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First Look: 02.15.05 (LCD Soundsystem, The Wedding Present, Busdriver)

Heading to the record store? Here's what's new this week.

LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem

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The eagerly awaited debut full-length from the co-ruler of DFA Records finally sees the light of day this week. James Murphy's pissed-out disco looks to capture the hearts and minds of more than just hipsters with the help of some major-label distribution and some pleasantly distorted beats. To increase the draw, the album comes with a bonus disc that compiles LCD's past singles, including "Yeah" and "Losing My Edge," the best song ever to insult three-quarters of its listeners. Not bad for a guy who turned down a chance to be a staff writer for "Seinfeld."


The Wedding Present
Take Fountain

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After multiple breakups and lineup shuffles, the British indie favorites return with their first new album since 1996's Saturnalia. Their nineteen-year career (if you count a stint in the middle as Cinerama) includes seventeen U.K. Top 40 hits and the rabid support of John Peel. David Gedge and Co.'s new effort was produced by one of Seattle's grunge go-to-guys, Steve Fisk, but you can expect their broken hearts to be served with a side of atmospheric pop rather than gritty noise.


Fear of a Black Tangent

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Project Blowed's preeminent jazz-flavored schizo-lyricist focuses his cavalcade of hyphenated styles on an exploration of the underground rapper's place in the music business. By all accounts, it's his strongest release to date and quite possibly his most diverse. Daedelus and Danger Mouse headline the producers here, but Prefuse 73 and Nobody contribute bonus remixes as well.


Mommy and Daddy
Fighting Style Killer Panda

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Don't expect any fey harmonizing from this boy-girl duo. These pissed-off New Yorkers karate kick you with grimy bass lines and propulsive drum-machine beats while they take turns sneering into the microphone. This EP contains five new fuzzy but strangely melodic tracks guaranteed to new-wave you into oblivion.


Memphis Slim
Blue Memphis and South Side Reunion
Wounded Bird

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Wounded Bird reissues a pair of records from the twilight of the late blues pianist's career. Born and raised in Memphis, John Chatman was an influential and prolific blues man who eventually settled in Europe, where he was treated like the star he was. Both of these albums were originally released during his days as an expatriate in Paris. Blue Memphis features Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones, and South Side Reunion features Chicago blues guitar king Buddy Guy.


A Guy Called Gerald: To All Things What They Need (K7)
Bloc Party: Silent Alarm (Import) (V2)
Blue Merle: Burning In The Sun (Island)
Brooklyn Soul Organization: Brooklyn Soul Organization (The Orchard)
Busdriver: Fear Of A Black Tangent (Mush)
Butti 49: Habit (Exceptional)
Caetano Veloso: Tieta Do Agreste (Import) (Natas)
Chris Rock: Never Scared (CD/DVD Collector's Edition) (Dreamworks)
Copperpot: Chapter 7
Damon and Naomi: The Sky Is Blue (20/20/20)
Death From Above 1979: Blood On Our Hands (Import Single) (679 Recordings)
Deion Sanders: The Encore Remix (Bungalo)
Elvis Presley: Surrender (Import Single) (BMG)
Francisco Lopez: Klokken-Labs (Sub Rosa)
Full White Drag: Everything Will Fall On One Night (Inner Flight)
Goldfinger: Disconnection Notice (Maverick)
Gorky's Zygotic Mynci: Bwyd Time (Import Remastered) (Castle)
Jay & The Americans: Come A Little Bit Closer (Reissue) (Beat Goes On)
Jay & The Americans: She Cried (Reissue) (Beat Goes On)
Jerry Lee Lewis: Another Place Another Time (Reissue) (Beat Goes On)
Jerry Lee Lewis: She Still Comes Around (Reissue) (Beat Goes On)
Kurupt: Greatest Hits Vol. 1 (Bungalo)
Lau Nau: Kuutarha (Locust)
LCD Soundsystem: LCD Soundsystem (Capitol)
Lil' Flip & The Ghetto Brothers: Freestyle Kings Vol. 3.5 (BCD)
Low: California (Import Single) (Rough Trade)
Luke Slater: Fear And Loathing 2 (Resist)
Mary Gauthier: Mercy Now (Lost Highway)
Masta Ace: Disposable Arts (Reissue) (Yosumi/M3)
Memphis Slim: Blue Memphis (Wounded Bird)
Memphis Slim: South Side Reunion (Wounded Bird)
Mitchell Akiyama: Small Explosions That Are Yours To Keep (Sub Rosa)
Mommy And Daddy: Fighting Style Killer Panda (Kanine)
Music A.M.: My City Glittered Like A Breaking Wave
Nodern: Loves You (Sub Rosa)
My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult: My Life Remixed (Red Ant)
Plate Fork Knife Spoon: Plate Fork Knife Spoon (Wide Hive)
Plot To Blow Up the Eiffel Tower: Love In The Fascist Brothel (Revelation)
Porcupine Tree: Warszawa (Madfish)
Snoop Dogg: Bigg Snoop Dogg Raw N Uncut Volume 1 (BCD)
SubArachnoid Space: Red Veil (Strange Attractors)
The Wedding Present: Take Fountain (Manifesto)
They Might Be Giants: Here Come The ABCs (Disney)
Young Dubliners: Real World (Higher Octave)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.


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