Welcome to our weekly column Staff Picks, in which we ask the staffers at our favorite book, music, and movie stores around to town to share with us what they're reading, listening to, and watching this week. We figure they're good people to ask. Today we're checking in with Ron and Matthew at Greenpoint's Permament Records to find out what they've been spinning lately.
Legends Of Benin,AfroFunk-Cavacha-Agbadja-AfroBeat 1969-1981: An essential double-pack of dancefloor Afro-rhythms by four different composers from Cotonou. Ranging from simple folk tunes to body-shaking jams, this is a solid investment that pleases many customers new to the Afro-beat genre, DJs and the musically trained ear.
Boris, Attention Please: The female member of the band takes over full vocal duties for this rocking, dark disco pop and shoegaze metal excursion of a release. The results here are similar to Suicide, Coil, Sonic Youth and the obscure pop of Japan’s Phew!
They Might Be Giants, Join Us: Simply stellar batch of new tunes from these Brooklyn legends. Harkening back to the DIY sounds of their earliest recordings, this is 18-tracks worth of impossibly eclectic, wonderfully quirky indie pop from two guys who do it better than most.
Sharon Van Etten, Epic: I've been listening to this record on what feels like a daily basis since it appeared in our store last September. The best new female voice in years, this is an absolutely gorgeous album through and through that I can't get tired of. Get into this, and then start getting psyched for her new album, due out in early 2010 on Jagjaguwar I'm told.