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First Look: 02.22.05 (Airborn Audio, Iron And Wine, Dead Meadow)

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

Airborn Audio

Good Fortune
Ninja Tune

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Rock bands aren't the only ones tapping Mario and Luigi for inspiration. Featuring High Priest and M. Sayyid of Antipop Consortium fame, Airborn Audio brings a scatter-brained mix of 8-bit beats, say-what samples, and musique concrete textures to a seasoned lyrical finesse. With these guys' impeccable pedigree and flagrant originality, Good Fortune should do wonders for hip-hop's underground renaissance.


Iron and Wine
Woman King
Sub Pop

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It's rare for such a talent to be so prolific. But that, my friends, is exactly what Sam Beam (a.k.a. Iron & Wine) is showing himself to be. A fascinating team-up with Calixeco in December will result in the Lay in the Reigns EP next fall, but we won't have to wait quite that long for another batch of Southern comfort. The Woman King EP continues with the luscious back-porch orchestration he pioneered on last year's Our Endless Numbered Days, which found itself on nearly everyone's best-of lists. Production on the new EP comes courtesy of Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Red Red Meat). "Jezebel" may perk the ears of die-hards who recognize the track from Beam's early demos, but the violin, percussion and backing vocals attest to a healthy dose of the studio.


Dead Meadow

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Two guitars are apparently better than one, especially when you've got song-titles like "Through the Gates of the Sleepy Silver Door." With Cory Shane adding six more strings, this Washington, D.C. quartet is set to unleash yet another tide of vintage psych-sludge and H.P. Lovecraft imagery. Some country twang here and Jimmy Page-folk there expands on the promise of 2003's Shivering Kings and Others without loosing those blissfully unintelligible vocals and all that molasses-thick fuzz.


Government Commissions (BBC Sessions 1996-2003)

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Between John Peel's death in October and Mogwai's drummer Martin Bulloch's marriage early this winter, it seems somehow appropriate that the Scottish quintet would release a career-spanning record as a means of reflecting on nearly a decade of busted Big Muffs and blown ear drums. (Just picture the pints of Guinness.) Besides those tracks set to tape in Peel's hallowed halls, Government Commissions also features tracks recorded with Steve Lamacq for England's Lamacq Live indie-rock show and a few tunes originally transmitted live from Maida Vale.


Aesop Rock
Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives
Definitive Jux

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It's not often that emcees give you any insight into their rhymes beyond what you can make out above the tweak scratches, Chopin loops and James Brown samples. But as with many things in his short career, Aesop Rock aims to change all that. Along with the release of his first new material since 2003's Bazooka Tooth, this seven-track EP will include an eighty-eight-page lyric book detailing every single freakin' Aesop release except his first two albums, Music for Earthworms and Appleseed, both self-released and hard to come by. Lead single "Fast Cars" should keep the heads happy with Aesop's ever-assured, ever-clever baritone.


The 101: Green Street (Limekiln)
Abe Duque: So Underground It Hurts (International Deejay Gigolo)
Adam Green: Gemstones (Rough Trade)
Aesop Rock: Fast Cars, Danger, Fire and Knives (Def Jux)
Airborn Audio: Good Fortune (Ninja Tune)
All Natural: Vintage (All Natural Inc)
Arcade Fire: Funeral (VINYL) (Merge)
Archie Bronson Outfit: Fur (Domino)
Armor for Sleep: What To Do When You Are Dead (Equal Vision)
Baldhead Slick / 2 Mex: Squeak e. Clean Presents (Dim Mak)
Bastro: Sing the Troubled Beast/Diablo Guapo (Drag City)
Ben Lee: Awake Is the New Sleep (New West)
Bezino: Arch Nemesis (Zno Records)
Blind Boys of Alabama: Praying Time (Compendia )
Brave Captain: All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace (Wichita)
Bullys Wit Fullys: Guce & Killa Tay Hard Ball (Git Paid)
C-BO: C-B's Bluez Brotherz: The C-Section (Paid In Full Records)
Chino XL: Poison Pen (Activate)
Chuck Loeb: When I'm With You (Shanachie)
Clem Snide: End of Love (SpinArt)
Cormega: The Testament (Legal Hustle)

Count Bass D: BEGBORROWSTEEL (Worldwide Release, U.S. Release in March)
Crooked Finger: Dignity and Shame (Merge)
David S. Ware: Live in the World (Thirsty Ear)
Dead Meadow: Feathers (Matador)
Devo: Duty Now for the Future (Collectables)
Devo: New Traditionalists (Collectables)
Dexateens: Red Dust Rising (Estrus)
E.B. Daddy of Da Hood: Hood Rebel (2nd Life)
Enon: Lost Marbles and Exploded Evidence (Touch and Go)
Fast Fourier: Fast Fourier (Narnack)
George Clinton & Poo Poo Man: Snot Logical (Activate)
Ghetto Mafia: Return of Ghetto Mafia (Downsouth Entertainment)
Goldtoes: Game Untold (Goldtoes Ent.)
Gong: Angel's Egg (Caroline)
Gun Called Tension: Gun Called Tension (Cold Crush)
Habitt: Talk Of The Town (Fat Daddy Records)
Hernan Cattaneo Renaissance: Master Series 2 (Thrive)
Hidden In Plain View: Life in Dreaming (Drive Thru)
Hieroglyphic Being: Liquid Sex (Spectral Sound)
Howling Hex: All-Night Fox (Drag City)
Ian Brown: Solarized U.S. (Koch)
Ida: Heart Like a River (Polyvinyl)
Iron & Wine: Woman King EP (Sub Pop)
Jeff Hanson: Jeff Hanson (Kill Rock Stars)
Josh Ritter: Hello Starling (V2)
Jumpsteady: Master of the Flying Guillotine (Psychopathic)
Karate: In the Fishtank 12 (Fishtank)
Kidz Bop Kids: Kidz Bop 7 (Razor & Tie)
Killa Keise: Turfed Out (Inner City 2000)
King Crimson: In the Court of the Crimson King (Discipline Us)
Kings of Leon: Aha Shake (Heartbreak)
Klute: No One's Listening Anymore (Breakbeat Science)
Laurent Garnier: The Cloud Making Machine (Mute)
Layzie Bone & Bizzy Bone: Bone Brothers (Koch)
Liquid Loop: Reset (Groove Attack)
Lismore: We Could Connect Or We Could Not (Cult Hero)
Liz Durrett: Husk (Warm Electronic)
Los Lonely Boys: Live at the Fillmore (Sony)
Loved Ones: The Loved Ones (Jade Tree)
M Sane: Pimpin' & Panderin' (Fahrenheit)
M. Ward: Transistor Radio (Merge)
Manda and the Marbles: Angels With Dirty Faces (Addison)
Maximo Park: Apply Some Pressure (Warp)
Mogwai: Government Commissions - BBC Sessions (Matador)
Mount Sims: Wild Light (International Deejay Gigolo)
Ms. Kra-Z: Lyrically Insane (Diamond Productions)
Nedelle: From the Lion's Mouth (Kill Rock Stars)
Neon: Hit Me Again EP (V2)
Nicolai Dunger: This Cloud Is Learning (Overcoat)
Omarion: O (Sony)
Opio: Triangulation Station (Red Urban Records )
Papa Reu: U Know Me (Sanctuary)
Papa Reu: Certified (anctuary)
Passion Dance Orchestra: Dreamland (Groove Attack)
The Peels: The Peels (Dim Mak)
Phoenix Live: Thirty Days Ago (Astralwerks)
Prefuse 73 feat. Ghostface: Hideyaface (Single) (Warp)
Putumayo Presents: Acoustic Brazil (Putumayo World Music)
Ray Davies: Return to Waterloo (Velvel)
Red Sparowes: At the Soundless Dawn (Neurot)
The Residents: Animal Lover (Mute)
Robbers on High Street: Tree City (New Line)
Roger Miret and the Disasters: 1984 (Hellcat)
Rollins Band: Come in & Burn: Sessions (2.13.61 RECORDS)
Self Scientific: Gods & Gangstas (Nature Sounds)
Smif N Wessun: Presents the General Steele Welcome to Bucktown USA (Duckdown)
Sole: Live from Rome (Anticon)
Solex and Maarten Altene Ensemble: In the Fishtank 13 (Fishtank)
Sons of Otis: X (Small Stone)
Stereolab: Switched On (Reissue) (Too Pure/Beggars Group)
Stereolab: Switched On (Too Pure / Beggars)
Steve Vai: Real Illusions: Reflections (Red Ink)
Thievery Corporation: The Cosmic Game (ESL)
This Day & Age: Always Leave the Ground (One Eleven)
Tori Amos: Beekeeper (Sony)
Tru: Truth (Koch)
TRU: The Truth (The New No Limit)
Ulrich Shnauss: Far Away Trains Passing By (Domestic) (Domino)
Ulrich Shnauss: On My Own (Domino)
Unrest: Imperial F.F.F.R. Deluxe Edition (Teenbeat)
Various: Le Pop En Duo (Groove Attack)
Various: The L-Word: Season 2 [SOUNDTRACK] (Tommy Boy)
Various: Very Best Of Death Row (Death Row)
VHS or Beta: Solid Gold Remix (Single) (Astralwerks)
William Elliott Whitmore: Ashes to Dust (Southern)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.


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