ANDREW BIRD Useless Creatures CD
*** "Instrumental album previously only available with the deluxe edition of Noble Beast, feat. Glenn Kotche of Wilco and Todd Sickafoose."
THE EXTRA LENS Undercard CD
*** "John Darnielle (the Mountain Goats) and Franklin Bruno (Nothing Painted Blue, the Human Hearts) feat. songs John wrote that had a) more than three chords or b) a bridge that Franklin might find clever or amusing."
BRYAN FERRY Olympia CD
*** "The legendary Bryan Ferry returns with his suave and sophisticated debut on Astralwerks Feat. Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters, Flea, Mani (Primal Scream, ex-Stone Roses), Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead & members of Roxy Music!"
BENOIT PIOULARD Lasted LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Third album by Thomas Meluch aka Benoit Pioulard. Thomas has a preternatural ability to weave disparate sound components into a cohesive sonic tapestry, mixing a varied palette of field recordings and percussive elements along with melancholy melodies to create songs that recall -- and are akin to -- vespers of long-buried memories."
TRUBROT Trúbrot CD
*** "Trúbrot was the first super-group ever founded in Iceland. Really cool underground album full of musical ideas and well-crafted music, including beautiful male & female vocals. RIYL: Blossom Toes and Billy Nichols -- totally catchy underground with a touch of pop."