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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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One dependable way to rate an album is to break out the Blasphemy Index: how many times did the record in question cause you to swear? Radiohead's OK Computer, for example, rates high, since people listening to "Exit Music: For A Film" can often be overheard exclaiming "Jesus Christ" out loud long after they've learned the song by heart. Living Color, on the other hand, tended to start high but finish about average; you only said "holy shit" the first few times you heard Vernon's Reid's pyrotechnics, and then the law of diminishing returns kicked in. There's a rap/jazz-fusion/nu-metal band from Brooklyn called Candiria whose B.I. quotient is practically off the chart. Now, sure: there are a lot of bands playing muscle-bound gruff-voiced seven-string metal, and there are plenty of rock-rap hybrids around, though few of them have rap numbers that'd actually pass as hip-hop. (300 Percent Density's several hip-hop moments get their trance-deep head-nodding the old fashioned way: they earn it.) The B.I. gets a huge push from the single smooth motion in which Candiria's phat beat-farming flows into gigantic distorted riffs in non-standard time signatures; the transitions are seamless — really almost unnoticeable — and the aftermath is monolithic. And then, just when you're completely consumed by the crushing metal heaviness of it all — well, that's when Candiria breaks out the honest-to-God jazz fusion, and that's when you'll blaspheme. Because they don't just do it for effect, and they don't just tinker with it. There are extended passages behind which hardcore Return to Forever fans will genuinely groove. Don't kid yourself, man. This is awesome.


by John Darnielle




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