v/a ECCENTRIC SOUL: SMART'S PALACE CD
*** "Between 1963-1975, Smart's Palace held court for the entire Wichita, Kansas soul scene. At its heart was DICK SMART, bassist, club owner, DJ, record store owner, promoter, and sole proprietor of the Solo label. Collected here for the first time is the story and songs that came out of this thriving, if not totally unknown scene."
v/a SHITKATAPULT: STRIKE 100 2xCD
*** The Shitkatapult label celebrates their 100th release with a killer compilation, taking the label back to its dreamy vision, a spiky, feverish, beautiful thicket, and throws together 25 "listening/electronica/ambient" highlights not a million miles away from, say, a Weimarian or Leningrad master class of electronic music."
ART BRUT Vs. Satan CD
*** "Produced by BLACK FRANCIS over 12 days last December -- this is the album Brut-o-philes have been waiting for since Art Brut's debut single back in 2004."
CAMERA OBSCURA My Maudlin Career CD
*** "C.O.'s new album shares an affectionate wit and a melancholy tendency towards life's daily routines and relationships. Yet it also boasts and expands on the affected pop elements explored on their last album."
DEPECHE MODE Sounds Of The Universe CD
*** New album with three singles and a whole bunch of other songs!
EXTRA GOLDEN Thank You Very Quickly LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "A six-song wonder of a record whose joyous danceable anthems were crafted in the wake of political and economic upheaval in Kenya. Thank You Very Quickly showcases a new level of artistry that could only be referred to as synthesis -- the Benga grooves of Kenya with the psychedelic rock of America."
VENETIAN SNARES Filth CD
*** "This is the best acid record ever made! Venetian Snares actually made sweet love to his 303s while watching Top Gun on repeat. The end result is something that Goose would have been proud to die listening to."
WOODEN SHJIPS Dos CD
*** "Dos sounds off as the inauguration speech of a group accepting the minimalist psych bop crown that once adorned the likes of Neu! and Loop. If possible, their brand of whipping fuzz hooks have gotten groovier."