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[March 11, 2008] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

This week: Del heads to Definitive Jux, Snoop's ninth, and a couple of notable entries from the Anticon camp. [more:]




Del the Funkyhomosapien


The 11th Hour
Definitive Jux

There is something circular about Del's label-hopping. The Bay Area emcee started his career like most rappers in the early '90s at a major label Elektra. He went on to play a major role in the late '90s indie ascent with his posse's Hieroglyphics Imperium imprint. Nearly a decade later, Del finds himself at another impasse: every project of note since 2000 (Deltron, Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School) has been non-Hiero-related. So, the great experiment begins again as Del releases his latest solo effort through indie powerhouse Def Jux. ~Dan Nishimoto


Hello Voyager

Evangelista is the latest musical project of much-beloved Carla Bozulich, formerly of the Geraldine Fibbers. In a bit of a confusing move, Bozulich has named her new band after a 2006 solo album of hers, which featured many of the same collaborators. Some of those musicians include members of the sprawling Silver Mt. Zion collective. Hello Voyager, like Silver Mt. Zion’s new one, was recorded in Montreal at the Hotel2Tango. ~John Zeiss


Band: http://www.carlabozulich.com
Label: http://www.cstrecords.com
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/evangelistasounds


Fat Joe


Elephant in the Room

Terror Squad/Imperial Records

When Fat Joe entered the Rap City booth (remember that show?) a couple months back to push his eighth record, one was quickly reminded of the reason for Joey Crack's longevity. Bar after bar, he vented viscous venom carefully filtered through a sieve, leaving only that pure... goodness. Granted, his albums have proven to be uneven listens, but there are some guaranteed quotables every time he comes around. ~Dan Nishimoto


Kaki King
Dreaming of Revenge
With Dreaming of Revenge, Kaki King gets back around to focusing on her own music after farming out her virtuosic guitar talents of late. King guested with Dave Grohl and company on a song on the recent Foo Fighters album and with Eddie Vedder on the Into the Wild soundtrack. Like 2006’s Until We Felt Red, which was produced by Tortoise’s John McEntire, Dreaming was helped along in the studio by a big-name producer. That would be Malcolm Burn, who has worked with Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois. Some of the songs here are light and sexy, while others, like “Can Anyone Who Has Heard This Music Really Be a Bad Person” (which takes its inspiration from the film The Lives of Others), are more serious. ~John Zeiss


Artist: http://www.kakiking.com
Label: http://www.velourmusic.com
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/kakiking

Silje Nes
Ames Room
What are young artists to do to get noticed these days? They could try to build blog buzz or win American Idol. Or they could take the old-fashioned route, like Norwegian songstress Silje Nes did, and send a demo directly to a respected label. Some of the songs from said demo appear here, as do other tunes the multitalented Nes crafted largely by herself. She plays an array of instruments on the album, including guitar, keyboards, glockenspiel, melodica, and trumpet. It all adds up to plenty of pretty chamber pop. ~John Zeiss


Artist: http://www.myspace.com/siljenes
Label: http://fat-cat.co.uk/fatcat/home.php


Snoop Dogg


Ego Trippin'


The truth of the matter is Snoop's ninth album bares no resemblance to its intended outcome: it was supposed to be an uncharacteristically solo effort (in contrast to all of his previous albums) with no guest rappers or singers, but now seems to be a by-the-books effort featuring Pharrell, Charlie Wilson, Too $hort and even Everlast; and even the collaborations Snoop spoke of (e.g., with Bono or Madonna) did not
materialize. But you would be foolish to expect something "different" from a brand artist like Snoop Dogg.

Oh, but there are some Teddy Riley tracks on here. That's at least interesting, if not different. ~Dan Nishimoto  

Son Lux
At War With Walls and Mazes
The Flaming Lips recently took on the mystics, and now Son Lux is battling walls and mazes on its debut. Son Lux is the musical project of Ryan Lott, an eclectic talent. He’s remixed Castanets and Beirut and also dabbles in visual art, so he should fit right in on the open-minded Anticon label. The imprint drops names like Notwist, Will Oldham, and Radiohead as benchmarks for Son Lux’s sound. ~John Zeiss


Band: http://www.myspace.com/sonlux
Label: http://www.anticon.com

Because if a band isn’t genre-mashing in these eclectic days, it’s behind the times. Because the Bay Area by way of Minneapolis band Why? deftly blends indie-rock, avant-pop, and hip-hop sensibilities (bandleader Yoni Wolf cites artists as divergent as MF Doom and Joanna Newsom as influences on Alopecia). Because D. Kesler of Thee More Shallows engineered the album, which features guest appearances from Fog’s Andrew Broder, Doseone, and Nedelle Torissi. Because we haven’t had a full-length from Why? since 2005’s Elephant Eyelash. Because alopecia might be the medical term for going bald, but Why? is just starting to grow into its own. ~John Zeiss


Band: http://www.myspace.com/whyanticon
Label: http://www.anticon.com

- Language of Stone Boris Boris: Interview
Week in Preview

The Snoop is this week, too?

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Snoop Dogg, Fat Joe and Del previews have been added.
The two songs I heard off the Snoop album were really good though.

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I really like the single.

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Snoop's cover of The Time's "Cool" is great, I love it.


Evangelista is really cool.


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