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    The Weeks Shipment!   
    Monday, November 10 2008 @ 10:38 am CST
    Contributed by: Dave

    Here's the first look at this weeks arrivals. More to follow. Just a reminder that you can view previous lists by clicking on MUSIC ARCHIVE in the topics window just at the right.

    Beck- "Modern Guilt" LP (Geffen)
    Back in stock on vinyl.

    Queens Of The Stone Age- "Rated R" LP (Universal)
    Gatefold sleeve with raunchy pictures inside.

    Walkmen- "You & Me" CD (Gigantic)
    The Walkmen are back with another installment of their all over the place pop. AMG calls it their loneliest album yet!

    Calexico- "Feast Of Wire" CD+LPx2 (Quarter Stick)
    Their most popular album back on both formats.

    Arcade Fire- "Neon Bible" LPx2 (Merge)
    Restock.

    The Beach Boys- "Endless Summer" LPx2 (Capitol)
    This was the album by which millions of sons of late baby boomers (and sons and daughters of the early ones) first really discovered the Beach Boys, beyond hearing the occasional oldie on the radio. It was the summer of 1974, and the Beach Boys were still trying to get themselves back on track commercially after a seven-year commercial dry spell, when this double LP of their 1963-1966 material (all but one cut predating Pet Sounds) came along and did the job. Double LP in a gatefold sleeve.

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs- "Show Your Bones" LP (Interscope)
    back in stock on LP.

    Hayes Carll- "Little Rock" CD (Highway 87)
    Little Rock is only Hayes Carll's second album, but already he sounds like a veteran singer/songwriter. His tales of drifters and searchers, full of sharp observations and biting wit, invite comparisons to Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, and Robert Earl Keen, while his talent has brought collaborations with Ray Wylie Hubbard and Guy Clark. For a Texas singer/songwriter, those are big shoes to fill, but the Houston native fills them admirably.

    Sambassadeur- "Migration" CD (Creeping Bent)
    The second album from the Swedish popmeisters is a collection of neo-pop classics, taking their influences at times from iconic underground sounds (like Yo La Tengo, Velvet Underground, or Go-Betweens), mixing them together to create a modern-day Swedish pop classic.

    Hank Williams III- "Lovesick, Broke & Driftin'" CD (Curb)
    Restock. Hank's second studio album.

    Hanson Brothers- "It's A Living" CD+LP (Wrong)
    Brand new from the Hanson Brothers on both formats.

    Wayne Shorter- "Speak No Evil" LP + bonus CD (Blue Note)
    Jazz great Wayne Shorter has this 1964 LP reissued. On his third date for Blue Note within a year, Wayne Shorter changed the bands that played on both Night Dreamer and Juju and came up with not only another winner, but also managed to give critics and jazz fans a different look at him as a saxophonist. Because of his previous associations with McCoy Tyner, Elvin Jones, and Reggie Workman on those recordings, Shorter had been unfairly branded with the "just-another-Coltrane-disciple" tag, despite his highly original and unusual compositions. Here, with only Jones remaining and his bandmates from the Miles Davis Quintet, Herbie Hancock and Ron Carter on board (with Freddie Hubbard filling out the horn section), Shorter at last came into his own and caused a major reappraisal of his earlier work.

    Herbie Hancock- "Maiden Voyage" LP + bonus CD (Blue Note)
    Less overtly adventurous than its predecessor, Empyrean Isles, Maiden Voyage nevertheless finds Herbie Hancock at a creative peak. In fact, it's arguably his finest record of the '60s, reaching a perfect balance between accessible, lyrical jazz and chance-taking hard bop. By this point, the pianist had been with Miles Davis for two years, and it's clear that Miles' subdued yet challenging modal experiments had been fully integrated by Hancock. Not only that, but through Davis, Hancock became part of the exceptional rhythm section of bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams, who are both featured on Maiden Voyage, along with trumpeter Freddie Hubbard and tenor saxophonist George Coleman.

    Earthless- "Sonic Prayer" LP (Gravity)
    Superb psychedelic space rock jamming from this San Diego trio featuring members of Nebula & The Hot Snakes. Two long twenty minute tracks of twisted wah wah bliss. Recommended if you like this sort of thing.

    Flying Burrito Brothers- "The Gilded Palace Of Sin" LP 180 gram (4 Men With Beards)
    A fine reissue of this legendary country rock masterpiece featuring Gram Parsons & Chris Hillman.

    V/A- "That'll Flat Git It: Vol.1" CD (Bear Family)
    A stellar line up of 50's rockabilly & country artists on the highly regarded German label Bear Family.

    V/A- "That'll Flat Git It: Vol.2" CD (Bear Family)
    A stellar line up of 50's rockabilly & country artists on the highly regarded German label Bear Family.

    V/A- "That'll Flat Git It: Vol.4" CD (Bear Family)
    A stellar line up of 50's rockabilly & country artists on the highly regarded German label Bear Family.

    V/A- "That'll Flat Git It: Vol.5" CD (Bear Family)
    A stellar line up of 50's rockabilly & country artists on the highly regarded German label Bear Family.

    V/A- "That'll Flat Git It: Vol.6" CD (Bear Family)
    A stellar line up of 50's rockabilly & country artists on the highly regarded German label Bear Family.

    Nachtmystium- "Assassins" LP (Century Media)
    First time in on LP for this cool progressive metal band.

    Captain Beefheart- "The Mirror Man Sessions" CD + LPx2 (Buddha)
    The original album plus a bunch of bonus material. The Captain & his band get into a whole lot of extended jamming on this album.

    Soundgarden- "Ultra Mega OK" LP (SST)
    It's been years since this, their 2nd studio album was here on vinyl.

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- "Let Love In" CD (Mute)
    Restock of these older titles.

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- "Henry's Dream" CD (Mute)
    Restock of these older titles.

    Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds- "The First Born Is Dead" CD (Mute)
    Restock of these older titles.

    Metallica- "And Justice For All" LPx4 box set (Warner)
    This is the limited 4x12" 45rpm version, all housed in a collector's box.

    Lou Reed- "Transformer" LP 180 gram (RCA)
    Back in stock on vinyl. I think Lou's Berlin LP is also here right now.

    Wu Tang Clan- "8 Diagrams" LPx2 (UK Import)
    Their problematic album from 2007.

    Dream Evil- "Gold Medal In Metal" CDx2+DVD (Century Media Germany)
    Dream Evil bring you their first live-release! It includes a comprehensive compilation of more than 2 hours of quality live, rare and unreleased studio tracks and 3 special brand-new songs. This is your complete guide to Dream Evil with a playing time of over 200 minutes of METAL! The DVD features a live show, interview and videos.

    Kaiser Chiefs- "Off With Their Heads" LPx2 (B-Unique)
    Reviews have been good for this new album from the KC's, thanks in part to the spry production of Mark Ronson. That of course wouldn't mean shit if the band couldn't write good memorable pop tunes, which they can & do in spades. Double LP in a gatefold sleeve.

    Ryan Adams- "Cardinology" LP (Lost Highway)
    I'm still trying to get some info as to whether this version is anything special (i.e. colored vinyl etc.). Suffice to say it's the new album on vinyl.

    Kensington Market- "Aardvark" CD (Pacemaker)
    The Kensington Market were a Toronto band that recorded two albums in the late 60s off the Warner Brothers label. Their first album, Avenue Road appeared in 1968 and was greeted with great acclaim. Avenue Road was a modest effort that was noteworthy for a few reasons, it featured decent pop instincts and solid songwriting. In 1969 the band released their final lp titled Aardvark.
    Aardvark is a weird and wonderful mini masterpiece in which much of the Kensington Market’s reputation rests. This time out there were no silly jugband tracks and many of the album’s ideas are fully formed and well thought out. Some of the songs, like the beautifully trippy Cartoon and the ahead-of-it’s-time Help, use primitive synthesizer in all the right ways. Help sounds like a lost Flaming Lips track with its open arrangement and blissed out guitar playing. Side I Am would have had radio potential had it not been for the experimental Smile-era Beach Boys intro. It’s a stunning pop song with Penny Lane horns, fine vocals and that special, inspiring 60s magic. Other tracks like Think About The Times and If It Is Love have more of a meloncholy air but are equally excellent and reveal a more pessimistic side of the band. The experimental Americana of Half Closed Eyes is another standout composition that’s superb in an early morning folk-strum Dylan way with unusual synthesizer flourishes.Aardvark requires a few close listens to sink in but it really is a great Beatles influenced pop album by an underrated band.

    Kensington Market- "Avenue Road" CD (Pacemaker)
    Surprisingly soulful stuff from this Canadian combo -- an album produced by Felix Pappalardi, with a sound that definitely shows his touch! Although they've got a British-sounding name, the group work in much warmer territory overall -- personally-penned tunes that sometimes have the gentleness of folk, but often have a fuller presence too -- especially in the way the vocals come up close, and the instrumental mix has a nice sense of depth. There's some compelling use of trumpet alongside the core guitar, keyboards, bass, and drums -- and the album also features a bit of sitar too. Titles include "Phoebe", "I Would Be The One", "Speaking Of Dreams", "Looking Glass", "Beatrice", "Girl Is Young", and "Presenting Myself Lightly". (Dusty Groove)

    Three Man Army- "S/T" CD (Wounded Bird)
    The group was formed by Adrian Gurvitz and Paul Gurvitz, formerly of The Gun. Following the band's dissolution, Adrian played with Buddy Miles and Paul played with Parrish & Gurvitz, then reunited as Three Man Army. Their debut album, A Third of a Lifetime, featured several drummers, including Miles, Carmine Appice (of Vanilla Fudge) and Mike Kellie (from Spooky Tooth). Tony Newman, who had previously played with Sounds Incorporated and Rod Stewart, joined for the group's next two albums, and a fourth album was planned but never recorded. Newman then left to play with David Bowie, and the Gurvitzes united with Ginger Baker as the Baker Gurvitz Army.

    Tomahawk- "Anonymous" CD (Ipecac)
    Tomahawk’s third release, Anonymous, links the outfit with the Native American culture that bore its name. A thirteen-track album that reverentially explores and reinterprets the darker, more recessed ancestral music created by North America’s indigenous people, the title reflects the countless individuals who contributed to these songs but went un-credited throughout history.
    At the turn of the millennium, Duane Denison (U.S.S.A, ex-Jesus Lizard) toured with Hank Williams III, frequently finding himself on Indian Reservations. “I was somewhat disappointed by the Native bands.” Duane explains, “They were usually very conventional, kind of blues and country type stuff, or too much like 'new age' music. I figured there must be native music somewhere that was more aggressive, spookier, and more kinetic.” Duane began to research the culture’s music; about a year into his research he found books that were written around the time of Teddy Roosevelt’s presidency, a period in U.S. history when Indian culture and artifacts were in vogue. The books, dated to the early 20th century, recorded transcriptions of the songs contained herein. The titles: “Totem,” “Mescal Rite 1,” “Song of Victory” are all true to the names uncovered by the people who originally transcribed them, although Duane says “Red Fox” was altered to be more accessible. One song, “Long, Long Weary Day,” is a non-Native American “parlor song” song of the same time period, and also un-credited.
    Now a three piece, Tomahawk recorded Anonymous in two-parts. Duane Denison and John Stanier (Battles, Ex-Helmet) recorded guitars and drums (respectively) in Nashville while Mike Patton (Peeping Tom, Fantômas, Ex-Faith No More) added vocals and samples at Vulcan Studios in San Francisco.

    Billy Childish & Holly Golightly- "In Blood" CD+LP (Damaged Goods)
    BILLY has been releasing records since 1979, HOLLY has been releasing records since 1990. In 1999 they got together for a collaborative effort which originally came out in the USA on Wabana Records. In Blood is a great album, subtitled ONE CHORD! ONE SONG! ONE SOUND! But it’s so much more than that; tracks like Demolition Girl and Step Out roar out of your stereo, really great dirty one chord (with many notes) blues songs with vocal trading, clanging guitars and backed by the Medway Delta Review, which features Bruce and Johnny of Thee Headcoats as well as Johnny Gibb of the Wildebeests. While simplicity, repetition and sheer rock & roll minimalism are at the heart of the album, In Blood never ceases to hold interest. It's just plain addictive.

    Fabienne Delsol- "No Time For Sorrows" CD+LP (Damaged Goods)
    Attracted to the British music scene of the time, Fabienne moved to London in 1996, almost immediately joining the Bristols, a then studio project consisting of Liam Watson and Ed Deegan, two producer-engineers at Toerag Studios.
    Fabienne had never really sung before but after Liam's proposition for an audition and knowing that his taste in music was so perfectly matching hers, she was determined to give it a go. The first single 'Questions I Can't Answer' was recorded in a couple of hours, the first vocal take being used on the record that came out the same year on a Damaged Goods 7”. The Bristols were by then willing to make the most of it and in order to play live and tour decided to form a full line up, including members of the Headcoats, Kaisers and Cee Bee Beaumont.
    After two albums, a few singles and several tours of Europe, the Bristols came to an end when Fabienne was unable to find a suitable new bass player to replace the recently departed one. Eager to carry on singing, Fabienne went solo, getting backing from various musicians but with no fixed line up.
    With the help of Liam Watson producing, Fabienne recorded her first album 'No Time For Sorrows' concentrating on a more elaborate but similar style she had previously experienced with the Bristols. One of the key tracks, 'I'm Gonna Haunt You' received extensive airplay on Australian radio, as well as the French 'Laisse Tomber Les Filles'. One track 'Pied Piper' has recently been used on a American TV advert for the PayLess Shoe Store!
    A few years later and after a few months of recording sessions at Toe Rag, the second album 'Between You And Me' is now out, again thanks to some great playing and impeccable production from Messrs Liam Watson and Ed Turner. The album features writing contributions from Pete Molinari, George Miller and Peder Bernhardt and this time round more songs in French. We hope it will be music to your ears. It also comes in a nice package
    Fabienne has a myspace page... http://www.myspace.com/fabiennedelsol

    Fabienne Delsol- "Between You & Me" LP (Damaged Goods)
    Fabienne Delsol is back with her follow up to her 2004 debut solo album ‘No Time For Sorrows’.
    Over three years in the making, ‘Between You And Me’ is full of swinging 60’s Ye Ye pop charm including a few French language songs and the single ‘I’m Gonna Catch Me A Rat’. It’s the usual mix of cover and new songs written by George Miller, Peder Bernhardt and fellow Damaged Goods artist Pete Molinari (who also guests on one track)
    Originally from Limoges in France, Fabienne was formerly the lead singer of legendary London garage band The Bristols and has been living and working in London with long time partner Liam Watson (Toe Rag Studios) since 1996.

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