v/a FLY GIRLS 2xCD
*** Subtitled: B-Boys Beware:Revenge Of The Super Female Rappers. "Killer new compilation of funky, female rap on Soul Jazz Records featuring classic tracks alongside super-rare cuts from the queens of hip-hop spanning over four decades."
v/a GOLDEN APPLES OF THE SUN CD
*** BACK IN STOCK! "The acclaimed 2004 compilation of current underground folk music, as selected by Devendra Banhart. This is more than a compilation -- it's expertly sequenced and paced, like one long, slow flow of a particularly rich vibe."
v/a STEPPAS' DELIGHT 2xCD
*** "Steppas' Delight tells the story of dubstep -- from its South London roots up to its present status as the most vibrant musical sub-culture in the UK -- and its subsequent virus-like growth throughout the world. The album is made up of exclusive new tracks alongside some choice tracks from dubstep's recent history and features many of the original groundbreaking names alongside the current underground new wave of dubstep producers."
BENGA Diary Of An Afro Warrior CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!
BODUF SONGS How Shadows Chase The Balance CD
*** "This album is a further step away from the 'folk' label, which never seemed all that appropriate to Mathew's work in any case. The results might more rightly be construed as 'acoustic death metal' considering the themes of death, alienation, fear, hatred and isolation that are his forte, as well as his affinity for gothic imagery."
WILLIAM S. BURROUGHS Break Through In The Grey Room LP / CD
*** "Extraordinary cut-up voices recorded during the mid-60's in hotel rooms in New York, Paris, London. It's impossible not to recognize the writer's voice. An explosion of styles -- a blasting of borders -- the silence after a gunshot -- the overtaking of the fetishized word -- from the exploded painting to the cut tape."
DON CHERRY + JON APPLETON Human Music CD
*** "This 1969 avant-garde collaboration between trumpeter Don Cherry and electronics pioneer Jon Appleton consists of four compositions." Includes two bonus tracks, "Don" and "Jon."
THE DEAD TEXAN The Dead Texan CD+DVD
*** "Music from Adam Wiltzie (STARS OF THE LID) on compact disc and a DVD containing music videos by Adam Wiltzie and video artist Christina Vantzos. The eleven tracks on The Dead Texan are sonatas to Stars of the Lid's noctambulant fugues. Or as Adam Wiltzie describes them, mini symphonies."
FLIPPER Sex Bomb Baby CD
*** "A collection of Flipper material dated no later than 1982, comprised of singles, B-sides, and compilation tracks. The single version of 'Sex Bomb' is an all-out classic, a frenetic, yelping punk answer to 'Louie, Louie' and the rest is no slouch either, outrageous, harsh, sludge-punk from San Francisco's finest."
GROUP INERANE Guitars From Agadez (Music Of Niger) CD
*** "Group Inerane is the now sound of the Tuareg Guitar Revolution -- rebel musicians of the Sahara. These ten tracks are a combination of amplified roots rock, blues, and folk in the local Tuareg styles, at times entering into full-on electric guitar psychedelia."
GROUPER Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill CD
*** BACK IN STOCK! "The third full-length for Portland-based Liz Harris. Harris turns down the fuzz boxes which caged (and to some degree defined) her sound and allows her voice to ring out above everything else. It is an album steeped in the world of dream-pop -- a genre pioneered by the likes of Cocteau Twins and This Mortal Coil -- perfect, left-field pop songs."
HEARTLESS BASTARDS The Mountain CD
*** "The album, entitled The Mountain, delivers the powerful howl that fans expect from the Heartless Bastards, but also weaves in adventure with mandolins, banjos, strings and Erika's transcendent voice."
JONAS REINHARDT Jonas Reinhardt CD
*** "Jonas Reinhardt is a love affair between analog electronics, sweeping atmospherics, and driving motorik beats. Consider this the soundtrack for an inner-eyelid space epic that never was." On KRANKY.
KTL iv CD
*** Fourth album. "Stephen O'Malley (SUNNO))), KHANATE, etc.) and Peter Rehberg's (PITA). Whereas the first three records were blurred washes of fog and noise polished by ambient shine, IV is a more direct and demanding beast, referencing such diverse projects as: volume-era Swans, Red Mecca period Cabaret Voltaire, phase one Wire, Fushitsusha and This Heat."
TELEFON TEL AVIV Immolate Yourself CD
*** Third album. "Immolate Yourself is newer, longer, more intimate synth-pop cross-processed to make everything saturated, grainy, distorted, dusty and distressed."
JD TWITCH 10 Inches of Fear / 60 Minutes Of Fear 10"+CD
*** RECOMMENDED "For the 10", Twitch re-edited four tracks by Flux of Pink Indians, Honey Bane, Zounds, and The Mob. The mix CD featuring 22 classic and obscure punk rock tracks expertly selected and mixed by Twitch."
THE VON BONDIES Love Hate And Then There's You CD
*** SPIN(!!) says "Over punchy, driving riffs and crackling drum work, Stollsteimer howls like a guy with much to be pissed about, while the sharp production and dark pop hooks offer a vision of garage rock that's more grand than grimy."