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[October 24, 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:



Cowboy Junkies

Long Journey Home: Live in Liverpool


Releasing CD/DVD packages is so the thing right now. Bands that are just putting out CDs without any extra beef are going to start looking like slacker chumps. The latest arrival on the double-your-pleasure-set scene is this live album/film capture of a 2004 Cowboy Junkies concert at Liverpool's Philharmonic Hall. Does the band perform a lot of covers? You know it. Besides a classic rendition of "Sweet Jane," Cowboy Junkies take on Neil Young's "Helpless" and George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity." Oh yeah, the band does some originals as well. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.cowboyjunkies.com/

Label: http://www.zoerecords.net/

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

 "Sweet Jane" video 

The Curtains


Asthmatic Kitty

"Son, one day all of this will be yours." "The curtains?" "No, not the curtains!" I wonder if that scene from Holy Grail is where this band gets its name. Or are Christians not into Monty Python because of the blasphemous Life of Brian. Are the Curtains (a band consisting pretty much solely of Deerhoofer Chris Cohen) even Christian? It's always a possibility when you record for Sufjan Stevens's Asthmatic Kitty. Extra points for also being buds with Daniel Smith. Cohen is joined on the album by labelmate John Ringhofer (a.k.a. Half-Handed Cloud) on trombone and ex-Mae Shi member Corey Fogle on drums. The results, as with most music on Asthmatic Kitty, are light, breezy and pretty. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://myspace.com/musicalcurtains

Label: http://www.asthmatickitty.com/

"Go Lucky" MP3 

Frida Hyvonen

Until Death Comes

Secretly Canadian

The first artist signed to the Concretes label, Licking Fingers, and released in America by Secretly Canadian, Swedish tunestress Frida Hyvönen is unveiling her debut, Until Death Comes, to American audiences after touring earlier in the year with such acts as Jens Lekman, José González and the Concretes. Hyvönen's piano-based pop has been praised for its spry simplicity and delicate dynamic approach. But the building fan base contends her external tenderness belies her resilient Nordic perseverance. ~Chris Sahl

Artist: http://www.fridahyvonen.com/

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

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

"I Drive My Friend" MP3 

Robert Lippok


Western Vinyl

Berlin-born electronic artist Robert Lippok (To Rocco Rot, Tarwater) has put out records on many labels. His partnership with Barbara Morgenstern flowered in organic and electronic blends on last year's Tesri project, but a love for robots -- by way of machine-generated melodies -- is his central focus on the Robot EP. Lippok dedicated Robot to Rabbi Loew, the creator of the Golem, according to legend. The Golem, which translates to "roboto" or "robot" in Czech, is a life form that Rabbi Loew created from clay and earth in the sixteenth century to protect the Jewish people of Prague from attacks. The Golem eventually grew violent and became much feared. If any of the robots on Lippok's record get violent and shit, we should probably talk about how we're going to defend ourselves. Seriously. ~Dominic Umile

Artist: http://www.westernvinyl.com/west022.htm

Label: http://www.westernvinyl.com/

Audio: http://www.westernvinyl.com/WV22_7_edit.mp3 


Complete Peel Sessions [Import]


Jarvis Cocker must be one bitter man at this point. Like Leonardo DaVinci, Jimi Hendrix and Steve Irwin, his band began to garner the respect it deserved only after its untimely demise. A band before its time, Pulp forged a path for the disco-influenced pop rock of Interpol and the "everything but the kitchen sink" lyrics of the Strokes' Julian Casablancas but was forgotten outside of the members' native U.K. This collection features the band's very first Peel session -- recorded some twenty-five years ago -- as well as several previously unreleased tracks. And although this will probably fail to launch the band into superstardom, it is one hell of a capper on a criminally ignored career. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.pulponline.com//

Label: http://www.umusic.com//

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

Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin



If you liked Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin's 2005 album, Broom, you'll certainly enjoy the band's Polyvinyl debut, Broom. It is, obviously, the exact same album. After signing this Missouri-based indie-pop group, Polyvinyl is re-releasing the band's full-length debut. There are no new tracks here, but the album has been remixed and remastered, presumably by professional sound engineers. In case you missed the 1,025,349 -- and counting -- blog posts about this band, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin performs tuneful indie-pop with lo-fi and mostly acoustic arrangements. If you skipped this album the first time around, now is a great time to see what you were missing. ~Greg Ingber

Artist: http://www.sslyby.com/

Label: https://www.polyvinylrecords.com/

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

"House Fire" MP3




When their spaced-out brethren from At the Drive-In split to experiment in the Mars Volta, Jim Ward and Paul Hinojos formed Sparta to continue exploring the more conventional approach to rock. Hinojos since departed. Threes is the band's first album with guitarist Keeley Davis. Having already leaked to the Internet to predictably mixed fan responses, some hail Threes as a post-punk masterpiece, others a disappointment, and most still weigh it in relation to the Mars Volta and At the Drive-In. Essentially, fans will probably get what they're looking for. ~Chris Sahl

Artist: http://www.spartamusic.com/

Label: http://www.hollywoodrecords.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/sparta 

Jeff Tweedy

Sunken Treasure: Live in the Pacific Northwest

Many consider Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy to be one of the few American poets we have left within music. When he branches off from his busy schedule playing in Wilco or with one of his many side projects (Loose Fur, Golden Smog), it seems like he always takes time to get on the stage stripped down (with an acoustic guitar, that is) and let his lyrics shine. Those of us who don't live in big cities normally don't get a chance to catch these shows, but Sunken Treasure, Tweedy's solo live DVD, will give us all the chance to witness the prolific artist in rare form. ~John Bohannon

Artist: http://www.wilcoworld.net/

Label: http://www.nonesuch.com/

"Sunken Treasure" live in San Francisco (video)  

Vains of Jenna

Vains of Jenna

Outlook Music

As the members of HIM will gladly tell you, Bam Margera's MTV juggernaut Viva La Bam can do wonders for a band's domestic exposure. Before the Jackass star decided to emblazon both his body and his Lamborghini with HIM's heartagram logo, the "love metal" band had little exposure outside its native Finland. This Swedish four-piece is hoping for a similar storyline: Margera has volunteered his services in promoting its forthcoming U.S. debut and tour. Drawing inspiration from Hanoi Rocks and Guns n' Roses, these teased and tattooed sleaze-rockers are an unabashed throwback to the decadent late '80s. Let's just hope Margera doesn't waste his cache of cool on too many of these Scandinavian acts -- his George Zimmer guarantee could become the stuff of parody. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.vainsofjenna.com//

Label: http://www.outlookmusic.com//

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

The Walkmen

Pussy Cats

Record Collection

Harry Nilsson may have been self-dismissing, famously titling one of his best albums Nilsson Schmilsson. But others have certainly become enamored with his talent. That includes John Lennon, who produced Nilsson's Pussy Cats in 1974. It also includes the members of the Walkmen, who after A Hundred Miles Off earlier this year are now releasing a song-by-song redux of Pussy Cats. Following the original's Lennon-via-Spector wall-of-sound schmaltzarific production, the music here is much more lush and glossy than the Walkmen's usually raw, scruffy sound. Hamilton Leithauser shares vocal duties on the album with Quentin Stoltzfus of Mazarin, Alessandra Maria of Tomorrow's Friend, and ex-Make Up man Ian Svenonius. The band also enlisted a slew of instrumentalists and forty-one backup singers. The sum of all the parts? Possibly the drunken indie party album of the year. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.marcata.net/walkmen/

Label: http://www.recordcollectionmusic.com/

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

Stream album: http://www.recordcollectionmusic.com/pussycats/ 

2 Live Jews: Christmas Jews (Empire Musicwerks)
50 Cent/DJ Whoo Kid: 50 Cent Is the Future (BCD Music Group)
Aimee Mann: One More Drifter in the Snow (Superego)
Alabama: Songs of Inspiration (RCA)
Alec Empire: Intelligence & Sacrifice (Digital Hardcore)
Andrew Dice Clay: Face Down, Ass Up (RNB Entertainment)
Atari Teenage Riot: Atari Teenage Riot: 1992-2000 (Digital Hardcore)
Ben Folds: Supersunnyspeedgraphic: The LP (Sony)
Biz Markie: Make The Music With Your Mouth Biz (Traffic Ent.)
Bizzart: Bloodshot Mama (Sounds Are Active)
Blanche: What This Town Needs (V2 Ada)
Blow: Paper Television (K.)
Bright Eyes: Noise Floor (Parties: 1998-2005) (Saddle Creek)
Bright Light Fever: Bright Light Fever Presents...The Evening Owl (Stolen Transmission)
Cassius: 15 Again (EMI)
Cat Stevens: Cat Stevens Box Set (A&M)
Celph Titled: Gatalog: A Collection of Chaos    
Converge: No Heroes (Epitaph / Ada)
Coolio: Return of the Gangsta    
Cowboy Junkies: Long Journey Home (Zoe)
Curtains: Calamity (Asthmatic Kitty)
Damsel: Distressed (Temporary Residence)
De La Soul: Impossible Mission    
Def Leppard: Hysteria [Deluxe Edition] (Island)
The Devastations: Coal (Brassland)
DJ Green Lantern: You'll See    
Driveblind: Driveblind (Geffen)
Duke Ellington: Blue Light/Hi-Fi Ellington Uptown (Collectables)
Frank-n-Dank: Xtended Play 3.13    
Freddie Cruger: Soul Search (Ubiquity)
Frida Hyvönen: Until Death Comes (Secretly Canadian)
Gilles Peterson & Patric Forge: Sunday Afternoon at Dingwalls (Ether Music)
Greenskeepers: Polo Club (Om)
Gregory Isaacs: Love Songs [Box Set] (Charm)
Gucci Mane: Hard to Kill (Big Cat)
The Heart Attacks: Hellbound and Heartless (Hellcat)
The Heartaches: Too Cool for School (Swami)
The Horrors: Horrors [EP] (Stolen Transmission)
Jay-Z: Greatest Hits (Sony / BMG Import)
Jello Biafra: In the Grip of Official Treason (Alternative Tentacles)
Jibbs: Jibbs Featuring Jibbs (Geffen)
Jóhann Jóhannsson: IBM 1401, A User's Manual (4AD)
John Coltrane: Gold (Hip-O)
John Legend: Once Again (Sony)
Josef K: Entomology (Domino)
Khlyst: Chaos Is My Name (Hydrahead)
Kill the Vultures: Careless Flame (Locust)
Koop: Koop Island (K7)
Lord Finesse: Awakening (Traffic Ent.)
Lucinda Williams: Car Wheels on a Gravel Road [Deluxe Edition] (Mercury)
Matt & Kim: Matt and Kim    
Miho Hatori: Ecdysis (Rykodisc)
Moby: Go: The Very Best of Moby (V2)
MxPx: Let's Rock (Side One Dummy)
My Chemical Romance: Black Parade (Reprise / Wea)
Norfolk & Western: Unsung Colony (Hush)
Original Soundtrack: Saw 3 (Warcon)
Pet Shop Boys: Concrete: In Concert at the Mermaid Theatre (EMI)
Peter Frampton: Colour Collection (Umvd Import)
Plus/Minus: Let's Build Fire (Absolutely Kosher)
Project Pat: Crook by Da Book: The Fed Story (Sony)
Rachael Ray: How Cool Is That Christmas (Sony)
Rob da Bank and Chris Coco: Listen Again (Ether Music)
Robert Lippok: Robot (Western Vinyl)
Shuta Hasunuma: Shuta Hasunuma (Western Vinyl)
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin: Broom (Polyvinyl)
Sparta: Threes (Hollywood)
Tears for Fears: Tears for Fears Story (Umvd Import)
The Temptations: To Be Continued... (Umvd Special Markets)
Tim Finn: Imaginary Kingdom (EMI)
TM Juke: Forward (Ubiquity)
Totimoshi: Ladron (Crucial Blast)
Under Byen: Samme Stof Som Stof    (Paper Bag)
Various Artists: Park Hyatt Box: Park Hyatt Chicago - Park Hyatt To (Milan)
Various Artists: Dynamite Dancehall (Soul Jazz)
Various Artists: New York Noise, Vol. 3 (Soul Jazz)
Various Artists: Ministry of Sound: The Annual 2007 (Ultra)
Various Artists: World Is Gone (XL Recordings)
The Walkmen: Pussy Cats (Record Collection)

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