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[October 10, 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:



The Be Good Tanyas

Hello Love


The British Columbian songstresses in the Be Good Tanyas have been described in various places as hobo-erotica, goth-folk or, more conventionally but less accurately, alt-country. Their third album, Hello Love, finds them digging deeper into their influences, both in songwriting and in covering songs from traditional spirituals to Neil Young to Prince. The ladies grew up on punk, discovered folk, and infuse their tunes with lovely ethereal harmonies and lush instrumental that belie the bittersweet tenor of their lyrics. ~Chris Sahl

Artist: http://www.begoodtanyas.com/

Label: http://www.nettwerk.com/

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


Kill Your Employer


If you like your underground hip-hop literate, complex and frequently self-deprecating, then Busdriver, a.k.a. Regan Farquahar, may be your man. For this, the lead single from his forthcoming fourth album, the emcee switched from indie hip-hop label Mush to punk luminaries Epitaph and unleashed some labor-induced anger. The track's bombarding beat, courtesy of Boom Bip, could easily be mistaken for a Diplo production, while fellow underground L.A. fixture Daedelus twists the original's energy with his characteristic kaleidoscopic touch. If only I could ever wrap my head around Busdriver's delivery. ~Alex Ruder

Artist: http://www.epitaph.com/artists/album/495

Label: http://www.epitaph.com/

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


Roots and Crowns

Thrill Jockey

The artistry of Tim Rutili couldn't have come out of any other country but our good ol' U.S. of A. We're a throwaway culture, obsessed with shedding our skins, leaving them behind, and moving onto the latest and greatest. But Rutili comes along, picks up those pieces and reassembles them -- right down to the junkyard-like improvised percussive instruments he often uses. Fittingly, Rutili describes his band Califone's new material thusly: "At the bottom of these songs are the memories and images you sift through." As always, fellow ex-Red Red Meat man Ben Massarella joins Rutili here, as does producer Brian Deck. The album's thirteen tracks include a cover of Psychic TV's "The Orchids." ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.thrilljockey.com/artists/?id=10009

Label: http://www.thrilljockey.com/

Audio: http://www.thrilljockey.com/catalog/?id=100443 


Better Days Will Haunt You


Some years back I picked up Matador's '97 comp What's Up Matador for a few bucks off a used rack, quite a bargain because the double disc contains forty-four songs. I was drawn to it for Pavement's "Texas Never Sleeps," Liz Phair's "Stratford on Guy," The Fall's "Hey Student," and other tracks by Yo La Tengo, Spoon and Cat Power. But as often happens with great comps like that, it was a song by a band I didn't know anything about that really stood out. That was Chavez's "Unreal is Here," three minutes of epic, philosophical indie-rock perfection. Now a lot more listeners will get a second chance at discovering Chavez, as Matador is re-releasing a slew of Chavez material in a two-CD/one-DVD set, Better Days Will Haunt You. The collection includes all of Chavez's two studio albums, Gone Glimmering and Ride the Fader, B-sides, compilation tracks, and even the unreleased song "White Jeans." ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.matadorrecords.com/chavez/

Label: http://www.matadorrecords.com/

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

"Boys Making Music, Music Making Men" DVD trailer

"The Guard Attacks/Unreal is Here" MP3

"You Faded" MP3 

Chin Up Chin Up
This Harness Can't Ride Anything
Suicide Squeeze

Following up last year's self-titled release on the Flameshovel label, Chicago's Chin Up Chin Up has made the switch to Suicide Squeeze for its third album, This Harness Can't Ride Anything. The art-pop four-piece has been riding a wave of exponential success caused by its debut, We Should Have Never Lived Like We Were Skyscrapers, appearing at this summer's Pitchfork Music Festival and winning praise from bloggers the world over. ~Chris Gliddon

Band: http://www.chinupchinup.com/

Label: http://www.suicidesqueeze.net/

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

Cold War Kids

Robbers & Cowards


Blogosphere favorites Cold War Kids' full-length debut, Robbers & Cowards shows a range of touchstones, from post-punk and new wave to Americana and Brit-pop. Whether this Orange County quartet has the hutzpah and imagination to rise above the countless other Net-hyped, faux-British-accented, every-genre-but-the-kitchen-sink indie-rock bands remains to be seen, but Robbers & Cowards will provide the first definitive clue. ~Chris Sahl

Artist: http://www.coldwarkids.com/

Label: http://www.downtownrecordings.com/

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

Four Tet



Few artists can pull off two CDs' worth of remixes -- and Four Tet is one of those few. Since breaking free from U.K. post-rock trio Fridge at the turn of the millennium, Kieran Hebden has kept the quality high and the diversity rampant on his four solo albums, two deejay mixes, and a pair of experimental collaborations with Steve Reid. The first disc of this conveniently packaged set gathers twelve remixes he's done for a variety of artists (including Radiohead, Aphex Twin, Madvillain, Beth Orton, Bloc Party, and Sia), and the second disc compiles original Four Tet tracks remixed by like-minded artists (Caribou, Koushik, Boom Bip, Battles, J Dilla). ~Alex Ruder

Artist: http://www.fourtet.net/

Label: http://www.dominorecordco.com/

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

A Hawk and a Hacksaw

The Way the Wind Blows


How perfect a time is it right now for a Neutral Milk Hotel comeback? Zach Condon, a.k.a. Beirut, is getting accolades plying a sound very reminiscent of Jeff Mangum's. The Decemberists, a band that's always had a bit of Neutral Milk Hotel in it, just released its first album on a major label. And Mangum has even come out of hiding a few times recently to join Olivia Tremor Control on stage. Now here's Mangum collaborator Jeremy Barnes back with a new Hawk and a Hacksaw album. Those who got turned on to DeVotchka's sound while watching Little Miss Sunshine will find a similar sound to enjoy here. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.brokenheartfoundation.org.uk/hawk/

Label: http://www.theleaflabel.com/

Audio: http://myspace.com/ahawkandahacksaw 

Damien Jurado

And Now That I'm in your Shadow

Secretly Canadian

A man. A guitar. A gruff but pleasant voice. Songs full of sad storytelling. Damien Jurado has been mixing these simple ingredients to create some of the best music of the past decade. Regardless of whether you could call it folk, indie rock, or even alt-country, Jurado's music would be a superb sampling of any of those genres. Like Raymond Chandler with a six string, he tells tales of small-town infidelity, the brutal life on the windswept plains of the American Midwest, and the devils and angels that are eternally on our shoulders. Jurado is joined here by long-time tour helpmates Eric Fisher on drums and Jenna Conrad on various stringed instruments. Just in time for the temperature starting to drop, And Now That I'm in Your Shadow should prove to be winter's album to beat for cold, stark songcraft. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.damienjurado.com/

Label: http://www.secretlycanadian.com/

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

Johann Johannsson

IBM 1401: The User's Manual

4AD/Beggars Group

Icelandic composer J�hann J�hannsson strives to unite man and machine with IBM 1401: The User's Manual, which merges a sixty-piece string orchestra and forty-year-old sampled sound from the hulking early 1960s computer known as the "Model T" of the computer industry. Originally written for a live dance performance, J�hannsson's score is an ambitious and hauntingly melodic contemplation on the complicated emotional connection between man and computers during the dawn of the digital age. Or, less pretentiously, some beautiful-ass shit. ~Chris Sahl

Artist: http://www.johanjohannsson.com/

Label: http://www.4ad.com/

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


A Senile Animal


Incestuous relationships are nothing new to music, especially regarding musicians who are involved with Ipecac label-head Mike Patton. Leave it to the members of the Melvins to reinvent the sludge-rock wheel by assuming the equally bass-centric members of Big Business are into their 'fro headed freak show. Now boasting two drummers (as if Dale Crower wasn't punishing enough), the band returns with its first album of new material since 2005's Sieg Howdy! with Jello Biafra. Early reports insist there is less gimicky double drumming than you might expect, but I have to believe Buzz and company will maximize the rhythmic onslaught to its fullest. Delicate the Melvins aren't. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.melvins.com/

Label: http://ipecac.com/

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


Be Still Please


It's all Mac all the time. This guy gets around. Mr. McCaughan the multi-tasker (see: Superchunk, running Merge Records) returns with his second Portastatic album of the year, after earlier soundtrack work for the tiny indie Who Loves the Sun. And keep in mind, Portastatic is supposedly his side project. How many side projects do you see releasing multiple albums in one year? More perfect indie pop ensues on Be Here Now. And, as Mac is aging, he seems to be speaking his mind more on the issues of the day. On "You Blanks" he laments, "All my songs used to end the same way/ Everything's going to be okay/ You fuckers make that impossible to say." ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.portastatic.com/

Label: http://www.mergerecords.com/

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

Shooter Jennings

Live at Irving Plaza, 04.18.06

Universal South

If the chronically weak-piped Jennings wanted to silence his critics in Nashville, he's certainly gone about it the wrong way. This live disc, recorded in New York City and pronounced like the guys in the salsa commercial, is further proof that this Yankee sympathizer forgot who really buys his records. Boasting songs from his most recent album, Electric Rodeo, as well as his 2005 debut, the album is sure to include more "yos" than "yeehaws" from the audience. Further proof of the evils of nepotism. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.shooterjennings.com/

Label: http://www.universal-south.com/

Stream: http://www.myspace.com/shooterjennings

These Arms Are Snakes


Jade Tree

Two years later, we have a follow-up to Oxeneers. These Arms Are Snakes is the most visible piece of a Tacoma/Seattle family that's previously included Roy, Botch, and Harkonen (similar to the "Let's share!" dynamic among Anticon members). Easter is another not-quite-prog-meets-not-quite-hardcore addition to the band's three-year-old catalog, and it includes a few spooky keyboard riffs as well as a touching ballad called "Perpetual Bris," which should make for some decent mood music. ~China Bialos

Band: http://www.thesearmsaresnakes.org/

Label: http://www.jadetree.com/

"Horse Girl" MP3

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

120 Days: 120 Days (Vice)

50 Cent/DJ Whoo Kid: God's Plan (BCD Music Group)
A Hawk and a Hacksaw: Way the Wind Blows (Leaf)
A Static Lullaby: Static Lullaby (Fearless)
The Baldwin Brothers: Return of the Golden Rhodes (TVT)
The Be Good Tanyas: Hello Love (Nettwerk)
The Beautiful Girls: Water (Cornerstone)
Bitch: Make This/Break This (Kill Rock Stars)
Blind Boys of Alabama: Walk with Me Dear Lord (Music Avenue)
The Blood Brothers: Young Machetes (V2)
Bobby Womack: Across 110th Street (Snapper UK)
Buffalo Killers: Buffalo Killers (Alive)
Cajmere vs Green Velvet: Sessions (Ministry of Sound UK)
Califone: Roots & Crowns (Thrill Jockey)
Cedric Gervais: Experiment (Ultra)
Charlie Hunter: Innovation (BHM De)
Chavez: Better Days Will Haunt You (Matador)
Chin Up Chin Up: This Harness Can't Ride Anything (Suicide Squeeze)
Cobra Starship: While the City Sleeps, We Rule the Streets (DeCaydance)
Cold War Kids: Robbers and Cowards (Downtown)
Colleen et Les Boites a Musique: Colleen et Les Boites a Musique [EP] (Leaf)
The Cure: Head on the Door (Rhino)
The Cure: Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me (Rhino)
The Cure: Top (Rhino)
Curtis Mayfield: Greatest Hits (Silver Star / Zyx)
Daedalus: Throw a Fit [EP]     
Damien Jurado: And Now That I'm in Your Shadow (Secretly Canadian)
Dolly Parton: Acoustic Collection: 1999-2002 (Sugar Hill)
The Drugstore Cowboys: Chapter 3006 (Lujo)
Earth, Wind & Fire:    Rio After Dark (Snapper UK)
Eric Matthews: EP (Empyrean)
The Fix: At the Speed of Twisted Thought... (Touch & Go)
Four Tet: Remixes (Domino)
French Toast: Ingleside Terrace (Dischord)
Fucked Up: Hidden World (Jade Tree)
Funkadelic: Mastercuts (Mastercuts / Artist)
George Clinton: Take It to the Stage (Music Avenue)
Gothic Archies: Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunat (Nonesuch)
Gov't Mule: Best of the Capricorn Years (Evangeline)
Heresi: Psalm II - Infusco Ignis (Hydrahead)
Hot One: Hot One     
Hot Tuna: Pair a Dice Found (Acadia)
Hymns: Brother/Sister (Rock Ridge Music)
I Am Ghost: Lovers' Requiem (Epitaph / Ada)
Ike & Tina Turner: Mastercuts (Mastercuts / Artist)
Jazzanova: Broad Casting (Sonar Kollectiv)
Joe Lally: There to Here (Dischord)
Joey Negro: Many Faces of Joey Negro (Z.)
Jóhann Jóhannsson: Ibm1401: A User's Manual (4AD)
Killer Mike/DJ Drama: Gangsta Grillz, Vol. 6 (BCD Music Group)
King Crimson: Collectors' King Crimson, Vol. 1 (Discipline)
The King Khan & BBQ Show: What's for Dinner (In The Red)
Kiss: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (Island)
Kultur Shock: We Came to Take Your Jobs Away (Koolarrow)
Lloyd Banks: Rotten Apple (G-Unit)
Marley Marl: Queensbridge Session (Ol' Skool Flava)
Marvin Gaye: Soul Immortal (American Legends)
Masta Ace: Grand Masta: The Remix and Rarity Collection (Traffic Ent.)
MC Eiht: Compton's Og (Thump)
Melvins: Senile Animal (Ipecac)
Mercury Rev: Essential Mercury Rev: The Weird Years 1991-2006 (Universal International)
Micah P. Hinson: Micah P. Hinson and the Opera Circuit (Jade Tree)
Michael Chapman: Originals (Recall)
Nellie McKay: Pretty Little Head (Spin Art)
Nick Oliveri and Mondo Generator: Dead Planet: Sonicslowmotiontrails     
Nikki Sudden: Truth Doesn't Matter (Secretly Canadian)
Original Score:    Flyboys (Varese)
Oxford Collapse: Remember the Night Parties (Sub Pop)
Pastor Troy & Nino: Down South Hood Hustli (Cleopatra)
Pilot Scott Tracy: We Cut Loose (Alternative Tentacles)
Pit Er Pat: Pyramids (Thrill Jockey)
Platinum Weird: Make Believe (Interscope)
Polly Panic: Painkiller (Greyday Productions)
Pompeii: Assembly (Eyeball)
Portastatic: Be Still Please (Merge)
Rob Zombie: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection (Geffen)
Robert Pollard: Normal Happiness (Merge)
Sammie: Sammie (Motown)
Scotty Hard: Scotty Hard's Radical Reconstructive Surgery (Thirsty Ear)
Senses Fail: Still Searching (Vagrant)
Shooter Jennings: Live at Irving Plaza 4.18.06 (Universal South)
Skatebaard: Midnight Magic     
Solomon Burke: Soul Lucky (Music Avenue)
South: Safety in Numbers: South's Tour Diary (Young American)
Spanky Wilson & the Quantic Soul Orchestra: I'm Thankful (Ubiquity)
Spider & the Webs: Frozen Roses (K.)
Subtitle: Terrain to Room     
Sybarite: Cut out Shape (Temporary Residence)
These Arms Are Snakes: Easter (Jade Tree)
Thirstin Howl III: Cura     
Tommy Guerrero: From the Soil to the Soul (Quannum Projects)
Tripp Underwood: So This Is Readin? (Hopeless)
Trivium: Crusade (Roadrunner)
Tuxedomoon: Ghost Sonata (Crammed Disc)
Under Byen: Samme Stof Som Stof (Paper Bag)
Unwritten Law: 20th Century Masters: Millennium Collection (Interscope)
Whitey: Light at the End of the Tunnel Is a Train (Dim Mak)
Yo Gotti: Back 2 Da Basics [Sliced & Screwed] (TVT)
Zion I & The Grouch: Zion I & The Grouch Are Heroes in the City of Dope (Om)

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