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1. BEATLES - Abbey Road (50th Anniversary)
2. BON IVER - i,i
3. SANDRO PERRI - Soft Landing 
4. RHEOSTATICS - Here Come The Wolves
5. JOAN SHELLEY - Like The River Loves The Sea

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FEATURED RELEASES

Tuesday
Sep112007

BLACK LIPS - Good Bad Not Evil

black%20lips-good%20bad.jpgBlack Lips already released a killer live album this year, Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo, which caught the group direct from Tijuana. Good Bad Not Evil keeps their momentum moving at a snarling clip. The album is vintage garage, nailing every detail. What makes the band more convincing (and fun) than the average ripoff is their commitment to an aesthetic. And only Black Lips could get away with "O Katrina", a song in tribute to the New Orleans catastrophe that is irreverent without being offensive, sympathetic without being corny, and just the right side of dumb.

Tuesday
Sep112007

VIC CHESNUTT - North Star Deserter

vic%20chesnutt-north%20star.jpgAs they did last year with Carla Bozulich, the crew at Montreal's Hotel 2 Tango studio help a revered, underappreciated talent release their best work in years. This time around, songwriter Vic Chesnutt makes the trek to Monty and finds sympathetic accompaniment in locals the Silver Mt. Zion Orchestra. Producing is filmmaker Jem Cohen, best known for his documentary work with Fugazi. It seems an odd choice until you hear the album, one draped in baroque, cinematic granduer. Powerful and spare, it is the type of noir record for which Montreal is rightly famous.

Tuesday
Sep112007

PINBACK - Autumn of the Seraphs

pinback-autumn.jpgThe history of Pinback goes deeper than you'd suspect. Thingy, Heavy Vegetable, Rob Crow's solo discs, and metal side-project Goblincock are all branches of a family tree to which Pinback has proven to be the solid trunk. Like many cult acts, there are a host of people who would love the band if given the chance, and the solid Autumn of the Seraphs is as good a starting point as any. Gently creative, intrinsically tuneful, and sounding wholly singular, there is a reason this band is so well-loved in secret circles: they're quintessential indie-rock.

Monday
Sep102007

OAKLEY HALL - I'll Follow You

oakley%20hall-ill%20follow%20you.jpgThis is the fourth release by Oakley Hall and is by far their best yet. Like all great albums it gets better with every listen and is quickly becoming one of my favorites of the year. Like the previous albums, I'll Follow You mixes up the vocal duties between Pat Sullivan and Leah Blessoff with great success whether it be on one of the more psychedelic tracks or the quieter ballads. Although strong from start to finish, some standouts include "Marine Life", "Rue the Blues" and "Take My Hands, We're Free". Definitely worth checking out for new and old fans.

Thursday
Sep062007

VARIOUS ARTISTS - Brazil 70

va-brazil70.jpgFollowing on the heels of their exceptional Tropicalia compilation, Britain's Soul Jazz records has given us Brazil 70, a document whose merits go deeper than just the music. Brazil 70 pulls tracks from a time when the country's dictatorship was at its peak and even the most popular artists lived with the constant threat of censure and far worse. In the face of this adversity, Tropicalian stars Gal Costa, Rita Lee and Gilberto Gil, although with new voices Joyce, Novos Baianos and more produced music full of radical fusions and intelligently disguised themes of sexuality and identity. Dynamite.
Tuesday
Sep042007

BARBARA MANNING - Super Scissors

manning.jpgDeluxe reissue of Barbara Manning's first two long out-of-print records, Lately I Keep Scissors named one of SPIN's Top 100 Alternative Records and One Perfect Green Blanket .  Fans of the Dunedin Sound of Flying Nun Records, jangly guitars and the minimalist aesthetic of the Young Marble Giants (who also enjoyed a recent deluxe reissue of their classic Colossal Youth) will find alot to enjoy here.  Act fast though, we are told these will not be re-released again "in our lifetime". 

Tuesday
Sep042007

MICK TURNER/TREN BROTHERS - Blue Trees

mick%20turner-blue%20trees.jpgI could go on and on about the vitality, peerlessness and plain beauty of the music of The Dirty Three, but above all else, their greatest contribution to music is their inversion of the traditional roles of their instruments. In particular, Mick Turner's ability to take the most obnoxious and familiar instrument in modern music (the electric guitar) and turn it into something so amorphous and secretive is nothing short of brilliant. This collection of rare solo material (along with duo collaborations with D3's drummer Jim White) is instrumental daydreaming of the highest order.

Tuesday
Sep042007

MANU CHAO - La Radiolina

manu%20chao-radiolina.jpgHe may be Parisian born, but Manu Chao is clearly a son of the world. Whether it's his five language dialect or relentless style hop scotching, Chao is a testament to those who advocate the irrelevance of genres in music. On his first album in six years, the man retains all of the traits that have won him big cult status: Latin rhythms, unexpected tempo shifts, and a kaleidoscopic range from frenetic to tender. A riveting live performer, Chao keeps the energy up on record by never lingering too long on any one tune; of the 21 tracks, a great majority are just under or just over two minutes.

Thursday
Aug302007

NO AGE - Weirdo Rippers

no%20age-weirdo.jpgOffering up a killer, just-under-the-radar platter of non-sequitor indie rock, No Age are an L.A. duo (plus friends) making exactly the kind of record you'd expect (and hope for) in 2007. This means Weirdo Rippers covers walls of white noise, floating clouds of ethereal drift, geeky Sebadoh-esque trash-pop, and all points in between. These musical wanderings stay connected by the home-baked, tossed off charm of it all. To be sure, these recordings were well-considered, thoughtfully planned, and executed to an exacting standard. It just doesn't really sound like it.

Tuesday
Aug282007

SUPER FURRY ANIMALS - Hey Venus!

superfurryanimals-hey%20venus.jpgAfter seven albums and numerous singles pushing the frontiers of sonic density as far as they could go, Hey Venus! finds SFA in a reductive mood. Gone for the most part are the techno flair and odd left turns that made their discography such an unpredictable listen. What remains, happily, is the band's unfailing way with melody and harmony. With Broken Social Scene producer David Newfeld at the helm, the Furries finally leave the songs relatively unadorned. The result? A 36-minute sunny stroll on a beach crawling with the occasional rainbow crab or talking seagull to keep you on your toes.

Tuesday
Aug282007

ANGELS OF LIGHT - We Are Him

angles%20of%20light-we%20are%20him.jpgMichael Gira's transformation from avenging noise punk in the Swans to elder neo-folk statesman has been an enthralling one. Now over 50, Gira is making some of the best music of his career, a streak that We Are Him continues. Full of cues taken from gothic Americana, Him lurches with playing that is dry, precise, yet full of sinewy feeling. At the heart of this music is Gira's voice. Like Waits or latter-day Dylan, Gira has long understood that his matter-of-fact baritone gives him a presence that conventional voices cannot attain: a voice that leaks authority, experience and wisdom.
Tuesday
Aug282007

LIARS - Liars

liars-liars.jpgIt wasn't long ago that many folks had written Liars off as a trendy funk-punk New York band that lost the plot and wasted their potential on fruitless self-indulgence. Oops. This trio has since had the last laugh when their brilliantly warped 2006 release Drum's Not Dead broadsided our ears with its undeniably raw power. And the chuckling can go on because this eponymous effort is every bit as unexpected, kinetic, and wonderfully mad as its predecessor. Less centered exclusively around percussion and voice, this album is dark, primal and quotes generously from the past of 60s/70s garage-punk.

Tuesday
Aug282007

NINA NASTASIA & JIM WHITE - You Follow Me

nastasia%20nina-you%20follow%20me.jpgWhile on tour together, White suggested to Nastasia that they record an album of duets: drums, guitar and voice. That's it, and it works thanks to the duo's good sense to keep the album brief (31 minutes), and the fact that the drummer in question is White. With years of experience in the magnificent Aussie trio The Dirty Three, White's singularly off-kilter, drunken beats are legendary, providing the perfect foil to Nastasia's terse, dark folk. You Follow Me dances before you like leaves caught in a wind; a natural waltz that quickens and slows with pace of barely-caught breath. 
Monday
Aug272007

PETER MARTIN & FINCH - Drouyn

peter_martin.jpgFlitting from atmospheric new-agey synth orchestrations or folk vignettes (Martin) and foot-on-the-monitor proto-metal boogie (Finch), this collaborative '70s Aussie surf soundtrack sure is a weird one! A personal favourite of the new batch of reissues from mondo bizarro Japanese reissue label EM Records.

Monday
Aug272007

NEW BUFFALO - Somewhere, Anywhere

new%20buffalo-somewhere.jpgSally Seltmann's New Buffalo makes a charming return with an album that is even more inward than her previous Last Beautiful Day. That Seltmann is married to Darren Seltmann of hyper-sample dance kings The Avalanches is nowhere evident; musically, the pair share nothing except a studio. New Buffalo charts her own path, primarly eased into existence by her barely-there voice. The naked piano arrangements and transculent vocals carry an intimacy that borders on the uncomfortable, but Seltman's strong songwriting and universal subject keeps the listener just on her side. 

Saturday
Aug252007

IASOS - Inter-dimensional Music

iasos-inter-dimensional.jpgReleased by EM Records, who work hard at finding rare stuff, this album is really wonderful. From what I can tell, Iasos primarily plays flute into delay and reverb pedals on a dock on the shore of the Mediterranean in his bare feet. Iasos says: "This is the album that began the genre of 'New Age' Music, in 1975, along with Steven Halpern's 'Spectrum Suite'. This can be thought of as a sonic journey through a great many realms - from etheric tropical to interplanetary - great for 'consciousness-traveling' via sound. Designed for focused listening - definitely not as 'background music'."
Saturday
Aug252007

ROXY MUSIC - Flesh and Blood

roxy%20music-flesh.jpgI have this strange love for Roxy Music's Avalon and this is their next closest album to that. While Avalon is a head first plummet into overwhelming smoothness, Flesh and Blood, its immediate precursor, is a fumbling step into that same sort of suave. Avalon is the better album and Flesh and Blood is hit and miss. The covers, "Midnight Hour" and "Eight Miles High," are as uncomfortably lazy as they are comfortably soft. I enjoy the album a lot though. The title track is a quintessential example of Ferry's preoccupation with his lady-loves. The cover is also probably my favourite album cover. Ever.

Friday
Aug242007

MARISSA NADLER - Song III: Bird on the Water

nadlerm.-songsIII.jpgPossessing a voice that is beautiful and enchanting beyond words, Marissa Nadler has created a work that lays waste to most of her contempories that are lazily lumped into the "New Weird America" bag. Sparingly produced with barely more than just her voice and acoustic guitar, Nadler's third album is bathed in cathedral-sized reverb and maintains an intense mood that Mazzy Star always aimed for. Apparently, she studied "acid illustration" and that influence comes through in the otherworldly sound. One of my favourite new releases so far in 2007.

Tuesday
Aug212007

CARIBOU - Andorra

caribou-andorra.jpgEver since his stunning 2003 sophomore left turn, Up In Flames, it's been clear that Caribou is capable of nearly anything. It isn't so much that Andorra sounds worlds removed from his past work. It's another densely layered, polyrhythmic, psychedelic carnival ride of an album. But his career transition from IDM glitch king to Zombies-obsessed falsetto pop junkie has been so organic, it's only when you listen to this back-to-back with his debut, Start Breaking My Heart, that you truly realize the massive scope of his growth. In other words, Andorra is fascinating and bloody gorgeous.

read our interview with Caribou here

Tuesday
Aug212007

M.I.A. - Kala

mia-kala.jpgGiven the unseasonably cool weather in Toronto lately, it's hard to believe it's summer, nevermind August. Anyone looking to the replicate that hot, sticky vibe best pick up Kala. This record is more than just a collection of wickedly written club anthems, although that it certainly is. M.I.A.'s restlessly globe-trotting beat radar leaves no stone unturned, and hearing gamelan and African rhythms so effortlessly spliced with high-gloss Miami/London club crunk is as hot a blast of sunshine as any 2007 recording can boast thus far. Politically charged and damn smart too. Shake. Your. Rum-pah!