THE ANTLERS Hospice CD
*** "Hospice resonates on debilitating sonic and lyrical levels, from hypnotic harp and tension-ratcheting builds, amidst contrasting shards of ambient noise, sweeping strings and smoky horns."
BACHELORETTE My Electric Family CD
*** "Bachelorette’s music beams to us through a universe of unconquered psychedelic pop, where long beams of sunlight extend to infinity, and blue moons shimmer in an acousto-synthetic haze."
BRENDAN BENSON My Old, Familiar Friend CD
*** "Taking a break from writing, recording, and touring with the Grammy-winning Raconteurs, Benson drops his fourth album." 11 tracks.
SIR RICHARD BISHOP Freak Of Araby LP / CD
*** Sun City Girl Sir Richard gets deep into the Middle Eastern mystic with hand drums, percussion, bass, drums, electric guitars and a heavy dose of Moroccan chanters, all of it captured with depth, detail and sympathy."
DEL CLOSE & JOHN BRENT How To Speak Hip CD
*** "The 1959 'didactic tool to be used by the listener to learn the secret language of the 'hipster'. As a parody of language-learning tools, the album presents basic concepts such as "cool" and "uncool," as well as vocabulary building ("dig", "dig it", "dig yourself, baby", "dig the chick", "dig the cat", "What a drag!"). However, the hipster rebels against participating in the teaching tool, leading to a humorously compromised teaching style."
ERIC COPELAND Alien In A Garbage Dump CD
*** "Compiles 'Alien In a Garbage Dump' & 'Al Anon' vinyl EPs." Member of BLACK DICE.
DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS Live From Austin City Limits CD+DVD
*** "Entire performance on both CD and DVD -- over an hour on each disc."
HELENA ESPVALL & MASAKI BATOH Overloaded Ark CD
*** "Armed with a veritable cornucopia of instruments, HELENA ESPVALL (ESPERS) and MASAKI BATOH (GHOST) backed by two of Batoh’s Ghost-mates deliver a trove of traditional & ancient musics alongside self-composed explorations."
FLORENCE & THE MACHINE Lungs CD
*** "With several strong singles taking up a fair portion of this debut release, it's clear that Florence Welch is as much a pop writer as she is a left-field artist, tempered by an admiration for soul and contemporary indie."
MARK FOSSON The Lost Takoma Sessions CD
*** "A first-time release of MARK FOSSON’s unissued 1977 sessions recorded for Takoma and produced by JOHN FAHEY. Fosson’s sound is light, smooth, and melodious, and he plays with his own individual personality."
LIGHTS Rites CD
*** "LIGHTS are a Brooklyn musical troupe that have shaped psychedelic mojo pop into a serpentine smoke ring, floating over both New York’s forbidding urban scapes and the West Coast’s sunshine vibes."
MAGIK MARKERS Balf Quarry CD
*** "Long known for their shattering live appearances, Magik Markers have captured different moods and twitches, from tremoring mid-rhythms, a couple showers of hardcore, high flying free rock & several clinking music boxes of woe."
WILLIAM OLDHAM Joya CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!
PISSED JEANS King Of Jeans LP / CD
*** "King of Jeans is Pissed Jeans formal and uneasy acceptance of adulthood, by way of one hell of a rock record. From simple minds and simple fabrics comes this King of Jeans. And there can be only one.
JAY REATARD Watch Me Fall CD
*** "Memphis prolific punk wunderkind Jay Reatard has recorded an album chockful of irresistible melodies, the songs cascading with joyous hooks marked by a certain aggro negativity."
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE Luminous Night LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Through dark days and glowing nights, new horizons are visible throughout Luminous Night. Be it in the face of spiritual crisis or catharsis, BEN CHASNY refuses to stagnate, or to evolve in predictable fashion."
YAHOWHA 13 Magnificence In The Memory CD
*** "New jam from the Source Family vaults runs the gamut of a rainbow of styles, riffs & grooves sounding like German prog bands, psychedelic rock bands or the as-yet-uncreated avant sounds from the indie rock movement."