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First Look: 03.08.05 (50 Cent, Kasabian, Stars)

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

50 Cent
The Massacre
Interscope


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Released early because the album was leaked on the Internet, 50 Cent's follow-up to 2003's Get Rich or Die Tryin' is already in stores. Guests from all over the G-Unit camp and top-shelf producers up and down this piece aren't even necessary to ensure that this will be a huge success, but already people are saying it isn't as good as his debut. Singles "Disco Inferno" and "Magic Sti--" I mean, "Candy Shop" -- are included, as is "Piggy Bank," where I think even I got dissed. By the way: Doesn't 50 know that most of the people who will buy this record are 13-year-old boys who are at a sensitive point in their emotional development and will be forever sexually scarred by this cover?

 

Kasabian
Kasabian
RCA


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Released for almost a year in Britain, the "It" band of last fall finally sees its debut released in the United States. These four kids from Leicester are named after Linda Kasabian, the driver in the Manson Family murders, and they count Primal Scream and Oasis among their musical and press-relations influences, respectively. "Reason is Treason," "L.S.F." and "Cutt Off" have already been big successes in Britain, and all of these are included on this self-titled LP, which has garnered mild critical opinions and strong audience responses.
You can find out what Prefix thought of the record
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A boy-girl blues-inspired rock duo records its new album in Michigan -- but don't get any ideas. This isn't that follow up. It's the second record by VV (American guitarist/vocalist Alison Mosshart) and Hotel (guitarist/drummer/British guy Jamie Hince). After their debut, Keep on Your Mean Side, garnered praise in 2003, the duo holed up to create this stripped-down record that puts the "garage" back in garage rock. Or something. Released in England last month, No Wow looks to capitalize on the strong word of mouth for the band's live shows.

 

Stars
Set Yourself on Fire
Arts and Crafts


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Continuing the Canadian rock invasion (insert personal Canadian joke here), these four Montreal popsters have indie-cred written all over them. Directly connected to Broken Social Scene, the band already has one album, 2003's hipster-approved Heart, under its belt. But the band doesn't rest on its laurels with Set Yourself on Fire, and the members of Stars have the instrumental technique to back up their rep. Already released in the U.K. (notice a trend?), the group's second album comes out stateside this week, and your quaint pop nights will never be the same.

 

14 Year Old Girls: Strategy Guide (Retard Disco)
50 Cent: The Massacre (Aftermath)
50 Foot Wave: Golden Ocean (Artist Direct BMG)
The Arts & Sciences: Hopeful Monsters (Daemon)
Ash: Meltdown (Record Collection)
B.B. King: Blues Boy (Kala)
Battletorn: Villains/Reversed (Troubleman Unlimited)
BeholdThe Arctopus: Nano-Nucleonic Cyborg Summoning (Troubleman Unlimited)
Black Lipstick: Sincerely Black Lipstick (Peek-A-Boo)
Boom Bip: Blue Eyed in the Red Room (Lex)
The Capitol Years: Let Them Drink (Burn & Shiver)
Celly Cel: It'z Real Out Here (33rd Street)
Chariots: Congratulations (Troubleman Unlimited)
Charlie Parker: Very Best of the Dial Years (Master Classics)
Clearlake: Wonder If the Snow Will Settle (Domino)
Currituck County: Ghost Man on Second (Troubleman Unlimited)
Decibully: Sing Out America (Polyvinyl)
Deep Thinkers: Necks Move (Coup de Grace)
Del Cielo: Us vs. Them (Lovitt)
Des_Ark: Loose Lips Sink Ships (Bifocal Media)
DJ Hell: NY Muscle (International Deejay Gigolo)
DJ Revolution: ABC's of High Fidelity (On the Corner)
DJ Spooky vs. Dave Loombardo: B-Side Wins Again (Thirsty Ear)
Dropkick Murphys: Singles Collection Volume 2 (Epitaph)
Emanon: Waiting Room (Shaman Works)
The Evens: 12 Songs (Dischord)
The Exploited: Let's Start a War...Said Maggie One Day (Snapper Music Group)
The Exploited: Singles Collection (Snapper Music Group)
French Toast: In a Cave (Dischord)
From Autumn to Ashes: Too Bad You're Beautiful [Bonus Tracks] (Ferret)
Full Scale: Full Scale (Sony)
Funkadelic: Whole Funk and Nothing But the Funk: Definitive (Metro)
Gratitude: Gratitude (Atlantic)
Guapo: Black Oni (Ipecac)
Ike Turner: Bad Man (Night Train)
Jerry Lee Lewis: Essential Jerry Lee Lewis (Metro)
Joan Baez: David's Album [Bonus Tracks] (Vanguard)
Kasabian: Kasabian (RCA)
Kid Koala: Live from the Short Attention Span.. (Ninja Tune)
Kill Memory Crash: Crash V8 (Ghostly International)
The Kills: No Wow (RCA)
Kokane: Mr. Kane, Pt. 2 (33rd Street)
The Living Legends: Classic (Legendary Music)
Louis Armstrong: American Original (American Legends)
Mando Diao: Hurricaine Bar (Mando Diao)
Masha Qrella: Unsolved Remained (Morr Music)
Mercury Rev: Secret Migration (V2)
MF Doom: Live from Planet X (Nature Sounds)
The Mirrors: Green Dream (Birdman)
Mobius Band: City vs. Country (Ghostly International)
Monade: A Few Steps More (Too Pure)
Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters Story [United States Dist] (United States Dist)
Nic Armstrong: Greatest White Liar (New West)
Nitty: Player's Paradise (Universal)
Ocean Colour Scene: Hyperactive Workout for the Flying Squad (Sanctuary)
Paint It Black: Paradise (Jade Tree)
Patrick Wolf: Wind in the Wires (Tomlab)
Pennywise: Pennywise (Epitaph)
Pennywise: Unknown Road (Epitaph)
Pennywise: About Time (Epitaph)
Pennywise: Full Circle (Epitaph)
Pit Er Pat: Shakey (Thrill Jockey)
Pit Er Pat / Icy Demons: Split 7" (Polyvinyl)
Pitch Black: This Is the Modern Sound (Revelation)
Purple City Byrd Gang: Road to the Riches:Mixtape (Babygrande)
Quincy Jones: Best Of (Kala)
Ray Charles: Genius Anthology (Master Classics)
Roger Sisters: Check Level/Fantasies Are Nice (Troubleman Unlimited)
Rza/Keb Darge: Kings of Funk (Rapster)
Sam Cooke: Peace in the Valley (Kala)
Sam Prekop: Who's Your New Professor (Thrill Jockey)
Sarah Lee Guthrie/Johnny Irion: Exploration (New West)
Savas Pascalidis: Disko Vietnam (International Deejay Gigolo)
Scream Club: Don't Bite Your Sister (Retard Disco)
Skalpel: Break Out (Ninja Tune)
Spoonie Gee: Godfather of Hip Hop (Ol'skool Flava)
Stars: Set Yourself on Fire (Arts & Crafts)
Steely Dan: Yellow Peril (Kala)
Styrofoam: A Short Album About Murder (Morr Music)
Styrofoam: Point Misser (Morr Music)
Super Furry Animals: Under the Influence (Under the Influence)
Tame One: O.G. Bobby Johnson (Eastern Conference)
The Tony Montanas: Destination Hell (Crazy Love)
Various Artists: Run the Road (Vice)
Woody Guthrie: Woody Guthrie Story [United States Dist] (United States Dist)
Zs: Karate Bump (Planaria)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.

 

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