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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
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Like leopards changing their spots, New Yorker quartet Black Dice have turned 180 and turned back the clock with their third record. They've ditched the agitational art-punk angst that once seemed a tenet of their militant noisemaking religion to go spreading their bloody-spiritualist bloody wings, musically spiraling out in concentric kaleidoscopic circles whose circumvolutions wind the band's harking-back rock-clock back about, like, oh, a good decade. No longer claustrophobic No New York misanthropes, Black Dice are, if you believe your ears, now resting their faith in peace, love and music. Beaches & Canyons, as its title kinda attests, paints the combo not in the eyelinered shades of their troubled youth, man, but rather in all kinds of unwashed earthtones. With watery sound-effects and desolate stretches of open-air ambience, this disc evokes a musical great outdoors, trying to divine a path through the wilderness by trying its best to tap into the spirit of such free-wheeling spirits as Amon Düül, Ash Ra Temple, and Popul Vuh; in short, taking the path less traveled by even the most blown-out dudes of the psychedelic underground. What's a little surprising is how lustily Black Dice leap feet-first into this off-the-beaten out/kraut wandering. Perhaps concertedly, the album never really gathers into any kind of rhythmic chug; even its ecstatic moments of peaked-out jamming seem frenetic and chaotic, the ad-hoc intermittence of various noise-boxes favored over the precision of percussion. The result means that there's a lot of downtime on the disc, which, depending on the listener, is either a lot of open space to go wandering in, or just a lot of empty space.


by Anthony Carew




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