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First Look: 06.14.05 (Dressy Bessy, Foo Fighters, Fantomas)

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

Dressy Bessy 

Electrified
Transdreamer


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Some band names do more than just give a title to a bunch of guitars and bad habits. They're perfect descriptors of what's inside the sleeve and the ideas that bring the vinyl to life. Take "Dressy Bessy," for example. Like this female-led Denver quartet, it's catchy, cute, full of rhyme and nostalgia, and tough to forget -- all exuberant traits of Dressy Bessy's hula-hoop pop that the band's fourth full-length should plant firmly, and deliciously, to the roof of your mouth.

 

Foo Fighters
In Your Honor
RCA


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Of all his accomplishments, Dave Grohl's most impressive may simply be the distance he's placed between himself and the man on the other end of that shotgun in 1994. Now more than ever, it's possible to mention Nirvana's former drummer without mentioning its iconic lead-singer. And with the release of a double-disc set of new material, the Foo Fighters' fifth full-length, Grohl is in full possession his own sound: a brash, utterly sincere, power-pop that's as accomplished as it is dissimilar to Kurt Cobain's mangled melodies.

 

Fantomas
Suspended Animation
Ipecac Recordings


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There's really only one way to follow the release of a single-track, seventy-four-minute-long record: release a mammoth, thirty-track disc celebrating each day of April, which is known, if you didn't already know, as "national humor and anxiety month." Right? Right. But such are the whims of Mike Patton, the band's lead-singer, former Faith No More frontman, and general rock 'n' roll loon. (He really did spend time in an institution for some of this stuff). The band's fourth release, Fantomas's tribute to April blends cartoon novelty tunes with white-knuckle metal -- an idea whose quirks are equaled only by Yoshimoto Nara's masterfully surreal pop-art on the album cover.

 

Ammoncontact
New Birth
Ninja Tune


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Funk's fundamental musical element -- hitting the one-beat as late as physically possible -- has generally fallen to humans to master. It's the James Browns and George Clintons who've shown us how to snap our necks and jump on the mutha' ship. But L.A. duo Ammoncontact's so-called "machine funk," as typified in their 2004 album One in an Infinity of Ways, shows us that a MPC 2000 and an ASR-10 can funk you up just as well. This third effort also does a number on a fresher genre -- instrumental hip-hop -- bringing lost samples and hefty beats to a field with room for new masters.

 

Brian Eno
Another Day on Earth
Hannibal


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It's rare that an artist and the music industry manage to jive their interests long enough to satisfy more than handful of fans. But somehow the legendary Brian Eno's first vocal record of new material in fifteen years is landing less than a year after the Astralwerks reissues of his classic vocal albums such as Taking Tiger Mountain By Strategy, one of the more popular re-release events in recent memory. And although all of this may seem like a bit more than just happy coincidence, Eno's profound new tunes should sooth our conspiratorial nerves.

 

The 101'ers: Elgin Avenue Breakdown Revisited (Astralwerks)
The 45 King: 900 Number (Tuff City)
Aaron Neville: Tell It Like It Is (Aim)
Afu-Ra: State of the Arts (DeCon Inc)
Ammon Contact: New Birth (Ninja Tune)
Art Tatum: Live 1944-1952, Vol. 9 (Storyville)
As I Lay Dying: Shadows Are Security (Metal Blade)
Backstreet Boys: Never Gone (Jive)
Bear vs. Shark: Terrorhawk (Equal Vision)
Black Sunday: Tronic Blanc (Dirtnap)
Brian Eno: Another Day on Earth (Hannibal)
Caitlin Cary/Thad Cockrell: Begonias (Yep Roc)
Chamillionaire & DJ Obscene: Houston We Have a Problem (BCD Music Group)
Cipher: Children of Gods Fire (Uprising)
Connie Francis: Gold (WEA International)
Crazy Frog: Axel F [IMPORT] (Phantom)
The Crest: Skeptik (Uprising)
Death from Above 1979: Black History Month 7" ()
Devo: Shout (Collectables)
DJ Craze: Miami Heat (System)
Doleful Lions: Shaded Lodge and Mausoleum (Parasol)
Dressy Bessy: Electrified (Transdreamer)
Electric Six: Senor Smoke (WEA International)
Ellay Khule AKA Rifleman: Califormula (Decon)
Embrace: Out of Nothing (Lava)
Embrace: Out of Nothing (Lava)
Eric B. & Rakim: Gold (Hip-O)
Eric Johnson: Bloom (Favored Nations)
Erika Jo: Erika Jo (Universal South)
Fantomas: Suspended Animation (Ipecac)
Fat Joe: All or Nothing (Atlantic)
Fats Waller: And His Rhythm, Vol. 1: 1934-1936 (Epm Musique)
Foo Fighters: In Your Honor (RCA)
Funeral for a Friend: Hours (Atlantic)
Gene Defcon: Throw Up and Die (Retard Disco)
The Georgia Satellites: In the Land of Salvation and Sin (Collectables)
Hall & Oates: Essential Daryl Hall and John Oates (RCA)
Hanne Hukkelberg: Little Things (Leaf)
Harry Connick Jr: Occasion (Marsalis Music)
Hawthorne Heights: Silence in Black and White [CD & DVD] (Victory)
Hopewell: Birds of Appetite (Tee Pee)
Ike & Tina Turner: Original Gold (Disky)
Indigo Girls: Rarities [LIMITED EDITION] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Sony)
Innaway: Innaway (Some)
Janis Joplin: Pearl [2 Disc Special Edition] (Sony)
Jason Forrest: Lady Fantasy EP (Sonig Records)
Jessica Fletchers: Less Sophistication (Rainbow Quartz)
John Coltrane: More Coltrane for Lovers (Verve)
John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers: Road Dogs (Eagle Records (Red))
Johnny Cash: Man in Black (American Legends)
Kevin Blechdom: Eat My Heart Out (Chicks on Speed)
Kevin Brown: Kevin Brown (Dixiefrog)
Life of Agony: Broken Valley (Sony)
Lil' Flip: Keep It Gangsta: Freestyle Kings, Vol. 6 (BCD Music Group)
Lizz Wright: Dreaming Wide Awake (Verve)
Loretta Lynn: Coal Miner's Daughter (American Legends)
Louis Armstrong: Hot Fives and Hot Sevens, Vol. 2 (Epm Musique)
Lungfish: Feral Hymns (Dischord)
Medications: Your Favorite People All in One Place (Dischord)
Metal Blade: Gold (Geffen)
Miles Davis Quintet: 'Round About Midnight (Sony)
The Nomi Song: The Klaus Nomi Odyssey (Palm)
No Use for a Name: Keep Them Confused (Fat Wreck Chords)
O.G. Ron C.: F Action 40 (BCD Music Group)
Odd Nosdam: Odd Nosdam (Anticon)
Olivia Newton-John: Gold [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Hip-O Records)
Orange Peels: Orange Peels (Orange Peels)
The Oranges Band: World and Everything in It (Lookout)
Orthrelm: OV (Ipecac)
The Pernice Brothers: Discover a Lovelier You (Ashmont)
Pras: Win Lose or Draw (Universal)
Red Knife Lottery: So Much Drama (Uprising)
Richie Havens: Stonehenge (Stormy Forest Prod)
Richie Havens: Wishing Well (Stormy Forest Prod)
Robin Gibb: With the Frankfurt Neue Philharmonic Orchestra: Live (Eagle Records)
Roy Ayers: Double Trouble (Aim)
Roy Ayers: Way You Hold Me (Aim)
Roy Orbison: Celtic Passion: The Songs of Roy Orbison (Eagle)
Ry Cooder: Chavez Ravine (Nonesuch)
Saint Etienne: Tales from Turnpike House [IMPORT] [LIMITED EDITION] (Sanctuary)
Slim Thug/DJ Ideal: Bottom, Vol. 3: Chopped and Screwed by OG Ron C (BCD Music Group)
Up Up Down Down Left Right Left: Perris, CA (Limekiln)
Various Artists: Batman Begins [SOUNDTRACK] (Warner Home Video)
The Velvet Underground: Gold (Polydor)
Wakefield: Which Side Are You On? (La Face)
Wayne Shorter: Beyond the Sound Barrier (Verve)
Wayne Shorter: Beyond the Sound Barrier [LIVE] (Verve)
Willie Nelson: America's Troubadour (American Legends)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.

 

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