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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
+ Growing - Color Wheel
+ Red Carpet - The Noise Of Red Carpet
+ The Essex Green - Cannibal Sea
+ Espers - II
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Like Mary Timony, her counterpart out front of late-'80s/early-'90s pre-Riot-Grrrl femme-punks Autoclave, Christina Billotte has fashioned a distinctly iconoclastic sound at a time when the global village has supposedly reduced rock 'n' roll to merely a million variations on the same theme. After leading Slant 6 to two stand-up albums of Dischord-issued eyeliner-heavy anglo-punk-styled rock-trio-ism, Billotte has taken that outfit's horror-show/horror-in-love thematics and, with her sister Mira in Quix*o*tic, forged the lewd leitmotif into something of more soulful substance. Their second album, Mortal Mirror, follows in the footsteps of their dapper debut, Night For Day, walking in a way that shows that this combo's strange, hard-to-describe take on rock 'n' roll — ranging from dynamic instrumentalism through morbid lullaby — is merely a product of their personalities; this the work of the kind of girls who can cover scat-soul spitter Billy Stewart and doom-rock overlords Black Sabbath on the same album, without pretense. Freeing garage rock from its crutch of distortion, Quix*o*tic are the most skeletal of guitar/bass/drums trios, with single-note guitar lines twanging in the air like the sounds of some frightened surf-guitarist lost in the mists of the graveyard, and the bass/drums battery keeping to the most uncluttered rhythms. Even in such bony tone, the combo are never afraid to drop one if not two instruments out of the mix; often their most impressive efforts come when they cease rocking to deliver some soulful sisters' sing-along over a simple beat. With the Billottes bringing vocal flourishes influenced by '60s-girl-groups and choral soul, Quix*o*tic's ungainly gothic garage-rock can often transcend its own implied limitations, almost stumbling into unaffectedly beautiful moments blessed with an innate grace.


by Anthony Carew




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