First Look: 02.08.05 (Dalek, Sage Francis, Hood)



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    Though it’s been done for months (it was even reviewed in a number of print magazines way back in October), Dalek’s third album will finally see the light of day this week. After their 2002 sophomore release, From the Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots, made them a household name (in my house), the trio — emcee Dalek, DJ Still and producer Oktopus — collaborated with experimental-rock legends Faust last year, further cementing their street cred (on my street). This official follow-up pushes their sonic experimentation even further into their trademark industrial soundscapes and politicized hip-hop.


    Sage Francis
    A Healthy Distrust

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    Epitaph continues its foray into hip-hop with this Sage Francis release. Following up the critically acclaimed Personal Journals full-length, released by Anticon, this second album from the Non-Prophets prophet will help Francis continue his streak on top of the underground-hip-hop pile. Featuring production from the likes of Danger Mouse, Sixtoo and Alias, A Healthy Distrust has a sharp political slant and, if I know Sage, a few inner-demons. A few months ago, he let out an a cappella version of “Slow Down Gandhi,” a track off the new album, and asked wannabe producers to send in their best remix. Those remixes can all be accessed via the
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    If you thought dance-punk was over, think again. The duo of singer Mutsumi Kanamori and her deejay/producer husband, Maurice Fulton, muscled their way onto the dance floors of 2003 with their debut full-length, Afro Finger and Gel, and now they’re back for more. Their single, the depressingly titled “Paris Hilton,” has already been using the funkiest chicken this side of Popeye’s to take over the club-going world. Using their signature sound of funky, disco-like, punk-styled house, the clever names keep on coming, with “Stop Bothering Michael Jackson” at the top of the list. As for finding out whether or not people have tired of the irony-infected genre that Mu sat so gloriously (and justifiably) atop, well, today’s the day.


    Outside Closer

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    After nearly fifteen years of various types of carelessly beautiful music, the Leeds-based group Hood seems finally ready to make a name for itself with this stateside release of their already-issued sixth full-length, Outside Closer. After “Cold House” (which included a number of collaborations with Dose One and Why? of Clouddead fame) gave them a new level of respect in 2001, these indie-electronic rockers released a couple of early singles collections in 2003 and have steadily been building their reputation ever since. Outside Closer has already been praised for its unassuming beauty and natural innovation, but import prices have prevented you from taking advantage of it. Now’s your chance.


    A-Lines: You Can Touch (Sympathy for the Record Industry)
    Bird Show: Green Inferno (Kranky)
    Brian McKnight: Gemini (Motown)
    Bright Eyes and Her Space Holiday: Wichita (Import Single) (Reissue) (Wichita)
    Clearlake: Wonder If the Snow Will Settle (Domino)
    Dalek: Absence (Ipeac)
    David Carretta: Kill Your Radio (Gigolo)
    Deadwood Soundtrack: Deadwood Soundtrack (Lost Highway)
    Devendra Banhart: At the Hop (Import Single) (XL)
    Drive-Thru Records: Pure Volume Compilation (Drive-Thru)
    The Frames: Burn The Maps (Anti)
    General Patton Vs the X-Ecutioners: General Patton Vs the X-Ecutioners (Ipecac Recordings)
    Geto Boys: The Foundation: Chopped and Screwed (Rap-A-Lot)
    Girls Under Glass: Zyklus (Metropolis)
    Golden Republic: Golden Republic: Astralwerks
    Harmonic 33: Music for TV-Film & Radio 1 (Warp)
    Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’: Lost Treasures (Shout! Factory)
    Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’: The Lonely Bull (Shout! Factory)
    Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass’: South Of The Border (Shout! Factory)
    Hood: Outside Closer (Domino)
    Interpol: Evil (Import Single) (Matador)
    K-Ci & Jojo: All My Life: Their Greatest Hits (Geffen)
    Kenny Dope and the 45 Kings: Present I Can’t Stop (Nervous)
    Krayzie Bone: Gemini: Good vs. Evil (BMG)
    Lagwagon: Live In a Dive (Fat Wreck)
    M83: Don’t Save Us From the Flames (Single) (Mute)
    Mars Black: Folks Music (Team Love)
    Matthew Barber: Means and Ends (Paper Bag)
    Mia Doi Todd: Manzanita (Plug Research)
    Mike Ladd: Negrophilia (Thirsty Ear)
    Mu: Out of Breach: Manchester’s Revenge (Output)
    Neva Dinova: Hate Yourself Change (Sidecho)
    The O’Jays: Essential O’Jays (Sony)
    One Be Lo: S.O.N.O.G.R.A.M. (Fat Beats)
    Out Hud: One Life To Leave 12″ (Kranky)
    Outrageous Cherry: Our Love Will Change the World (Rainbow Quartz)
    Postal Service: We Will Become Silhouettes EP (Sub Pop)
    Ray Charles: Brother Ray’s Blues (Blues Synergy)
    Sage Francis: Healthy Distrust (Epitaph)
    The Sharp Ease: Going Modern (Ol Factory Records/Soft Spot)
    They Walk In Line: Medical Necessities (Ridge Rock)
    T.I.: Urban Legend (Chopped and Screwed) (Atlantic)
    Tiefschwarz: Misch Masch (Fine Records UK)
    Various: Semper Satago (Domino)
    *Release dates may change. E-mail with correction or additions.