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[March 7, 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:



The Buzzcocks

Flat-pack Philosophy

Cooking Vinyl

Any British punk band that got its start in the heady years of the mid-'70s and still manages to spit out decent records deserves its fair share of accolades. For the Buzzcocks -- the pop-punk originators to whom everyone from the Smiths to Green day owes allegiance -- it's particularly impressive. Flat-Pack Philosophy marks the quartet's fifth full-length release, as well as the continued relevance of a band that can pack fourteen songs into just more than a half-hour better than any other band on either side of the Atlantic. ~John MacDonald

Buzzcocks Web site

Buzzcocks on Cooking Vinyl's Web site

Streaming audio


Push the Heart

Filter U.S. Recordings

Since meeting at Santa Monica City College and wooing each other shortly thereafter, Los Angeles-based duo Dustin O'Halloran and Sara Lov (aw, how appropriate) formed a band. The pair released its first album on homemade label Splinter Records before impressing ex-Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde, and O'Halloran and Lov relocated to Italy after signing to his label, Bella Union. Devics' (mostly) female-fronted, dreamy pop has the potential to woo you, too -- watch for songs such as "A Secret Message to You," which features accordion, toy piano and a typewriter that's sending a uh secret message to you. ~China Bialos

Album Samples

Devics Web site (with MP3 stream)

Bella Union Web site




Alison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory, the two behind Goldfrapp, were launched to the fringes of superstardom after releasing Black Cherry in 2002. Their latest album under the Goldfrapp moniker, Supernatural (which has already gone platinum in the U.K.), receives its long-awaited release in the United States, and the pair is expecting no less this time around.  ~Adrian Covert

Goldfrapp's Web site

Streaming audio  

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness

Fear Is on Our Side

Secretly Canadian

Yes, friends, the band's name is a little tough to get around, and sure the cover art is but a pictograph version of the name. But perhaps in these emo-hating times a moniker that overt is a bold dare by the band that its music will overcome. Musically, the band is hardly emo, and instead plays tightly bolted indie rock with a dark-side-of-the-'80s tinge, which I hear is all the rage these days. And, no, I will not go to the Joy Division dance party with you. ~Andrew Bradick

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness Web site

Secretly Canadian Web site

"According to Plan" MP3 (Right Click Save As) 


Mr. Beast


On its fifth proper studio album, one of the king bands of the quiet/loud formula makes a concerted effort to stick to the latter part of that winning-but-now-hackneyed combination. Of course, when these Scots aren't mocking James Blunt, they're not afraid to put a gorgeous piano part to use, either, so don't let your expectations sway too far in either direction. ~Austin L. Ray

"Folk Death '95" MP3 (Right Click Save As)

Mogwai Web site

Matador Web site 

Neko Case

Fox Confessor Brings the Flood


Forget Ugg boots or hobo bags, this season's must-have fashion accessory for women is their very own country/folk album. Jenny Lewis and Isobel Campbell have already gotten in on the action with a little help with their friends. Now, with Fox Confessor Brings the Flood, the big hen is coming home to roost, so to speak. Who wants to bet Case is pissed that those two stole her shtick? ~Justin Sheppard

"Star Witness" MP3 (Right Click Save As)

Neko Case Web site

Anti Records Web site 

Pink Mountaintops

Axis of Evol


Tits, sex, Jesus? Not the most logical of progressions, but who are we to judge? Forget what you think you know about Stephen McBean's titillating side project, Pink Mountaintops, because things have changed. McBean doesn't want to fuck mountains anymore, he just wants the lord to let him shine. Just so long as he doesn't have to give up the drugs. ~Justin Sheppard

"New Drug Queens" MP3 (Right Click Save As)

Pink Mountaintops Web site

Black Mountian Web site

Jagjaguwar Web site 

Some By Sea

On Fire! (Igloo)


Following the self-released Get off the Ground If You're Scared (2004) and six-song The Saddest Christmas EP (2005), the painfully endearing and elegant indie-pop quintet now has a proper introduction. The group, which performs frequently in its Bremerton/Seattle/Tacoma base and has undergone a twenty-percent lineup change in the last year (Tom Pearson replaced Eino Holm), may gain a few fans beyond the Pacific Northwest with On Fire! The album finds the group tighter, more polished, and far more likely to jingle some bells (listen to "The Saddest Christmas," initially on last fall's EP). Also watch for the band's accompanying tour, which kicks off today in grand ol' Puyallup, Washington. ~China Bialos

"The Saddest Christmas" MP3 (Right Click Save As)

Some By Sea Web site (streaming audio)

SideCho Records Web site

Streaming audio 


Fab Four Suture

Too Pure

Stereolab released a trio of limited-edition seven-inch singles in 2005, and Fab Four Suture includes them (and their B-sides) plus three more seven-inch singles (and B-sides) planned for release in 2006. After producing eleven albums, five B-side compilations, and a handful of EPs in fourteen years, the members of Stereolab maintain their pace of productiveness. We hope they maintain their quality, too. ~Adrian Covert

Stereolab's Web site

Streaming audio 



Tee Pee

Why does "stoner-rock" carry such negative connotations? Some of it can be great: see High on Fire and Dead Meadow for starters. When the Tee Pee Records Web site tells us that J. Mascis's new project, Witch, is not stoner-rock, we can only assume that in fact it is. But fans longing for another avenue to hear Mascis's sweetly gruff voice should look elsewhere: He has positioned himself behind his first love -- a drum kit -- for this incarnation. Vocals will be handled by Feathers' frontman Kyle Thomas, whose fellow Feather Asa Irons provides the guitar. Dave Sweetapple rounds out the group on bass. ~Andrew Bradick

Witch Web site

Tee Pee Records Web site

Streaming audio 

Agnostic Front: Live at CBGB's [CD & DVD] (Nuclear Blast America)

a-ha: Analogue (All I Want) [EP] (Universal International)

Alex North: Streetcar Named Desire: The Music of Alex North (DRG)

Architect: Count Calkulon Project (Pockets Linted)

The Architects: Revenge (Sidecho)

Ashlee Simpson: Boyfriend (Universal International)

The Bamboos: Step It Up (Ubiquity)

Baron Zen: At the Mall (Stones Throw)

Bibio: Hand Cranked (Mush)

Billy Bragg: Volume 1 (Yep Roc)

Birdy Nam Nam: Birdy Nam Nam (Uncivilized World)

Black 47: Bittersweet Sixteen (Gadfly)

Blondie: Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision (Capitol)

Boy Sets Fire: Misery Index: Notes from the Plague Years [Bonus Disc] (Equal Vision)

Buzzcocks: Flat-Pack Philosophy (Cooking Vinyl)

The Cardigans: Don't Blame Your Daughter [EP] (Universal International)

Caroline: Murmurs (Temporary Residence)

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone: Etiquette (Tomlab)

C-BO & Killa Tay: Moment of Truth    

Centro-Matic: Fort Recovery (Misra)

City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra: Music From the Harry Potter Films (Silva)

The Czars: Goodbye (Bellaire)

Daddy Mack Blues Band/Billy Gibson: Slow Ride (Inside Sounds)

David & the Citizens: David & the Citizens (Friendly Fire)

David Gilmour: On an Island (Sony)

Desole: Story to Tell (Abacus)

dEus: Pocket Revolution        

Devics: Push the Heart (Reincarnate Music)

Duke Spirit: Cuts Across the Land [Bonus Tracks] (Star Time)

Erasure: Live: Berlin 03-26-05 

Everlovely Lightningheart: Cusp (Hydrahead)

Ghostigital: In Cod We Trust (Ipecac)

Glenn Kotche: Mobile (Nonesuch)

Goldfrapp: Supernature [CD & DVD] (Mute U.S.)

Gwen McCrae: Rockin' Chair/Let's Straighten It Out (Koch)

Half-Handed Cloud: Halos + Lassos (Asthmatic Kitty)

The Hidden Cameras: Arms of His Ill (Absolutely Kosher)

Hotel Lights: Hotel Lights (Bar/None)

I Love You But I've Chosen Darkness: Fear Is on Our Side (Secretly Canadian)

Impossible Shapes: Tum (Secretly Canadian)

Ini Kamoze: Debut

Internal Majesty: One Who Points to Death (Black Lotus)

Isobel Campbell/Mark Lanegan: Ballad of the Broken Seas (V2 International)

The Jam: Snap! (Universal International)

Javier: Left of Center (Capitol)

Jeff Hamilton: From Studio 4 (Azica)

Joe Cocker: Gold (Hip-O)

Jon Langford: Gold Brick (ROIR)

Juvenile: Reality Check (Atlantic / Wea)

The Killing Moon: Message Through Your Teeth (Fearless)

Kimya Dawson/Matty Pop Chart: Kimya Dawson/Matty Pop Chart [EP] (K.)

Kokane: Hood Mob     

Kris Kristofferson: This Old Road (New West)

Lawrence Arms: Oh! Calcutta! (Fat Wreck Chords)

Lil Wayne: Tha Carter, Vol. 2 [Chopped and Screwed] (Cash Money)

The Little Willies:  Little Willies (Blue Note)

Living End: State of Emergency (EMI)

London Elektricity: Power Ballads (Breakbeat Science)

The Lonely Hearts: Paper Tapes (Tooth & Nail)

Loretta Lynn: Gold (Mca Nashville)

Martha Reeves: Gold [Motown] (Motown)

Mary J. Blige: Be Without You (Universal International)

Matisyahu: Youth (Sony)

Milosh: Meme (Plug Research)

Miss Kittin: Live at Sonar (EMI)

Moby: Live: Amsterdam 05-22-05   

Mogwai: Mr. Beast (Matador)

Moondog: Viking of Sixth Avenue (Astralwerks)

Mudhoney: Under a Billion Suns (Sub Pop)

Mylo: Live: London Brixton Academy 11-05-05        

Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (Anti)

Nightmares on Wax: In a Space Outta Sound (Warp)

The O'Jays: Love Train: The Best of the O'Jays  

The Olympics: Collectors Gold Series (Empire Musicwerks)

Of Montreal: Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy (Polyvinyl)

Of Montreal: Bird Who Continues to Eat the Rabbit's Flower (Polyvinyl)

Of Montreal: Early Four Track Recordings (Polyvinyl)

Original Soundtrack: Doogal (Milan)

Outlawz:: Against All Oddz

Pink Mountaintops: Axis of Evol (Jagjaguwar)

Poets of Rhythm: Practice What You Preach (Daptone)

Public Enemy: Rebirth of a Nation (Guerrilla Funk)

Ralph Tresvant: RizzWaFaire      

Ray Davies: Kinked (Koch)

Rhymefest: Blue Collar (J-Records)

The Rogers Sisters: Invisible Deck (Too Pure / Beggars)

Scarface: My Homies, Pt. 2 (Asylum / Rap-A-Lot)

Shaggy: Ultimatum (Universal International)

Simon Joyner: Beautiful Losers (Jagjaguwar)

Skye: Mind How You Go (WEA International)

Slow Suicide Stimulus: Slow Suicide Stimulus [Bonus Track]   

So They Say: Antidote for Irony (Fearless)

Soldier Ink: Newest and the Strongest (Thump)

Some by Sea: On Fire! Igloo (Sidecho)

Sparks: Hello Young Lovers (In The Red)

Stereolab: Fab Four Suture (Too Pure / Beggars)

Streetlight Manifesto: Keasbey Nights, Vol. 2 (Victory)

Strike Fire Fall: Still Life (Takeover)

Sub-Conscious: Subtalk (Eastern Conference)

Tears for Fears: Songs From the Big Chair [German Import] (Universal International)

Terrestrial Tones: Dead Drunk (Paw Tracks)

Tres Chicas: Bloom Red and the Ordinary Girl (Yep Roc)

Various Artists: Cuts and Pieces (Kitty Yo)

Various Artists: DJ Kicks: The Exclusives [Bonus Track] (K7)

Various Artists: Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 10 (Tommy Boy)

Various Artists: Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 11 (Tommy Boy)

Various Artists: Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 12 (Tommy Boy)

Various Artists: Hip Hop Essentials, Vol. 9 (Tommy Boy)

Various Artists: Om: Miami (Om)

Various Artists: Whipped Cream & Other Delights Rewhipped (Shout! Factory)

The Weepies: Say I Am You (Nettwerk)

Willy Mason: Where the Humans Eat (Astralwerks)

Wire: Chairs Missing (EMI)

Witch: Witch (Tee Pee)

Wood Brothers: Ways Not to Lose (Blue Note)

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