v/a NEXT STOP . . . SOWETO 3xCD
*** "The Next Stop ... Soweto is one of the widest-ranging compilation projects ever undertaken on South African music during the '60s and '70s. Vol. 1: mbaqanga and township jive. Vol. 2: 'Soultown'. Vol. 3 is a long overdue retrospective of the rich jazz scene happening in South Africa from the early '60s to mid-'SOs."
EARTH A Bureaucratic Desire for Extra Capsular Extraction CD
*** "The debut recording of Earth are available in one concise, beautifully documented capsule including the Extra Capsular Extractions EP and Sunn Amps and Smashed Guitars. This essential collection contains every note from the infamous first Earth recording sessions."
GIRLS Broken Dreams Club EP+MP3 / CD
*** "Introducing a massive sonic shift for the band, Broken Dreams Club finds Girls emerging with a more massive, lusher sound with horns, pedal steel and psychedelic effects dappled throughout. 6 new songs at 35 minutes."
NINE INCH NAILS Pretty Hate Machine: 2010 Remaster CD
*** "Reznor oversaw the digital remastering of Pretty Hate Machine from the newly unearthed original tapes with engineer Tom Baker including an eleventh track (Queen's "Get Down Make Love" produced by Al Jourgensen). Fans rejoice!"
ROYKSOPP Senior CD
*** "The counterpart to last year's critically acclaimed Junior album. More introspective and freeform than its poppier partner and fully instrumental, Senior finds Royksopp in fine form."
REGINA SPEKTOR Live In London CD+DVD
*** "The first live recording & concert film from Spektor. 23 remarkable performances that span Spektor's brilliant catalog of music, including three new songs that have only been performed live."
JOHN ZORN Interzone CD
*** "ZORN'S LONG AWAITED TRIBUTE TO WILLIAM BURROUGHS! Stopping along the way in seedy bars, Moroccan streets, mind control offices, carnival side shows and science fiction fantasies the music develops from moment to moment with the inevitability and power of Zorn's finest work."