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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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Ben Gibbard may've gotten a little embarrassed at the unlikely popularity and all the time away from his musical day job that side project the Postal Service roped him into of recent, but he needn't have gotten too concerned. That collaboratory outing with sentimentalist Los Angelean abstrackt-elecktro/soft-pop softie Jimmy Tamborello really merely showed that Gibbard's writerly lyrics and prettyboy crooning play real well when back'd with either emo-tional indie-rockin' or cutesy electro-pop beatsiness. Most of that previous sentence featured invented words, and, well, then, speaking of such, Benny G thought he'd found a new term in the lexical jungle when he boxed together tyranny-of-distance notions into the coined word "Transatlanticism," meaning to mean that feeling where the space between people seems insurmountable to such degrees it seems most metaphoric of everything that's b'tween them. Anyone who's done some kind long-distance lovin' will know the pain he's talkin', and, well, even those DCFC fans who haven't are probably sentimental and emotional enough to at least imagine that they have. And for those devoted to this rock band's increasingly artistic gear, Gibbard's a bard spinning pop-song sonnets that cause such constituents of fandom to reel real deep in some crooning-along swooning induced by the lithe lyrics. This here fourth album finds such wordy words as "and together there in a shroud of frost/ the mountain air began to pass/ through every pane of weathered glass" and "I'm reaching for the phone/ to call at 7.03/ and on your machine I slur a plea/ for you to come home" and "I wish the world was flat like the old days/ so I could travel just by folding the map/ no more airplanes or speed-trains or freeways/ there'd be no distance that could hold us back," even if the bit where the sung words are at their most convincing is on the piano-balladic title-track's winding wind-up, as the repetition of "I need you so much closer" makes said seven syllables say so much it hurts so good.


by Anthony Carew




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