v/a BARRY 7's CONNECTORS Vol. 2 2xLP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED! Make that "highly recommended." This is another superb collection of library tracks compiled by Add N To (X) frontman, Barry 7 - but this time the tracks have come from the CAM library. Track 1's a DJ's dream. Really good stuff.
v/a NOISE ROOM CD
*** "This is the document of Noise Room, an autonomous surround-sound space built for pre-recorded musical works and sonic experiments. Each piece performed in the Noise Room has been selected, edited, and arranged for a situation in which the audience can dedicate themselves to a maximum listening experience." Feat. exclusive compositions by Lee Ranaldo, Black Dice, Kevin Blechdom, Mouse on Mars, David Grubbs, Vert, Jason Forrest, Daniel Schorno, Sun OK Papi KO, Casey Rice, Robert van Heumen, Jeff Carey, Keith Fullerton Whitman aka Hrvatski, and Michel Waisvisz.
v/a RONG MUSIC NON-STOP Vol. 1 CD
*** "Sweet 11 track mix CD from RONG MUSIC compiled/mixed by BEN COOK & DJ SPUN. Features MICHOACAN, NICK CHACONA, SCOTTY COATS & WES THE MES, SAN SERAC, ROLLMOTTLE remixed by MAURIC FULTON, STRANGER MUSIC and more. Nu-disco and balearic fans will be in heaven!"
v/a THIS IS RONG MUSIC 2xCD
*** "A sweet set of cosmic disco and balearic dance tunes. One CD mixed (live by DJ SPUN) and one CD unmixed. Tracks/remixes from MUDD, CHICKEN LIPS, TUSSLE, WOOLFY, BARFLY, PROJECTIONS, CHICO HAMILTON and more. 25 tracks in all."
ANATHALLO Canopy Glow CD
*** "Among lush pile-ups of Pet Sounds harmony and Sung Tongs texture, Anathallo's Matt Joynt and Erica Froman sing to the rafters, calm and considered yet wide-eyed in approach, and colored by kaleidoscopic detail."
MICHAEL BEAUCHAMP My Northern Voices CD
*** "Michael Beauchamp sings soulful old-timey acoustic tunes about love, loss and good friends."
SETH BERNARD This Here CD
*** "Eighteen months in the making, Seth Bernard’s epic new release, This Here is a tremendous collaboration of Michigan artists, and a testament to Seth’s talents in songwriting, production and orchestration."
SETH BERNARD & DAISY MAY Seth Bernard & Daisy May CD
*** "Seth Bernard and Daisy May’s first duo album was recorded from the U.P.'s Calumet Theatre’s stage."
CURRENT 93 Dogs Blood Rising CD
CURRENT 93 Nature Unveiled CD
*** "Current 93's first two album re-mastered and restored to their original formats. seminal second album. Each reissue comes with a booklet with early photographs of the group members and original insert materials."
DISTANCE Repercussions 2xCD
*** On PLANET MU. "Repercussions is a beast of an album. Heavy, chunky bass lines feature solidly, as well as moody, ambient soundscapes and sharp snares. The CD version of the album includes a second disc with all the releases from Distance's own label, Chestplate."
DJ/ RUPTURE Uproot CD
*** "Uproot, Rupture's first release since returning to Brooklyn after seven years in Spain, offers his most intimate work to date. How many DJs do you know who commission a string quartet for their latest mix? Surely his most "listenable" mix to date, blended seamlessly with elements from UK dubstep and Brooklyn dancehall to Berlin abstraction, not to mention Brazil (Maga Bo), Finland (Clouds), Australia (Dead Leaf) and more...."
DR. DELAY Eastern Bloc Party CD
*** "Dr. Delay, veteran mix tape mogul and envelope shoving Brooklyn dweller, has created what is easily his most dynamic concept to date. Eastern Block Party combines the disgruntled instrumentation of eastern Europe's communist era rock with the rap lyrics of New York's gully golden era."
FALL OUT BOY Folie a Deux CD
*** New! "This album is so ____!" - Fall Out Boy. Includes free download bonus song.
GHOSTFACE KILLAH GhostDeini The Great CD+DVD
*** "Two new songs plus classic hits, rare b-sides & remixes feat. LIL WAYNE, JADAKISS, RAEKWON, and KANYE WEST. Includes bonus DVD of Ghostface tour behind-the-scenes."
TIM HARDIN One CD
*** "An accidental classic originally released in 1966. Tim Hardin 1 remains a folk-rock-blues classic of the highest order. Though Hardin’s work is often known more through other artists’ interpretations his own versions are almost always superior."
JAPANTHER Tut Tut, Now Shake Ya Butt LP / CD
*** "Japanther exist halfway in the world of performance art, and halfway in that of DIY punk. On the surface, that may sound like an odd combination, but this thing is truly a wild romp 'round Africa, the Bronx, San Pedro and Brooklyn, complete with faeries, bicycles and a few cans of spray paint. More focused and rad somehow."
KID 606 Die Soundboy Die CD
*** "A new mini-album with nine original songs that devour and warp current musical trends like dubstep, bassline, ragga, techno, and rave (both old and new!). Dark and scary, bass-heavy jams that all celebrate life while thinking about death."
LAST STEP 1961 3xLP / 2xCD
*** "Everyone knows Funk as the pioneering breakcore producer, Venetian Snares, but Last Step's 1961 is a joyful collection of jumpy acid maneuvers, funky grooves, and kitsch beats."
DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Live Trax Vol. 13 - 6.7.08 Busch Stadium 2xCD
*** Hot heat!
MIRAH Old Days Of Feeling CD
***A collection of out of print and other unreleased tracks from her early years.
MYSTERY GIRLS Incontinopia CD
*** "Adding a dose of psych weirdness to their patented garage-punk-R&B sound has resulted in the band's finest moment. Like Nesmith meets Asheton."
NO NECK BLUES BAND Clomeim CD
*** "After months spent sculpting and recasting the raw material, Clomeim is that rare hybrid - a rock exterior with a cryptic, experimental core; a dense groover and a burning, exploratory psychedelic grimoire for the new dark ages."
PENTEMPLE 0))) Presents CD
*** "SUNN 0))) plus T.O.S. (Moog), Oren Ambarchi (analog effects and supplemental guitar), vokillist Attila Csihar, and Striborg get together for an unholy meeting. This was among the first time that sunn 0))) had worked with live drums and the outcome was completely unprecedented. Oren Ambarchi edited, sequenced and overhauled the EQ to make it as brutal as possible."
PHARCYDE Bobby Evans Mix CD
*** "A 48 minute mega-mix of classic Pharcyde material by L.A.’s revolutionary producer/remixer, Bobby Evans. Tracklisting includes all the hits, the remixes, a couple of songs from Rmxxology and a few rare gems."
OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fungus LP / CD
*** "One of four solo albums completed upon disbanding AT THE DRIVE IN. The record features tracks that were intended for eventual use by THE MARS VOLTA but reassigned, for one reason or another. Recorded only a few weeks after 'A Manual Dexterity Soundtrack, Vol. 1.'"
VETIVER More Of The Past CD
*** "Originally intended as a precursor to their acclaimed recent album, Thing of the Past, Vetiver's companion EP is six more songs that inspired Andy Cabic and friends."
VIRUS SYNDICATE Sick Pay CD
*** "Virus Syndicate is DJ/producer M.R.K.1 (Mark One) and MCs Goldfinger, JSD, and Nika D--Manchester's foremost grime crew, bhangra and electro influences coming to the fore."