ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE Dark Side Of The Black Moon CD
*** "Focused riffing, super fidelity recording and proffy psych sounds mixing Pink Floyd, fuzzed out wah guitars and sounds from the cosmos."
BLACK METEORIC STAR Black Meteoric Star CD
*** "New album from DFA alumni Gavin Russom inspired by equal parts Euro-disco, wonky early electronic body music from America's Midwest, and a fascination with the outer reaches of global psychedelic rock."
BOXCUTTER Arecibo Message 2xLP / CD
*** "Arecibo Message's organic texture is the result of analog synths, delays, and guitar pedals with more guitars and bass than on previous records, with influences ranging from Hendrix to two-step garage." On PLANET MU.
CHROMATICS Nite CD
*** "The first fully realized CHROMATICS tracks since the new lineup/mindset. Intense vocoder action over heavy Italo beats will blow you out of the water."
AARON DILLOWAY Chain Shot CD
*** "A digipak CD reissue of AARON DILLOWAY’s Chain Shot album, which was originally released on LP by Throne Heap. Contains a 28-minute bonus track."
EYEDEA & ABILITIES By The Throat CD
*** "After a five year break exploring new sounds and building their personal repertoires, Eyedea & Abilities return with biting guitars, fuzzy keyboards, melodic choruses, and some of their most intricate turntable work to date."
FALTY DL Love Is A Liability 2xLP / CD
*** "Post-garage ambience; round, warm melodies; and skippy two-step beats like it's 1999 again. This nostalgic record is immersed in the old New York and Chicago sounds, mashing together influences from hip hop, dubstep, soul, and electronica."
FIERY FURNACES I'm Going Away CD
*** "Their eighth album and first studio record since 2007's "Widow City"."
GROUPER Cover The Windows And The Walls CD
*** "Cyclical vocal vapors and guitar / piano shapes from Liz Harris levitate on the surface of hissy atmospherics dense with a feedback that conjures up all sorts of latent images from the subtle body / mind."
MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC CO. Josephine CD
*** "Jason Molina's sixteenth full-length is a concept album that pays tribute to the life and spirit of fallen bassist Evan Farrell. It contains some of the strongest songs Molina has written. He's approached the universal loneliness before, but never in such a focused, directed manner."
MILANESE Lockout 2x12" / CD
*** "Melting dubstep's earthshaking frequencies with hip hop and grime vocals and hard-edged Timbaland-influenced drums and percussion, the result defies categorization: neither dubstep, grime, hip hop, nor IDM." On PLANET MU.
NURSE WITH WOUND & JIM O'ROURKE Angry Electric Finger 1 CD
*** "Haunting, weird, and beautifully dark ambient music that sounds like a hybrid between NWW's Soliloquy For Lilith/Spiral Insana and O'Rourke's Disengage/Tamper."
TERRY RILEY Music For The Gift CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!
RISIL Non Meters Vol. 1 2xLP / CD
*** "First in a series of collaborative albums by Guillermo Herren (Prefuse 73/Savath & Savallas), Zach Hill (Hella), Tyondai Braxton (Battles), John McEntire (Tortoise), Alejandra Deheza (School Of Seven Bells), Eva Puyuelo Muns (Savath & Savalas)."
SECRET CHIEFS 3 Le Mani Destre Recise LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "An imagined Giallo Horror Film Soundtrack by Secret Chiefs 3 where dissonant, violent strings recede into beautiful textures with flute and female vocals through echoplex; analog synthesizers, harpsichords, and celestas hover above a tight, '70s-style rock band rhythm section; crazed psychedelic freakouts payoff majorly; church organs grant repose, until tape treatments and a shrieking chorus of possessed voices force the listener to reconsider his or her position on the existence of Evil."
TY SEGALL Lemons CD
*** "Burying '60s sing-alongs and dance crazes beneath waves of reverb and giddy thud, Lemons is an exploration of the space between Cro-Magnon fuzz and atmospheric acoustic psych."
SHITMAT One Foot In The Rave 2xLP / CD
*** "A nostalgic album of '92-'94 jungle breaks and Amen killers, keeping the original authentic jungle sound using an Akai S950 sampler -- the hardcore junglist's weapon of choice -- and samples cassettes from old pirate radio shows."
MARK SULTAN Sultanic Verses LP / CD
*** BACK IN STOCK!
MATTHEW SWEET & SUSANNA HOFFS Under The Covers Vol. 2 CD
*** "Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs take on another decade: the '70s. From power-pop like The Raspberries and Big Star to the soft-rock of Carly Simon and Bread, and from the classic-rock of John Lennon and Derek and the Dominos to the prog-rock of Yes."
KURT VILE Constant Hitmaker LP / CD
*** “KURT VILE's recordings reflect the artists admiration of everything from delta blues to the minimalist agro of Suicide, the downer psyche of 39 Clocks as well as the skiffle hum of Strapping Fieldhands."