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[March 14, 2006] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

Here's a quick look at a handful of new albums, as well as a list of the rest of the stuff that's supposed to hit shelves this week:



Archie Bronson Outfit

Derdang Derdang
Domino pisses Brit-pop; label President Laurence Bell scours the U.K. for actual rock 'n' rollers and found these boys by chance at a local hostelry. This, the three-piece's second album, features blues, groove and guitar noise culled from MC5, Gun Club and the Jesus and Mary Chain. ~ Jonathan Easley
'Kangaroo Heart' MP3
Archie Bronson Outfit Web site
Archie Bronson Outfit on Domino's Web site
Streaming audio 

Boss Hog Barbarians
Every Hog Has Its Day
Mt. Kill-A-Ho/Hog Cabin Entertainment
J-Zone may have eased off his Lucy Liu obsession, but his broke-ass pimpology remains the driving presence behind his lyrics and production work (with beats recently featured in a porno, if you believe his Web site). On A Job Ain't Nuthin' But Work, Zone teamed with crass partner in rhyme Celph Titled for "Spoiled Rotten," and the duo now unites to form Boss Hog Barbarians. It's safe to say the ign'ance will be flowing freely from this one. ~Eric Solomon
Celph Titled on Demigodz Web site
J-Zone Web site

DJ Icey
DJ Icey Presents Y4K
Distinctive Breaks
The Y4K series returns with a mix from funky-breaks pioneer DJ Icey. Expect an assortment of U.K.-style futuristic beats aimed at making butts wiggle. The mix includes several productions from Icey himself, along with cuts from General MIDI and Atomic Hooligan. ~Norman Mayers
DJ Icey Web site
Distinctive Web site

My Ghetto Report Card
Warner Brothers 
Before Snoop Dogg swindizzled white America into believing that he originated phrases like 'fo'shizzle,' E-40, the leader of the 'hyphy' movement, was quarterbackin' and 'po 'pimpin San Francisco-area slang for years. Mike Jones, Too Short, 8Ball, UGK and Juelz Santana all appear on the twenty-track LP, which, if all else fails, should give us some of the most ridiculous slang on an album this year. ~Seth Berkman
E-40 Web site

You don't need to know that Haram was formed around members from two of D.C.'s most esteemed hardcore bands (Majority Rule and Page 99) or that the band's name is an ambidextrous Arabic word (works for expressing "shame" or "pity"), but everyone loves that sort of trivia. On the band's self-titled debut, post-hardcore is an easy yet incomplete way to describe the goings-on. For a clearer idea, take away the Hot Snakes' rockabilly and replace it with Sonic Youth's arty-dissonance. ~Andrew Bradick
"Fade Away" MP3 (Right Click Save As)
Haram Web site
Lovitt Web site 

Stephin Merritt
It may have seemed that Stephin Merritt slowed down significantly after the release of 69 Love Songs in '99. Sure, we saw one more release from most of his projects (including the 6ths and Magnetic Fields), but that didn't seem like much after such a wad had been blown. In fact, he had been working on scores for three theatrical productions with prolific director Chen Shi-Zheng, best known for staging a nineteen-hour play at Lincoln Center. Here, he cherry-picks the greatest from all three shows: Orphan of Zhao (2003), Peach Blossom Fan (2004), and My Life as a Fairy Tale (2005). Apparently, all tracks from the shows, including those not on this disc, will be available via iTunes and all your favorite pay-per-download sites. ~Kevin Dolak
Streaming audio
Nonesuch Records Web site
Stephen Merritt Web site

Ray Barretto: Acid      
Ruben Blades: Bohemio y Poeta
Willie Colon: El Malo
Willie Colon & Ruben Blades: Siembra
Celia Cruz/Johnny Pacheco: Celia & Johnny
Hector Lavoe: Voz
Johnny Pacheco: El Maestro
Fania Reissues

Face it: The reissue game is consistently better for listeners than it is for artists. Recycles of an album may keep an artist's name (even post-mortem) in the market, but with a "cost-friendly" nature and a "variable" system of compensation, artists rarely reap concrete benefits. So it is with a hesitant heart that I applaud the latest reissue of several classic Fania albums. Although hardly representing the cream of the famed Nuyorican Latin label's crop, this salvo spans the label's historic output, from the early bugalu of trombonist Willie Colon's El Malo to his classic collaboration with vocalist Ruben Blades on the salsa masterpiece Siembra. The incomparable Celia Cruz and flautist/bandleader Johnny Pacheco are represented with later, pop-inflected efforts, and the recently passed Ray Barretto has his monster of an album Acid re-unleashed. Consider these a small homage to keep the names of these artists alive, especially when many are still with us. ~Dan Nishimoto

Various Artists
Family Recordings
The dance maestros at Family Recordings, Simon Marks (Azuli Records) and Alex Macnutt (The Chillout Sessions), have compiled the definitive deejay's guide to '80s club music with their 12"/80s series. Not simply a "Just Can't Get Enough" retread, the previous two installments of crossed all manners of genre, scenes and bins, collecting rare twelve-inch cuts from big names such as Bauhaus to lesser-noted groups such as Black. These three discs are divided neatly among "pop," "club" and "soul and funk" hits, this time bridging Wham's "Everything She Wants" with Lionel Richie's "All Night Long." Whether you're looking to fatten your Serato or in search of a healthy mix for your next party, here's the set to end all sets. ~Dan Nishimoto

Hugh Masekela
Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased)
Beginning in the mid-'60s, South African trumpeter Hugh Masekela experienced the first creative renaissance of his four-decade-plus recording career. With the hit single "Grazin' in the Grass" and a series of albums charting his early experiments with African and Western forms, Masekela exploded as an international icon. However, fewer listeners remember his success as a record exec. With the help of producer Stewart Levine (who would go on to work with Sly and the Family Stone, Simply Red and, recently, Jamie Cullum), their Chisa record label introduced a slew of talented and progressive artists, such as Letta M'Bulu and the Crusaders. Many records on Chisa were hits in their own right, but a number of recordings understandably fell by the wayside. BBE's Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased) attempts to fill in the gaps. Stars such as Masekela and M'Bulu rub elbows with lesser-recognized artists (from Masekela's band Ojah to the Zulus, an M'Bulu-led group) hoping for a second chance to shine. ~Dan Nishimoto

Adam & His Nuclear Rockets: Rock and Roll for a Dime (El Toro)
Adam Arcuragi: Adam Arcuragi (High Two)
Afterhours: Ballads for Little Hyenas (One Little Indian Us)
Ahmad Jamal: Crystal (Collectables)
Ahmad Jamal: Rossiter Road (Collectables)
Alex Lukashevsky: Connexions (North East Indie)
Ambulance LTD: New English [EP] (TVT)
Archie Bronson Outfit: Derdang Derdang (Domino)
Aretha Franklin: Aretha Franklin Collection (Madacy)
Augie March: Moo You Bloody Choir [IMPORT] (Sony/BMG)
B.B. King: Best of B.B. King [Madacy Box Set] (Madacy)
Belle & Sebastian: Late Night Tales
Big City Rock: Big City Rock [2006] (Atlantic / Wea)
Black Sabbath: Best of Black Sabbath (Rhino / Wea)
Blue October: Foiled (Universal)
Bo Diddley: Story of Bo Diddley (Universal International)
Bobby Brown: Definitive Collection (Geffen)
Bobby Womack: Definitive Collection (Mastercuts / Artist)
Boss Hog Barbarians: Every Hog Has Its Day (Mt. Kill-A-Ho/Hog Cabin Entertainment)
Bryan Sutton: Not Too Far From the Tree (Sugarhill [Country])
Cameo: Definitive Collection (Mercury)
Capone: Menace 2 Society (Sure Shot Recordings)
Ciccone Youth: Whitey Album [Bonus Track] (Geffen)
Circlesquare: Fight Sounds (Output Recordings)
The Congos: Cock Mouth Kill Cock (Explorer Recording)
Cordero: En Este Momento (Bloodshot)
Curtis Mayfield: Definitive Collection [Mastercuts] (Mastercuts / Artist)
Dave Brubeck: All the Things We Are (Collectables)
David Lee Roth & Others: Strummin With the Devil: The Bluegrass Tribute to (CMH)
Devo Two Point Zero: Devo 2.0 [CD/DVD] (Disney)
DJ Icey: Y4k, Vol. 1 [EP] (Y4k / Distinctive)
DJDDAY: Weird Biscuit Teatime (United States Dist)
DMC: Checks Thugs and Rock N Roll [CD & DVD]
Donald Fagen: Morph the Cat (Reprise / Wea)
Driven by Hate: Done With Life (Bungalo)
Dumptruck: Haul of Fame: A Collection (Rykodisc)
E-40: My Ghetto Report Card (Warner Bros.)
Enemy of the State: I Like It Like That
Etta James: All the Way (RCA)
The Fall: Fall in a Hole [Remastered] (Castle Us)
The Fall: Infotainment Scan [Bonus Tracks] (Castle Us)
Fall Out Boy: From Under the Cork Tree [Limited "Black Clouds and Underdogs" Edition] (Island)
Family Force 5: Business Up Front/Party In The Back (Maverick)
Fazzini: Sulphur, Glue the Star (Locust)
Force M.D.'s: Love Letters (Collectables)
Force M.D.'s: Touch and Go (Collectables)
Funkadelic: Funk Gets Stronger [2-CD] (Recall)
The Gasman: This One's for You (Planet Mu)
Gena Rowlands Band & Anti-Social Music: Nitrate Hymnal (Lujo)
Graham Coxon: Love Travels At Illegal Speeds (Parlophone)
Grand National: Kicking the National Habit [Bonus Tracks] (Recall)
Guillemots: From the Cliffs (Verve)
Hanalei: Parts & Accessories (Thick)
Haram: S/T (Lovitt)
Hard-Fi: Stars of CCTV (Atlantic / Wea)
The Herbaliser: Fabric Live 26 (Fabric)
Hugh Masekela: Chisa Years: 1965-1975 (Rare and Unreleased) (BBE)
I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House: Live at Dante's (In Music We Trust)
I Object: Teaching Revenge (Alternative Tentacles)
Iggy & The Stooges: I'm Sick of You (Bomp)
J. Rawls: Essence of Soul
Jackie Greene: American Myth (Verve)
Jenniferever:Choose a Bright Morning [IMPORT] (Drowned In Sound)
Joe Satriani: Super Colossal (Sony)
John Fahey & Friends: Friends of Fahey Tribute
King Crimson: THRAK (Discipline)
King Crimson: Three of a Perfect Pair: 30th Anniversary (Discipline)
Knife: Deep Cuts [IMPORT] (Rabid)
Kudu: Death of the Party
Lang Lang: Memory (Deutsche Grammophon)
Leaving Rouge: Elsewhere (Greyday Productions)
Lise Westzynthus: Rock, You Can Fly (One Little Indian Us)
Little Rachel: Cause I Feel Good (El Toro)
Metallica: Metallica's Collector's Box [BOX SET] (United States of Distribution)
Miss Kittin: Radio Caroline, Vol. 1
N.O.R.E.: Hang, Hang
Nancy Sinatra: Essential Nancy Sinatra (EMI)
Nicolai Dunger: Here's My Song You Can Have It...I Don't (Zoe)
NOFX: Never Trust a Hippy (Fat Wreck Chords)
Original Soundtrack: Dave Chappelle's Block Party (Geffen)
Placebo:  Meds [IMPORT] (EMI/Virgin)
The Pretenders: Pirate Radio [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Rhino / Wea)
Ray Charles: Ray Charles: Unreleased (Night Train)
Rick James: Definitive Collection (Motown)
Rise & Fall: Into Oblivion (Deathwish Inc.)
Roger Eno: Swimming (Hannibal)
Roll Deep: Presents Grimey
Roy Ayers: West Coast Vibes [Bonus Tracks] (Mighty Quinn)
Roy: Killed John Train (Lujo Records)
Saw Doctors: Cure (Shamtown)
Scott Miller and the Commonwealth: Citation (Sugar Hill)
Sepultura: Dante XXI (Steamhammer/SPV)
SF Jazz Collective: SF Jazz Collective, Vol. 2 (Nonesuch)
Sizzla: Jah Protect (Penitentiary)
Slum Village: Fantastic, Vol. 1 (Barak)
Soledad Brothers: Hardest Walk (Alive)
Sonic Youth: Sonic Youth [Bonus Tracks] (Geffen)
Stephin Merritt: Two Chinese Operas (Nonesuch)
Styx: Equinox/Crystal Ball (Beat Goes On)
Sum 41: Go Chuck Yourself (Aquarius)
Sun Ra: Solar Myth Approach, Vols. 1-2 (Snapper UK)
Tame One: Spazmatic
Thurston Moore: Psychic Hearts (Geffen)
Uncle Dave Macon: Classic Cuts, Vol. 2 - 1924-38 [BOX SET] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Jsp Records)
Various Artists: Global Chillout Lounge
Various Artists: Paupers Peasants Princes and Kings (Doghouse)
Various Artists: Heartworn Highways [Soundtrack] (Shout! Factory)
Willie Nelson: Introduction to Willie Nelson & Roy Clark (Fuel 2000)
Willie Nelson: You Don't Know Me: Songs of Cindy Walker (Lost Highway)
Wilson Pickett: Wilson Pickett (St. Clair)
Zelienople: Ink (Loose Thread)

 *Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with corrections or additions.  
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