Robert Pollard - Of Course You Are
Robert Pollard definitely does not believe in "less says more"! Thats fine with me if he keeps putting out great
songs like this. Of Course You Are on Fire Records sees Pollard bring in strings and horns, and it works really well! Bring back Baroque rock Bob! Every track on here a golden pop nugget worthy of the GBV cannon. - Bill
ILian - Love Me Crazy (Anthology Records)
Another great lost treasure from Anthology records! Originally put out on one of the many "tax write off" labels from the 70's. This one out in 1977, captures California breezy pop of the times. However this ain't no Eagles, "groovy" instrumentals intertwined with outsider folk rock, this feels like a misplaced classic. - Bill
Trad Gras Och Stenar - (3CD or 6LP box) Anthology Records
Wow what a great release this is! three live performances from the Swedish band called Trad Gras Och Stenar ("Trees , Grass,and Stones) all three are from the early 70's one disc never before released. These guys are not a jam band or a prog band , its more what you would call " collective-core" they were doing the "live off the land vibe" playing free shows at various get together's in Sweden. All three have a great mello guitar vibe of just going-along-feelin-just-fine music. very little vocals . just cool hippy guitar jamming (but NOT in a Phish kind of way) also on vinyl. great stuff! - Bill
Don’t let the lack of burnt orange fool you. If you sacrifice your bracket every spring by picking the Horns to advance too far, this is the doc for you. The story of Shaka Smart’s VCU Rams and the least predicted tournament run in recorded history. They did not win it all, but by advancing to the Final Four in Houston they shocked the world of college basketball. This year, Coach Smart’s Texas squad has put a scare into its Big 12 rivals & drawn comparisons to Lee Perry’s backing band by toppling national powers like North Carolina. Will the home team catch fire in March? This DVD will nurture your delusions. - Patrick
DIIV - Is The Is Are
This is DIIV's sophomore release and stars the creative Zachary Cole Smith (Beach Fossils, Soft Black,& Darwin Deez). This double album (17 songs) is a unique blend of indie rock/dream pop/shoegazing/psych/post-punk..etc... I love the blend of guitar and Smith's vocals . Elliott Smith and Royal Trux are cited at Smith's influences for the album, but I'm not saying this album sounds like them, just throwing it out there. If you like the Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, Beach House, Real Estate feel, check this out! Also, check out DIIV's first album, "Oshin". - Michelle
Prins Thomas-Principe Del Norte
One of Lindstrøm's pals/collabs and part of a bevy of Norweigian DJs/Producers/experimenters to break loose from the Northern Hemispheres in the recent past (see also Todd Terje, Röyksopp, Bjørn Torske, Lasse Marhaug), Prins Thomas moves a little further afield from his previous work with new album Principe Del Norte. This new effort keeps you moving but not with 120 bpm madness thumping in your brain. Tracks A1 through D are somewhat ambient (without being too wallpaper-y) and soundtrack-ish enough to keep your attention. Relatively percussion-free but sequencer-heavy it mines early Tangerine Dream/Klaus Schulze/Moebius & Plank territory to great effect. Tracks E through H are closer to his usual fare but still much more subtle and refined than previous works. Airy yet substantial? Modern yet timeless? Yeah... something like that. - Corby
Various - This Record Belongs To ______
For the past 6 months my daughter has demonstrated limitless enthusiasm for the songs from Frozen. I've had it with Olaf it, and my Menzel health demands I find something Elsa.
This is a terrific comp for kids!
Woody Guthrie's "Dance Around" follows the extended funk/psych of the
Pointer Sisters "Pinball Number Count"
Bobby Bare Jr. accompanies his dad on "Daddy What If"
Nina Simone and Kermit the Frog sing about rainbows.
The highlight for me is the collaboration between Carole King & Maurice Sendak
"One Was Johnny." Playful word economy & a warm vocal from King make "Johnny" the most elegant counting song I've ever heard. -Patrick
The Raincoats – The Raincoats (WE 1)
RIYL: Kleenex/LiliPUT, Gang of Four, Television Personalities, The Slits, Beat Happening
“The Raincoats offered a completely different way of doing things, as did X-Ray Spex, and all the books about punk have failed to realize that these women were involved for no other reason other than they were good and original.” – Johnny Rotten
Punk bands were formed like crazy in the wake of the new wave of the Sex Pistols crashed, but this one was special. Unlike punkers before them, the Raincoats were unafraid of experimenting with instrumentation and song structure, using sounds from violin and a rotating selection of instruments they would find second-hand. Drawing from world and freejazz as influences and as a political statement against blues-based rock, which they considered to be a part of culture appropriation and genderizing in music, they created a sound that was uniquely their own and has yet to be replicated, but has influenced countless musicians. When you hear words like “jangly” “angular” and “ramshackle” used to describe punk, you should know these were some of the ladies who pioneered that sound. - Kana
Sacred Few - Beyond The Iron Walls (Shadow Kingdom)
Another lost 80's metal classic from the Shadow Kingdom label! Cleveland Ohio's Sacred Few formed in 1977 and made one one album. They broke up soon after. This has a very "local band" feel but that to me is a good thing! If you like your early Judas Priest sound, this band is for you! very 1983 hard rock with powerful female vocals...and fantasy lyrics! this CD is awesome! - Bill Jeffery
A Salute To The Thin White Duke: The Songs Of David Bowie (Cleopatra Records)
You never know with tribute albums. Sometimes they can be very "meh", but A Salute To The Thin White Duke is a pleasure all the way through. I originally was excited because one of my favorite local Austin bands, Heartless Bastards, are on this with their very cool version of "Jean Genie". However after listening to the Muffs awesome version of "Changes" and the sweet "shoe-gazy" version of "Rebel Rebel" by the KVB,I was hooked! Not a bad version on here! For Bowie freaks like me this another great way to hear what a genius songwriter he is. - Bill Jeffery
Witness for the Prosecution
This is truly one of the best Billy Wilder films with one of the greatest casts ever assembled. Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Powers are absolute perfection in this courtroom drama based on an Agatha Christie short story that influenced many films that came after it. This is being released for the first time on bluray by Kino Video. Absolutely essential. - Tracy
The Phantom of the Paradise
Brian De Palma's 1974 cult classic is getting the deluxe Scream Factory treatment on 8/5. What can you say about this glam rock, acid-trip version of Phantom of the Opera that hasn't already been said? It's got everything: a mixture of horror, comedy, rock n roll, unrequited love and fantasy makes this an extremely anticipated release. This one is LOADED with extras, tons of new interviews and commentary so don't feel guilty about upgrading that dvd copy! - Tracy
The Chills - Silver Bullets (Fire Records)
The new Chills album is a cause for celebration for well..Chills fans who never thought there would be another one after 1996 as well as fans of the great 80's and early 90's Flying Nun sound.The Chills were one of the "4" of the infamous Dunedin Double (recently re-issued for Record Store Day) that started it all! As a huge fan of the Chills dark jangly pop I'm very pleased that 1996's Sunburnt is NOT the last Chills album. Silver Bullets is comparable to their masterpiece, Submarine Bells! Good all the way through! A "must have" for all pop music fans! -Bill Jeffery