v/a BOOGALOO POW WOW: Dancefloor Rendez-Vous In Young Nuyorica CD
*** RECOMMENDED "A scorching compilation which features the brilliant, hybrid array of styles which burned up Latino dancefloors during the '60s in New York. New rhythms like the pachanga, boogaloo, típico and salsa signalled significant changes in musical sensibility among a new generation. Raucous hand-clapping, the party exhortations, the back-beat drumming, the African-American street English -- the result was a crazy, motley style named after the African-American dance craze of the moment, the boogaloo."
v/a G-SPOTS: The Spacey Folk Electro-Horror Sounds of the Studio G Library CD
*** "Between 1969 and 1982, Studio G, one of the smallest, but finest UK music libraries, produced albums covering all major library music genres: horror, pop, industrial, children, jazz, and avant-garde. Simple but extremely effective compositions across a variety of genres, many employing heavy delay, reverb, echo boxes and early synthesis. G Spots begins with humble tracks with treated guitars and musical jaunts into outer space; we then move through jazz, easy-listening and oddball sounds into weird, dark and often quite unsettling future music. There are drifting synthesizer soundscapes, unsettling vocal tape-loops, even the odd bit of electro-voodoo."
v/a PHANTOM GUITARS: A Cool Collection of Twangin' Guitar Instrumentals from the UK 1961-1964 CD
*** RECOMMENDED "An excellent collection of ultra-obscure guitar instrumentals culled from a very short period in UK music history when there was no bigger band than The Shadows. With a brand of twanging melody borrowed from Duane Eddy and The Ventures, coffee bars, dancehalls and fairgrounds reverberated to the sound of Binson echo units and primitive Bigsby-esque tremelo arms."
v/a THAI BEAT A GO GO: Wild and Rockin' 60's Sounds From the Land of Smile! CD
*** "If you dug the highly popular Cambodian Rocks comps, you'll go crazy over the incredible and ultra rare recordings from Thailand in the 1960s. Red hot Thai curry rock n roll, cosmic instro surf bands, mad garage/beat bands, mystic go-go organ/wild guitar rave-ups, exotic female singers, extreme sensuality and emotions, surreal and groovy, all with a totally otherworldly Thai flavor."
AKRON/FAMILY Set 'Em Wild Set 'Em Free CD
*** "This is a new chapter for the band. Touching on everything from Fela Kuti to Sly and the Family Stone, this ain't the Akron/Family you think you know. As the album unfolds, Akron/Family's musical explorations are virtually without limits. Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free is the new psychedelic rock."
LES BAXTER Space Escapade CD
*** "Previously unavailable digitally, Space Escapade is the holy grail to Baxterites and students of the Exotica genre; showcasing all of the eclecticism and sensual orchestral effects that are Baxter's remarkable trademark. Also includes a program of extremely rare Les Baxter single A & B sides from the '50s."
BIRDSONGS OF THE MESOZOIC Dawn Of The Cycads 2xCD
*** "Initially a side project of MISSION OF BURMA, Roger Miller (ANN ARBOR!) and Martin Swope deployed keyboards, synths, guitar, and all manner of stuff to create astounding records pulling together elements as diverse as jazz, systems music, experimental music, classical, and rock, this is *real* art-rock."
BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Eating Us CD
BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW Eating Us CD in FUR BAG
*** "After a year of eerie, stilted silence, the sun shines and the shadows reappear: the first fully hi-fi BMSR record. Here, the merry cryptic band has added some new flavors to their already well-established rainbow of sounds, with even more dense layers of lushly complex orchestration, intensely rhythmic drumming from a live, human drummer, vocoder vocals that are anything but robotic, and thick, undulating bass tones."
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE Smoking Acid CD
*** New! Still up to no good!
NICK CAVE The Firstborn Is Dead CD+DVD
NICK CAVE From Her To Eternity CD+DVD
NICK CAVE Your Funeral... My Trial CD+DVD
NICK CAVE Kicking Against The Pricks CD+DVD
*** NOW AVAILABLE! Remastered! DVDs include a 5.1 Surround mix as well as videos and bonus content.
DEATH SET Rad Warehouses To Bad Neighborhoods CD
*** "23-track collection of the band's super-deep super-brief back catalog -- drumbox beats, serrated-edge guitar, and keyboard hooks for longer than one might have thought. Massively fun, exhilarating, and strangely life-affirming."
ERSEN Ersen CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Ersen performed nearly all kinds of Turkish music forms in his life adventure -- rock, pop, folk, arabesque -- but in his early years (late '60s/early '70s) he was a successful psych-rock singer, working with names such as Kardaslar, Dadaslar, Mogollar, Üç Hürel."
GRIZZLY BEAR Veckatimest 2xLP / CD
*** NOW IN STOCK! Perhaps you heard of these guys. They aren't bad.
CLUTCHY HOPKINS Music Is My Medicine CD
*** "Another piece of the Clutchy Hopkins puzzle -- a set of dusty, dubbed out Clutchy tracks. Take a pinch of Hopkins deep musical madness and add a sunshine-blessed dubbed-out twist!"
MARILYN MANSON The High End Of Low CD
*** "Marilyn Manson + Twiggy Ramirez will close the main stage at the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival, this July through August."
OBITS I Blame You CD
*** "More backward-looking and blues-based than anything in Rick Froberg's back catalog (DRIVE LIKE JEHU, HOT SNAKES). Swamp-fevered garage workouts, hints of punk minimalism and surf adventure, and fiendish, reverb-heavy jams."
PHOENIX Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix CD
*** "Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is a career-defining album filled with the band's signature melding of synthetics and organics, sharp, danceable rhythms, infectious choruses with a considerable dose of aural panache and candy-colored pop sensibilities."
SPECTRUM vs. SILVER APPLES A Lake Of Teardrops CD
*** "Sonic Boom worked with the seminal '60s act Silver Apples on a six track mini album in 1998. A Lake Of Teardrops is a spellbinding trip into the minds of two of the finest experimental composers ever." Limited to 500.
SUNN0)))) Monoliths & Dimensions CD
*** RECOMMENDED "The core guitar duo plus a plethora of guest musicians, bringing the SUNN O))) sound to epic new levels. The band collaborated with composer Eyvind Kang on various acoustic ensembles, Oren Ambarchi, enigmatic Hungarian vocalist Attila Csihar and slow music godfather Dylan Carlson (Earth), as well as Julian Priester and new-music horn player Stuart Dempster." TOTALLY UNREAL.