Tuesday, July 29, 2008

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: Vinyl ))))) breaks and breaks for days!

DJ PAUL NICE 14 Cold Blooded Breaks LP
DJ PAUL NICE Drum Library Vol. 3 LP
DJ PAUL NICE Drum Library Vol. 6 LP
ROCKAPELLAS Vol. 1 LP

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: Vinyl ))))) After Dark, Money Studies, Flying Lotus, Jay Reatard & more

v/a AFTER DARK 3xLP
*** NOW AVAILABLE ON TRIPLE-VINYL!!! "Features all unreleased songs by GLASS CANDY, CHROMATICS. FARRAH, PROFESSOR GENIUS, and MIRAGE. The future of dance music is here. Designed and compiled by JOHNNY from Glass Candy."

v/a DO IT TO IT EP 12"
*** "From the Midwestern crew that introduced the world to Life Sucks Die and the annual Dre Day parties comes with the first in a series of vinyl compilations of red hot dancefloor bangers. Do It To It features remixes from each of the party’s DJs--MIKE THE 2600 KING, BIRD PETERSON, DAVE NADA, SMALLTOWN DJs, and COSMO BAKER--all bringing their A-games."

v/a FULLY FITTED: Re-edits 12"
*** "Led by Spank Rock producer XXXchange and featuring the talents of Amanda Blank, !!!'s Tyler Pope, Pase Rock (Five Deez) and Sylvia of Kudu, the Fully Fitted crew is prepped to infiltrate clubs worldwide this spring with their massive debut EP on Money Studies."

v/a ROYALTY EP 12"
*** "Special co-release between T&A Records and the legendary Bmore club imprint Unruly. Featuring tracks from DJ Technics, Scottie B., Tittsworth, DJ Ayres, DJ Tamiel (Hollertronix), Bamabounce & Say Wut."

BILLY BRAGG Mr. Love Justice LP
*** Brand new! It's brand new for you!

DAEDELUS Love To Make Music To 2xLP / CD
*** "The few reports which have filtered out say that people go mad as they listen to the strange, alien sounds the young composer DAEDELUS describes as 'music' -- that they scream, laugh, pull off their clothes, have sex with each other and themselves, fall into reveries, and shout of 'the hills, the beautiful hills.'"

DETROIT COBRAS Original Recordings LP / CD
*** "Collects for the VERY FIRST TIME these early DETROIT COBRAS rare, unreleased and singles recordings! Compiles their very first 3 7" singles plus NINE previously unreleased studio tracks from the same era!"

FLYING LOTUS Los Angeles LP
*** NOW ON VINYL!

HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR Classique #2 12"
*** "Classique #2, is a kinetic explosion of soulful, anthemic and euphoric electro disco, truly original yet with subtle nods to its glittering past -- where beautiful, bruising harmonies and loose-limbed mechanic rhythms collide to create a utopian and hedonistic dance floor paradise."

INVISIBLE CONGA PEOPLE Weird Pains / Cable Dazed 12"
*** "Psychedelic slow pulse boogie from Justin Simon (guitar, other) and Eric Tsai (synths, other). Eric makes some of the band's equipment himself. Kraut + house."

ITAL TEK Cyclical 2xLP
*** "Cyclical is the debut full-length from iTAL tEK, a.k.a. Alan Myson of Brighton. After massive 12-inch releases on Planet Mu and SQR last year, the man returns with an album's worth of moody yet beautiful dubstep with swooning chords underpinned by a techy undercarriage."

KID SISTER Remixes 12"
*** "Kid Sis is back with this exclusive vinyl-only remix EP on Fool's Gold! On the A-side, "Control" is worked over by JFK of MSTRKRFT and new Fool's Gold signees (and budding electro superstars) LA Riots. Simian Mobile Disco get spacey on "Pro Nails," flipping it into a slow rolling, dubstep-inspired instrumental workout, while Chicago juke hero DJ Gant-Man provides a jacking mainstream club mix."

MY BLOODY VALENTINE Isn't Anything LP
MY BLOODY VALENTINE Loveless LP
*** BACK IN STOCK!

ODD NOSDAM Pretty Swell Explode 2xLP
*** NOW ON VINYL!

OM Live At Jerusalem LP
*** "In December of 2007 the mighty duo that is OM made a pilgrimage to Israel to play for its people. "Flight of the Eagle" and "Bhimas' Theme" were captured and flown back to the United States where the vinyl lacquers were made by Bob Weston. Southern Lord released this 180 gram black vinyl transcendental offering. Limited to 3,000."

PLASTIQUE DE REVE Lost In The City 12"
*** "Touching base with his Chi-House and Acid roots on the A-side, serving a true gem of deep Acid-House with 'Lost in the City.' When the vocals and strings kick in, it transcends instant floor filler to become a classic pop song. 'Resist,' on the B-side, toys with ghetto-tech cliches, delivering a steamroller-like groove at 138 BPM -- nonstop fireworks of galloping bass, brass samples, twisted acid, and euphoric vocal tracks."

JAY REATARD Singles 06-07 2xLP / CD
*** "After recording his debut solo LP, 2006's Blood Visions, Reatard released a slew of singles and EPs on labels across the globe; all were pressed in limited quantities and now fetch serious coin on eBay. In The Red is proud to release Singles 06-07-- a collection of said tracks."

VENETIAN SNARES Detrimentalist 2xLP / CD
*** "The latest studio album revisits jungle when it was more about energy and experimentation than a strict formula. The days before they took out all the good bits between the kicks and the snares! These beats shoot thick and sticky! Bass that makes your colon drop like you grew a new nut out your ass! Over 20 people were harmed in the creation of this record!"

VENETIAN SNARES Miss Balaton 12"
*** "It has strings, then it has acid, then it has drums. It is over nine minutes long with various melodic sections. It starts in E minor then moves to B minor. You'll like it! The B-side is Aaron Funk's political comment on the state of smoking (or not) in the UK."

WOODEN SHJIPS Vol. 1 LP / CD
*** "The Wooden Shjips' earliest material was released on vinyl, pressed in small quantities that were either free or hard to come by and are now hopelessly out of print. Vol. 1 collects all the tracks from the free 10-inch, the Dance, California 7-inch, and the SOL 7-inch."

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: CDs ))))) Diplo + Santogold, Detroit Cobras, Sparks, Wire & much more

BLACK DEVIL DISCO CLUB Eight Oh Eight CD
*** "The third and final part in the Black Devil Disco Club's Cosmic Trilogy. Like its predecessors, Eight Oh Eight features six tracks, all with the trademark Black Devil sound -- but now even more haunting and bizarre. If the last album was like Giorgio Moroder meets Joy Division, then this one is like Salvador Dali meets Cerrone; surrealistic disco for space cadets. Totally unique, yet disturbingly familiar-- a sinister, psychedelic, analogue throb that moves you like no other."

BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE Just Like Kicking Jesus CD
*** "The new mini-album, recored in Reykjavik and showcases 5 songs (4 never released before) and runs over 27 minutes."

THE BUG London Zoo CD
*** "The obvious entry point to the album is the dubstep tag, particularly after the success of the three lead-up singles, but London Zoo clearly reaches past, brings together, and celebrates reference points from dancehall, grime, hip-hop, and noise-- it could have only come out of London sound-system culture, while its appeal spans cities and scenes."

DAEDELUS Love To Make Music To 2xLP / CD
*** "The few reports which have filtered out say that people go mad as they listen to the strange, alien sounds the young composer DAEDELUS describes as 'music' -- that they scream, laugh, pull off their clothes, have sex with each other and themselves, fall into reveries, and shout of 'the hills, the beautiful hills.'"

DETROIT COBRAS Original Recordings LP / CD
*** "Collects for the VERY FIRST TIME these early DETROIT COBRAS rare, unreleased and singles recordings! Compiles their very first 3 7" singles plus NINE previously unreleased studio tracks from the same era!"

DIPLO I Like Turtles CD
*** "I don't think we've had a DIPLO mix like this since Hollertronix. I Like Turtles features Diplo's usual mix of all genres all the time, plus new and unreleased tracks like the BUN B and RICH BOY remix of Mia's "Paper Planes," tracks from Diplo and SWITCH’s JAMAICA PROJECT featuring ELEPHANT MAN and BEENIE MAN, exclusive Diplo remixes like "Bart So Krispy," SIZZLA & Mia "Bamboo Banga" and blends all over the place."

DIPLO & SANTOGOLD Top Ranking CD
*** "Diplo meets Santogold in a dub chamber of remix special guest exclusive madness! Diplo and Santogold spent almost as much time on this thing as some people do on albums- getting together in the studio to record tracks, recruiting people for guest spots and remixes, going back and forth on what tracks to include but it’s all worth it because this is a one in a million mixtape. There are 35 tracks here (filling up the entire CD), including a exclusives made just for this mix (the Diplo produced “Icarus” and a live band cover of the Bad Brains’ “Right Brigade”), Diplo remixes you won’t hear anywhere else (Santogold over Panda Bear?!) plus remixes from SWITCH, MUMDANCE, XXXCHANGE and RADIOCLIT, guest verses from AMANDA BLANK and KID CUDI, plenty of blends, and even some dubplates. Limited pressing."

FLYING LOTUS 1983 CD
*** The debut album on Plug Research from recent Warp signee Flying Lotus.

GILBERTO GIL Expresso 2222 CD
*** "Originally released in 1972, Expresso 2222 is Gil’s first release since returning to Brazil after a two year political exile. Moving away from the psychedelic tone of his late ‘60s recordings, Expresso 2222 has a funky and jazzy feel that blends perfectly with Gil’s percussive guitar work and soulful vocal delivery. This is one of Gil’s last masterworks, one that many consider to be his best."

ICY DEMONS Miami Ice CD
*** "Miami Ice is the upbeat and wide-ranging third full-length album, drawing on a wide range of musical vocabulary-- sometimes within a single song. Icy Demons cofounders Chris Powell (a.k.a. Pow Pow) and Griffin Rodriguez (a.k.a. Blue Hawaii) use an odd assortment of vintage keyboards and ethnic percussion, and evoke a past that actually might prove to be the future."

MENEGUAR The In Hour CD
*** "Switching instruments and experimenting with recording techniques, Meneguar has cooked up a totally unique(and surprising) record. The In Hour channels the spontaneity and aesthetics of Swell Maps, the pop hooks of the Zombies, and lyrical collage of Guided By Voices."

NURSE WITH WOUND Huffin' Rag Blues CD
*** "Steven Stapleton and Andrew Liles form the core of the band on Huffin' Rag Blues, and the direction to which they are heading is the lounge! Huffin' Rag Blues is unlike any Nurse With Wound album in recent memory as they veer into the space-age bachelor pad. This is truly exotica as imagined by the twisted genius that is Nurse With Wound."

JAY REATARD Singles 06-07 2xLP / CD
*** "After recording his debut solo LP, 2006's Blood Visions, Reatard released a slew of singles and EPs on labels across the globe; all were pressed in limited quantities and now fetch serious coin on eBay. In The Red is proud to release Singles 06-07-- a collection of said tracks."

SONIC YOUTH + MATS GUSTAFSSON + MERZBOW Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth CD
*** "Sonic Youth (with Jim O'Rourke) and guests Swedish saxophonist Mats Gustafsson and Japanese sound artist Masami Akita (a.k.a. Merzbow). The single piece performed was a structured improvisation which for 60 minutes added and subtracted musicians one by one until only Akita was left onstage."

SPARKS Exotic Creatures Of The Deep CD
*** "Sparks' 21st studio album. The result of a year spent in near-isolation, Exotic Creatures of the Deep could, perhaps, be seen as a natural evolution from their last two records, on which pop-opera, rock, and high drama combined to redefine Sparks' sound."

SPARKS Introducing Sparks CD
*** "Originally released in 1977, Introducing Sparks finds the Mael brothers, in the company of an array of top session musicians (mirroring Donald Fagen and Walter Becker of Steely Dan in this respect), caught between the innovative glam-prog-pop of their four early-to-mid-'70s Island albums and the audacious proto-electro of their 1979 collaboration with Giorgio Moroder (No. 1 in Heaven)."

SYCLOPS I've Got My Eye On You 2xLP / CD
*** *** "The DFA-debut of Syclops, produced by MAURICE FULTON. They refuse to do interviews or reveal anything about themselves. The listener will have to imagine what kind of people they are and where they find their inspiration -- heavy metal riffs over acid house? Playing folkloric instruments with old school analog synthesizers in a Finnish laboratory? Only the band themselves know for certain."

THREATENER The Hammering, The Fastening, And The Bending Of Throats CD
*** "A collection of all output by this 1000mph Michigan power violence blast squad: EPs, Comps, Radio session plus extra tracks galore. Its pure mayhem, most songs 30 seconds or less - a total audio assault on the senses. Easily one of the best fastcore bands from the past decade."

VENETIAN SNARES Detrimentalist 2xLP / CD
*** "The latest studio album revisits jungle when it was more about energy and experimentation than a strict formula. The days before they took out all the good bits between the kicks and the snares! These beats shoot thick and sticky! Bass that makes your colon drop like you grew a new nut out your ass! Over 20 people were harmed in the creation of this record!"

WIRE Object 47 CD
*** "Wire's eleventh studio album and 47th object in their discography. While retaining Wire's idiosyncratic mix of an avant-garde mindset with classic pop timing, this album boasts "tunes with zoom," a unique formula that somehow manages to sound wholly Wire (in a classic sense) and wholly contemporary."

WOODEN SHJIPS Vol. 1 LP / CD
*** "The Wooden Shjips' earliest material was released on vinyl, pressed in small quantities that were either free or hard to come by and are now hopelessly out of print. Vol. 1 collects all the tracks from the free 10-inch, the Dance, California 7-inch, and the SOL 7-inch."

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: Vinyl ))))) Beck, Metallica, and My Morning Jacket

BECK Modern Guilt LP+MP3
*** NOW ON VINYL!

METALLICA Master Of Puppets 2xLP
METALLICA Master Of Puppets LP
*** Hot shit! Either get it on double-LP 45rpm wickedness or be, well, kind of lame and get it on a single straight up 33rpm disc.

MY MORNING JACKET Okonokos 4xLP
*** NOW ON VINYL! The semi-out-of-print live album by one of today's finer bands is now available on a superhuman quadruple vinyl set.

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: CDs ))))) Fucked Up, Dead Can Dance, CSS and more

THE AVETT BROTHERS The Second Gleam CD
*** "Six new songs offered with the natural lyrical clarity and honest delivery that has become synonymous with their name. This second installment sings to the uncommon senses of the common man."

BLACK KIDS Partie Traumatic CD
*** High production 1980s-esque synth pop. This album is #1 on the charts in the UK, maybe a bit less here. But hey -- this album's an effin' party (just like the title kinda' says!)

BRENDAN CANNING Something For All Of Us... 2xCD
*** "Brendan Canning's Broken Social Scene Presents debut following Kevin Drew's Spirit If. The album is a truly genre-ambiguous, progressive work. Canning finds himself free to experiment with a variety of sounds -- from hushed lo-fi acoustics, to blazing rock'n'roll, to psychedelic groove. BSS provides accompaniment."

CSS Donkey CD
*** "Donkey is tough, street-ready, and recreates the frenetic energy of their live shows. And really, with CSS the live show is the thing. Equal parts dance party, urban circus, and out-and-out chaos, the band’s unaffected, unbridled joy in performance is for real and for you. Ride the Donkey!"

DEAD CAN DANCE Within The Realm Of The Dying Sun CD
DEAD CAN DANCE The Serpent's Egg CD
DEAD CAN DANCE Into The Labyrinth CD
DEAD CAN DANCE Dead Can Dance CD
DEAD CAN DANCE Spiritchaser CD
DEAD CAN DANCE Aion CD
*** Remastered, reissued, punched up to SACD (hybrid, of course), packaged in mini-sleeves and previously unavailable for a few years.

FUCKED UP Year Of The Pig CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Toronto's FUCKED UP tore asunder the bonds of hardcore punk with last year's limited-edtion 12" YEAR OF THE PIG. Released on highly collectable Brooklyn label What's Your Rupture?, the title track is 18 minutes of pure fury and disgust." CD version contains alternate edits of the title track as well as b-sides.

HOLD STEADY Stay Positive CD
*** "Follow up to their critically acclaimed album 'Boys and Girls In America.' 3 bonus tracks in limited edition packaging."

JETHRO TULL The Best Of 2xCD
*** As much Tull as you can handle in one day packaged onto two discs. Love it.

NAS Nas CD
*** Looks like he didn't get the "go ahead" on that other title! "Features the new single 'Hero' produced by POLOW DA DON. Featuring CHRIS BROWN and THE GAME."

PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS The Om Years 2xCD
*** "Two disc collection featuring fan favorites, b-sides, and rarities. The first ever Om retrospective of the best dusty breaks and funk rhyme classics from PUTS: one of the greatest hip-hop groups ever!"

PAUL WELLER 22 Dreams CD
*** "Paul Weller's breathtaking ninth solo album featuring NOEL GALLAGHER and GEM ARCHER of OASIS and GRAHAM COXON of BLUR."

DENNIS WILSON Pacific Ocean Blue 2xCD
*** The new low-priced "non-fancy" edition.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

(( RECOMMENDED )) Andrew Pekler's Cue

ANDREW PEKLER Cue CD
"Inspired by library music and the anonymous composers and musicians who create it, ANDREW PEKLER conceived and produced Cue. Starting from short expository phrases setting forth a track's instrumentation, mood and development (reproduced on the back cover), Pekler attempted to construct pieces to fit these specific criteria. On the whole it is a vibrant, playful album with the occasional somber passage providing some contrast to the predominantly ebullient tone. Piano and analog synthesizer sounds abound while percussion (when used) is typically reduced to a minimum of tom toms, bells and unidentified noises."

Following some beat-heavy work, Pekler has stripped it down and started from the ground up with something a little stranger, a bit more peculiar.... Thankfully, the greatness of the work can be measured in spades. Sounding something like an updated BBC Radiophonic Library workshop; textures bubble up and ring out, patterns shifting over one another in a warm analog playscape.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: Vinyl ))))) Metallica re-issue + My Morning Jackey

METALLICA Master Of Puppets 2xLP
METALLICA Master Of Puppets LP
*** Hot shit! Either get it on double-LP 45rpm wickedness or be, well, kind of lame and get it on a single straight up 33rpm disc.

MY MORNING JACKET Okonokos 4xLP
*** NOW ON VINYL! The semi-out-of-print live album by one of today's finer bands is now available on a superhuman quadruple vinyl set.

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: CDs ))))) Holy Steady, Nas, Dennis Wilson

HOLD STEADY Stay Positive CD
*** "Follow up to their critically acclaimed album 'Boys and Girls In America.' 3 bonus tracks in limited edition packaging."

NAS Nas CD
*** Looks like he didn't get the "go ahead" on that other title! "Features the new single 'Hero' produced by POLOW DA DON. Featuring CHRIS BROWN and THE GAME."

DENNIS WILSON Pacific Ocean Blue 2xCD
*** The new low-priced "non-fancy" edition.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: Vinyl ))))) Fiery Furnaces back-in-print and Ratatat

FIERY FURNACES Gallowsbird's Bark LP+MP3
FIERY FURNACES Blueberry Boat LP+MP3
*** BACK IN PRINT! Includes coupon for high-quality mp3s of the album.

RATATAT Lp3 LP+MP3 | CD
*** "Having toured relentlessly and opened for the likes of Daft Punk and Bjork, LP3 came together over the course of just a few weeks in October and November of last year. Mike's characteristic guitar style is still present on the record but there are an abundance of new textures, from wurlitzer and mellotron, to even live percussion rather than programmed."

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: CDs ))))) Beck, Patti Smith & Kevin Shields, Jean Grae among other greats

BECK Modern Guilt CD
*** "Modern Guilt is a tightly assembled group of songs that range in lyrical tone from introspection and social commentary to off the cuff wordplay and lighthearted humor. Musically, the album's ten tracks vacillate between economy and experimentation, hybrid and pop classicism, while consistently manifesting Beck and Danger Mouse's shared interest in psych-rock, folk, electronic minimalism and orchestration."

JEAN GRAE Jeanius CD
*** "Blacksmith Music presents Jean Grae and her electrifying and highly anticipated new album "Jeanius", produced by 9TH WONDER. Jean Grae delivers an impressive range of vision that instantly marks her as an extraordinary artist."

ALBERT HAMMOND, JR. Como Te Llama? CD
*** "This is the follow up to Albert's critically acclaimed debut release. Albert Hammond, Jr. is a musician and member of the garage rock band, The Strokes.

MELVINS Nude With Boots CD
*** "Almost 25 years, over 25 albums and still counting. The band still includes founding member King Buzzo and almost founding member Dale Crover, and they STILL have the Big Business guys Jared Warren and Coady Willis playing with them. This is extraordinary considering how hard it is for bass players and others to stick around the Melvins camp for more than two minutes."

RATATAT Lp3 LP | CD
*** "Having toured relentlessly and opened for the likes of Daft Punk and Bjork, LP3 came together over the course of just a few weeks in October and November of last year. Mike's characteristic guitar style is still present on the record but there are an abundance of new textures, from wurlitzer and mellotron, to even live percussion rather than programmed."

PATTI SMITH & KEVIN SHIELDS The Coral Sea 2xCD
*** "Legendary artist Patti Smith and MY BLOODY VALENTINE's Kevin Shields are set to release a double disc set of their live performance of The Coral Sea on their own PASK imprint. The Coral Sea is Patti Smith's posthumous homage to her friend and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe and the title to her 1997 book. Kevin Shields accompanies her on guitars and effects and creates a haunting backdrop to the spoken prose."

SON AMBULANCE Someone Else's Deja Vu CD
*** "Their third full-length offers a sharper glimpse into Joseph Knapp's distinct songwriting abilities, and reflects a depth of complexity and dream logic made perfect for a sublime musical experience. A cohesive palette of subtle pop psychedelia encompassing myriad musical genres. Think of an old friend."

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: Vinyl ))))) Ghostly & Nomo

SAMI KOIVIKKO Sapphire 12"
*** "Sapphire has that quality of undertow, its a phenomenon if its mesmerizing beauty and its deep compelling power. Following up on his acclaimed work for leibe*detail and Shitkatapult as well as the sublime Paajaasa EP for Spectral Sound, Koivikko perfects his sound here." on GHOSTLY.

NOMO Ghost Rock LP
*** NOW ON VINYL!

((((( NEW ARRIVALS: CDs ))))) Madlib, Burzum, Ry Cooder and then some, pal!

v/a DISCO ITALIA: Essential Italo Disco Classics 1977-1985 CD
*** "Disco Italia brings together original classics and rarities by some of the genre's leading producers, from Claudio Simonetti and Giancarlo Meo (aka Kasso and Easy Going) to Peter Micioni and Balearic favorite, Tullio De Piscopo. Many tracks appear on CD here for the first time and the album features several exclusive re-edits."

ALKALINE TRIO Agony & Irony CD
*** "Featuring the songs 'Help Me' and 'I Found Away'."

BURZUM Anthology CD
*** Yow! The first domestic anthology by black metal legend Varg Vikernes. Pretty serious.

JACKSON CONTI (MADLIB) Sujinho CD
*** "MADLIB went to Brazil in 2002 to meet Ivan “Mamao” Conti the drummer of the legendary trio AZYMUTH to play him an Azymuth tribute record he recorded. The fruits of this meeting has produced a record featuring the music of Madlib, Mamao, Edu Lobo, Chico Buarque de Hollanda, Luiz Eca, Baden Powell, Vinicius De Moraes, Marcos Valle, Joao Donato, Dom Um Romao, Airto Moreira and even George DukeƉ. Filled with the angularity and edge of a Madlib production and underwritten by the polyrhythmics of Mamao -- Sujinho takes Brasilian music into places it has never been, bringing oft forgotten classics to 21st century ears."

RY COODER I, Flathead: The Songs Of Kash Buk & The Klowns CD
*** "The culmination of his ambitious and fascinating 'California Trilogy.' If you mixed John Steinbeck with, say, Thomas Pynchon, and threw in a bit of Popular Mechanics for good measure, it might read something like the I, Flathead narrative."

DELTRON 3030 Deltron 3030 CD
*** BACK IN PRINT! And not a minute too late!

HERCULES AND LOVE AFFAIR Hercules And Love Affair CD
*** Pitchfork says "This debut album is a self-contained, self-assured, 10-song set that runs vintage styles through a restless compositional imagination to create something joyfully, startling unique." 9.1/10!

IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE The Third World CD
*** "Revolutionary MC Immortal Technique is back with his new, highly anticipated mixtape/album with DJ Green Lantern. Guest appearances from Ras Kass, Chino XL, Crooked I and Poison Pen."

KLUSTER 1970-1971 3xCD
*** "Founded in 1969, Kluster were originally a trio featuring Conrad Schnitzler, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, and Dieter Moebius. During their brief lifespan (before Schnitzler left in 1971 and the duo renamed themselves Cluster) they recorded three LPs, all of which are available here. All three are amazing examples of pioneering ambient music featuring guitar, percussion, keys, and cello heavily processed with echo, filters, and tape machines to create an effect unlike anything else that was being made at the time. Absolutely essential and seminal progressive music."

LIQUID LIQUID Discography CD
*** BACK IN PRINT! "Influenced & sampled by Grandmaster Flash ('Cavern'), & LL Cool J to name a very few, this album compiles the 3 EP's released by Liquid Liquid in the early '80s -- seminal funk no wave action!"

JOHN MAYER Where The Light Is: Live in Los Angeles 2xCD
*** "One special night featuring three unique performances: acoustic, trio, and full band."

VAN MORRISON Veedon Fleece CD
*** BACK IN PRINT! Remastered too.

ODD NOSDAM Pretty Swell Explode CD
*** "A two-disc collection of remixes, b-sides and more. Featuring BOARDS OF CANADA, BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW, SERENA MANEECH, BRACKEN, JESSICA BAILIFF and more. Enhanced with videos."

LIZ PHAIR Exile In Guyville CD+DVD
*** "15th anniversary reissue. Re-mastered special edition includes three unreleased b-sides and special 'Guyville Redux' DVD of Liz Phair interviewing all the original guys of Guyville."

VAST AIRE Deuces Wild CD
*** "After making a mark while being apart of Cannibal Ox and Mighty Joseph, Vast Aire is back with his second solo album. With a guest appearance from Copywrite and production from Pete Rock, this is an album you should be checking for."

SAUL WILLIAMS The Inevitable Rise And Liberation Of Niggy Tardust CD
*** "Produced by TRENT REZNOR. Features 4 bonus tracks + list of demand (reparations)."