ARBOURETUM Song Of The Pearl CD
*** "Arbouretum's third full-length, more earthy and direct than the band's previous efforts, reaching out from within the mire itself. The album exudes hopefulness, even though the songs' protagonists are often ultimately and intrinsically doomed."
BILL CALLAHAN Sometimes I With We Were An Eagle LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle is about as beautiful an album as you can expect to hear sung circa 2009. Sure, there's guitar, keyboards and drums, just like there's always been -- but arranger Brian Beattie brought some old friends back into the picture: violins and French horns. Plus, recording in the big state of Texas has given Bill Callahan a panoramic sound-screen, filled with verdant and sparkling sounds, all of which allow him access to the depths of expression, allowing a gentle and stirring view of that which we call 'soul'."
DJ/ RUPTURE & ANDY MOOR Patches CD
*** A crazyman DJ plus a crazyman guitar player from THE EX do this crazy thing.
DOVES Kingdom Of Rust CD
*** New album featuring singles and other songs!
JON HASSELL Last Night The Moon Came Dropping Its Clothes In The Street CD
*** "American trumpet player, composer, Eno and Peter Gabriel collaborator returns to ECM with a stand-out album encompassing electronic, jazz, and world music.
KING KHAN & THE SHRINES What Is? 2xLP / CD
*** "14 blasts of pure punk-soul. The unique Sun Ra cum Stooges take on psychedelic big band soul is full on here, a literal aural middle finger to the calculated garage rock taking over the malls of America."
LITHOPS Ye Viols! CD
*** "Lithops is the solo disguise of Jan St. Werner (MOUSE ON MARS, MICROSTORIA, VON SUDENFED). Ye Viols! can be seen as background noise for a visual utopia: a recombined industrial iconography of spatial adventures, futuristic collages and phantasmagoric scenes."
THE JUAN MACLEAN The Future Will Come CD
*** "Rather than retreat to a recording studio in Woodstock, NY, and toil in solitude, Maclean brought along Nick Millhiser and Alex Frankel (also known as Holy Ghost!) to lay down parts for The Future Will Come. 'The next guideline was revisiting the Human League,' reveals Maclean."
MEDESKI, MARTIN & WOOD Radiolarians II CD
*** "The Radiolarians Series, designed to challenge the traditional format of touring after a record¹s release, has found Medeski Martin & Wood thriving and making some of their most creative and innovative music in years."
MOUNTAINS Choral CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Mountains is often compared to artists such as Brian Eno and Fennesz, citing their extended melodies and their unique broad guitar work. Mountains seamlessly blend pastoral electronic sounds with both field recordings and a plethora of acoustic instruments. The resulting soundscapes are broad in scope and rich in detail. The effect is incredibly sublime and hypnotic as the sounds slowly wrap themselves around each other and alter themselves in the mind of the listener. Choral is a uniquely soothing and addicting listening experience and an aural crazy quilt: warm and inviting with many details to discover and explore."
PELE A Scuttled Bender In A Watery Closet 2xCD
*** "A celebration of the seven years, 13 releases, experimentation, and insanity. This set collects a legacy of work that was often limited edition, always hard to find, and highly collectible. The core members are now COLLECTIONS OF COLONIES OF BEES."
PONTIAK Maker CD
*** "Pontiak's studio in rural Virginia is about 12'x12' and largely responsible for the saturated sound on their new album Maker. Preferring the energy of a mostly live recording and understanding how to capture their sound, Pontiak generally kept the first take as the final take."
ANNI ROSSI Rockwell CD
*** DROWNED IN SOUND said, "Anni Rossi is one of these quirky-but-endearing Americana alt-folk prodigies that seem to crawl out of the woodwork every so often." Rossi toured with The Ting Tings and Electrelane.
TELEKINESIS Telekinesis CD
*** "Telekinesis is influenced by both the carefully constructed timeless pop of the 60s and 70s, and the nonchalance and brevity of classic indie rock. Recorded with producer Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie, The Decemberists)."
THANK YOU World City CD
*** "Dank, skittering tracks filled with light and dark, a breathless chaos that results in one hell of a musical fight. The basics of drums, organ, and guitar are augmented by whistles, cowbell, hobo harmonica, snappy loops, car horns, and whatever else might be at hand."