First Look: 10.18.05 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:


    Animal Collective
    Fat Cat Records
    It’s only been a year since Sung Tongs planted Animal Collective in the blog consciousness, but the group’s assigned genre, “freak folk,” is everywhere. This album leaked months ago, and it’s been getting strong word of mouth from devoted fans. Sung Tongs was mostly put together by Panda and Avey Tare, but the collective is calling Feels a full group effort. Its sound is bigger and more accessible, moving away from the quieter folk work and into poppier territory the collective had always flirted with.

    Think Differently
    Wu Tang Meets Indie Culture
    Awful Apple Computer-related album covers aside, this is shaping up to be one exciting release. As the drools starts to set in, feast your eyes on this list of appearances: RZA, GZA, U God, MF Doom, Ras Kass, J-Live, Aesop Rock, Del, Sean Price, Casual, Cannibal Ox, Planet Asia, and production from RZA and Allah Mathematics. Not too shabby for a collection put together by Wu affiliate Dreddy Kruger. The Doom/RZA track doesn’t quite meet expectations, but it’s good enough to get excited about the prospect of the combination.

    Boards of Canada
    Campfire Headphase
    The down-tempo duo of choice for indie rockers, Boards of Canada exploded onto the scene in 1998 with the now-classic Music Has the Right to Children. Like every good down-tempo duo, Marcus Eoin and Michael Sandison have been slow with their follow-ups: four years until Geogaddi and now, three years later, Campfire Headphase. The group pretty much carries on where it left off, with relaxing fuzz mixed in with sonic cut-ups. You can read the Prefix review here.

    Lightning Bolt
    Hypermagic Mountain
    The Load Records Web site says “this will be a 60 minute CD/dbl-LP torpedo hit detonating with riffs constructed in a psychic sweatbox.” I don’t doubt it. Your favorite noise band returns to follow up 2003’s Wonderful Rainbow, and it’s crazy vocals and banging drums for you. The record is receiving somewhat mixed early buzz, but that’s most likely because fans are afraid the group will become popular with people who listen to regular music, and they can’t have that. That would ruin the fun.

    Afrika Bambaataa: Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere) (DBK Works)
    Afrika Bambaataa: Planet Rock — The Album (DBK Works)
    Andrew Calhoun: Staring at the Sun: Songs 1973-1981 (Waterbug)
    Animal Collective: Feels (Fat Cat)
    Ashlee Simpson: I Am Me (Geffen)
    Babyshambles: Album [IMPORT] (Rough Trade)
    Beautiful New Born Children: Hey People! (Domino)
    Benny Goodman & His Orchestra: 1946-1947 (Classics Fr)
    Black Mafia: Mac Dre Presents: Tha Family Reunion (Thizz)
    Black Rob: Black Rob Report (Bad Boy)
    Boards Of Canada: The Campfire Headphase (Warp)
    Box Social: Blown to Bits [EP] (No Karma Group)
    Brian Setzer Orchestra: Dig That Crazy Christmas (Surfdog Wea)
    Brian Wilson: What I Really Want for Christmas [CONTENT/COPY-PROTECTED CD] (Arista)
    Bun B: Trill (Asylum / Rap-A-Lot)
    Burnside Project: Finest Example Is You (Bar/None)
    The Cardigans: Super Extra Gravity [IMPORT] (Universal Int’l)
    Chubby Checker: The Best of 1959-1963 (Abkco)
    Cirque du Soleil: Ka (Cirque du Soleil)
    Count Basie & His Orchestra: 1952-1953 (Classics Fr)
    Dave’s True Story: Project Remix (Bepop)
    Dead Can Dance: Momento: The Very Best of Dead Can Dance (Rhino / Wea)
    Dee Dee Sharp: The Best of Dee Dee Sharp 1962-1966 (Abkco)
    Depeche Mode: Playing the Angel [CD & DVD] (Reprise / Wea)
    Drexel: Bloody Transylvania Street Machine (Max Recordings)
    Eddie Spaghetti: Old No. 2 (Mid Fi Recordings)
    Elbow: Leaders of the Free World (V2)
    Erik Larson: Faith, Hope, Love (Small Stone)
    Espers: The Weed Tree (Locust)
    Espers: Weed Tree (Locust)
    Gertrude Sister Morgan: Let’s Make a Record [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Rope-a-Dope)
    Grandaddy: Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla EP (V2)
    Greg Davis and Sebastien Roux: Paquet Surprise (Carpark Records)
    Healthy White Baby: Healthy White Baby (Broadmoor)
    John Cale: Black Acetate (Astralwerks)
    Josh Joplin: Best of Josh Joplin Group (Artemis)
    The Juan Maclean: Give Me Every Little Thing (Astralwerks)
    Julian Fauth: Songs of Vice and Sorrow (Electro-Fi)
    Kanye West: Gold Digger [CD-SINGLE] [IMPORT] (Universal Int’l)
    Keith Sweat: Candy Store (Sanctuary)
    Kelly Paul & the Stormwater Boys: Foggy Highway (Cooking Vinyl)
    The Kingdom: Unitas (Arena Rock Recording)
    Leeroy Stagger: Beautiful House  (Boompa)
    Lightnin’ Hopkins: My Baby’s Gone (Fruit Tree)
    Lightning Bolt: Hypermagic Mountain (Load)
    LongShot: Civil War, Pt. 2 (E.V. Productions)
    The Lovetones: Mediations (Tee Pee)
    Mac Dre: 23109 Exhibition of Speed (Thizz)
    Mac Dre: Mac Dre Presents Thizz Nation, Vol. 3 (Thizz)
    Mac Dre: Mac Dre Presents Thizz Nation, Vol. 4 (Thizz)
    Mad Dog: Dangerous (Urban Life Music)
    Marah: Christmas Kind of Town (Yep Roc)
    Marah: If You Didn’t Laugh You’d Cry (Yep Roc)
    Mest: Photographs (Maverick)
    Mest: Photographs (Maverick)
    Mew: & The Glass Handed Kites (Dig) [IMPORT] (Sony / Bmg Import)
    Mick Harvey: One Man’s Treasure (Mute U.S.)
    Mother & The Addicts: Take the Lovers Home Tonight (Chemikal Underground)
    Muddy Waters: Floyd’s Guitar Blues (Fruit Tree)
    Nadja: Truth Becomes Death (Alien8 Recording)
    Nellie McKay: Pretty Little Head (Sony)
    North Mississippi Allstars: Best of the North Mississippi All-Stars (Artemis)
    Orlons: The Best of 1961-1966 (Abkco)
    P.S.D.: Mac Dre Presents: P.S.D. Classic (Thizz)
    Paperface: The Legend of Harley Knowles (Takeover Records)
    Peter Malick Group/Norah Jones: New York City: The Chill Album (Koch)
    Play N Skillz: Process (Universal)
    Poison Idea: Early Years [Reissue] (Abstract Sounds)
    Poison Idea: Pajma Party [Reissue] (Abstract Sounds)
    Poison Idea: War All the Time [Reissue] (Abstract Sounds)
    Propagandhi: Potemkin City Limits (Fat Wreck Chords)
    Rammstein: Benzin [CD-single] [Import] (Universal Int’l)
    Ribeye Brothers: Bar Ballads… and Cautionary Tales (Times Beach)
    Robert Pollard: Bubble EP (Recordhead Records)
    Rod Stewart: Great American Songbook, Vol. 4 (J-Records)
    Ruts: Babylon’s Burning (Collision Cause Chap)
    Saxon Shore: Exquisite Death of Saxonshore (Burnt Toast Vinyl)
    Say Anything: Say Anything Is a Real Boy (J-Records)
    The Silver Jews: Tanglewood Numbers (Drag City)
    Simply Red: Simplified (Verve)
    Siouxsie and the Banshees: The Scream [Deluxe Edition] [Original recording remastered] [Import] (Universal Int’l)
    Stevie Wonder: A Time To Love (Motown / Pgd)
    T Rex: Boogie On (Dynamic Italy)
    T Rex: I Danced Myself Out of the Womb (Dynamic Italy)
    Think Differently: Wu-Tang Meets Indie Culture (Babygrande)
    Think Differently: Wu-Tang Meets Indie Culture (Babygrande)
    Thrice: Vheissu (Island)
    Vailcode: Vailcode (Times Beach)
    Various Artists: Come Back: Back 2 the Streets That Made Us (Wall Street)
    Various Artists: Next Level: Independence Day – The Album (Warlock)
    Various Artists: Protect: A Benefit for the National Association to (Fat Wreck Chords)
    Various Artists: Stubbs The Zombie (Shout Factory)
    Voltage: Building the Bass (Flameshovel)
    Who Made Who: Who Made Who (Gomma Recordings)
    Willie Nelson: Ghost, Vol. 3 (Masked Weasel)
    Wroom: What We Mean by Hot and Cold (Arena Rock Recording)

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