v/a MONTEREY INTERNATIONAL POP FESTIVAL 2xCD
*** Live performances by JIMI HENDRIX ("Like a Rolling Stone"), SIMON & GARFUNKEL, THE BYRDS, JANIS JOPLIN, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, THE WHO and more.
AFGHAN WHIGS Unbreakable (A Retrospective 1990-2006) CD
*** "The first career-spanning collection for the alt-rock legends. Compiled by GREG DULLI & JOHN CURLEY. Includes 2 brand-new tracks!"
CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA Ma Fleur CD
*** "The first new studio album since the acclaimed Everyday, featuring guest vocalists FONTELLA BASS (Art Ensemble of Chicago), LOU RHODES (Lamb), and PATRICK WATSON."
MATTHEW DEAR Asa Breed CD | LP
*** "This year's most unexpected pop masterpiece, Asa Breed might make you rethink everything you thought you knew about guitars, drum machines, and pop itself." - Philip Sherburne (Pitchfork, The Wire, XLR8R)
ELLA FITZGERALD Lullabies Of Birdland CD
*** "The popular mid-'50s LP available in the US for the first time! 11 bebop- and blues-oriented performances recorded for Decca between 1947 and 1955. They display her unsurpassed mastery of the art of scat singings and remains a great collection of vocal improvisation."
ELLA FITZGERALD Love, Ella: The Original Versions CD
*** Ella with orchestras of CHICK WEBB, SY OLIVER, DUKE ELLINGTON, COUNT BASIE and others.
JUNIOR BOYS So This Is Goodbye [Special Edition] 2xCD
*** Hot shit. The latest snappy album from the Boys, featuring a bonus disc including the entirety of The Dead Horse E.P., further remixes, and a number of iTunes sessions. An unbelievable deal at the price of a normal cheap CD. The mind boggles.
THE LADYBUG TRANSISTOR Can't Wait Another Day CD
*** "A delicate, crafted mix of hazy, airbrushed melancholia infused with a brighter undercurrent - a promise of good things to come in a country tinged manner that will have the hardest of hearts melting. A distillation of sixties inspired pop."
MARILYN MANSON Eat Me, Drink Me CD
*** 11 new tunes inspired by EVAN RACHEL WOOD.
PAUL MCCARTNEY Memory Almost Full CD
*** 13 new songs by a Beatle.
PELICAN City Of Echoes CD
*** The third full-length album. Triumphant epics, awe-inspiring and unstoppable. "Chicago's adroit instrumentalists shatter all expectations of what loud guitar rock is supposed to sound like." - VILLAGE VOICE.
PISSED JEANS Hope For Men CD
*** "Thick-as-glue punk bombast and Aussie sludge stoke the coals of your existence, you have found, not only your new favorite band, but a reason to get up in the morning. The album is diverse, but the Jeans ain’t no dilettantes. Mixing volatility with humor is a damned hard thing to master in music. Pissed Jeans do it with smarts and poignancy. Consider the bar raised."
SHELLAC Excellent Italian Greyhound CD | LP
*** Shellac's 4th LP, recorded over the past few years. The LP is real fancy with a silkscreened obi by Jay Ryan (Dianogah). If you know Shellac, you know that Steve Albini can play guitar no other way and this is indeed a Shellac record.
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Live In Dublin 2xCD
*** New two-disc set featuring 23 songs: fan favorites, Springsteen classics and never-before-released performances.
SUN RA Strange Strings CD
*** "The culmination of Sun Ra's string studies is without a doubt one of Sun Ra's master works. Strange Strings stands squarely alongside Sun Ra's other epics of the mid 1960s -- Atlantis and Magic City -- shining as his most painterly of expositions in its surface richness and play with deep space and coloration."
TIGER ARMY Music From Regions Beyond CD
*** "TIGER ARMY’s music channels the frustration, loneliness, despair and triumph of a lost generation, buzzing with power and dark romance. The band may have roots in Southern California's fervent psychobilly scene, but Tiger Army is no longer “psychobilly,” just as The Clash and The Smiths cannot be contained by the label “punk.” With a newfound sense of pop melody, leader/singer/songwriter NICK 13 has realized a set of anthems for the dispossessed, songs destined to be sung along to in stadiums across the world."