CD + Vinyl:
Allah-Lahs – Worship The Sun CD/LP (Innovative Leisure)
Worship The Sun expands the sound established by the Allah-Lahs’ maiden effort, honing their fusion of West Coast garage rock, Latin percussion and electric folk. The album is richly textured and timeless as a Southern California beach break, evocative of L.A.’s storied past full of beatniks, artists, surfers, nomads, remnants of a bygone Sunset Strip, golden tans and cosmic sunsets.
Anjou – Anjou CD (Kranky)
The culmination of four years writing and editing, Anjou marks the ﬁrst collaboration between Labradford’s Robert Donne and Mark Nelson since the release of that groupʼs Fixed::Context LP. Combining modular synthesis, Max/MSP programming and live instrumentation, Anjou deftly weaves noise with gentle ambience and melody with texture. Guitar, bass and Steven Hessʼ (Locrian, Fennesz, Pan American) live percussion give the eight pieces immediacy and create a framework for the more abstract sounds of digital and analog synth programming.
Antropomorphia – Rites Ov Perversion CD (Metal Blade)
New album from the Dutch necromantic death metal act.
Mike Auldridge/Jerry Douglas/Rob Ickes – Three Bells CD (Rounder)
Three Bells is a collaboration between Dobro masters Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge (The Seldom Scene), and Rob Ickes (Blue Highway).
Aurelio – Lándini CD (Real World)
On a narrow peninsula on Honduras’ Caribbean coast — in Plaplaya, a small village without electricity — singer, guitarist and Garifuna activist Aurelio Martinez learned music at his mother’s knee. At day’s end, workers returned from the sea, gathering to hear paranda — the guitar-driven music of Garifuna troubadours. Aurelio joined in from a tender age, set atop a table by his uncles.
He may be among the last generation in Honduras to grow up with Garifuna traditions, passed down over 300 years since shipwrecked African slaves intermarried with native Indians on St. Vincent in the 1600s. Their families were forcibly deported to the Central American coast by British colonials three centuries ago — but their unique culture still endures. Lándini (‘landing’) is an exuberant yet bittersweet homage to his beloved home and to his Garifuna people.