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[May 29, 2007] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

Each week, we preview a handful of notable albums scheduled to hit the shelves, plus offer a full list of the current new releases.



Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso UFO

Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under the Stars


Another Tuesday, another new release from Japanese psych-rock collective Acid Mothers Temple. These folks are as prolific as they are outr�. Crystal Rainbow finds the band joined for the first time by female vocalist Kitagawa Hao. Acid Mothers Temple leader Kawabata Makoto says the album is more refined and focused than much of the band's previous sprawling, noisy work. Still shouldn't expect snappy little song structures, though. This is a jam band if you took a typical jam band and swapped the weed out for LSD. ~John Zeiss


Band: http://www.acidmothers.com/

Label: http://www.importantrecords.com/

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

"Crystal Rainbow Pyramid" MP3 

The Actual

In Stitches

Soft Drive/Sony

Through friendly connections, this Angeleno rock band landed the opening slot on Velvet Revolver's recent tour and this summer will join up with the Warped Tour. In Stitches, the Actual's second album, was co-produced by Scott Weiland (it also marks the first release for his new Sony imprint, Soft Drive). Lead-singer Max Bernstein is the son of Watergate-exposing journalist Carl Bernstein and writer Nora Ephron, so witty wordplay is bound to show up on his songs. Case in point: In Stitches' lead single "This Is the Worst Day of My Life (Do You Want to Come Over)." ~John Zeiss


Band: http://www.theactualsounds.com/

Label: http://www.softdriverecords.com/

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


The Lost Tracks of Danzig


One of the many highlights of the recent twenty-four-hour Human Giant marathon was seeing participants play Guitar Hero to Danzig's "Mother" as the action was broadcast on the huge screens in Times Square. And they thought playing that Aphex Twin video was scary? Danzig's voice alone, blaring at who knows how many decibels, must have scared the shit out of people in the area. Those who like that kind of scary stuff will likely be overjoyed with this new double-disc set of Danzig rarities. The release features twenty-six songs spanning from 1988 to present day from the man who brought you the Misfits and Samhain. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.danzig-verotik.com/

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

The Dead C

Future Artists

Ba Da Bing!

Future Artists is a cheeky name for the first new album since 2003 from the Dead C, a long-running, underappreciated drone-rock outfit from New Zealand. (Over there, the Dead C is on the legendary Kiwi label Flyng Nun.) Little label Ba Da Bing! has been doing its part to get the band the attention it deserves, last year releasing the career retrospective Vain, Erudite, and Stupid: Selected Works 1987-2005 and now handling Future Artists. The album contains five tracks of stretched-out, low-end centered noise exploration. ~John Zeiss


Label: http://www.badabingrecords.com/

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

Michio Kurihara

Sunset Notes


Wow, new albums from Acid Mothers Temple and Michio Kurihara in the same week? It's a Japanese psych rock takeover. Kurihara wields the ax for the great Japanese rock band Ghost and has also collaborated a lot with Damon and Naomi, who run 20/20/20 Records and previously comprised two-thirds of Galaxie 500. Sunset Notes is Kurihara's second solo album. The album contains plenty of mind-blowing guitar assault work and, interestingly, Japanese pop star Ai Aso taking lead vocals on one of Sunset's nine songs. ~John Zeiss


Artist: http://www.damonandnaomi.com/albums/kurihara.html

Label: http://www.20-20-20.com/

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

Johnette Napolitano



Johnette Napolitano made her name as the leader of the rock group Concrete Blonde. Since the demise of that band she's released a string of albums under her own name. Scarred finds Napolitano bringing her scruffy voice to some of her original songs as well as two covers: the Velvet Underground classic "All Tomorrow's Parties" and Coldplay's "The Scientist." Napolitano recorded Scarred in London and California with help from Nine Inch Nails/A Perfect Circle collaborator Danny Lohner and guitarist Will Crewsdon. ~John Zeiss


Artist: http://www.johnettenapolitano.com/

Label: http://www.hybridrecordings.com/

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

Ray Price

The Essential Ray Price


In truth, I often forget the significance of Ray Price. When the octogenarian country-pop legend recently joined his fellow crossover stars Merle Haggard and Willie Nelson to record and tour behind a set of C&W standards on Last of the Breed (released by Lost Highway in March), I was hard-pressed to actually recall Price's accomplishments. The shocking (to me) truth is that Price paved the way for iconoclasts like Haggard and Nelson. The one-time Hank Williams disciple struck gold in the early '50s but quickly built his own reputation by helping craft the shuffle sound in response to rock 'n' roll. By the '60s, he continued to veer from the well-beaten path of hit-makers and began creating the blueprint for country-pop. Though his comparatively smooth voice always lacked the weariness of Haggard's or the rustic charm of Nelson's, Price's firm artistic vision, in the face of constant opposition, made him a legend in both country and pop circles. This thorough collection covers creative milestones and hits throughout the first three decades of Price's career. ~Dan Nishimoto


Artist: http://www.raypricefanclub.net/

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

Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kaYS90FojlM 

R. Kelly

Double Up


You know the man. You know the soap opera that is his life and the soap opera that was "Trapped in the Closet." What else is there to say about Mr. Robert Sylvester Kelly that he usually doesn't come right out and tell you? Or that he doesn't say with his song titles alone? A sampling from Double Up: "Tryin' to Get a Number" with Nelly; "Get Dirty" with Chamillionaire; "Freaky in the Club"; "Havin' a Baby"; "Rise Up," Kelly's tribute to the victims of the Virginia Tech tragedy; and, my personal favorite, "Sex Planet." ~John Zeiss


Artist: http://www.r-kelly.com/

Label: http://www.zombalabelgroup.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/rkelly 

Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: Crystal Rainbow Pyramid Under the Stars (Important)
Atlantic Starr: Radiant (PTG)
Boy In Static: Violet (Mush)
Brotha Lynch Hung: Ripgut Collection 
Cary Brothers: Who You Are (Bluhammock)
Cephalic Carnage: Xenosapien (Relapse)
Circa Survive: On Letting Go (Equal Vision)
The Dead C: Future Artists (Ba Da Bing!)
The Isley Brothers: Live It Up/Heat Is On (Beat Goes On)
Je Suis France: Afrikan Majik (Antenna Farm)
Kool Keith: Ultra-Octa-Doom (2B1)
Kris Kristofferson: This Old Road (New West)
Lil' Wayne: Carter Files (Hardwax)
Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love: Ends of June (Other Electricities)
Madagascar: Goodbye East, Goodbye West (Western Vinyl)
MGR vs Sir DSS: Impromptu (Neurot)
Midnite Snake: Shaving the Angel (Birdman)
Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet: Se Dice Bisonte, No Buffalo (Gold Standard)
Original Soundtrack: Transformers: The Movie [20th Anniversary Edition] (Sony Legacy)
R. Kelly: Double Up (Jive)
Richard Thompson: Sweet Warrior (Shout! Factory)
Satellite Party: Ultra Payloaded (Sony)
Sleepytime Gorilla Museum: In Glorious Times (The End)
Sole: Poly. Sci.187 (Anticon)
Still Flyin: Za Cloud (Antenna Farm)
The Smithereens: Green Thoughts (American Beat)
The Spider Bags: Celebration of Hunger (Birdman)

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

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