First Look: 04.19.05 (Mary Timony, Autechre, Mice Parade, Roots Manuva)

    Mary Timony
    Ex Hex

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    The former Autoclave and Helium big wig returns with her third solo effort and first for Lookout! Records. Bringing along only drummer Devin Ocampo of the Medications and Fugazi’s drummer, Brendan Canty, for his production talents, Ex Hex sports a sharper, rough-hewn sound — an almond shell surrounding the The Golden Dove‘s (2002) cream center. Old Helium-heads should be pleased, but anyone yearning for a comfier sound should take heart in vocals that continue to push boundaries without turning noses.



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    With song-titles like “C/Pach” and “Bronchusevenmx24” and albums entitled Incunabula, this U.K. duo may have finally hit upon an apt, lucid description of their mangled electronica with Untitled, their eighth full-length, released by Warp. Sean Booth and Rob Brown continue to provide more stabbing, schist-like electronics — music as much for consumers of bottled anti-psychotics as consumers of cartons of vinyl. But artists that quietly and stubbornly test pop music’s patience as much as our own deserve a full dose of respect.


    Mice Parade
    Bem-Vinda Vontade
    Bubble Core

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    Everyone knows bands can change, but fans of Mice Parade’s previous efforts, which were typified by the Tortoise-like swaths of electronic post-rock on 1999’s Ramda, will surely be surprised by the folkisms of Bem-Vinda Vontade. Even the vocals are plentiful for this once-instrumental solo outfit — Adam Pierce’s hum-drum monotone rubs up the ethereal purr of Mum’s Kristin. But whether Pierce is fronting a nylon-string-strumming live band, as he does here, or mix-n-matching beats on his own, Mice Parade is worth coming out for.


    Roots Manuva
    Awfully Deep
    Big Dada

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    For a man who describes himself as a “big foot blacker than soot,” Roots Manuva’s music remains a multi-colored, radiant thing — a skittering window into the vibrant sound-system culture that continues to inform Britain’s emerging hip-hop scene. Before the Streets and Dizzee Rascal gave British hip-hop its cover stories, Rodney Smith (a.k.a. Roots Manuva) was getting nominated for a Mercury Prize for 2001’s Run Come Save Me. Though it’s been a while, Awfully Deep shows those four years weren’t all lost down pints of Guinness. Smith’s baritone has retained its potency, and his arsenal of jungle rhythms, dancehall stomps and cell-phone chirps don’t pull any punches.


    22-20s: 22-20s (Astralwerks)
    Adam Richman: Patience and Science (Or. Music)
    Aretha Franklin: Jazz Moods: ‘Round Midnight (Sony)
    Autechre: Untitled (Warp)
    B.B. King: Singin’ the Blues (Ace)
    Chixdiggit: Pink Razors (Fat Wreck Chords)
    The Cloud Room: Cloud Room (Gigantic)
    Consafos: Tilting at Windmills (Greyday Productions)
    Conway Twitty/Loretta Lynn: Definitive Collection (Mca Nashville)
    The Crack Pipes: Beauty School (Emperor Jones (Rev))
    Da Beatminerz: Fully Loaded With Static (Copter)
    Danko Jones: We Sweat Blood (Razor and Tie)
    Del Tha Funkee Homosapien: The 11th Hour (Hieroglyphics)
    Diplo: Florida [Bonus DVD] (Big Dada)
    Eddie Hinton: Anthology 1969-1993: A Mighty Field of Vision (Raven)
    Elvis Costello and the Imposters: Club Date – Live in Memphis [DVD](Red Distribution)
    Esham: Esham (Psychopathic)
    Favez: Old and Strong in the Modern Times (Sticksister)
    Fine Young Cannibals: Finest (Rhino)
    Foreign Exchange: Connected [Instrumental] (BBE)
    FS Blumm: Zweite Meer (Morr Music)
    Gene Pitney: Street Called Hope (Atom)
    Geoff White: Etsche 12″ (Ghostly)
    Giles: Giles (Victory)
    Goldfinger: Best Of [Bonus DVD] (Mojo / Jive)
    Green Day: Holiday [UK CD #2] (WEA International)
    Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass: Whipped Cream & Other Delights (Shout Factory)
    Il Divo: Il Divo (Sony)
    Jaga: What We Must (Ninja Tune)
    Langhorne Slim: When the Sun’s Gone Down (Narnack)
    Lil’ Sicko: Anger and the Pain (Thump)
    Loudon Wainwright III: Here Come the Choppers (Sovereign Artists)
    Louis Armstrong: Blueberry Hill (Milan)
    Louis Armstrong: Jazz Moods: Hot (Sony)
    Louis Armstrong: Kiss of Fire (Pazzazz)
    Louis Armstrong: Platinum Classics: The Very Best Of (Cleopatra)
    Luke Temple: Hold a Match for a Gasoline World (Mill Pond)
    M83: Teen Angst [Singe] (Mute)
    Mac Dre & Da Inda Dogg: 15 Years Deep (Thizz)
    Mary Timony: Ex Hex (Lookout)
    Matisyahu: Live at Stubb’s: Austin, TX 2/19/05 [ENHANCED] [LIVE] (Or)
    Miasma & The Carousel of Headless Horses: Perils (Mimicry)
    Mice Parade: Bem Vinda Vontade (Bubble Core)
    Mike Jones: Who Is Mike Jones (Warner Brothers)
    Miss Kittin: Mixing Me [EP] (Astralwerks)
    Nine Inch Nails: The Hand That Feeds [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] (Universal)
    Outlawz: Outlawz 4 Life (33rd Street)
    Ringside: Ringside (Geffen)
    Rob Thomas: Something To Be (Atlantic)
    Robert Pollard: Zoom (Single) (Recordhead)
    Roots Manuva: Awfully Deep (Big Dada)
    Sham 69: Game (Captain Oi!)
    Sham 69: Tell Us the Truth (Captain Oi!)
    Sham 69: That’s Life (Captain Oi!)
    Sinai Beach: Immersed (Victory)
    Tupac/Biggie: Untold Story (Deff Trapp)
    Various Artists: One Scene to Another: Tribute to Canadian Indie Rock (Plumline)
    Weird War: Illuminated by the Light (Drag City)
    Zion I: True & Livin (Live Up)
    Z-Trip: Shifting Gears (Hollywood)
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