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+ Donato Wharton - Body Isolations
+ Svalastog - Woodwork
+ Tim Hecker - Harmony In Ultraviolet
+ Rosy Parlane - Jessamine
+ Jarvis Cocker - The Jarvis Cocker Record
+ Múm - Peel Session
+ Deloris - Ten Lives
+ Minimum Chips - Lady Grey
+ Badly Drawn Boy - Born In The U.K.
+ The Hold Steady - Boys And Girls Together
+ The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes
+ The Places - Songs For Creeps
+ Camille - Le Fil
+ Wolf Eyes - Human Animal
+ Christina Carter - Electrice
+ The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
+ Junior Boys - So This Is Goodbye
+ Various Artists - Musics In The Margin
+ Rafael Toral - Space
+ Bob Dylan - Modern Times
+ Excepter - Alternation
+ Chris Thile - How To Grow A Woman From The Ground
+ Brad Mehldau - Live in Japan
+ M Ward - Post-War
+ Various Artists - Touch 25
+ The Mountain Goats - Get Lonely
+ The White Birch - Come Up For Air
+ Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
+ Coachwhips - Double Death
+ Various Artists - Tibetan And Bhutanese Instrumental And Folk Music, Volume 2
+ Giuseppe Ielasi - Giuseppe Ielasi
+ Cex - Actual Fucking
+ Sufjan Stevens - The Avalanche
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest And The Sea
+ Carla Bozulich - Evangelista
+ Barbara Morgenstern - The Grass Is Always Greener
+ Robin Guthrie - Continental
+ Peaches - Impeach My Bush
+ Oakley Hall - Second Guessing
+ Klee - Honeysuckle
+ The Court & Spark - Hearts
+ TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
+ Awesome Color - Awesome Color
+ Jenny Wilson - Love And Youth
+ Asobi Seksu - Citrus
+ Marsen Jules - Les Fleurs
+ The Moore Brothers - Murdered By The Moore Brothers
+ Regina Spektor - Begin To Hope
+ The 1900s - Plume Delivery EP
+ Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror
+ Function - The Secret Miracle Fountain
+ Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
+ Loscil - Plume
+ Boris - Pink
+ Deadboy And The Elephantmen - We Are Night Sky
+ Glissandro 70 - Glissandro 70
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #2)
+ Calexico - Garden Ruin (Review #1)
+ The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
+ The Glass Family - Sleep Inside This Wheel
+ Various Artists - Songs For Sixty Five Roses
+ The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
+ Motorpsycho - Black Hole/Blank Canvas
+ The Red Krayola - Introduction
+ Metal Hearts - Socialize
+ American Princes - Less And Less
+ Sondre Lerche And The Faces Down Quartet - Duper Sessions
+ Supersilent - 7
+ Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
+ Dudley Perkins - Expressions
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Handcream For A Generation

Cornershop used to make protest music proper, with clanging guitars and punk-rock spirit, making them peers to Huggy Bear and Bikini Kill. These days, as Kathleen Hanna only wants to put the ram in the ramalamadingdong, so, too, have th'shop long closed shop on hanging their threads on punk haranguing, instead wishing only to make the dope dope and the dope dope. In these days of these days, Ben & Tjinder, the remaining creative pair, are the smarmy, almost silly, pinky-eyed, record-collecting studio-heads getting their cross-cultural cross-musical grins on, stirring up a polyglot stew of steamy dubbed-out hip-hop and stoned-out not-disco disco and ragga-swaggering non-cosmic psychedelia, such broth both bitchy and bitching, politico-posturing lost in the stoner giggles of a brewed brouhaha concerned as much with comedy as bureaucracy. Having done dressed-up-in-the-dapper-disco-threads for their Clinton side project, the creative twain have brought some of that strut back to the Cornershop. The combo's fourth longplayer, and first since 1997's break-on-through-to-the-other-side When I Was Born for the 7th Time, even goes to the lengths of recreating the giddy Clinton number "People Power in the Disco Hour," the whole obviously under the influence of a pair of hands more than familiar with working things in the studio, resulting in innumerable electro flourishes, and then the album working with a sense of artifice that is rather the work of cats detached from the playing-the-songs-live process. Since they're avid record collectors, all this is of little surprise; nor is it surprising that the set works like a spun-up set of carefully collated cuts, sequenced with stuck-tape-over-the-tabs-in-the-corners mix-tape affection that makes the whole seem like a sticky-sentimented sentimental love letter to the boys' record collections, the impressive strewn-and-smooched quality of the resulting record affirming the quality of said record collections.

by Anthony Carew

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