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[June 20, 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:



Frank Black

Fast Man Raider Man

Cooking Vinyl/EMI

Frank Black has been mightily prolific throughout his entire career -- a fact easily lost since many of us stopped paying attention in the mid-'90s. Somewhere in between the Pixies' reunion act at Coachella in 2004 and this week's release of the two-CD of Fast Man Raider Man, good old Black Francis has become an artist worth revisiting (witness last year's underappreciated Honeycomb for further proof). The word from on high is to expect a more rocking batch of songs. ~Michael Legat

Frank Black Web site

Streaming audio 

Brightblack Morning Light

Brightblack Morning Light


Just what is Brightblack Morning Light? Matador's Web site has a long note, apparently handwritten by either Nathan Shineywater (a.k.a. Nabob) or Rachael Hughes (a.k.a. Rabob), the band's two main members, explaining away answers to that question. Among other things, Brightblack Morning Light is "a color of the day when the truth of the universe is faded into a veil of blue sky" and a time that "offers a free ritual that needs no shrine." A-cuh, a-cuh! Sorry, had to cough. That toke was deep. Anyspray, the duo continues the self-mythologizing by claiming to be homeless friends from rural Alabama who recorded this album while still without a permanent residence, camping out in the woods of Northern California. So what does it all sound like? Very freak-folk. An earlier incarnation of the band recorded with Bonnie "Prince" Billy, the members have opened shows for the likes of Joanna Newsome and Vetiver, and they're currently touring with Espers. ~John Zeiss

Matador Records Web site

"Everybody Daylight" MP3

Streaming audio 

Nelly Furtado



If the first single, "Promiscuous," is any indication, Loose may just be the album everyone has been waiting for from Furtado. She's backed by Timbaland's steady production hand on more than half of the tracks, and we should expect plenty of world-music-themed club bangers and genre-defying antics. ~Norman Mayers

Nelly Furtado Web site (streaming audio)

Geffen Records Web site 

Gram Parsons

The Complete Reprise Sessions


Gram Parsons is one of those artists whose legend has grown to mythic proportions. Whether it's his untimely death at age 26 and atypical burial or his famous Nudie suit adorned with pot leaves and crucifixes, Parsons's biography often manages to outshine his prodigious musical output. With this double-disc retrospective, Rhino hopes to remind us all just why Parsons deserves attention. Featuring both of his solo releases (1972's G.P. and Grievous Angel, released posthumously in1973), as well as an array of alternate versions and a rare 1973 promo interview, this is the most comprehensive repackaging yet. And I'm sure the booklet will include an extensive biography -- not that you'll need it. ~Zach Hothorn

Gram Parsons Web site

Rhino Records Web site

Audio clips 

The Jesus and Mary Chain

Automatic/Darklands/Honey's Dead/Psychocandy/Stoned and Dethroned [reissues]


The musical style of the Jesus and Mary Chain developed throughout the band's career, but it will still most likely be remembered for the wall of noise effortlessly produced on its 1985 debut, Psychocandy, which influenced almost all post-punk bands that followed. Later, the band's songs took a darker turn (with, obviously, 1987's Darklands), building up to a more rock 'n' roll edge on Automatic (1989) and Honey's Dead (1992), and ending -- according to this collection, at least -- on a sweetly acoustic note with 1994's Stoned and Dethroned (which features "Sometimes Always," the fairly well-known duet with Mazzy Star's Hope Sandoval). Just seven years after the Jesus and Mary Chain officially disbanded, Rhino (purveyor of fine reissues and themed compilations) offers up this quintet of remastered albums on DualDisc, each containing a trio of videos. That's some tasty psychocandy for our ears and eyes. ~Jeralyn Mason

The Jesus and Mary Chain Web site

Rhino Records Web site 

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. The members of Morning 40 Federation may have named their album after an American Indian 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 Federation blends 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 forties 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

M80 Music Web site 

Primal Scream

Riot City Blues


So how will the members of the Scream reinvent themselves this time? Apparently, rather than continuing down the heavy electronica-based punk path they've been on since Extrmntr (2000) and Evil Heat (2002), they've decided to go back to basics and just rock/pop out. They've gone trashy rather than flashy on Riot City Blues. Think "Rocks"-era Scream with a touch of country, rockabilly and psychedelia thrown in. No matter what genre bubbles to the top, Primal Scream always manages to deliver some tunes. Bobby Gillespie and his mates may be getting older, but they still keep it fresh. ~Lee Fullington

Primal Scream Web site

Columbia Records Web site 

Thin Lizzy

The Definitive Collection


 As bands like Loverboy can attest, a monstrous hit single can be a blessing and a curse. If Phil Lynott were alive today, I'm sure he would share the same sentiment about Thin Lizzy's jukebox anthem, "Boys Are Back in Town." Perfect for the uninitiated, this collection places Lynott's masterful songwriting on full display as the band's oft-neglected ballads such as "Dancing in the Moonlight" are juxtaposed to stadium-rock anthems such as "Don't Believe a Word." This should be a nice introduction to the band's diverse and incomparable output. And yes, "Boys Are Back in Town" is included. ~Zach Hothorn

Thin Lizzy Web site

Thin Lizzy fan site

Mercury Records Web site 

Various Artists

Austin City Limits 2005 Music Festival DVD/CD Set

Image Entertainment

The Austin City Limits Music Festival has progressed nicely in recent years to include bands beyond the TV show's original country-ish jam-band roots. But you wouldn't know that from any of the documentation that's come out about the festivals. For some reason, whoever puts together these DVDs and CDs has chosen to focus on acts appealing to the college bong-hit set. Instances here include the Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveler, Widespread Panic, Gov't Mule, and Robert Earl Keen. A few indie bones -- Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, the Decemberists are thrown in for some different flavoring. The DVD also features interviews with the likes of Kasabian and the Black Keys, mini-documentaries on Ambulance LTD and Roky Erikson, and exclusive jams from festival artists, such as Jason Mraz joining Rachel Yamagata onstage. If none of this strikes your fancy, you can just wait a year and hope that the next round of releases features performances from '06 standouts Massive Attack, the Shins, Cat Power, Sparklehorse, and Phoenix. ~John Zeiss

Watch the trailer for the DVD

Austin City Limits Festival Web site 

Agent Sparks: Red Rover (Immortal)

Alvarius B.: Alvarius B. (Abduction)

Awesome Color: Awesome Color (Ecstatic Peace)

Bear McCreary: Battlestar Galactica: Season 2 (La-La Land Records)

Black Helicoptors: Invisible Jet (Ecstatic Peace)

Brightblack Morning Light: Brightblack Morning Light (Matador)

Corinne Bailey Rae: Corinne Bailey Rae (Capitol)

Count Basie & His Orchestra: At the Bluenote (Sounds of Yesteryear)

Counting Crows: New Amsterdam: Live at Heineken Music Hall February 6, 2003 [LIVE] (Geffen)

Diana Ross: Blue (Motown)

Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo to Anywhere (Universal International)

Dizzy Gillespie: 1953-1954 (Classics Fr)

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

Donell Jones: Journey of a Gemini (La Face)

Fatboy Slim: Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder (Astralwerks)

Feist: Open Season (Universal International)

Field Mob: Light Poles and Pine Trees (Geffen)

Fleshies: Scrape the Walls (Alternative Tentacles)

Frank Black: Fast Man Raider Man (Back Porch)

Front Line Assembly: Artificial Soldier (Metropolis)

Gram Parsons & The Flying Burrito Brothers: Sleepless Nights (Fontana Int'l)

Gram Parsons: Complete Reprise Sessions (Rhino)

Groove Junkies/Chuck Love/DJ Fluid: Om Summer Sessions (Om)

Guster: Ganging Up on the Sun (Reprise / Wea)

The Jam: This Is the Modern World (Fontana Int'l)

Joelle Leandre: Joëlle Léandre at the LeMans Jazz Festival (Leo)

JT the Bigga Figga: Don't Stop Til We Major (SMC Recordings)

JT the Bigga Figga: Dwellin' in tha Labb (SMC Recordings)

JT the Bigga Figga: Playaz n' the Game (SMC Recordings)

JT the Bigga Figga: Puttin' It on the Map (SMC Recordings)

Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Remixed (Staubgold Germany)

Keane: Under the Iron Sea (Interscope)

Kenny "Dope" Gonzalez: Choice: A Collection of Classics (Azuli)

King Syze: Syzemology (Brick)

Luna: Very Best of Luna (Rhino)

Madonna: I'm Going to Tell You a Secret [SOUNDTRACK]  (Warner Bros / Wea)

Motion City Soundtrack: Commit This to Memory [Deluxe Edition] (Epitaph / Ada)

Muddy Waters: Jukebox Hits 1948-1954 (Acrobat)

Nelly Furtado: Loose (Geffen)

O.B. Buchana: I'm Gonna Sleep (Ecko)

Obie Trice: Second Round's on Me (Shady Records)

Old 97's: Hit by a Train: The Best of Old 97's (Rhino)

Original Soundtrack: Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift (Varese)

Pearl Jam: Live at Easy Street (J Records)

Pharoah Sanders: Impulse Story (Impulse)

The Rembrandts: Greatest Hits (Rhino)

Roman Candle: Wee Hours Revue (V2 Ada)

Sascha Funke: Boogybytes, Vol. 2 (Bpitch Control)

Scott Walker: Humble Beginnings: The Scott Engel Sessions (Empire Musicwerks)

Scritti Politti: White Bread, Black Beer (Rough Trade)

Since Remembered: Coming Alive (Blood & Ink)

Siouxsie and the Banshees: Once Upon a Time: The Singles (Fontana Int'l)

Siouxsie and the Banshees: Twice Upon a Time: The Singles (Fontana Int'l)

Smokey Robinson: Timeless Love  (New Door)

Stephen Beaupré: Foe Destroyer (Mutek)

Stuart Staples: Leaving Songs/Lucky Dog Recordings (Beggars Banquet)

Submarines: Declare a New State! (Nettwerk)

Thin Lizzy: Definitive Collection (Mercury)

Todd: Comes to Your House (Southern)

Underøath: Define the Great Line (Tooth & Nail)

Urban Tribe: Authorized Clinical Trials (Rephlex)

Various Artists: Dirty District, Vol. 3 (Barak)

Various Artists: Austin City Limits Music Festival: 2006 (Image)

Various Artists: Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Sisters (Rhino / Wea)

Various Artists: Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Brothers (Rhino / Wea)

Various Artists: Soca Gold 2006 (Vp / Universal)

Various Artists: Reggae Gold 2006 (Vp / Universal)

Viviane Greene: 1947-1955 (Classics R&B)

The Warriors: Beyond the Noise (Eulogy)

Willie Nelson: The Complete Atlantic Sessions [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Rhino / Wea)

Xiu Xiu: Tu Mi Piaci [EP] (Acuarela)

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