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[April 3, 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.



Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.

Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager


Look! Up in the sky! Is it a bird? A plane? No, it's Sam Duckworth, who performs under the superhero-esque name Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. Duckworth is the latest tender Brit (think Badly Drawn Boy or the lads in Travis) to try to break it in America. The British press is gaga over him; NME compares him to a mix of Joe Strummer, Billy Bragg, and Henry Rollins. But keep in mind that Brit music mags are infamous for uncalled-for frothing at the mouth. I'd say he's more like Mika with an acoustic guitar in hand. ~ John Zeiss



Artist: http://www.getcapewearcapefly.com/

Label: http://www.atlanticrecords.co.uk/

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

Fountains of Wayne

Traffic and Weather


The fourth album from New Jersey's Fountains of Wayne, Traffic and Weather, has already received some conflicting coverage: Pitchfork panned it; Stereogum has been hotly anticipating it. You can make up your own mind, of course, but it's relatively safe to expect more Cars-hopping, wry tunesmithery from Adam Schlesinger and the band. ~ John Zeiss



Audio: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=8316598

Band site: http://www.fountainsofwayne.com/

Label site: http://www.virginrecords.com/


Make Another World


Let's clear this up right away: Idlewild the band comprises earnestly emotive Scottish rockers. Don't confuse it with Idlewild the Outkast film. Because that would really upset Roddy Woomble, the lead singer for Idlewild the band, who rather infamously went on record as not being too happy that Andre 3000 and Big Boi picked that title for their movie. Because, you know, pasty Scottish rockers and African-American hip-hop artists are so easily confusable. Regardless, that whole dust-up might end up being the most interesting thing about Make Another World, which probably just contains more quiet-loud-quiet aggro assaults. ~ John Zeiss



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

Band: http://www.idlewild.co.uk/

Label: http://www.sanctuaryrecords.com/  


Don't Mess with the Dragon


The members of Ozomatli are the perfect multicultural musical ambassadors of this crazy city we call Los Angeles. Case in point: To record their new album, they set up camp in an art gallery in the ethnically vibrant MacArthur Park section of their hometown. They decorated the place, wrote lyrics, and even collaborated with visitors to the studio. This radical approach ended up producing what percussionist Jiro Yamaguchi calls Ozomatli's "most cohesive album yet." Songs like "City of Angels" and "La Temperatura" are about the band's home base, but the musicians also cast their eyes elsewhere. "Magnolia Soul" is a celebration of New Orleans's enduring musical spirit, and "Violeta" tells the tale of a soldier in Iraq. ~ John Zeiss



Band: http://www.ozomatli.com/

Label: http://concordmusicgroup.com/

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

"Can't Stop" video: http://www.ozomatli.com/site.php?em2106=120568_-1__0_~0_-1_3_2007_0_0&content=Videos

Dolly Parton

Coat of Many Colors; Tennessee
Mountain Home
; Jolene


In the new liner notes to the reissued Dolly Parton album Coat of Many Colors, Chet Flippo asserts
that she "was unconsciously one of the first Nashville Outlaws." The
proposition may not be accurate in terms of who actually came first, but it bares
the lopsided slant of '70s revivalist country toward the masculine. Parton, in
point of fact, could instead be credited with popularizing a feminist
interpretation of country. After four years of playing the comic foil and
pretty face accompanying country superstar Porter Wagoner, Parton broke free
from the male gaze in the early '70s with a string of albums that humanized
country music and broadened its perspective. As Women's History Month comes to
a close, RCA/Legacy has reissued the three albums that kicked off this career
(for Dolly) and cultural (for country) emancipation: the aforementioned, Tennessee Mountain Home, and Jolene. Bolstered by a handful of
previously unreleased tracks and demos and cogent liners, these albums provide
the core argument in favor of Parton as both a celebrity par excellence and modern woman. ~ Dan Nishimoto

Stars of the Lid

. . . And their Refinement of the Decline


Boredom and sleep are often thought of existing in tandem. Describing an
un-engaging experience as "a snooze" suggests something so uneventful
it induces sleep. However, boredom is hardly the sole cause of sedation. For
example, if you are tired and disengaged, what else would your body do but turn
off? Which is to say that sedative music is not necessarily boring. And that
Stars of the Lid, a Texas-based duo that has excelled at making cradle-worthy
rock, actually makes stimulating music. The group's work often stretches
deliberately like a cat's slow yawn across a couple slabs of vinyl (or CD or MP3, depending on which of its six albums you have). For its seventh release, Stars of the Lid and their Refinement of the Decline, the group attempts an even
longer and more elaborate slow-mo pirouette over two CDs (or three LPs). Now,
who wouldn't wanna be sedated?
~ Dan Nishimoto


Shock Value


Perhaps we should be concerned that Timbaland has Scott Storch
"coincidentally" publicize their beef a month shy of the release of his second solo album, Shock Value. Last year alone, Tim built creative and commercial momentum after
catapulting Justin Timberlake's and Nelly Furtado's albums. Previous
interviews and press reports that indicated Shock Value
would contain collaborations with such far-reaching guests as Fall Out Boy and
Bjork were met with general enthusiasm; the album promised to further extend
Timbo's influence beyond his hip-hop base, much as the aforementioned albums
did in 2006. So, if the masses seem ready to accept the new (and
healthier-looking) Timmy, why the left-field reversal? Is James Cameron's
uncharacteristically verite approach
to the video for lead single "Give It to Me" in fact a hint of the
album's laziness? Could Shock Value actually
be an over-hyped and self-indulgent mess, like a 2007 In My Life? At least Timbaland will have more interesting guests
with whom to either touch the sky or sink the ship.
~ Dan Nishimoto

Abruptum: Evil Genius (Southern Lord)
The Academy Is�: Santi (Atlantic / Wea)
Akrobatik: Essential Akrobatik, Vol. 1 (Raptivism)
Alison Krauss: Hundred Miles or More: A Collection (Rounder)
The Almost: Southern Weather (Virgin)
Anthony Hamilton: Southern Comfort (Merovingian)
Ben Watt: Buzzin' Fly, Vol. 1 (Buzzin Fly UK)
Ben Watt: Buzzin' Fly, Vol. 2 (Buzzin Fly UK)
Billie Holiday: Mastercuts (Mastercuts Artists)
Bonnie Prince Billy: Strange Form of Life (Drag City)
Brandi Carlile: Story (Sony)
Chevelle: Vena Sera (Sony)
Chris Whitley/Jeff Lang: Dislocation Blues (Rounder)
David Gray: Shine: The Best of the Early Years (Astralwerks)
Devin the Dude: Waiting to Inhale [Chopped & Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot)
Dew-Scented: Incinerate (Nuclear Blast America)
DJ Vadim: Sound Catcher (BBE/Beat Generation)
Emilie Simon: L'Olympia (Barclay)
Emilie Simon: March of the Empress (Milan)
Eric B & Rakim: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (Hip-O)
Everybody Else: Everybody Else (Militia)
The Fall: Rebellious Jukebox (Recall)
The Field: From Here We Go Sublime (Kompakt Germany)
Fountains of Wayne: Traffic and Weather (Virgin)
Hanson: Walk (JVC Japan)
Hilary Duff: Dignity (Hollywood)
Horrors: Strange House (Umvd Import)
Idlewild: Make Another World (Sanctuary)
Jarvis Cocker: Jarvis (Rough Trade)
Killing Joke: Inside Extremities, Mixes, Rehearsals & Live (Candlelight)
Kings of Leon: Because of the Times (RCA)
Los Straitjackets: Rock En Espa�ol, Vol. 1 (Yep Roc)
Matthew Herbert: Score (K7)
Miles Davis: Mastercuts (Mastercuts Artists)
Olympia: Emergencies (Equal Vision)
Ozomatli: Don't Mess with the Dragon (Concord)
Paul Wall: Get Money, Stay True (Atlantic / Wea)
Pole: Steingarten (Scape Germany)
Primal Fear: Metal Is Forever: The Best of Primal Fear (Nuclear Blast America)
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus: Don't You Fake It [CD/DVD] (Virgin)
Reverend Horton Heat: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (Interscope)
Sia: Lady Croissant (Astralwerks)
Silverchair: Young Modern (EMI)
Stiff Little Fingers: Live in Aberdeen (1979) (Caroline)
Throbbing Gristle: Part Two: Endless Not (Mute U.S.)
Timbaland: Timbaland Presents Shock Value (Interscope)
The Twilight Sad: Fourteen Autumns Fifteen Winters (Fat Cat)
Various Artists: Camping 3 (Bpitch Control)

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

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