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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
+ Wilderness - Vessel States

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When this epic, apocalyptic, orchestral nine-man Québeçois crew undertake a shift of exclamation mark — their preposterous nomenclature going from the former Godspeed You Black Emperor! to the current Godspeed You! Black Emperor — you know that it means something. What, exactly, is unclear, but it's the only thing that's cryptic in this new GY!BE incarnation. After starting out life, on their debut disc f#a#(infinity), shrouded in shadowy pseudo-film-score-ist mystery, the combo have become increasingly direct in the presentation of their political ideals, with their leader, guitarist/conceptualist Efrim Munuck, serving as outspoken rabble-rouser. Godspeed are now proud to wear explicit politic slogans sewn on their album sleeve. Without a vocalist, the band let their artwork do the polemic preaching, letting their music simply speak only as sound; this record even reduces things to more simple sounds as they ditch the tape-loops and get post-rockin' in Steve Albini's studio. Their third proper longplayer, Yanqui U.X.O. is the work of a band that has finally become confident in its popularity and influence, and so it's no surprise they come out without pussying about. The record comes with artwork featuring a chart connecting the world's four major record labels to arms manufacturers via a few choice parent companies. The album's opening piece, "09-15-00," is a two-part 22-minute soundtrack to "Ariel Sharon surrounded by 1,000 Israeli Soldiers marching on Al-Haram Ash-Sharif and provoking another intifada." In the midst of this, Godspeed see their music as providing hope and "a little resistance," like tiny lights of protest in the world's clustering political darkness.


by Anthony Carew




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