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[October 16, 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.




The Basement Tapes

Sound of Dissent

Although the lay version of hip-hop history -- born in the Bronx and fused African, Carribbean, Latino, and American cultures -- conveniently captures the art form's blobular, all-encompassing nature, rarer oddball stories better demonstrate the broad reach of hip-hop music. For example, who would think that rapper and producer Dooley-O's (and producer Chris Lowe's) discovery of forgotten rockers Skull Snap's epic "It's a New Day" break in a New Haven neighbor's dusty crate would introduce a rhythmic staple to late-'80s/early-'90s hip-hop? That said, while hip-hop has given a voice to folks across geography, class, and race, it has not always given them an equal cut of the pie. In Dooley-O's case, his cousin Stezo ran off with his beat, and so went Dooley's glory. In a small step to rectify Dooley-O's case, Sound of Dissent releases this compilation of (literal) basement recordings Dooley and his friends made from 1988 to 1994. With the promise of frenetic breaks running amok, this compilation hopes to cement Dooley-O's place in history as not just a one-hit-wonder beat digger but a true producer extraordinaire. ~Dan Nishimoto



Artist: http://www.myspace.com/dooleyo

Label: http://www.myspace.com/soundofdissent

The Fatal Flying Guilloteens

Quantum Fucking


The Fatal Flying Guilloteens hail from the Dirty South mecca of Houston, so it might not be surprising to find the band's third album (and first for Frenchkiss) with such a dirty name. The subtitle of the record is a mouthful: A Fictitious Real Life Account of Young Love in the Streets. Add to all of that craziness the fact that many of the songs here have titles culling from the animal kingdom, including "Legion of Serpents" and "Reveal the Rats," and that the album's cover seems to be depicting scenes from a plane crash. ~John Zeiss



Label: http://www.frenchkissrecords.com/ 

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




Feathers is a noisy, electro trio from Miami not to be confused with the more freak-folk-leaning band of the same name on Gnomonsong Records. Synchrony is the middle of a planned trilogy of EPs that began with 2005's Absolute Noon. Synchrony (the word means a simultaneous occurrence of events) began life in the band's own Comic Wow studio. It was fleshed out in Chicago with post-rock powerhouse John McEntire (Tortoise, the Sea and Cake) at his Soma Electronic Music Studios. Joining them there were a handful of talented Windy City musicians, including Mikael Jorgenson, who has also worked with Wilco. The five-song EP reportedly takes up metaphysical and religious topics such as quack medicine and hallucinogen use. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://myspace.com/feathersmiami

Label: http://www.home-tapes.com/

"Skara" MP3: http://home-tapes.com/mp3/skara.mp3




Over many a name derivation, the musical project now known simply as Foetus (earlier incarnations bared names such as Scraping Foetus off the Wheel and You've Got Foetus on Your Breath) has remained the sole vision of J.G. Thirlwell. Thirwell first made a name for himself in the same New York City noise scene that Thurston Moore and Lydia Lunch were kicking around in early in the '80s. Here, Thirlwell's music gets the remix treatment. Those "fracturing and reimagining" Thirlwell's songs, as the label describes it, include Fennesz, Mike Patton, and Matmos. ~John Zeiss



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

Label: http://www.birdmanrecords.com/


Make Sure They See My Face


It's been a while since we've heard from Virginia's rock-and-dance-blending act Kenna. Make Sure They See My Face is Kenna's second full-length, following up on the 2003 debut, New Sacred Cow. As with that album, here Kenna gets production help from Neptunes Chad Hugo and Pherrell Williams. The music is here tipped to be a little lighter than the more heavy-handed New Sacred Cow. ~John Zeiss



Artist: http://www.kennakenna.com/

Label: http://www.interscope.com/

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

Angie Stone

The Art of Love & War


Did Angie Stone simply start too early? The uber-talented soul singer is virtually a peer of Sharon Jones, both in terms of age and talent, yet Stone has yet to enjoy any consistent stretch of attention. Although Jones simply lived life for decades before catching her current break, Stone has tried(http://www.discogs.com/artist/Sequence,+The), and tried(http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Vertical%20Hold.html), and tried(http://www.soulwalking.co.uk/Devox.html) for decades, to little avail. Since going solo in 1999 (she was a member of the Sequence), she has enjoyed a degree of success, but nowhere near the respect and recognition she deserves. So, after a rather unglamorous bout with reality television(http://www.vh1.com/photos/gallery/?fid=1531851&pid=1927560), Ms. Stone may finally be on the right track with her fourth solo album, The Art of Love & War. Turning to the recently reactivated Stax Records, Stone reaches back to her Southern roots (clean-up woman Betty Wright rejoins Stone for another duet, "Baby") for what is, I hope, another step toward the spotlight. ~Dan Nishimoto



Label: http://www.stax50.com/

Audio: http://myspace.com/Stax50


Oblivion with Bells

Side One

The British electronic duo Underworld seems to be aging more gracefully than contemporary act the Chemical Brothers. Rather than fire up a new album every three or four years with a handful of cool new guests, as the Chems do, Rick Smith and Karl Hyde have stayed more true to the vision of their artistry. It's been a while since Underworld's last true album, A Hundred Days Off, but that doesn't necessarily mean that Smith and Hyde have been unoccupied. They've steadily been releasing music online as well as dabbling with film scoring. Oblivion with Bells finds a balance between that recent cinematic prettiness and the frenetic, almost dance-punk sound of Underworld's earlier work. The duo reportedly had a ton of new songs ready for the album, and sought input from famous friends like Brian Eno, U2 drummer Larry Mullen Jr., and former member Darren Price when whittling down the final track list. ~John Zeiss



Band: http://www.underworldlive.com/

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

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

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