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[July 10, 2007] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

Each week, we preview a handful of notable albums scheduled to hit the shelves, plus offer a full list of the current new releases.



Bad Religion

New Maps of Hell


Still going strong a long way into a solid punk-rock career (this is the band's fourteenth album), Bad Religion continues mapping out what needs to be changed in this oft-dysfunctional country of ours. Songs on New Maps include "Requiem for Dissent," "Grains of Wrath," and "Lost Pilgrim." Lead single "Honest Goodbye" was inspired by Perry Smith, one of the two murders at the heart of the story told in Capote's In Cold Blood. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.badreligion.com/

Label: http://www.epitaph.com/

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

Brother Reade

Rap Music

Record Collection

They're from the South, but they reflect the kaleidoscopic culture of their newfound home in Los Angeles. They're a rap duo, but they scarcely resemble their heroes Eric B & Rakim or Gang Starr, because they were friends before being bandmates. They're two pasty white dudes, but they don't sound like Eminem or the Alchemist. Okay, now that we've gotten the irrelevant out of the way, say hello to Brother Reade, your backpacker's new wet dream. Jimmy Jamz (emcee) and Bobby Evans (deejay/producer) presented articulate thoughts over smart beats on their debut EP, The Illustrated Guide To: 9 to 5, in 2006. The group follows up with the bluntly titled Rap Music full-length. Simple and plain are sometimes just enough to make you that good. ~Dan Nishimoto



Band: http://brotherreade.com/

Label: http://www.recordcollectionmusic.com/

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

Buffalo Tom

Three Easy Pieces

New West

Why the numerical reworking of the title of the great Jack Nicholson film? Could be because Buffalo Tom is a band with three members. Yes, the original trio is back together for this album: singer and guitarist Bill Janovitz, bassist Chris Colbourn, and drummer Tom Maginnis. This is Buffalo Tom's first album of new material in almost a decade. They never really broke up; they just never really got around to finishing up the songs that comprise Three until lately. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.buffalotom.com/

Label: http://www.newwestrecords.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/buffalotom2007  

Crowded House

Time on Earth


Hey now, hey now, did you dream it was over for Crowded House? Well, you were wrong. The band has jumped on the reunion train, with the conductor still being singer-songwriter Neil Finn. Steve Lillywhite and Ethan Johns produced Time on Earth. Johnny Marr, who's suddenly everywhere, adds guitar to two tracks. And the album features the song "Silent House," which Finn co-wrote with the Dixie Chicks, who did a version on last year's multiple-Grammy-winning Taking the Long Way. Time on Earth is being released by Dave Matthews' ATO imprint. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.crowdedhouse.com/news.php

Label: http://www.atorecords.com/

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

The Eat

It's Not the Eat, It's the Humidity

Alternative Tentacles

The name of this Eat compilation is more than just a witty play on words. The band hailed from South Florida, where it really is the humidity that will kill you, if the gators and mosquitoes don't get you first. Needless to say, being a punk band in the late '70s in a land of retirees meant the Eat remained a relatively obscure act. That's made its small vinyl and cassette releases highly sought after by punk completists. Now you can get in cheap CD form what people were paying astronomical amounts for just a few years ago. The band traded in classic punk politics on songs like "Communist Radio" and "Nixon's Binoculars" and were ahead of the curve of environmental awareness on tunes such as "Manatee Smacker" and "M-80 Ant Death." ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.myspace.com/theeatisinuse

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

Foo Fighters

The Colour and the Shape [reissue]


Wow, did you even realize it had been ten years since the Foo Fighters' second album, The Colour and the Shape? That makes it even longer that grunge has been dead. There aren't not even maggots left on that corpse. But the Foos live on, and it was with The Colour and the Shape that they cemented their turn out of Nirvana's nihilistic dirge punk and into rock-radio friendly power pop. This reissue contains the original album in remastered form as well as B-sides and covers, including takes on Killing Joke's "Requiem" and Gary Numan's "Down in the Park." ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.foofighters.com/

Label: http://www.rcarecords.com/

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

The For Carnation

Promised Works

Touch and Go

The For Carnation rose like a fine flower out of the fertile Louisville, Kentucky indie-rock scene. The band featured members of Slint and the Shipping News, including David Pajo and Todd Cook. The band hasn't produced a new album since 2000's self-titled affair, but this isn't the long-awaited follow up. No, it's a bundling of two of the band's earlier EPs, 1995's Fight Songs and 1996's Marshmallows. Those were originally released on Matador. ~John Zeiss



Label: http://www.touchandgorecords.com/

Album stream: http://www.touchandgorecords.com/links/tg289_stream/ 

Gogol Bordello

Super Taranta!


Taranta is a traditional form of Italian music played to try to cure women of hysteria (like that could ever happen -- ba-dum-ching!). So Super Taranta! is the perfect name for the new Gogol Bordello album, as Eugene Hutz and his bandmates music can get super hysterical. With this release, the band figures to ride the rising wave of gypsy rock fueled by Beirut's explosion on the scene and DeVotchKa's popularity boost from Little Miss Sunshine. Also helping Hutz's visibility was his star turn in the film Everything Is Illuminated. Gogol Bordello got production help on the album from Victor Van Vugt, who has also worked with Nick Cave and PJ Harvey. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.gogolbordello.com/

Label: http://www.sideonedummy.com/

Audio: http://myspace.com/gogolbordello 

Gravy Train!!!!

All the Sweet Stuff


Like the Baltimore of the West Coast, the Bay Area seems to be teeming with spastic dance-rock acts. One of the many is Gravy Train!!!! Those four exclamation marks the band uses in its name must stand for the four members, two guys and two girls who go by Chunx, Hunx, Funx, and Junx. Sweet Stuff is the band's first album for Cochon Records after two for Kill Rock Stars. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.gimmegravytrain.com/

Label: http://www.cochonrecords.com/

Audio: http://myspace.com/gravytrainband  

The Icarus Line

Black Lives at the Golden Coast

Dim Mak

A glammy, glitzy, high-life rockin' band from Los Angeles? Get out of town. The Icarus Line is all that and more, especially since it records for the super-cool Angeleno label Dim Mak. Led by the charismatic Joe Cardamone, the Icarus Line will likely make believers out of fans of other L.A. rockers like the Adored and Giant Drag. This is the band's first new album since 2004's Penance Soiree. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.theicarusline.com/

Label: http://www.dimmak.com/

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


Our Love to Admire


From the mountain-vista preview that went up on the band's website months ago to the "When Animals Attack" cover to the creepy video for "The Heinrich Maneuver," anticipation has been growing steadily for this Interpol full-length. It's the third from the flagship New York City rockers, and first in the bigs on Capitol after two for Matador. From the rage implicit in "Heinrich" and the fury of "Mammoth," it seems like Our Love to Admire takes on a bit of a darker hue after 2004's slightly more playful Antics. Can't wait to hear what "No I in Threesome" sounds like. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.interpolnyc.com/

Label: http://www.capitolrecords.com/splash.aspx

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

Jason Isbell

Sirens of the Ditch

New West

Don't know why exactly Jason Isbell left Drive-By Truckers to make this solo album, as almost all of the band shows up to play on it. Truckers Patterson Hood, Brad Morgan, and Isbell's wife, Shonna Tucker, all guest on Sirens, as does Hood's father David and long-time Neil Young collaborator Spooner Oldham. Sirens came together at the famed FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Here's to guessing "Hurricanes and Hand Grenades" is about drinking on Bourbon Street and "Down in a Hole" isn't an Alice in Chains cover. ~John Zeiss



Artist: http://www.jasonisbell.com/

Label: http://www.newwestrecords.com/

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

Masters at Work

Strictly M.A.W.

Groovalicious/Strictly Rhythm

If the '90s made band reunions de rigeur, then the 2000s have elevated label revivals to that level. However, the late 2006 resurrection of pioneering dance label Strictly Rhythm has been a quiet study in sustainable returns. While SR remains in the hearts of dance fans for putting on now-major players like Armand Van Helden, Josh Wink, and Erick Morillo, it has also made a major bid in the contemporary market by quickly logging 30,000 paid downloadsThe secret: a double-threat past classics and present-day talent. Sure doesn't hurt that many of the label's "senior" artists continue to make damn good music. So, Strictly Rhythm celebrates its return with a proper retrospective of one of its central hitmakers, the Masters At Work production duo of "Little" Louie Vega and Kenny "Dope" Gonzales. Strictly M.A.W. cover the gamut of the group's '90s output, from remixes of River Ocean's "Love & Happiness" to (my personal favorite) Aly-Us' "Follow Me." Vega and Dope each mix one CD, while unmixed versions of each disc round out this valuable 4-disc package. ~Dan Nishimoto



Band: http://www.mawrecords.com/

Label: http://www.strictly.com/

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

M. Ward

Duet for Guitars #2


M. Ward's first ever album already has a storied history. It was originally released by Co-Dependent Records in 1999. The next year, Howe Gelb of Giant Sand fame re-released it on his own label, Ow-Om. Even with that reissue, though, copies of the record quickly vanished. Until now, that is: Ward's new home base, Merge, is reissuing Duet for the second time. It comes enhanced with bonus tracks that weren't on the first two versions. ~John Zeiss




Artist: http://www.mwardmusic.com/

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

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/mward 

Patton Oswalt

Werewolves and Lollipops

Sub Pop

Voicing the main character in Ratatouille isn't the only thing comedian Patton Oswalt is up to this summer. He's also releasing his debut comedy album for veritable indie-rock label Sub Pop, also home to David Cross. This is only the second time Oswalt has gotten around to releasing a comedy album. But it's not like he hasn't been busy. You may know him from The King of Queens or from catching him opening for your favorite indie bands at fests like South by Southwest or Bumbershoot. Expect a lot of hilarious takes on our nation's current political problems. ~John Zeiss



Artist: http://www.pattonoswalt.com/

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

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

"Duke of Hazzard" MP3: http://www.subpop.com/assets/audio/3382.mp3 

Mark Ronson



For Version, uber-producer Mark Ronson gathers a bunch of his musical friends to do some cover versions. Lily Allen and Amy Winehouse repay Ronson for his help on their recent albums by showing up, covering the Kaiser Chief's "Oh My God" and the Zutons' "Valerie," respectively. Ronson's version of Radiohead's "Just" with Phantom Planet's Alex Greenwald was on a recent Radiohead tribute album and appears again here. Further guests include Robbie Williams, the Dapking Horns, Kenna, and Daniel Merriweather doing the songs of the Charlatans U.K., Coldplay, Ryan Adams, and the Smiths. ~John Zeiss



Artist: http://www.markronson.co.uk/

Label: http://www.rcarecords.com/

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

Smashing Pumpkins



When Billy Corgan said he was putting Smashing Pumpkins to rest some years ago, it was about as believable as Jay-Z saying he was retiring from rap. Corgan's always seemed a little more enthralled with his and the Pumpkin's mythology than most everyone else, so the band's death was all too convenient for the chance it offered him to resurrect it, Christ-like, at a later date. (And Corgan is definitely looking messianic these days, what with his new penchant for white robes.) Oh well, if Weezer and Green Day were able to corral a whole new batch of teenage fans, maybe the Pumpkins will be able to as well. These "Pumpkins" feature only Corgan and drummer Jimmy Chamberlin, with James Iha and D'Arcy Wretzky opting out of the reunion festivities. And remember that the version of Zeitgeist you'll end up with depends on the store you buy it at, so choose your retail options wisely. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.smashingpumpkins.com/

Label: http://www.repriserecords.com/

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


Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga


Poor Spoon: always the bridesmaid, never the bride. Seems that with every new album the band releases, the larger music press falls all over itself to declare that this record will be Spoon's breakthrough. Hell, the band even had a nice spread in the New Yorker a few weeks ago. Not that I'm hoping they're right, necessarily. I'm (selfishly) not looking forward to the result of said breakthrough: If I see some frat boy with a backward baseball cap shaking his awkward groove thing to "I Turn My Camera On" next time I catch Spoon live, that's not going to be cool. Britt Daniel, Jim Eno, and the rest of the band recorded these ten tunes with help from Mike McCarthy and Jon Brion. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.spoontheband.com/site.html

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

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/spoon 

St. Vincent

Marry Me

Beggars Banquet

As with Joan Wasser, who released an album a few weeks back under her Joan as Police Woman guise, Annie Clark is a singer-songwriter with a stage name and a good deal of musical experience. Clark goes by St. Vincent and has played with the Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens' backing band. With that kind of background, you can be pretty sure what her music is going to sound like: big, orchestral, vibrant. Clark also calls to mind fellow females Tori Amos and Regina Spektor. Mike Garson, who's tickled the ivories for years with David Bowie, plays piano on Marry Me, St. Vincent's debut. Brian Teasley of Man or Astro-man? also guests on the record. ~John Zeiss



Artist: http://www.ilovestvincent.com/

Label: http://www.beggars.com/

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

"Now Now" MP3: http://www.beggarsgroupusa.com/mp3/stvincent_now_now.mp3

A Band Called Pain: Broken Dreams (Hieroglyphics)
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: Born to Be Wild in the USA 2000 (Wabana)
Adam Frank: Overpass! A Melodrama (Alien8 Recording)
Against Me!: New Wave (Sire / London/Rhino)
Bad Religion: New Maps of Hell (Epitaph / Ada)
Buffalo Tom: Three Easy Pieces (New West)
Clark: Ted EP (Warp)
Crowded House: Time on Earth (ATO)
Danzig: Lost Tracks of Danzig (Mega Force)
Darkest Hour: Deliver Us (Victory)
Down to Earth Approach: Come Back to You (Vagrant)
The Eat: It's Not the Eat, It's the Humidity (Alternative Tentacles)
Eyvind Kang: Athlantis (Ipecac)
Fionn Regan: End of History (Lost Highway)
The For Carnation: Promised Works (Touch & Go)
Gogol Bordello: Super Taranta! (Side One Dummy)
The Gourds: Noble Creatures (Yep Roc)
Gravy Train!!!!: All the Sweet Stuff (Cochon)
Great Lakes Myth Society: Compass Rose Bouquet 
The High Dials: Holy Ground (Rainbow Quartz)
Icarus Line: Black Line at the Golden Coast (Dim Mak)
Interpol: Our Love to Admire (Capitol)
Jason Isbell: Sirens of the Ditch (New West)
Justice: Cross (Vice)
Kinky Friedman: Live from Austin, TX (New West)
Lindstrøm: LateNightTales (Late Night Tales)
M. Ward: Duet for Guitars #2 [Bonus Tracks] (Merge)
Mark Ronson: Version (Red Ink)
Nick Drake: Family Tree (Tsunami Label Group)
Nickelback: All the Right Reasons [CD/DVD] (Roadrunner)
No Use for a Name: All the Best Songs (Fat Wreck Chords)
Oh No! Oh My!: Between the Devil and the Sea (Dim Mak)
Patton Oswalt: Werewolves and Lollipops [CD/DVD] (Sub Pop)
Roky Erickson: You're Gonna Miss Me [Original Soundtrack] (Palm Pictures)
The Smashing Pumpkins: Zeitgeist (Reprise / Wea)
Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
St. Vincent: Marry Me (Beggars Banquet)
Supersuckers: Live in Orange County (2B1)
Us3: Say What!? (Us3. Com)
Various Artists: Ultra, Vol. 10 (Ultra)
Various Artists: Healing the Divide (Anti)
We Are Standard: 3000V-40000W (Minty Fresh)
Wolf Eyes: Fuck Pete Larsen (Wabana)

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

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