v/a DARK WAS THE NIGHT 2xCD
*** This is, like, the ultimate indie rock compilation. 31 exclusive tracks from the top bands of NOW.
ABE VIGODA Reviver 12" / CD
*** "The follow-up to 2008's 'Skeleton' is a new five song EP. 'Reviver' slows the mood of 'Skeleton' and crashes over your senses, getting more experimental but oddly more catchy."
ALL THE SAINTS Fire On Corridor X CD
*** "Don't be fooled by the piss-stained mattress on the cover, the debut from this power trio is moderately clean for one of Atlanta's most thunderous groups. Reference points include Loop, Gun Club, Verbena, In Camera, Federation X, and Swans. The band has earned fans in groups like Deerhunter, Battles, and A Place To Bury Strangers."
BEIRUT March Of The Zapotec 2xCD
*** One-half of this set is an EP of material Zach Condon recorded with a large local band in a small Mexico city. The other half is a collection of songs Condon conceived and completed at home.
FOL CHEN Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made CD
*** A transmission from Fol Chen: "We sound like Prince with Amon Duul II and a children's religious revival, not to mention Hot Chip, Pink Floyd, Gwen Stefani, Pere Ubu, Danielson Famile, Scritti Politti, Boards Of Canada, The Blow, and Pulp. (Mostly). We are cryptic and joyful and we would like you to dance."
GOBLIN COCK Come With Me If You Want To Live CD
*** "The second album from the hyperactive mind of ROB CROW (PINBACK, HEAVY VEGETABLE, etc.), an over-the-top, fantasy/comic book heavy metal ode to power, virility, and penetration."
MI AMI Watersports LP / CD
*** "When D.C. punk band BLACK EYES disbanded, Daniel Martin-McCormick and Jacob Long joined forces with Damon Palermo and became Mi Ami. The new trio cranks out pounding, dubby, clasutrophobic jams covered in delayed yelps and skuzzy guitars. With the group’s first full-length, Mi Ami has pushed this mode even further, embracing, on one hand, more abrasive vocals and guitar work, and on the other, more complex bass lines and rhythms."
MORRISSEY Years Of Refusal LP / CD
*** Perhaps you've heard of him! This new album is supposed to be the bee's knees and I s'pose I wouldn't doubt it...
SHOLI Sholi CD
*** "The clattering of the snare drum that welcomes listeners to Sholi’s debut might as well be the death rattle of the slick indie rock that makes music supervisors froth at the mouth. The San Francisco group throw cacophonous sonics on top of swinging bass lines and jazz-inspired drums, creating a lazy, lo-fi thingamajig."
SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE rtz 3xLP / 2xCD
*** *** "The double-CD, triple-LP epic called RTZ (named after the button on a Tascam 484 that “returns to zero”) fashions several lesser-known pieces from Six Organs of Admittance’s early years into a massive prismatic arc, colossal and organic like some wonder of the ancient world. How could it be otherwise?"
VOLCANO SUNS The Bright Orange Years CD
*** "The Bright Orange Years is 1985 post-Mission Of Burma masterpiece so chock full of catchy songs that it could be any other band’s greatest hits album. A must-have for any self respecting fan of post-punk, indie rock or hardcore music."
M WARD Hold Time LP / CD
*** "Hold Time is an eloquent and startlingly beautiful album. While past critics have compared him to everyone from John Fahey to Tom Waits to Howe Gelb, it’s clear that M. Ward, with his brilliant guitar playing and innate sense of melody, is one of those rare and special talents who defy comparisons and compartmentalization."