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[June 27, 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:



The Brought Low

Right on Time

Small Stone

Because this self-proclaimed "classic hard rock" band from New York hasn't gotten within a thousand miles of the West Coast, and because its 2001 debut is impossible to find, I have only been able to ogle this band from afar. But now, thanks to Detroit-based Small Stone, the Brought Low's music will be as close as my local record purveyor. Right on Time promises not to stray far from the Brought Low's simple three-chords-and-a-hook formula. Next on the agenda: good pizza in L.A. I can dream, can't I? ~Zach Hothorn

The Brought Low Web site

Small Stone Web site

Audio clips 

The Coral Sea

Volcano and Heart

Hidden Agenda

Unless you're part of the very small indie scene from Santa Barbara or plugged in down in Los Angeles, you probably haven't heard of the Coral Sea. But the band is bound to become one of the S.B.'s worst-kept secrets. Volcano and Heart was originally self-released, but the members of the Coral Sea have found a home with Champaign-Urbana's indie force Parasol on its Hidden Agenda imprint. They are poised to finally take their lush, dreamy pop further a field. With their ethereal art rock, which borrows brushstrokes from U2, Radiohead, and Pink Floyd, and Rey Villalobos's heart-achingly clear, sweet vocals, it may not be long before it's more than just local gig-spot Elsie's that crowds spill out on to the sidewalk when the Coral Sea takes the stage.  ~Lee Fullington

The Coral Sea Web site

Parasol Records Web site 

Dirty on Purpose

Hallelujah Sirens

North Street

Have you had enough?!?! Oh, no you haven't! 'Cuz here comes another Brooklyn-based band that'd fit right in the early '80s. The band has been compared to Sonic Youth, the Wedding Present, and Yo La Tengo and has shared stages with the Hidden Cameras and Rainer Maria. Does Dirty on Purpose's version 2,000,000.0 of this type of New York City indie rock sound as good as any of those bands? This is Dirty on Purpose's first full-length, so it's a little early to tell, and little of the band's music is floating around out there. Check the mandatory YouTube video and streaming tracks on MySpace for samples. (This would be a good place to launch into a discussion of whether or not those sites mean the end of video channels and radio stations as we know them, but that can be saved for another time.) Can these four dudes do what so many have done before? Guess we'll just have to listen and hear. ~John Zeiss

Dirty on Purpose Web site

North Street Records Web site 

DJ Spooky

In Fine Style: DJ Spooky Presents 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records


DJ Spooky, that subliminal kid (as he likes to call himself), is also that prolific kid. When not creating original material that rivals DJ Shadow's for gritty ambience or forming genre-spanning pair-ups (like with Slayer/Fanotmas drummer Dave Lombardo, Spooky puts in quality time on the remix boards. Here he takes on the back catalog of legendary Jamaican label Trojan Records, home to the likes of Desmond Dekker, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Peter Tosh, and Sly and Robbie. Spooky finds the original inspiration for remix collaboration in these artists, who would freely trade beats and backing tracks amongst each other, a practice that continues on through reggaeton today. Spooky's music has always been great when it has picked up the breezy, enjoyable tinge of Caribbean sounds, so this may be a perfect match of man and material. ~John Zeiss

DJ Spooky Web site (streaming audio) 


Dopesick [Remastered]

Century Media

Like those steady-handed conservators who lovingly restore beloved old paintings, Century Media has taken it upon itself to improve upon EyeHateGod's much ballyhooed 1996 debut. With some deft-handed finagling and some bonus material, Century Media intends to remind the world that EyeHateGod is the often overlooked link between Pentagram and today's doomsters (Sunn0))), Boris). If there were a Smithsonian for doom, EyeHateGod would be the moment when it started to walk upright and use its opposable thumbs. Sludgeous erectus, if you will. ~Zach Hothorn

EyeHateGod Web site

Century Media Web site 

The Illuminati

On Borrowed Time

Liquor & Poker

The media would have you believe that illegal immigrants and elicit goods are streaming into our country at an alarming rate, but the members of the Illuminati would probably beg to differ. It's been almost two and half years since On Borrowed Time was released in Canada, and it's about time the album is being put out in America, eh? This prog-inflected Southern-rock power trio consistently impressed audiences in the States when it opened for fellow foreigners the Hellacopters. Now if only Liquor & Poker could do something about that B.C. bud ... ~Zach Hothorn

Liquor & Poker Web site

Audio samples 

7L & Esoteric: New Dope (Babygrande)

Acid Mothers Gong: Live in Nagoya

An Albatross: Blessphemy (Of the Peace Beast Feastgiver and the (Ace Fu)

B.B. King: Gold (Geffen)

The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations: 40th Anniversary Edition [CD-SINGLE]           

Big Rich: Fill More Rich (Koch)

Billy Talent: II (Atlantic / Wea)

Bjork: Surrounded [BOX SET] [DUALDISC] (Rhino / Wea)

Bob Marley: 400 Years (DBK Works)

Bob Marley: No Sympathy (DBK Works)

Bob Marley: Bob Marley Story (1967-1972) (Universal International)

The Brand New Heavies: Get Used to It (Delicious Vinyl)

Cat Stevens: Chronicles (A&M)

Catch Twenty Two: Permanent Revolution (Victory)

Cellador: Enter Deception (Metal Blade)

Chan: Politickin', Vol. 1 (Raptivism)

Dashboard Confessional: Dusk and Summer (Vagrant)

Dirty on Purpose: Hallelujah Sirens (North Street)

Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo to Anywhere (Universal International)

DJ Green Lantern: Alive on Arrival [Bonus Tracks] 

DJ Spinna: Intergalactic Soul (Shanachie)

DJ Spooky: DJ Spooky Presents: 50,000 Volts of Trojan Records (Trojan Us)

DJ Venom: Raise the Volume, Vol. 3 (Warlock)

Tha Dogg Pound: Cali Iz Active (Koch)

Donovan: In Concert: The Complete 1967 Anaheim Show (EMI)

Dr. Dre: Death Row's Greatest Hits: The Chronicles (Death Row)

Dr. John: I Pulled the Cover Off You Two Lovers (DBK Works)

Dr. Octagon: Return of Dr. Octagon           

Elephant Man: Direct from Jamaica (2B1)

Elvis Presley: Interviews and Music (United States Dist)

The Fall: Twenty Seven Points (Castle Us)

Fats Domino: Whole Lotta' Fats Domino Hits Live (Compendia)

Fats Domino: Fat Man's Frenzy (Rev-Ola)

The Flying Burrito Brothers: Flying Again/Airborne (Acadia)

Fog: Loss Leader (Lex)

Four Tet: DJ-Kicks (K7)

Gangsta Dre: Best of Gangsta Dre (Black Armor)

Gerry Mulligan: Original Sextet Complete Studio Master Takes (Lonehill Jazz)

Gilles Peterson: Back in Brazil    

Golding Institute: Final Relaxation (Ipecac)

Good Riddance: My Republic (Fat Wreck Chords)

Graf Orlock: Destination Time Yesterday (Level Plane)

Grandmaster Flash: Hits (Collectables)

H.A.W.K.: Since the Gray Tapes, Vol. 4 (Screwed up Click)

Hank Williams, Jr.: That's How They Do It In Dixie: The Essential (Curb)

Hank Williams: Best of the Early Years (Music Mill)

Hip Hop Bebop Junction: Bop Cubed: The Hip Hop Bebop Junction (Scufflin)

Hope of the States: Left (Sony International)

India.Arie: Testimony, Vol. 1: Life & Relationship (Umvd Labels)

isan: Plans Drawn in Pencil (Morr Music / M.M.)

The Jackson 5: Jackson 5 Story (Universal International)

The Jam: Story (Universal International)

John Digweed: Transitions (Thrive)

Kool Keith: Collabs Tape            (Corner Shop)

Kurupt: Same Day, Different Sh*t     

Large Professor: Beatz, Vol. 1     

Lee "Scratch" Perry: Introduction To Lee Perry (Fuel 2000)

Lord Jamar: The 5% Album (Babygrande)

Marvin Gaye: Marvin Gaye Story (Universal International)

Memphis Slim: Rockin' This House (JSP)

Merzbow: Minazo            (Important)

Mojave 3: Breaking the Ice [EP]      (4AD)

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

Original Soundtrack: Dolemite (Relapse)

Original Soundtrack: Kingdom Hearts, Vol. 2 [IMPORT] (Toshiba EMI Japan)

Panic: Strength in Solitude (Bridge Nine)

Pet Shop Boys: Fundamental (Rhino)

Planningtorock: Have It All (Chicks on Speed)

Poor Righteous Teachers: Rare and Unreleased 

Primal Scream: Riot City Blues (Sony International)

Rapid Ric/Paul Wall: Fistfull of Dollars (BCD Music Group)

Rapid Ric/Trae: Getcha Weight Up (BCD Music Group)

Ray Cash: C.O.D.: Cash on Delivery (Sony)

Roger Sanchez: Release Yourself, Vol. 5 

Roger Sanchez: Turn on the Music (Ultra)

Shawnna: Block Music (Def Jam)

The Specials: Greatest Hits (Big Eye)

Sun Ra: Concert for the Comet Kohoutek (Esp Disk Ltd.)

Ted Taylor: Ever Wonderful: Okeh Uptown Soul 1962-1966 (Shout)

Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (2 CD) [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] (Riverside)

Thelonious Monk: Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (Riverside)

Tim O'Reagan: Tim O'Reagan [Lost Highway] (Lost Highway)

Tower of Power: What Is Hip [Collection] (Collectables)

V/A: Woody's Winners: 20 Classic Tracks from the Films [IMPORT] (Castle Pie)

V/A: Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk and Rockabilly (Rhino / Wea)

Van Morrison: Pay the Devil [Deluxe Edition - CD/DVD] (Lost Highway)

Wiggle: Fabric 28 (Fabric)

Z-Ro: 4/20 the Smokers Anthem (KMJ)

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