v/a ECCENTRIC SOUL: The Trager & Note Labels 2xCD
*** "A ridiculously thorough survey of Jesse Jones' twin labels that operated out of Atlanta from 1968-1977. Featuring 50 rare and unreleased tracks previously lost for thirty years."
v/a EVERY MOUTH MUST BE FED 1973 to 1976 CD
*** Another gem from Pressure Sounds featuring KING TUBBY, U ROY, I ROY, TOMMY MCCOOK, JUNIOR BYLES among others. 20 killers.
v/a THE VERY BEST OF ETHIOPIQUES 2xCD
*** Subtitled: "Hypnotic Grooves From The Legendary Series." These 2 CDs contain some of the very best tracks from the highly acclaimed ethiopiques series.
ATMOSPHERE Sad Clown Bad Spring #12 CD
*** Brand new five-song EP.
G LOVE & SPECIAL SAUCE Superhero Brother CD
*** "The new album featuring 'Who's Got The Weed.'"
IT HUGS BACK The Record Room: The First Four Singles CD
*** "New-ish UK band collects their first four singles for a handy CD release."
JAGUAR LOVE Jaguar Love CD
*** "Featuring Cody and singer Johnny from the BLOOD BROTHERS along with Jay Clark from PRETTY GIRLS MAKE GRAVES. Cody's crazed Japanese electric 12- string guitar parts remain as complex and Beefheart-esque as ever, but Johnny has turned his scream to a Bolan-esque glam. Result: pop music."
AMOS LEE Last Days At The Lodge CD
*** A slightly grittier follow-up showcasing Lee's vocal range and ability to tackle a number of genres including soul, blues, rock, pop folk, and country.
LOVE Love CD
*** Stereo single-disc reissue of this classic!
RZA as BOBBY DIGITAL Digi Snacks CD
*** RZA claims this is "the definitive and most focused album in the Bobby Digital trilogy."
SHEARWATER Rook CD
*** "SHEARWATER's bold, soaring voice, occasionally falsetto, still anchors the songs, which broaden his pastoral prog-folk chaotic celestial mindfuckery into new realms. Beyond the continuing touchstones of late Talk Talk, Nico and John Cale, there are now allusions to Van Morrison, hints of Joni Mitchell."
SIGUR ROS Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust CD
*** "Inspired by the unfettered feeling of recent acoustic performances, Sigur Rós adopted a looser approach in creating their fifth album. The album consequently is fresher and more human than anything they've previously recorded. Rough edges, cracked notes, and the sound of fingers on strings are audible resulting in tracks that prove to be the band's sparsest and most affecting work to date. Worry not though, plenty of electric guitar can be heard throughout the album ensuring Sigur Rós' commitment to challenging sonic limitations."
TWINE Violets CD
*** "On their long-awaited fourth full length, Twine move from the muggy backwoods of their early work towards the sonic approximation of icy remoteness. Created by a process of long distance file-sharing, the layers of Violets mesh together in a synchronous and fragile splendor, melding disembodied vocals, guitar rattles and crispy unpredictability to create a modern classic."