Tuesday, September 6, 2011

NEW ARRIVALS: CDs - Sun Araw, Junior Wells, Hella, Lil Wayne & more

*** BACK IN STOCK! This thing is hot. "2 rare comps from Allen Toussaint’s Sansu label that revived the moribund New Orleans music scene of the 1960s, signing the cream of the city’s soul and R&B acts. Includes 18 previously uncollected bonus tracks."

BEIRUT The Rip Tide LP / CD
*** "Beginning life as small melodies conceived on piano or ukulele, the results sound like they were recorded in a single session, with exciting rhythms matching the upbeat horns and contrasting the mournful strings. The style that emerged belongs uniquely & distinctly to Beirut."

HELLA Tripper CD
*** "After a four year hiatus, legendary experimental duo Hella stripped back down to the original 2-piece lineup, featuring drummer Zach Hill and guitarist Spencer Seim, finding Hella in classic frenetic anthemic form."

*** "Weezy is back! 'Tha Carter I'" features 3 #1 singles."

THE RAPTURE In The Grace Of Your Love 2xLP / CD
*** "In the Grace of You Love exhibits a bold & euphoric sound that is definitively & distinctly like The Rapture. Immerse yourself as waves of optimism & introspection crash between angular guitars & pulsing synthesizers, pounding drums & sweet rhythmic lullabies."

SUN ARAW Ancient Romans CD
*** RECOMMENDED "Heartfelt and marbled, this is documentation of the slow exit (the triumphal entry): moving the camera back 8 stages along the circumference of the circle to where the obverse is reverse, in order to celebrate the building of an edifice and then walk away from it in wisdom."

*** "Hoodoo Man Blues is considered by most blues aficionados to be one of the best blues albums of all time. This re-issue contains 17 performances: the 12 songs from the original LP, 3 alt takes, 2 never-before-released performances, and one completely unissued song."

YACHT Shangri-La CD
*** "Shangri-La showcases an exponential evolution in songwriting and sharp, surreal hooks. Recorded in the Texas desert with no engineer, the duo employed a kaleidoscope of genres—ranging from disco to psychedelia, from krautrock to punk—all culminating in pure pop."