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[March 6, 2007] 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:




Pocket Symphony


The members of Air have claimed that Pocket Symphony is heavily influenced by classical music. But Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin's sound has always been highly orchestral, lush and cinematic (see: any Sofia Coppola film). So expect more cosmopolitan prettiness here. And guests. As with fellow European electronic experimentalists Massive Attack, an Air album is always going to have guests. This one features vocal appearances from Jarvis Cocker and the Divine Comedy's Neil Hannon. The album cover contains what looks to be ice sculptures of the duo; appropriate, because it's hard to get cooler than those two Frenchmen. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.pocket-symphony.com/

Label: http://www.astralwerks.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/intairnet 




When the members of the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra are asked if they are a Fela Kuti tribute band, their answer is succinct: "No." They say the group's goal "is to expand Afrobeat as a musical language," thereby distancing their band from the lower art of covers and distinguishing themselves as innovators instead of imitators. Yet in spite of the group's inspired musicianship, most of its records remain in the tall shadow of the godfather. Perhaps in recognition of this large precedent, the band ventures further out on its most recent output. Covering the nuyorican standard "Che Che Cole" in an Afrobeat style on its most recent album, Government Magic, the group makes-over a pomo American classic in fist-pumping Nigerian robes. In a further attempt to set itself apart, Antibalas enlists a third party to take the point on its fourth album, Security. John McEntire, he of Chi-town jazzbo rockers Tortoise, mans the helm to turn the group's repertoire upside down. Expect more politicking at the danceteria from the Brooklyn massive, albeit with an aggressive inversion a la Pompidou. ~Dan Nishimoto

Band: http://www.antibalas.com/

Label: http://www.anti.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/antibalas

Big Business

Here Come the Waterworks


A better title for this, Big Business's second full-length, might be Here Comes the Loudness. Although just a duo, Big Business can make a mighty racket. How can you tell? Well, the band's on Hyrdahead, a label dedicated to dense noise-rockers, home to the likes of Jesu and Pelican. Big Business's drummer, Coady Willis, used to bang the skins for the insane Murder City Devils, and lead singer Jared Warren can scream like a man possessed. You better bring earplugs to withstand these Waterworks. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.bigbigbusiness.com/

Label: http://www.hydrahead.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/bigbigbusiness   

Johnny Cash

Ultimate Gospel


In Walk the Line, the recent Johnny Cash biopic, a pre-superstar Cash auditions for Sun Records founder and producer Sam Phillips. Having been brought up on his mother's hymns, Cash naturally performs old-time gospel for the producer but is quickly rebutted by Phillips on account of the genre's lack of marketability. Cash spontaneously switches gears and performs "Folsom Prison Blues," and the rest is a wrap. Although the scene itself is a close summary of Cash's actual meetings with Phillips, the rest of the film is a borderline historical inaccuracy because of the relative absence of religion. In truth, although Cash found mass success in secular pop and country, he continually paid homage to his first musical love. Columbia/Legacy has selected a CD's worth of such cuts for the latest posthumous Cash collection, Ultimate Gospel. Similar to the 2004 Elvis Presley compilation of the same title, Cash's set aims to highlight the Man in Black's less recognized but no less fervent spiritual side. Originals and traditional songs performed throughout Cash's tenure at Columbia are included here, in addition to a few Sun sides and three previously unreleased cuts. ~Dan Nishimoto

Artist: http://www.johnnycash.com/

Label: http://www.legacyrecordings.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/johnnycash 




With a band name like Cheeseburger, you really wouldn't expect the grand social-issue exploration of, say, Arcade Fire. And you'd be exactly right. Cheeseburger the trio from New York City is just as fun as a big, meaty cheeseburger at your favorite pub. With fries. And plenty of brews. Lead singer Joe Bradley, guitarist Christy Karacas and drummer Luke Crotty bring the sludgy, dirty rock with skill. On "Derby Day," Bradley sings, "Sometimes I drink whiskey, sometimes I drink wine." Because anything goes well with Cheeseburger. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.cheeseburgernyc.com/

Label: http://www.kemado.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/cheeseburger

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Ry Cooder

My Name is Buddy


Guitarist Ry Cooder has done a lot of varied things throughout his long career. He played with the Flying Burrito Brothers, helped bring more attention to plenty of great Latin American talent (including Buena Vista Social Club), and explored the history of how the Dodgers organization literally dragged homeowners out of Los Angeles's Chavez Ravine in order to build Dodger Stadium. How to follow that up? How about a concept album about a cat named Buddy? Okay, because it's Cooder, we'll go with it. Through Buddy, Cooder tells tales of the decline of the American working class. Songs include "Strike!" "J.Edgar," "The Dying Truck Driver" and "Hank Williams." Guests include Mike and Pete Seeger, Van Dyke Parks, and Cooder's son, Joachim. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.ryland-cooder.com/

Label: http://www.nonesuch.com/

"Suitcase in my Hand"


The Stooges

Fun House: Deluxe Edition


In case you missed the exhaustive seven-CD boxed set 1970: The Complete Funhouse Sessions, or the abbreviated two-disc Fun House: Deluxe Edition, then here's the perfect re-up for that barebones CD version from the '80 of the Stooges' second album. I know what you're thinking: Finally! In truth, Fun House (and pretty much all of the Stooges' notable output) is not about detail, depth or critical analysis/insights; it's about quick, fun, raw power. So, this single-disc issue of Fun House: Deluxe Edition may be the most appropriate reissue. Featuring a re-mastered version of the album, along with a manageable handful of outtakes, the album maintains the original's lean physique without compromising the market dependency on bells and whistles. ~Dan Nishimoto

Band: http://www.iggypop.com/

Label: http://www.rhino.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/iggyandthestooges 

The Stooges



Who is this album for? It ain't for the older fans; they're all stuck on the oldness (cop that deluxe edition of Fun House instead, chief), whether they saw and loved the reunited Stooges but realized they're too polished for their own good now or they were able to come to that conclusion without blowing thirty to sixty bucks. And the album sure as hell ain't for the young'uns; Iggy's antics have been aped, mimicked, photocopied and PhotoShopped to the point that Pop seems pass� today. So, Weirdness is left with the leftovers: The kids who don't know no better. You know, the ones taking their first steps outside of their elder sibling's music collection and discovering bands besides My Chemical Romance and Evanescence. They are the kids looking to form an identity and discovering the extent of what they like or dislike. In other words: the weird ones. Which is quite appropriate for the Stooges; they were never about fitting in. Weirdness finds the band back at square one: completely at home with being out of place. ~Dan Nishimoto

Band: http://www.iggypop.com/

Label: http://www.virginrecords.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/iggyandthestooges 


Marquee Moon [Deluxe Edition]


Guitars intertwine like ivy vines. Melodies spiral and harmonies ring sharp. Drums cruise and voices shift skittishly. And a ten-minute opus closes this side before unveiling a whole 'nother one at the jump. With such aplomb, thousands of listeners have consumed Television's debut, Marquee Moon, since its release thirty years ago. Clocking in a hair more than three-quarters of an hour, the album's lucid vision unfolds with surprisingly cool technique and daft arrangement. It was and remains everything rock waited for. So, while reflecting on the album, Rhino helps fans dig the album deeper by adding alternate takes of the hands-down rockers "See No Evil," "Friction" and the mother-lode title track. Topping off the extras are the band's debut single, "Little Johnny Jewel" (making its first official appearance on CD) and an untitled instrumental. ~Dan Nishimoto 

Amon Tobin

Foley Room

Ninja Tune

On Foley Room, the longtime Ninja Tune affiliate Amon Tobin immerses himself in the world of found sound. In search of sample sources beyond the familiar dusty grooves, Tobin instead samples from the literal everyday: animals eating, utensils clattering, motorcycles rumbling by. However, don't expect an album of esoteric farts and blips. Tobin, taking a cue from foley artists who construct sound effects for film, simply follows another path to realize the familiar sounds in his head. The CD release includes a bonus DVD that documents the producer's global search for sounds and the recording process. ~Dan Nishimoto

Artist: http://www.amontobin.com/

Label: http://www.ninjatune.net/home/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/tobinamon

!!!: Myth
Takes  (Warp)
Albert Hammond, Jr.: Yours to Keep [US] (New Line)
Amon Tobin: Foley Room [Bonus DVD] (Ninja Tune)
Apostle of Hustle: National Anthem of Nowhere (Arts & Crafts)
Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge)
Big Business: Here Come the Waterworks (Hydrahead)
Cannibal Corpse: Vile [CD/DVD] (Metal Blade)
Cheeseburger: Cheeseburger (Kemado)
The Cinematics: Strange Education (TVT)
Conchita: Nada Mas (EMI)
Consequence: Don't Quit Your Day Job (Red Urban)
Craig Sharpe: I Am (EMI)
Duke Ellington: Duke Box (Storyville)
Elvis Presley: Elvis Ultimate Gospel (RCA)
The Fall: Post-TLC Reformation! (Slogan)
Gov't Mule: Benefit Concert, Vol. 2 (Evil Teen)
Grateful Dead: American Beauty (Rhino)
Gruff Rhys: Candylion (Team Love)
Illinois: What the Hell Do I Know? (Ace Fu)
Jatun: Jatun (Other Electricities)
John Coltrane: Giant Steps (Rhino)
Kaddisfly: Set Sail the Prairie (Sub City)
Kool Keith: Ultra-Octa-Doom (2B1)
Korn: MTV Unplugged (Virgin)
Kristoffer Ragnstam: Sweet Bills (Bluhammock)
Lanu: This Is My Home (Ubiquity)
Leftover Crack & Citizen Fish: Deadline (Fat Wreck Chords)
Love: Forever Changes (Rhino)
Lovedrug: Everything Starts Where It Ends (Militia)
Mando Diao: Long Before Rock N Roll (Mute U.S.)
Maria Taylor: Lynn Teeter Flower (Saddle Creek)
The Moaners: Blackwing Yalobusha (Yep Roc)
My Brighest Diamond: Tear It Down (Asthmatic Kitty)
Nick Warren: Global Underground: Paris (Global Underground)
The Noisettes: What's the Time Mr. Wolf (Umvd Import)
The Notorious B.I.G.: Greatest Hits (Bad Boy)
Paul Simon: Graceland (Rhino)
Paulson: All At Once (Doghouse)
The Photos Atlas: No, Not Me, Never (Stolen Transmission)
Professor X/The Chem Lab: Hydro-Thesis (Repnet)
Relient K: Five Score & Seven Years Ago (Capitol)
RJD2: Third Hand (XL Recordings)
Sevendust: Alpha (Asylum)
Son Volt: Search (Red Ink)
Striborg: Nefaria (Southern Lord)
Television: Marquee Moon (Rhino)
This Is Me Smiling: This Is Me Smiling (Red Ink)
Totimoshi: Ladron (Volcom)
TTC: 3615 (Big Dada)
Twisted Black: Street Fame (TVT)
Various Artists: Afterhours 3: Unmixed (Global Underground)
Various Artists: Backspin (Six Degrees)
Various Artists: Boston State of Mind (Commonwealth)
Various Artists: Jonny Greenwood Is the Controller (Trojan)
White Flight: White Flight [Enhanced] (Range Flight)
Wintersleep: Wintersleep (Labwork Music)
Wolf & Cub: Vessels (4AD)
Wynton Marsalis: From the Plantation to the Penitentiary (Blue Note)

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

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