First Look: 04.12.05 (The National, Architecture in Helsinki, Of Montreal, Adult.)


    The National
    Beggars Banquet

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    When did Brooklyn become a home for small-town Americana? Matt Berninger’s serious baritone adorns a picture-perfect collection of country-tinged indie rock performed by the rest of this quartet, which comprises two sets of brothers — Scott and Bryan Devendorf and Aaron and Bryce Dessner. The Alligator has slow songs, fast songs, sad songs, happy songs. But most of all, it has good songs.


    Architecture in Helsinki
    In Case We Die
    Bar None

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    The second full-length from the preeminent twee Australian octet — and we say that with the utmost certitude — is sure to be chock full of random instruments and sugary boy-girl vocals. And if it’s got one song as perfect as “Fumble” from Fingers Crossed, it’ll be worth a look.


    Of Montreal
    The Sunlandic Twins

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    If you started telling us about a band that made its name in the late ’90s by playing quirky psych-pop, then randomly started using electronics in 2004 and followed it up one year later with an electro-pop opera, we’d tell you to up your dosage, then put you back in that comfy, padded room. Unless you were talking about Of Montreal, in which case we’d steal your pills and listen to their entire catalog.


    Thrill Jockey

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    Adult. covers all the Detroit bases: it’s a male-female duo, it’s electro and its music makes you feel like you’re getting mugged in broad daylight. This EP marks the band’s first release for Thrill Jockey after the two — Nicola Kuperus and Adam Lee Miller — decided to spend more time on their band rather than running their own label, Ersatz Audio.


    Always Never Again
    Touch and Go

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    Formerly known to Dischord Records fans as El Guapo, the eclectic NY/DC quartet drops its first record in two years. Imagine DFA producing a Pixies record and you’re in the ballpark. And you’re probably dancing in there.


    Adult.: D.U.M.E. (Thrill Jockey)
    Against All Authority: Common Rider (Hopeless)
    Al Green: Essential Al Green (Collectables)
    Alaska : Rescue Through Tomahawk (Altitude)
    American Hi-Fi: Hearts on Parade [ENHANCED] (Maverick)
    Architecture in Helsinki: In Case We Die (Bar/None)
    Assassin: Futur Que Nous Reserve T’Il (EMI)
    Athlete: Tourist [CD & DVD] (Astralwerks)
    Better than Ezra: Before the Robots (Artemis)
    The Black Noodle Project: And Life Goes On (Musea)
    Bloc Party: Silent Alarm [3X Vinyl] (Dim Mak)
    Christopher West: Gift of Love: Piano Music for a Perfect Wedding (Northquest)
    Christopher West: Spiritual Piano (Northquest)
    Dig!: DVD (Palm Pictures)
    Diplomats of Solid Sound: Destination…Get Down! (Estrus)
    Dizzy Gillespie: Sittin’ In (Verve)
    Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: Treasury Shows, Vol. 11 (Storyville)
    Duke Ellington: Concert in the Virgin Islands (Collectables)
    Duke Ellington: Great Paris Concert (Collectables)
    Duke Ellington: Will Big Bands Ever Come Back? (Collectables)
    Dutch Dub: Dutch Dub (Record Collection)
    Garbage: Bleed Like Me (Geffen)
    Green Day: American Idiot [Vinyl] (Reprise)
    Hawaii: Hawaii (Paper Bag)
    Hot Hot Heat: Elevator [Vinyl] (WB)
    Husky Rescue : Country Falls (With Bonus DVD) (Minty Fresh)
    The Jam: 20th Century Masters – Millennium Collection (Polydor)
    Jimmy Buffett: Down to Earth/High Cumberland Jubilee (Collectables)
    Juan Gotti: John Ghetto (WEA International)
    L.A. Guns: 20th Century Masters – Millennium Collection (Polydor)
    Les Georges Leningrad: Soopa Doopa (Troubleman Unlimited)
    Louis Armstrong: In Scandinavia, Vol. 1 (Storyville)
    Lucksmiths: Warmer Corners (Matinée)
    Martha Wainwright: Martha Wainwright (Zoe)
    Micah P. Hinson : Micah P. Hinson and the Gospel of Progress (Overcoat Recordings)
    Millencolin: Kingwood (Burning Heart)
    Million: Number 1 (Majestic Rock)
    Million: We, Ourselves and Us (Majestic Rock)
    Mudvayne: Lost and Found (Sony)
    The National: Alligator (Beggars Banquet)
    Neila: For Whom the Bells Crow (Nomadic Sound)
    Of Montreal: Sunlandic Twins (Polyvinyl)
    Old Haunts: Fallow Field (Kill Rock Stars)
    The Perishers: Let There Be Morning (Nettwerk)
    Pitbull: Welcome to the 305 (Slip N Slide)
    Ray Charles: Anthology (United Multi Consign)
    Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company [Bonus DVD] (EMI)
    Robert Pollard: Zoom 7″ (Recordhead)
    Rock ‘N’ Roll Soldiers: Two EP’s (Atlantic)
    Rosebuds: Rosebuds Unwind [EP] (Merge)
    Rusted Root: 20th Century Masters – Millennium Collection (Mercury)
    The Sights: Sights (New Line)
    Slipknot: Vol. 4: The Subliminal Verses (Roadrunner)
    Solomon Burke: Got to Get to You (Collectables)
    Soul Rebels: No More Parades (Tuff City)
    Starflyer 59: Talking Voice vs. Singing Voice (Tooth & Nail)
    Super Furry Animals: Guerilla [Bonus CD] (Beggars XL)
    Super Furry Animals: Mwng [Bonus CD] (Beggars XL)
    Super Furry Animals: Radiator [Bonus CD] (Beggars XL)
    Supersystem: Always Never Again (Touch & Go)
    Toni Braxton: Un-Break My Heart: The Remix Collection (La Face)
    Various Artists: Friends and Lovers: Songs of Bread (Badman)
    Various Artists: Sprout: The Soundtrack to a Surf Movie Via Thomas Campbell (Record Collection)
    White Rock: Tarpit (Troubleman Unlimited)
    Zincs: Dimmer (Thrill Jockey)
    *Release dates may change. E-mail with correction or additions.