v/a BASIC CHANNEL CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!
v/a BASIC CHANNEL 2 CD
*** The first CD compilation of Basic Channel releases from 1995 became one of the quintessential electronic music compilations of all time. Now, in a total surprise move, a companion CD, Basic Channel 2, has been released -- featuring full-length versions of six of the label's landmark club tracks released on vinyl between 1993 and 1995. Stylistically, Basic Channel creates their own sub-genre of Detroit techno; slowly developing pulsations and abstractions with a heavy emphasis on post-dub processed crackles, blips and hiss -- the word 'seminal' was invented for moments just like this."
v/a TITAN: IT'S ALL POP! 2xCD
*** On NUMERO. "From 1978-1981 the Titan label issued only eight records, but over the years their tiny catalog has crawled to the top of power-pop want lists worldwide and appeared on scads of bootleg cassettes, building a legacy to rival L.A.’s Bomp or New York’s Ork."
JOHN BAKER The John Baker Tapes Vol. 1 CD
*** Subtitled: Soundtracks, Library, Home Recordings, Electro Ads - Rare & Unreleased Recordings 1954-1985.
JOHN BAKER The John Baker Tapes Vol. 2 CD
*** Subtitled: BBC Radiophonics - Rare & Unreleased Workshop Recordings 1963-1974.
JORGE BEN Jorge Ben CD
*** "A samba soul classic from the Tropicalia era. The tunes explode with an amazing sense of energy -- driven by Jorge's great guitar and a unique undercurrent of funk. This album set a whole generation on fire, and is probably still one of the most-copied moments of Ben's long career."
BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Drippers CD
*** "Limited edition scratch-n-sniff EP contains new and hard-to-find songs with a guest appearance by MIKE WATT." Nine tracks.
TRACY CHAPMAN Our Bright Future CD
*** "The new album includes 'Sing For You'."
FENNESZ Plus Forty Seven Degrees 56' 37" CD
*** "Originally released by Touch in 1999, this is Christian Fennesz's second full-length solo album. The album has been out-of-print for two years and was Fennesz's first solo album for Touch, preceding his breakthrough Endless Summer."
THE FLAMING LIPS Christmas On Mars DVD
*** The CD+DVD of The Flaming Lips fantastical film freakout, including the film and the original film score. "Imagine if Stanley Kubrick, Frank Capra, and Jim Jarmusch got into a bar brawl and The Flaming Lips won." UNRATED.
DAVY GRAHAM Folk, Blues & Beyond CD
*** "One of the most important recordings from the 1960s folk revival. Covers of traditional folk standards combine with interpretations of compositions by Bob Dylan, Charles Mingus and more for an eclecticism of repertoire that wasn't matched by many musicians of any sort in the mid-'60s."
DAVY GRAHAM & SHIRLEY COLLINS Folk Roots, New Routes CD
*** "Originally released in 1965 by Decca. An experimental recording bringing together Shirley's haunting traditional song with Davy's guitar improvisations. This album opened the door for Fairport Convention's Liege and Lief and Pentangle's debut."
JURASSIC 5 J5 Deluxe Reissue 2xCD+DVD
*** "3 disc deluxe set includes the debut album, a bonus CD with 15 rare tracks, and a DVD with over 1 hour of exclusive footage."
LUOMO Convival CD
*** "The Luomo project is nothing less than a great tragedian, holding a mirror before a music society that sometimes would like to hear less stories. Nevertheless, he finds the dance music medium most suitable for his pop explorations, which has earned marked respect for its wide-ranging catalog of unique no-frills releases, with Convivial certainly being no exception."
MEGAPUSS Surfing CD
*** Megapuss is Devendra Banhart, Greg Rogove (Priestbird), Fabrizio Moretti (The Strokes), Noah Georgeson, and Aziz Ansari. "A legitimate band of talented musicians, capable of effortlessly tossing off the finest in California-style tambourine jams" - Fader. "Please know this: they play pop songs."
THE SMITHS The Sound Of... CD
THE SMITHS The Sound Of... 2xCD
*** The very best of The Smiths curated by Morrissey & Marr. The single-disc has 23 newly remastered tracks and the double-disc has 45 newly remastered classics, b-sides and rarities.
MCCOY TYNER Guitars CD+DVD
*** ''Along with a trio of Ron Carter and Jack DeJohnette, Tyner invited guitarists Bill Frisell, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, Marc Ribot, and banjoist Bela Fleck for a studio recording and DVD.''
v/a ECCENTRIC SOUL: THE YOUNG DISCIPLES CD
*** On NUMERO. "With nearly 80 local youths involved from both sides of the Mississippi, the Young Disciples (named for one of the area's most notorious gangs) encompassed solo acts, duos, male and female vocal groups, a massive horn section and a troupe of African dancers. Every sweat-drenched recording included here emerged from this grass-roots organization that changed, if not saved, lives."