ACEYALONE Lightning Strikes CD
*** "Aceyalone's genre-bending new album!"
BLANCHE Little Amber Bottles CD
*** "With glints of grit and strychnine-laced grandeur from the birthplace of Motown, Blance weave eerily beautiful tales, inspired by Depression-era blues, early country, and stripped down rock 'n' televangelism, all delivered in the style of an electrified gospel quintet."
CAKE B-Sides & Rarities CD
*** Covers, live stuff, and a scratch&sniff cover. Believe it!
DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL The Shade Of Poison Trees CD
*** "This album marks a return to the signature acoustic sound that Carraba first developed on early albums."
FIRE ENGINES Hungry Beat CD
*** "Finally back in print, the collected releases of Scotland's most fiery and influential post-punk band." Franz Ferdinand and Primal Scream endorse these guys.
PJ HARVEY White Chalk CD
*** Ah, perhaps you've heard of this lady and her bleak music! Another gem from Polly Jean.
JAHCOOZI Blitz'n'ass CD
*** "Sophomore release. This bass heavy electronica trio present a low-end monster that effortlessly boils down the infinite shades of electronica into an irresistible blend of pop."
SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS 100 Days 100 Nights 2xCD
*** "On their own independent Daptone label, the band has sold over 50,000 copies of their first two records (not to mention over 20K vinyl 7-inches) without any major label support or promotion. The Dap-Kings have been highly sought after, working with artist such as Amy Winehouse, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, Hank Schocklee, Kenny Dope, Lilly Allen, and Rhymefest."
KON & AMIR Off Track Vol 1: The Bronx CD
*** "Rare and sought-after previously uncompiled tracks spanning soul, disco, jazz, & funk." This DJ duo is known for their On Track series, featuring mixed super-rare tracks and edits. Here's their first unmixed record.
ANNIE LENNOX Songs Of Mass Destruction CD
*** "Fourth solo album--thought provoking and intelligent lyrics matched with her distinctive pop sound."
THE MOST SERENE REPUBLIC Population CD
*** "The sophomore album from this indie rock band from Canada who fill rooms with their imaginative, sprawling sound and unbridled, youthful enthusiasm."
OM Pilgrimage CD
*** "Three songs featuring their unique use of riff, cadence, and chant. Newest album of drone mantra from OM, recorded by STEVE ALBINI."
PEANUT BUTTER WOLF Presents 2K8: B-Ball Zombie War CD
*** Stones Throw soundtrack for the new zombie basketball game featuring pretty much everyone from the Stones Throw family, including J DILLA, MADLIB, and ARABIAN PRINCE(!!!).
ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI Scared Famous CD
*** "Compiling selections from Ariel Pink's massive bank of half forgotten cassettes can seem like an effort in vain, or a pyrrhic victory at best, as what is left out is equally deserving of a listen as what's included. The tracks selected for Scared Famous were all recorded at a key moment in Ariel's recording adventure, dating back to, or immediately following the recordings on 'House Arrest.'"
THE PIPETTES We Are The Pipettes CD
*** NOW AVAILABLE DOMESTICALLY. Pitchfork said "A modern indie pop album, and a classic one at that." Someone else said "This contemporary, wiggle dress wearing trio merges the rich, layered harmonies and pristine pop of classic Motown girl groups with modern themes."
THE SADIES New Seasons CD
*** "Fifth album! Featuring the brotherly harmonies and dazzling guitar interplay of Dallas and Travis Good, this is their most confident album to date. The Sadies' inspired amalgam of psychedelic country rock, surf, bluegrass and Ennio Morricone-inspired instrumentals has made them the preeminent torchbearers of cosmic American music."
SIOUXSIE Mantaray CD
*** "The debut solo album from renowned British artist and leading Bandshee is fresh and contemporary incorporating industrial rhythms, modern glam and other organic elements."
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Magic CD
*** "The Boss's first album with the E Street band since The Rising. Bruce has never been more excited than he is right now about this record. Cut in two months, many awesome moments, it's the Springsteen we love."