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[August 1, 2006] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

Our writers highlight a handful of notable records scheduled to hit the shelves this Tuesday. Plus, check the full list of this week's releases:



Year of the Dog, Again
When not abusing his pitbulls, smoking crack, stealing cars, or impersonating a federal agent, DMX managed to find time for his other profession: rapper. Yes, X is back at it again with Year of the Dog, Again. Featuring production from Swizz Beats, guest verses from Jadakiss and Busta Rhymes, and a hook from Amerie, there is enough firepower for the self-proclaimed "Dog Man Xtreme" to have another hit on his hands. But the question is, Will he come with the passion that he brought on the earlier albums? Or will he mail it in and merely capitalize on his name alone? 
~Adrian Covert
Artist: http://www.dmx-official.com/
Streaming Audio: http://www.myspace.com/dmx

Iron and Wine
Such Great Heights
Sub Pop
Few artists can earn a living by making music that is can be described as "that record you put on after a loud, beer-fueled night on the town." Even fewer artists can cross musical and socioeconomic borders in amassing their audience. Iron and Wine, the nom de plume of Sam Beam, is one such rare breed. The Postal Service released an EP bearing the same name and including Beam's cover of the title track in 2003, and this EP includes that cover and two exclusive B-sides, making it mighty tempting for the beer drinkers and late-nighters of the world. And, call me crazy, but doesn't it seem as though many of the fans of the heavily bearded Beam are quite hirsute themselves. Coincidence? I think not. ~Zach Hothorn
Band: http://www.ironandwine.com/
Label: http://www.subpop.com/

Streaming audio: http://www.myspace.com/ironandwine

Lily Allen

Alright, Still

EMI International/Regal

British celebrity/actor Keith Allen�s daughter gets famous? Really? Didn�t see that one coming. More surprising is the fact that the low-key deal she penned with Regal Records late last year has raised her to the level that she presently finds herself -- and largely on the strength of her music. With more than two million listens on MySpace; almost universal support from the press, radio, and television; and a record that has already had labels such as �record of the year� attached to it, Allen is looking to make her mark on the pop scene. Having been compared to talents of Annie and the wordplay of the Streets� Mike Skinner, Allen�s Alright, Still is looking to become a common sight at record stores. ~Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson

Artist: http://www.lilyallenmusic.com/

Label: http://www.emigroup.com/

Streaming Audio: http://www.myspace.com/lilyallen 

Towers of London

Blood Sweat and Towers


Thanks to the tardiness that inevitably plagues the South by Southwest festival, I happened upon the Towers of London�s throwback �70s punk stylings while anxiously awaiting the band I had actually gone to see � Priestess (which later underwhelmed me, if you must know). Although I found the Towers� shirtless posturing a bit much, I did enjoy lead singer Donny Tourette�s cocksure attitude and his willingness to drop the F- and C-bombs. Even more impressive was the band�s willingness to make good on a threat to kick the ass of one of the many hecklers. After being pelted with a deadly beach ball one too many times, Tourette decided to jump from the stage and attack a member of the mostly male audience. As you might expect, this cleared the proverbial benches, kicked up a whole hell of a lot of dust, and ended the show in spectacular fashion. Did this act of violence overshadow the band�s music? Yes. Did it permanently etch the band�s name into my cerebral cortex? Absolutely. Mission accomplished, Towers of London. ~Zach Hothorn

Band (with streaming audio): http://www.thetowersoflondon.com/

Label (with streaming audio): http://www.tvtrecords.com/home/

A Flock of Seagulls: Best of A Flock of Seagulls (Direct Source)

AC/DC: TNT (Alberts)

B.B. King: Best of B.B. King [Direct Source] (Direct Source)

The Beatles: Capitol Albums, Vol. 2 (Toshiba EMI)

Big Mike: Keep It Playa (BCD Music Group)

Billie Holiday: God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holid     (Sony)

Bo Diddley: Best of Bo Diddley (Direct Source)

Body Count: Murder 4 Hire (New Media Studio)

Boozoo Bajou: Juke Joint II (!K7)

Chuck Berry: Best of Chuck Berry (Direct Source)

Conrad Ford: Don't Miss Yourself (Tarnished)

Count Basie: One O'Clock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie (Sony)

Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo To Anywhere         

Dizzy Gillespie: Night in Tunisia: The Very Best of Dizzy Gillespie (RCA)

DJ Drama: Hood Music (BCD Music Group)

DMX: Year of the Dog Again (Sony)

Eternia: It's Called Life        

Fats Domino: Best of Fats Domino (Direct Source)

G. Love: Lemonade (Brushfire)

Gisli: How About That? (EMI)

Hall & Oates: Philadelphia Years (Varese)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Platinum Collection (WEA International)

JT the Bigga Figga: Drop Your Thangs (Oakland R&B)

Kool & The Gang: Best of Kool and the Gang: Live (Direct Source)

Lily Allen: Alright, Still (EMI)

Louis Armstrong: Best of Louis Armstrong (Direct Source)

Marvin Gaye: Best of Marvin Gaye: Live (Direct Source)

Marvin Gaye: I Heard It Through the Grapevine (Fontana Int'l)

Memphis Slim: Sonet Blues Story (Verve)

Nitzer Ebb: Body Rework (Mute UK Indie)

Vaux: Beyond Virtue, Beyond Vice (Outlook Music)

Willie Nelson: Best of Willie Nelson (Direct Source)

Woody Guthrie: Best of Woody Guthrie (Direct Source)

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