v/a NIGERIA 70: Sweet Times (Afro Funk, Highlife and Juju from 1970s Lagos) CD
*** “Another choice batch of rare grooves from Nigeria spotlighting traditional guitar highlife blended with jazz and funk, hypnotic juju grooves & heavy West African takes on U.S. soul, funk, disco and rock.”
THE ANTLERS Burst Apart LP / CD
*** "The Antlers present an inspired melding of complex electronic textures and acutely emotive song craft, drawing upon post-rock sounds & employing classic songwritlng structures to evoke a full panoply of feeling."
BIG JEFF BESS Tennessee Home Brew CD
*** "Big Jeff Bess was a Nashville legend making some of the purest hillbilly, swingin'est honky tonk, & rockin'est country. This includes all 18 songs issued by Big Jeff between 1947 and 1952, eight songs from live WLAC radio broadcasts in the mid-1950s, three unissued demos, and more!" On BEAR FAMILY.
CHROMATICS In The City II CD
*** "A buffed up edition of Chromatics' breakthrough single 'In Shining Violence', retitled as 'In The City' plus five new tracks including 'Hands In The Dark' track from the 'After Dark' comp and a cover of Bruce Springsteen's 'I'm On Fire'."
GANG GANG DANCE Eye Contact CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Recorded in an old church converted to a recording studio with a myriad of chimes, drums and good vibrations. Impromptu jam sessions & structured songs combined make the cleanest, freshest and most focused Gang Gang Record to date."
OKKERVIL RIVER I Am Very Far CD
*** "A startling break from anything this band has done before! By turns terrifying and joyous, violent and serene, grotesque and romantic, it's a celebration of forces beyond our control."
THE SEA & CAKE The Moonlight Butterfly CD
*** "33 minute mini-album delivering long form, cinematic pieces, leaning upon the band's more experimental tendencies and shifting emphasis to a more instrumental approach."