v/a TWISTED NERVE 10th ANNIVERSARY mixed by Andy Votel CD
*** RECOMMENDED "A high-speed mutant mixtape from B-musicologist Andy Votel, using tracks exclusively selected from the vaults of his own independent non-record label Twisted Nerve. A 40 track masala of DIY classics, B-sides, rarities and remixes celebrating a decade of teenage garage jams, Mancunian psychsploitation, arkhestral communism and workshop Pop."
CYRO BAPTISTA'S BANQUET OF THE SPIRITS Infinito CD
*** Dusty Groove says: "A richly creative, cool blend of Brazilian roots, jazzy inflections, and other inventive experimentation."
BIG STAR #1 Record / Radio City CD
*** "Contains two albums both in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Album's of All Time. Includes two tracks never before available on CD."
JIM JAMES as YIM YAMES Tribute To... CD
*** "Debut solo release from MY MORNING JACKET's Jim James, comprised of George Harrison songs that James recorded back in 2001."
JONSI & ALEX Riceboy Sleeps CD
*** "The instrumental side project from SIGUR ROS member Jon Thor Birgisson and collaborator Alex Somers. Riceboy Sleeps is human in a profound and verging-on spiritual way. Its slowly evolving abstract landscapes are both edifying and life-affirming, existing in a contemplative dream-state, unconstrained and mesmeric, seemingly outside time."
MEDESKI MARTIN & WOOD Radiolarians 3 CD
*** "The third and final installment in their Radiolarians trilogy, maybe the strongest and most cohesive album of the Radiolarian's series."
MODEST MOUSE No One's First & You're Next CD
*** "A collection of newly recorded songs from the We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank and Good News for People Who Love Bad News sessions, as well as two rare b-sides."
GEORGIA ANNE MULDROW Umsindo CD
*** "Well known for her unorthodox soundscaping and inspired traditional African Song structuring, UMSINDO is her second full length with subject matter ranging from world politics to the metaphysical sciences-with laserlike synthwork to match!"
THE OCTOPUS PROJECT Golden Beds CD
*** "Five different tunes from five different rooms of the neon mansion the band has built - from big-riff Rock to tiny electronics to blissful sing-alongs. Dip your arms deep into a kaleidoscopic candy jar filled with tasty Octopus-flavored treats." There are a whole bunch of videos on here too.
JULIAN PLENTI ...is Skyscraper CD
*** A.K.A. Paul Banks of INTERPOL. "This incredibly varied album runs the gamut from gorgeous folk-tinged acoustic songs to huge, orchestral guitar anthems. The palette changes from black and white to color and back, from regal Eastern European synth sounds to sad but triumphant brass."