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[October 17, 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:



Badly Drawn Boy

Born in the UK


Every year, songwriter/infamous hat wearer Damon Gough gets a little more reflective, a little more narcissistic and a little more English. The man who claims, on his own Web site, that he doesn't "really wanna be James Blunt, quite frankly, with mediocre material that makes it to number one," is anything but James Blunt; his layered melodies are more sophisticated, and his words are a bit more complex and beautiful than, well, "you're beautiful." Here's to hoping a few songs on Born in the U.K. top Have You Fed the Fish's "How," which Gough shamelessly called "one of the greatest songs ever written." ~China Bialos

Artist: http://www.badlydrawnboy.co.uk/

Label: http://www.astralwerks.com/

"Nothing's Gonna Change Your Mind" stream  


The Lost Take


The fourth solo album from Dosh, a.k.a. one-man-band Martin Dosh, signals a return to beat-heavy, refreshing and optimistic instrumental music that refuses to cave into intellectual pretension. Andrew Bird's divine violin gets destructed on four tracks, but this show is dominated Dosh, whose intricately detailed compositions blur the lines between hip-hop, rock, electronic music and jazz. "Everybody Cheer Up Song" even showcases Dosh's own voice for the first time ever on record. It's a welcoming vocal turn on an album that even your jazz-obsessed dad could enjoy. ~Alex Ruder

Artist: http://www.doshfamily.com/

Label: http://www.anticon.com/

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


We Are Glitter


Allison Goldfrapp and Will Gregory made their group's presence known this year with the U.S. release of the stellar Supernature, vibrant live shows, and liberal licensing of their tracks. So the inevitable remix album should come as no surprise. Expect house, trance and disco-diva versions of Goldfrapp's glam pop. ~Norman Mayers

Band: http://www.goldfrapp.co.uk/

Label: http://www.mute.com/index.jsp

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


Five Men in a Hut: Singles 1998-2004


We should have suspected something was up back when Gomez signed to Dave Matthews' ATO Records. The band, which previously had its feet firmly planted in the indie/bluesy camp, standing not far from the Black Keys, began to drift further and further into jam-band territory. And yes, I know that with every new Bonnaroo and Vegoose festival lineup announced those two sides blur more and more. But still. Listeners can relive the band's better, Virgin-residing days with this new two-disc set. Standouts include swamp-rocker "Bring It On" and little slice of epic-ness "We Haven't Turned Around." Also included are B-sides, rarities, tracks fans helped pick out, and two previously unreleased tunes: "Diskoloadout" and "Old China."~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.gomeztheband.com/

Label: http://www.virginrecords.com/

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

Albert Hammond Jr.

Yours to Keep [Import]

Rough Trade

It's curious that so many guitarists feel the need to emerge from the shadows of their multi-platinum bands and make an album all their own. Red Hot Chili Peppers Dave Navarro and John Frusciante have both attempted such a feat, as has James Iha (Smashing Pumpkins) and Thom Yorke (Radiohead) -- all with mixed results. Although heaps of praise by the wispy British press might be behind Strokes member Albert Hammond Jr.'s decision not to release Yours to Keep domestically, I believe self-preservation may be the real reason. After all, a belly flop is far more embarrassing when executed in front of your friends and bandmates. ~Zach Hothorn

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

Label: http://www.roughtrade.com/

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


They Can't All Be Zingers


It's nice to see Les Claypool hanging around. He seems like the type of skewed genius who still has plenty of interesting things to say. It's even nicer to see him getting back to soldiering on under the Primus moniker after some years of tooling around in other band incarnations. Those who've forgotten how great Primus could be, or kiddos too young to have ever had a chance to discover that, will now no longer have an excuse. They Can't All Be Zingers collects some of the band's slap-happiest hoedowns. Zingers appearing include "Jerry Was a Race Car Driver," "My Name is Mud" (remember their rippingly insane performance of that song at Woodstock '94?), and the track with what had to be Beavis and Butthead's most appreciated title, "Wynona's Big Brown Beaver." Uh huh huh. Uh huh huh. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.primusville.com/

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

"Wynona's Big Brown Beaver" video

"Tommy the Cat" video

"My Name is Mud" video

The Sadies

Tales of the Rat Fink-Original Soundtrack

Yep Roc

For the Sadies' first soundtrack work, the band members needed to find just the right type of film. A film that blends highbrow and lowbrow, just as their blend of surf rock, alt-country, and rock 'n' roll does. A film about an oddball character. A film about a subject that's quintessentially (North) American (the Sadies are Canadian, but trade in forms of very American music even better than many U.S. groups do), like big cars and even bigger egos. Looks like they found the perfect match, then, with Tales of the Rat Fink. The documentary is about Eli "Big Daddy" Roth, a notorious hotrod customizer long before the term "pimp my ride" was common in the American lexicon. The tale is told by Ron Mann, director behind the previous outré documentary Grass. Mostly animated, it includes voice work by Brian Wilson, Matt Groening, and many others. The Sadies' soundtrack includes twenty-six tracks. Because the twenty the band released on its double live album earlier this year just wasn't enough output for 2006. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.thesadies.net/

Label: http://www.yeproc.com/

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

Movie Trailer

The Slits

Revenge of the Killer Slits


If you're checking out the title of the Slits' new EP and thinking, Golly, it sure is tasteful of them to use "killer" instead of "giant," just remember that the latter's also been done. That aside, the much-anticipated comeback of the reggae-punk band has arrived at what may be the end of a long period of punk and post-punk bands reuniting. With only this EP to precede her band's new tour, Ari Up's likely stressing about how to make the Slits' next rare and proper LP worthwhile enough to break out of her quiet solo career. Yes, she has had one. ~China Bialos

Band: http://theslits.co.uk/

Label: http://www.safrecords.com/ 


Hello Everything


Trying to push square pegs into round holes is always a bad idea. Giving a Squarepusher album a chance is always a good idea. Tom Jenkinson is one knob-twiddler who has always carried with him a bit of indie-rock sensibility; a few EPs ago, he covered a Spiritualized song, and he'll soon be seen opening for the Raconteurs in London. Hello Everything covers ground from very blippy IDM to calmer, quieter, more ambient Eno-esque material. Fun song titles on the album include "Hello Meow," "Theme from Sprite" and tongue-twister "Rotate Electrolyte." ~John Zeiss

Band: http://squarepusher.net/

Label: http://www.warprecords.com/ 

Christopher Willits

Surf Boundaries

Ghostly International

It's getting cold outside. But that's okay, because I think it'll make listening to Christopher Willit's fourth album (and first on Ghostly International) even better. Venturing into more pop-oriented territory, the California-based artist combines digitally manipulated guitars, stuttering IDM beats, jittery clicks 'n' cuts, recurring five-part vocal harmonies, enveloping noise and treated strings -- all implemented when you least expect them. The result envisions artists such as Oval, Fennesz, Telefon Tel Aviv, or past collaborator Taylor Deupree remixing the works of M83 or Spiritualized. It's a cozy concoction that should make the miserable winter months much more bearable. ~Alex Ruder

Artist: http://www.christopherwillits.com/

Label: http://www.ghostly.com/

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

John Zorn



Although I've never been intelligent enough nor stoned enough to fully appreciate John Zorn's contemporary jazz stylings, I can respect the composer and saxophonist's fierce creative autonomy. Who else but Zorn could collaborate with legendary jazz guitarist Bill Frisell and Mick Harris of Napalm Death? Well, Mike Patton -- who just happens to have lent his "preverbal" vocals to this follow-up to Zorn's acclaimed song suite, Moonchild (2006). Featuring Patton's Mr. Bungle bandmate Trevor Dunn on bass and fellow Frisell collaborator Joey Baron on drums, Astronome is expected to showcase this supergroup's strong suit -- exceeding expectations. ~Zach Hothorn

Unofficial homepage: http://members.tripod.com/~JFGraves/zorn-index.html

Label: http://www.tzadik.com/  

Albert Hammond, Jr.: Yours to Keep (Rough Trade)

Annuals: Be He Me (Ace Fu)

Bad Boy Bill: Behind the Decks Live [CD/DVD] (Thrive)

Badly Drawn Boy: Born in the U.K. (Astralwerks)

Barrington Levy: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (Universal International)

Benoît Pioulard: Précis (Kranky)

Bert Jansch: Black Swan (Drag City)

Billy Bragg: Volume 2 (Yep Roc)

Blind Melon: Live at the Palace (Capitol)

Buju Banton: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection (Universal International)

Caural: Mirrors for Eyes (Mush)

Christopher Willits: Surf Boundaries (Ghostly International)

C-Murder: Tru Story: Continued (Koch)

Count Bass D: Act Your Waist Size (Fatbeats)

Darien Brockington: Somebody to Love (ABB Soul)

The Datsuns: Smoke & Mirrors (V2 International)

Dave Seaman: Therapy Sessions, Vol. 3 (Thrive)

Diddy: Press Play (Bad Boy)

DJ Jazzy Jeff: Hip Hop Forever, Vol. 3 (Rapster)

Dokken: Definitive Collection (Elektra / Wea)

Doleful Lions: Song Cyclops, Vol. 2 (Parasol)

Dosh: Lost Take (Anticon)

The End of the World: You're Making It Come Alive (Flameshovel)

Ensemble: Ensemble (Fat Cat)

Erasure: Acoustic Live (Live Here Now / Mute)

Erick "More" Morillo: Subliminal Sessions, Vol. 10 [3 Disc] (Subliminal)

Everclear: Best of Everclear (Capitol)

Fat Jon & Styrofoaming: Same Channel (Morr Music / M.M.)

Fats Domino: Christmas Is a Special Day (CSP)

Frank Tovey: Fad Gadget by Frank Tovey (Mute U.S.)

Frankie J: Priceless (Sony)

Glenn Danzig: Black Aria II (Mega Force)

Goldfrapp: We Are Glitter (Mute U.S.)

Gomez: Five Men in a Hut: Singles 1998-2004 (Virgin)

Hall of Justus: Soldiers of Fortune (ABB)

Hi-Tek: Hi-Teknology 2 (Babygrande)

Imitation Electric Piano: Blow It Up Burn It Down Kick It Til It Bleeds (Drag City)

IV Thieves: If We Can't Escape My Pretty (New West)

J. Rawls: Essence of Soul

James Brown: Fine Old Foxy Self (Universal International)

Jeremy Enigk: World Waits (Reincarnate Music)

Jeremy Spencer: Flee (Wounded Bird)

John Zorn: Astronome (Tzadik)

JoJo: High Road (Blackground)

Keak da Sneak: Thizz Iz Allndadoe (Thizz)

Kevin Devine: Put Your Ghost to Rest (Capitol)

Klaxons: Xan Valleys (Modular / Interscope)

K-Os: Atlantis: Hymns for Disco            (EMI)

KT Tunstall: K.T. Tunstall's Acoustic Extravaganza (Virgin)

L.E.O.: Alpacas Orgling (Sidecho)

Layzie Bone: Cleveland (Siccness)

Loon: Wizard of Harlem (Siccness)

Louis Armstrong & the All-Stars: Live at the University of North Carolina (Avid UK)

Malajube: Tromp-L'Oeil (Ninja Tune)

Marvin Gaye/Teddy Pendergrass: Soul Duo (DeUce Boxed Sets)

Me First and the Gimme Gimmes: Love Their Country (Fat Wreck Chords)

Memphis Slim: Tribute to Big Bill Broonzy (Candid)

Mercury Rev: Essential: Stillness Breathes 1991-2006 (V2 International)

Mercury Rev: Hello Blackbird (V2 International)

The Muppets: Muppets Green and Red Christmas (Disney)

Nitzer Ebb: Body of Work 1984-1997 (Mute U.S.)

Original Soundtrack: Infamous (Milan)

Otis Rush: Otis Rush Live and In Concert from San Francisco (Blues Express)

Patsy Cline: Sweet Dreams: The Four Star Recordings 1955-1960 (DBK Works)

Percy Sledge: Percy Sledge Way/Take Time to Know Her (DBK Works)

Primus: They Can't All Be Zingers (Interscope)

Ruben Studdard: Return (J-Records)

The Sadies: Tales of the Rat Fink: Original Soundtrack (Yep Roc)

Sarah McLachlan: Wintersong (Arista)

Shiny Toy Guns: We Are Pilots (Universal)

The Slits: Revenge of the Killer Slits (Saf)

Squarepusher: Hello Everything (Warp)

Sun Ra: Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1 (Esp-Disk / Caliber)

Sun Ra: Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 2 (Esp-Disk / Caliber)

Tanya Donelly: This Hungry Life (Eleven Thirty)

Thunderball: Cinescope, Vol. 1 (Eighteenth Street)

Trife: 718: Stapleton to Somalia (Koch)

Twisted Sister: Twisted Christmas (Razor & Tie)

Various Artists: Day Hell Broke Loose, Vol. 3 (Asylum)

Various Artists: Day Hell Broke Loose, Vol. 3 [Chopped & Screwed] (Asylum)

Various Artists: Death Row Ghetto Mix (Death Row)

Various Artists: Infamy (Image)

Various Artists: Studio One Rude Boy (Soul Jazz)

Various Artists: John Peel: Right Time Wrong Speed (WEA International)

The Whitest Kids U Know: Whitest Kids U Know (What Are?)

Willie Nelson: 54 Songs: The Songwriter Sessions (DBK Works)

Xzibit: Full Circle (Koch)

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