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[April 1, 2008] Heading to the record store? Here's what's new.

This week: the Black Keys call on Dangermouse, Devin the Dude hits the streets smoking, and R.E.M. returns to the rawk.




Black Keys
Attack & Release

In 2004 the Black Keys made the needed transition from the mom-and-pop-scale Fat Possum to the global reach of Nonesuch. The resultant Magic Potion delivered the duo's familiar neo-blues bashment, but to a broader audience. For the band's fifth, Attack & Release, they further broaden their perspective by working with producer Danger Mouse and engineer Paul Hamann. Though a slick pop sheen is reasonably expected, the album is also sure to remain true to the group's rhythm 'n'  blues roots -- the collaboration began as a project for the now-late Ike Turner, after all. Check the trailer for the lead single "Stranger Times" for a quick example. ~Dan Nishimoto


Band: http://www.theblackkeys.com
Label: http://www.nonesuch.com
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/theblackkeys

Devin the Dude
Smoke Sessions, Vol. 1
Well, it's not exactly the follow-up to our culti-fave album Fadanuf Fa Evrybody!!, but it'll do for now. Devin the Dude has just left his career-long label Rap-A-Lot and comes out, um, smokin' on this mixtape, which included appearances by his Coughee Brothaz brothers. ~Dan Nishimoto


Band: http://www.myspace.com/devinthedude

Last Night
Moby has made it through the initial popularity of electronica, charges of being a commercial sellout, a feud with Eminem, and seeing declining artistic returns since 1999’s career highlight, Play. Undaunted, it’s quite clear that Moby is just going to keep on making music, even if some people think of him more as a socio-political blowhard than a talented musician. With many songs on Last Night sporting vocals from diva-tastic females, it looks like Moby is looking back to electronic music’s roots in disco. A skilled deejay, Moby just wants to keep the party rocking with songs like “I Love to Move in Here” and “Ooh Yeah,” because having a good time is something everyone can agree on. ~John Zeiss


Artist: http://www.moby.com
Label: http://www.mute.com
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/moby

Willie Nelson
One Hell of a Ride
Call it a hunch, but I imagine the vast majority of the Prefix population is not the type to drop fifty clams on a boxed set (unless it's that mega-deluxe, limited-edition, signed, sealed and delivered Radiohead joint). I'll also concede that the boxed set should probably go the way of the museum retrospective and be used selectively, especially considering their unwieldy nature. (Hell, how many artists truly deserve such attention?) However, Willie Nelson undeniably deserves the comprehensive perspective on account of his long-standing influence in western swing, country, and pop -- and pop culture, in general. Some how the legend has escaped such attention, save for the mid-'90s three-disc set Revolutions of Time. One Hell of a Ride tries to rectify this by offering a perspective of the man's career, from the mid-'50s to 2007. ~Dan Nishimoto


Artist: http://www.willienelson.com
Label: http://www.columbiarecords.com
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/willienelson

Warner Brothers

It’s always dubious to hear an aging band’s new album called a “return to rock,” but R.E.M.’s Accelerate might actually do that term justice. Of course, the band has never really rawked that hard. Chronic Town, Life’s Rich Pageant, and Document all had their louder moments, and the divisive Monster dressed the band up in stomping, sludgy glam, but R.E.M. has arguably been better known for its subtler, prettier side, expressed on hits like “Losing My Religion” and “Everybody Hurts.” Accelerate hits some of those same soft notes on songs like “Until the Day Is Done.” But on the whole, the album revs up into full-bore rockers like “Man-Sized Wreath” and “Living Well’s the Best Revenge.” No matter where they fall on the quiet/loud R.E.M. divide, most of the band’s fans are likely to find Accelerate a more enjoyable album than the band's previous two records, 2004’s Around the Sun and 2001’s Reveal. ~John Zeiss  


Band: http://remhq.com
Label: http://www.warnerbrosrecords.com
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/rem

Sun Kil Moon
Caldo Verde
Mark Kozelek has released solo albums and has lead the bands Red House Painters and Sun Kil Moon. Whatever guise he’s recorded under, the output has usually been gorgeous, poetic indie-folk. April finds Kozelek and his Sun Kil Moon bandmates focusing on original Kozelek material, after the odd, unsuccessful Modest Mouse-covers album that was 2005’s Tiny Cities. That should mean April will be more on par with Sun Kil Moon’s 2003 debut, Ghosts of the Great Highway, which remains one of this decade’s underappreciated masterpieces. Two songs on April feature guest vocals from indie journeyman Will Oldham. ~John Zeiss


Band: http://www.sunkilmoon.com
Label: http://www.caldoverderecords.com  
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/sunkilmoon  

My Blueberry Nights
Blue Note
Hot, sexy people having torrid, erotic nights on big, pulsing screens celluloid need to do it long and hard to hot, sexy, torrid, erotic, big, pulsing, long and hard music. Thankfully the lawyers behind director Wong Kar Wai's English-language debut, My Blueberry Nights, worked overtime to get the rights cleared on this soundtrack. Now, dreamy stars like Norah Jones, Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman get to romp around to the sounds of Cat Power, Otis Redding, Ruth Brown and, yes, Norah Jones. Two snaps! ~Dan Nishimoto


Film: http://www.myblueberrynights.de
Label: http://www.bluenote.com
Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86kckraMXtI

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Week in Preview

Uhhh, The Sword?

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i actually cropped a photo of the new Sword but no preview and I thought that the other albums in the collage were bigger releases.

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The Sword is bigger than all those combined. Sound-wise, anyway. Hah!

crustcake gerf

New Birdman & Lil Wayne mixtape - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY dropped as well.

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Devin The Dude's mixtape is pretty good. MUCH better than the Coughee Brothaz album.

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Forgot the Black Keys dropped this week. Anyone heard it yet? I'm going to pick it up right now. And Destroyer's Trouble In Dreams...been meaning to get that one too.


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