Tuesday, May 24, 2011

NEW ARRIVALS: CDs - Iggy, Thurston, Liturgy, Coffey, Doueh, Cave, Boris & more

ost KES by John Cameron CD
*** "A sublime pastoral jazz soundtrack by one of the finest British jazz line-ups of the 1960s put together by the incredibly talented John Cameron (arranger for Donovan). Beauty, freedom, innocence and tragedy."

v/a R&B HIPSHAKERS Vol. 2: Scratch That Itch CD
*** RECOMMENDED "The second volume of rockin' R&B and early soul from the King/Federal/DeLuxe catalog ca. 1956-1967 -- 20 killer cuts selected by DJ Mr. Fine Wine of Downtown Soulville/WFMU. Virtuosic instrumentals, classy love songs, unholy dances & holy nonsense."

TONY ALLEN Afro Disco Beat 2xCD
*** "A complete '70s anthology of the drummer and music director of African superstar Fela Kuti's band. This monster pack includes Tony's first four solo albums, the first three produced by Fela Kuti himself and with Africa 70; the last one with Tony´s band The Afro Messengers."

ART BRUT Brilliant Tragic CD
*** "Tapping the genius of Frank Black to produce your record may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime event for many bands, but the pop culture obsessive Art Brut have once again nabbed the Pixies frontman to man the boards for their fourth LP."

ALVARIUS B. Baroque Primitiva CD+BOOK
*** "The 6th album by Alvarius B. (aka Alan Bishop of SUN CITY GIRLS) is a deep dive through mysterious waters. The songs often have a trippy & meditative pace, filled with gorgeous lo-fi blends of vocals, guitar, bass & keys. Feat. Eyvind Kang."

DAVID BAZAN Strange Negotiations CD
*** "Strange Negotiations focuses toward the external, centering on disappointment in the current state of accelerating American & global social fragmentation. But it also sounds like a great rock band playing songs they're beyond intimate with."

BORIS Heavy Rocks CD
*** "Heavy Rocks seeks to redefine 'heavy' music, expertly harnessing psychedelic metal, colossal drone, blistering punk and distortion-ravaged shoegaze. It is beyond heavy & firmly establishes Boris as a pillar of innovation and integrity in guitar based music."

BORIS Attention Please CD
*** "The first Boris album on which all vocals are sung by lead guitarist, Wata -- sultry, intoxicating catchiness, melodic without sounding pop, psychedelic without sounding dated. It's heavy without relying on barre chord riffs. It is this."

*** "A new set of songs recorded at Memphis, Tennessee's legendary Ardent Studios that are being called Greg's best work. Dood is former musical director for Garrison Keillor's A Prairie Home Companion.''

NICK CAVE Boatman's Call CD+DVD
NICK CAVE Murder Ballads CD+DVD
NICK CAVE No More Shall We Part CD+DVD

*** Finally! The next batch of Nick Cave remastered albums is here. Each album comes with a DVD feat. videos, bonus tracks, and an exclusive short film.

*** "Dennis Coffey’s new album is a dense, fuzz-heavy haze of incendiary psychedelic soul much like his seminal, trippy ’Hair ’N’ Thangs’ LP. Coffey was a member of the Motown ’Funk Brothers’ backing band & key in bringing heavy wah wah guitar to soul and R&B during the late ’60s."

*** "On this album, Group Doueh's newest phase is that of a formidable ROCK unit speaking to the shared resonances between Western rock rhythms & the pulse of the Saharan trance tradition. Grooves balanced with searing modalities."

HOWLIN' WOLF The Howlin' Wolf Album CD
*** "The Howlin Wolf Album was a radical experiment attempting to integrate electric instruments & psychedelic arrangements into a revered signature blues sound. Wolf initially disregarded the album but it's gone on to near mythic status."

JESU Ascension CD
*** "Jesu is Justin Broadrick and he has been on this path for many years now. Ascension may be another way station on this journey or it may be a peak but it certainly is part of a body of work that is rising with much power and majesty."

BOOKER T. JONES The Road From Memphis LP / CD
*** "The Road from Memphis is classic Memphis soul, and classic Booker in the tradition of "Green Onions", but beyond that it is the story of a sound, and how Booker, working with the inheritors of his sound, is keeping a tradition alive." Feat. THE ROOTS.

*** "An exotic cocktail of jazz, Brazilian music, flamenco influences and spaghetti-western soundtracks originally released in 1971 -- the envy of Euro groove holy grails & epicenter of club culture in early '70s Madrid."

LADY GAGA Born This Way CD
*** Perhaps you've heard fo Lady Gaga! She's wacky, she's silly, and her new album cover is styled after the very creepy Wheelers from Return to Oz! Must see!

LITURGY Aesthethica CD
*** "Disregarding the genre boundaries of black metal, hardcore & experimental music, the music is both elaborately crafted and chaotically performed. Songs often begin in the form of a simple chant or hypnotic abstraction, then evolve into something dense & complex."

MAN MAN Life Fantastic CD
*** "Man Man have brought along the fierce energy of their live show while finding a new melodic voice. Expanding their palette while keeping the found instruments, Man Man continue to evolve into an entirely new form of propulsive pop music."

MOON WIRING CLUB A Spare Tabby At The Cat's Wedding CD
*** "Hauntological creeps take note! Voices tumble over voices, VHS-tainted synths bubble up beneath them. The fingerprints of the '70s and '80s are present!" RIYL: Ghost Box, Broadcast, Olde English Spelling Bee.

THURSTON MOORE Demolished Thoughts CD
*** "3rd solo album from SY's T. Moore, produced by Beck & feat. Mary Lattimore on harp, Samara Lubielski on violin, and Beck. An equally beautiful and brooding work, the execution is nothing short of staggering.

MOUNT KIMBIE Crooks & Lovers CD
*** "Mount Kimbie ties traces of Burial & The Bug, Xiu Xiu & Grouper, D'Angelo & the Microphones, Angelo Badalamenti & Madlib. Crooks & Lovers floats through dubstep & hip-hop, jazz, techno & ambient, post-rock, UK garage & film scores to startling effect."

IGGY POP Roadkill Rising 4xCD
*** "A 4-CD set of newly remastered bootleg concert recordings by Iggy Pop feat. the best of concerts recorded over four decades. All his Stooges and solo classics are covered, as well as deep album tracks and offbeat covers."

ALLEN TOUSSAINT Everything I Dp Gonh Be Funky 2xCD
*** Subtitled: The Hit Songs & Productions 1957-1978.

*** Out now on two formats!