v/a BROKEN HEARTS & DIRTY WINDOWS CD
*** "Today's avant-roots renaissance owes a great debt to John Prine. 12 newly-recorded versions of classic Prine songs by My Morning Jacket, The Avett Brothers, Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, and more."
THE AUTUMN DEFENSE Once Around CD
*** "Wilco side homies go AM 1970s, their melodies unfurling effortlessly while also unmistakably setting the hook, not to be easily shaken. Thinking man's easy listening."
CEE-LO GREEN The Lady Killer CD
*** "Cee-Lo Green's first solo work in more than six years, sees the endlessly inventive singer/writer/rapper/producer continuing to push hip-hop and soul's creative envelope."
HOW TO DRESS WELL Love Remains CD
*** "A true pioneer of genre-bending, How to Dress Well has been garnering endless crossover support from both the indie rock and hip-hop worlds. His style has been dubbed 'lo-fi R&B'."
KID CUDI Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of Mr. Rager CD
*** Already sold out!
ALBERT KING & STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN In Session... CD+DVD
*** "On December 6, 1983, legendary blues guitarist Albert King joined his disciple Stevie Ray Vaughan on a Canadian sound stage for the live music television series In Session. Magic happened."
MADLIB Medicine Show No. 10: Black Soul CD
*** "The sweetest installation yet! With Black Soul, MADLIB is digging deep to give you a mix of 60s and 70s soul and funk unlike you've ever heard."
MASERATI Pyramid Of The Sun LP / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Pyramid of the Sun is the most dynamic, melodic and tuneful Maserati album of the band's decade-long career. Driving momentum & kraut-y moments, light & dark sounds, powerful rhythms & tripped out guitars."
MODEST MOUSE Sad Sappy Sucker LP+MP3 / CD
MODEST MOUSE The Fruit That Ate Itself LP+MP3 / CD
*** BACK IN PRINT! Believe it. Long, long out of print gems out now on ISAAC BROCK's new label. Includes MP3s!
MUSE Hullabaloo Soundtrack 2xCD
*** Doods recorded themselves playing live & turned it into a release. If only it were always that easy!
N.E.R.D. Nothing CD
*** "The sound of NOTHING, through its 14 tracks, is decidedly stripped down - like their debut - but no less powerful. NOTHING is a rock `n roll soul album."
THE OCTOPUS PROJECT Hexadecagon CD
*** "In order to achieve their vision for a deeper, more enveloping sonic experience, The Octopus Project built the 'hexadecagon' - an eight-speaker, eight-screen live show. Then they figured out how to make it an album."
JONATHAN RICHMAN O Moon, Queen Of Night On Earth CD
*** "As the title suggests, this outing finds Richman looking up to the lonely night sky during the wee small hours - when time slows down and everything is as melancholy as it is beautiful."
SHIGETO Full Circle LP+CD / CD
*** RECOMMENDED It's too difficult to pull a couple lines from the press release; this album is a monster & people are freaking out. Read more here:
ELLIOTT SMITH An Introduction To... CD
*** "14 tracks compiled from all seven of Elliott Smith's albums (including his albums on Geffen) -- an introduction to one of the greatest songwriters of our era."
SOFT CIRCLE Shore Obsessed LP+MP3 / CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Hisham Bharoocha was one of the founding members of Lightning Bolt, Black Dice, Pixeltan & now: epic adventure of rhythmic drums and looped-out guitars! One of a kind amazingness, much like Ravi Shankar meets ESG in space!"
THE TALLEST MAN ON EARTH Sometimes The Blues Is Just A Passing Bird EP+MP3 / CD
*** An EP to hold the dogs at bay, there are many an exclusive cut to be found here.
VENETIAN SNARES My So-Called Life CD
*** "A lesson in mutant jungle, My So-Called Life rips up the taste and decency rulebook and mashes up 10 songs in the characteristic style of breakcore king Venetian Snares."