VINICIUS CANTUARIA & BILL FRISELL Vinicius Cantuaria & Bill Frisell CD
*** Much loved new collabo record from Bill Frisell's homie in the Intercontinentals project. Five star reviews across the board!
CUT/COPY Zonoscope CD
*** "Their 3rd and most ambitious work yet, Cut/Copy boiled a suite of futuristic visions built upon primal rhythm tracks. It is at once their most immediate work to date but also their most sonically exquisite: a weird vision of a tropical, jungle, tribal sound."
MILES DAVIS Bitches Brew Live CD
*** Combining rare recordings from Newport Jazz Festival 1969 and Isle Of Wight 1070, these tracks were originally produced by (the great) Teo Macero & are ragers! Totally insane.
THE DECEMBERISTS The King Is Dead LP+MP3 / CD
*** "A set of 10 concise, country-based songs -- marks a deliberate turn towards simplicity after the band's wildly ambitious and widely acclaimed 2009 song-cycle The Hazards of Love." Feat. GILLIAN WELCH and PETER BUCK (R.E.M.).
DEERHOOF Deerhoof Vs. Evil CD
*** "Deerhoof vs. Evil dresses up Deerhoof's wellknown recklessness in a newfound elastic groove -- one filled with big-hit choruses and exuberantly unfamiliar colors. The musical equivalent of hormones raging out of control!"
DESTROYER Kaputt CD
*** RECOMMENDED Destroyer's ninth album! Destroyer prevails!
JOHN GRANT Queen Of Denmark CD
*** "Debut solo album from the former vocalist and songwriter with The Czars. Queen Of Denmark is a record of gravitas and grace, of FM melody magic laced with raw emotional bleeding."
THE INSANE WARRIOR We Are The Doorways CD
*** aka RJD2 "A strictly instrumental affair, the album was loosely inspired by horror and sci-fi film scores, at times jazzy, psychedelic & introspective. Analog synth sounds, angular rhythms, and blissful ambient passages with the attention to groove that RJD2 is known."
TALIB KWELI Gutter Rainbows CD
*** "This release, recorded on his time and with his talent as the driving force, proves Kweli is a complete and formidable musician—it presents the depth and breadth of his experience and ability."
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM London Sessions CD
*** "The London sessions is a unique `john peel session style' nine-track encapsulation of one of today's most acclaimed acts in perhaps their rawest and most original recordings to date."
JON MUELLER Physical Changes LP+CD+DVD
*** RECOMMENDED "Jon Mueller's mammoth new solo percussion work, Physical Changes, drives the idea of 'pummeling rhythms and frequencies' into oblivion over an elaborate, all-inclusive three format (LP/CD/DVD). Joined by James Plotkin (KHANATE), FRED LONBERG-HOLM (Wilco, Brotzmann, Vandermark), Marcus Schmickler (Pluramon), Dan Burke (Illusion of Safety), Jim Schoenecker (COLLECTIONS OF COLOIES OF BEES) and the stunning landscape film work of DAVID DINNELL, Physical Changes reveals how complex and diverse heavy rhythm can be."
FRANZ NICOLAY Luck & Courage CD
*** Mustach'd fella' from HOLD STEADY is totally doing his own thing.
SMITH WESTERNS Dye It Blonde CD
*** These guys are just so dang'd hot right now. Believe the hype! I think!
WIRE Red Barked Tree CD
*** Brand new Wire album & it shreds. So killer.