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First Look: 06.07.05 (White Stripes, Coldplay, Cafe Tacuba)

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

The White Stripes
Get Behind Me Satan

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Want someone to blame for that irritating, two-piece garage rock band that your neighbors started? Look no further than Meg and Jack White. The ambiguously related duo is back, and it looks like they're tired of the trend, too. Trading dirty guitars for dirty pianos, Get Behind Me Satan romps through bluesy rock, weary ballads and country storylines. If that sounds exactly like everything else the Stripes have written, well, you couldn't be more correct -- nor any further off-base. While Satan's success isn't guaranteed, its divisiveness probably is.



X & Y

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If the Stripes is the band everyone has their eye on, Coldplay is the band everyone and their mother has their eye on. From a Mercury Prize-nominated debut to a Mercury Prize-nominated and multi-platinum follow-up, the bar has been set extremely high for these four Brits. Early reports suggest X & Y is either Coldplay's most embarrassing work yet -- or its finest. One thing's for certain: it'll sell. Just ask your mom.


Café Tacuba
MTV Unplugged

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Whatever we said about you, MTV, we take it back: The chimpanzees that throw feces at your spinning wheel of programming have some taste after all. Touted as Mexico's answer to Radiohead, the quartet blends countless influences into an energetic amalgam of Latin pop and fuzzed-out electro. Equally concerned with accessibility and experimentation (tracks from 2003's Cuatro Caminos were produced by Dave Fridmann), their quirky songs are sure to shift and sway with the unplugged treatment.


Need New Body
Where Is Black Ben?

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According to the Village Voice, you can call the sounds these Philly nutcases make "weirdo beardcore" or "beardo weirdcore" (sources tell us that "spazzcore" is equally acceptable). The sad thing is, that's probably about as informative as you can possibly get with Need New Body, which crams everything from jazz to country into its freaky and sometimes insanely catchy musical mishmash. Expect some video-game noise, a dash of bluegrass, a pinch of hardcore -- and then just hold on for dear life.


Teenage Fanclub

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The List released a, um, list of the best Scottish bands of all-time earlier this year, and the elder statesmen of Scottish power-pop came in at number seven. Perhaps bolstered by that showing, they've returned with their first studio LP since 2000's Howdy. The record's back-to-basics approach will likely split the opinions of longtime fans, but its summery feel makes it a perfect release for the first week of June.


!!!: Take Ecstacy With Me/Get Up (Touch and Go)
281 Boyz: Chopped and Screwed, Vol. 2 (Ichiban/Ryko)
5th Ward Boyz: Word Is Bond [Chopped and Screwed] (Underground Recordz)
Ahmad Jamal: After Fair (Dreyfus)
Al Green: Simply Beautiful: The Love Songs (Crimson Productions)
Al Petteway & Amy White: Land of the Sky: An Appalachian Journey (Maggie's Music)
Annie: Anniemal (Big Beat)
Antony and the Johnsons: Hope There's Someone [EP] (Secretly Canadian)
Aquabats: Charge!!! (Nitro)
Arc & Sender: Arc and Sender (High Two)
Avenged Sevenfold: City of Evil (Warner Brothers)
Avenged Sevenfold: City of Evil (Warner Brothers)
Black Eyed Peas: Monkey Business (A&M)
Black Mountain: Druganaut [EP] (Jagjaguwar)
Bob Seger: Smokin' O.P.'s (Capitol)
Bones Brigade: Anthology (Coalition)
Brian Eno: Another Day on Earth (Hannibal)
Brian Eno: Apollo: Atmosphere and Soundtracks [Japan CD] (EMI)
Brian Eno: More Music for Films [Japan CD] (EMI)
Brian Eno: Music for Films [Japan CD] (EMI)
Cafe Tacuba: MTV Unplugged [CD & DVD] [LIVE] (WEA International)
Chicago: Chicago Live [Platinum] (Platinum Disc)
Coldplay: X&Y (Capitol)
Courtney Jaye: Traveling Light (Island)
Daisy Chain: Straight or Lame (Sundazed)
Death by Stereo: Death for Life (Epitaph)
Deep Purple: Platinum Collection (EMI)
DJ Shadow: Endtroducing... [Deluxe Edition] (Island)
Dream Theater: Octavarium (Atlantic)
The Drifters: 16 Greatest Hits (Passport Audio)
The Drifters: Collection (Prism Platinum)
Duke Ellington: Incomparable Duke Ellington (Prism Platinum)
Eratik Statik: Feelin' Eratik (Gravel)
Europe: Start From the Dark (Friday Music)
The Fall: Complete Peel Sessions (Castle Us)
The Fall: Hex Enduction Hour (Castle Us)
Final Fantasy: Has a Good Home (Tomlab)
Finch: Say Hello to Sunshine (Drive-Thru)
Flashlight Arcade: Art of Blacking Out (On The Rise)
Gene Loves Jezebel: Discover (Beggars Banquet)
Gene Loves Jezebel: Immigrant (Beggars Banquet)
Gene Loves Jezebel: Promise (Beggars Banquet)
Gomez: Out West (Ato)
Goon Moon: I Got a Brand New Egg Laying' Machine (Suicide Squeeze)
Gordon Haskell: Right Time (Crimson Productions)
Graham Coxon: Happiness in Magazines (EMI)
Graham Parker: Songs of No Consequence (Bloodshot)
Grand Buffet: Five Years of Fireworks (Fighting)
Graves: To Sur With Love (Hush)
Gucci Mane: Trap House [Chopped and Screwed] (Big Cat)
Herbie Hancock: Herbie Hancock (Platinum Disc)
Ike & Tina Turner: Rockin' and Rollin' (Prism Platinum)
Ike & Tina Turner: Very Best Of (Prism Platinum)
Il Divo: Il Divo (Sony)
Immortal Technique: Revolutionary, Vol. 1 [Reissue] (Babygrande)
Immortal Technique: Revolutionary, Vol. 2 [Reissue] (Babygrande)
Integrity: Silver in the Hands of Time (Good Life)
Jodeci: Back to the Future: The Very Best of Jodeci (Universal)
John Scofield: That's What I Say (Verve)
John Travolta: Greased Lightnin' (Prism Platinum)
Jus Allah: All Fates Have Changed (Babygrande)
Kelly Osbourne: Sleeping in the Nothing (Sanctuary)
Kraftwerk: Minimum-Maximum (Astralwerks)
Level 42: True Colours/World Machine (Universal International)
Lightnin' Hopkins: Bluesman (Fuel 2000)
Lou Rawls: Amen (Prism Platinum)
Madagascar: Forced March (Western Vinyl)
The Mae Shi: Heartbeeps (5 Rue Christine)
Marvin Gaye: Nothing Like the Real Thing (Prism Platinum)
Matson Jones: Matson Jones (Sympathy 4 the R.I.)
Minmae: I'd Be Scared, Were You Still Burning (Greyday Productions)
Modern Life Is War: Witness (Deathwish Inc.)
Motion City Soundtrack: Commit This to Memory (Epitaph)
Motorhead: Live at Brixton [Bonus Tracks] (Sanctuary)
Muddy Waters: From Mississippi To Chicago (Prism Platinum)
MXPX: Panic (USA Side One Dummy)
Need New Body: Where Is Black Ben? (5 Rue Christine)
Nine Inch Nails: With Teeth [UK Bonus Tracks] (Universal)
The Number Twelve Looks Like You: Nuclear Sad Nuclear (Eyeball)
Odawas: Aether Eater (Jagjaguwar)
Oh Astro: Hello World (Illegal Art)
The Ohio Players: Ohio Players (Platinum Disc)
Oxes: Oxes [EP] (Monitor)
Pat Benatar: Greatest Hits (Capitol)
Paul Anka: Rock Swings (Verve)
The Planet The: You Absorb My Vision (5 Rue Christine)
Racebannon: First There Was the Emptiness (Secretly Canadian)
Ray Charles: In Concert: I Can't Stop Loving You (Blaricum)
Ringo Starr: Choose Love (Koch)
Robert F. Williams: Self-Respect, Self-Defense and Self-Determination (Alternative Tentacles)
Roy Orbison: Anthology (EMI)
Roy Orbison: Essential (Madacy)
Roy Orbison: Rock 'N' Roll Ballads (Prism Platinum)
Say Hi to Your Mom : Ferocious Mopes (Euphobia)
Seal: Live in Paris (Warner Brothers)
Secret Machines: Road Leads Where It's Led (Warner Brothers)
Shakira: Fijacion Oral (Sony)
Simon and Garfunkel: Essential Simon and Garfunkel (Sony International)
Soft Machine: Story of Soft Machine (Retro Music)
Sonny Terry: Back Home Blues (Prism Platinum)
Spacehog: Hogyssey (Artemis)
Stiff Little Fingers: Now Then... (Restless)
T. Rex: Born to Boogie (Sanctuary)
T. Rex: Rocks! (Crimson Productions)
T.K. Webb: KCK (The Social Registry)
Tears for Fears: Tears Roll Down (Greatest Hits 82-92) [Bonus Disc] (Universal International)
Teenage Fanclub: Man-Made (Merge)
Turin Brakes: Jackinabox (Astralwerks)
Valient Thorr: Total Universe Man (Volcom)
Various Artists: 2005 Warped Tour Compilation (USA Side 1 Dummy)
Various Artists: Punk-O-Rama, Vol. 10 [Bonus DVD] (Epitaph)
Various Artists: Spinto Band Nice and Nicely Done (Bar/None)
The White Stripes: Get Behind Me Satan (V2)
Willie Nelson: Always: 20 Superb Songs (Prism Platinum)
Xavier Rudd: Solace (Universal)
*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with correction or additions.


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