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New Releases: February 21, 2006

Here’s our rundown of what’s new and noteworthy in record stores this week.

Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (Domino)
After months of anticipation, highly buzzed-about British exports the Arctic Monkeys finally release their debut LP stateside. Led by the single “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor,”Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not is 13 tracks of nervy, punky Britpop.
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Death Cab for Cutie, The John Byrd EP (Barsuk)
Seth Cohen’s favorite indie-band-gone-mainstream, Death Cab for Cutie, momentarily go back to their roots for an EP released by former label, Barsuk. The John Byrd EP features seven live tracks from the band’s spring transatlanticism tour, recorded by touring sound guy, John Byrd. Also included is a brand new cover of Sebadoh’s “Brand New Love.”
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Two Gallants, What The Toll Tells (Saddle Creek)
San Francisco-bred duo, Two Gallants, release their sophomore album, full of rugged, booze-soaked alt-country tunes, on Conor Oberst’s Saddle Creek imprint (read more).
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

Ex-Boyfriends, Dear John (Absolutely Kosher)
Keeping it all in the San Francisco family, proudly gay trio, Ex-Boyfriends, is releasing its debut album this week. The band plans to bring its hook-laden, danceable sound to SXSW this year (read more).
Buy: Amazon | iTunes

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