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[November 14, 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:



Johnny Cash

At San Quentin: Legacy Edition


The reissue game deservedly receives its share of flak. Like the steady step of Apple products, reissues of reissues drop every few years, replacing and outdating previous releases. Fans understandably become frustrated as the promise of "the complete collection" is soon replaced with "the deluxe expanded edition." If all this surplus material was available from the get go, why not release it all at once? Because, in an odd way, it's not necessary.


When Johnny Cash originally released his At Folsom Prison follow-up At San Quentin in 1969, its sparse ten-song track list still packed enough wallop to keep the album on the top of pop charts for more than a year. A reissue in 2000 expanded the album to include the entire Cash performance, which was a blessing for Cash fans. This latest release is a significant re-up that adds the entire concert (including performances from Carl Perkins, the Statler Brothers and the Carter Family), as well as a DVD of a British documentary on the concert. Fans of all things country need apply. ~Dan Nishimoto

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

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

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

The Clash

The Singles


At a national chain vintage-clothing store, I stood in line behind what I call a "privileged punk." "Punk" because a cursory glance revealed the familiar uniform: leather outfit with bondage studs, band patches, and talk of mass consumerism's ills. "Privileged" because of the impeccable tailoring of his outfit, the high-end mobile sitting in his belt-case, and the talk of preferred premium cable programming. Indeed, all the new punks have excellent Steve Madden boots and contracts with Verizon.


Which is why the "luxury" line of reissues and boxed sets are still relevant. Sony/Legacy can release an extravagant set dedicated to the Clash and reasonably expect people to pick it up. And, unlike the practical Clash on Broadway box (which collected mostly the band's LP output, sans the last album), The Singles is deliberately flossy. Containing nineteen CD reproductions of the band's seven- and twelve-inch singles, including the rare Capital Radio (originally only an NME giveaway) and This is Radio Clash EPs, and extensive essays from rock statesmen, this Cadillac set promises bells, whistles and more for the avid fan (with moneybags). ~Dan Nishimoto

Artist: http://www.theclashonline.com/

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

The Game

Doctor's Advocate


Please realize that behind the (alleged) drug running, gang affiliations, beefs, game-show appearances, tongue rings, covered-up tattoos, more beefs, dis songs, stripping, homophobic inversions of his stage name, extortion, even more beefs, and DVDs about those beefs, there is a guy in a booth rhyming over a who's who of hip-hop production: Kanye West, Just Blaze, Scott Storch, Cool and Dre. And in between the name-dropping, paranoia -- okay, no more lists -- is the sophomore effort of a consistently colorful rapper. You've probably already heard it. Hell, the artist himself admits to leaking it. Today is just the official day to respond to the question: Is it any good? ~Dan Nishimoto

Artist: http://www.comptongame.com/

Label: http://www.geffen.com/

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

Fat Joe

Me, Myself & I

Terror Squad Entertainment

How easy it is to take shots at Joey Crack. Six albums deep and he finds himself seeking a new label, the butt of a dis buried in a 50 Cent hit, and carrying a moniker that is the antithesis of current body aesthetics. Yet, the biggest [no (big) pun] name from today's South Bronx soldiers on with another record. Why? Perhaps because rappers as deep in the game as Joe don't know how to sleep -- or maybe can't afford to sleep. The expression "by any means necessary" comes to mind as Joe began financing production of the album before securing another distribution deal. All this drama is pure background, business politics for the listener, though. Joe promises to "take you back" with more of what he knows how to do: the proverbial hustle. ~Dan Nishimoto

Artist: http://www.fat-joe.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/fatjoe 

Joanna Newsom


Drag City

Guess what, indie fan? The space between your world and my hip-hop existence has just collapsed a little more: We can both commiserate over albums leaking well in advance of release dates and following artists that are prone to excess. Take for example the upcoming Snoop Dogg extravaganza and the new Joanna Newsom record. Like the rapper with the signature voice flowing over a black book of dimepiece production, the precious voice of Newsom over lush (specifically Van Dyke Parks) arrangements and recorded under the supervision of indie stalwarts (Steve Albini and Jim O'Rourke) could easily be the record of the year or a hot ass mess. ~Dan Nishimoto

Artist: http://www.dragcity.com/bands/newsom.html

Label: http://www.dragcity.com/

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

Primordial Undermind

Loss of Affect

Strange Attractors

I once saw Primordial Undermind open for Kinski at the tiniest little show I've ever been to -- at an art museum in an odd part of New Orleans with about as many people in attendance as were in the two bands put together. All of that should tell you a lot about what the band sounds like. Radio-ready rock this isn't; but if name-dropping Kinski makes your ears perk up, and you're a fan of artsy drone rock, Primordial Undermind should be worth you're looking into. The band, a revolving collective based around founder Eric Arn, comes out of that centuries-long bastion of outré art, Vienna, Austria. Arn recorded most of the album while living over on this side of the Atlantic in Austin, Texas. In the past, Arn has recorded with Tom Carter of Charalambides, another band whose aural atmospheric experimentation is comparable to Primordial Undermind's. ~John Zeiss

Label: http://www.strange-attractors.com/

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



Small Stone

I have a soft spot for power trios like Sasquatch. Not only do I respect the band's decision to forgo an assuredly narcissistic lead singer, but I love the clarity that comes from one (highly talented) guitarist. This long-awaited follow-up to the band's eponymous debut is sure to showcase the band's strong suits -- chugga chugga riffing, stadium choruses, and wah-riddled solos -- as well as the urgency that comes from recording an album over one weekend. Produced by the lead singer from labelmates Antler (Craig Riggs) and recorded in Boston during the winter of 2005, the album is witness to principal songwriter Keith Gibbs's return to the East Coast from his new home in Los Angeles. Apparently seventy-five degrees and sunny doesn't make for a good stoner rock album. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.smallstone.com/22-sasquatch.html

Label: http://www.smallstone.com//

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

Tahiti 80


The Militia Group

Along with preemptive war, gay bashing and theocracy, let's hope another thing on its way out in this country now that the Republicans have eaten it is hatred of the French. Because, if you haven't been paying attention lately, they're getting this whole le rock electronique thing down pretty well. Air remains solid. Phoenix released a gem earlier this year. And now here's Tahiti 80's Fosbury, just now landing on our shores after being available in Europe for a while. It's full of horn-drenched dance numbers along the lines of Stereolab or Saint Etienne. Why the band didn't take off more after its disco-riffic single "Heartbeat" off 2000's Puzzle is still a mystery to me. Sound engineers who've worked with post-NERD and Outkast aided the band in the creation of Fosbury. Look for a solo release from lead singer Xavier Boyer early next year. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.tahiti80.com/

Label: http://www.themilitiagroup.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/tahiti80  

Tenacious D

The Pick of Destiny [Soundtrack]


I wonder if Borat has used up the yearly quotient for sophomoric humor, which would mean Kyle Gass and Jack Black are a little late coming around with their movie and attendant soundtrack. I wonder if the movie will be any good (from viewing a preview that ran before Borat, I'm leaning toward "not very"). So many questions, so few answers at this time. What we do know is that this soundtrack is new D material, not further retreads of old classics like "Explosivo" and "Tribute." Expect the funny to be brought mightily on new songs like "The Government Totally Sucks," "Papagenu (He's My Sassafrass)" and "Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown)." Guests include old D collaborators Dave Grohl and a Dust Brother as well as D inspirations Ronnie James Dio and Meatloaf. Here's hoping for a Sasquatch spin-off movie. 'Quatch is the coolest. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.tenaciousd.com/

"Classico" video: http://www.tenaciousd.com/classico

"Pick of Destiny" video: http://sonybmg.com/musicbox/video/tenaciousd/

Pick of Destiny trailer: http://tenaciousdmovie.com/  

(+44): When Your Heart Stops Beating (Interscope)
...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead: So Divided (Interscope)
Acid Mothers Temple/The Melting Paraiso UFO: Day Before the Sky Fell In lipse)
Adam & The Ants: Kings of the Wild Frontier (Sony / BMG Import)
AIDS Wolf vs. Athletic Autom: Clash of the Life-Force Warriors (Skin Graft)
Akon: Konvicted (Universal)
The Alan Parsons Project: Dutch Collection (Sony / BMG Import)
All Saints: Studio 1 (EMI)
Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles Collector's Box Set 
Anti_MC: It's Free But It's Not Cheap (Mush)
Army of Anyone: Army of Anyone 
Astro Zombies: Burgundy Livers (Raucous)
Bonk: Bonk Against Nothing (Ace Fu)
Boogie Down Productions: Criminal Minded [Instrumental] (Traffic Ent.)
Built to Spill: Ultimate Alternative Wavers 
Busta Rhymes: Crown (BCD Music Group)
Chuck Berry: You Came a Long Way from St. Louis: The Many Sides (Umvd Import)
The Clash: Singles [Box Set] (Sony)
Clown Alley: Circus of Chaos (Southern Lord)
Damien Rice: 9 (Warner Bros.)
DAT Politics: Are Oui Phony (Tigerbeat6)
David Banner/DJ Drama: Hustler's Guide to the Game (BCD Music Group)
Dead Moon: Dead Moon Night/Thirteen off My Hook (Music Maniac)
Depeche Mode: Best of Depeche Mode, Vol. 1 (Reprise / Wea)
Disco Biscuits: Rocket 3 (Sci Fidelity)
Dizzy Gillespie: Dizzy Digs Paris (Giant Steps)
DJ Green Lantern/Dipset: Team Invasion: Best of DJ Green Lantern (Invasion GRP Canada)
Entrance: Prayer of Death (Tee Pee)
Fat Freddy's Drop: Based on a True Story 
Fat Joe: Me, Myself and I (Virgin)
G.G. Allin: Man with the Mission (Last Call)
The Game: Doctor's Advocate (Geffen)
Graham Coxon: Love Travels at Illegal Speeds 
H.I.M.: Uneasy Listening, Vol. 1 (Republic)
Iggy Pop: I Wanna Be Your Dog (Skydog)
James Brown: Fine Old Foxy Self (Umvd Import)
Jarvis Cocker: Jarvis (Rough Trade)
Joanna Newsom: Ys (Drag City)
Johnny Cash: At San Quentin [CD/DVD] (Sony)
Julie Sokolow: Something About Violins (Western Vinyl)
Juliette and the Licks: Four on the Floor 
The La's: BBC in Session (Umvd Import)
Les Georges Leningrad: Sangue Puro (Tomlab)
Lil Flip/Mr. Capone-E: Connected (Thump)
Mac Mall: Thizziana Stoned & Tha Temple of Shrooms (Thizz)
The Magic Numbers: Those the Brokes (Heavenly)
Marah: Sooner or Later in Spain Yep Roc
Mark Knopfler/Emmylou Harris: Real Live Roadrunning (Warner Bros.)
Mercury Rev: Essential Mercury Rev: The Weird Years 1991-2006 (Umvd Import)
The Mirrors: 13 Patient Flowers (Birdman)
Neil Young: Live at the Fillmore East (Reprise / Wea)
Nickel Creek: Reasons Why: The Very Best (Sugar Hill)
Nickodemus: Endangered Species [Reissue] (Eighteenth Street)
Original Soundtrack: Fast Food Nation: Music from and Inspired by the M (Park the Van)
Panic! at the Disco: Collectors Box (Fueled by Ramen)
Paul Oakenfold/Pharrell Williams: Sex N Money 
Plus Device: Puncture (Hefty)
Raven Symoné: From Then Until 
The Red Krayola: Red Gold (Drag City)
Shaye: Lake of Fire (EMI)
Shortstack: History of Cut Nails in America 
Soft Cell: Demo Non Stop (Some Bizzare)
Sonic Liberation Front: Change Over Time (High Two / Aum Fi.)
Staind: Greatest Hits (Atlantic / Wea)
Stanton Warriors: Fabriclive.30 (Fabric)
Sublime: Rarities (Geffen)
Super XX Man: Volume XI: A Better Place (Hush)
Supersuckers: Live at Bart's CD Cellar and Record Shop (Mid Fi Recordings)
Susie Tallman: Classical Baby (Rock Me Baby)
Tahiti 80: Fosbury (Militia)
Tenacious D: Tenacious D in the Pick of Destiny (Sony)
Termanology and DC: Hood Politics, Vol. 4: Show and Prove (Brick)
Tralala: Is That the Tralala (Audika)
The Twilight Sad: Twilight Sad (Fat Cat)
Various Artists: Vogue Presents: Karl Lagerfeld (DeFend Music)
White Magic: Dat Rosa Mel Apibus (Drag City)
Wire: Live at the Roxy/Live at the CBGB Theatre (Pink Flag)
Woody Guthrie: This Land Is Your Land
The Wrens: Secaucus (Wind-up)
The Wrens: Silver (Wind-up)
Yusuf Islam: Other Cup (Atlantic / Wea)

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

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