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New Releases for October 13th, 2009

VINYL RELEASES:

The Clonious – Between The Dots
Somewhere between the past and the distant future, sparked by dusty old jazz records and beat generation hip hop, at the sonic cross-roads of Detroit and Vienna, lies a series of sound stories steeping in the head of 23 year old beat navigator Paul Movahedi, also known as The Clonious. The Adroit Adventures EP, released on Ubiquity in June, was the first of those tales to exit his dome and hit limited edition wax.On Between The Dots his debut album, Movehadi continues his development of sounds that are at once new and classic, soulful and striking, organic and electronic

Keegan Dewitt – Islands (+MP3 card)

Drive-By Truckers – The Fine Print: A Collection of Oddities & Rarities (180g)
Eleven years after releasing their first album and eight years after redefining themselves with SOUTHERN ROCK OPERA, the rare concept album whose execution was just as impressive as its ambitions, the Drive-By Truckers have gained a richly deserved reputation as one of the hardest-working and most rewarding rock bands at work today. Having cranked out five great albums in seven years, they presumably felt bad about not having a new studio effort for 2009, so they’ve offered fans not one but two time-honored stopgaps–a live album (actually an installment in New West’s LIVE FROM AUSTIN, TX series of live discs drawn from the archives of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS), and a collection of outtakes and rare tracks. THE FINE PRINT: A COLLECTION OF OUTTAKES AND RARITIES brings together a dozen songs that, for a variety of reasons, didn’t appear on one of the DBTs’ albums, including four covers, alternate versions of two tracks, and a few numbers that didn’t fit the pattern of the sets for which they were intended. While the collection doesn’t match the consistent quality of the Drive-By Truckers’ usual work, nearly all the tracks are too genuinely good to have been left to gather dust, and even the DBTs’ scraps can make for a pretty satisfying meal

Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini: Wizard Of Poetry

James Pants – All The Hits

Monsters Of Folk – Monsters Of Folk
(Limited Edition 2xLP w/ 20-page book + MP3 card)
Monsters of Folk is a collaboration between Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward, and producer Mike Mogis, four of this generation’s most critically acclaimed artists. Conor Oberst is Bright Eyes, Jim James leads My Morning Jacket, and M. Ward is a critically acclaimed singer-songwriter (both solo and as part of the indie-pop duo She & Him). Together, they truly are the ‘Monsters of Folk.’ This is their much talked about and highly-anticipated debut release

Mission Of Burma – The Sound The Speed The Light (+ MP3 card)
Mission of Burma’s fourth album is a departure from the pinned-needles roar of 2006’s The Obliterati. Far more spacious and dynamic, it blasts off with the anthemic, catch ‘1,2,3, Partyy!’, a classic Burma rocker on a level with ‘This Is Not a Photography’ or ‘Certain Fate.’ Other tracks, such as ‘Feed,’ ‘Forget Yourself,’ and ‘Slow Faucet,’ are slow, hypnotic builders. ‘Good Cheer’ is a burst of almost uncontainable joy that literally explodes from the speakers.

Of course, all the Burma trademarks are also present: the military snare drum, the melodic basslines high up on the neck, and the furiously dissonant guitarwork, refracted back into the songs via tape loops – all punctuated by the hoarse shouts of drummer Peter Prescott. This controlled chaos, this disciplined letting go, is at the heart of what they do and it remains as exhilarating and fulfilling as ever.

Grant Lee Phillips – Little Moon (180g + MP3 card)

Shawn Lee & Clutchy Hopkins – Fascinating Fingers

Imaad Wasif – The Voidist (+ MP3 card)
Wasif’s newalbum features guests Dale Crover (Melvins) and Greg Burns (Red Sparowes), and was recorded by Chad Bamford (Weezer) with additional recordings by Mathias Schneeberger (The Obsessed, Gutter Twins). Having gained a reputation for his intense live shows while opening for RTX, The Raconteurs and Neko Case, Wasif has plans for an extensive tour in the fall of 2009. He can also be found playing guitar on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ latest album It’s Blitz!, and Lou Barlow’s forthcoming solo album, Goodnight Unknown

CD RELEASES:

The Clonious – Between The Dots

Crooked Fingers – Forfeit/Fortune (Deluxe Edition w/ DVD)

The Flaming Lips -Embryonic
(Limited Edition 2xCD/DVD Hard Covered version also available)
For the past two decades, The Flaming Lips has remained one of the world’s most influential experimental creative forces in rock music. Each new release has been greeted with ecclesiastical anticipation and embraced by both critics and a loyal, ever-growing/evolving universal fan mass. It is with great pleasure that The Flaming Lips present their brand new double-album entitled, Embryonic. This marks their first full studio set in three years following their Grammy Award-winning At War With the Mystics. Embryonic, The Lips 12th album, was recorded in Fredonia, NY and Oklahoma City, OK, with studio whiz and general co-conspirator Dave Fridmann and just may be their most sonically adventurous and compositionally vernal form of musical expression ever!

Shawn Lee &Clutchy Hopkins – Fascinating Fingers

The Melvins & Brian Walsby – Manchild 4: Ridin’ Them Coattails
Once again Brian Walsby and the Melvins have teamed up to produce a uniquely collectable, rare, and limited book/ CD release. In MANCHILD 4 (Brian’s 4th book) Walsby inks his legendary comic satire, wit, and illustrative skill over 100 pages. Brian’s comics have been published in major publications for over 25 years. His work has appeared in magazines ranging from Maximumrocknroll and Flipside toHustler and Chunklet. Brian’s art has graced the cover of many an album. From Seven Seconds’ “Walk Together Rock Together” and the classic Nardcore compilation to current bands like the Melvins and Agoraphobic Nosebleed; Brian Walsby’s illustrations continue to rile people up, make them laugh, and keep them wanting more

People Under The Stairs – Carried Away

Grant Lee Phillips – Little Moon
With golden voice and silver-dipped pen Grant-Lee Phillips presents another milestone in a career brimming with the like. Little Moon, his first album since 2007’s “Strangelet”, is track after track of well-anchored classic American music – rock and folk swirl under clouds of cinematic strings for a primer on the art of the timeless tune. His legendary well of melody is in full display on Little Moon, with even the most lilting piano ballad standing comfortably on a thick, powerful trunk (‘Older Now’)

Snoop Doggy Dogg – Death Row – The Lost Sessions, Vol. 1

Sole & The Skyrider Band – Plastique
Sole, known as one of the godfathers of abstract hip hop and founding member of the Anticon label, has recorded one of his most ambitious yet accessible albums to date with 2009’s Plastique. Backed by The Skyrider Band, Sole’s brand of wit packed, radical and dense lyricism is perfectly accompanied by The Skyrider Band’s subtle, layered post-rock-hop compositions. Guest vocalist Markus Acher of The Notwist even lends a hand to make this one of the most vital left field hip hop releases of 2009

Imaad Wasif – The Voidist

ZEEP – People & Things
ZEEP, aka London-based duo Nina Miranda & Chris Franck (Smoke City, Da Lata) bring us a fresh, immediate pop album that dips its elegant toes into many musical pools, as well as venturing into new musical waters. Features catchy escapades, space-age downtempo rock, reflective atmospheres, playful spaghetti western disco and a daring Brazilian folk rewiring of ‘Ghost Town’ by The Specials