Tuesday, October 10, 2006

New Releases Tuesday - 10/10/06

120 Days - 120 Days (Vice)
Apoptygma Berzerk - You and Me Against The World (Metropolis)
Bitch - Make This/Break This (Kill Rock Stars)
Blood Brothers - Young Machetes (V2)
Busdriver - Kill Your Employer (Recreational Paranoia is the Sport of Now) (Anti-/Epitaph)

Califone - Roots & Crowns (Thrill Jockey)
CalifoneCalifone started recording Roots & Crowns in October 2005 and worked on it in chunks at 4Deuces Studio in Chicago with Brian Deck, in Long Beach and Phoenix with Michael Krassner, and at home in Los Angeles and Chicago until May 2006. “Some of these songs started as hummed melodies into my cell phone recorder while I was driving. Others were triggered by overheard conversations, loops brought in from home, field recordings or sounds we made in the studio before the tape was rolling,” says Rutili.

Download: Califone - "Spider's House"

Caroline - Sunrise EP (Temporary Residence)
Chavez - Better Days Will Haunt You (Matador)

Chin Up Chin Up - This Harness Can't Ride Anything (Suicide Squeeze)
Recorded by Sir Brian Deck [Iron And Wine, Red Red Meat, Modest Mouse] at his Engine Studios, the tracks are a joyful mix of shifting dynamics, stuttering riffs, and buoyant arrangements all held together by front man Jeremy Bolen’s scratched up discourse on breasts, beavers, and Minnesota.

Cold War Kids - Robbers and Cowards (Downtown)
Daedelus - Throw A Fit (Alpha Pup)
Damien Jurado - And Now That I'm In Your Shadow (Secretly Canadian)
El Goodo - S/T (Empyrean Records)
Euros Childs - Chops (Wichita)

The Fix - The Speed of Twisted Thought (Touch and Go)
Not to be confused with the "Saved By Zero" dudes... Lansing, Michigan’s The Fix were one of the earliest hardcore bands in the Midwest and also one of the first bands to release a record on Touch and Go. Vocalist Steve Miller, guitarist Craig Calvert, bassist Mike Achtenberg, and drummer Jeff created super fast and ferocious music that never failed to blow away those who were lucky enough to witness one of their live shows or buy one of their 7”s. There were only 200 copies of their first 7” (Vengeance / In This Town) that was issued in early 1981, and only 1000 copies of their Jan’s Rooms 7” that was issued in late 1981. By the end of 1982, The Fix had broken up. Steve and Mike went on to form Blight with Meatmen vocalist Tesco Vee.

Fucked Up - Hidden World (Jade Tree)

Charlotte Gainsbourg - 5:55 (Atlantic)
Indeed, Charlotte is the daughter of French music icon Serge Gainsbourg and besides starring in the uber-hip new Michel Gondry vehicle, The Science of Sleep, she also hits record store shelves this fall with her second solo album featuring an uber-hip supporting cast consisting of Jarvis Cocker, Nigel Godrich and Serge heir apparents, Air. Charlotte has always been more of an actress than a songstress, but All Music Guide says this new record defines her as "an artist and interpereter in her own right."

Gothic Archies - The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events (Nonesuch)
I Am Ghost - Lovers' Requiem (Epitaph)
Johann Johannson - IBM 1401 - A User's Manual (4AD)
Micah P. Hinson - Micah P. Hinson & The Opera Circuit (Jade Tree)
Nikki Sudden - The Truth Doesn't Matter (Secretly Canadian)
Oxford Collapse - Remember The Night (Parties)

Pit Er Pat - Pyramids (Thrill Jockey)
Powerful rhythms provide the solid floor for ethereal melodies and layers of textural samples on Pyramids. Contemporaries describe Pit er Pat’s sound as distinctively modern and fresh. Doran and Fuego’s vocals often flit with Davis-Jeffers’ in an exchange evoking haunting innocence...As with their last release, the 3-D Message EP, Pit er Pat recorded this album at Soma Studios with John McEntire.

Pompeii - Assembly (Eyeball)
Portastatic - Be Still Please (Merge)
Rhys Chatham - Two Gong (Table of the Elements)
Robert Pollard - Normal Happiness (Merge)
Sparta - Threes (Hollywood Records)
Spider and the Webs - Frozen Roses (K Records)
Sybarite - Cut Out Shape (Temporary Residence)
These Arms Are Snakes - Easter (Jade Tree)
Transmission - S/T (Table of the Elements)

Under Byen - Samme Stof Som Stof (Paper Bag Records)
In a house full of secrets Under Byen (pronounced Oh’nah-Boon) began recording their new record. The basic try outs – what was later to become “Samme Stof Som Stof” – took place in an old 18 century house in Brussels, a house in which the leather wallpaper hung loose from the walls and the heavy planks on the floor would creak with every foot step.

Download - Under Byen - "Samme Stof Som Stof"

Whitey - The Light At The End Of The Tunnel Is A Train (Dim Mak)


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