v/a LIVING BRIDGE 2xCD
*** "Nicholas Vernhes of the Rare Book Room (recording studio and now a label too) handpicked this incredibly cohesive double CD compilation from recordings at his studio. Lots of heavy hitters (Avey Tare, Black Dice, Deerhunter etc.) and other like minded folks."
v/a DON'T STOP: RECORDING TAP CD
*** NUMERO GROUP compilation of Jeremiah Yisrael's early-1980s New York disco label culling string-heavy boogie and pioneering raps from the handful of 12"s issued by the label and other rare and unreleased recordings.
THE BREEDERS Mountain Battles CD
*** The brand new album from Ms. KIM DEAL and company. On 4AD.
NICK CAVE Dig, Lazarus, Dig! CD
*** The advance word on this is mighty mighty -- Nick Cave is in top form. One would be a fool not to grab this spectacle.
CLINIC Do It! CD
*** Finally! A divergence from the four or five different record covers Clinic released (it's all the same album -- and what a fine album!), the band is back with more infectious jams.
DEAD CHILD Attack CD
*** A "truly supreme metal masterwork ... full of thundering drums and anthemic riffs" from members of SLINT, TORTOISE, THE FOR CARNATION and more.
THE DUKE SPIRIT Neptune CD
*** NME says "Neptune is choc-a-block with tracks so deadly they could slaughter, not only from 30 paces, but while blindfolded."
ELF POWER In A Cave CD
*** SPIN says "Their harmonious, peaceful vibe is a testament to the band's ELEPHANT 6 heritage."
LIVING LEGENDS The Gathering CD
*** The first album of new material in quite some time.
COLIN MELOY Sings Live! CD
*** "A 14-song set documenting The Decemberists’ lead singer/songwriter’s 2006 solo tour. Touching on material from TARKIO, THE DECEMBERISTS, rarities and new compositions, there are snippets of songs from The Smiths, Fleetwood Mac, Pink Floyd, REM and Shirley Collins."
PETER MOREN The Last Tycoon CD
*** "The solo debut from the vocalist of PETER, BJORN and JOHN."
NEW BLOODS The Secret Life CD
*** "Lean, engaging, minimalist punk songs topping out before the three minute mark. There’s some Raincoats vibe, a little Intima, a touch of ESG and Unwound, but with dub, soul, and afro-beat influences it becomes a whole new animal, a refreshing, absorbing, exhilarating living creature, brand-new for a new struggling world."
NINE INCH NAILS Ghosts I-IV CD
*** "Brand new 36 track instrumental collection -- nearly two hours of all new music! 'Soundtracks for daydreams.'"
THE OLD HAUNTS Poisonous Times CD
*** "Olympia, WA garagey punk nestled deep in the roots of the Pacific Northwest punk scene with predecessors such as the Wipers, Sonics and Dead Moon. Comparisons to Television and the Gun Club are not far from the mark although their spooky and razor sharp riffs are all their own."
PANTHER 14 kt God CD
*** "Think Ian Curtis' convulsive intensity and James Browns spastic swagger and you still won't have PANTHER, but a sense of what-the-fuckness that all of them seem to call up. PANTHER landed on bills as varied as opening slots from PEACHES to WOLF EYES."
SPOON Don't You Evah CD
*** Sppon's new single plus a b-side, a video of "Don't You Evah" and remixes by DIPLO, MATTHEW DEAR, DJ AMAZE, TED LEO, and DOC DELAY. 8 tracks total!
TAPES 'N' TAPES Walk It Off CD
*** Less edgy and frenetic than their debut, Tapes 'N' Tapes new album is a bit more pop and epic reading of their style. FREE TAPES 'N' TAPES 7" for the first four customers. Posters and stickers are to be had for all!
THE TEENAGERS Reality Check CD
*** "Expanded North American edition contains bonus tracks."
WAS (NOT WAS) Boo! CD
*** "Are you scared yet? Their first new album new album in almost 20 years. The original band plus special guests WAYNE KRAMER, MARCUS MILLER, BOOKER T. JONES, and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON."
WYE OAK If Children CD
*** "An exuberant and assured debut seamlessly combining elements of noise, folk, and shoegaze to create a style all their own." [Is there a program that writes this stuff?]