Spoken word, psychedelia, blues, punk- it's all in there. His ideas have consistently surpassed his results, but when an artist is this progressive, it also makes them impossible to ignore. The genesis of this religious-cult-figure concept album was sidetracked by Ladd's real-life journey into love and fatherhood. Maybe

that's just what he needed - or maybe this record will make you join a cult. Who knows? 



A Man Called Adam: Space Tranquil, Vol. 1 (Azuli)

Adam X: Fate Unknown (Psycho Dynamics)

A-Ha: Analogue [ENHANCED] [IMPORT] (Universal)

Alanis Morissette: Collection (Maverick)

Anastacia: Pieces of a Dream: Best Of (Sony International)

Arctic Monkeys: I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] (Domino)

The Beatles: Beatles: The Biography (Simon & Schuster)

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

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

Billie Holiday: Ghost of Yesterday (United States Dist)

Black Moon: War Zone Revisited (Duck Down Music)

Bob Dylan: Best of Bob Dylan (Sony)

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: Greatest Hits [Chopped and Screwed] (Ruthless (Red))

Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Summer in the Southeast (Sea Note)

Bound Stems: Logic of Building The Body Plan (Flameshovel)

Bowling for Soup: Bowling for Soup Goes to the Movies (Jive)

Boz Scaggs: Collection: Slow Dancer/Silk Degrees/Down Two Then (Sony)

Brian Wilson & The Beach Boys: Maximum Brian Wilson & the Beach Boys (United States Dist)

Bright Eyes: Motion Sickness (Live) (Team Love)

Bruce Springsteen: Born to Run [30th Anniversary Edition] (Sony)

Bruce Springsteen: Maximum Bruce Springsteen (United States Dist)

Bush: Zen X Four [CD & DVD] (Kirtland)

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

Cyndi Lauper: Collection (Sony)

Dabrye: Additional Productions, Vol. 1 (Ghostly International)

Destiny's Child: Collectors Box (United States Dist)

Desyn Masiello: Balance 008 (E.Q. (Studio))

Diplo: Fabric Live 24 (Fabric)

DJ Revolution & Total Eclipse: Draft Radio, Vol. 1 (Draft)

DJ Screw & Judge Dredd: All Work No Play Chopped and Srewed (BCD Music Group)

DJ Screw: Trilogy: A DJ Screw Memorial (BCD Music Group)

Doug E. Fresh & the Get Fresh Crew: Doin' What I Gotta Do (Bungalo)

Edith Frost: It's a Game (Drag City)

Face to Face: Shoot the Moon: Essential Collection (Image)

Face To Face: Shoot The Moon: The Essential Collection (Image Entertainment)

Fire Engines: Codex Teenage Premontion (Domino)

Frank Sinatra: Collection [Box Set] (Sony)

GB: Gotta Have It

Gemma Hayes: Roads Don't Love You (EMI)

Ghislain Poirier: Breakupdown (Chocolate Industries)

Ginuwine: Back II da Basics (Sony)

Gogogo Airheart: Rats! Sing! Sing! (Gold Standard)

Green Day: Bullet in a Bible [CD+DVD] (Reprise / Wea)

Heart: Collection [Box Set] (Sony)

Howling Hex: You Can't Beat Tomorrow

Howling Hex: You Can't Beat Tomorrow [CD & DVD] (Drag City)

The Isley Brothers: Collection: The Heat Is On/Go for Your Guns/Between

Jackie Gleason: Night Winds (Collectors' Choice Music)

The Jai-Alai Savant: Thunderstatement (Gold Standard)

Jerome Sydenham: Explosive Hi-Fidelity Sounds (BBE)

Jimmy Buffett: Live at Fenway Park (with bonus DVD) [LIVE] (Mailboat Records)

Johnny Cash: Collection: The Fabulous Johnny Cash/Blood, Sweat (Sony)

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition: Something's Burning (Masked Weasel)

Lady Sovereign: Vertically Challenged (Chocolate Industries)

Louis Armstrong: Quintessence, Vol. 3: New York, Chicago, Boston 19 (Fremeaux & Associes)

Luther Vandross: Collection: Never Too Much/Forever, For Always, Fo (Sony)

Mac Dre: Mac Dre Presents Thizz Nation, Vol. 4 (Thizz)

Madonna: Confessions on a Dance Floor (Warner Bros / Wea)

Marc Bolan & T. Rex: Electric Warrior Sessions (Dynamic Italy)

Mariah Carey: Maximum Mariah Carey (United States Dist)

Marvin Gaye: Mastercuts Presents: Marvin Gaye (Mastercuts)

Mel Blanc: Man of 1000 Voices: Best Of

Mike Ladd: Father Divine (ROIR)

Mike Ladd: Father Divine (Roir)

Miles Davis: Collection: Sketches of Spain/Kind of Blue/In a Si (Sony)

Motörhead: Ace of Spades [Deluxe Edition] (Sanctuary)

Motörhead: BBC: Live and In-Session (Sanctuary)

Motörhead: Iron Fist [Deluxe Edition] (Sanctuary)

Motörhead: Overkill [Deluxe Edition] (Sanctuary)

Muddy Waters: Collection: Hard Again/I'm Ready/King Bee (Sony)

My Project: Blue S/T (Boompa)

Nazareth: Complete Singles Collection (Recall)

Nickelback: Maximum Nickelback (United States Dist)

Original Soundtrack: Harry Potter & The Goblet of Fire (Beat Goes On)

Original Soundtrack: Pride & Prejudice (Decca)

Original Soundtrack: Walk the Line (Wind Up)

P.O.D.: Warriors EP (Atlantic / Wea)

Paper Chase/Xiu Xiu: Covers Nick Cave Split 7" (Stickfigure)

Paul Wall: Live from the Gridiron

Pete Townshend: Gold (Hip-O)

Peter Tosh: Talking Revolution (Pressure Sounds)

Pitbull: Money Is Still a Major Issue (TVT)

The Prodigy: Their Law: Singles 1990-2005 [Bonus Track] (XL Recordings UK)

R. Kelly: Remix City, Vol. 1 (Jive)

Rachel Sweet: Then He Kissed Me/Blame It on Love (Collectables)

Rammstein: Rosenrot [IMPORT] (Universal)

Richie Hawtin: DE9: Transitions (Mute U.S.)

The Roots: Home Grown! Guide to Understanding the Roots, Vol. (Geffen)

Scott Walker: The Early Years (Acrobat)

Sean Paul: Maximum (United States Dist)

Shalabi Effect: Unfortunately (Alien8 Recording)

Spacemen 3: For All the Fucked Up Children of This World We Gi (United States Dist)

Spacemen 3: Threebie 3 (United States Dist)

Staind: Chapter V [CD & DVD] (Elektra / Wea)

Steppenwolf: Early Steppenwolf/For Ladies Only (Beat Goes On)

Sublime: Gold (Geffen)

Sugarcult: Back to the Disaster (Artemis)

Supernatural: S.P.I.T. (Up Above)

Sylvie Courvoisier: Y2K (Enja)

Three 6 Mafia: Most Known Hits (Sony)

Tod Dockstader/David Lee Myers: Bijou

Todd Rundgren: Best of Todd Rundgren Live (Sanctuary)

Various Artists: Crunk Hits (TVT)

Various Artists: For Lovers: Billie Holiday/Nina Simone/Sarah Vaugh (Verve)

Various Artists: MySpace Records, Vol. 1 (Interscope)

Vaz: Lie That Matches the Furniture (Narnack)

Vaz: The Lie That Matches The Furniture

Wilco: Kicking Television: Live in Chicago (Nonesuch)

Willie Nelson: Collection, Vol. 2: Always on My Mind/To Lefty fro (Sony)

Willie Nelson: Collection: Stardust/One for the Road/Honeysuckle (Sony)

Willie Nelson: Ghost, Vol. 3 (Masked Weasel)


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


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