v/a SOUTHERN FUNKIN': Louisiana Funk & Soul 1967-1979 CD
*** "Stone rarities and dancefloor winners from Louisiana -- funk tinged with the flavor of Creole culture. Some of these jams go for $1000+ on original vinyl!"
BUSDRIVER Jhelli Beam CD
*** "BD's breath-defying smart/smart-ass flow teeters precariously on top of samples of classical music, jazz drumming, and proggy guitar parts. Mindfully engaging and booty shaking at the same time."
DEERHUNTER Rainwater Cassette Exchange CD
*** "Some bands arguably work best in the EP format -- think Cocteau Twins or My Bloody Valentine, and now add Deerhunter to that list. A lucid argument can be made that minute for minute, and hook for hook, their EP's can't be matched for visceral energy and pop smarts."
DIRTY PROJECTORS Bitte Orca LP+MP3 / CD
*** "A big rock album by design. Its idiosyncratic and sincere take on popular music is reminiscent of David Byrne. In many ways, group leader David Longstreth could be seen as this generation's answer to Byrne, a distinctive torchbearer of labyrinthine song arrangements that go down easy."
DAVE HAMILTON Detroit City Grooves CD
*** "The legendary Detroit soul & funk producer's instrumental recordings including his lost album, Soul Suite, rare 45s and other tracks."
PETER HOLSAPPLE & CHRIS STAMEY Here & Now CD
*** "The first collaboration in almost two decades by the acclaimed songwriters of The dB's. Features legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis."
MOS DEF The Ecstatic 2xLP / CD
*** Whoa! Mos switches labels (Downtown) and nabs MADLIB, J DILLA, and the brilliant GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW to produce for what's being called his best album since Black On Both Sides.
PLACEBO Battle For The Sun CD
*** 6th album. "Battle For The Sun is a startling, alive, vital and boundary-vaulting record that marks a whole new era for a band that were in need of a change."
SONIC YOUTH The Eternal 2xLP+MP3 / CD
*** 16th album. "Sonic Youth signs to Matador and delivers a supercharged rocker, recalling aspects of the Evol-Sister-Daydream Nation holy trinity, but with cleaner, louder production and more straightforward momentum."