NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS The Road OST CD
*** "Nick Cave and Warren Ellis have created an evocative score featuring violin and piano with beautiful fleeting melodies and eerie sound loops filled with terror and suspense. The threat of all-too-real cannibal gangs is heightened by disturbing loops and frenetic percussion. A small ensemble of wind instruments adds further scope. At key moments in the movie, scenes between the father and son are set to musical passages that are light, lyrical and elegiac."
RHYS CHATHAM An Angel Moves Too Fast To See CD
*** "RHYS CHATHAM altered the DNA of rock with an inspired amalgamation the textural intricacies of the avant-garde colliding with the visceral punch of electric guitar-slinging punk rock. Raucous and ecstatic, this sound energized the downtown New York scene throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, prefigured the No Wave movement and cast a huge influence over the subsequent work of many."
COLLECTIONS OF COLONIES OF BEES Birds CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Collections of Colonies of Bees sweep in grandly, in billowing swarms of sound, bourn aloft on a thousand wings of minuscule, elegant detail. Guitars chime and soar; deft yet intensely focused percussion propels towards an inevitable dawn; covering it all is a gossamer veil of subtly nuanced electronica." These fellows are the band in VOLCANO CHOIR.
ELVIS COSTELLO Live At Hollywood High, June 4, 1978 CD
*** "First ever release of this historic 1978 concert! 20 songs, 11 previously unreleased."
ARRINGTON de DIONYSO Malaikat dan Singa CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Malaikat Dan Singa is a collection of throbbing, hallucinogenic, trance-inducing Indonesian-sung trans-utopian cosmic post-punk sounds from OLD TIME RELIJUN's Arrington de Dionyso. And you can dance to it."
DIRTY PROJECTORS Slaves' Graves & Ballads CD
*** "Slaves' Graves and Ballads presents classical and pop music's bodies-entwined, souls-commingled wedding, with extended families abiding. Contains shrubs-at-the-edge-of-the-lot imagery."
VAMPIRE WEEKEND Contra LP+MP3 / 2xCD
*** Perhaps you've heard of them! These fellows have tightened that stuff up & are making it *happen* all over the U.S.A.