ATLAS SOUND Logos LP / CD
*** "The prolific Bradford Cox delivers yet again -- 11 delectable pop delights served up to tantalize and tickle your taste buds. This is the second solo album from the frontman of DEERHUNTER."
LESTER BOWIE All The Numbers 2xCD
*** "These first recordings under Lester Bowie's name were made in 1967 with his compatriots from the Roscoe Mitchell Art Ensemble -- the first documentation of the quartet soon recognized as the Art Ensemble of Chicago."
BETTY DAVIS Nasty Gal CD
*** "Betty Davis' unapologetically uncompromising, self-referential 1975 album Nasty Gal is Hendrix and Sly Stone inspired funk-rock at its finest. From the title track's mutant groove and grunt to her onetime husband and jazz legend Miles Davis co-written ballad ('You and I'), this lady will tear your heart out!"
DO MAKE SAY THINK Other Truths CD
*** RECOMMENDED "More than ever, Do Make Say Think are creating wonderful multi-movement instrumental works (with the occasional mantric or wordless vocal passage, courtesy The Akron Family and Lullabye Arkestra), overflowing with attention to tone and timbre, animated by unfussy yet ornate harmony, melody and polyrhythm, shot through with ineffable soul."
JAY FARRAR & BENJAMIN GIBBARD One Fast Move Or I'm Gone CD
*** "Music from Kerouac's Big Sur. Includes 12 original songs."
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS I Told You I Was Freaky CD
*** I Told You I Was Freaky is, among a great many other things, a genre-tripping tour de force and includes songs from the second series of their popular and award-winning/nominated HBO TV show.
FUCK BUTTONS Tarot Sport CD
*** "Tarot Sport is one of unbound possibility and lucid cohesion; a cerebral pilgrimage that refines, crafts, explores and develops the experimental aesthetic of last year's critically acclaimed debut, Street Horrrsing."
YUSEF LATEEF At Cranbrook And Elsewhere CD
*** RECOMMENDED "At Cranbrook is Lateef's rarest album (never before on CD!), augmented by brilliantly adventurous repertoire from sessions recorded in 1957. These selections are those that founded his reputation as a pioneer for World Music, the unusual timbres and colors of which would have come as a huge shock to the listener back in the '50s."
LIGHTNING BOLT Earthly Delights CD
*** "Taking the lessons of extreme metal, blood-brother marrying them to expansive & explosive song form, using electric stimulus to shock smile technology to worldwide domes. This is what 2000 years of evolution & the invention of electric instrumentation introduced into the tank of hook force can do to you."
NOUVELLE VAGUE 3 CD
*** "Nouvelle Vague's third and strongest album from the French band that conquered the world with Bossa Nova covers of Punk and New Wave classics. This time around, the songs are inspired by American Country music and Bluegrass."
THE SLITS Trapped Animal CD
*** "The first full-length release from The Slits in over 25 years!! With Trapped Animal, The Slits remain the same genre bending band they were in their inception, still standing out from the rest of the pack."
SUFJAN STEVENS The BQE LP+COMIC+BOOK / CD+DVD+COMIC+BOOK
*** "The BQE is a cinematic suite inspired by the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway commissioned by Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM). The BQE is available as a double-disc format (CD/DVD), which includes the original 16mm/8mm film (widescreen), the original motion picture soundtrack, a 40-page booklet (with extensive liner notes and photographs), and the stereoscopic image reel (playable in all View-Master® viewers)."
SUFJAN STEVENS & OSSO Run Rabbit Run LP / CD
*** "Sufjan re-arranged the entirety of his 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit for OSSO, a string quartet that had previously contributed strings to Sufjan’s Illinois."
WHITE RAINBOW New Clouds CD
*** "New Clouds is a dense, lengthy exploration of the relationship between hypnotic, circular, fourth-world drum rhythms, acid-boogie guitar, and drifting sheets of fuzzy psychedelic drone. Slowly melting fluorescent sunsets morph into drapes of psychedelic fog, rumbling over cacophonous rhythms."