v/a WARP20 (Chosen) 2xCD
*** "Double CD album. The definitive best of Warp on 2xCDs. Ten songs chosen by you (Warp20.net), ten songs chosen by Warp co-founder Steve Beckett."
v/a WARP20 (Recreated) 2xCD
*** "Double CD album, 2xCDs featuring twenty brand new cover versions of Warp songs by Warp artists past and present; including tracks by Autechre, Harmonic 313, Jamie Lidell, Plaid, Clark, Maximo Park, Leila, Seefeel, Luke Vibert and more."
AIR Love 2 CD
*** "Love 2 is the group's fifth studio album and, whilst being instantly recognisable as an Air record, sees the band exploring some new territories with the help of L.A.-based drummer/percussionist Joey Waronker."
LOU BARLOW Goodnight Unknown CD
*** "Borrowing the live-band energy of Dinosaur Jr. and the stylistic reach of Sebadoh, Barlow has written a set of immediate, melodic pop songs that Lou describes as, "a cross between my later work with Folk Implosion and my earlier work with Sebadoh to my ears, anyway."
BRAND NEW Daisy CD
*** "Brand New continues to break the mold and in true Brand New form, they delve into new musical territory that will astonish both critics and fans alike." Nice!
BUILT TO SPILL There Is No Enemy CD
*** "When making the new album There Is No Enemy, Doug literally lived in the studio working all day and night. It has the sound and feel of the album that every Built To Spill fan has been anxiously awaiting." Huh. The reviews have been great!
CALIFONE All My Friends Are Funeral Singers CD
*** Califone is at the peak of its powers -- All My Friends Are Funeral Singers is a dense collage of sounds, expertly formed into fully realized pop songs."
THE CLIENTELE Bonfires On The Heath LP / CD
*** "A return to roots; the dreamlike suburban landscapes first encountered in the early singles, their trippy sense of menace stronger now. English folk, familiar bossa and pop elements, timeless, eerie songs."
CYMBALS EAT GUITARS Why There Are Mountains CD
MATTHEW FRIEDBERGER Winter Women / Holy Ghost Language School 2xCD
*** Matthew Friedberger is one half of the The Fiery Furnaces brother and sister duo. Matt wrote and arranged all the music, played all the instruments, and sings all the songs! Memorable, accessible, un-ironic, sixties inspired pop songs with the requisite sonic twists and turns."
GOGOL BORDELLO Live From Axis Mundi CD+DVD
*** "The CD features six tracks from the band s BBC sessions, unreleased tracks from both the Gypsy Punks and Super Taranta sessions, and demos. The DVD features a full 15-track live set recorded in NYC, plus over an hour of bonus footage, 4 music videos and more."
GOSSIP Music For Men CD
*** "The genre-bending DIY post-punk rock trio Gossip bring a new level of lyrical power and musical sophistication to their ever-evolving, always-electrifying sound and sensibility on Music For Men."
HARMONIA & ENO Tracks & Traces CD
*** CLUSTER, one half of NEU!, and BRIAN ENO present a milestone in the history of Ambient/Electronic music from 1976 -- a classic of electronic krautrock!!"
JESUS LIZARD Head+Pure LP / CD
JESUS LIZARD Liar LP / CD
JESUS LIZARD Goat LP / CD
JESUS LIZARD Down LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED Dang! These didn't sound bad at all before but not their albums are remastered & set to stun. Bonus jams included! The LPs come with the complete mp3s plus bonus mp3s too. It's crazy, I know. It's not just crazy -- it's recommended.
DANIEL JOHNSTON Is And Always Was CD
*** "D.J."s first new album in years and years. Supremely witchy cover.
KRAFTWERK Autobahn CD
*** RECOMMENDED "An epic ode to the joys of highway travel, Autobahn wraps a mesmerizing beat around a sampled collage of car horns, engine noise, whirring tires and radio crackle so infectious that US pop press at the time declares that Kraftwerk's music does for driving what the Beach Boys has done for surfing!"
LAROUX Laroux CD
*** "Highly anticipated 2009 debut. Everyone from Franz Ferdinand to Daft Punk has hailed her as a talent to watch, bringing classic songwriting back into the clubs and charts."
MORPHINE At Your Service 2xCD
*** "35 gems -- 2xCDs -- of previously unissued studio tracks, alternate takes, and live performances spanning the group's entire career."
THE MOUNTAIN GOATS The Life Of The World To Come CD
*** New album! And it's kind of about the bible. Or, is. Something like that. Word on the street is that it's a great "studio album."
NOAH & THE WHALE The First Days Of Spring CD
*** "2009 sophomore album from the British Folk/Pop outfit. The First Days Of Spring is released to coincide with their film of the same name."
PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART Higher Than The Stars CD
*** "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are back with four brand new songs (plus an incredible Balearic dub-disco remix from Saint Etienne) typical of what they do best--breathe fresh life into indie-pop with exuberance, charm, and of course quality tunes."
A PLACE TO BURY STRANGERS Exploding Head CD
*** "43 mesmerizing minutes of pain as pleasure. A vortex of groove-locked rhythms and back-spun power chords. Gorgeous gate-crashing melodies, sputtering percussion, firework finale flare-ups. The band's most arousing recording to date."
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO Temporary Pleasure CD
*** "Simian Mobile Disco return with their new album of indie-dance, featuring guests such as BETH DITTO, Alexis from HOT CHIP and JAMIE LIDELL."
SPARKLEHORSE & FENNESZ In The Fishtank 15 CD
*** Perhaps you've heard of them! Perhaps you smell a collabo!
KURT VILE Childish Prodigy CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Kurt Vile's Matador debut is an absorbing and addictive tapestry of rock and folk sounds, occasionally lo-fi, occasionally lustrous, hitting touchstones from Tom Petty to Street Legal-era Dylan to Spacemen 3 to Skip Spence. Pounding rockers & gorgeous folky numbers."