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[August 8, 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:



Boozoo Bajou

Juke Joint II


The German electronic duo Boozoo Bajou follows-up its 2005 album, Dust My Broom, with a new mixtape on CD. Peter Heider and Florian Seyberth's previous Juke Joint mix, released in 2003 on Stereo Deluxe, was a summery affair, which blended the sounds of Paul Weller, Primal Scream, Groove Armada, and John Lee Hooker, among others. This time, the boys have gone south and picked some deeper gems out of their massive musical closet. Look out for Boozoo Bajou's collaboration with Stones Throw's Oh No, as well as remixes of Tony Joe White's "Rainy Night in Georgia." ~Chris Gliddon

Band (streaming audio): http://www.boozoobajou.com/

Label: http://www.k7.com

Audio: http://myspace.com/boozoobajou 

Comets on Fire


Sub Pop Records

I don't know if there's ever been a band more appropriately named than Comets on Fire. Their music leaves a blazing trail of singed cells in the listeners brain, frying neurons with balls out, bloozy, guitar-skronked space rock. The band is celestial, but also earthy, almost to the point of hippiedom: the members hail from Santa Cruz, California, and you get the idea they have access to some really good kush there. You may also know guitarist Ben Chasny from his other project, Six Organs of Admittance, while fellow guitarist and singer Ethan Miller also has a side project with Howlin Rain. Avatar doesn't stray far from 2004's very well-received Blue Cathedral. Tune in, turn up, and kick in your doors of perception. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.cometsonfire.com/

Label: http://www.subpop.com/

 "Dogwood Rust" MP3



Hell Songs


Hell Songs is Daughters follow-up to the band's critically acclaimed 2003 debut, Canada Songs. Continuing to infuse grind-core influences into their chaotic brand of hardcore, the members of Daughters promise to provide all the craziness we enjoyed on their earlier recordings. Hell Songs marks the first release for the Providence, Rhode Island-based band on Hydrahead Records, which launched the career of Cave In. ~Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson

Band: http://www.wearedaughters.com/

Label: http://www.hydrahead.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/daughters1 

Diamond Head

It's Electric


Because even some of the most savvy metalheads know little more about Diamond Head than its enormous influence on Metallica -- as evidenced by several covers the band recorded, most notably "Am I Evil?" -- it's about time for the resurrected British four-piece to establish itself as more than a footnote in the history of heavy metal. This live album (recorded in 2005 at London's Astoria), which features a track list that reads like a greatest-hits compilation, could be the band's coming-out party. Let's just hope these forty-somethings have enough gas in the tank to inspire an entirely new generation of thrashers to pick up a guitar and bust out some riffs. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.diamond-head.net/

Label: http://www.snappermusic.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/diamondhead1 

Matthew Friedberger

Winter Women/Holy Ghost Language School

859 Recordings

Eighty-sixing his poor (or maybe just too busy) younger sister, Matthew Friedberger headed into the studio and emerges with two sprawling synth-and-guitar albums. According to Friedberger, who has ideas on pop music that are all his own, one is a summer record of pop songs. The other is yet another story album, following last year's similar, much-berated Rehearsing My Choir. This one concerns a religious English language school in Japan. Friedberger, who normally takes a back seat to Eleanor's vocals, provides all the singing, warbling, talking and mumbles on both discs. ~Kevin Dolak

Band: http://www.thefieryfurnaces.com/

Label: http://www.859recordings.com/

"The Pennsylvania Rock Oil Company Resignation Letter" MP3

"Do You Like Blondes?" MP3 

Kaki King

...Until We Felt Red

Velour Recordings

New York-based pixie-voiced guitarist Kaki King got her start "entertaining in subways," but on her third album, ...Until We Felt Red, she's branching out past mere singer-songwriter territory and into a more dynamic, album-making realm. The album was produced by John McEntire, who has worked with artists such as Stereolab and Tortoise. Between gentle, weeping guitar lines, songs such as "You Don't Have to be Afraid" and the half-funk, half-country album closer "Gay Sons of Lesbian Mothers" sound fresh, colorful, and ambitious. Apparently, even Questlove of the Roots is a fan. Isn't that reason enough to be curious? ~Chris Gliddon

Artist: http://www.kakiking.com/

Label: http://www.velourmusic.com/

Audio: http://myspace.com/kakiking 

Rick Ross

Port of Miami

Def Jam/Slip-N-Slide

Miami rapper Rick Ross found a monster of a single in "Hustlin'," a bassed-up elixir of strutting confidence, screwed-down haze, and dealer-connect boasts. Such is its lifeline that the single, released this spring, birthed two remixes (one with Busta Rhymes, another with Jay-Z and Young Jeezy) and crawled into the summer to stand as this season's unofficial anthem-jam. The challenge now is to prevent the success of "Hustlin'" from overshadowing Ross's debut, Port of Miami. Early reports are indicating Port to be a (black) Tony Montana-guided, Scarface-soundtrack-sampling tour of the city's seedy underbelly (not the stuff you see on Nip/Tuck; well, maybe some of it), funneled through a block of respected producers (Cool & Dre, the Runners, DJ Toomp) and, of course, one hell of a beard. ~Michael Pollock

Artist (audio/video)

Label (audio/video): http://www6.defjam.com 

The Sadies

In Concert Vol. 1

Yep Roc

Sadies fans, rejoice! Here comes a heaping helping of hoedown-ready country rock. It's a band that really appreciates its fans that releases a double-live album packed with forty-one songs. (That's a dig on you, Radiohead. Eight songs on that live album a few years back?! Eight??!! Thanks for nothing.) There are also plenty of guests joining the Sadies on stage, including Kelly Hogan, Jon Spencer, Jon Langford, Gary Louris from the Jayhawks, Garth Hudson from the Band, and (fanboys don't bust a nut) Neko Case. Steve Albini recorded all the love and collaboration over two nights at Lee's Place in Toronto earlier this year. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.thesadies.net/

Label: http://www.yeproc.com/

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


Christ Illusion

American/Warner Bros.

You'd would think that a band like Slayer would have really ante'd up to release their first studio record in 5 years and their first studio record since 1990s Seasons in the Abyss with the original line-up of Kerry King (guitar), Tom Araya (bass and vocals), Jeff Hanneman (guitar), and Dave Lombardo (drums) on that coincidental of all days, 6.6.06. But 8.8.06? Now, that's not a very Satanic date. At least they got the lead single "Cult" out on that day, Satan bless 'em. ~Lee Fullington

Band: http://www.slayer.net/

Label: http://www.americanrecordings.com/

Album stream: http://www.myspace.com/slayer 

The 101: Numbers (Limekiln)

Aberdeen City: Freezing Atlantic (Red Ink)

Acid Reign: Time and Change

Al Green: Gospel Concert (Wonderful Music)

Amusement Parks on Fire: Out of the Angeles (V2 International)

Ani Difranco: Reprieve (Righteous Babe)

Arthur Russell: Another Thought (Orange Mountain)

Ayatolla: Listen 

B.B. King: Blues d'Azur (Music Avenue)

Barry Adamson: Stanger on the Sofa (Central Control)

Bernard Fanning: Tea & Sympathy (Lost Highway)

Billie Holiday: Greatest Voice in Jazz (Direct Source)

Blood Meridian: Kick up The Dust (V2 Ada)

Boozoo Bajou: Juke Joint, Vol. 2 EP (K7)

Breaking Benjamin: Phobia (Hollywood)

Cassie: Cassie (Bad Boy)

Chrome Division: Doomsday Rock'n Roll (Nuclear Blast America)

Cinder: House Full of No Trust (Rock Ridge Music)

Coaxial: Coaxial (Gold Standard)

Comets On Fire: Avatar (Sub Pop)

The Cure: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Rhino / WEA)

The Cure: Head on the Door [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Rhino / WEA)


Daughters: Hell Songs (Hydra Head)

Death Before Disco: Barricades (Lifeforce)

Defari: Street Music (ABB)

The Delgados: Complete BBC Peel Sessions (Chemikal Underground)

DJ Krush: Stepping Stones: The Self Remixed Best (Red Ink)

DJ Quik: Born and Raised in Compton: The Greatest Hits (Arista)

Dolly Parton: All American Country (Collectables)

The Doors: The Best of The Doors (Rhino / WEA)

Dr. John: Blues Biography (United Multi Consign)

Dukedagod/40 Cal.: Broken Safety (Cleopatra)

Ensemble: Disown, Delete (Fat Cat)

Fats Domino: Blues Biography (United Multi Consign)

Funkadelic: Motor City Madness: The Ultimate Collection (Westbound)

Gabriel & Dresden: Gabriel & Dresden           

Gin Blossoms: Major Lodge Victory (Hybrid)

Grandmaster Flash: Definitive Groove Collection (Rhino)

Hall & Oates: In Concert (United States Dist)

Have Heart: Things We Carry (Bridge Nine)

Heads: Under the Streets of a Headlong Dive (Alternative Tentacles)

Heartless Bastards: All This Time (Fat Possum (Ryko))

James Brown: Funk It!: Remixed Hits (Cleopatra)

Jim Noir: Tower of Love (Barsuk)

Jody Watley: The Makeover (Avitone Recordings)

Junior Boys: In The Morning (Domino)

Kaki King: Until We Felt Red (Velour)

Keak da Sneak: Hits (Rex Recordings Inc)

La Rocca: Truth (Dangerbird)

Left Alone: Dead American Radio (Hellcat)

The Living Legends: Legendary Music, Vol. 1 (Legendary Music)

Lola Ray: Liars (Red Ink)

Love Arcade: Love Arcade (Atlantic / Ada)

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Gold (Geffen)

Mad Skillz: Mad Skillz (Koch)

Mahi Mahi: He No Wa  

Mahi Mahi: [Re] Move Your Body

Masta Killa: Made in Brooklyn (Nature Sounds)

Matthew Friedberger: Winter WomenHoly Ghost Language

Meg & Dia: Something Real (Doghouse)

Michael Watts: Pandora's Box (Oarfin)

Miss Derringer: Lullabies (Sympathy for the Record Industry)

Miss Kittin: Bugged out Mix (System Recordings)

Modwheelmood: Enemies and Immigrants (Buddyhead)

New London Fire: I Sing the Body Holographic (Eyeball)

Nina Gordon: Bleeding Heart Graffiti (Warner Bros.)

Ocean Colour Scene: Live Acoustic: At the Jam House        

Oh No:  Exodus into Unheard Rhythms (Stones Throw)

Oli Silk: So Many Ways (V2)

Original Soundtrack: The Last Kiss (Lakeshore Records)

Original Soundtrack: Half Nelson (Lakeshore Records)

Original Soundtrack: World Trade Center (Sony)

Pilot Scott Tracy: We Cut Loose (Alternative Tentacles)

The Pipettes: We Are the Pipettes (Memphis Industries)

Relay: Type/Void (Bubble Core)

Rick Ross: Port of Miami (Def Jam)

Rifu: Bombs for Food, Mines for Freedom (Go Kart)

Sadies: In Concert: Vol 1 (Yep Roc)

Scarface/Tupac: 2 Face (Rap-A-Lot)

Sebadoh: III [REISSUE] (Domino)

The Shat: Cuntree (Buddyhead)

Sigur Rós: Sæglópur (Filter U.S.)

Slayer: Christ Illusion  (Warner Bros.)

Smokey Robinson & the Miracles: Gold (Motown)

Todd Snider: The Devil You Know (New Door Records)

Trae: Restless [Chopped & Screwed (Rap-A-Lot)

Under the Influence of Giants: Under the Influence of Giants (Island)

Wires on Fire: Wires on Fire (Buddyhead)

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