BEIRUT The Rip Tide CD
*** "Beginning life as small melodies conceived on piano or ukulele, the results sound like they were recorded in a single session, with exciting rhythms matching the upbeat horns and contrasting the mournful strings. The style that emerged belongs uniquely & distinctly to Beirut."
JOHN CALE & TERRY RILEY Church Of Anthrax CD
*** RECOMMENDED BACK IN STOCK! The poppiest thing Terry Riley ever did. Classic Cale that's been available only on vinyl for the last several years.
COLLECTIONS OF COLONIES OF BEES Giving LP+MP3 / CD
*** "A 4-song, 28-minute eruption: the crashing waves of Rosenau's guitar, the pelting rain of Mueller's percussion, the vaporous breaths of Thomas Wincek's piano, and the rhythmic fabric woven by Jim Schoenecker (electronics), Daniel Spack (guitar), and Matthew Skemp (bass)."
DOM Family Of Love CD
*** "Heaven-sent harmonies and hooks that are heavier than -- and about as colorful as -- DOM's pink paisley guitar. As unique as it is universal."
FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE Sky Full Of Holes CD
*** "Wise guys with flashes of empathy writing finely observed, neatly rhymed character studies set to sleekly produced pop-rock."
THE FUGS Tenderness Junction / It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest CD
*** BACK IN STOCK! Two albums on one disc!
LAKE Giving & Receiving LP / CD
*** "LAKE's newest LP soars with beautiful melodies & gentle, yet deliberate instrumentation. Some songs were born in a shed and have the creaky barn wood/fresh air sound to prove it."
TAME IMPALA Innerspeaker LP / CD
*** NOW AVAILABLE DOMESTICALLY! And only about a year too late. "The album sounds like a mashup between The Beatles Sgt Pepper & Caribou's Andorra. A joyous summertime romp through fields of honeyed harmony and crispy good times."
TINARIWEN Tassili CD
*** "Gnarly Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. Features collaborations with Nels Cline, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Tunde Adebimpe and Kyp Malone of TV On The Radio."