We've made it. The last week of classes is upon us. Many nights of heavy coffee consumption await those of you still in school, so this week we'll try to calm your nerves a little bit with our additions to rotation on 1190.

!!! have returned with a new record out on IDM staple Warp under the name THR!!!ER, and as usual their DFA-esqe jams provide a steady groove with a wide range of influences. Bass lines jam on into infinity while guest vocalists including Jim Eno from Spoon and Erika Wennerstrom from Heartless Bastards provide a soulful counterpoint to the mechanically funky music. It's record that can either provide motorik background music or encompassing dance jams.

The impossibly lovable Thermals have returned with their sixth LP, the fuzzed out Desperate Ground. Continuing the tradition of provocative lyrics alongside classic punked-out chord progressions and palpable energy, Desperate Ground is just another reason why the Thermals are one of the most invigorating rock bands today.

Lastly, Colin Stetson's new album New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light is a compositional tour de force, exploring corners of noise music, ambience and even the orchestral. With a particular emphasis on his distorted saxophone, New History Warfare jumps from grinning optimism to frightening entropy in the space of a single interval, making this new record a Philip Glassian testament to the modern composer.


Other additions include:

* In The Marrow, Dead Confederate.

* (Nothing Lasts) Forever, Sandra Kolstad.

* S.E.M.E., The Mackrosoft.

-- Sam Goldner is the music director at Radio 1190