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[February 6, 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 Apples in Stereo

New Magnetic Wonder

Simian/Elephant 6/Yep Roc  

Robert Schneider and the rest of the Apples in Stereo have done a nice job in building anticipation for their new album, from Bob's now-infamous serenading of Stephen Colbert to slowly unveiling new tracks and videos. As already widely reported, New Magnetic Wonder is the first release off Elijah Woods's Simian imprint--Woods met Schneider at 2003's South by Southwest. It's also the Apples' first album without longtime drummer/second vocalist Hilarie Sidnie. Plenty of changes for the band, sure, but don't expect a big move away from their predominately sunny, lush AM-pop sound. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.applesinstereo.com/

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

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

"Energy" video: http://www.yeproc.com/artist_info.php?artistId=11076 

Bloc Party

A Weekend in the City


It's a familiar story: British band releases a debut album that gets hyped to the moon in its home country. British band "invades" America with somewhere between middling and substantial success. British band readies important sophomore album. Here, the path splits. Will Bloc Party go the route of, say, Coldplay, or will the band join such comrades as, say, the Futureheads, in the British buzz-band graveyard? ~Justin Sheppard

Band: http://www.blocparty.com//

Label: http://www.vicerecords.com/

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


Play With the Changes

Raw Canvas

After a six-year hiatus, the future soul duo 4hero returns with more broken-beat electronica bliss. Play with the Changes promises to be another gem thanks to collaborations from rising talent such as Darien Brockington, J-Davey, and Phonte of Little Brother and legends like Ursula Rucker and Jody Watley. ~Norman Mayers

Band: http://www.4hero.co.uk/

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

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/4hero

Loney, Dear

Loney, Noir

Sub Pop

Sub Pop gets itself a piece of the currently very sweet Swedish rock pie (other slices include Peter Bjorn and John, the Knife, and I'm from Barcelona) with Loney, Dear, the name under which Emil Svanangen records and performs. Like fellow Sub Popper Chad VanGaalen, Svanangen is known for the meticulous way he crafts his songs in his own home studios. He's been putting out his own small releases to much acclaim in Europe for a while now, but this is first album to get domestic distribution. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.loneydear.com/

Label: http://www.subpop.com/  

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

Eleni Mandell

Miracle of Five


Eleni Mandell is a member of a current flock of songbirds flitting around the L.A. music scene that includes Inara George (the bird in the Bird and the Bee) and Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond. Although she cites fellow Angelenos X as a major influence and has even worked with members of that band, her sound leans more toward Jon Doe's and Exene Cervanka's recent folkier solo work than anything off Under the Big Black Sun. Miracle of Five is Mandell's fifth full-length. It's full of songs reminiscent of a lazy day spent lying beside a glimmering blue Southern California swimming pool. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.elenimandell.com/

Label: http://www.zedtone.com/

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

Yoko Ono

Yes, I'm a Witch


Well there's one hell of an album title. You tell 'em, Yoko. All those old fools who still blame you for breaking up the Beatles. And do it with a slew of hip, young collaborators (Cat Power, Jason Pierce of Spiritualized, Robert Schneider of Apples in Stereo, Peaches, the Polyphonic Spree, DJ Spooky, the Flaming Lips, Antony, the Sleepy Jackson, and folks from Le Tigre and Blow Up) to prove you haven't lost your zeitgeist touch. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.a-i-u.net/

Label: http://www.astralwerks.com/

"Revelations" (with Cat Power): http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia/astralwerks/yoko_ono/revelations.asx

"Cambridge 1969/2007" (with the Flaming Lips): http://boss.streamos.com/wmedia/astralwerks/yoko_ono/cambridge_1969_2007.asx

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

Over the Rhine

Discount Fireworks

Back Porch

Over the Rhine is the music-making duo of Karin Bergquist and Linford Detweiler. The two have been making charming, pretty Americana for almost two decades now. So it's time for a career retrospective. Discount Fireworks rounds up disparate tunes from the band's many releases, including increasingly hard-to-find IRS albums. Also included is one new song, "Last Night on Earth Again," and a live version of "Lookin' Forward." ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.overtherhine.com/

Label: http://www.backporchrecords.com/

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

Peter Bjorn & John

Writer's Block

Almost Gold

After achieving hype supernova with its original release last fall (causing many a North American to get gouged by import pricing, I'm sure), the cheekily titled Writer's Block (every member of the trio contributes songs, after all) will land the even more cheekily named Peter Bjorn & John PB & J? Ugh.) another wave of sales with this domestic release-the six-track bonus disc serving as the bait. Not even Whistlegate (yes, they fake it live) seems able to stop these super Swedes. ~Justin Sheppard

Band: http://www.peterbjornandjohn.com/

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

Sun Kil Moon

Ghosts of the Great Highway Re-issue

Caldo Verde

Mark Kozelek is apparently in no hurry to produce new material. In 2005 he detoured into a set of Modest Mouse covers, Tiny Cities. Now he's revamping and re-releasing his Sun Kil Moon debut from 2003. Added to the original ten-song disc is a second disc that features alternate takes on "Carry Me Ohio" and "Salvador Sanchez," two different versions of Kozelek covering Leonard Bernstein's "Somewhere," and the previously unreleased track "Arrival." ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.sunkilmoon.com/

Label: http://www.caldoverderecords.com/

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

Aereogramme: My Heart Has a Wish That You Would Not Go (Sonic Unyon)
The Apples in Stereo: New Magnetic Wonder (Yep Roc)
Bloc Party: Weekend in the City (Vice)
Carla Bruni: No Promises (Na�ve)
The Cat Empire: Two Shoes (Velour)
The Charlatans UK: Forever: The Singles (Umvd Import)
Clouds: Legendary Demo (Hydrahead)
The Colour: Between Earth & Sky (Re: Think)
The Comsat Angels: Glamour [Bonus Tracks] (Renascent [VCP])
The Comsat Angels: My Mind's Eye [Bonus Tracks] (Renascent [VCP])
The Comsat Angels: To Before (Renascent [VCP])
The Cooper Temple Clause: Make This Your Own 
Corinne Bailey Rae: Corinne Bailey Rae [2 CD] (Capitol)
Dan�el �g�st: Swallowed a Star (One Little Indian Us)
Danny Cohen: Shades of Dorian Gray (Anti)
Dear and the Headlights: Small Steps, Heavy Hooves (Equal Vision)
Deerhunter: Cryptograms (Kranky)
The Dexateens: Hardwire Healing (Skybucket)
DJ Icey: Disco Rodeo (Moist Music)
Eleni Mandell: Miracle of Five (Zedtone)
Falco: Hoch Wie Nie: Best of Falco (Sony / BMG Import)
Fall Out Boy: Infinity on High (Island)
Frank Black: Christmass [Bonus DVD] (Cooking Vinyl)
Frivolous: Midnight Black Indulgence (Scape Germany)
Goldfrapp: Ride a White Horse (Mute U.S.)
Grandmaster Melle Mel: Muscles 
Horace Silver: You Gotta Take a Little Love (Blue Note)
Hug: Heroes (Kompakt Germany)
J. Sands: Breaks, Vol. 2 (B.U.K.A. Ent.)
Jesse Sykes & the Sweet Hereafter: Like, Love, Lust & the Open Halls of the Soul (Barsuk)
John Digweed: Renaissance Presents: Transitions, Vol. 2 (Thrive)
John Waters: Date with John Waters (New Line)
Johnny Griffin: Introducing Johnny Griffin [RVG Edition] (Blue Note)
JT Donaldson: Franchise Player 01 (Swank Recordings)
Kenny Drew: Undercurrent (Blue Note)
Kiss Kiss: Reality vs. The Optimist (Eyeball)
Kool Keith: Ultra-Octa-Doom (2B1)
Kristin Hersh: In Shock (4AD)
Little Man Tate: About What You Know (V2 UK)
Loney, Dear: Loney, Noir (Sub Pop)
Mas Rapido!: Pity Party (Parasol)
MC Breed/DFC: Hits (Power Ent)
MC Eiht: Representin' (Native)
Mick Harvey: Motion Picture Music 1994-2005 (Mute U.S.)
Original Soundtrack: Smokin' Aces (Lakeshore S)
Over the Rhine: Discount Fireworks (Back Porch)
Public Enemy: Fight the Power!: Greatest Hits Live! (Titan / Pyramid)
The Queers: Beat Off (Asian Man)
The Queers: Munki Brain (Asian Man)
Rickie Lee Jones: Sermon on Exposition Boulevard (New West)
Sarah Shannon: City Morning Song (Minty Fresh)
Snoop Dogg: Legend of Hip Hop (K-Town)
Soft Circle: Full Bloom (Eastern Developments)
Sondre Lerche: Phantom Punch (Astralwerks)
Sun Kil Moon: Ghosts of the Great Highway [Bonus CD] (Caldo Verde)
Three 6 Mafia: Prophet's Greatest Hits (Hypnotize Minds)
The Used: Berth (Reprise / Wea)
Various Artists: 8-Bit Operators (Astralwerks)
Various Artists: Drum and Bass Headhunterz (Metalheadz)
Wiz Khalifa: Show and Prove 
Woody Guthrie: Vigilante Man (Pazzazz)
Wu-Tang Clan: Unreleased (Nature Sounds)
Yoko Ono: Yes, I'm a Witch (Astralwerks)
Z-Ro: King of da Ghetto 
Z-Ro: King of da Ghetto [Chopped and Screwed] 
Z-Ro: Z-Ro vs. the World 
Z-Ro: Z-Ro vs. the World [Chopped & Screwed] 
Z-Ro: Tha Omega (KMJ)

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

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