THE AVETT BROTHERS The Second Gleam CD
*** "Six new songs offered with the natural lyrical clarity and honest delivery that has become synonymous with their name. This second installment sings to the uncommon senses of the common man."
BLACK KIDS Partie Traumatic CD
*** High production 1980s-esque synth pop. This album is #1 on the charts in the UK, maybe a bit less here. But hey -- this album's an effin' party (just like the title kinda' says!)
BRENDAN CANNING Something For All Of Us... 2xCD
*** "Brendan Canning's Broken Social Scene Presents debut following Kevin Drew's Spirit If. The album is a truly genre-ambiguous, progressive work. Canning finds himself free to experiment with a variety of sounds -- from hushed lo-fi acoustics, to blazing rock'n'roll, to psychedelic groove. BSS provides accompaniment."
CSS Donkey CD
*** "Donkey is tough, street-ready, and recreates the frenetic energy of their live shows. And really, with CSS the live show is the thing. Equal parts dance party, urban circus, and out-and-out chaos, the band’s unaffected, unbridled joy in performance is for real and for you. Ride the Donkey!"
DEAD CAN DANCE Within The Realm Of The Dying Sun CD
DEAD CAN DANCE The Serpent's Egg CD
DEAD CAN DANCE Into The Labyrinth CD
DEAD CAN DANCE Dead Can Dance CD
DEAD CAN DANCE Spiritchaser CD
DEAD CAN DANCE Aion CD
*** Remastered, reissued, punched up to SACD (hybrid, of course), packaged in mini-sleeves and previously unavailable for a few years.
FUCKED UP Year Of The Pig CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Toronto's FUCKED UP tore asunder the bonds of hardcore punk with last year's limited-edtion 12" YEAR OF THE PIG. Released on highly collectable Brooklyn label What's Your Rupture?, the title track is 18 minutes of pure fury and disgust." CD version contains alternate edits of the title track as well as b-sides.
HOLD STEADY Stay Positive CD
*** "Follow up to their critically acclaimed album 'Boys and Girls In America.' 3 bonus tracks in limited edition packaging."
JETHRO TULL The Best Of 2xCD
*** As much Tull as you can handle in one day packaged onto two discs. Love it.
NAS Nas CD
*** Looks like he didn't get the "go ahead" on that other title! "Features the new single 'Hero' produced by POLOW DA DON. Featuring CHRIS BROWN and THE GAME."
PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS The Om Years 2xCD
*** "Two disc collection featuring fan favorites, b-sides, and rarities. The first ever Om retrospective of the best dusty breaks and funk rhyme classics from PUTS: one of the greatest hip-hop groups ever!"
PAUL WELLER 22 Dreams CD
*** "Paul Weller's breathtaking ninth solo album featuring NOEL GALLAGHER and GEM ARCHER of OASIS and GRAHAM COXON of BLUR."
DENNIS WILSON Pacific Ocean Blue 2xCD
*** The new low-priced "non-fancy" edition.