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[June 6, 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:



Artimus Pyledriver

Artimus Pyledriver

DRT Entertainment

I've been waiting patiently for a full-fledged release since I first heard this Atlanta five-piece's demo almost three years ago. With songs titles such as "Dirt Road White Girl" and "Dixie Fight Song," there's no question which side of the Mason-Dixon Line these unabashed Southerners hail from. The band's music -- like it's name -- is equal parts Skynyrd and pro-wrestling. Just don't ask these boys if they need Neil Young around. ~Zach Hothorn

Artimus Pyledriver Web site

DRT Entertainment Web site

Streaming audio

Cheap Trick


Big3 Records

Cheap Trick's first studio album in three years is named after the Illinois armpit these soon-to-be Rock & Roll Hall of Famers call home. The band that could have been called "Two Cute Guys and Two Ugly Guys" is back with a whole new crop of power-pop for its adoring fan base (once composed entirely of screaming Japanese girls, according to 1979's At Budokan). Featuring within their ranks the inventor of the twelve-string bass (Tom Peterson, cute) and a man whose plectrum-tossing borders on the ridiculous (Rick Nielsen, ugly), Cheap Trick is a national treasure whose thirty years of work is essential listening. Let's just pretend "The Flame" never happened, okay? ~Zach Hothorn

Cheap Trick Web site

Big 3 Records Web site

Streaming audio 




With the release of Ladyhawk's self-titled debut (which was recorded with the aid of Black Mountain), it seems that Jagjaguwar is one step closer to a complete monopoly of Vancouver stoners in bands. Judging by "The Dugout," however, Ladyhawk ditches the Black Mountain/Pink Mountaintop Sabbath references and takes cues from the Band and Neil Young. Only time will tell if Chris Martin cares. ~Josiah Hughes

Jagjaguwar Records Web site

Streaming audio

Listen to "The Dugout" 

Oakley Hall

Gypsum Strings


With heads in the Midwest, hands around the fiddle and lap steel, and feet in the New York City underground rock scene, Oakley Hall seems, on paper, like a novelty act. The band's tenacious guitars and four-part harmonies, however, don't so much betray its traditional roots as make the combination explode. On Gypsum Strings, look for even more propulsive mixtures and a ferocity and energy reinforced by recurring tour-mates the Constantines. ~Matt Liebowitz

Oakley Hall on Brah Records' Web site

Oakley Hall Web site

Brah Records Web site 


Who Loves the Sun [Soundtrack]


Mac McCaughan should have some kind of presidential medal draped around his neck by this point. His stellar achievements are threefold. For one, he helped start Merge Records, one-time or current home to indie legends including the Magnetic Fields, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Spoon. Second, he's piloted his own band, Superchunk, to iconic status in the eyes of a rabid fan base. And third, his side project, Portastatic, continues to be an interesting diversion. This is the second time McCaughan has done soundtrack work for director Matt Bissonnette. Looking for Leonard (2002) was a Canadian crime comedy; Who Loves the Sun, starring Molly Parker and Lukas Haas, mines more dramatic territory. More than a decade ago at this point (which speaks to McCaughan's longevity), Superchunk had an album called Here's Where the Strings Come In. That same title could apply here. To make the music more cinematic, McCaughan employs a wider palette of instruments, including violins and oboes. ~John Zeiss

Listen to "Last Kiss Music"

Listen to "Just Like a Real Book"

Listen to "Lively Chase"

Portastatic Web site

Merge Records Web site

Stuart Staples

Leaving Songs

Beggars Banquet

Staples, who is best known as the lead singer of the Tindersticks, is a mushy-mouthed mumbler of the highest order. His oft-indecipherable laments of heartbreak and loss always sounded superb against the backdrop of his bandmate's lush, romantic sound. Staples solo work is a bit more stripped down, but the usual Leonard Cohen and Arab Strap comparisons are bound to be apt. The U.S. version of Leaving Songs will also contain Lucky Dog Recordings, Staples's 2005 solo debut. ~Benjamin Hill

5th Ward Boyz: P.W.A. The Album: Keep It Poppin [Chopped & Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot)

AFI: decemberunderground (Interscope)

Al Green: 20th Century Masters (Universal International)

Albert Ayler: Impulse Story (Impulse)

Albert Hammond: Albert Hammond/99 Miles from L.A. (Beat Goes On)

Alexi Murdoch: Time Without Consequence (Zero Summer)

Alice Coltrane: Impulse Story (Impulse)

Alice Cooper: Easy Action (WEA International)

Amps for Christ: Every Eleven Seconds (5 Rue Christine)

Anathallo: Floating World (Nettwerk)

B Real: Gunslinger (BCD Music Group)

Bardo Pond: Ticket Crystals (Atp Recordings)

Be Your Own Pet: Be Your Own Pet (Universal)

Behind the Scenes: Pure (Dancing Ferret)

Bleu Da Vinci: BMF Presents Bleu Da Vinci (Koch)

The Bottle Rockets: Zoysia (Bloodshot)

The Bouncing Souls: Gold Record (Epitaph / Ada)

Brazil: LP 2 (Fearless)

Camera Obscura: Let's Get out of This Country (Merge)

Cheap Trick: Rockford (Big3)

Colette & DJ Heather: House of Om (Om)

Cracker: Greenland (Cooking Vinyl)

Day of Fire: Cut and Move (Red Ink)

Depeche Mode: Music for the Masses [CD/DVD] (Rhino)

Depeche Mode: Speak & Spell [CD/DVD] (Rhino)

Depeche Mode: Violator [CD/DVD] (Rhino)

Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo to Anywhere [Bonus DVD] (Universal International)

DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince: Very Best of DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince (Jive)

DJ Quik: Greatest Hits Live at the House of Blues (Mad Science)

Donavon Frankenreiter: Move by Yourself (Lost Highway)

Dr. John: Introduction to Dr. John (Fuel 2000)

Ed Harcourt: Beautiful Lie (EMI)

Ella Fitzgerald: Best of Ella Fitzgerald [Direct Source] (Direct Source)

Elvis Costello/Allen Toussaint: River in Reverse (Verve Forecast)

Evangelicals: So Gone (Misra)

Fair: Best Worst-Case Scenario (Tooth & Nail)

Flash. Bat: Laud Baud (Locust Music)

Francisco López: Untitled #180 (Alien8 Recording)

Genghis Tron: Dead Mountain Mouth (Crucial Blast)

George Strait: Ultimate Collection (Madacy)

Gracer: Voices Travel (Revelation)

Greeley Estates: Far from the Lies (Record Collection)

Head Automatica: Popaganda (Warner Bros.)

Holly Brook: Like Blood Like Honey (Warner Bros.)

Hot Tuna: Keep on Truckin': The Very Best of Hot Tuna (RCA)

The Husbands: There's Nothing I'd Like More Than to See (Swami)

Ice Cube: Laugh Now, Cry Later (Lench Mob)

The Jackson 5: Jackson 5 Story (Universal International)

Joe Bonamassa: You & Me (Premier Artists)

Juana Molina: Son (Domino)

Kanye West: Late Orchestration: Live at Abbey Road Studios (Universal International)

Kieran Hebden/Steve Reid: Exchange Session, Vol. 2 (Domino)

Kottonmouth Kings: Koast II Koast (Suburban Noize)

Ladyhawk: Ladyhawk (Jagjaguwar)

Lou Rawls: Very Best of Lou Rawls (Capitol)

MC Solaar: Mach 6 (WEA International)

Meneguar: I Was Born at Night (Troubleman Unlimited)

Mint Condition: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection (Hip-O)

Mojave 3: Puzzles Like You (4AD / ADA)

The New Cars: It's Alive (Eleven Seven Music)

Nils Petter Molvær: American Compilation (Thirsty Ear)

O.G. Ron C.: Da Wreckin' Yard Lesson 4 (Oarfin)

Oakley Hall: Gypsum Strings (Jagjaguwar)

Oppenheimer: Oppenheimer (Bar/None)

Original Soundtrack: Da Vinci's Inquest: The Sessions CD (Stony Plain)

Original Soundtrack: Omen (Varese Sarabande) 

Paper Chase: Now You Are One of Us  (Kill Rock Stars)

Partners-N-Crime: Club Bangaz [Chopped and Screwed] (Rap-A-Lot)

Patent Pending: Save Each Other: The Whales Are Doing Fine (We Put Out)

Paul Oakenfold: Lively Mind (Maverick)

Pharoah Sanders: Impulse Story (Impulse)

Portastatic: Who Loves the Sun (Merge)

Psapp: Only Thing I Ever Wanted (Domino)

The Ramones: Greatest Hits (Rhino)

Rinocerose: Schizophonia (V2 International)

Robot Ate Me: Good World (5 Rue Christine)

Ronnie Spector: Last of the Rock Stars    

Roxy Music: Concerto (Dynamic Italy)

Sarah Silverman: Jesus Is Magic (Interscope)

Scanners: Violence Is Golden (Dim Mak)

Scott Walker: Drift (4AD / ADA)

Siouxsie and the Banshees: Juju [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [IMPORT] (Umvd Import)

Siouxsie and the Banshees: Kaleidoscope [ORIGINAL RECORDING REMASTERED] [IMPORT] (Umvd Import)

Skipsapiens: Eco (Mutek)

Smoosh: Free to Stay (Barsuk)

Sonny Rollins: Milestone Profile (Milestone)

Sound Team: Movie Monster (Capitol)

Stanton Warriors: Stanton Sessions, Vol. 2 (V2 International)

Stuart Staples: Leaving Songs (Beggars Banquet)

Syd Matters: Syd Matters (V2 Ada)

Terror Squad Presents DJ Khaled: Listennn...The Album! (Koch)

Todd: Comes to Your House (Southern)

Vanna: Search Party Never Came (Epitaph / Ada)

Various Artists: Tribute to Arctic Monkeys (Big Eye)

Various Artists: GU Music, Vol. 2 [Box Set] (Global Underground)

Various Artists: Kingdom Hearts 2 - O.S.T. [IMPORT] (Toshiba EMI Japan)

Various Artists: Smack (Koch)

Whodini: Funky Beat: The Best of Whodini (Jive)

Yung Joc: New Joc City (Bad Boy)

Zero 7: Garden (Atlantic / Wea)

Zox: Wait (Side One Dummy)

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