v/a MELODII TUVI: Throat Songs and Folk Tunes from Tuva CD
*** "Recordings from 1969 of Tuvan folk music and throat-singing. In khoomei, the singer simultaneously produces two more distinct musical notes: a low, sustained bass note and a flute-like higher note. The effect is hypnotic, eerie, and drone-like, unlike any sound you've heard come out of a cowboy."
v/a NIGERIA SPECIAL: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds & Nigerian Blues, 1970-1976 CD
*** "Nigeria Special is a truly in-depth, double album look at Nigerian music in the early to mid-'70s, encompassing a broad range of styles. This compilation presents some of the best un-reissued and forgotten sounds from Nigeria, covering the everything from highlife, jazz, Afro-beat and blues to more traditional styles."
DAVID AXELROD Seriously Deep CD
*** RECOMMENDED "One of the rarest albums ever from funky maestro David Axelrod. There's a subtle dose of fusion in the mix, but one that's never too jamming. The album's a favorite of sample hounds and crate diggers, and is incredibly hard to find on vinyl."
B-52s Funplex CD
*** "Loud sexy rock and roll with the beat pumped up to hot pink!"
RHYS CHATHAM Guitar Trio Is My Life 3xCD
*** "Utilizing multiple electric guitars and a single chord, 1977's Guitar Trio is composer Rhys Chatham's signature work, and a euphoric, minimal-punk classic. Now, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Guitar Trio on an epic scale, Chatham musters an all-star guitar army for the 3CD set, Guitar Trio Is My Life! The sprawling collection features members of Sonic Youth, Swans, Tortoise, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hüsker Dü, Modern Lovers, Silver Mt. Zion, Town and Country, Die Kreutzen, 90-Day Men, Collections of Colonies of Bees, and many more; even Tony Conrad gets in on the act."
CLARK Ted EP CD
*** "The title track 'Ted' is complimented by an otherworldly remix by lauded producer BIBIO. The Body Riddle reinterpretations offer some pretty psychedelic parallels and the new tracks meld together to complete this richly textured EP." CD includes a video.
GHOSTFACE KILLAH The Wallabee Champ CD
*** It's been about four LONG months since Ghostface put out his last album. It's about time he dropped a new one! Now, this guy has made few mis-steps to check it out.
GNARLS BARKLEY The Odd Couple CD
*** Perhaps you've heard of them! DANGERMOUSE and CEE-LO are back with what's talked up to be a bar-raising effort above their debut.
GUILTY SIMPSON Ode To The Ghetto CD
*** "...with MR. PORTER, MADLIB, OH NO, J DILLA, BLACK MILK, and SEAN P."
LAIR OF THE MINOTAUR War Battle Metal Master CD
*** "A concept album about solving conflicts with a big f*cking axe! A mix of thrashing aggression, mega-riffage and unrelenting beatings. Emotionless ferocity performed with the razor percision of an executioner."
DANIEL LANOIS Here Is What Is CD
*** Producer and lapsteel player, Mr. Lanois, returns with another set of beautiful, slightly spacey tunes.
THE RACONTEURS Consolers Of The Lonely CD
*** Jack White, Brendan Benson, and some other guys from some other band get it on for a follow-up to their much-lauded debut.
SOUND DIMENSION Mojo Rocksteady Beat CD
*** "Classic recordings from the funkiest group in the history of reggae! As the in-house band at Studio One in the late 1960s, Sound Dimension recorded some of the most important songs -- the 'foundation' of reggae music, endlessly versioned and re-versioned by Jamaican artists."
BRUNO SPOERRI Glückskugel CD
*** RECOMMENDED "CAN-collaborator Bruno Spoerri's first collection of embryonic pre-Nintendo sprite-themes, music for engineering companies, and motivational music for industrial sites and factories utilising concrete techniques, primitive sampling techniques and contemporary experimental psych-rock and funk musicians."
THEE SILVER MT. ZION 13 Blues For Thirteen Moons CD
*** "The music of the full band (two guitars, two violins, cello, contrebasse and drums) has grown louder, looser, full of spittle and tears. Riffs are the backbone more than ever and the band has never rocked harder and has never sounded more determined, desperate and driven."
T.P. ORCHESTRE POLY-RHYTHMO The Kings of Benin: Urban Groove 1972-80 CD
*** "From the Republic of Benin, West Africa, T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo is one of Africa's least-known big-bands outside of their home country. A mixture of hard Afro-Funk, driving Afrobeat, deep Afro-Latin and Cuban grooves all with a unique flavor that ruled the dance-floors of 70's urban Benin."
WOLF EYES & JOHN WEISE Collection CD
*** "This CD is a collection of the Wolf Eyes w/ John Wiese 7" and two CD-Rs originally released in very limited editions on American Tapes in 2003-04. Digitally re-mastered by Wiese this year, and finally available all together."
JOHN ZORN The Dreamers CD
*** "Continuing in the tradition of his popular album, The Gift, Zorn again combines a lifetime of musical passions -- world music, movie soundtracks, jazz, minimalism, exotica, funk, surf rock and more -- to create a vibrant and multi-faceted album of instrumental fairy tales."