ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Merriweather Post Pavilion CD
*** Perhaps you've heard of these gents. Do the words "ALBUM OF THE DECADE" mean anything to you!?!?!?!?
ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS The Crying Light CD
*** "Bridging the gap between avant-classical music and the blues, the intimacy of the Johnsons' sound is enveloped by avant-classical composer Nico Muhly's symphonic arrangements. "The Crying Light" is a soul-stirring new work with its daring compositions and captivating vocal performances. Antony and the Johnsons have created a subtle and timely work that brings a magical and yet changing world to the forefront of our consciousness.
ANDREW BIRD Noble Beast CD
*** Perhaps you've heard of this fellow! Vinyl and double-disc edition to come!
JAMES BLACKSHAW Litany Of Echoes CD
*** A young guitar English player once more so in the tradition of John Fahey/Basho/etc. now sports a Steve Reich-ian/Phil Glass bent. Highly recommended by all sorts of people, not least of all is Pitchfork.
BON IVER Blood Bank 12" / CD
*** "BON IVER's snow-blanketed harmonies live across the seasons. Both expansive and intimate, these four songs explore the darker and lighter natures of the seasons and what they signify, and offer a dynamic glimpse into the natural energy and refined craftsmanship that characterize Justin Vernon's music."
HAUSCHKA Ferndorf CD
*** "Where Volker Bertelmann's previous album comprised primarily solo recordings of Bertelmann and his prepared piano (with a few electronic and instrumental overdubs), Ferndorf is a more expansive and fully-realized effort."
JOHANN JOHANNSSON Fordlandia CD
*** "Johann Johannsson makes stately, slow-building and hauntingly melodic music - which frequently combines electronic processing with classical orchestrations - that has been quietly bewitching listeners for the last few years."
DAMIEN JURADO Caught In The Trees CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!
LITTLE JOY Little Joy CD
*** "Little Joy is Rodrigo Amarante (LOS HERMANOS), Fabrizio Moretti (THE STROKES), and Binki Shapiro. three friends who dropped their routine at their respective hometowns to make a record in Los Angeles, California."
MONKEY Journey To The West CD
*** GORILLAZ side project.
A.C. NEWMAN Get Guilty LP+MP3 / CD
*** "The second solo album from A.C. Newman, leader and songwriter behind The New Pornographers, finds the pop songsmith in decidedly more upbeat and guitar-heavy form than the last NPs album. An irresistible set of layered pop
songs of great melodic and lyrical depth."
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS Do It Like We Used To Do 2xCD+DVD
LOU REED Berlin: Live @ St. Ann's 2xLP / CD
*** "Lou Reed recorded the album Berlin in 1973. It was a commercial failure.
For five nights in December 2006 at St. Ann's Warehouse Brooklyn, Lou Reed performed his master work about love's dark sisters; jealousy, rage and loss and was made a film by Julian Schnabel."
SKELETONS Money CD
*** "Why not call it GASOLINE or DEATH? Because MONEY is the root, and this is Root Music. Because MONEY will still be there after you've thinned out. Because MONEY is TIME and TIME is SPACE. MONEY is YOURS!"
TITUS ANDRONICUS The Airing Of Grievances CD
*** "Written during a particularly crucial time in any young person's life, TA launches insights across a wall of defiant, triumphant rock anthems, which have earned comparisons to such iconoclasts as the Pogues, and The Replacements."
THOM YORKE The Eraser Rmxs CD
*** "Previously available on highly limited 12" singles these remixes are now available for a limited time on CD. Featuring remixes by BURIAL, FOURTET, and THE BUG among others."
FRANK ZAPPA Zappa/Wazoo 2xCD
*** A disc of previously unreleased orchestral Zappa tunes with fancy packaging.