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[June 12, 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.



Blitzen Trapper

Wild Mountain Nation

Lidkercow Ltd.

From the album title and from the promo pictures of the band done up in cowboy garb, you might think Blitzen Trapper is some kind of honky-tonk band. Which it very well may be; the band members like to keep their true identity a bit shrouded in mystery. They hail from Portland, Oregon. They list everything from Pavement to the Dukes of Hazzard as influences. And they have friends in high places -- Blitzen Trapper is just now finishing up a tour with the Hold Steady. Wild Mountain Nation is the band's third album. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.blitzentrapper.net/

Audio: http://myspace.com/blitzentrapper  

Chow Nasty

Super (Electrical) Recordings


Chow Nasty is a collective of tongue-in-cheek hip-hop-rockers from the Bay Area. Think porn 'staches and oversize sunglasses. This is the band's first full-length. It was produced by none other than L.A. underground hip-hop impresario/Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf. Chow Nasty gives R. Kelly a run for his money in the punning song title contest with tracks like "A Tale of Two Titties," "Hot Sticky Nikki," and "Hey Hot Tomato." Lead single "Ungawa" may just be the summertime fun anthem for those who thought Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" was a little too intelligent. ~John Zeiss




Band: http://www.chownasty.com/

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


Datarock Datarock


Datarock Datarock. Datarock Datarock. Like a Kraftwerk groove (and that's not a bad place to start when discussing Datarock's sound), if you repeat the name enough it sits in your brain for good. Buzz has been building around the duo for a while now. Along with the Klaxons, they've been anointed (whether they want it or not) the leaders of this whole new-rave thing. Now we finally get to find out if the hype has legs. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.datarock.no/

Label: http://www.nettwerk.com/

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

John Doe

A Year in the Wilderness

Yep Rock

Legendary X frontman John Doe started releasing solo albums in the 1990 with Meet John Doe and has put out six records since then. Doe isn't exactly roaming this Wilderness alone; plenty of his pals helped out with the album. Guests include Dan Auerbach from the Black Keys, Aimee Mann, Kathleen Edwards, and Jill Sobule. ~John Zeiss



Artist: http://www.theejohndoe.com/

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

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


From Nothin' to Somethin'

Def Jam

Emcee Fabolous steps back in the ring for Round 4. Though the theme of this installment remains familiar (big-name production and guests; rags-to-riches posturing; a liberal dash of hype, Fabby's training regimen has changed noticeably. Def Jam now sits in his corner, replacing DJ Clue's diminishing-returns Desert Storm team. From Nothin' to Somethin' has been pushed back several times already, but perhaps the additional lead time will give the young'n a welcome summer nudge. ~ Dan Nishimoto



Band: http://www/fabolous.com

Label: http://www.defjam.com/

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

Robin Guthrie/Harold Budd

After the Night Falls/Before the Day Breaks


Guitarist Robin Guthrie and pianist Harold Budd first met when Budd collaborated with Guthrie's prior band Cocteau Twins on the group's 1986 LP, The Moon and the Melodies. They made a natural pair; they found inventive ways to explore texture and emotion through seemingly minimal compositions. Guthrie and Budd recently returned to the studio to craft an appropriate soundtrack to the moody movie Mysterious Skin. Perhaps following on this momentum, they have released this dual set of instrumental albums. The concept is simple and transparent: Each album and track complements the other. Though the night/day relationship may be old hat, expect some new tricks from these masters. ~ Dan Nishimoto



Band: http://www.robinguthrie.net/

Label: http://www.darla.com/

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

Her Space Holiday

Let's Get Quiet Vol. 2


Her Space Holiday remains one of the more lesser-known, underappreciated electro-rock acts working today. Marc Bianchi has been the main driving force behind Her Space Holiday for more than a decade now. This small release finds him going all instrumental, meandering through four tracks in the course of about twenty minutes. Colors on the palette include synths, guitar flourishes, and even some almost-hip-hop drum effects. ~John Zeiss



Artist: http://www.herspaceholiday.com/

Label: http://www.mushrecords.com/

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

Joan as Police Woman

Real Life

Cheap Lullaby

Don't know if Joan Wasser actually does any street-cop work, but she has been behind the making of a lot of music in recent years. She's been one of Antony's Johnsons, logged time and Rufus Wainwright's backing band, and formed other musical projects with the likes of Jeff Buckley, Steve Drozd, Michael Tighe, and Fred Armisen. The good word has been building on Real Life in Britain, where it's been available for a while. Fans of Cat Power, Feist, and St. Vincent should be happy the album has reached U.S. shores. ~John Zeiss



Artist: http://www.joanaspolicewoman.com/

Label: http://www.cheaplullaby.com/

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

Mark Olson

The Salvation Blues


Interesting to find out this is Mark Olson's first true solo release, what with all the other musical ventures he's been a part of. Olson was a founding member of the country-rock outfit the Jayhawks. He left that band in 1996 after Tomorrow the Green Grass, moved to the California desert, and started making music with a new group he named the Creekdippers. The Salvation Blues was recorded in Los Angeles with some of the city's best session musicians and producer Ben Vaughn overseeing everything. Making a guest appearance is none other than Olson's old Jayhawks bandmate and writing partner, Gary Louris. ~John Zeiss



Label: http://www.hacktone.com/

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

Psychic TV

Hell is Invisible . . . Heaven Is Her/e

Cargo/Sweet Nothing

Psychic TV, the long-dormant side-project of Throbbing Gristle's Genesis P-Orridge, has possibly been willed back to life by some of the band's big-name friends. Califone brought Psychic TV back to mind by making a cover of "The Orchids" the centerpiece of last year's Roots and Crowns. And now that young lion of indie guitardom Nick Zinner is adding guitar to a track on Psychic TV's first new album in more than a decade. Another guest appearance is put in by legendary Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes, who adds vocals to two tracks. Officially now going under the name PTV3, as this is the third incarnation of the band, Psychic TV still centers on P-Orridge, his wife, and their fellow musical madness makers. ~John Zeiss  



Band: http://www.genesisp-orridge.com/

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

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/ptv3 

Queens of the Stone Age

Era Vulgaris


Expectations for Era Vulgaris have been building in recent months with the appearance of songs, videos, and a cute little cartoon character known as Bulby. The album finds Josh Homme and the other Queens of the Stone Age rocking as raucously as ever. Strokes main man Julian Casblancas, ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, and Mark Lanegan guest on the album. ~John Zeiss




Band (stream the album): http://www.qotsa.com/

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

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




Call it love at first sight -- the marriage of Ashkenazi and African-American musical traditions. Musicians and producers of the two descents, from minstrel icon Al Jolson to the pioneering record-label owning Chess brothers and to ortho-ragga star Matisyahu, have mingled for centuries. Though the relationship has often been one-sided, with Jews publicly embracing black culture more often than the other way around, it has remained long enough to take a number of permutations. Thus, producer Josh "Socalled" Dolgin's entry sounds familiar: a musician steeped in Jewish tradition discovers hip-hop. You all may think you know how the story goes, but his first record, The Socalled Seder, actually avoided the familiar JB (that's Jew-black) aping. In spite of forgettable titles like "Passout for Passover," he grafted hyperactive sound collages with the frenzy of a two-minute shopping spree. For his sophomore follow-up, Socalled promises to expand the love fest with his rainbow coalition of guests, including Fred Wesley, Theodore Bikel, and C-Ray Walz. ~Dan Nishimoto



Band: http://www.socalledmusic.com/

Label: http://www.jdubrecords.org/

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

Sonic Youth

Daydream Nation [deluxe edition]


The re-release of Sonic Youth's landmark album that helped Sonic Youth spearhead the alternative revolution comprises two discs. The first contains the original album remastered by the band and also a demo version of "Eric's Trip." Disc two contains live takes on every song off Daydream Nation as well as covers of Mudhoney's "Touch Me I'm Sick," the Beatles' "Within You Without You," Neil Young's "Computer Age," and Captain Beefheart's "Electricity." To mark the occasion, the band is scheduled to perform the album in its entirety at a series of not-to-be-missed shows around the U.S. this summer. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.sonicyouth.com/

Label: http://www.geffen.com/

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


East of the Sun

Fast Horse

Tuatara is just one of many musical projects including R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey, who has long played side guitar on R.E.M. tours. The core of Tuatara is rounded out by ex-Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin. This mystical concept album features many guests, including Dean Wareham, Mark Eitzel, Victoria Williams, John Wesley Harding, Gary Louris, Mark Olson (who has his own solo album out this week), and Sufi Coleman Barks. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.tuatara.com/

Label: http://www.fasthorserecordings.com/

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

2Pac: Lost Tapes (Koch)
A Perfect Murder: War of Aggression (Victory)
Akir: Legacy (Viper)
Blitzen Trapper: Wild Mountain Nation (Lidkercow Ltd)
Blue Scholars: Bayani (Red Urban)
Bullet for My Valentine: Poison (Red Ink)
C-BO: Marvaless (Black Armor)
Child Abuse: Child Abuse (Lovepump United)
Cilvaringz: I (Babygrande)
The Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur (Ninja Tune)
Colleen: Ondes Silencieuses (Leaf)
Crunchy Black: From Me to You (Asylum)
Damnation A.D.: In This Life or the Next (Victory)
Datarock: Datarock Datarock (Nettwerk)
Dirty: Art of Storytelling (Asylum)
Dizzee Rascal: Maths and English (Wea)
DJ Khaled: We the Best (Koch)
DMX: The Definition of X: Pick of The Litter (Def Jam)
Fabolous: From Nothin' to Somethin' (Def Jam)
Joan as Police Woman: Real Life (Cheap Lullaby)
Joan Baez: Vanguard Visionaries (Vanguard)
Last Step: Last Step (Planet Mu)
Lil' Wayne: Carter Files (Hardwax)
Loudon Wainwright III: T Shirt/Final Exam (Acadia)
Mark Ronson: Version (Red Ink)
Milanese: Adapt (Planet Mu)
moe.: Warts and All, Vol. 5 (Fat Boy)
My Morning Jacket: At Dawn/Tennessee Fire Demos (Darla)
Napalm Death: Punishment in Capitals (Armoury)
Nina Simone: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection (Verve Labels)
Nouvelle Vague: Coming Home (Stereo Deluxe)
Pere Ubu: Why I Remix Women (Smog Veil)
Psychic TV: Hell Is Invisible...Heaven Is Here (Sweet Nothing)
Queens of the Stone Age: Era Vulgaris (Interscope)
Ra: Ev. Panic (Planet Mu)
Scissors for Lefty: Underhanded Romance (Eenie Meenie)
Socalled: Ghettoblaster (Jdub)
Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation [Deluxe Edition] (Geffen)
Sugar & Gold: Creme (Antenna Farm)
Tia Carrera: Heaven/Hell (Arclights)
Tuatara: East of the Sun (Fast Horse)
Two Lone Swordsmen: Wrong Meeting, Vol. 2 (Rotter's Golf Club)
Ulrich Schnauss: Quicksand Memory [EP] (Independiente UK)
Wooden Wand: James and the Quiet (Ecstatic Peace)
X27: Antilove (Narnack)

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

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