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[September 26, 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:




Meek Warrior

Young God

Meek Warrior from Brooklyn's finest (group of freak-folkers, anyway) is hard to pin down. It's too long to be an EP, too short to be a full-length. It's not the breakthrough you might have hoped for, but it's far from a failure. So, what does that mean? It'll keep you busy until the next album this spring. ~Justin Sheppard

Band: http://www.akronfamily.com/

Label: http://www.akronfamily.com/

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

Four Tet



It's been five rocky years since U.K. postrock trio Fridge released its final album, Happiness, and this week ushers in new releases from two of the group's members. Coincidence? An attempt to spark some friendly competition? Considering that both albums are on Domino, I doubt it. Love and Other Planets, the sophomore release from singer/songwriter Adem, is another fine showcase of hushed, melodic indie folk, but it's Four Tet's double-disc Remixes that is definitely worth your attention. The first disc gathers twelve remixes Kieran Hebden has done for a variety of artists (Radiohead, Aphex Twin, Madvillain, Beth Orton, Bloc Party, Sia), and the second compiles original Four Tet tracks remixed by like-minded artists (Caribou, Koushik, Boom Bip, Battles, J Dilla). The collection doesn't contain any new material, but this conveniently packaged release provides further evidence of Four Tet's genre-defying ear and innovative touch that might just leave you wetter than a saxophone reed. ~Alex Ruder

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

Label: http://www.dominorecordco.us/

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

Emily Haines & The Soft Skeleton

Knives Don't Have Your Back

Last Gang Records

Even though Metric might as well be classified as an Emily Haines solo project (I defy anyone to pick another band member out of a lineup), Haines has decided to venture out on her own for this collection of introspective piano ballads. Apparently there's a lady beneath all the vampy, coked-out antics. Who knew? ~Justin Sheppard

Artist: http://www.emilyhaines.com/

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

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

Demetri Martin

These Are Jokes

Comedy Central

You know him. You love him. That cute, shaggy-haired boy who delivers the "Trendspotting" pieces on The Daily Show. Now you can own a piece of him. Demetri Martin seems to be trying to cross over into the indie-rock realm that Patton Oswalt and Brian Posehn have already broken into. Not only is he releasing this album; he will soon put on a national tour, appearing at clubs that otherwise host hip bands. Yuks will ensue. ~John Zeiss

Artist: http://www.demetrimartin.com/

Label: http://www.comedycentral.com

Video: http://www.myspace.com/demetrimartin 

The Lemonheads



I guess Evan Dando's not bored anymore. After 2003's horribly yet aptly named Baby I'm Bored (guess what, Ev, your audience was too), Mr. Dando has decided to record under the Lemonheads moniker again. Not that this is exactly a Lemonheads reunion. Dando just happens to be the only original returning. Fleshing out the band are Descendents Karl Alvarez on bass and Bill Stevenson on drums. Guests on the album include J Mascis (not too surprising) and Garth Hudson from the Band (quite surprising). Who knows what Dando still has up his sleeve at this point, but c'mon, "It's a Shame About Ray," "Into Your Arms," and the "Mrs. Robinson" cover still hold up as great songs. ~John Zeiss

Label: http://www.vagrant.com/thelemonheads/main.html


Release Therapy

Def Jam

I wonder what Luda thinks about Jay-Z's return to the game. My mind bets that he must be of two minds. On the one hand, Christopher Bridges has to respect H.O.V.A. The dual nature of Release Therapy (party jams on the Release half, more serious fare on the Therapy half) owes a debt to Jay's Gift and the Curse sequel to The Blueprint. On the other hand, Ludacris must somewhat regret Jay's comeback. With the Best Rapper Alive retired, Luda had a serious claim to that title. This was only going to increase if, as early reports suggest, Ludacris calls out and disses rival T.I. for that crown on the new album. (Let's hope he does, because anything will prove more interesting than first single "Money Maker.") ~John Zeiss


Label: http://www.defjam.com

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


My Morning Jacket



Still riding the high of last year's Z, My Morning Jacket follows the timeworn tradition of releasing the live album to satiate fans while touring the world and contemplating a studio follow-up. Recorded over two nights at the historic San Francisco Fillmore Theater, Okonokos arrives in CD form one month before its companion DVD of the same name hits the shelves. With My Morning Jacket's reputation for exhilarating live performances and with mastering work by the incomparable Bob Ludwig, this looks like a can't-miss for fans of the band and rock 'n' roll the way it ought to be: live and loud. ~Chris Sahl

Band: http://www.mymorningjacket.com

Label: http://www.atorecords.com

Audio: http://myspace.com/mymorningjacket 

Scissor Sisters



Flamboyant enough for the disco and rocking enough to headline outdoor festivals, the Scissor Sisters' Ta-Dah is the follow-up to their 2004 popular and critical hit debut. No longer content to cover the legends with their signature flair (their version of "Comfortably Numb" may be the best Pink Floyd cover ever), the band now shares duets with rock royalty (first single "I Don't Feel Like Dancing" co-stars Sir Elton John). There are no cheeky covers this time, although the song titled "Paul McCartney" suggests that the Scissor Sisters aren't finished skewering and honoring their heroes with aplomb. ~Chris Sahl

Band: http://www.scissorsisters.com

Label: http://www.polydor.co.uk

Audio: http://myspace.com/scissorsisters


Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain


Of all the albums in my collection that I've failed to preserve, the one that I regret the most is Sparklehorse's 2001 album, It's a Wonderful Life (somehow I got foodstuffs all over it). I've been thinking about buying a replacement, but maybe Sparklehorse's Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (great long title, and what's with mountains in the names of indie-rock records this year?) will make up for my loss of Mark Linkous's previous record. Because Sparklehorse's sound -- otherworldly electro pop, American gothic songs about Appalachia -- doesn't change much from record to record. Not that that's a bad thing. If a band does one thing well, there's nothing wrong with sticking to it. As with It's a Wonderful Life, this album features a Tom Waits  collaboration. Other tracks were helped along by producer du jour Danger Mouse. All current Sparklehorse dates are in Europe; here's to hoping Linkous gets a band together for a jaunt over on this side of the Atlantic. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://www.sparklehorse.org/

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

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

Samples: http://www.sparklehorse.org/audio.html


Soft Machine

Big Beat/Ada

Buzz is big on the Teddybears right now. So are costumes. From Sufjan sprouting angel wings on tour to Gnarls Barkley posing as famous movie duos, dressing up is in. Swedish electronic experimentalists Teddybears like to adorn masks befitting of their moniker. (Think occasionally recurring late-in-the-show Saturday Night Live skit "Bear City.") And their music has an appropriate bite. First single "Yours to Keep" features fellow European dance music touchstones Annie and Neneh Cherry. Other guests on Soft Machine include Elephant Man, Iggy Pop, and Ebbot Lundberg of Soundtrack of Our Lives. I want to make some kind of growl joke hear, but I'll pass. ~John Zeiss

Band: http://teddybearsrock.com/

Label: http://www.bigbeatrecords.tm.fr/

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

Wolf Eyes

Human Animal

Sub Pop

Here's one for those daredevils who can't wait for a sniff when they hear, "Dude, you gotta smell this. It's fucking nasty!" One glimpse at noise-rock group Wolf Eyes' previous album titles, such as Stabbed in the Face and Burned Mind, provides ample warning for the noisy, shrieking terror that awaits. Human Animal looks to continue the trend, with radio-friendly cuts such as "Rationed Rot," "Lake of Roaches" and "Rusted Mange" prominently featured. Sub Pop promises that Wolf Eyes arrived at the studio "seasoned to travel through horrible new areas of sound." Sure would be fun to witness someone who meant to buy Wolf Parade putting this on their CD player. ~Chris Sahl

Band: http://www.wolfeyes.net

Label: http://www.subpop.com/main.php

Audio: http://www.myspace.com/3801568

"The Driller" MP3

45 RPM: Acappella Starlight Sessions (Collectables)

8MM: Songs to Love and Die by... (Curb Appeal)

Adem: Love and Other Planets (Domino)

The Alchemist: No Days Off (Alc)

Arthur Russell: Springfield (Audika)

Black Moon: Alter the Chemistry (Bucktown)

Bobby Bare Jr.'s Young Criminals Starvation League: Longest Meow (Bloodshot)

Brian McKnight: 20th Century Masters (Universal International)

Cale Parks: Illuminated Manuscript (Polyvinyl)

Charles Mingus: At UCLA 1965 (Sunnyside)

The Damned: Noise, Noise, Noise: The Live Box (Castle Us)

Dave Matthews: Live Trax, Vol. 6: 7/7 - 7/8/2006 Fenway Park, Bos (RCA)

David S. Ware: BalladWare (Thirsty Ear)

Depeche Mode: Touring the Angel: Live in Milan (Reprise / Wea)

Diva Destruction: Run Cold (Metropolis)

Dizzy Gillespie: Shaw Nuff (Collectables)

Echo & the Bunnymen: Very Best of Echo & The Bunnymen: More Songs to Le (WEA International)

Emily Haines: Knives Don't Have Your Back (Last Gang)

Escape the Fate: Dying Is Your Latest Fashion (Epitaph / Ada)

Fear Factory: Best of Fear Factory (Roadrunner)

Free: Live at the BBC (Universal International)

Honeycut: Day I Turned To Glass (Quannum Projects)

Ill Ni�o: Best of Ill Ni�o (Roadrunner)

Janet Jackson: 20 Y.O. (Virgin)

Jeffrey & Jack Lewis: City & Eastern Songs (Rough Trade Us)

Jerry Lee Lewis: Last Man Standing 

John Beltran: Human Engine (Milan)

John Coltrane: Fearless Leader [Box Set] (Prestige)

John Lennon: U.S. vs John Lennon (Capitol)

Johnny Cash: Wanted Man [Mercury] (Umvd Special Markets)

K.M.D.: Mr. Hood (Traffic Ent.)

Kaito: Hundred Million Love Years (Kompakt Germany)

Kaskade: Love Mysterious (Ultra)

Keane: Crystal Ball (Universal International)

Kim Wilde: Never Say Never (EMI)

The La's: BBC in Session (Universal International)

Ladyfinger (ne): Heavy Hands (Saddle Creek)

The Lemonheads: Lemonheads (Vagrant)

Lil' Flip: Envy Me, Pt. 2 (BCD Music Group)

Lil Jon/DJ Drama: Gangsta Grillz, Vol. 9 (BCD Music Group)

Lou Reed: Berlin (BMG Japan)

Lucero: Rebels, Rogues & Sworn Brothers (Liberty & Lament)

Ludacris: Release Therapy (Def Jam)

Mac Minister: Minister of Defense (SMC Recordings)

Main Flow and 7L: Flow Season (Brick)

Marc Bolan/T. Rex: Final Cuts (Diablo)

Marvin Gaye: Marvin Gaye & His Girls (Umvd Special Markets)

Mayday: Mayday! 

Mute Math: Mutemath (Warner Bros.)

My Morning Jacket: Okonokos (ATO)

Myra Melford: Image of Your Body (Cryptogramophone)

Natalie Cole: Leavin' (Verve)

Natalie Walker: Urban Angel (Dorado)

Nels Cline: New Monastery (Cryptogramophone)

Omar: Sing (If You Want It) 

The Oohlas: Best Stop Pop (Stolen Transmission)

Original Soundtrack: Jackass Number Two 

Paul Westerberg: Open Season [Original Soundtrack] (Lost Highway)

Saosin: Saosin (Capitol)

Scissor Sisters: Ta-Dah! (Universal International)

Scott Walker: Scott 2 (Fontana Int'l)

Sepultura: Best of Sepultura (Roadrunner)

Sloan: Never Hear the End of It (Vik Recordings)

Sparklehorse: Dreamt for Light Years in the Belly of a Mountain (Astralwerks)

t.A.T.u.: Best of t.A.T.u. (Universal International)

Teddybears: Soft Machine (Big Beat / Ada)

Tek: I Got This (Bucktown)

Thomas Dolby: Astronauts & Heretics (Collectables)

Tori Amos: Piano: The Collection (Atlantic / Wea)

Triple Six Mafia: Smoked out Music's Greatest Hits (Hypnotize Minds)

Type O Negative: Best of Type O Negative (Roadrunner)

Various Artists: Bassbin Sessions (Sessions)

Various Artists: Best of Punk O Rama (Sony Japan)

Various Artists: Ultra Trance, Vol. 6 (Ultra)

Villibillies: Villibillies (Umvd Labels)

Westbound Train: Transitions (Hellcat)

Willie Nelson: Christmas Collection: 20th Century Masters (Hip-O)

Wolf Eyes: Human Animal (Sub Pop)

The Young Knives: Voices of Animals & Men (WEA International)

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