v/a BEAT AT CINECITTA Volume 1 CD
*** "A sensual homage to the most raunchy, erotic filmmusic from the vaults of Italian 60s & 70s cinema."
v/a BOLLYWOOD STEEL GUITAR CD
*** "Bollywood Steel Guitar is the most comprehensive collection to date of steel guitar pop instrumental music from India. All 21 tracks featured here were film hits from 1962-1986."
v/a OBSESSION CD
*** "Hotly tipped obscure psych compilation ranging from 1967 to 1973, and from countries such as Turkey, Uruguay and Peru, these are some of his rarest acquisitions over decades of record collecting. Includes some information about each band, even though some of it was practically impossible to track down."
APPARAT Things Frickled 2xCD
*** "A double CD release compiling a fine collection of Apparat's remix work. Things To Be Frickled presents a new motion in electronic music that takes both steps: loops/tracks/club music vs. songwriting, soundscapes, and new ways of experimenting and understanding what is possible with bits and bytes, instrument(al)s and vocals."
CHRISTOPHER BISSONNETTE In Between Worlds CD
*** "Using orchestral sound sources as well as field recording to manipulate and process, Bissonnette has crafted a symphony of six movements, with melodies as ghostly apparitions that fade in and out of view. Recorded as spontaneous mixes, these compositions maintain a sense of organic fluidity while creating passages of escalating tension."
THE BLACK ANGELS Directions To See A Ghost CD
*** "Austin’s darkest droners THE BLACK ANGELS are back with their second full-length release. With tidal rhythms and rasping epics, Directions To See A Ghost is a driving, psychedelic masterpiece that churns through the album’s 72 minutes and eleven tracks."
BOREDOMS Super Roots 9 CD
*** "Recorded live in 2004 on x-mas eve in Japan, featuring a 24-person choir alongside the group." Packaged in a custom-made mini gatefold LP style jacket, featuring artwork by Eye and a 40-page perfect bound booklet with music scores and notations."
DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE Narrow Stairs CD
*** DCFC's latest with 4/5 stars from Rolling Stone.
BILL FRISELL History, Mystery 2xCD
*** "On the two-disc History, Mystery, Frisell shuffles the pack and comes up trumps again—this time leading a strings, horns and drums octet in a 90-minute suite which roves between impressionistic divertissements, most of them lasting just one or two minutes, and full-on, extended, do-what-they-say-on-the-can band work-outs, which variously take in bop, post-bop, Malian desert blues, Delta blues, 1960s soul, urban groove and low slung rock."
THE LAST SHADOW PUPPETS The Age Of The Understatement CD
*** One of the guys from ARCTIC MONKEYS. Very hot in the UK.
OSBORNE Osborne CD
*** "Osborne’s “Osborne” is a celebration of all that is good in American house and techno music: past, present and future."
SCHOOL OF LANGUAGE Sea From Shore CD
*** "School of Language is a new project from David Brewis of the band Field Music recorded alone and consciously susceptible to the cut-and-paste, multi-tasking tangents induced by laptop recording, these constructions are resolutely un-band-like, veering between the intricate and unplayable and the solitary and unadorned. "
SOM IMAGINARIO Som Imaginario CD
*** BACK IN STOCK! RECOMMENDED! Reissue of this album from 1970. "As Tropicalia took hold, and the unlikely sounds of funk, prog, psychedelic rock and lord knows what else were filtered through the unique sensibility of Brasil.....Som Imaginario! Bossa, Tropicalia and Samba meet Italian prog and Brit psych....western pop meets eastern soundtracks with DJ friendly beats breaking through all over the shop.... an album that was acclaimed on its release by a gobsmacked Herbie Hancock, and has to be heard to be believed."
CAETANO VELOSO A Little More Blue CD
*** "By the time this dour album was released in 1971, Veloso was in exile in the UK. Veloso's extreme bitterness and melancholy can be heard on every groove of this album, but don't let the gloomy atmosphere stop you from buying it; it is dripping with some of the best moments of saudade in the history of Brazilian music."