BLITZEN TRAPPER Furr CD
*** "B.T.'s fourth record, refining and expanding on the far-ranging yet distinctive songcraft that lies at the heart of Blitzen Trapper’s unique appeal, rhythm sections printed hot to four-track and then layered and embellished and deconstructed or sometimes just left the way they were."
BOSTON SPACESHIPS Brown Submarine CD
*** "The debut album from ROBERT POLLARD's new band!" And it's only 14 songs, believe it or not.
BRIGHTBLACK MORNING LIGHT Motion To Rejoin CD
*** 'Recommended' on PITCHFORK with an 8.3 "Haunting, beautiful, and weird in equal doses, Brightblack Morning Light's second album for Matador was recorded entirely under solar power. Deeper and heftier with sounds ranging from folk to gospel to experimental electronics."
CHRIS BROKAW Canaris CD
*** Ex-CODEINE. "Canaris is an instrumental album entirely for solo acoustic guitar - half ‘straight acoustic’ and half acoustic plugged into amps and pedals. Featuring a cover of Vlad Tepes’ 13 minute epic 'Drink the Poetry of Celtic Disciple' and the title track, an 18 minute drone/feedback piece."
COLD WAR KIDS Loyalty To Loyalty CD
*** "Featuring the new single 'Something Is Not Right With Me'."
ALICE COOPER From The Inside CD
DIANOGAH qhnnl CD
*** "A trio of two bass guitarists and one drummer plus appearances by ANDREW BIRD. The band has progressed since previous efforts to make a mature, consistent album that visits the extremes of both tender and abrasive."
FANNYPACK Ghetto Bootleg CD
*** "Fannypack are an all-female electro/Miami booty bass-rap group from NYC and this is their new release!"
THE FIERY FURNACES Remember 3xLP + MP3 / 2xCD
*** "Remember captures the high energy, intricate complexity vocal acrobatics and the technical musicianship that defines a Fiery Furnaces performance. Collecting songs from their entire catalogue and performances across the globe, Remember is 51 tracks." 2xCD version comes with a coupon to download a bonus song.
GERM (GI) CD
*** BACK IN PRINT!
HIGH PLACES 03/07 - 09/07 (Singles Collection) CD
*** "High Places songs contain a fascinating range of aural layers: bells and bird calls over a wash of ocean waves; mallets hitting mixing bowls over treated guitar and glockenspiel; Mary’s reflective vocals over Rob’s inventive and infectious beats."
HIGH PLACES High Places LP / CD
*** "The debut full-length album! The duo have created a signature sound out of using bass-heavy, yet crisp beats, lilting vocal melodies, syncopated rhythmic lines performed on folk percussion instruments, guitar duets turned into treated samples, and percussive lines created from the manipulation of household objects."
KINGS OF LEON Only By The Night CD
*** NME says "(The new album is) growling, anthemic, and sophisticated."
EDGAR MEYER & CHRIS THILE Bass & Mandolin CD
*** "Co-writing a dozen compositions, their wide-ranging musical dialogue incorporates bluegrass, folk, country, and classical elements. No frills, no words and no other musicians were needed."
GRACHAN MONCUR III Evolution CD
*** RE-ISSUED! RVG edition.
OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW Tennessee Pusher CD
*** "The third and most personal album by OCMS. The album itself offers a virtual American road trip, populated with characters that span a century of the South. Down and outers, hustlers, junkies and freighthoppers are just a few of the archetypes we meet along the way."
PIERO PICCIONI The Seduction Of... CD
*** Subtitled: Fantasy & Mod Psychedelia of Sixties Italy and The Wild West. "Of all Italian film music composers, Piero Piccioni is second only to Ennio Morricone in terms of popularity regarded by his many as equally important. Inventive, futuristic jazz for science-fiction, moody orchestration and funk for gangster movies and political thrillers and sunny organ and wah-wah groovers for oddball sexcapades; no genre was beyond his range."
PONTIAK Sun On Sun CD
*** "Swaggering three-part vocals, drums, organ and stellar slide guitar rock that Julian Cope described as, 'straddling a wide sonic rift valley, with references that stretch from the southern latitudes of Spain’s Viaje A800 to the northern majesty of Black Sabbath and Harvey Milk via The Doors.'"
THE REPLACEMENTS Tim CD THE REPLACEMENTS Pleased To Meet Me CD THE REPLACEMENTS Don't Tell A Soul CD
THE REPLACEMENTS All Shook Down CD
*** Remastered + bonus tracks! Plus previously unavailable outtakes and home demos, extensive liner notes, and rare photos."
SAM RIVERS Dimensions & Extensions CD
*** RE-ISSUED! RVG edition.
THIEVERY CORPORATION Radio Retaliation CD
*** "Join an outernational music revolution as Thievery Corporation move seamlessly through a vast myriad of global sounds. An opus!" Featuring FEMI KUTI, SEU JORGEm ABOUSHKA SHANKAR and more.
THE THREE SOUNDS Soul Symphony CD
*** RE-ISSUED! Blue Note Rare Grooves Series.
TINDERSTICKS The Hungry Saw LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED “The first new TINDERSTICKS album in five years is most certainly a great one and it sounds a lot like you'd imagine it to. After all, this is a band who've crafted their own very specific language over the years."
TV ON THE RADIO Dear Science LP + MP3 / CD
*** 'Best New Music' by Pitchfork with a 9.2 "Fine-tuning what they did best on 2006's Return to Cookie Mountain, TVOTR tweak, loop and distort a grand arsenal of aggressive percussion, new wave synths, epic guitar noise and various kitchen-sink devices, then layering them all into a big, beautiful art-rock symphony."