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[April 10, 2007] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

Each week, we preview a handful of notable albums scheduled to hit the shelves, plus offer a full list of the current new releases.



Blonde Redhead



A large part of Blonde Redhead's history has been written in comparative terms. The New York-based group sprang up in the early-'90s shadow of Sonic Youth and countless progenitors of "noise" and "punk." Ten years in, the group patched up its fragmented rhythms, touched up its jarring edges, and began swooning alongside 4AD mainstays like Cocteau Twins and Lush. Although such estimable company has brought the group an abundance of attention, it has also underscored the group's distinctive mixture of damaged cool and artful accessibility. Literally embodying an expression of the expressionless, Blonde Redhead inhabits a space where its music evokes comparison but resists any particular relationship; the band is that girl/guy that you've always wanted but can never quite get because they're just a shade too different. So, trust that the trio will continue to attract while eluding on their seventh album, 23. Self-produced and less planned (not all the songs were complete before recording), the album promises to laze about in the haze first sublimated in 2004's Misery is a Butterfly while exploring some newness you never knew you knew. ~ Dan Nishimoto


Band: http://www.blonde-redhead.com/

Label: http://www.4ad.com/

Audio: http://www.blonderedhead23.com/ 

Love of Diagrams



This year has been quite kind to Love of Diagrams so far. The Australian trio earlier this year released a well-received four-song EP on Matador. And this debut full-length also comes care of that venerable American indie label. In between those two releases, Ted Leo -- a guy who knows a bit about spiky, angular punk rock -- picked Love of Diagrams to be the opening act for his extensive U.S. tour. Mosaic contains a dozen bursts of frenetic energy recorded with the help of Bob Weston, famous for his work with Mission of Burma and Shellac. ~ John Zeiss


Band: http://www.loveofdiagrams.com/

Label: http://www.matadorrecords.com/

Audio: http://myspace.com/loveofdiagramss

"Pace or the Patience" MP3: http://www.matadorrecords.com/mpeg/love_of_diagrams/love_of_diagrams_pace_or_the_patience.mp3




Taking a very different approach to the songwriting process this time around, Nick Cave has stripped down his group of Bad Seeds to create the rawer, testosterone-fueled garage-rawk project Grinderman. Whereas the literate poetry on Abattoir Blues/Lyre of Orpheus (2004) was thought-provoking, the music on Grinderman's self-titled debut (released on Mute Records in the U.K. on March 5) comes from a man with a mind working in a "completely different way," according to the group's Web site. Anyone who has looked at the artwork for Lyre then compared it with the art direction on Grinderman's Myspace site (NSFW, by the way) should have a reasonably decent idea about this "different way," indeed. ~ Chris Gliddon



Band: http://www.grinderman.com/

Label: http://www.anti.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/grinderman  

Various Artists

Ed Banger Records, Vol. 2


Congratulations, Daft Punk: You've got kids. The French dance-pop duo that popularized an entire segment of Parisian house on a global scale also had the inevitable effect of fertilizing a ground for new innovators and listeners. In a word, it birthed a generation ripe to take Daft Punk and do 'em one, two, three times better. How appropriate that Ed Banger Records, a label headed by the group's manager, Pedro "Busy P" Winter, is dominating deejay charts these days. The label collected the finest followers of DP's coked-up computer love while grouping them as a new, separate permutation of dance music on a digi-only compilation this past January; Volume 2 trolls through the same artists' hard drives to drive the point further home. Trash it, change it, melt, upgrade it: It's just the way Daft Punk would want it. ~ Dan Nishimoto


Label: http://www.edbangerrecords.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/edbangerrecords 

Laura Veirs



Laura Veirs continues to plug along as one of today's most underappreciated female singer-songwriters. This is her third album for Nonesuch, and its content is informed by matters both earthly and personal. Veirs's lyrics still often reference the natural world, as they did on her previous album, 2005's Year of Meteors. But things also get deeply personal when Veirs sings about the end of a long-term romantic relationship and how it made her pack up a U-Haul to move from Seattle to Portland. Tucker Martine, who has long worked with the Decemberists, produced the album. It was mostly recorded in the Pacific Northwest, save for "To the Country," which was put down in the Tennessee home of Johnny and June Carter Cash with a backing gospel choir. ~ John Zeiss


Artist: http://www.lauraveirs.com/

Label: http://www.nonesuch.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/lauraveirs 

Army of Me: Citizen (Doghouse)
The Bastard Fairies: Memento Mori (Adrenaline)
Billy Martin/John Medeski: Mago (Amulet)
blessthefall: His Last Walk (Record Collection)
Blonde Redhead: 23 (4AD)
The Book of Knots: Traineater (Anti)
Bravez Team Hyphy: All Systems Go (Stand up Ent / Green)
Bright Eyes: Cassadaga (Saddle Creek)
Brother Ali: Undisputed Truth (Rhymesayers)
Busy Bee: Running Thangs (Traffic Ent.)
Christopher O'Riley: Second Grace: Music of Nick Drake (World Village)
Cloud Cult: Meaning of 8 (Rebel Group)
Cocorosie: Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn (Touch & Go)
Copy: Hair Guitar (Audio Dregs)
David S. Ware: Renunciation (Aum Fidelity)
DJ Tiesto: Elements of Life (Ultra)
The Flying Luttenbachers: Destroy All Music Revisited (Skin Graft)
From Autumn to Ashes: Holding a Wolf by the Ears (Vagrant)
Guster: Satellite (Reprise / Wea)
I Monster: Neveroddoreven (Vice)
Jana Hunter: There's No Home (Gnomonsong)
King Crimson: Collectable King Crimson, Vol. 2 Live in Bath 1981 (Inner Knot)
The Kinks: Celluloid Heroes (Koch)
Laura Veirs: Saltbreakers (Nonesuch)
Lesbians on Ecstasy: We Know You Know (Alien8 Recording)
Limbeck: Limbeck (Doghouse)
Listenable: Uncanny Valley (Listenable)
Love of Diagrams: Mosaic (Matador)
Madlib: Other Side: Los Angeles (DeAf Dumb & Blind)
Mark Farina: House of Om (Om)
Menomena: Wet and Rusting EP (Film Guerrero)
Mystery Jets: Diamonds in the Dark (Dim Mak)
Nekromantix: Life Is a Grave & I Dig It (Hellcat)
Nico: Frozen Borderline: 1968-1970 (WEA International)
Original Soundtrack: Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theate (William Street)
Panthers: Trick (Vice)
Qua: Forgetabout (Mush)
Qua: Painting Monsters on Clouds (Mush)
The Queers: Grow Up [Bonus Tracks] (Asian Man)
Rappin 4-Tay: That's What You Thought (SMC Recordings)
Rosebuds: Night of the Furies (Merge)
Scott Miller & the Commonwealth: Reconstruction (Sugar Hill)
Shearwater: Palo Santo [Expanded Edition] (Matador)
Silverchair: Young Modern (EMI)
Snoop Dogg: Presents the Big Squeeze [Clean] (Koch)
Stiff Little Fingers: Live in Aberdeen (1979) (Caroline)
Various Artists: Ed Rec, Vol. 2 (Vice)
Wax Poetic: Brasil (Nublu)
William Parker & Hamid Drake: Volume 2: Summer Snow (Aum Fidelity)
XBXRX: Wars (Polyvinyl)
Xiu Xiu: Remixed & Covered (5 Rue Christine)

*Release dates may change. E-mail brandon@prefixmag.com with corrections or additions. 

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