v/a WESTBOUND DETROIT NORTHERN SOUL CD
*** "The late 60s, early 70s Northern soul side of the legendary Detroit indie label has been largely overlooked due to the funky nature of the successful acts like Ohio Players and Funkadelic. This comp rectifies! Feat. 'Maybe So, Maybe No' by the New Holidays!"
BRMC Beat The Devil's Tattoo CD
*** "Written & recorded in the same room where they wrote & recorded 'Howl.'" That should give you an idea of the album.
BROKEN BELLS Broken Bells LP / CD
*** "Broken Bells is, James Mercer (THE SHINS) and DANGER MOUSE. Produced by Danger Mouse, the pair play all the instruments on the album."
THE CHIEFTAINS San Patricio CD
*** "The musical souls of two nations, Ireland and Mexico, are movingly brought to life in San Patricio. The album features multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer Ry Cooder."
JASON COLLETT Rat A Tat Tat CD
*** "Rat A Tat Tat is a remarkable and honest example of a storyteller documenting and soundtracking his experiences and surroundings with distinct and precise ability." Collett is also in BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE.
DAUGHTERS Daughters CD
*** "Daughters comes through with an untouchable new record absolutely snuffing out your now-so-surly being. You can't stop turning it up!" Alright!
FUCKED UP Couple Tracks 2xLP+MP3 / 2xCD
*** "25 songs from Fucked Up's many, many hard-to-find, uncollected 7"s and 12"s. All songs on full-length CD and LP for the first time! Also includes 5 totally unreleased tracks."
GORILLAZ Plastic Beach CD
*** "Five years on from the release of Demon Days, Murdoc Niccals and co. return with Plastic Beach, the furthest point from any landmass on Earth; the most deserted spot on the planet."
JIMI HENDRIX Axis: Bold As Love CD+DVD
JIMI HENDRIX Electric Ladyland CD+DVD
*** REISSUED! Remastered and all that too. Includes DVD 'making of' documentaries.
THE KNIFE + MT. SIMS + PLANNINGTOROCK Tomorrow, In A Year 2xCD
*** "These 90 minutes of opera by The Knife and their collaborators Mt.Sims and Planningtorock are sparked by the pioneer of natural selection Charles Darwin and his revolutionary evolutionary findings and writings in his book On The Origin of The Species." Crazy!
TED LEO The Brutalist Bricks LP+MP3 / CD
*** "TED LEO AND THE PHARMACISTS' fourth album is extraordinarily assured & wide ranging, exploring new ground for Ted, showcasing his singer-song writer side while remaining emotionally and energetically true to his punk roots."
LIARS Sisterworld CD
LIARS Sisterworld 2xCD
*** "Liars take inspiration from fringe characters lured to LA and the resulting subcultures and alternate spaces that they generate. Sisterworld is Liars own space, completely devoid of influence, somewhere remote from the false promises and discarded dreams amassed in LA to deal with loss of self to society."
HOLLY MIRANDA The Magician's Private Library CD
*** "Dreamy 10-track album was produced by Dave Sitek with Kyp Malone and Jaleel Bunton (all of TV ON THE RADIO), Eric Biondo and Stuart Bogie (ANTIBALAS), and Holly's long-time violinist, Marques Toliver."
PAVEMENT Quarantine The Past 2xLP+MP3 / CD
*** "This remastered mid-priced, 23-track Greatest Hits collection, chosen by the band, ranges from 'Cut Your Hair' to nearly all their singles, some underrated album tracks, 3 choice pre-Matador cuts & more."
SHEARWATER The Golden Archipelago CD+BOOK
*** "Another album of mindblowingly beautiful, dense and ambitious excursions about man's impact on the natural world. This is an 'ALBUM album' packaged with a 50-page perfect-bound book of dossier of records, photos, regulations, and images on islands, displaced peoples, immigration records and more."
TITUS ANDRONICUS The Monitor CD
*** "Sort of a concept album about the Civil War feat. members of Ponytail, Wye Oak, Vivian Girls, and the Hold Steady. "