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[January 23, 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:




Rights of Uncovering

Thrill Jockey

Arbouretum consists mainly of Baltimore-based singer-songwriter Dave Heumann, who has helped out bands like Anamoanon and Papa M and played with Cass McCombs and Bonnie "Prince" Billy. Will Oldham's brother Paul recorded most of Rights of Uncovering, Arbouretum's Thrill Jockey debut. Heumann sounds not unlike another Oldham brother, his voice low and rich, and his lyrics are highly literary, which isn't surprising, given that he names Sheltering Sky novelist Paul Bowles as his main influence. The religiously searching results come off like Comets on Fire with the guitars turned down a bit. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.thrilljockey.com/catalog/?id=100404

Label: http://www.thrilljockey.com/

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

The Boredoms

Super Roots; Super Roots Vol. 3; Super Roots Vol. 5


Beginning in 1993, seminal skronksters the Boredoms filled the time between albums releasing EP-length recordings. At times noodly and lacking any discernible theme or direction (Volume 1), then alternating with extended jams to melt your face off (Volumes 3 and 5), the records added little to the band's already noodly-slash-melty discography. However, just as punctuation glues words together into phrases, the Super Roots discs provided details that completed the picture of the group's expansive sound. Fortunately for stateside fans, Vice has secured reissue rights to these Japan-only and/or out-of-print records. Regardless of whether the discs come with the requisite bonus cuts, thick liners, spinning rims and what have you, the second chance is a welcome one. C'mon, y'all, feel the noise. ~Dan Nishimoto

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

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

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

Glenn Branca

Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses


Legendary avant-garde composer Glenn Branca gets some much deserved archive-digging love here. A work lesser known than his classic Hallucination City: Symphony for 100 Guitars (2001), Indeterminate shares a lot of features that more popular cousin. The recording may not employ one hundred guitars, but it does have plenty, including some played by young, pre-Sonic Youth axmen Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo. Atavistic packages the piece with a discussion about Branca between John Cage and Wim Mertins and the previously unreleased work "Harmonic Series Chords." ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.glennbranca.com/

Label: http://www.atavistic.com/   

The Broken West

I Can't Go On, I'll Go On


Two words: Big Star. Alex Chilton's short-lived little power-pop band continues to have a long-spanning influence on the rock world. The Broken West, formerly the Brokedown, is the latest band to embrace Big Star's supernova sound of galactic guitars and insanely catchy hooks. Mac McCaughan liked the band enough to sign it to Merge, a label that knows good power pop: Teenage Fanclub, the Essex Green, the Ladybug Transistor. The debut from this Los Angeles band, and particularly such songs as "On the Bubble" and "Down in the Valley," fits right in with those esteemed peers. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.thebrokedown.com/

Label: http://www.mergerecords.com/

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

Julie Doiron

Woke Myself Up


Julie Doiron's been doing the tender-Canadian-songwriter thing since before the masses in Broken Social Scene were probably even born. This is the first new album in more than two years from the former Eric's Trip chanteuse. Her former bandmate Rich White plays on every song and helped produce the album, and some songs even feature a full-on Eric's Trip reunion. Doiron based her songwriting around her mixed emotions toward her family, how only our relatives can incite such polar opposite positive and negative feelings. Jagjaguwar says the result is an album recommended for fans of Joni Mitchell's Blue, Cat Power's Moon Pix and Leonard Cohen's Songs of Love and Hate. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.juliedoiron.com/

Label: http://www.jagjaguwar.com/ 

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

"Me and My Friend" video

"No More" MP3


In Stormy Nights

Drag City

Sometimes forgotten in the crowded Japanese noise-rock mix of the Boredoms, Boris, and Acid Mothers Temple is Ghost. Main phantasm Michio Kurihara has logged time with White Heaven and Damon and Naomi and has recently collaborated with Boris on an album in Japan that has received enough good buzz that Drag City is bringing it to the States. In Stormy Nights is a fire-breathing monster of a psych rock album dominated by "Hemicyclic Anthelion," a half-hour-long exploration of seemingly every buzz and blip known to mankind. Elsewhere, Kurihara does gentle mountain folk and orchestral-bombast spazz rock equally well. I've been reading a lot lately about how California and Japan are intrinsically linked like twin brothers; if we believe that theory, Ghost could be considered the pan-Pacific brothers of California's Comets on Fire. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.ab.cyberhome.ne.jp/~pochamal/

Label: http://www.dragcity.com/ 

"Caledonia" MP3

The Good, the Bad & the Queen

The Good, the Bad & the Queen


To be right, or to be left, that is the question, right? The macro versus micro mind determines whether one is a ringleader or follower. Or, so they say. The trouble with such a strict outlook is that it fails to illustrate the nuances of collaboration. Like in dance, the best collaborators know when to lead and when to follow. Perhaps this point was impressed upon Damon Albarn, especially when Blur began to fracture from divergent interests and personalities. Turning to artists from disparate worlds, his writing became re-contextualized and rejuvenated. So, can you blame the brother for following the Gorillaz template and following up with The Good, the Bad & the Queen? (The yet-to-be-named band is being referred to by the name of its debut.) This time, he arguably stretches further (at least back in time) and joins up with Fela Kuti drummer Tony Allen, the Clash bassist Paul Simonon, and the Verve guitarist Simon Tong. Don't expect any wild revisions of afro-punk-beat or the such, but certainly a well choreographed dance between four experts. ~Dan Nishimoto

Band: http://www.thegoodthebadandthequeen.com/

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

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

Kristin Hersh

Learn to Sing Like a Star

Yep Roc

Whether in Throwing Muses, 50 Foot Wave, or as a solo artist, Kristin Hersh continues to put out striking, insightful new material. For her first offering on Yep Roc, Hersh produced the songs herself in L.A. and then got mixing input from Grammy-winner Trina Shoemaker by e-mailing tracks back and forth with her. (Take that, Ben Gibbard and Jimmy Tamborello; snail mail is so old school.) The album's witty title, given that Hersh's voice has always been more biting than pretty, comes from the tag line of a spam e-mail she kept seeing on her computer screen. Such song titles as "Under the Gun" and "Vertigo" suggest that, while older, Hersh is still battling with the often baffling ways of this world. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.throwingmusic.com/

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

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

Damien Jurado

Gathered in Song EP

Made in Mexico

Here's a little release that's come full circle. Gathered in Song was originally put out in tiny numbers in 1999 by Made in Mexico, and it's now being re-released as part of that label's efforts to revamp itself. Because of the EP's rare status, it's become highly prized amongst Jurado enthusiasts. He originally recorded it on simple machinery in a room full of friends, giving the material an intimate feel. The original five tracks are bolstered by demos from around the time of 1999's Rehearsals for Departure, including "Matinee," which would later show up on 2003's Where Shall You Take Me? Jurado calls what went into making Gathered in Song his "most challenging and frustrating time as a musician." For a singer-songwriter who usually wields emotions that cut to the bone, then, these songs should prove to be severely sharp. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.damienjurado.com/

Label: http://www.madeinmexicorecords.com/

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

Maher Shalal Hash Baz


Tori Kudo, the enigmatic Japanese composer behind Maher
Shalal Hash Baz, began his career on Org Records in the early '90s in Japan, later
moving on to Scottish label Geographic. L'Autre
is his first release on K Records, but it features the same kitchen-sink approach
of his earlier effortsKudo is a former political dissident turned Jehovah's
Witness who writes music specifically to be played by amateur musicians.
Translation: The twenty-seven songs on L'Autre
were recorded in Olympia, Washington in two days on a variety of instruments (gut
bucket, accordion, bassoon, cello, pianica, recorder, shofar, khoomii, farfisa,
saws, whistles, sandals and bells, to name a few) with guest musicians such
as K Records founder and Beat Happening architect Calvin Johnson and Old Time
Relijuns Arrington de Dionyso (a Tuvan throat singer) and feature Kudos
often unintelligible sung/spoken lyrics. In other words, "l'autre cap" means "the other cape" in French, which has no relation to the sonic contents of this
record. Forever espousing the beauty of imperfection, "The Master of Mistake"
~AJ Wolosenko

Artist: http://pink.ap.teacup.com/decablisty/
Label: http://www.krecs.com/
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/decablisty

Of Montreal

Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?


What's the best way to silence the "steak salesman" taunts? How about recording what is unquestionably the best record of your decade-long career? Well played, Kevin Barnes. This Technicolor set of pop songs matches Eno-glam weirdness, Midnite Vultures white funk, and even endless kraut drone with intensely neurotic lyrics that shouldn't sound nearly as ecstatic. Hissing Fauna would have topped dozens of 2006 year-end lists if guilty downloaders didn't have to feign ignorance, and it's immediately the pace car for the '07 race. Those who managed to resist are in for a treat. ~Jeff Klingman

Band: http://www.ofmontreal.net/
Label: https://www.polyvinylrecords.com/

The Shins
Wincing The Night Away
Sub Pop
After changing Natalie Portman's life and touring behind
their first two albums for the umpteenth time, the Shins finally got around to
recording the follow-up to 2003's Chutes Too Narrow . While expecting Wincing
the Night Away
to live up to the hype surrounding it seems a recipe for
disappointment, expecting it to knock Bleach from the top of the Sub Pop
sales figure mountain seems a smart bet. ~Justin Sheppard

Band: http://www.theshins.com

Label: http://www.subpop.com

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

Six Parts Seven

Casually Smashed to Pieces

Suicide Squeeze

All early reports have the Kent, Ohio noisemakers in Six Parts Seven shortening their often sprawling sound on their fourth full-length. Not that there's anything wrong with that: Not all post-rock has to come in gigantic Mogwai/Explosions in the Sky-size portions, right? Petite can be pretty as well. And at just a half hour, petite Casually Smashed to Pieces is. "You can listen to the whole thing without being exhausted-and hopefully it will leave the listener wanting more," says main musician Allen Karpinski. Sudden changes in dynamics, discordant chord changes and odd instrumentation abound. ~John Zeiss

Label: http://www.suicidesqueeze.net/
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/sixpartsseven
"Falling Over Evening" MP3
"Stolen Moments" MP3

David Vandervelde
House Band

Secretly Canadian

The early returns on the lush instrumentation and echo-y
vocal theatrics of David Vandervelde's debut have already brought the
twenty-two-year-old Chicagoan comparisons to David Bowie and Marc Bolan. Such
lofty side-by-sides are usually circumspect, but Vandervelde's surprisingly
mature songwriting abilities (dude can write a tune) go more than a few steps
toward actually justifying them. Fun fact: The eight songs on Moonstation House Band were recorded in
ex-Wilco-er Jay Bennett's studio on much of the gear that appeared on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, and the
self-taught Vandervelde plays nearly all the parts on the album. For fans
of Bowie, Bolan, and all the good things about rock music in the '70s. ~AJ Wolosenko

Artist: http://www.davidvandervelde.com/
Label: http://www.secretlycanadian.com/

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

Various Artists

HEAVYbreathing Vol. 1 & 2, The Sounds of Sex

Normal Germany

Ever notice how music about sex is seldom the most arousing to have sex to (assuming you even have a soundtrack playing while doing the deed)? Which may explain the desire to collect, and even listen to, music about loveage. Germany's Normal Records is just the latest to throws its jimmy hat in the ring with its four-volume HEAVYbreathing series. Covering every imaginable music style (from rockabilly to funk) and artist (from Screamin' Jay Hawkins to Q-Bert) these CDs demonstrate the commonality between artists in their ability to speak the language of love (and it ain't strictly French). Want to hear what it's like to have relations, from London to France? Take a peek underneath these see-through underpants. ~Dan Nishimoto

A Day to Remember: For Those Who Have Heart (Victory)
The Affair: Yes Yes to You (Absolutely Kosher)
Alasdair Roberts: Amber Gatherers (Drag City)
Arbouretum: Rites of Uncovering (Thrill Jockey)
Atreyu: Best of Atreyu (Victory)
The Autumn Defense: Autumn Defense (Broadmoor)
Berg Sans Nipple: Along the Quai (Team Love)
The Bird and the Bee: Bird and the Bee (Blue Note)
Boredoms: Super Roots (Vice)
Boredoms: Super Roots, Vol. 3 (Vice)
Boredoms: Super Roots, Vol. 5 (Vice)
The Broken West: I Can't Go On, I'll Go On (Merge)
The Brothers Martin: Brothers Martin (Tooth & Nail)
Cassius: I Am Jim Jones (Lifeforce)
Cat Stevens: Footsteps in the Light (EMI)
Chris Garneau: Music for Tourists (Absolutely Kosher)
Clinic: Visitations (Domino)
Cynthia G. Mason: Quitter's Claim (High Two / Aum Fi.)
Damiera: M(us)iC (Equal Vision)
David Kilgour: Far Now (Merge)
David Vandervelde: Moonstation House Band (Secretly Canadian)
Deerhoof: Friend Opportunity (Kill Rock Stars)
Destruction: Thrash Anthems (Candlelight)
DJ Spinna: Compositions, Vol. 2 
The Earlies: Enemy Chorus (Secretly Canadian)
Echo & The Bunnymen: Very Best of Echo & the Bunnymen (Rhino)
Fujiya & Miyagi: Transparent Things [Deaf, Dumb & Blind] 
Funkstörung: Appendix (K7)
Future of Forestry: Twilight (Credential Rec.)
Gary Marks: Gathering (K7)
Ghost: In Stormy Nights (Drag City)
Glenn Branca: Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses (Atavistic)
The Glimmers: Fabriclive 31 (Fabric)
The Good, the Bad & the Queen: The Good, the Bad & the Queen (Virgin)
The Grateful Dead: Live at the Cow Palace: New Years Eve 1976 (Rhino)
Hecker: Recordings for Rephlex (Rephlex)
John Mellencamp: Freedom's Road (Hip-O)
John Weise: Soft Punk (Troubleman Unlimited)
Julie Doiron: Woke Myself Up (Jagjaguwar)
Kristin Hersh: Learn to Sing Like a Star (Yep Roc)
Louis Armstrong: Complete Louis Armstrong, Vol. 1: Chimes Blues 192 (Fremeaux & Associes)
Mac Dre: Don't Hate the Player Hate the Game (Thizz)
Macromantics: Moments in Movement (Kill Rock Stars)
Maher Shalal Hash Baz: Autre Cap (K.)
Marco Carola: Fabric 31 (Fabric)
MC Breed/DFC: Hits (Power Ent)
Menomena: Friend and Foe (Barsuk)
Mew: Frengers (Sony)
Mew: Triumph for Man (Sony / BMG Import)
Mississippi Mud: Hangin Tree (Dubble Barrell)
Moe.: Conch (Fat Boy)
Múm: Peel Sessions (Fat Cat)
New Young Pony Club: New Young Pony Club EP (Modular / Interscope)
Nurse & Soldier: Marginalia (Jagjaguwar)
Of Montreal: Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (Polyvinyl)
Only Crime: Virulence (Fat Wreck Chords)
Peanut Butter Wolf: Stones Throw: Ten Years (Stones Throw)
Permanent ME: After the Room Clears (Stolen Transmission)
Pete Townshend: Definitive Collection(Hip-O)
The Pharcyde: Chapter One: Testing the Waters [EP] 
Piebald: Accidental Gentlemen (Side One Dummy)
The Pointer Sisters: Fire (Universe Italy)
Pretty Ricky: Late Night Special (Atlantic / Wea)
Radicalfashion: Odori (Hefty)
Rafter: Music for Total Chickens (Asthmatic Kitty)
The Residents: Freak Show (Mute U.S.)
Rick Ross/Nitty Torch/Gunplay Murdoch: What Da Lick Read (BCD Music Group)
Rob Crow: Living Well (Temporary Residence)
The Shins: Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop)
The Six Parts Seven: Casually Smashed to Pieces (Suicide Squeeze)
Tim Hecker: Radio Amor (Alien8 Recording)
Tom Brosseau: Grand Forks (Loveless)
Trae: Tha Truth Show [Chopped & Screwed] (BCD Music Group)
The Twilight Singers: Stitch in Time (One Little Indian Us)
Two Lone Swordsmen: Emissions Audio Output, Vol. 1 (Rotter's Golf Club)
Urban Legends: Of Old Lost Days (Contraphonic)
Various Artists: 12"/80s: Pop (Family Recordings)
Various Artists: Om: Chilled (Om)
Various Artists: Dane Cook's Tourgasm (Rhino)
Various Artists: Ultra Dance, Vol. 8 (Ultra)
Vitalic: This Is the Sound of Citizen (Citizen)
The Whitest Kids U Know: Whitest Kids U Know (What Are?)
You Am I: Convicts (Yep Roc)
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] 

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

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