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[May 16, 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:





Southern Lord

is heavy and it's Japanese, one of the greatest musical combinations
possible. Unfortunately, the words "heavy" and "Japanese" also seem to
be record-label code for "release as many versions of each album as
possible in order to milk every last dollar out of gullible
collectors." So, yes, Pink has been out for months in
various versions and at various prices. This particular edition is the
domestic CD release. But let's look beyond all of this cynical
maneuvering: Pink shows Boris moving further into
full-on '70s heavy-rock-jam status, and as such should be heard by all
aficionados of the almighty riff. ~Benjamin Hill

Southern Lord Records Web site

Boris Web site

Prefix review: Boris with Merzbow [Sun Baked Snow Cave] by Jack Booty 


Killa Season


Cam's been busy since Purple Haze
(2004). In the year-and-a-half since that album dropped, Killa left his
former label, Roc-A-Fella; got shot after refusing to give up his
Lamborghini in an attempted carjacking; released a baseless dis track
toward Jay-Z;
announced plans to confront Internet pedophiles; and struck up a
potential business relationship with Wet Wipes. Strange dude. But the
most surprising development might be the tidal wave momentum Cam'ron
has going into Killa Season, his fifth album and a
loose soundtrack to his directorial debut of the same name. Backed with
irreverence and deft wordplay that's won him a new following, Killa
has been lighting up mixtapes with tracks such as "You Gotta Love It"
(dis song; see above), "Wet Wipes," "Touch It or Not," "Do Ya Thing"
and the remix of "Get 'Em Daddy," all of which feature on Season. All eyez on Cam? ~Michael Pollock

Asylum Records Web site

Cam'Ron on Asylum Records Web site

Cam'Ron Web site (streaming audio) 


Espers II

Drag City

rhymes with vespers, which are traditional twilight religious services.
Espers would be the perfect house band for such gatherings. The band's
sound is gentle, lilting, hypnotic -- all words that speak to the
music's sublime level of higher experience. It's part of Devendra Banhart's
wide circle of like-minded musical acts (go ahead, call them "New Weird
America" if you must). That means the members share an adoration of Vashti Bunyan,
evident in lead singer Meg Baird's chiming vocals. Any knowledge of
Roman numerals will tell you this is the band's second full-length, and
it returns to original songwriting after last year's The Weed Tree EP,
which found Espers covering the likes of Nico, Blue Oyster Cult, and a
few traditional folk ballads. Also, it's the band's first recording
that steps up from the tiny Leaf label to legendary indie stalwart Drag
City. Now let's just hope Espers III has one of those cool spinning album covers like Zep III did. ~John Zeiss

"Mansfield and Cyclops" MP3

Espers Web site

Drag City Web site 

DJ Format

Fabric Live 27

Fabric Live Records

Live has done the unthinkable for a compilation/mixtape series. Not
only are there more Fabric Live mixtapes, but they've been released at
a faster rate than the Now: That's What I Call Music series. Now that I've completely blown your mind, Fabric Live 27 is
the latest in the series from the British nightclub, acquiring the
services of DJ Format this time around. Creating a soulful mix of Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald and Jimmy Smith alongside hip-hoppers Ugly Duckling, Lyrics Born, Edan and Mr. Lif, this is likely an eclectic mix for an eclectic crowd. ~Adrian Covert

"Fabric Live 27" on Fabric's Web site


Every Man for Himself


those of you that didn't get enough of the classic hits such as
"Crawling in the Dark" or "The Reason," Hoobastank returns with Everyman for Himself,
its third full-length under the Island Records imprint. The members of
the 'Stank (as they're supposedly called) tried to change up their
sound a bit with this album, but lead singer Doug Robb will always have
a face made for radio. ~Adrian Covert

Hoobastank Web site

Streaming audio 

David Mead



Mead is a moderately unknown singer-songwriter who hails from two of
the biggest music cities in the world, Nashville and New York. His
songwriting is down to earth, and its literate style seems to apply to
twenty- and thirty-somethings but has failed to pick up too many fans
among the younger generation. His debut, The Luxury of Time, was
released via RCA in 1999 and showed him to be a fantastic songsmith.
This album may fall way under the radar, but it deserves recognition. ~John Bohannon

David Mead Web site

Streaming audio 

Radio 4

Enemies Like This


infinitely more interesting to catch up with a band after its fall from
grace. In Radio 4's case, this would be now -- after the hangover of
2004's embarrassing Stealing of a Nation and the unveiling of its fourth and much touted "return to basics" LP, Enemies Like This.
It's here when bands -- and Radio 4 in particular -- have the chance to
redeem themselves or finally call it a night. Whatever the final
verdict, with the New York quintet's unabashed Bush-bashing, we're sure
to get some sympathetic politicos rallying to the band's cause. ~John MacDonald

Streaming audio

Radio 4 on Astralwerks Records' Web site 

The Raconteurs

Broken Boy Soldiers


supergroups: Love em' or hate em', they will always find a way to
delight your existence with an absurd amount of hype. The latest hype
mongrel is a group consisting of Brendan Benson and the White Stripes'
Jack White, coined the Raconteurs, a combination I never saw coming.
Benson seems to take more of the vocal role, with White sticking to the
guitar and coming in on the mike here and there. Broken Boy Soldiers is their debut. Let's see if it holds up to the names it's associated with. ~John Bohannon

The Raconteurs Web site

XL Records Web site

"Steady As She Goes" video

Streaming audio

The Twilight Singers

Powder Burns

One Little Indian

Whigs front-man Greg Dulli has come out of a self-proclaimed seven-year
drug haze to release the band's fourth album, which was recorded in New
Orleans immediately after the Hurricane Katrina disaster. "Powder Burns
captures a day in an untethered person's life, a person who has left
this plane and doesn't particularly know his way back but always gets
there," Dulli explains on the band's website.  "It goes minute to minute in its approach, from the first high, to the inevitable comedown, to the coming back up."  Sounds like a doozy. ~Jeralyn Mason 

The Twilight Singers Web site

One Little Indian Web site

Streaming audio

ABBA: Greatest Hits: 30th Anniversary (Fontana Int'l)

Armin van Buuren: State of Trance 2006 (Ultra)

The Autumn Offering: Embrace the Gutter (Victory)

The Bank Robbers: Tomorrow Belongs To Me (No Milk)

Benjamin Zephaniah: Naked (One Little Indian Us)

Big 10-4: Testing the Atmosphere (Universal)

Billie Holiday: Essentials (Big Eye)

Boris: Pink (Southern Lord)

Cam'ron: Killa Season (Asylum / Rap-A-Lot)

Cherubs: Uncovered by Heartbeat (Cargo)

Christina Milian: So Amazin' (Def Jam)

Controlling the Famous: Automatic City (Militia)

David Mead: Tangerine (Tallulah)

Dawn Shipley & Sharp Shooters: Baby If I (El Toro)

Demonstration: Demonstration EP (Saf)

Dinosaur Jr.: Green Mind [Bonus Tracks] (Reprise / Wea)

Dinosaur Jr.: Where You Been [Bonus Tracks] (Reprise / Wea)

Dirty Pretty Things: Waterloo to Anywhere (Universal International)

Dirty Sanchez: Dirty Sanchez (Cleopatra)

DJ Format: Fabriclive.27 (Fabric)

Dmonstrations: Dmonstrations Ep (Saf)

Dominique A.: Horizon (Green Ufos)

Don Caballero: World Class Listening Problem (Relapse)

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

E.S.G.: Screwed Up Movement (Sure Shot Recordings)

Ersel Hickey: Bluebirds Over the Mountain (Hydra)

Espers: II (Drag City)

Faun Fables: Transit Rider (Drag City)

Fish: Return to Childhood (Snapper UK)

Frog Eyes: Future Is Inter-Disciplinary or Not al All (Acuarela)

G-Cell/E-40: G-Cell (Daring)

Hall & Oates: Platinum Collection (WEA International)

Hanson: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (Mercury)

Home and Garden: History and Geography (Exit Stencil Recordings LLC)

Honeyhander: Woolly Mannerisms (Saf)

Hoobastank: Every Man for Himself [Green Cover] (Island)

Ignacio Berroa: Codes (Blue Note)

The iOs: In Sunday Songs (Kanine)

Jarvis Cocker/Steve Mackey: Trip (Family Recordings)

Johnny Cash: Johnny Cash Children's Album (Sony)

Johnny "Guitar" Watson: 1952-1955 (Classics R&B)

Journey: Live in Houston 1981: The Escape Tour (Sony)

Julian Cope: Floored Genius: The Best, Vol. 1 (1979-1991) (Fontana Int'l)

KC & the Sunshine Band: Sound of Sunshine (Collectors' Choice Music)

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

Kool Keith: Collabs Tape (Corner Shop)

Leadbelly: Last Session, Vol. 1 (Universe Italy)

Lil' Flip: Court Session, Vol. 2 (BCD Music Group)

Lou Rawls: Black and Blue/Tobacco Road (Blue Note)

Louis Armstrong: Essentials (Big Eye)

The Mae Shi/Rapider Than Horsepower: Do Not Ignore the Potential (Saf)

The Marked Men: Fix My Brain (Swami)

Mason Jennings: Boneclouds (Sony)

Melvins: Houdini Live 2005: A Live History of Gluttony (Ipecac)

Nina Simone: Mastercuts Presents (Mastercuts / Artist)

Polyphemus: Scrapbook of Madness (4AD)

Raconteurs: Broken Boy Soldiers (V2)

Radio 4: Enemies Like This (Astralwerks)

Ravi Shankar: Transmigration Macabre (El)

Ricardo Villalobos: Salvador (Frisbee Tracks)

Robin Guthrie: Continental (Darla)

Rock Kills Kid: Are You Nervous? (Reprise / Wea)

Roscoe: I Luv Cali (SMC Recordings)

Roxy Music: Concerto (Dynamic Italy)

Run Kid Run: This Is Who We Are (Tooth & Nail)

Run Run Run: Endless Winter (Song and Dance)

Russian Circles: Enter (Flameshovel)

Sam Roberts: Chemical City (Universal Music Can)

Saviours: Crucifire (Level Plane)

Scorpions: No. 1's (EMI)

Serge Chaloff: Boston Blow-Up! (Blue Note)

Shirley Bassey: Complete EMI Columbia Singles Collection (EMI)

The Shocker: Up Your Ass Tray (Go Kart)

Snow Patrol: Eyes Open [CD/DVD] (Universal International)

Stan Kenton: Sophisticated Approach (Blue Note)

Sun Ra & His Space Arkestra: What Planet Is This (Golden Years of New)

Supertramp: Is Everybody Listening? (Dynamic Italy)

Thievery Corporation: Versions (Eighteenth Street)

Tom Moulton: Tom Moulton Mix (Soul Jazz)

Tosca: Chocolate Elvis Dubs (G-stone)

Tosca: Fuck Dub Remixes (G-stone)

The Twilight Singers: Powder Burns (One Little Indian Us)

Various Artists: Dub Club: Picked from the Floor (G-stone)

Various Artists: Ska Bonanza: The Studio One Ska Years (Heartbeat / Pgd)

Warrant: Born Again (MTM Music & Publish)

The Wedding Present: Search for Paradise (Manifesto)

Whirlwind Heat: Types of Wood (Brille)

Whitestarr: Luv Machine (Contango)

Yip-Yip: Pro-Twelve Thinker (Saf)

The Zutons: Tired of Hanging Around (Sony / BMG Import)

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