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[July 25, 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:



El Dopa

The Complete Recordings

Tee Pee

El Dopa is a both a publicist�s dream and nightmare. Although the band members� previous projects facilitate copious amounts of name-checking preceded by the word �seminal� -- Econochrist, Samiam and Grimple -- they can�t even secure rights their band own name. Apparently, after some legal wrangling, Tee Pee has managed to convince the name�s litigious suitors to abandon their requests, because this East Bay band is primed to re-release its impossible to find debut, 1332. In addition to the tracks that comprised the initial release -- produced by sludge lord Billy Anderson (Melvins, High on Fire) -- this expanded version features the band�s seven-inch EP and several demos, making for a bargain-hunter�s dream. And I�ve got ten bucks that says there�s a sticker on the album with the world �seminal� on it. ~Zach Hothorn

Band (unofficial): http://www.wethepunx.com/eldopa.html

Label: http://www.teepeerecords.com/

Audio clip: http://www.teepeerecords.com/bands/eldopa/ 

Joan of Arc

The Intelligent Design of Joan of Arc/Eventually, All at Once

Polyvinyl Records/Record Label

That whole math-rock thing never achieved chart dominance like, say, reggaeton or post-hardcore. Must be the name. Sure, we indie rockers are nerds, but it�s not like we want to announce it to the world. But the genre does make for good music: the tight interplay of instruments, dramatic dynamic changes, lyrics packed with symbolism. Joan of Arc, one of math-rock�s flagship acts, has now been in existence for a decade. To commemorate that milestone, The Intelligent Design collects the band�s assorted rare tracks, and Eventually, All at Once presents new material. The first rivals Sufjan for crazy long song titles. Best of the bunch: �I�m Sorry I Got so Drunk Before My Solo Set in Tokyo.� The second was recorded in the Kinsella family home (brothers Tim and Nate are core Joanies) and is described as having a �casual folk-drone feel,� which brings to mind newbies Brightblack Morning Light. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.joanfrc.com/

Label: http://www.polyvinylrecords.com/

 ï¿½You (Single)� MP3 

JR Ewing



Maelstrom announces the triumphant return of, and possibly the final record from, Norway�s JR Ewing, a band whose name is often mentioned alongside Drive Like Jehu, Shellac, At the Drive-In, Trail of Dead, and the Refused. On the internationally acclaimed band�s proper follow-up to 2003�s Ride Paranoia, JR Ewing will likely continue to combine angular guitars and tight riffs, emotive vocals, sung and screamed alike. Until this fall, the band members will continue their usually frantic and relentless tour schedule, and then disband, once again prompting the question, �Who killed JR Ewing?� ~Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson


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

�Pitch Black Blonde� MP3: http://www.dimmak.com/jrewing/ 

Jurassic 5



For their third proper full-length, the members of J5 have once again invited company to their infectious brand of hacky-sack hip-hop. It�s so pass� to badmouth the Dave Matthews Band, but its presence on Jurassic 5�s new single, �Work It Out,� is cause for the gravest of concern. Mos Def�s contribution will, I hope, provide some balance. ~Mike Legat

Band: http://www.jurassic5.com/

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

Streaming audio: http://www.myspace.com/jurassic5 

New York Dolls

One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This 


Although I can�t stand it when bands reconvene without original members for less than noble reasons ($$), I�m curious to hear what David Johansen has cooked up thirty-two years after the New York Dolls� previous album of new material (1974�s Too Much Too Soon). I don�t expect much from the Dolls without Johnny Thunders�s clumsy riffing, but the addition of Sam Yaffa (Hanoi Rocks) on bass raises expectations slightly. He may have never been much of a songsmith, but Johansen�s unbridled enthusiasm did make lyrics such as �when I say I�m in love, you best believe I�m in love ... L-U-V� memorable and emblematic. Ultimately, One Day may pale in comparison to the band�s essential debut (New York Dolls, 1973), but I must respect the band�s decision to reunite -- something I can�t offer the Who, whose members, a friend of mine recently joked, should refer to themselves as �The Two� from here on out. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.nydolls.org/

Label: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/

E-card: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/nydollsecard/ 


And the Glass Handed Kites


Despite the band�s stunning 2003 release, Frengers, Mew has remained almost completely ignored in the United States. Only a small group of Americans are forking over the twenty dollars or more for imported Mew records, which is especially surprising because Mew is amongst a select number of groups (Sigur R�s, the Cooper Temple Clause, Radiohead, Cocteau Twins, My Bloody Valentine) that continue to push back (or have pushed back) limitations with their manipulations of music in original and compelling ways. And 2005's And the Glass Handed Kites shows Mew as a band that hasn't found any boundaries its members couldn't transcend. [Excerpted from Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson�s review]

Band: http://www.mewsite.com/

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

�Apocalypso� stream 

Tom Petty

Highway Companion


Highway Companion's sci-fi cover art seems to suggest that Petty is going prog, or at least aping late-�70s Black Sabbath. Fortunately, this is not the case. Highway Companion is tried and true Petty, a Heartbreaker-free solo record (the first since 1994's Wildflowers) that focuses on heady stuff such as "saying goodbye" without ever losing sight of the fact that rock �n� roll is supposed to make you feel good. Co-produced by Jeff Lynne (everyone's least favorite Traveling Wilbury), Highway Companion may not set the world on fire, but it should quietly endure. ~Benjamin Hill

Artist: http://www.tompetty.com/

Label: http://www.americanrecordings.com/

Streaming audio: http://highwaycompanion.com/ 

Silversun Pickups



Little L.A. label Dangerbird is surely taking flight, packing its roster with SoCal rockers including Peter Walker and Darker My Love. Latest arrivals: Silversun Pickups, dropping its debut full-length Carnavas. Mmm, meaty. The Pickups� hooks definitely are. The band members bring the electro-riffage as if the �90s never stopped. Cute bassist alert: Nikki Monninger is a fox on the low end (god, that sounds dirty). Carnavas was mixed by Tony Hoffer, who recently engineered the pop pleasures on Belle and Sebastian�s The Life Pursuit. ~John Zeiss

Label: http://www.dangerbirdrecords.com/

Streaming audio: http://myspace.com/silversunpickups 

Strange Fruit Project

The Healing

Om: Hip-Hop/Spilt Milk

Unlike that dude getting his ass handed to him last week on Deadwood (even losing an eye), some shit can actually be healed. The three Texans in Strange Fruit Project could heal wounds with their third full-length, The Healing, with help from guests such as Erykah Badu, 9th Wonder, and Darien Brockington. They blend their singing and emceeing on The Healing with beats from member Symbolyc One as well as number of guest producers, including Vitamin D, Illmind (who paired with S1 for last year's The Art of One Mind), Jake One. North Carolina's 9th Wonder lends his talents to "Special," and the members of his full-time gig, Little Brother, appear on "Rise." Strange Fruit Project's vibes are positive and soulful, and the group�s currently touring with Exile, Stones Throw standout Aloe Blacc, and more. ~Dominic Umile

Band: http://www.strangefruitproject.com/

Om Records Podcast

Listen to The Healing  




The Supersuckers are the musical equivalent of the Ford Mustang. Dependable, omnipresent, and a staple of their respective realms, both are unfairly taken for granted because of their unwillingness to go away. Case in point: Despite the Supersuckers� recent attempts to imitate Spinal Tap -- a legion of drummers have temporarily occupied the throne since founding member Dan �Dancing Eagle� Seagel�s departure in 2003 -- the band has remained a reliable old friend by touring incessantly. And just as the �Stang morphed from gutsy fastback to grocery-getter and back, the Supersuckers have managed to broaden their musical horizons with country and solo projects without abandoning their cocksure rock �n� roll roots. The first sampling of the band�s new material since Seagel�s departure, the Paid EP is expected to continue the Supersuckers� legacy of dual guitar attacks, stadium-rock choruses and witty observations courtesy of lead singer Eddie Spaghetti. Why fix what ain�t broke, right? Unless, of course, you believe Ford stands for Fix Or Repair Daily. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.supersuckers.com/

Label (self-released): http://www.supersuckers.com/


The Velvet Teen

Cum Laude


Ditching the epic, sweeping piano and orchestrations from 2004�s Elysium, the Velvet Teen�s Cum Laude focuses more on noisy glitch-pop and IDM-influenced songs with live guitar, bass and Casey Deitz�s incredible drumming skills. This is remarkable change but not an unexpected one from a band that has changed its sound every release. Cum Laude is ready to propel the members of the Velvet Teen through another dramatic musical departure, possibly capturing new fans and fulfilling the promises made to their loyal (read: rabid) fan base. ~Lars Garvey Laing-Peterson

Band: http://www.thevelvetteen.com/

Label: http://www.slowdance.com/

Streaming audio: http://www.myspace.com/thevelvetteen 

Paul Weller


Yep Roc

When Paul Weller released In the City, his first record with the Jam, in 1977, I doubt he imagined the group�s mod-sounding, angular Brit-rock would be revived in the new millennium. Then again, he probably wouldn�t have anticipated that the same future would find him releasing this, his first all-electric solo live album, which makes him sound more like an aging embracer of Americana than an edgy Brit. The double-disc set ends on -- of course -- �A Town Called Malice� and includes a couple songs from both the Jam and a later project, the Style Council. Go, Billy! ~China Bialos

Artist (audio/video): http://www.paulweller.com/

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

�Here�s the Good News� video

24-7 Spyz: This Is 24-7 Spyz/Strength in Numbers (Wounded Bird)

Adam Green: Jacket Full of Danger (Rough Trade US)

Al Green: Here I Am [Collectables] (Collectables)

Archie Bronson Outfit: Derdang Derdang (Domino)

Beastie Boys: Awesome: I Fuckin' Shot That! (THINKFilm)

Bill Cosby: Silver Throat: Bill Cosby Sings (Wounded Bird)

Binary Star: Masters of the Universe (L.A. Underground)

Bob Sinclar: Western Dream (Tommy Boy)

Boy Kill Boy: Civilian (Island)

Bright and Hollow Sky: Gemstate (Pop Faction)

Bruce Hornsby: Intersections 1985-2005 (RCA)

Chaka Khan: Platinum Collection (WEA International)

Chief Kamachi: Concrete Gospel (Babygrande)

Damon McMahon: Mansions (Astralwerks)

Daniel Powter: Daniel Powter [CD/DVD] (WEA International)

Dead Prez/Outlawz: U Can't Sell Dope 4eva    

Disaster Strikes: Liberty Toast (Alternative Tentacles)

DJ Cam: DJ Cam Revisited (Inflamable)

The Drams: Jubilee Dive (New West)

Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington Christmas (Laserlight)

Dwight Trible: Living Water (Ninja Tune)

Earlimart: Answers and Questions 7" (Suicide Squeeze)

Edie Brickell & New Bohemians: Stranger Things (Fantasy)

ElDopa: Complete Recordings (Tee Pee)

Erase Errata: Nightlife (Kill Rock Stars)

Evil Nine: Fabriclive.28 (Fabric)

Excepter: Alternation (5 Rue Christine)

Fats Domino: Live from Austin, Texas (New West)

Ferry Corset: L.E.F. (Ultra)

Flogging Molly: Whiskey on a Sunday (Side One Dummy)

Freako: Mac Dre Presents Ghetto Star (Koch)

Gangsta Dre: Best of Gangsta Dre (Black Armor)

Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five: Fresh and Furious: Hip Hop's Beginning (DBK Works)

Guillemots: Through the Windowpane (Universal International)

Gym Class Heroes: As Cruel as School Children (Fueled by Ramen)

Hanna Ha�s: Rosa Nova (Atlantic / Wea)

Harvey Danger: Little by Little... (Kill Rock Stars)

Ike & Tina Turner: Ike & Tina Turner [Madacy] (Madacy Special MKTS)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee Lewis Live (Madacy Special MKTS)

Jessica Bailiff: Feels Like Home (Kranky)

The Jesus and Mary Chain: Darklands (WEA International)

Jimmy Cliff: Unlimited (Wounded Bird)

Joan of Arc: Intelligent Design of Joan of Arc (Polyvinyl)

Joan of Arc: Eventually, All at Once (Record Label)

John Cale: Paris 1919 (WEA International)

John Doe: For The Best Of Us (Yep Roc)

Johnny Cash: Country Christmas (Laserlight)

JR Ewing: Maelstrom (Dim Mak)

Judge Jules: Euphoria: Judgement Sunday (Euphoria UK)

The Knife: Silent Shout (Mute U.S.)

Jurassic 5: Feedback (Interscope)

Kenny Burrell: In a Mellow Tone: The Smooth Swing of Kenny Burrel (Savoy Jazz)

Kenny Rogers: Kenny Rogers (Madacy Special MKTS)

La Toya Jackson: LaToya Jackson (Cherry Red)

Landon Pigg: LP (RCA)

The Late Cord: Lights from the Wheelhouse [EP] (4ad / Ada)

Laura Veirs: Triumphs & Travails of Orphan Mae (Kill Rock Stars)

Laura Veirs: Troubled by the Fire (Kill Rock Stars)

Leadbelly: Last Session, Vol. 3 (Universe Italy)

Les Savy Fav: 3/5 (French Kiss)

LeToya: LeToya (Capitol)

The Long Winters: Putting the Days to Bed (Barsuk)

Mac Dre: Bay Bosses (Thizz)

Marvin Gaye/Teddy Pendergrass: Marvin Gaye/Teddy Pendergrass (Madacy Special MKTS)

Mew: And the Glass Handed Kites (Sony)

Midlake: Trials of Van Occupanther (Bellaire)

Miles Davis: Miles Davis (Madacy Special MKTS)

Motor: Klunk (Mute U.S.)

Mutts: I Us We You (Fat Cat)

The Nazz: Nazz Nazz/Nazz III: The Fungo Bat Sessions (Sanctuary)

New York Dolls: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (Roadrunner)

NSB: Ahora O Nunca (Mia Mind Music)

O'Jays:  So Full of Love/Identify Yourself (Diablo)

Original Soundtrack: Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man (Verve Forecast)

Original Soundtrack: Miami Vice [Original Soundtrack] (Atlantic / Wea)

Otto Von Schirach: Maxipad DeTention (Ipecac)

Our Brother the Native: Tooth & Claw (Fat Cat)

Panda & Angel: Panda & Angel [EP] (Jade Tree)

Pastor Troy: By Choice or By Force (Koch)

Paul Hardcastle: Jazzmasters, Vol. 5 (V2)

Paul Wall/Thoze Nuf Sed Boyz: Street Certified (BCD Music Group)

Paul Weller: Catch Flame (Yep Roc)

Pharrell: In My Mind (Interscope)

Pimp C: Pimpalation (Rap-A-Lot)

Pipettes: We Are the Pipettes [IMPORT] (Memphis Industries)

Professor Murder: Professor Murder Rides the Subway (Kanine)

Puffy AmiYumi: Splurge (Tofu)

Quantic: Announcement to Answer (Ubiquity)

Raekwon: Davinci Code Vatican Mixtape, Vol. 2   

Randall Bramblett: Rich Someday  (New West Records)

Roger Sanchez: Release Yourself, Vol. 5 

The Rosewood Thieves: From Decker House [EP] (V2 Ada)

Russian Circles: Upper Ninety 7" (Suicide Squeeze)

Say Hi to Your Mom: Impeccable Blahs (Rebel Group)

Scritti Politti: White Bread Black Beer  (Nonesuch)

Silversun Pickups: Carnavas (Dangerbird)

Sleepy Jackson: Personality (Astralwerks)

Spoon: Telephono/Soft Effects [EP] (Merge)

Strange Fruit Project: Healing (Om)

Sun Ra: Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra (Fivefour)

Tapes 'N Tapes: Loon (XL / Beggars Us Ada)

Toby Lightman: Bird on a Wire (Lava)

Tom Petty: Highway Companion (Warner Bros.)

Trae: Restless (Rap-A-Lot)

Umbrellas: Illuminaire (Militia Group)

Various Artists: Science Faction: Grime (Breakbeat Science)

Various Artists: Source: Fat Tape, Vol. 1 (Koch)

The Velvet Teen: Cum Laude (Slowdance)

White Whale: WWI (Merge)

XTC: Apple Box (TVT)

Ziel: Genesis (Light)

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