JARVIS COCKER Further Complications CD
*** "His second solo album, containing the more roughed up tunes Cocker has been peddling since parting with Pulp."
IRON & WINE Around The Well 3xLP / 2xCD
*** "Collecting songs ranging from out-of-print to never-before-released, Around the Well spans Iron and Wine’s earliest sessions which yielded the band’s debut through material recorded for 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog."
KING GEEDORAH Take Me To Your Leader CD
*** BACK IN STOCK! "MF DOOM returns with 13 tracks of beyond-this-world hip hop rocked with off-center beats, outerspace lizard grooves, and ill lyrics."
NURSE WITH WOUND She & Me Fall Together In Free Death CD
*** "Another super-freaked, avant-gone experience. Includes all the creepy, sex-vibed sounds and psyched-out grooves one would expect, as well as a few one wouldn't."
PASSION PIT Manners CD
*** "Redemption. Paranoia. Guilt. Brief glimpses of a better tomorrow cloaked in Pop hooks. A bird-flipping break from the blogosphere by a 21 year old with much more on his manic mind than girls, girls, girls. You know, important matters, like the end of the world and learning to love someone other than the man in the mirror."
SELDA Selda CD
*** RECOMMENDED Selda Bagcan's album of "space age, Anatolian, electronic, progressive-protest, psych-folk-funk-rock from the Middle East" is a radical political document from 1976 with unreal breaks & lots of fuzz guitar. Highly recommended.
JOHN ZORN Alhambra Love Songs CD
*** "Touching on the jazz/pop/funk trios of Vince Guaraldi and Ramsey Lewis, the single most charming CD in Zorn's entire catalog is a touching and lyrical ode to the San Francisco/Bay Area and the wonderful artists who have made it their home."