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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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Brooklyn babbler J-Live is a self-confessed and self-professed Real MC, keeping it real by keeping his shit tightly lodged in the jazzy hip-hop heritage he's cultivated to hallowed nostalgic heights in his real live mind. And so the gifted gabber grabs the mic and rocks the spot like it's '89 and he's riding the lines, making real fine while showing you just how real his Real is, ditching belligerence and surreptitiously spitting on all of that "thug shit" to rhyme with peace-ing and love-ing phonetic panache, kept to fat-free, highly rhythmic syllables that always have in mind something approximating tite flow. J-Live's native tongue deftly wraps with salivatic smooveness around flowery circles that deliver daisy-chained rhymes about all those good times, with a few serious numbers giving "conscious" listeners the issues to consider. "Emceeing is my craft," J says, and so he provides true-heads with the equivalents of, what, macramé and carpentry? He and intermittently-appearing spesh-guest pr'doosah DJ Spinna have a knack for the knick-knack; the backing tracks herein are so smooth/funky/nice that they'll even impress rare-groove dudes. And "nice" is a prevailing thought across the set. J-Live cultivates a sense of almost-dorky sweetness. His nerves seem best represented by the fact that, after taking so long to have his first record released, he's scared he may never get a chance to put out another. So, the record is filled to the brim with 78 minutes and 21 tracks of unashamedly romantic hip-hop-ism. The romance for hip-hop is obvious on "Like This Anna," his romantic number that is more of a love letter to A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum" than any girl called Anna.


by Anthony Carew




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