ost BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW by Marc Wilkinson CD
*** " Soundtrack from the 1971 cult British horror movie. Scored by Marc Wilkinson, musical ingredients include the ondes Martenot (the earliest electronic instrument) and the cimbalom, which add to the overall spookiness of this recording. And in 38 years, the music has lost none of its depth or addictive, evil hooks. Wilkinson's thoughts: " The descending chromatic scale which features throughout the music omits the perfect fifth (the only true consonant in the chromatic scale) and therefore highlights the diminished fifth, which ever since the middle ages in Europe has been known as the Devil's Interval!"
v/a DISCOVERED: A Collection of Daft Funk Samples CD
*** 12 tracks Daft Punk sampled (with key to which breaks went to which songs) presented in their original forms.
v/a THE IN-KRAUT Vol. 1 CD
v/a THE IN-KRAUT Vol. 2 CD
*** "20 mindblowing beat, now sound, soul & soundtrack nuggets from Germany, recorded in the '60s & '70s.
v/a LOVE IS THE SONG WE SING The True Story Of 1960s San Francisco 4xCD
*** The true story of 1960s San Francisco starts and ends with the music: 4 CDs with 77 tracks from a revolutionary rock 'n' roll community. Includes JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, BIG BROTHER & THE HOLDING CO., THE CHARLATANS, GRATEFUL DEAD, QUICKSILVER MESSENGER SERVICE, COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH, and many more. 120-page book featuring dozens of rare photos included!
v/a NEW ORLEANS FUNK The Original Sound Of Funk 1960-75 CD
*** 2007 repress of this SJR classic from 2000 -- has been o/p for a couple years. "This is a definitive collection of New Orleans funk, featuring acknowledged masters of funk such as the METERS EDDIE BO, ALLEN TOUSSAINT, and LEE DORSEY next to some of the earlier artists from the area who helped shape the meaning of funk. The album is also filled with many rare, sought after, and undiscovered funk tracks from the early 1960s through to the mid-'70s."
v/a SOUL JAZZ SINGLES 2006-2007 2xCD
*** "Featuring exclusive Soul Jazz Records singles over the last two years for the first time on CD. Some of the finest artists around have chosen to work with Soul Jazz Records over the last two years. As well as working with all the top dubstep producers recently such as Digital Mystikz, Skream, Kode 9, etc, Soul Jazz have continued to release new music by the likes of Rekid, Ladybug (The Bug), DJ Rupture and many more while continuing to work with legendary dance music pioneers such as ESG. Dancehall, reggae, Italo-disco, Baile funk, dubstep, German rock, post-punk, deep techno and house all feature. This album brings together tracks that have only been available on 12" vinyl." Artists include: Digital Mystikz, Capracara, Ladybug (feat. Warrior Queen), Kode 9, Subway, Soul 223, Private Lives, Skream, Tetine, Matias Aguayo, Secondo, Capracara/Kit Clayton, Rekid, ESG, DJ Rupture/Sister Nancy/Kid 606, Ladybug (feat. Deize Tigrona), Sutekh, JBP.
AFI I Heard A Voice: Live From Long Beach Arena CD
*** "All the music from AFI's first DVD ever!" 18 joints.
BONNIE 'PRINCE' BILLY Ask Forgiveness LP / CD
*** Eight unidentified covers (although one is attributed to DANZIG!) from Will Oldham, Greg Weeks and Meg Baird of ESPERS.
BORIS w/ MERZBOW Rock Dream CD
*** "This time round its a live, psychedelic, mind expanding collaboration with the legendary Japanese master of abrasion: MERZBOW! The usually harsh, corrosive grate of Merzbow is not as apparent with Boris involved. Also the inspired charge of the Boris rock machine seems to reach new heights with Merzbows' intuitive textures added."
VASHTI BUNYAN Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind 2xCD
*** "Following the amazing success story of Vashti Bunyan's re-emergence as an artist after an exile of over 30 years, comes the release of Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind, a comprehensive compilation of early recordings dating from the period prior to Vashti's classic 1970 album, Just Another Diamond Day. Titled after Vashti's (Jagger/Richards-penned) debut single which opens the compilation, this double-album represents an attempt to both open out and draw a line under the past, and also to try to set the record straight about the disparity between how Vashti viewed (and still views) herself against the way she has been popularly perceived. Widely construed as a folk singer - a tag she fundamentally disagrees with - these recordings instead reveal Vashti as a pop singer, however 'fragile' and unique."
BURIAL Untrue CD
*** "Untrue is a new record of weird soul music, which lovingly processes spectral female voices into vaporized R&B and smudged 2-step garage. Vocal lines are blurred, smeared, pitched up pitched down and pitch bent until their content is cast adrift from their original context and they whisper their saccharin sweet nothings into the void. The album continues with the debut's crackle-drenched yearning and bustling syncopations, haunted by the ghosts of rave, but also reveals some new Burial treats with a more glowing, upbeat energy."
NEKO CASE Canadian Amp CD
*** Available only to indie stores or pals, but this is a gem of a release, recorded in Neko's kitchen -- in her underwear -- no less.
CLUSTER Cluster II CD
*** "Originally released in 1972, this is the second album by legendary German ambient pioneers Dieter Moebius and Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Moebius and Roedelius essentially create ambient electronic soundscapes that ebb and flow, droning on in a suspended world of anti-gravity where machine has conquered man."
DJ SHADOW & CUT CHEMIST Product Placement CD
*** Back in stock!
FAIRPORT CONVENTION Unhalfbricking CD
FAIRPORT CONVENTION What We Did On Our Holidays CD
*** Remastered w/ bonus tracks
KILN Dusker CD
*** "Electronic composition with an almost impossible organic sense, its lush songs packed with flourishes that appear and disappear, cycling, spilling and disintegrating across the stereo field. It is an aural feast on headphones, and a perfect companion for a stroll through auburn fields. KILN have a knack for balancing heart rending melodies & progressions against rhythmic forms & textures of incredible depth, making for a richness of sound that may well be instrumental for the sole fact that words could never express as much."
HARMONIA Musik Von Harmonia CD
HARMONIA Deluxe CD
*** RECOMMENDED. Now available domestically.
HARUMI Harumi CD
*** "Produced by Tom Wilson (VU, Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel), this lengthy set of Japanese acid pop and folk makes its long-awaited CD debut here. Its contents range from Eastern-tinged pop to introverted epics, all featuring a range of Japanese instruments. Sure to delight all fans of mystic psychedelia."
KIM HIORTHOY My Last Day CD
*** "Second full-length album since his critically acclaimed debut Hei in 2000. Compared to his debut, My Last Day is less fragmented & more song based, more melodic & complete, organic & folk-like, placing him in the forefront of the new electronic folk music movement."
ROBYN HITCHCOCK Eye CD
*** "Deluxe reissue of 1990 album with 4 previously unreleased bonus tracks and expanded packaging."
ROBYN HITCHCOCK I Often Dream Of Trains CD
*** "Deluxe reissue of 1984 album with 6 previously unreleased bonus tracks and expanded packaging."
ROBYN HITCHCOCK Black Snake Diamond Role CD
*** "Deluxe reissue of 1981 debut solo album with 8 bonus tracks and expanded packaging."
ALICIA KEYS As I Am CD
*** The new album featuring many, many hit singles and a tune "featuring a special guest appearance by JOHN MAYER."
THE KILLERS Sawdust: B-Sides & Rarities 2003-2007 CD
*** I know what you're thinking: it's about time The Killers had a b-sides collection! My only question is why it took so long. Includes 4 new, never-before-released songs, including a guest spot from LOU REED.
KRAFTWERK Kraftwerk 2 CD
*** The hard-to-find second Kraftwerk release, originally released in 1971. This was before the robots but shortly after the invention of primitive drum machines, giving the sound a more motorik Krauty feel ala Neu!, especially since it's an instrumental affair.
LED ZEPPELIN Mothership 2xCD
LED ZEPPELIN Mothership 2xCD+DVD
*** I know what you're thinking: it's about time Led Zeppelin had a best of collection! My only question is why it took so long. "The very best of Led Zeppelin remastered on 2 CDs." The special edition includes DVD with over two hours of footage from the Led Zeppelin DVD.
LED ZEPPELIN The Song Remains The Same 2xCD
*** "Remastered & expanded with 6 previously unreleased tracks from LZ's legendary 1973 performance at Madison Square Garden plus new liner notes by Cameron Crowe."
MAJOR STARS Mirror/Messenger CD
*** "Mirror/Messenger is an assault on poplular music, with considerable muscle exerted to create a jukebox-ready duck-and-shuffle--if the needle doesn’t get tossed out of the groove, that is. Eight powerful tracks loaded with screaming solos and psych-heavy riffs."
NINE INCH NAILS Year Zero Remixed CD+DVD-ROM
*** "includes 14 new remixes by SAUL WILLIAMS, LADYTRON, THE FAINT, FENNESZ, THE KNIFE, BILL LASWELL, and more. Bonus DVD-ROM has the complete Year Zero multitrack recordings for creating your own remix."
OH NO! OH MY! Oh No! Oh My! CD
*** Practically an indie store-only debut.
PHISH The White Tape CD
*** Indie store-only release of Phish's first album, originally a self-released affair and very hard to come by.
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE Shelter From The Ash LP / CD
*** "BEN CHASNY returns with a new SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE album--a most fluid combination of electric and acoustic SOOA styles. Though there are definite song structures in place, improvisations and heavy drones are still a big part of the sound. Includes playing from NOEL HARMONSON (COMETS ON FIRE), TIM GREEN (FUCKING CHAMPS), ELISA AMBROGIO (MAGIK MARKERS), and MATT SWEENEY (SUPERWOLF)."
MEIC STEVENS Outlander CD
*** "In the popular music of Wales, Meic Stevens is as important there as Bob Dylan in the United States, John Lennon in England, Caetano Veloso in Brazil and Serge Gainsbourg in France. Outlander, his sole English language release from 1970, is a diverse mix of folk, psych and rock with a distinct Welsh flavor."
SUPERMAYER Save The World CD
*** "Supermayer is Michael Mayer & Superpitcher -- easily Kompakt's most recognizable faces. Save The World places our two superheroes along the edges of the world of techno-bliss -- a trumpet, saxophone, acoustic guitar, melodica, flute, a vast array of percussive instruments and even a gong are just a handful of gizmos they used to defeat those electronic purists who would not dance. The dynamic duo also take a few death-defying risks by sonically experimenting with some indie-pop and laidback, lounge-y jams. But fear not, there are enough pounding dance beats, stratospheric synth washes and electrified robot voices in their arsenal to slay even the most stubborn of rhythm-haters. This is certainly the most musically diverse album release to have ever come from the Kompakt stable."
SUPERSILENT Supersilent 8 CD
*** "Supersilent celebrate 10 years as a groundbreaking quartet with their first studio album in almost 5 years, the eighth release in their series. Supersilent is a band that refuse categorization, with experiments in such disparate elements as ambient, jazz, electronica, rock, techno, noise and musique concréte."
TOKYO POLICE CLUB Smith EP CD
*** 4 killer cuts and 3 videos from this Pitchfork-approved band.
U2 The Joshua Tree Deluxe 2xCD
*** "Remastered audio plus b-sides and previously unreleased tracks."
THE VALERIE PROJECT The Valerie Project CD
*** g Weeks (of Espers) is describing the genesis of a new musical entitled The Valerie Project. Inspired by a classic of Czech New Wave cinema, Jaromir Jires’ VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS (1970), Greg, joined by members of Espers and other Philadelphia groups Fern Knight, Grass, Fursaxa, Timesbold, Woodwose and Rake (as enigmatic electronicist Charles Cohen), conceived a new soundtrack the film. VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS is allegorical coming of age work populated by bewitched earrings, weasels, vampires, frisky maidens, friskier huntsmen, wicked aunts, bespectacled eagles and the handsomest mustache this side of 1970, the year the film debuted. Key to The Valerie Project’s conception is how reframing the film’s with an alternate soundtrack draws new interpretations from a work depth and changeable meaning. Lubos Fiser’s original score is lovingly recalled and ambitiously targeted by the group as a sound cycle to equaled every time they play it. The tone is dense and ornate, expansively acid-charged -- “a symphonic version of Magma” at its zenith.
ANY WINEHOUSE Frank CD
*** "Amy's debut album now available domestically. Features the smash hit 'F*** Me Pumps'."