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[February 27, 2007] 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:




The Information [Deluxe Edition]


Beck is a man of many traits, and one of those is that he's a completist. The one-time loser/slacker has grown into an artist that appreciates his craft and wants to share a whole bunch of it with his audience. He released a complete remix take on 2005's Guero, and now he's re-releasing last year's The Information in a bulked-up fashion. This release, three discs in all, also contains remixes from the likes of David Sitek of TV on the Radio, Jamie Lidell, and Ellen Allien; three bonus tracks; and a video DVD containing all of Beck's gloriously ramshackle homemade clips and more professional interpretations of "Cell Phone's Dead" and "Nausea" by Michel Gondry and Patrick Daughters, respectively. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.beck.com/

Label: http://www.interscope.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/beck 

Dash Rip Rock

Hee Haw Hell

Alternative Tentacles

Louisiana swamp-punkers Dash Rip Rock may be most widely remembered for their mid-'90s one-off novelty "Let's Go Smoke Some Pot," but they'd actually been doing the whole hillbilly hell-raising thing for a long time before that, and they continue to soldier on with it today. After 2005's twenty-year retrospective, Recyclone, the trio has returned with Hee Haw Hell, a country-rock-opera take on Dante's Inferno. (It appears the guys haven't stopped smoking a whole hell of a lot of wacky weed.) The concept album mixes spoken word and music and features guest appearances from Jello Biafra, Mojo Nixon and the Upper Crust. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.dashriprock.net/

Label: http://www.alternativetentacles.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/11389133 

Dean and Britta

Back Numbers


Dean Wareham continues his transformation from Galaxie 500/Luna-leading shoegazer to Serge Gainsbourg-style agent provocateur with his second album with Britta Phillips, Back Numbers. Of course, with a chanteuse-like Britta (who played bass in Luna toward the end of that band's run and was the voice of cartoon rocker Jem) around, any guy would start acting like a French playboy. Legendary producer Tony Visconti, who was with Bowie and T. Rex in the '70s and helped produce D&B's debut, L'Avventura (2003), returns to produce Back Numbers. Wareham's never been one to shy away from a well-plucked cover, and here he and Phillips handle Lee Hazelwood's "You Turned My Head Around" and the Trogg's "Our Love Will Still Be There." As for D&B originals, expect more poolside-pop perfection. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.deanandbritta.com/

Label: http://www.zoerecords.net/

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

Do Make Say Think

You, You're a History in Rust


Now is the season of our instrumental rock. Following last week's newbie from Explosions in the Sky comes Do Make Say Think's fifth record. Cool Canadian kids to the core, the band members laid down the basics for the album's tracks at a rural cottage and barn in Ontario before returning to their th'Schivtz Studio in Toronto. Unlike on the new Explosions in the Sky, Do May Say Think makes the interesting move of adding vocals to the mix on "A with Living"; the song is even done in traditional verse-chorus-verse format. Similarly skilled indie band Akron/Family guests on the album, as does Great Lake Swimmers lead singer Tony Dekkar. With this accomplished new work, Do May Say Think might finally stop being viewed as simply a Broken Social Scene side project. ~John Zeiss

Audio: http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendid=43842679

Band: http://www.domakesaythink.com/

Label: http://www.cstrecords.com/

Money Mark

Brand New by Tomorrow


While the Beastie Boys gear up to hit the summer festival circuit, their sometime fourth member, Money Mark, is releasing his fourth full-length. The eleven new tracks were recorded in L.A., New York and Rio with producer Mario Caldato. With Grand Royal no longer around to release albums, Brand New by Tomorrow is coming out on, interestingly enough, Jack Johnson's Brushfire imprint. The Beasties aren't the only ones Mark is known for collaborating with; he's also played with Johnson, Beck, and Blues Explosion. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.moneymark.com/

Label: http://www.brushfirerecords.com/ 

"Pick up the Pieces" video: http://www.moneymark.com/  



Ecstatic Peace

Vegas should probably start taking wagers on what indie-movie star will try to crossover to being an indie-rock star next. Only shortly after we've learned Jena Malone doesn't want to be known just as Donnie Darko's love interest, here comes the debut album from Michael Pitt's band, Pagoda. You may remember Pitt from cavorting with a tranny in Hedwig and the Angry Inch, cavorting with a brother and sister in The Dreamers, and portraying the Kurt Cobain-inspired character in Last Days. (All this after playing a virgin on Dawson's Creek!) Apparently some of the musical jamming Pitt did in Last Days wasn't just acting; he's a talented enough musician to have caught the ear of Thurston Moore, whose Ecstatic Peace imprint is releasing Pagoda's music. ~John Zeiss

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

Band: http://www.pagodaonline.com/

Label: http://www.ecstaticpeace.com/  

Boz Scaggs

Silk Degrees


What can I say? Baby boomer music enthusiasts often wax nostalgic about the "good ole days" because of the diversity and apparent genre-blindness. The sentiment rings true in terms of the broad range of music any given listener could be exposed to; music-radio programming in the '60s went quasi-freeform because of the need to meet increased programming demand. For a brief period, deejays were given unprecedented freedom to choose what music aired. Understandably, artists of this era--not just Bowie--absorbed numerous styles into their personality. In this sense, Boz Scaggs is one such quintessential artistic chameleon, and his breakthrough fifth album, Silk Degrees, is a reflection of this adaptive ability. Though often recognized as an R&B crossover hybrid for the hit "Lowdown," Scaggs's 1976 effort reaches further to embrace rock, reggae and good ole Nola rhythm 'n' blues. Thirty years later, Silk Degrees receives a second appraisal as a Columbia/Legacy reissue. Extended with bonus tracks (live versions of three album tracks) and liners by Scaggs and writer/A&R rep Bud Scoppa, this expanded edition offers a prototypical snapshot of a pastime paradise. ~Dan Nishimoto

Artist: http://www.bozscaggs.com/

Label: http://www.columbiarecords.com/ 

Various Artists

Thisish, Vol. 1, Hosted by Large Professor


Did you know turning thirty in the 2000s offers a thorough lesson in postmodernism? To be fair, not everyone is privy to this crash course. The secret ingredients are as follows: a career interest in the arts or any similarly underpaid, liberal sector of the work field, and a pinch of existential unrest. Subsequently, you will work four to ten times as many jobs as the average baby boomer and go on to develop a more layered body of experience. So, consider Thisish, a creative-arts collective that designs T-shirts, produces music and organizes "lifestyle events," a company just made for these times. Thisish, Vol. 1 is the group's official foray into music; collecting instrumentals from resident producers Marshall Law, Cresh Frazy and others, the compilation skips and stutters to a series of anxiously morphing beats. Perhaps the boys were quaking from the presence of host and legendary producer-emcee Large Professor? Nah right, kid, that's just the new style: all mixed up. ~Dan Nishimoto

Collective: http://www.thisish.com/

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

4Hero: Play with the Changes (Milan)
Akimbo: Harshing Your Mellow (Alternative Tentacles)
Apathy: Blood Reigns Over a Pathetic World (Fist Music)
B.G. & The Chopper City Boyz: We Got This (Koch)
The Bar-Kays: Bar-Kays (Direct Source)
The Bar-Kays: House Party (I.M.)
Beck: Information [Deluxe Edition] (Interscope)
Bonaroo: Bonaroo (Wounded Bird)
Dälek: Abandoned Language (Ipecac)
Dash Rip Rock: Hee Haw Hell (Alternative Tentacles)
David Bromberg: Try Me One More Time (Appleseed)
Dean & Britta: Back Numbers (Rounder)
Do Make Say Think: You, You're a History in the Rust (Constellation)
Dr. Dog: We All Belong (Park the Van)
The Feeling: Twelve Stops and Home (Cherry Tree)
The Game/DJ Whoo Kid: Fifth Element: G-Unit Radio, Pt. 8 (BCD Music Group)
High Priest: Born Identity 
Ike & Tina Turner: Live! The Ike & Tina Turner Show (DBK Works)
Isaac Hayes: Love Collection (Madacy)
The Isley Brothers: Showdown/Grand Slam (Beat Goes On)
Klaxons: Myths of the Near Future (Umvd Import)
Mac Dre: Rompalation 2006: Thugz of Honor (R.N.L.G. LLC)
Matt Wertz: Everything In Between (Nettwerk)
Mick Barr: Lohargh Wended (Tzadik)
Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels: Rev-Up: The Best of Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Whee (EMI)
Money Mark: Brand New by Tomorrow (Brushfire)
Nico: Frozen Borderline: 1968-1970 (WEA International)
Otis Taylor: Definition of a Circle (Telarc)
Pagoda: Pagoda (Ecstatic Peace)
The Police: Greatest Video Hits (Immortal)
The Police: Synchronicity (Universal Japan)
QN5 Music: Asterix: Four (HBD Label Group)
Raekwon: Vatican Mixtape, Vol. 1 (Ice Water)
Six by Seven: 4 (First Time)
Slim Thug: Serve & Collect (Koch)
Snowgoons: German Lugers (Babygrande)
Winterpills: Light Divides (Signature)
Wisemen: Think Differently Music Presents Wisemen Approachi (Babygrande)

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

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