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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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As can only be expected from the elusive Blood, this second lap around future blues (the first took place at Sun Studios, documented on 2001's Memphis Blood) sits confidently at the crossroads of rough and slick, weird and conventional, the roadhouse and the House of Blues. Taskmaster Vernon Reid and his charge honor the greats (Howlin' Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters) and the obscures (Mary Lou Reed, Eddy H. Owens) while inserting various oddities to make each nugget their own, all without a single showboating or confrontational moment within earshot. One set of categories it neglects to confound, though, is foreground and background, which means this album changes colors depending on where it gets placed in your lifestream. And not in any predictable way, either. As the soundtrack to your daily grind, it can sound like the band's scraping the bottom of the barrelhouse one moment and painting by numbers on the summer festival circuit the next. Pay closer attention, and the wheezing organ over Johnny Copeland's "Ghetto Child" or the tap dancing (?) on Jimmy Reed's "Bright Lights, Big City" will hit you as alternately uncompromising and trad, if not downright hokey. Really, then, this is just another way of acknowledging that Ulmer wouldn't dream of escaping from the blues at this point. No matter how head-scratching things get, he willfully imprisons himself within the form. Only problem is, the exact same can be said of Charley Patton, leading one to recall that Ulmer's blues was a lot more future on Odyssey back in 1983. By the time he gets to Muscle Shoals, the problem of distinguishing one album from the next will hopefully be staring him down.


by Kevin John




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