v/a MATADOR AT 21 2xLP / 6xCD
*** "Limited edition 6xCD linen-covered box set - 5 CDs of remastered tracks & 1 CD of unreleased tracks - with 36 custom poker chips in 3 values, 85-page perfect bound book with history of the label, photos, ephemera, emails, more."
DEERHUNTER Halcyon Digest LP / CD
*** "Halcyon Digest is Deerhunter's fourth album and their first to be released on 4AD. The band self-produced w/ Ben Allen enlisted to mix it (Merriweather Post Pavillion)." Best new music.
GLASSER Ring LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "GLASSER is one woman, Cameron Mesirow, and Ring is her debut album. Her intimate, luxurious post-pop is laced with strings, woodwinds and simple, angelic vocal melodies. Ring has the universal lure of a lullaby and a hymn."
NO AGE Everything In Between CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Everything in Between sees No Age expand on the emotional force at the core of their catchy song-writing through tone, structure, noise, and samples. They've pushed themselves in challenging and different directions, deconstructing their weird-out pop songs while still maintaining their original aesthetic and intent. And, it's their best record yet.
SOUNDGARDEN Telephantasm 2xCD+DVD
*** Deluxe edition of the first multi-label, career-spanning retrospective album including 12 additional tracks (5 previously unreleased), and Soundgarden's first-ever DVD, featuring 20 videos, 13 of which have never been released."
NEIL YOUNG Le Noise CD
*** "This eight-song album is a collaboration between the acclaimed rock icon and musician, songwriter, and producer Daniel Lanois ‘Le Noise’ features Young on acoustic and electric guitars with Lanois adding his trademark sonic textures. No band, no overdubs."