v/a SIGNIFYING! Funky Organ Grooves From The Big Apple CD
*** "Signifiying! is the heart of Prestige Records in the 1960s where the organ was to the fore, the tunes weren't too difficult, and every night was Saturday. Rare recordings, in-depth sleeve notes and a lot of music."
A HAWK AND A HACKSAW Delivrance CD
*** "Recorded in Budapest around the core of the Hun Hangar Ensemble (a group of extraordinarily talented Hungarian folk musicians), Delivrance, a mix of traditional songs and original compositions, forges deeper into the culture of the old East and comes back with a suite of euphoric melodies for times of revelry."
BIBIO Ambivalence Avenue CD
*** "Fitting in nicely with the likes of BoC, HudMo or even Broadcast, Bibio is now on Warp with a sepia tinted and beat driven take on neo-folk and grainy soundtrack styles with just a hint of (dare we say it) hauntological awareness at work. Bibio's charming appeal can be attributed to his skill for crafting beautifully naive melodies and possessing a wider scope than many involed with the oft blanched scene of neo-folk and soft-hippy rustic-psychedelia."
DAVID DANIELL Coastal CD
*** "Raw, minimal howl rooted in the blues, American minimalism and post-punk ideologies from the head of Rhys Chatham's current ensembles. Daniell is also a regular performer in a duo with Tortoise's Doug McCombs; collaborator with Tim Barnes, Thurston Moore and Loren Connors; and is in San Agustin. At times reminiscent of David Grubbs, Mountains, and early Faust."
DEER TICK Born On Flag Day CD
*** "Deer Tick's highly anticipated second full-length reflects a natural evolution from a singular vision of one songwriter to something greater."
DINOSAUR JR. Farm 2xCD / 2xLP+MP3
*** "If 'Beyond' was Dinosaur Jr.'s return to form, Farm is proof that this band continues to deliver that which makes rock worth cranking to 11. At times wholly 70's guitar-epic or Joni and Neil, Farm encompasses soaring and distorted guitar, unshakable hooks, and honey-rich melodies."
DJ SHADOW The 4-Track Era Collection (1980-1992) 3xCD
*** "Best of the KMEL Mixes, Best of the Remixes & Megamixes, Best of the Original Productions."
DOUBLE DAGGER More CD
*** "Baltimore trio Double Dagger creates a cacophonous wall of sound. Their dynamic combination of energy, melody, angst, and playfulness is captured exquisitely on their third full-length/Thrill Jockey debut."
FOREIGN BORN Person To Person CD
*** "African high-life guitars are countered with New Wave wash -- if the Walkmen weren't afraid to go out in Bermuda shorts and flip-flops, you may have a sound close to this."
GOD HELP THE GIRL God Help The Girl CD
*** "Belle And Sebastian band leader/singer/songwriter Stuart Murdoch decided to pursue his dream of writing a rock musical scored for female singers. With all members of Belle And Sebastian backing him up, GHTG combines the strengths and feel of early Belle And Sebastian records and draws equally on musicals, 60s girl groups, 80s indie, and most of all, classic pop."
ISAAC HAYES Hot Buttered Soul CD
*** "40th anniversary edition of the album that ignited a soul revolution!"
HEADDRESS Lunes LP / CD
*** "Lunes is a dark meditation on Americana -- blues shaped by the avant compositions of La Monte Young and Dylan Carlson -- from this Texas psychedelic duo."
DANIEL A.I.U. HIGGS Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot BOOK+CD
*** RECOMMENDED "On Atomic Yggdrasil Tarot, Daniel A.I.U. Higgs, the sole lyricist and frontman LUNGFISH, weaves meditative, casually ruptured drones using acoustic and electric guitar, upright pianos, banjo and jew’s harp, recorded entirely at home. He pairs the music with a series of paintings that call to mind religious iconography passed through the disfiguring surrealism of Miro."
HP LOVECRAFT Dreams In The Witch House: The Complete Philips Recordings CD
*** 2-on-1 import. Remastered 23-track collection of the legendary Chicago psychedelic band's entire recorded output on one CD. Includes previously uncompiled alternate single versions of 'The White Ship' & 'Keeper Of The Keys'. Rev-Ola. 2005.
MARS VOLTA Octahedron CD
*** "Mars Volta, the 'most musically adventurous act currently signed to a major label,' punkperverted neo-psychedelia goes acoustic on Octahedron. Says Cedric Bixler Zavala: 'There's electricity throughout it! But that's what our band does-celebrate mutations.'"
MIKA MIKO We Be Xuxa CD
*** "Never polished, always urgent and catchy, Mika Miko somehow conduct a current take on the old emotions of great punk rock bands before them, mixing great riffs with simple ideas, melody with speed while sending you into a mind melting frenzy."
MOUNTAINS Choral 2xLP+MP3 / CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!
NIOBE Blackbird's Echo CD
*** "Blackbird's Echo is the title of the fifth full length album by Niobe. Produced by AKI ONDA and collaborations with David Grubbs, DJ Olive..."
OUR BROTHER THE NATIVE Sacred Psalms CD
*** "Drawing on both the campfire sing-along quality of their debut as well as the epic, icy expansiveness of last year's album, Sacred Psalms finds the young trio exponentially increasing the instrumental range and the sheer depth and quality of their recordings."
PINK MOUNTAINTOPS Outside Love CD
*** "Ten songs of love and hate that read like a Danielle Steele romance novel but that would probably make for bad television. Stephen McBean is best known for his contributions to acclaimed rock band Black Mountain."
PUBLIC IMAGE LIMITED Metal Box CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Unavailable for almost thirty years, the Metal Box is back as an exact replica of the original, remastered for better sound than the 1979 vinyl -- a post-punk collectors' holy grail."
REGINA SPEKTOR Far CD
*** "Spektor combines rich soundscapes with evocative, daring piano pop, vocal acrobatics, intricately structured melodies and a remarkable gift for crafting intelligent, refreshingly honest odes to life."
SUNSET RUBDOWN Dragonslayer CD / 2xLP+MP3
*** "WOLF PARADE's Spencer Krug & co. hope this album is like that one friend of yours who looks unassuming and normal, but once you get to know him it's obvious he's basically crazy."
TORTOISE Beacons Of Ancestorship LP+MP3 / CD
*** "Their first new record in over five years. Tortoise have been expanding the definition of rock music for over fifteen years. 'Beacons' gives nods to techno, punk, electro, lo-fi noise, cut up beats, heavily processed synths, and mournful, elegiac dirges."