by: Sam Farzin
Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record [Arts & Crafts]
Indie-rock titans come back with their first official "band" record in 5 years.
Indian Jewelry - Totaled [We Are Free]
Houstin/LA-based power-noise-post-pop folks loosen the noise tie a little more, producing less gauzy but no less minimal post-punk dance-dirges.
The Depreciation Guild - Spirit Youth [Kanine]
Two members of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, another person, and a Nintendo NES (or Famicom, really) make very spritely (no pun intended) indie pop songs with a think layer of dreaminess.
Big Whup - B.O.N.I.Z.H.E.A.R.T. b/w Cover My Eyes 7" [Big Whup Industries]
The best art-pop (what does that even mean) band from Los Angeles' debut 7". Features members of Pizza!, !
Reggie Watts - Why $#!+ So Crazy? [Comedy Central]
Instead of reading, a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJQU22Ttpwc" target='_blank'> watch this.
The Poison Control Center - Sad Sour Future [Afternoon]
Really good and hooky power-poppy stuff.
Anabal VelasQuez Y Su Conjunto - Mambo Loco 1962-1978 [Analog Africa]
Analog Africa branches out to South America and releases this compilation of the prolific Anabal VelasQuez's accordion-led dance jams.
Various Artists - Next Stop...Suweto Vol. 3 [Strut]
A compilation of South African blues and jazz from the mid-20th century. RAD.