v/a CHROME CHILDREN Vol. 2 CD
*** 16 new tracks: Madlib, Guilty Simpson, Percee P, James Pants, Aloe Blacc, more.
ELLEN ALLIEN Fabric.34 CD
*** Ellen had this to say about her new blam: “I wanted to do an analogue mix, by hand. I used my favourite records of last year and the newest ones. I like analogue! And I like to hear how one has to manipulate the mix until it’s tight. ...It’s the ideal club mix that I personally would like to hear in a club. It’s also a nice memory for me - I can remember every record being played by myself in a club. And when I now listen to the mix I can recall all the great moments."
ART BRUT It's A Bit Complicated CD
*** "Much like the art movement of the same name, Art Brut are outsiderish, rebellious, punk before punk, and deliciously libertine. Their second full-length is poppier than the first (2004's "Brutlegs"), and with tracks titled "Pump Up The Volume" and "I Will Survive", expect it to be tongue-in-cheek and rancorously funny."
ARTHUR & YU In Camera CD
*** "An album that grapples with the idea of growing up and of letting go. With hazy, layered vocals that float over textural acoustics, In Camera is an album made for forgetting and remembering. Drawing sonic inspiration from the Velvet Underground as well as the studio experimentation of Lee Hazlewood, each track is a study in expansion, centered loosely around chiming guitars and swirling melodies. Built upon nostalgia and exuding a certain warmth that is undeniably earnest, In Camera is their debut."
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE ...And This Is Our Music CD
BUMPS Bumps CD
*** "The three percussion experts behind the seminal indie rock / post rock band Tortoise showcase their rhythmical prowess, coming together for this self-titled concept break beat record entitled Bumps. One of indie rock’s most in-demand master producers of the last decade, Tortoise’s producer/drummer/vibes player John McEntire has worked with a staggering number of artists as engineer, producer and remixer. With Bumps, he lends his talents toward pushing the boundaries of a typical break beat record, fusing influences from funk, Brazilian, Latin and Afrobeat music."
BURIAL CHAMBER TRIO Green LP
*** LP ONLY! Greg Anderson (Sunn0)))), Oren Ambarchi, and Attila Csihar.
FRIDGE The Sun CD
*** "It may have been a while since Fridge's last record (2001's Happiness), but contrary to what some may think the band never went away, never went on sabbatical and certainly never broke up - they just stretched a little at the edges, and ended up with a bigger, wider sound than ever for their new record, The Sun. The pure and simple fun of playing music with friends that you can hear in a garage pours off the record. It's the impulse behind everything the band does. But The Sun is still orchestrated with all the musical intelligence to be heard on the Adem and Four Tet records. Process is key, with the studio itself being integrated as one of the instruments Fridge 'play'. But really it's Fridge's harmonies that hold The Sun together, joining up the dots between their disparate interests and influences. It's not a part of the band's sound that gets recognized enough, but there are plenty of tunes here that will get stuck in your head for weeks.
THE IDLE RACE Back To The Story 2xCD
*** "The complete recorded legacy of Idle Race -- an incredible pre-ELO group that featured some amazing work from a young Jeff Lynne! In a way, the work here is almost more ELO than some of the earliest albums issued by the band a few years later -- more of the pop-styled groove that Lynne would bring to the group during their mighty mid 70s run -- with a great flair for catchy hooks, and a style of production that was in the same flanged-out, cross-speaker compressed mode that would become the Jeff Lynne trademark in years to come."
JAYLIB Champion Sound (Deluxe Ed.) 2xCD
*** "The Detroit-Los Angeles collab that brought two icon hip-hop MCs & producers together. Deluxe 2 disc set includes bonus tracks, remixes, & instrumentals for the first time on CD. Featuring TALIB KWELI, QUASIMOTO, GUILTY SIMPSON, and PERCEE P."
JENNIFER GENTLE The Midnight Room CD
*** "Sub Pop's Italian psychedelic avant-pop explorers are back! Marco Fasolo wrote, performed and produced the entire new album alone in his Ectoplasmic Studio, a rambling old house lost in the foggy plains of Northern Italy, infamous for its previous owner’s suicide by rifle. And, perhaps fittingly, the new record pulses with a nocturnal, feverish, hallucinatory emotional atmosphere, making for a truly unique aural experience. Informed by a deep love for American ‘50s rock ‘n’ roll and European musicians like Nino Rota and Kurt Weill, The Midnight Room is by far the most personal Jennifer Gentle album to date. Focusing on the possibilities of the quintessential rock combo (two guitars, bass and drums) and enriched by swirling keyboard touches, Marco created an album that feels like music from some forgotten amusement park at midnight. T he Midnight Room marries the intensity of primitive rock ‘n’ roll with a renewed taste for a certain kind of typically Italian melody—albeit deconstructed, shattered and broken into tiny little bits. Think of Link Wray, Krysztof Komeda and Federico Fellini rolled into one short, dense, cryptic tour de force. And then think again."
MASERATI Inventions For The New Season CD
*** "The band's sound has evolved so significantly that only shades of the reverb and delay-drenched guitars resemble their previous output. The rhythm section has been overhauled, with Gerhardt Fuchs (!!!, Turing Machine, LCD Soundsystem, The Juan Maclean) replacing Phil Horan on drums. The result is a bloodshot, 3AM soundtrack to a Michael Mann movie that hasn't happened yet; a sweaty, delirious mix of mid-to-late 70s Pink Floyd, German psych-rock, Krautrock, and mid-80s action film scores."
MEMPHIS A Little Place In The Wilderness CD
*** "Sophomore album by STARS singer Torquil Campbell and Chris Dumont."
NAPALM DEATH Scum [20th Anniversary Edition] CD+DVD
*** "The classic grindcore album -- 28 tracks, remastered -- with DVD -- 45 minutes of detailedexamination of one of the most confrontational albums of all time including in-depth interviews with Mick Harris!"
WHITE STRIPES Icky Thump CD
*** The new Stripes! And it sounds like a fuckin' dooozy! In the next few months, you'll quite possibly come across many many articles explaining why this is a grand release, from new instrumentation, to the expanded sonic pallete, etc. It's the Stripes!