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[June 13, 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:





Nothing That a Bullet Couldn't Cure

Small Stone

These flannel-clad Bostonians play a brand of down-tempo Southern rock more indigenous to Hurricane Alley than Harvard Square, but don't hold that against them. The dreary Massachusetts winters have imparted a morose quality to the band's previous work, and Nothing That a Bullet Couldn't Cure is expected to follow suit. With song titles such as "Frozen Over," "Deep in a Hole" and "See Me Hang," you have to wonder if vocalist Craig Riggs is suffering from seasonal affective disorder. Admittedly, the members of Antler may be handier with a snow shovel than a lawnmower, but you wouldn't know it by listening. ~Zach Hothorn

Antler Web site

Small Stone Records Web site

Streaming audio

Busta Rhymes

The Big Bang


Prolific and spotlight-hogging throughout the '90s and early 2000s, Busta Rhymes slowed down when he signed to Aftermath in 2003. He hasn't released an album in more than three and a half years, but between the endless remixes of "Touch It" and mixtape staples such as "I Love My Bitch" and "New York Shit," it hardly feels like he's been hibernating. Plus, he made headlines and netted those highly coveted stop-snitching points for keeping mum after the shooting death of his bodyguard at a video shoot. The Big Bang is Busta's long-awaited seventh album, and the scheduled rundown is a mouthful: producers include Dr. Dre, Erick Sermon, Jay Dee, Swizz Beatz, Green Lantern, Timbaland, Rick Rock, Denaun Porter, and DJ Scratch, with appearances by Nas, Q-Tip, Raekwon, Rick James, Missy Elliott, Kelis, Will.i.am, Stevie Wonder, and Floetry's Marsha. (What, no Snoop?) Early listens point to a slick package of vintage NYC street-rap, dramatic fork-in-the-road life tales, over-the-top club shakers, and bump-and-snare headpieces, all animated with Busta's usual dragon roar but now stamped in Aftermath grit. ~ Michael Pollock

Busta Rhymes Web site

Aftermath Records Web site

Audio links


Figur 5

Morr Music

The advent of post rock may not have spelled the end of all of those songwriters with nothing more to say than doe-eyed clichés (I'm looking at you, emo kids), but it has proved that instrumentation can reach down into emotions as deep as any poetry can. I don't know if the word "couch" means something different in the band's native German, but if they're striving for the English language definition, it must be because that's where the band wants you to sit and take in its music. Just because it doesn't have any words doesn't mean it has to be background ornamentation for some other activity. After a string of releases for the otherwise more indie-rock leaning Matador, Figur 5 is being released on a more appropriate home for Couch: the German experimental label Morr Music. If Couch's music was a piece of furniture, it would be modernist, sleek, monochrome black, fine-lined, deceptively simple. Something found in the lobby of the headquarters of the Bahaus School. ~John Zeiss  

Label website (click on Couch's link for streaming audio)



Ghostly International

June 13, 2006

Mix two parts hip-hop, one part electro, strain through intricate song construction, and you've got yourself a Dabrye. The Michigan native -- known to his mom as Tadd Mullinix -- returns with his first full-length since 2001's One/Three. This time around he enlists a few emcees to help carry the load, including MF Doom, the late J. DillaVast Aire, and Guilty Simpson. Eagerly anticipated, Two/Three is Dabrye's most diverse offering to date. The only question is whether it'll finally bring him the attention he deserves. ~Mike Krolak

Dabrye on Ghostly International's Web site

"Encoded Flow" MP3

Morning 40 Federation


M80 Music

It's a testament to the spirit of the city that the music that's come out of New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina hasn't sunk to maudlin, woe-is-us levels. That's just not the Big Easy, a town where some of the biggest jazz parties you'll ever see are at funerals. Morning 40 may have named their album after a Native American word that means "the land between two bodies of water," take swipes at Dubya and Cheney on "God Help Me," and watched their beloved 9th Ward neighborhood get obliterated in the storm, but even all of that isn't gonna kill these guys' party groove. Morning 40 blend the Crescent City's traditional brass band sound with the barroom crooning antics of French Quarter aficionado Tom Waits and a shot of the half-rap braggadocio of early Chili Peppers. They sing the praises not only of 40s of PBR and OE, but also of the harder stuff on "Gin Instead of Whiskey," grain alcohol on "Dumpster Juice," cocaine on "White Powder," and sloppy sex on "Corkscrew," "Washing Machine," and "Skin." Laissez les bons temps rouler indeed! ~John Zeiss

Streaming audio

Label website  

Regina Spektor

Begin to Hope

Sire Records

Seems every decade has to have its fiery-haired, piano-pounding, indie chanteuse. In the '90s it was, of course, the otherworldly Ms. Tori Amos. Now ascending to the throne (or bench, keeping with the keyboard motif) is Regina Spektor. The girl who swigged a brewskie on the cover of her debut album Soviet Kitsch and hit the New York City nightlife with pals The Strokes may just be growing up and maturing a bit. Songs on Begin to Hope mine more adult, even Biblical territory. The hauntingly beautiful "Samson" retells the story of that infamously doomed Old Testament strongman and his vanity over his lovely locks.  And "Better" revs up the rawk more, poised and ready for summer AAA radio dominance. ~John Zeiss

Watch the video for "Better"

Streaming audio

Artist website

Acid Mothers Temple: Have You Seen the Other Side of the Sky (Ace Fu)

Aretha Franklin: Joy to the World (BMG Special Products)

B Real: Gunslinger (BCD Music Group)

Between the Buried and Me: Anatomy Of (Victory)

Billie Holiday: Golden Era of Jazz, Vol. 2       

Billy Joel: 12 Gardens Live [Live]  (Sony)

Bobby Taylor & the Vancouvers: Motown Anthology [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [IMPORT] (Umvd Import)

Busta Rhymes: Big Bang (Aftermath)

Can: Can (Pony Canyon)

Can: Delay...1968 (Pony Canyon)

Can: Flow Motion (Pony Canyon)

Can: Rite Time (Pony Canyon)

Can: Saw Delight (Pony Canyon)

Charlie Parker: Night in Tunisia 

Cloudland Canyon: Requiems Der Nature 2002-2004 (Tee Pee)

Compton's Most Wanted/MC Eiht: Music to Gang Bang (Thump)

Crazy Frog: More Crazy Hits (Universal International)

Dabrye: Two/Three (Ghostly International)

Dave Brubeck: Body and Soul  

Devo: Collectables Classics [Box Set] (Collectables)

Dizzy Gillespie: Round About Midnight           

DJ Deep: City to City, Vol. 2 (BBE)

DJ Screw/Lil Flip: Royalty of Rap (BCD Music Group)

Elan: Together as One (Interscope)

Final Fantasy: He Poos Clouds (Tomlab)

First Nation: First Nation (Paw Tracks)

The Futureheads: News and Tributes (Vagrant)

Foghat: Boogie Motel (Wounded Bird)

Glenn Yarbrough: It's Gonna Be Fine (Increase)

Hall & Oates: Collection (RCA)

Herbie Hancock: Jazz to Funk (Aim)

Hot Chip: Warning (Astralwerks)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Jerry Lee Lewis Box Set (Time Life Records)

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: I Love Rock N' Roll [Blackheart Records) (Blackheart)

Joan Jett & the Blackhearts: Sinner [ENHANCED] (Blackheart Records)

John Cale: Paris 1919 (WEA International)

John Coltrane: Soultrane [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Prestige)

Keb' Mo': Suitcase (Red Ink)

Kid 606: Pretty Girls Make Raves (Tigerbeat6)

KRS-One: Life (Image)

Leadbelly: Collectables Classics [Box Set] (Collectables)

The Legends: Public Radio (Recordhead)

Louis Logic: Misery Loves Comedy (Fatbeats)

Mathematics/Wu-Tang Clan: Soul of a Man (Nature Sounds)

Mr. Lif: Mo'Mega (Definitive Jux)

Nights Like These: Faithless (Victory)

Nina Simone: Body and Soul  

Nitzer Ebb: Body of Work 1984-1997 (Mute UK Indie)

OCS: Cool Death of the Island Raiders (Narnack)

Original Soundtrack: Waist Deep (Def Jam)

Original Soundtrack: Curb Your Enthusias (Mellowdrama)

Paul Weller: Catch Flame (V2 International)

Priestess: Hello Master (Red Ink)

Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope (Sire / London/Rhino)

The Replacements: Don't You Know Who I Think I Was? - The Best of the Replacements (Rhino / Wea)

Roses Are Red: What Became of Me (Trustkill)

Roxy Music: Concerto (Dynamic Italy)

Sergio Mendes: Collectables Classics [Box Set] (Collectables)

Shadows Fall: Fallout from the War (Century Media)

Six Organs of Admittance: Sun Awakens (Drag City)

(Smog): Rock Bottom Riser (Drag City)

Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped (Geffen)

Sonic Youth/Bill Swans/Russell Arthur/Christian Marclay/Elliot Sharp: Kitchen Archives, Vol. 3: Amplified New Music Meet (Orange Mountain)

Steven Seagal: Songs from the Crystal Cave (Sony International)

The Supremes: Dream Girls (American Legends)

Three Days Grace: One X [ENHANCED] (Jive)

Triple Burner: Triple Burner (Ninja Tune)

Venetian Snares: Cavalcade of Glee and Dadaist Happy Hardcore Pom P (Planet Mu)

Zao: The Fear Is What Keeps Us Here [LIMITED EDITION]  (Ferret Records)

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