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Bloc Party, New Kids on the Block release new CD’s

This coming Tuesday, one of dance floor/hip-hop’s most recognizable imprints gets squished through a modern day Play-Doh Pumper Number Nine with thick, slick, funky results. Back in the day, spotting the tasty Delicious Vinyl logo in a DJ’s peach crate of 12-inch singles was a sign of good things to come, with a stable of artists that ranged from Masta Ace and Born Jamericans to Fatlip and Def Jef. Still kickin’ up dust since 1987, the label has concocted a 15-track remix/tribute CD,

RMXXOLOGY, after Peaches let the owners know she’d like to take a swipe at Tone Loc’s infectious hit “Wild Thing.” Highlights include Hot Chip’s new imagination of the Pharcyde’s “Passin’ Me By” and Pink Enemy working the groove of the Brand New Heavies’ “Never Stop.” A RMXXOLOGY Volume 2 is in the works with influences revealed by Spank Rock, Bass Over Babylon and DJ Medhi, as well as a worldwide tour… David Byrne and Brian Eno have come together to produce a new album since last working on the recent remastered reissue of My Life In the Bush of Ghosts. Entitled Everything That Happens Will Happen Today, the sessions are an online-only affair, offering a free track, ”Strangle Overtones,” at everythinghappens.com right now, and the entire album available online August 18. Look for a physical edition of the CD to be released later this year, promising bonus discs and artwork by Stefan Sagmeister…. The July/August issue of the nifty literary magazine The Believer is the publication’s annual music issue, worth the effort to hunt down a copy with its bonus free CD tucked inside. Featuring essays “A Brief Oral History of US Black Metal” and “In Praise of Rap CDs Purchased on the Street,” memories of music camp, an interview with Ian MacKaye of Dischord Records and advice from Sara Quin of Tegan and Sara, the CD contains exclusive tracks from Beat Konducta, Dirty Projectors, Aceyalone, Skeletons and the Kings of All Cities, Lucky Dragons, and Animal Collective… Legacy Recordings, the Sony/BMG reissue label, has created a new budget-priced, greatest-hits CD series that comes ready for the digital age, housed in 100-percent recycled paper packaging and a hefty PDF file packed with photos, liner notes, discographies, PC wallpaper and other bonus goodies. Entitled Playlist: The Very Best Of, the first batch of releases in April included Korn, John Denver, Quiet Riot, Miles Davis, Ginuwine and Johnny Cash. New this past month, the second wave features Cypress Hill, Rick Astley, Lou Reed, Heart and Tammy Wynette, among others, with each CD collecting the “perfect playlist” for that artist…

Television Alert : “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” hosts Conor Oberst tonight, Solomon Burke on Thursday and Chris Cornell on Friday; “The Late Show with David Letterman” boasts Randy Newman tonight and Alejandro Escovedo on Thursday; “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” unleashes the B-52’s this evening and Al Green on Thursday overnight; “Jimmy Kimmel Live” presents Rev Theory tonight and Tommy Lee on Thursday overnight; Tavis Smiley sits down with Joe Cocker this evening; and look for Feist to take a stroll down “Sesame Street” this coming Monday.


New Releases Coming Aug .12

(and like the winds, young grasshopper, are subject to change…)

Bloc Party — “Mercury” (Wichita) CD, seven-inch and twelve-inch single, featuring remixes from CSS and Flosstrodamus

Clutch Full Fathom Five (WeathermakerMusic) released on the band’s new artist-controlled label, the CD andDVD collects recent live performances, gearing up for their fall tourwith the Sword and Graveyard

The Crash Pony Ride (Ryko)domestic debut from this zesty Finnish quartet, cascading in the popbliss of the 1980s dance floor with a sweet, refreshing snap East Village Opera Company Old School (Decca)Freddie Mercury would have loved this electronic-friendly theatercollective, taking flight with soaring interpretations of belovedcompositions by Wagner, Mozart, Puccini, Handel and Bach, redraftedinto a Herculean rock opera

The End Of The World — “Someone Else’s Dollar” (Pretty Activity Records) seven-inch single with fellow Brooklynites the Subjects on the flip side Extreme Saudades de Rock (OpenE Records/ Fontana) all new from the original members and new drummerKevin Figueriedo, produced by guitarist Nuno Bettencourt

Blikk Fang Aveh Tiger Roma (Polyvinyl) featuring a wild cover of the Misfits’ “Where Eagles Dare” re-crafted as “Nuptial Eagles Sharpened”

The Final Solution Brotherman OST (NumeroGroup) long lost sessions from this Chicago group’s 1975 originallyconceived soundtrack for the abandoned blaxploitation film Inara George An Invitation (Everloving)my pick of the week is this lush new collaboration between the Bird andthe Bee vocalist and Beach Boy collaborator Van Dyke Parks, nightdancing in the magical space of Walt Disney soundtracks, innocent DorisDay musicals, buttercups and frilly, girly dresses; lyrically glidingon sparkling ice with Costello-esque passages like “I’m breaking up ourhouse for firewood” in the song “Bomb”

Goldfrapp iTunes Originals Session (iTunes)download-only 25-track anthology peppered with seven songs recordedlive at the famed Electric Lady Studios, album selections and interview

The Gutter Twins — “God’s Children” (Sub Pop) seven-inch single featuring the non-LP B-side “Spanish Doors”

Zach Hill Astrological Straits (Ipecac)

Adam Marsland Daylight Kissing Night: Adam Marsland’s Greatest Hits (Karma Frog) formerly of Cockeyed Ghost

New Kids On the Block Greatest Hits (Columbia Legacy) with four bonus tracks, a 2008 Megamix and a poster

Original Silence The Second Original Silence (Smalltown Superjazzz) free jazz combo lead by Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, recorded live in 2006 in Rome

The Pack AD Funeral Mix Tape (MintRecords) highly anticipated return of the raw, gritty Canadian bluespower duo of drummer Maya Miller and vocalist and eat-you-aliveguitarist Becky Blank, channeling Blind Willie Johnson, Jack White andRobert Plant into a hovering, grinding, possessed punch in the heart

Pete Rock NY’s Finest Instrumentals (Nature Sounds) with guests Papoose, Masta Killa, Raekwon, D-Block, Royal Flush and Jim Jones

Cathy Rocco You’re Gonna Hear From Me (Resonance)featuring the jazz vocalist’s dynamic take on Aretha Franklin’s“Daydreaming,” Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” and classics “ForOnce In My Life” and “Come Rain Or Shine”

James “Munky” Schaffer Fear and the Nervous System (EmotionalSyphon) all-new from the Korn guitarist on his own artist-controlledlabel, featuring members of Black Light Burns, Faith No More and BadReligion

SMV Thunder (Heads Up) new Jazz super group from Stanley Clarke, Marcus Miller and Victor Wooten

Shock of Pleasure It’s About Time (Fontana) featuring ambient covers of the Carpenters’ “Superstar” and the Classics IV’s “Spooky” Tab the Band — Long Weekend (North Street) sophomore release

Thistle The Small Hours (Tiberius/Phratry) blistering wall-of-sound trio from Cincinnati lead by the dark, swooping guitar of vocalist Mike Montgomery

Irma Thomas Simply Grand (Rounder)one of the grand ladies of R&B returns with a relaxed, coy, slowburner, featuring beautiful covers of John Fogerty’s “River Is Waiting”and Norah Jones’ “Thinking About You,” with fellow Louisiana kindredspirit Dr. John sitting in on two tracks — including a new spin on apreviously unreleased song he co-wrote with the legendary Doc Pomus

Tittsworth 12 Steps (Plant Music) the producer’s debut, with guest vocalists Kid Sister, Santi White, Nina Sky and Pase Rock

Ben Weaver The Ax In the Oak (Bloodshot)the sixth studio album from the Twin Cities’ singer/songwriter, backedby cellist Julia Kent of Antony & the Johnsons and a hazy, dreamyband

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