Tuesday, October 04, 2005

New Releases Tuesday (10/4)

They don't call it "Rocktober" for nothing...a slew of big name releases from both the majors and the indies kick off the month this Tuesday: Major Labels: Fiona Apple - Extraordinary Machine (Sony) Apparently those peaceful protests worked?? Sony finally caved and released this album, which they originally threw back at Apple's pouty face when it was completed the first time. OK, they didn't literally throw it back in her face, but this isn't exactly the feel good "Foxtrot" story of 2005 either. For some reason they decided to shelve most of the original Jon Brion production work and opted to re-record with 50 Cent's producer Mike Elizondo. OK, so now Fiona Apple is produced by Fiddy's man and Kanye is produced by Jon Brion? Is anybody else confused by all this?? Franz Ferdinand - You Could Have It So Much Better (Sony) I can't imagine these wee Scottish blokes ever topping the success of "Take Me Out," but they're probably good for at least a few more NME cover-worthy singles. Is the new record any good? I can't really tell, I personally was sick of these guys the first time around (when they were called The Strokes). However, The Fork gives it an 8.3, so that means everyone will now automatically like it, right? Twista - The Day After (Atlantic) Though recently latching on to the coattails of Kanye's superstardom, this hometown hero has been putting out albums for years. Shit, I remember him kickin' it once on an episode of In Living Colour during its heyday, when he was known as Tongue Twista (an homage to his mind-blowingly fast rhyming skills). This new record features production by Timbaland, Neptunes, Toxic, Cuzo, and David Banner as well as appearances by Pharrell Williams and Jamie Foxx. Indies Broken Social Scene - S/T (Arts & Crafts) Well over a year before the Arcade Fire's astronomical rise to stardom, these guys put the Canadian indie-scene on the map in 2003 with their underground smash, You Forgot It In People. Technically their third release, I'm guessing this record still probably gave the band plenty of "sophomore slump" headaches in the studio while trying to follow-up their own success as well as that of their countrymen, The Fire. My Morning Jacket - Z (Ato) Oops...I guess technically these guys are on a major label. If I remember correctly, "Ato" is a subsidiary of Atlantic? Nevertheless, they still don't sound like a major label band...or really any other band for that matter. Are they rockers? folksters? A jam band that doesn't completely suck? I'm not sure what to call them, but I think that's why I like them. Anybody want to chime in on whether its worth seeing them live when they play the Vic on the 22nd?? Can't forget about these either... Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having (Rhymesayers) Dungen - Stadsvandringar [reissue] (Astralwerks) The Fall - Fall Heads Roll (Narnack) Friends of Dean Martinez - Lost Horizon (Aero) Hem/Autumn Defense - Birds, Beasts, & Flowers[ep] (Arena Rock) (Int'l)Noise Conspiracy - Armed Love (Caroline) Lesser Birds of Paradise - String of Bees (Contraphonic) Make Believe - Shock of Numbers (Flameshovel) Magic Numbers - S/T (Capitol) Screaching Weasel - Weaselmania (Fat Wreck) Talking Heads - Brick [Box Set] (Rhino) Yesterdays New Quintet - Sound Directions: Funky Side of Life (Stones Throw)


Anonymous Bill V said...

I'm sort of freakin' out with all of the music I bought in the last week, or will be buying this week. My credit card company will be quite pleased.

10/05/2005 12:00:00 PM  
Anonymous bensch said...

My Morning Jacket is (in my opinion) one of the greatest live acts around right now. I saw them twice last year and will be catching them again for the second time this year when they play at the Vic. If you enjoy the records, the live show will blow you away. It is tons of fun.

10/07/2005 01:16:00 PM  

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