Trupa Trupa - Headache CD (Blue Tapes and X-Ray Records)$10.00
It's always clever, often beautiful, and at times very angry guitar music that defies definition. Like Grizzly Bear's triumphant masterpiece, 2006's Yellow House, it's a song-driven collection (in English) that ably coaxes boundless sonics from standard instrumentation, and seems to once more redraw the boundaries of humble and dying (in fact at this point it's on life support) indie rock & roll. Razor-edged no wave rumblings, anguished Bad Seed shanties, sopping wet blue-eyed soul ballads - Trupa Trupa touch on it all. It's their third full length offering, but this one sees the band successfully balance all their vast array of influences and abilities for the first time. The result is their first moment of true greatness.