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Suspicious activities involving groups of fat men in red suits in New Hope, PA, and a dangerous level of tryptophan in the region suggest that prudent behavior on the part of local citizenry is called for. But what fun is that? Instead, make a pre-emptive strike against mindless public consumerism via a carefully planned assault on your senses with new music from rap icon Jay-Z, café-friendly postergirl Melissa Ferrick, and Damien Rice—whose secret weapons are a focus and intensity that will leave you running for cover. Since extreme times call for an extreme soundtrack, we offer the following sure-to confuse, sure-to-delight pairing: the mysterious ladies of the Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir vs. Mr. Altrock himself, Dinosaur Jr. No, not together . . . but both within the perimeter this week to get you and yours in the appropriate seasonal spirit.

Secret message to all concerned partiers: Agent EL Vez is in the casa!

El Vez
“Go Zapata Go!” from GRACIASLAND (Sympathy for the Record Industry, 1995)
[Music listing for Saturday, December 2]

Melissa Ferrick
“Never Give Up,” from IN THE EYES OF STRANGERS (Right On, 2006)
[Music listing for Monday, December 4]

Damien Rice
“Dogs,” from 9 (Heffa/Vector/Warner Bros., 2006)
[CD reviews]

Hula
“Don’t Have to Shout” from HULA (Pehr, 2004)
[Music listing for Wednesday, November 30]

Jay-Z
“Show me What You Got,” from KINGDOM COME (Roc-A-Fella, 2006)
[Lewis music feature]

Lovedrug
“The Narcoleptic”—single (The Militia Group, 2005)
[Music listing for Tuesday, December 5]

My Morning Jacket
“Sweetheart,” from CHOCOLATE AND ICE (Badman, 2002)
[Music listing for Thursday, November 31]

Le Mystere des Voix Bulgares
“Svatba (The Wedding),” from LE MYSTÈRE DES VOIX BULGARES (Nonesuch, 1990)
[Music listing for Sunday, December 3]

Dinosaur Jr
“Puke & Cry,” from GREEN MIND (Reprise, 1991)
[Music listing for Friday, December 1]

David Krakauer
“The Electric Sher,” from FROM BUBBEMEISES: LIES MY GRAMMA TOLD ME (Label Bleu, 2005)
[CD reviews]

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Sources say a fine week for informed forays into musical territories both familiar and strange is ahead, with a roster of acts that calls for your immediate attention. Practice your latest tactical assault on the dance floor to music by local stars Mixel Pixel and Canada’s own naughty maiden Peaches. Proclaim your loyalty to the City That Never Sleeps with rap legend Rakim and with songwriter extraordinaire Freedy Johnston. Wax nostalgic with Scots supergroup FourGoodMen, whose signature sound is part Simple Minds, part Big Country (and with good reason); indulge in your secret crush with eyeliner at the Boyskout’s camp show; then scream along with Agnostic Front for an early does of hardcore auld lang syne. If all this leaves you shellshocked, there’s a Scott Matthew show at Pete’s that’s sure to provide you with some much-needed R&R (that’s rest and relaxation). And finally, if you’ve anything left in your tank—or bank account—plot a course for jangle-pop master Mitch Easter’s solo show.

And remember, listening well is the best revenge.

Boyskout
“Everybody Knew” from ANOTHER LIFE (Three Ring, 2006)
[Wednesday, November 22 listing]

Rakim
“New York” from THE 18TH LETTER (UMG, 1997)
[Friday, November 24 listing]

Mixel Pixel
“Coming Up Xs” from MUSIC FOR PLANTS (Kanine, 2006)
[Saturday, November 25 listing]

Agnostic Front
“Another Voice” from ANOTHER VOICE (Nuclear Blast, 2006)
[Saturday, November 25 listing]

Jerry Jeff Walker
“I’ll Be Your San Antone Rose” with Carole King, from TOO OLD TO CHANGE (Elektra, 1979)
[Friday, November 24 listing]

Mitch Easter
“Pay You Back with Interest” from SING HOLLIES IN REVERSE (Eggbert, 1995)
[Tuesday, November 28 listing]

Peaches
“Downtown” from IMPEACH MY BUSH (XL, 2006)
[Friday, November 24 listing]

Freedy Johnston
“Bad Reputation” from THIS PERFECT WORLD (Elektra, 1994)
[Saturday, November 25 listing]

FourGoodMen
“Heart of Wonder'” (unreleased, 2006)
[Monday, November 27 listing]

Scott Matthew
“Amputee” (2006)
[Thursday, November 23 listing]

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Celebrate the dawn of a new era with this dispatch case of important messages from locals heroes and special emissaries from all over this land. This week’s brightest stars are the 11-person Beirut (actually from Brooklyn) and veteran powerpoppers Cheap Trick, but don’t let their collective glamour throw you off the trail of other luminarie . . . Sultry Regina Spektor’s incantory transmissions are sure to charm the ennui right out of your dop kit; if not, then expect to be pistol-whipped by pop-punks Hot One. Intrepid souls in search of proof of conspiracy in our midst will be utterly bewitched by the music of White Magic and Edison Woods, while those who wish for something more sinister can chant along to Human Eye’s gleeful anthemic, “Kill Pop Culture.” Lovers of bittersweet pop should follow the Ballet as they do their dainty grande jette. Everyone else, out in the streets for Robert Randolph’s funky dance-party, which just might get members of a certain political party’s collective derrieres shaking.

PLAYLIST

Beirut<br/ > “Elephant Gun,” from LON GISLAND ep (4AD, 2006)<br/ > [Tuesday, November 21 listing]

White Magic<br/ > “The Gypsys Came After,” from THROUGH THE SUN DOOR (Drag City, 2004)<br/ > [Beta music feature]

The Cinematics<br/ > “Break,” from BREAK ep (TVT, 2006)<br/ > [Wednesday November 15 listing]

Cheap Trick
“Come On, Come On,” from AT BUDOKAN (Sony, 1979)
[Thursday, November 16 listing]

Regina Spektor
“That Time,” from BEGIN TO HOPE (Sire 2006)
[Monday, November 20 listing]

The Ballet
“In My Head,” from MATACHINE! (self-released)
[Saturday, November 18 listing]

Edison Woods
from NEST OF MACHINES (Habit of Creation, 2006)
[Thursday, November 16 listing]

Hot One
“Pistol Whip Me,” from HOT ONE (Modern Imperial, 2006)
[Wood music feature]

Human Eye
“Kill Pop Culture,” from HUMAN EYE (In the Red, 2005)
[Sunday, November 19 listing]

Robert Randolph & the Family Band
“Ain’t Nothing Wrong with That,” from COLORBLIND (Warner, 2006)
[Friday, November 17 listing]

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Code Zero Six

Some calm before the inevitable storm, so enjoy it while you can. A week in a key lower than the last few is a rare, most welcome thing, so now is the time to revisit old favorites such as the unclassifiable Slits and the timeless New Orleans balladeer Allen Toussaint. Confidential sources recommend practicing your best art/metal self-defense moves to the Cult so you can fight your way to the loo and back again when they make their latest “last-ever” appearance here. But dwelling solely in the past in contraindicated when so much new intelligence is yours for the listening: sample the new release by Chicago’s indie rebels, Califone; light up and expiate guilt over your own bad habits with the inscrutably named new project Gob Iron from Son Volt’s Jay Ferrar; and study close the otherworldly warbles of LA woman Johnette Napolitano (of Concrete Blonde) and punk harpist Joanna Newsom in search of the hidden truth…

PLAYLIST

Califone
“Slow Rt. Hand” from ROOMSOUND
(Thrill Jockey, 2006)
November 9th listing

Slits
“Love and Romance” from CUT (Island, 1979)
Sound of the City column

Allen Toussaint
“Goin’ Down” from THE COMPLETE WARNER RECORDINGS
(Rhino, 2003)
November 12th listing

Mouse on Mars
“I Go Ego Why Go We Go” from VARCHARZ
(Ipecac, 2006)
November 11th listing

Johnette Napolitano

“Mileva Einstein’s Sceam” from SKETCHBOOK 2
(2006)
November 8th listing

Death Vessel
“Snow Don’t Fall” from STAY CLOSE
(North East Indie, 2005)
Music Feature

Los Lonely Boys
“La Contestación” from LOS LONELY BOYS
(Sony/BMG, 2004)
November 14th listing

Gob Iron
“Nicotine Blues” from DEATH SONGS FOR THE LIVING
(Sony 2006)
Review

The Cult
“She Sells Sanctuary” from PURE CULT—THE SINGLES
(Beggars Banquet, 2000)
November 13th listing

Joanna Newsom
“Cassiopeia” from THE MILK-EYED MENDER
(Drag City, 2004)
Kamps music feature

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With an estimated 200 million aliens (bands and solo artists, industry types and assorted hangers-on, dealers, groupies, fans, etc.) coming to New York City for CMJ week, traversing the Island and its environs will not be the easiest task for our fellow citizens. Bide your time and keep your psyche psyched with music from the following artists (many of whom are on a mission all their own): Thrill to the bliss of ex-Shudder to Think vocalist Craig Wedren’s dreamy tenor; get your jazz on with Ornette Coleman via a new disc; cuddle with your beloved to the shoegazey gauze of Baltimore’s Beach House; scare yourself silly with grindy noise made by the tastily named Made Out of Babies; get in the community spirit with the Hungry March Band, who come to us roaring out of Brooklyn; get sloppy with Matt & Kim’s latest; then go folk yourself to the strains of Josephine Foster.

Make fudge, not war.


CRAIG WEDREN
“Diamond Rain” from Lapland
(Team Love, 2005)
[CMJ showcase: November 2 at Rebel, 8pm]

ORNETTE COLEMAN
“Turnaround” from Sound Grammar (Sound Grammar, 2006)
[Davis music feature]

Mahogany
“Stutter-Movement” from Memory Column (Darla, 2005)
[November 7 listing]

BEACH HOUSE
“Tokyo Witch” from Beach House (Carpark, 2006)
[CMJ showcase: November 1 at Cake Shop, 8pm]

BEAR CLAW
“Chameleon” from Find the Sun (Sickroom, 2004)
[November 3 listing]

TONY JOE WHITE
“Wichita Lineman” from Swamp Music: The Complete Monument Recordings (Rhino Handmade, 2006)
[Beta music feature]

MADE OUT OF BABIES
“Lullaby 3” from Coward (Neurodot, 2006)
[November 4 listing]

JOSEPHINE FOSTER
“The Golden Wooden Tone” from Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You (Locust, 2005)
[November 5 listing]

HUNGRY MARCH BAND
“Topsy” from Critical Brass (Hungry March Band, 2005)
[November 6 listing]

MATT AND KIM
“Yea Yeah” (unreleased, 2006)
[Band on the Street feature]

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Live and on disc, music is big business 24/7 in the Big Apple. Area institutions of higher learning are back in session, and the streets of the city are thick with children whose ears hunger for the sound of something new, modern, and magical. And, as the CMJ Festival is just around the corner, the opportunities for enlightment are especially plentiful and diverse. For your listening pleasure, this week we run the sonic gamut from icy Swedish synthpop by the Knife to tough-love Emo distilled by New Jersey’s own My Chemical Romance —with digressions into semi-serious MoTown revival by the Dansettes; delicious darkwave by Dame Darcy’s new band, Death by Doll (here covering a Silver Apples classic); worldbeat by Divahn; electro-tango by the Gotan Project; and venerable Ryman Auditorium country as performed by Nashville Attitude.

Go forth, consume and prosper.

Earlimart
“Answers and Questions” single (Suicide Squeeze, 2006)
[October 30 listing]

Death By Doll
“The Flame” (unreleased 2006)
[October 29 listing]

Divahn
“Cuando el Rey Nimrod” from DIVAHN (Miz Rocky, 2004)
[October 30 listing]

Nashville Attitude
“Put Your Dreams Away” from SERVED NIGHTLY (2005)
[October 26 listing]

The Dansettes
“Money Tree” from OH MY! (Hammonbeat, 2006)
[October 28 listing]

The Knife
“Marble House” from SILENT SHOUT (Brille, 2006)
[Powell music feature]

Lisa Germano
“Into Oblivion” from IN THE MAYBE WORLD (Young God, 2006)
[October 27 listing]

Gotan Project
“Domingo” from LUNATICO (XL Recordings, 2006)
[October 25 listing]

My Chemical Romance
“Welcome to the Black Parade” from single (Reprise/WEA, 1006)
[Howe music feature]

Tiger Lillies
“Life’s a Bitch” from DIE WEBERISCHEN — A MUSICAL BLACK COMEDY (Misery Guts
Music, 2005)
[October 31 listing]