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[July 11, 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:



James Figurine

Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake

Plug Research

Rivaling Scott Herren for sheer number of different monikers and musical projects, Jimmy Tamborello's latest work is being released under the alias James Figurine. Tamborello is, of course, best known as one half of the Postal Service,
the duo that made O.C. lovers and IDM and electro-pop enthusiasts
worldwide ecstatically happy recently by announcing that yes, Virginia,
there will be a second album. He sometimes records as Dntel; that
incarnation will release its next album on Sub Pop, also home to the
Postal Service (quiz at the end of this, folks, so pay attention). Here
he's James Figurine, but he's not alone. Along for the ride are the
usual list of indie A-list guests, including Jenny Lewis and King of Convenience Erlend Oye. ~John Zeiss

Streaming audio and video

James Figurine Web site

Plug Research Web site 

The Hellacopters

Rock & Roll Is Dead

Liquor & Poker

Like it did with the Illuminati's On Borrowed Time,
Liquor & Poker Records has taken it upon itself to release an album
domestically that has languished in the import bin for more than a
year. This follow-up to 2002's By the Grace of God
continues the Hellacopter's sonic evolution from snot-nosed punks to
pop-rock songsmiths. Featuring the thirteen songs that constitute the
European release as well as one bonus track and two videos, this
repackaging will make those of us who bought it for thirty bucks a year
ago slap our heads in foolishness. And then we'll all shell out $16.99.
I think I'm starting to get a picture of Liquor & Poker's business
plan. ~Zach Hothorn

The Hellacopters Web site

Liquor & Poker Records Web site

Streaming audio 

Killing Joke

Hosannas from the Basements of Hell

Cooking Vinyl

the members of bands such as Rammstein and Cradle of Filth were just
learning to tune their guitars, Killing Joke was busy forging the genre
those bands could belong to. Known best for melding down-tuned guitars,
distorted bass and tribal rhythms with complex new-wave keyboard
orchestrations, the members of Killing Joke are still at their doomy
tomfoolery a quarter century after inception. This is the band's first
album of new material since 2003's self-titled release (which featured Dave Grohl
on drums) and it's expected to "define the exquisite beauty of the
atomic age in terms of style, sound and form," as per the band's
manifesto. "And what exactly is a hosanna" you ask. A cry of praise or
adoration to God. They're smart, and stuff. ~Zach Hothorn

Killing Joke Web site

Cooking Vinyl Web site

Streaming audio

Black Holes and Revelations
Warner Bros.

In 2003, Absolution and a hugely supported tour rocketed
Muse to success here in the U.S. Some would assume it's best to play it safe
with the fickle American audience, but not the members of Muse. They've
enlisted Rich Costey (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave) to co-produce, and
he helped arrange Muse's varying influences and sounds. Black Holes and Revelations
may ensure Muse's place on American televisions, radios and stages. ~Lars
Garvey Laing-Peterson

Muse Web site (streaming audio)
Bros. Web site

Shapes and Sizes

Shapes and Sizes

Asthmatic Kitty

Sufjan Stevens's  Asthmatic
Kitty label is quickly cornering the market on whimsical mixed-gender
pop groups. The latest signee: Shapes and Sizes. The members'
description of their band must have been what convinced Suf to ink the
dotted line. Direct from their Web site: "Shapes and Sizes inhabit a
world in which humanity is stratified into three possible
classifications: kindergarteners who don't wear brand names, dads who
look like wild, forest dwelling warlocks, and undergrads who sometimes
laugh aloud when alone in the school computer lab." Want some more? Oh,
yes, you do. "Shapes and Sizes enjoy order, neatness and organization
as much as any celibate dormouse librarian." What does the band sound
like? Labelmates Bunky and Half-Handed Cloud come to mind. So the
Asthmatic Kittymeisters may say they shun genre pigeonholing and value
diversity, but I'd love to see a hardcore rap group try to join their
roster. ~John Zeiss

Shapes and Sizes Web site

Asthmatic Kitty Web site

Streaming audio 

Soul Asylum

The Silver Lining


all the '90s bands out there left to still make a comeback (and with
every passing day, their numbers dwindle), Soul Asylum had to seem like
one of the least likely to do so. Forming member/bassist Karl Mueller
died in 2005. Dave Pirner, he of the red dreadlocks and once-dater of
Winona Rider (but what rocker
hasn't?), relocated to New Orleans, where he seemed more concerned with
getting lost in the local atmosphere (I saw him awkwardly shaking his
white boy thang at Ernie K-Doe�s jazz funeral) than making new music.
The band hasn�t released an album since 1998's Candy From a Stranger.
(Anybody remember a song from that? No? Not even "I Will Still be
Laughing"? That was pretty good.) All snarkiness aside, Soul Asylum's
'90s high points, Grave Dancer's Union and Let Your Dim Light Shine,
remain stone masterpieces of countrified rock, examples of how to pack
albums with so many good tunes there isn't a second of downtime. If The Silver Lining, which features ex-Replacement Tommy Stinson in for Mueller on bass, can get anywhere near those heights, it will be worth a listen. ~John Zeiss

Soul Asylum Web site (streaming audio)

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Butch Walker & The Let's-Go-Out-Tonites

The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker & The Let's Go Out Tonites


the leader of a band poised for superstardom, Butch Walker has recently
been finding himself behind the mixing board more often than in front
of a crowd. Although that band (Marvelous 3) never ascended to the
realm of now derided late-'90s mall rockers such as Lit or Smash Mouth,
Walker has recently found success penning songs and producing for
"artists" such as Avril Lavigne, the Donnas and Lindsay Lohan.
Apparently sitting at home collecting checks has grown old, because
Walker has recently taken a stab at this ol' band thing again with the
Let's-Go-Out-Tonites. Although he still gets top billing, judging by
the band's eight-person roster, Walker is attempting some sort of
power-pop collective. Collectives are "in," after all. This debut will
assuredly feature Walker's masterful songwriting and deft
knob-twiddling while providing an outlet for all those songs Ms.
Lohan's people rejected. Hey, a man's gotta eat. ~Zach Hothorn

Butch Walker Web site

Epic Records Web site

Streaming audio

Ben Watt
Buzzin' Fly Volume 3
Buzzin' Fly Records

As one half of Everything But the Girl, Ben Watt has
already achieved international superstardom. Since the mid-'90s he has continued
to carve out a name for himself in the world of house and electronica.
This third compilation from his own Buzzin'
Fly label is part artist album, part mix. Expect
gorgeous deep house, soothing down-tempo and evocative vocal performances mixed to perfection. ~Norman Mayers

Thom Yorke

The Eraser

XL Recordings

you first heard that Thom Yorke was releasing an album independent of
his Radiohead band mates, you assumed it would be a sixty-minute
computer-heavy, dystopian monolith that pushes even further away from
the guitar bombast that put his group on the map. As it turns out, the
album is only forty minutes long. The Eraser, from
early indicators, doesn't appear to be the album that changes anyone's
preconceptions about Yorke, but he has one of the most secure
followings in the world of popular music, so why try to placate the
detractors? Have your headphones at the ready. ~Mike Legat

The Eraser Web site

Thom Yorke on XL Records' Web site 

The Adored: New Language (V2 Ada)

Alec Empire: Futurist (Digital Hardcore)

Alice Cooper: Beast of Alice Cooper (WEA International)

Allen Toussaint: Life, Love and Faith (Water)

Allen Toussaint: Southern Nights (Water)

Aloe Blacc: Shine Through (Stones Throw)

Amy Millan: Honey from the Tombs (Aquarius)

Aretha Franklin: Live at Filmore West [2 CD] (Rhino)

Bardo Pond: Ticket Crystals (Atp Recordings)

Beatfanatic: Adventures in the World (Raw Fusion)

Ben Watt: Buzzin' Fly, Vol. 3 (Buzzin Fly UK)

Betrayed: Substance (Equal Vision)

Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys: Turntable Matinee (Yep Roc)

Bizzy Bone: Midwest Cowboy (Real Talk Ent)

Bob Sinclar: Western Dream (Tommy Boy)

Bodycode: Conservation of Electric Charge (Spectral Sound)

Booker T. & the MG's: Definitive Soul Collection (Rhino)

Butch Walker: Rise and Fall of Butch Walker and the Let's-Go (Red Ink)

Cairo Gang: Cairo Gang (Narnack)

Cansei De Ser Sexy: Cansei de Ser Sexy (Sub Pop)

Cattle Decapitation: Karma. Bloody. Karma (Metal Blade)

Cocteau Twins: Four-Calendar Cafe (Universal International)

Cocteau Twins: Milk & Kisses (Universal International)

Cocteau Twins: Milk and Twins (Universal International)

Curtis Mayfield: Definitive Soul Collection (Rhino)

Cut Chemist: Audience's Listening (Warner Bros.)

D-Block: D-Block Mixtape (Koch)

Dead to Me: Cuban Ballerina (Fat Wreck Chords)

The Diplomats Present J.R. Writer: History in the Making (Koch)

DJ Logic: Zen of Logic (Rope-A-Dope)

Duke Ellington: Masters Of Jazz (Storyville)

Dwight Trible: Living Water (Ninja Tune)

Evil Nine: Fabriclive.28 (Fabric)

Facemob: Other Side of the Law [Chopped and Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot)

Fats Domino: 13 Top Ten Hits (Direct Source)

Feeder: Singles [CD/DVD] (EMI)

Fields: Fields     

Fifth Ward Juvenilz: Deadly Groundz [Chopped and Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot)

Gene Pitney: Great (Goldies)

Gladys Knight & the Pips: Gladys Knight and the Pips (Direct Source)

Greg Graffin: Cold as the Clay (Anti)

James Brown: 12 Top Ten Hits (Direct Source)

James Figurine: Mistake Mistake Mistake Mistake (Plug Research)

Jamie Kennedy, Stu Stone: Blowin' Up (JKss Records)

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Stoned & Dethroned (WEA International)

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Automatic (WEA International)

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Darklands (WEA International)

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Honey's Dead (WEA International)

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Psychocandy (WEA International)

Jihad Jerry & The Evildoers: Mine Is Not a Holy War (Cordless Recordings)

Kaada: Music For Moviebikers (Ipecac)

Kon & Amir/DJ Muro: Kings of Diggin' (Rapster)

Louie DeVito: Louie Devito's Dance Factory Level 4 (Dee Vee Music)

Louis Armstrong: Storyville Louis Armstrong (Storyville)

The Lovekill: These Moments Are Momentum (Eyeball)

Matt Keating: Summer Tonight (Kealon)

Muse: Black Holes and Revelations (Warner Bros.)

The North Atlantic: Wires in the Walls (We Put Out)

Odd Squad: Fadnuf Fa Erybody! [Chopped and Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot)

Oneida: Happy New Year (Jagjaguwar)

The Orb: Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld [Deluxe (Universal International)

Original Soundtrack: Descent (Cooking Vinyl)

Original Soundtrack: Devil Wears Prada (Warner Bros.)

Otis Redding: Definitive Soul Collection (Rhino)

Peaches: Impeach My Bush (XL / Beggars Us Ada)

Phish: Live in Brooklyn (Rhino)

Plaid: Greedy Baby (Warp)

The Queers: Love Songs for the Retarded (Asian Man)

Ramblin' Jack Elliott: I Stand Alone (Anti)

Ray Charles: Definitive Soul Collection (Rhino)

Rhymefest: Blue Collar (J-Records)

Sam & Dave: Definitive Soul Collection (Rhino)

Shapes and Sizes: Shapes and Sizes (Asthmatic Kitty)

Shelter: Eternal (Good Life)

The Shys: Villain (Sire / London/Rhino)

Simple Minds: Platinum Collection (EMI)

Some Girls: Crushing Love [CD/DVD] (Koch)

Soul Asylum: Silver Lining (Sony)

Strapping Young Lad: The New Black (Century Media)

Sufjan Stevens: Avalanche: Outtakes & Extras from Illinois Album (Asthmatic Kitty)

Thom Yorke: Eraser (XL / Beggars Us Ada)

Too Much Trouble: Too Much Weight [Chopped and Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot)

Tumi and the Volume: Tumi and the Volume (Calabash)

TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain (4AD)

Valient Thorr: Legend of the World (Volcom)

Various Artists: Afro Punk (Image)

Various Artists: Hello Radio: The Songs of They Might Be Giants (Bar/None)

Various Artists: NOW 22 (Sony)

Various Artists: Oh You Pretty Things: The Songs of David Bowie (Castle Music UK)

Various Artists: The Pilgrim: A Celebration Of Kris Kristofferson (Emergent / 92e)

Various Artists: Worship Jamz 2 (Razor & Tie)

Wilson Pickett: Definitive Collection (Rhino)

Woody Guthrie: American Folk Legend (Golden Stars)

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