New Releases Tuesday returns!
Ah yes, the holidays (more like holidaze) are over, and new releases are returning to record store shelves. You won't go broke this week buying new music because things are still a bit slow, but there are some notable releases worth treading through black slush for. Local and related: -Felix da Housecat - Playboy: The Mansion (Soundtrack) (Koch) Chicago house legend drops another hott mix...this time for a video game. Here's the not-so-glowing review from the New York Post: After years of making landmark dance re-mixes and original music, Felix da Housecat is unable to pull goodness out of his bag of tricks here. On this soundtrack to the video game, where you get to slip into Hugh Hefner's bathrobe and build the Playboy empire - two breasts at a time - Mr. Housecat presents a dozen re-mixes that are not only mind-numbingly repetitive, but in fact a fraud, if you consider that only four are actually in the game. If you heard just one cut off this disc, you might be tempted to snag the record because of the infectious, faster-than-your-heart beats. Yet listening to the entire collection at once makes it clear how few musical ideas Felix has to supercharge a song. He reserves his best talents for his own "Do Me What I Do," an original that dabbles in a cross-pollination of reggae and electronica. -The Fiery Furnaces - EP (Rough Trade) NYC via Chicago duo drop this latest release featuring a collection of UK singles, b-sides and previously unreleased tracks. Other notable releases (1/11) -The Libertines - s/t (reissue w/bonus DVD) (Rough Trade) -Various Artists - KCRW Sounds Eclectic 3 (Palm Pictures) Features live performances from Radiohead, Flaming Lips, Interpol, Franz Ferdinand and more. Sorry, autographed Nic Harcourt poster not included.