v/a COME & GET IT: The Best Of Apple Records CD
*** "The first commercially issued multi-artist compilation in the APPLE label’s history. This 21-track compilation of singles ranges from the folk-rooted tunes of Mary Hopkin and James Taylor, and the energetic rock of Badfinger and Jackie Lomax, to the deep soul of Doris Troy and Billy Preston."
v/a PERSEO EDITS Vol. 1 CD
*** "Collecting the first three 12-inches on the new Perseo label (a spin-off of ITALIANS DO IT BETTER) on one CD, plus a bonus MIKE SIMONETTI track not available anywhere else. Features cuts by BOTTIN, M. VOGEL and Mike Simonetti. Eight tracks in all.
v/a TRADI-MODS VS. ROCKERS: Alternative Takes On Congotronics 2xCD
*** "A diverse range of artists to commit their enthusiasm for CONGOTRONICS to tape to tape, on a double CD." Feat. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, DEERHOOF, JUANA MOLINA, ANDREW BIRD, MARK ERNESTUS, MICACHU & THE SHAPES, ONEIDA, OPTIMO, JOLIE HOLLAND, GLENN KOTCHE and more.
LO BORGES Lo Borges CD
*** RECOMMENDED "LO BORGES’ '72 solo debut is a stunning piece of post-bossa nova Brazilian pop music. Combining influences ranging from soul, jazz, pop, psychedelic, and bossa nova with brilliant musicianship and wild arrangements, Lo Borges, is one of the finest Brazilian records of the 1970s, if not ever."
BOSTON SPACESHIPS Our Cubehouse Still Rocks LP / CD
*** "Our Cubehouse Still Rocks is a breakthrough album from Robert Pollard (Guided By Voices), Chris Slusarenko (Guided By Voices) and John Moen (Decemberists). There's no denying a classic-rock flag flying high overhead but now there are echoes of Devo and Wire!"
DIPLO Chasing The Dragon CD
*** ”Take a sixty-minute psychedelic journey into the mind of Diplo with a new mix consisting of mostly 60’s and 70's garage rock and soul from all across the globe. Only the most dedicated of crate diggers could put this all together. No track list.”
EFTERKLANG Tripper CD
*** "Efterklang's music whispers like thunder, combining glacial strings, febrile electronic rhythms, hushed male-female vocals and a Greenlandic choir. Tripper captures the intricate majesty of the best film soundtracks and most evocative classical works."
JIMI HENDRIX West Coast Seattle Boy CD
*** "WCSB tracks Jimi's incredible journey from R&B sideman to international acclaim presenting the most sought after of Jimi's pre-Experience recordings as a sideman for The Isley Brothers, Don Covay, Little Richard and others."
BRIAN MCBRIDE Effective Disconnect CD
*** From BRIAN MCBRIDE (one-half of the STARS OF THE LID): “I purposely distanced myself from the more continuous architecture employed in my previous recordings in favor of several mini-suites, striving for a more overt hopeful quality.”
SEELAND How To Live CD
*** "Seeland is made up of heavyhitters in England's "Retro-Futurist Electronic Scene" having done time in BROADCAST and PLONE. Often mentioned alongside "hauntology" bands ala Ghostbox, Seeland plays chugging Neu grooves and soft-focus psychedelic electronics -- like Joe Meek meets Kraftwerk, or The Blue Nile produced by White Noise."
STEREOLAB Not Music 2xLP / CD
*** ”Not Music features 11 songs cut from the Chemical Chords material but more varied, brimming with drums, classic O’Hagan pop-brass and string arrangements and a diversity of strong lead and background performances from Laetitia Sadier.”
SUN ARAW Off Duty CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Flip the vision and make it all the way down, it's your party. Chilled exhalation, all cold sweat and steam vents. AM radio ghosts, whispering again of that heavier zone: pure secret sun-day, sacred rest."
TWIN SHADOW Forget CD
*** "Synth-swept soundscapes, glimmers of gossamer dance music, and full-on power balladry released & produced by GRIZZLY BEAR's Chris Taylor. A 40-minute waking dream where bedroom music meets B-movies."
TYVEK Nothing Fits LP+MP3 / CD
*** "A scalding collection of amped-up and thrust-out songs that cranks up the energy level far beyond their previous releases and decimates the detractors into the abyss. It's Tyvek at their fiery, screaming best!"
ROBERT WYATT / ATZMON / STEPHEN For The Ghosts Within CD
*** "The Ghosts Within is a new collaboration between Robert Wyatt, saxophonist/composer Gilad Atzmon and violinist/composer Ros Stephen featuring Wyatt originals & standards."