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[October 31, 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:



Animal Collective


Paw Tracks

In this age of instant nostalgia -- hello Best Week Ever -- anything can be considered an instant classic. So it's no wonder that Paw Tracks is re-releasing Animal Collective's 2001 live recording, Hollindagain. Consider it a primer on anyone who's still wondering, What is this freak-folk thing all about? The Animal Collective is known for drawing out its material in a live setting, so fans of shoegazing indie rock should find much to enjoy here. And how can you not love a band whose members include dudes named Panda Bear and Avey Tare? How absolutely lovely. ~John Zeiss

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

Label: http://www.paw-tracks.com 

Ron Artest

My World


I really hoped this was a joke. But, no, it's true. Just in time for Halloween, a monster man of the NBA, Ron Artest -- you may remember him as the man who was largely responsible for instigating that nasty Pacers/Pistons brawl a couple years back -- is releasing a rap album. Because basketball players have such a great track record of success with these recordings. (Right, Shaq?) Expect Shakespearian wordplay on songs like "Haterz," "Working the Pole," "Hood Luhv" and "La la Ladies." Wait, what's that ringing noise? Is that an alarm clock? Is the apocalypse finally here? ~John Zeiss

Ballplayer: http://www.truwarier.com/ra.html

Label: http://www.lightyear.com/ 


Saturday Night Wrist


Although many would insist this Sacramento five-piece's brand of metal is more cerebral than the rest of the rap-rockers -- Time magazine once called lead singer Chino Moreno's lyrics "furiously intelligent" -- I still can't see it. Moreno's sweeping choruses and vague allegories may owe more to the Smiths than Limp Bizkit, but c'mon, the band has a dedicated turntable player. And although this highly anticipated follow up to 2003's eponymous release may have been produced by Kiss and Alice Cooper alum Bob Ezrin, he too has had his shortcomings: 30 Seconds to Mars, anyone? ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.deftones.com//

Label: http://www.maverick.com//

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

Exploding Hearts



On the verge of breaking out of its home base, Portland's Exploding Hearts came to an end after a tragic 2003 car accident left three of four members killed and only a single record to the band's name. Guitar Romantic was an authentic-sounding throwback to early punk, capturing the urgency of the Clash's first album and the affinity for sniffin' glue that the Ramones crooned over. This unexpected new release from the band, containing previously unreleased recordings as well as alternate versions of songs from Guitar Romantic, will surely be a bittersweet blessing for guitarist Terry Six, the only surviving member. ~China Bialos

Band: http://www.explodinghearts.com/

Label: http://www.dirtnaprecs.com/

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

"Teenage Faces" MP3: http://www.dirtnaprecs.com/teenagefaces.mp3


In the Absence of Truth


For the first time since 2004, Aaron Turner's demographic-traversing five-piece is releasing an album on a label other than Hydra Head. A favorite among the "cooler than thou" set, the Los Angeles post-metal act has made a career out of celebrating its inherent geekiness. From complex concept albums to urbane ambience, Turner and company have made it a point to take themselves far too seriously. Just listen to how Turner described the album's thematic aesthetic to Rock Sound: "I won't say what the concept is, but I can give you some clues about what inspired it: Hassan-i-Sabbah, the Islamic mystic cult leader, Don Quixote, House of Leaves and Labyrinths." And you thought Mastodon was highfalutin'. ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://www.sgnl05.com//

Label: http://www.ipecac.com//

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/sgnl05 

Michael Mayer



Kompakt co-captain Michael Mayer's mixes are often spoken of with great reverence, and his selector skills have been showered with the kind of praise that we normally would attribute to a perfectly cooked grilled cheese sandwich. While Kompakt and those under its distribution umbrella have delivered a series of beauties in 2006 -- Kaito's Hundred Million Light Years among them -- Immer 2, a follow-up to the well-received edition that Mayer did in 2002, is probably one of the most anticipated entries this year. That is, providing his partnership project with Superpitcher doesn't drop before January. Immer 2 and the accompanying digital-only bonus collection were carefully compiled by Mayer for a year and include tracks from Justus Kohncke, SCSI-9 and Crowdpleaser. It just might go down as easily as grilled cheese. ~Dominic Umile

Label: http://www.kompakt-net.com/ 

Nellie McKay

Pretty Little Head

Hunrgry Mouse/SpinART

The release of this album has been twice delayed due to a falling out between McKay (pronounced "mic-eye") and her former label, Columbia Records. Columbia rejected the twenty-three-track double CD last year; labelheads were only willing to put out a sixteen-track version. The pianist/vocalist, in turn, rejected Columbia, forming her own label (Hungry Mouse) and releasing an unabridged version of Pretty Little Head through SpinART. This sprawling collection features a variety of quirky, genre-transcending piano and synth-based pop, including duets with Cyndi Lauper and K. D. Lang.  If you're considering downloading the album (illicitly or otherwise), be aware that the CD comes with a chunky forty-four-page lyric/photo booklet. ~Greg Ingber

Artist: http://www.nelliemckay.org/

Label: http://www.spinartrecords.com/

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/nelliemckay1 

Rachael Ray

Too Cool for School Mixtape for Kids


It's happened. And why not? Kathy Ireland had a clothing line. Kelly Clarkson and 50 Cent have flavors of Vitamin Water (50's also an investor). Hello Kitty, feisty little bitch, has everything from toasters to staplers. So, why shouldn't Rachael Ray be able to stamp her likeness on something unrelated to her assumed talent? Too Cool for School is a bizarre mix that may please indie kids (The Boy Least Likely To), forty-year-old Japanese men (Puffy AmiYumi), and, you know, whoever likes Nellie McKay these days. Yum-o. ~China Bialos

Cook: http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/rachael_ray

Label: http://www.sonymusic.com/home.html 

Sunn O)))/Boris


Southern Lord

Why exactly are thousands of people so very interested in Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson's doom-rock spectacle? Is it the Masonic capes or fog-machine tomfoolery? Perhaps Sunno))) (pronounced "sun") merely affords self-anointed tastemakers a chance to affirm their high-mindedness amongst fellow art-rock snobs. Whatever the reason, I wish someone would point out that the emperor, in fact, has no clothes. While Japan's Boris is only slightly more interesting, they do display some musical proficiency rather than just auditory extremes. As the old adage goes, "You can never underestimate the intelligence of the general public, especially in large groups." ~Zach Hothorn

Band: http://homepage1.nifty.com/boris/top.html

Label: http://www.southernlord.com//

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/117634901 

The Who
Endless Wire


Endless Wire is the first release in twenty-four years from one of the Big Three important British rock bands of the '60s. The Who has been on a mostly downward trajectory since the release of It's Hard in 1982 -- numerous "reunion" tours, countless "greatest hits" packages, and the loss of another one of the original four. So the remaining members -- Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry (John Entwistle died in 2002) -- have their work cut out for them with Endless Wire. Here's hoping that Townsend's songs are worthy of keeping the Who's legacy alive by capturing some of the spirit that made Who's Next , Quadrophenia and Tommy so engaging. ~Chris Gliddon
Band: http://www.thewhotour.com/
Label: http://www.mcarecords.com/
Audio: http://www.myspace.com/thewhomyspace

50 Cent/DJ Whoo Kid: No Mercy No Fear (BCD Music Group)
A.M.: Troubled Times (DeFend Music)
Adrian Klumpes: Be Still (Leaf)
AG: Get Dirty Radio 
Aiden: Rain in Hell (Victory)
Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles Collector's Box Set 
Animal Collective: Hollinndagain (Paw Tracks)
Atone: An (Autres Directions)
Au Revoir Simone: Verses of Comfort, Assurance & Salvation 
Baby Shambles: Back to the Bus 
Bad Brains: Live: CBGB 1982 (Music Video Distributors)
Badly Drawn Boy: Born in the U.K. (Astralwerks)
Beanie Sigel: Still Public Enemy #1 
Birdman/Lil Wayne: Like Father, Like Son (Cash Money)
Bonobo: Days to Come (Ninja Tune)
Bootsy Collins: Christmas Is 4 Ever (Shout! Factory)
Bun B: Texas Legends (Oarfin)
C.L. Smooth: American Me (Shaman Works)
Cee-Lo: Closet Freak: The Best of Cee-Lo Green, The Soul (Arista)
Channel Live: Secret Science Rap (Draft)
Copeland: Eat, Sleep, Repeat (Militia)
Cradle of Filth: Cradle of Filth Box Set (Koch)
C-Rayz Walz: 1975: Return of the Beast (Draft)
David & The Citizens: Until the Sadness Is Gone (Friendly Fire)
Deftones: Saturday Night Wrist (Maverick)
DJ Jazzy Jeff: Hip Hop Forever, Vol. 3 (Rapster)
DJ Mighty MI: Me vs. The Gods (Eastern Conference)
Echo & the Bunnymen: Me I'm All Smiles (Snapper UK)
Electric Light Orchestra: Face the Music (Sony Japan)
Eliot Lipp: Steele Street Scraps EP (Hefty)
Fink: Biscuits for Breakfast (Ninja Tune)
Flavor Flav: Flavor Flav 
Gemini: Gemini Rising 
Ice-T: Gangsta Rap (Melee)
Icy Demons: Tears of a Clone (Eastern Developments)
Isis: In the Absence of Truth (Ipecac)
Jerry Lee Lewis: Killer Rock 'N' Roll (Varese Sarabande)
Johnny Cash: Mastercuts (Mastercuts / Artist)
Judas Priest: Judas Priest Box Set (Koch)
Juggaknots: Use Your Confusion (Amalgam)
Kevin Federline: Playing with Fire (Reincarnate Music)
The Knife: Knife (Mute U.S.)
Lady Sovereign: Public Warning (Def Jam)
Laurent Garnier & Carl Craig: Kings of Techno (Rapster)
Leadbelly: Mount Everest of Blues Singers (Rev-Ola)
Led Zeppelin: Jukebox (United States Dist)
Little Richard: Awopbopaloobopaloobamboom (United States Dist)
The Low Frequency in Stereo: Last Temptation of... the Low Frequency in Stereo (Gigantic)
Lyrics Born: Overnite Encore: Lyrics Born Live! (Quannum Projects)
Malajube: Tromp-L'Oeil (Ninja Tune)
Meatloaf: Bat out of Hell III: The Monster Is Loose (Virgin)
Meshuggah: Nothing [CD/DVD] (Nuclear Blast America)
Mixel Pixel: Music for Plants (Kanine)
Mobb Deep: Life of the Infamous: The Best of Mobb Deep (Sony)
Mogwai: Come on Die Young (Chemikal Underground)
Naledge and Double O Are Kidz in the Hall: School Was My Hustle (Red Urban)
Nellie McKay: Pretty Little Head (Spin Art)
Niobe: White Hats (Tomlab)
Nobody: Revisions Revisions: The Remixes 2000-2005 (Plug Research)
Opeth: Opeth Box Set (Koch)
Original Soundtrack: Flushed Away (Astralwerks)
Paul Oakenfold/Pharrell Williams: Sex N Money 
Pitbull: Mariel (TVT)
Plus Device: Body Heat (Hefty)
The Prize Fighter Inferno: My Brother's Blood Machine (Equal Vision)
Rapid Ric/Trae: All Flows from Da Garage (BCD Music Group)
The Residents: Tweedles! (Mute U.S.)
Robbie Williams: Rudebox (EMI)
Ron Artest: My World (Lightyear)
Saafir: Good Game: The Transition (ABB)
Sparks: Dick Around (In The Red)
SunnBoris: Altar (Southern Lord)
This Moment in Black History:It Takes a Nation of Assholes (Cold Sweat)
To Live & Shave in L.A.: Noon and Eternity (Menlo Park)
Various Artists: Hefty 10 Digest (Hefty)
Various Artists: History Is Bunk, Vol. 1: Collaborations, Reinterpr (Hefty)
Various Artists: History Is Bunk, Vol. 2: Collaborations, Reinterpr (Hefty)
Various Artists: Mary Anne Hobbs Warrior Dubz (Planet Mu)
Venetian Snares: Hospitality (Planet Mu)
The Who: Endless Wire (Republic)
X-Clan: Return from Mecca (Suburban Noize)
Zero dB: Bongos, Bleeps & Basslines (Ninja Tune)

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