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First Look: 05.31.05 (Animal Collective, Four Tet, Bjork)

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

Animal Collective featuring Vashti Bunyan
Prospect Hummer
Fat Cat


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I'm not a fan of most of the new folk movement, but it has been wonderful to see the revival of interest in some truly great music they have been influenced by. This four-song EP is the result of the premier freak-folk group teaming up with one of their heroes, folk legend Vashti Bunyan. Bunyan recorded one album in the early seventies at the tail end of the huge British folk movement of the time (members of the Incredible String Band were featured on her 1970 record, Another Diamond Day) and then promptly stopped making music. Her collaboration with the group here marks her return to recorded music, but we can all look forward to a solo record in the works. (Read the Prefix review).

 

 

Four Tet
Everything Ecstatic
Domino


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Kieren Hebden's fourth record under the Four Tet moniker is a percussion-heavy mind-fuck in that unmistakably Four Tet way. After 2003's Rounds, the British musician and former Fridge member has a big act to follow, and he does it by stripping his sound down to its basics, while still retaining much of what makes his music enjoyable. Like all of his other records, there is no pandering to the pop crowd with unnecessary guest appearances or vocals. (Read the Prefix review).

 

Bjork
Army of Me Remixes and Covers
One Little Indian


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The ultimate release from an artist notorious for straddling the line between giving her fans what they want and cashing in on the pleasure. Twenty covers of one song? That's the idea behind Army of Me: Remixes and Covers, the proceeds of which will go to Unicef. A few months ago, the Icelandic diva invited anyone who cared to try to cover the classic opener from 1995's Post. After a huge submission process, the tracks have been picked and will be released to the world, featuring some well regarded names and some unknowns. Patrick Wolf I've heard of. But Dr. Gunni?

 

Maximo Park
Certain Trigger
Warp


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Yeah, that's right: a pop-punk band on Warp. A new era in the label's life starts with this British band's debut. It was produced by producer-of-the-moment Paul Epworth, who has the Futureheads and Bloc Party debuts under his belt. But even more promising is the buzz the record has been garnering. Next Franz Ferdinand? I don't know about you, but I can't wait for a lull in the hype machine.

 

Oasis
Don't Believe the Truth
Epic


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You've established your opinion about Oasis years ago or you wouldn't be at this site, but for all of you who gave up on the band, hear me out. Liam and Noel are two of the biggest jerks on the planet, sure, and their last few records have been pretty forgettable (at best). But every time they put out a record they have the potential to release great pop songs into the world, and their knack for giving the people a good hook makes them impossible to ignore. The early word on this record is that it's a return to form of sorts, and I for one am hoping it's true. You know, for pop's sake.

 

Aerosmith: Aerosmith/Get Your Wings/Toys in the Attic (Sony)
All Shook Up: 2005 Original Broadway Cast (Feat. the Songs of Elvis) (BMG Heritage)
Amusement Parks on Fire: Amusement Parks on Fire (Arist Direct BMG)
Andrew Gold: All This & Heaven Too (Collectors' Choice Music)
Andrew Gold: What's Wrong with This Picture? (Collectors' Choice Music)
Animal Collective: Prospect Hummer feat. Vashti Bunyan (Fat Cat)
Bad Company: Critical Review 1974-82 (Classic Rock Legends)
Better Than Ezra: Before the Robots (Artemis)
Bjork: Army of Me: Remixes and Covers (One Little Indian U.S.)
Blood, Sweat & Tears: New Blood (Wounded Bird)
Blood, Sweat & Tears: New City (Wounded Bird)
Brian Aneurysm: Das Element Des Menschen (Spectral)
Bruce Springsteen: Collection: Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J./The W (Sony)
Charlie Daniels: Collection: Fire on the Mountain/Million Mile Refl (Sony)
The Clash: Clash/London Calling/Combat Rock (Sony)
Colleen: The Golden Morning Breaks (Leaf)
Daz Dillinger: Gangsta Crunk (Gangsta Advisory)
The Dirtbombs: If You Don't Already Have a Look (In The Red)
Drowsy: Growing Green (Fat Cat)
Ernie Watts: Chariots of Fire (Wounded Bird)
Esmerine: Aurora (Ninja Tune)
Exile: Pro Agonist (Planet Mu)
Femi Kuti: Best of Femi Kuti (Wrasse)
Fishbone: Fishbone Live in Amsterdam [Bonus DVD] (High Times)
A Flock of Seagulls: Best of A Flock of Seagulls [Japan Bonus Tracks] (BMG Japan)
Four Tet: Everything Ecstatic (Warp)
Grafh: Preview (Sure Shot Recordings)
GWAR: Live from Mt. Fuji (DRT Entertainment)
Her Space Holiday: Let's Get Quiet, Vol. 1 [EP] (Mush)
Herbaliser: Take London (Ninja Tune)
High & Mighty: 12th Man (Eastern Conference)
Hong Kong Six: Hong Kong Six (Ares)
Jackson United: Western Ballads (Artist Direct BMG)
Kaiser Chiefs: Employment [Bonus CD] (B-Unique)
The Kingsbury Manx: Afternoon Owl [Bonus Tracks] (Cooking Vinyl)
Layzie Bone: It's Not a Game (Cleopatra)
Leadbelly: Goodnight Irene: Best Of (Master Classics)
Little Richard: Best Of [Master Classics] (Master Classics)
Made in Sheffield: The Birth of Electric Pop (DVD) (Plexifilm)
Maximo Park: Certain Trigger (Warp)
Med: Push Comes to Shove (Stones Throw)
Medina Green: Funky Fresh in the Flesh Mix Tape, Vol. 2 (Illson Media)
Melvins: Mangled Demos from 1983 (Ipecac)
Meshuggah: Catch Thirty-Three (Nuclear Blast America)
Moog: A Documentary Film by Hans Fjellestad (DVD) (Plexifilm)
Motörhead: Critical Review (
Oasis: Don't Believe the Truth (Sony)
Palaxy Tracks: Twelve Rooms (Peek-A-Boo)
Peter Green: Little Dreamer (Castle Music UK)
Praful: Pyramid in Your Backyard (Encoded Music)
Rise: Reclamation Process (Suburban Home)
Roy Ayers: Virgin Ubiquity, Vol. 2 (Rapster)
Santana: Santana/Abraxas/Santana III (Sony)
Saxon Shore: Luck Will Not Save Us from a Jackpot of Nothing (Burnt Toast Vinyl)
Screamin' Jay Hawkins: I Put a Spell on You: The Best Of (Master Classics)
Sean Price: Monkey Barz (Duck Down)
Sleep: Christopher (Up Above)
Smog: Forgotten Foundation [Reissue] (Drag City)
Smog: River Ain't Too Much to Love (Drag City)
Stanley Turrentine: Betcha (Wounded Bird)
The Stares: Spine to Sea (Mimicry)
Swervedriver: Juggernaut Rides 1989-1998 (Castle Music UK)
Symbolyc One & Illmind: Art of One Mind (BBE)
Tears for Fears: Everybody Loves a Happy Ending (BMG International)
Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy/It's Time for Love (Diablo)
Temmora: Any Other Girl (33rd Street)
Ume: Urgent Sea (Madrona)
Various Artists: I Love Guitar Wolf: Very Much (Narnack)
Various Artists: Piano Tribute to Coldplay (Vitamin)
Various Artists: Piano Tribute to Neil Young (Vitamin)
Various Artists: Satisfaction: Tribute to the Rolling Stones (Anagram)
Woody Guthrie: Worried Man Blues: The Best Of (Master Classics)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.

 

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