v/a FROM L.A. WITH LOVE 2xLP / CD
*** "Featuring 100% new, unreleased material from some of L.A.'s finest musicians including FLYING LOTUS, GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW, NOBODY, YESTERDAY'S NEW QUINTET, ADVENTURE TIME (DAEDELUS & FROSTY), and more."
BUFF 1 Pure CD
*** "Buff 1 (ATHLETIC MIC LEAGUE) is coming solo this time with this nice independent album, featuring production by MR PORTER & WAJEED, as well as guest appearances by ONE BE LO, GUILTY SIMPSON, ELZHI, and INVINCIBLE.
DJ SHADOW Funky Skunk CD
*** "Initially conceived as a promotional CD, buzz was huge, got released. It's an exclusive mix by none other than DJ Shadow, thanks to the legendary graphics company OBEY. Quite the eclectic mix, with stuff that will appease and open up the ears of nerds and haters alike..."
THE DONNAS Bitchin' CD
*** "BITCHIN’ is the aural thunderclap that is THE DONNAS' brand new record, an unapologetically anthemic hard rock album. Their luscious locks must have been a four-way blur of headbanging fury at this recording session. Thirty shout-along, swaggering rockers were slimmed down to an album-length fourteen tunes."
KEVIN DREW (BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE) Spirit If... CD
*** Debut solo album from the co-founder of BSS. If you like BSS, you'll love this.
BOB DYLAN Unplugged CD+DVD
*** Now on DVD, the unplugged concert with 4 bonus performances not aired.
EMPEROR In The Nightside Eclipse CD
*** Holy smokes (and I ain't talking church burnings!) -- it's the limited edition reissues of the first two Norwegian black metal albums by Emperor following their 1992 demo. A must-have for black metal fans.
HIS NAME IS ALIVE Xmmer CD
*** "His Name is Alive is well known for their ethereal, late night meditations but on this amazing new album picks up where Detrola left off."
J.ROCC Thank You Jay Dee, Act 1 CD
*** "There is probably not a DJ more capable of making a Dilla tribute than J.Rocc. Not only did he tour with Dilla through the last years of his life, but J.Rocc consistently makes the best DJ mixes we hear at FatBeats.com. This is not to one to be missed."
MARK KNOPFLER Kill To Get Crimson CD
*** "Building on last year’s collaboration with Emmylou Harris, Dire Straits singer-songwriter guitarist Mark Knopfler unveils his fifth solo album. While certain to appeal to his loyal fan base, the album’s artful guitar rock will also entice new fans to Knopfler’s signature sound, instantly recognizable vocals and smart lyrics."
LEGENDARY SHACKSHAKERS Swampblood CD
*** "The latest chapter in the Shakers southern gothic epic, taking the muddled influence western Kentucky, poured through the funnel of eerie south Louisiana bayou culture, and shaken 'til it explodes with the thick swamp blues of Slim Harpo. Musically, straight swamp blues swirls with rockabilly, minor key polkas, and industrial rock all draped over Bo Diddly's primal thumping heartbeat."
LES SAVY FAV Let's Stay Friends CD
*** Les Savy Fav get it together to drop another bomb of hottness, freshness, awesomeness, and more -ness. Damn! No, seriously. The hit factor is high.
THURSTON MOORE Trees Outside The Academy CD
*** "Thurston’s been releasing records rowdy and rambunctious noise/improv escapades but this new album is killer songs! Unlike Psychic Hearts’ skeletal trio rock, this new jammer has a far fuller bouquet of sonic depth and proves this Sonic dude to have a very real songwriting life outside of the legendary SY. Thurston recorded primarily on acoustic guitar and bass, laying down the core of the tunes with drummer compatriot Sonic Youth’s Steve Shelly and violinist Samara Lubelski."
MR. LIF Sleepyheads II: Classic Combos CD
*** "Mr. Lif has been one of the most respected MCs in the underground for years, and plenty of artists have shown their respect by having Lif appear on their records. Here's 13 collabos with artists like MURS, DJ KRUSH, EDAN, CUT CHEMIST, EL-P and more."
RJD2 In Rare Form: Unreleased Instrumentals CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!
ROGUE WAVE Asleep At Heaven's Gate CD
*** Moving away from Sub Pop, the Wave has signed to JACK JOHNSON's label and hung around on tour with FIEST.
JOHN SCOFIELD This Meets That CD
*** "With his Emarcy debut, Scofield continues his unpredictable journey as a contemporary jazz master. Featuring trio-mates BILL STEWART and STEVE SWALLOW plus horn section."
KT TUNSTALL Drastic Fantastic CD
*** "[Drastic] showcases the 31-year-old's growth as both a songwriter and musician on songs that thump, rollick, and get frisky. 'I wanted to push the musicality. You can't let previous success scare you away from moving on.'"
WAAJEED The War 2xCD
*** "This is the first real compilation showcasing the incredible talent over in the WAAJEED / J DILLA / BLING 47 camp. Mostly produced by Wajeed of the Platinum Pied Pipers, but also featuring production and appearances by J DILLA, TA'RAACH, INVINCIBLE, & TIOMBE LOCKHART. This is that next sh!t."