First Look: 10.25.05 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:


    Fiery Furnaces
    Rehearsing My Choir
    Rough Trade

    Remember when you were arguing about Blueberry Boat with that record store clerk? He said that the Furnaces were so good, “they could feature their grandmother on their next album and it would still rule.” You said “that would be right up their insanely pretentious alley.” Well, here’s your chance to pick up the argument where you left off. The most divisive sibling duo in the indie world lets their grandma take center stage for some spoken word weirdness, and a bit of singing. We wish we were joking, too. Early reports are squeaking restlessly on plastic-slipcovered furniture while waiting for mom to get off work. Audio Sample

    Vashti Bunyan
    Dicristina Stair

    In 1968, Bunyan bought a horse and cart, and set off for a commune Donovan was creating on the Isle of Skye. After two long, car-stereoless years, she arrived, only to find that Donovan had already left. This is why today, we drive cars and fly airplanes. But her experience led to 1970’s Just Another Diamond Day, which until now stood as Bunyan’s only LP, though recent attention from freak-folkies like Devendra Banhart and her EP collabo with Animal Collective have pushed her name back into blogosphere. Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Adem, among others, lend a hand on Lookaftering, her second album, and if that isn’t enough for you, neo-classical wizard Max Richter produced it. Check and mate. Audio Sample

    Rogue Wave
    Descended Like Vultures
    Sub Pop

    You’ve already thanked Craigslist for your new swanky new apartment and your sweet new job, but don’t forget to thank it for Oakland, CA’s finest indie rock commodity. After Zach Rogue cemented the band’s lineup via the king of the internet classifieds, the group went to work on another chapter of cushy California pop. They’ve gotten a bit more adventurous this time around (mostly because it’s not just Rogue doing everything by himself), and there’s even been Best of 2005 talk batted about the ol’ interweb. At least this one’s a sure thing, unlike that fake casual encounters ad you replied to last weekend. Audio Sample

    Sadat X
    Experience and Education
    Female Fun

    It’s fitting that one of Brand Nubian’s founding members should drop a solo record called Education and Experience. Sadat X has reached a lot of milestones in his life as an emcee, student, and teacher, and he’s probably got plenty of both to drop on us. With production by Diamond D, DJ Spinna, the P Brothers, and others, as well as guest spots by Edo G, Sean Price, and many more, it looks to be a solid melding of new- and old-school sensibilities. And 15 years after Brand Nubian’s debut, All For One, hit the airwaves, Sadat’s nasally voice still sounds exactly the same. Now if we can just bring back Yo! MTV Raps we’ll be in good shape. Audio Sample

    David Dondero
    South of the South
    Team Love

    Conor Oberst was probably looking for a few free lessons when he signed David Dondero to his Team Love label. You see, it’s possible to sing honky-tonky tunes of heartbreak and loss without being a whiny little bitch about it, and David Dondero is the bottle-of-whiskey-in-his-knapsack, hitchhiking-to-nowhere king of that shit. An NPR fave, Dondero’s bluesy country rock is funny, sad, outrageous, and true, as he grapples with his place in the world, both physically and metaphysically. Prefix is proud to support any artist who gets drunk and punches his own drummer, then tries to figure out why. Audio Sample

    The 69 Eyes: Devils (456 Entertainment)
    Annie: DJ Kicks (Studio K7)
    Antony and the Johnsons: You Are My Sister EP (Secretly Canadian)
    Arsen Roulette: Lost Recordings (El Toro)
    Black Time: Blackout (In The Red)
    Bloc Party: Silent Alarm Remixed [Japan Bonus CD] (Sony Japan)
    Boxcar Willie: Tomato Collection (Tomato Music)
    Breakestra: Hit the Floor (Ubiquity)
    Buckethead & Friends: Enter the Chicken (Serjical Strike)
    Buddy Knox: Party Doll (Collectables)
    Calvin Johnson: Before the Dream Faded (K Records)
    The Cardigans: Super Extra Gravity [IMPORT] (Universal International)
    Carl Weathersby: Hold On (Louisiana Red Hot)
    Caroline: Where’s My Love [CD Single] (Temporary Residence)
    Children of Bodom: Are You Dead Yet? (Fontana Int’l)
    Chuck Berry: Live Goode (Universe Italy)
    Craig Wedren: Lapland (Team Love)
    Dave Edmunds: Tracks on Wax 4 (Wounded Bird)
    Dave Edmunds: Twangin’ (Wounded Bird)
    David Dondero: South of the South (Team Love)
    Dead Can Dance: Momento: The Very Best of Dead Can Dance (Rhino / Wea)
    Dead Kennedys: Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables [CD + New DVD Documentary] (Manifesto Records)
    The Delta Rhythm Boys: Sing (Collectables)
    Destiny’s Child: #1’s [DUALDISC] (Sony)
    Dirty Faces: Superamerican (Jagjaguwar)
    DJ Muggs & GZA: Grandmasters (Angeles)
    Dramarama: Everybody Dies (33rd Street)
    The Drift: Noumena (Temporary Residence)
    Duchess: Duchess (Blackball)
    Earlies: These Were the Earlies (Secretly Canadian)
    The Fiery Furnaces: Rehearsing My Choir (Rough Trade Us)
    Five Boroughs: Doo Wop Under the Palms (Collectables)
    George Harrison: The Concert for Bangladesh [LIVE] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Capitol)
    Goblin Cock: Bagged and Boarded (Absolutely Kosher)
    Graham Parker: Live Vandelay (Lemon)
    Greeley Estates: Caveat Emptor (Record Collection)
    Hank Williams III: Straight to Hell (Curb)
    I Am Ghost: We Are Always Searching (Epitaph / Ada)
    J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers: Last Kiss (Collectables)
    Jana Hunter: Blank Unstaring Heirs of Doom (Gnomonsong)
    Jerry Garcia: Ladder to the Stars: Garcia Plays Dylan (Rhino / Wea)
    Jin: Presents the MC Proper’ganda (Draft)
    Johnny Cash: The Legend of Johnny Cash (Hip-O Records)
    Junior Parker: Next Time You See Me (Universe Italy)
    Lil’ Flip: Flip Side of Lil Flip (Sucka Free)
    Marley Marl: West End Mixtape Sessions, Vol. 1 (Westend)
    Mike Ladd: Father Divine (ROIR)
    Milemarker: Milemarker (Eyeball)
    Northern Song Dynasty: Northern Song Dynasty (All Is Number)
    Pharoah Sanders: Love Will Find a Way (Collectors’ Choice Music)
    Pinetop Seven: The Night’s Bloom (Empyrean Records)
    Prince Paul: Hip Hop Gold Dust (Antidote)
    Prince: S.S.T./Brand New Orleans [CD-SINGLE] (Sony)
    Quintron & Miss Pussycat (Swamp Tech)
    Rogue Wave: Descended Like Vultures (Sub Pop)
    Roy Ayers: Mastercuts Presents (Mastercuts)
    Sadat X: Experience and Education (Female Fun)
    Secret Society: Secret Society (Psycho Logical)
    She Wants Revenge: She Wants Revenge (Geffen)
    Showaddywaddy: Good Times (Glam/7T’s)
    Silver Sunshine: A Small Pocket of Pure Spirit [EP] (Empyrean Records)
    Silver Sunshine: Small Pocket of Pure Spirit (Empyrean)
    Siouxsie & The Banshees: The Scream [DELUXE EDITION] [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [IMPORT] (Universal Int’l)
    The Skygreen Leopards: Jehovah Surrender (Jagjaguwar)
    Slum Village: Slum Village (Barak)
    Sly & The Family Stone: Mastercuts Presents (Mastercuts)
    Sniff ‘n’ the Tears: Fickle Heart (Big Beat UK)
    Solea: Solea (Textbook Music)
    Supastition: Chain Letters (Soulspazm)
    Tall Dwarfs: Fork Songs (Cloud Recordings)
    Tall Dwarfs: Weeville (Cloud Recordings)
    Tom Vek: We Have Sound (Star Time)
    Tommy Guerrero: Year of the Monkey (Galaxia)
    Various Artists: Grand Life Tribeca New York (5 Points)
    Various Artists: Impulsive (Impulse)
    Various Artists: Rockabilly Lives (Hightone)
    Various Artists: Rockabilly Showdown (Golly Gee)
    Various Artists: This Bird Has Flown: 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles’ Rubber Soul (Razor & Tie)
    Various Artists: This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles’ Rubber Soul (Razor & Tie)
    Vashti Bunyan: Lookaftering (Dicristina Stair)
    Vaux: Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice (Lava)
    Volcano: Beautiful Seizure (Leaf)
    Yukmouth: Million Dollar Mouth Piecce (Asylum / Rap-A-Lot)

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