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First Look: 03.15.05 (Daft Punk, The Soundtrack of Our Lives, David Bowie)

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

Daft Punk
Human After All
Virgin


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Everyone's favorite mask-wearing Frenchies return with their first studio album since unleashing the explosive, all-over-the-board energy of 2001's Discovery. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel De Homem Christo recorded these ten new tracks over the course of six weeks late last fall, which really means we could have had this record a long time ago, but we're willing to let it slide. Their patented blend of funk, vocoders and guitars once again aims to cheer you up -- or at least make you do the robot.

 

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives
The Origin, Vol. 1
Universal


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This six-pack of Swedes caught a lot of people by surprise with their last record, 2001's Behind the Music. Though they'd toiled in relative obscurity since releasing their first EP in 1996, the band managed to put it all together on Behind the Music, landing themselves on spot on the musical map. A successful outing may establish their candidacy as the Swedish ambassadors of psych-rock, but with the burden of expectation on their backs this time around, it'll be tough to pry that title from Dungen without a fight.

 

David Bowie
Live / Stage
Virgin


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Rock's most enduring chameleon finds two of his classic live albums re-released this week. Live, originally recorded in 1974, finds Bowie moving from the glam-rock of Diamond Dogs to the soul of Young Americans. Touring as (strangely enough) himself in 1978, Stage documents Bowie's Heroes tour, but the set includes a dose of Ziggy Stardust tunes with updated synthesizer arrangements. Both double-disc sets will include unreleased tracks, new mixes and new liner notes.

 

Daedelus
Exquisite Corpse
Mush


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Daedelus has spent a lot of time pacing on the sidelines of IDM and hip-hop, but this may be his chance to grab a piece of the spotlight. Exquisite Corpse features a bevy of talented guests, including MF Doom, Prefuse 73 and The One A.M. Radio's Hrishikesh Hirway, but the lush production figures to be the star of the show. Blending Madlib-ian sampling lunacy with acoustic beauty and glitchy malfunction, Daedelus proves there's plenty of life left in his body of work.

 

Kaiser Chiefs
Employment
Universal


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These five fellows from Leeds recently won NME's Philip Hall Radar Award, the emerging artist award that Franz Ferdinand took home last year, so you're bound to hear a lot of them in 2005 whether you like it or not. Named for a South African soccer team, their first single, "I Predict a Riot," has led to a host of sold-out shows in the U.K. and prompted Rolling Stone to wittily remark, "We predict success." We predict a lot of hype, but will they be able to live up to it?

 

13+God: Men of Station (Single)(Anticon)
Akron / Family: Akron / Family (Young God)
Angels of Light: Angels of Light Sing Other People (Young God)
B.B. King: Ultimate Collection (Geffen)
Biirdie: Morning Kills the Dark (Pop Up)
Blind Boys of Alabama: Atom Bomb (Real World)
The Braves: Love and Mercy (Johanns Face)
Brooke Valentine: Chain Letter (Virgin)
Crosby Stills & Nash: Greatest Hits [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Rhino)
Curtis Mayfield: Curtis Remixed (Rhino)
Daddy Yankee: Ahora le Toca Al Cangri: Daddy Yankee Live (V.I. Music)
Daedelus: Exquisite Corpse (Mush)
Daft Punk: Human After All (EMI)
David Bowie: David Live (Virgin)
David Bowie: Stage (Virgin)
Devin Davis: Lonely People of the World, Unite! (Animal World)
Diamond Nights: Once We Were Diamonds (Kemado)
Dr. Dog: Easy Beat (Future Farmer)
Duke Ellington: Afro-Bossa (Collectables)
Duke Ellington: Greatest Hits (Collectables)
Duke Ellington: Original Score from Walt Disney's Mary Poppins (Collectables)
Earth, Wind & Fire/Heatwave: Take Two (Collectables)
Everything But the Girl: Adapt or Die: 10 Years of Remixes (Rhino)
Gangsta Dre Gang Banging Poetry: The Sequel, Vol. 2 (Black Armor)
Goldie Loc: Loc'd Out (33rd Street)
Gruff Rhys: Yr Atal Genhedlaeth (Rough Trade)
The Isley Brothers & The O'Jays: Take Two (Collectables)
Jacka: The Jack Artist (The Artist Records)
Joan Baez: Blowin' Away (Collectables)
John Butler Trio: Sunrise Over Sea (Lava)
Kaiser Chiefs: Employment (Universal)
King Crimson: n the Wake of Poseidon: 30th Anniversary Edition (Discipline)
Kurupt: Originals (R.O.S.E. of Sharon)
Los Lobos: Live at the Fillmore (Mammoth / Pgd)
Marbles: Expo (SpinArt)
Marilyn Manson: Nobodies: 2005 Against All God Mix (Universal International)
Miles Davis: Best of Seven Steps: The Complete Recordings 1963- (Sony)
Miles Davis: Four & More (Sony)
Miles Davis: Miles in Berlin (Sony)
Miles Davis: Miles in Tokyo (Sony)
Miles Davis: Seven Steps to Heaven (Sony)
Mitchy Slick: Urban Survival Syndrome (33rd Street)
Patrick Wolf: Wind in the Wires (Tomlab)
The Ramones: End of the Century - The Story of the Ramones (WEA)
Reverend Al Green: Everything's OK (Blue Note)
Run Away from the Humans: We Exist (EX011)
Soundtrack of Our Lives: Origins Volume 1 (Universal)
The Static Age: Neon Lights Electric Lives (Tarantulas Records)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.

 

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