TYONDAI BRAXTON Central Market CD
*** "BATTLES' multi-instrumentalist's full-length solo masterpiece was scored for a large ensemble & inspired by Igor Stravinsky, Bernard Hermann, Brian Eno, John Adams and Swans." BJORK and FOURTET effin' looooove this album.
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM Signal Morning CD
*** "Seven and a half years in the making, culled from hours of recorded material sculpted in at least seven different studios, the new CIRCULATORY SYSTEM album is an absolutely stellar document of song and sound. Featuring all the members of THE OLIVIA TREMOR CONTROL, as well as JEFF MANGUM and JULIAN KOSTER of NEUTRAL MILK HOTEL."
KID CUDI Man On The Moon CD
*** "Kid Cudi is at the vanguard of a game-changing new generation of artists," said Universal Motown President Sylvia Rhone. "He crosses musical boundaries with an appeal that goes beyond genre, format, race, language, and culture. Cudi lives easily in the hip-hop, indie rock, pop, and R&B worlds - a diversity that shows in his innovative music and his all-embracing persona."
LE LOUP Family CD
*** "The musicians took an elemental approach to recording, capturing the organic sounds of their instruments before treating them with various effects. Certain melodic themes were added to multiple songs, linking the album together with their recurring motifs. The result is an album of experimental rock songs and campfire sing-alongs, set amidst swirling textures and murky production."
MONSTERS OF FOLK Monsters Of Folk CD
*** "Monsters of Folk is a collaboration of Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward- three of this generations most critically acclaimed voices and Mike Mogis , one of the most sought after producers working today.
MUM Sing Along To Songs You Don't Know CD
*** "The album is a much more laid back affair, more relaxed and quietly sad, sometimes sounding naively utopic, brimming with unusual sounds, this time much of the songs revolve around a lightly prepared piano, hammered dulcimer, a string quartet, marimbas, guitars, ukuleles and in the background of a few of the songs one can hear a parakeet singing with the piano."
PEARL JAM Backspacer CD
*** "Ninth album! Self-released! The music on the record features a sound influenced by Pop and New Wave."
POLVO In Prism CD
*** Mike Wolf says: ”There is not a thing on In Prism that they aren’t doing better than before: the sidewinder guitars and the mighty roar and the moody atmospheres and the psychedelic explosiveness; the writing, the singing, the words you can understand, the ones you can’t. Polvo has never sounded better."
RAEKWON Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II CD
*** "Only Built 4 Cuban Linx II will produce the dish that true Hip Hop Fans have been salivating for many years." Production from RZA, ERIC SERMON, DR. DRE, PETE ROCK, MARLEY MARL, and J DILLA!
SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE Diary 2xLP+MP3 / CD
SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE LP2 2xLP+MP3 / CD
*** "First time on LP in years! Remastered from the original master tapes. Features 2 bonus tracks remixed by Brad Wood. Limited edition color vinyl. Includes coupon for free download of the entire album."
TIMES NEW VIKING Born Again Revisited LP / CD
*** "Known for shrouding their three-cornered pop constructions in clouds of tape hiss and buzzing noise, they told us they'd improved the recording quality by 25% and they have achieved exactly that. Whereas the master for the last album was a cassette, this time it was a VHS."