New to the studio here at WRUV FM Burlington from this Ojibwe artist, Annie Humphrey all original and described as alternative music but has a message within.  Great stories are told in this CD like a story about Winona LaDuke. (track called Tipi To A Tesla).  We The People, a track that challenges us all, […]

  Seattle-based electronic artist Yair Rubinstein AKA Big Spider’s Back returns with this 9 track analog playground available as a cassette tape only release. Get lost on a highway with tech-house bangers like “Light Sleeper,” “Outbound,” and “Dream Sequencer.” Or find solace on a long walk with wavey instrumentals like “Ativan” or “Sunset Programming. Where ever you might going, Beverly Centaur will get […]

Virginia-based DJ and multi-instrumentalist Joel Burleson aka KI:Theory (pronounced “Key Theory”) blends alternative rock and glitchy electronica on this  blazzey blah of a record. It’s all those tired EDM sounds juxtaposed with Indie Rock angst and exasperated vocals. Pure instrumental tracks such as “Used to Like” and “Goner” make the album almost worth keeping, but those are few and far […]

The Mountain Goats are now sixteen albums deep, and yet still find a way to keep things fresh. This time around, the theme is – as the title implies – dark, gritty and gothic. And while some songs follow this idea more than others, the collective feeling is one similar to the art depicted on […]

Carl Craig is known for Techno. So what is this? A collaboration between the Detroit iconoclast and a French Orchestra– a fabulous album that takes his music out of the club and into the concert hall. Beautifully minimal and progressive, tracks like “The Melody”, “Domina” and “Technology” are about as close to pure bliss you […]

How does one begin to describe an album, which is unlike anything they have ever heard before? Well the first step would be to admit said fact. Check. The second is to try to try your best anyway. Imagine you are listening to an insane attempt at making an all encompassing art pop project, but […]

Remix albums are easy to ignore, so let’s start at the beginning. Félicité is an award-winning film centered around the vibrant music scene of Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The backing band for the lead character in this movie are the Kasai Allstars, a well known act from the region known for mixing traditional sounds […]

Medusa1975– Rising From The Ashes Release date: 2017Apr21 Label: Svart Records Rating: 5/5 Medusa1975 represents the evolution of Medusa, an obscure proto-metal group out of Colorado formed in the 1970s. Armageddon opens with somber notes, picking up in the middle with a punishing bass/guitar attack. Rage On is a lazy afternoon stoner jam. Indeed, man. Fall […]

The Obsessed– Sacred Release date: 2017Apr07 Label: Relapse Rating: 4/5 Formed by Scott “Wino” Weinrich (Saint Vitus),  The Obsessed return with their first record since 1994’s The Church Within. Punk Crusher and Haywire serve up punk-ish doom rock. Stranger Things is a  melodic romp through the desert. Razor Wire sounds a lot like a certain […]

Ymir’s Blood– Ymir’s Blood Release date: 2017Mar01 Label: Archaic Sound Rating: 3.5/5 I may have overstated my fondness for this release. Unleasher: Beerbarian is full of thick, crushing sludge with an old-school feel. 1589 impresses with medieval doom riffs and a pounding bass line. Origin of Iron hurtles at an epic pace with catchy bass licks. Immigrant Song is a decent cover of the Led […]

UNI IKA AI has a great female lead singer with a very interesting sound. This slightly electronic, psychedelic rock band has a wide range of songs on this album. I really enjoyed the soft vocals with the instrumental work combined with the sound mixing. Recommended songs (FCC clean):  #1 In This Life, #5 Make You […]

Christopher Paul Stelling’s “Itinerant Arias” has a nice folky, acoustic, instrumental, sound to it. Great finger-picking guitar work. He has a very powerful voice with a strong  southern soulful sound. He kind of reminds me of an American sounding Mumford and Sons solo artists. Perfect album for anyone looking for a kind of modern country album to […]

Very nice sounding indie/pop music from Hajk. This Norwegian band has a very subtle indie and psychedelic rock feel to them. The female lead vocals remind me a lot of Feist or Maggie Rogers, very light and airy, the male vocals are very smooth, good range. I really enjoyed this album and recommend it for […]

An interesting mix of avant works with some jazz elements–vibes, piano, clarinet, harp, etc. in mixed configurations. Play!

This Brooklyn-based ‘queer-punk’ band had a very garage band sound to them with some good instrumental work. Personally, I was underwhelmed with the vocals. I found the leads to be particularly flat and not very intriguing. The grunge guitar work and drums on the other hand were very well done. Very punky, a little raw. […]

Contemporary string quartets, by Mazzoli, Lang, Greenstein and others. Play!

Reconstructed paleo bone flutes performing modern pieces–eerie with percussion. Play!

From Baroque, jazz, rock, varying string quartets.

Contemporary piano pieces from S. African composers. Play!

Fairly abstract, differing pieces for various instruments and mixes.

Covering musical eras, woodwind pieces from the Renaissance to contemporary. Play most!

Really nice abstract piano trios. Play!

This sounds a lot like the 1980s. A beautifully fun and quirky mom and daughter duo share their wholesome, hopeful, familiar vocals and give great nods towards the sea. Worth a listen but you might need to skip some of the tracks. FCC: Clean PLAY: 9, 10 RIYL: Gwen Stefani’s voice, The Beach Boys, Disney’s […]

Ryan Karazija is back and at his rawest. This album provides deep beats, alongside melancholy and solitary melodies about struggle and hope. It’s good for reflecting. FCC: Clean PLAY: 1, 4, 5, 6 RIYL: amiina, Snowmine

Slugabed’s latest work is titled Inherit The Earth. The music has an Experimental Hip Vibe with “rumbling bass, bright blips, laser jags, melodies that either creep or comfort, along with all kinds of unpredictable, hypnotic rhythms.” A little different but an interesting listen. RIYD: Nosaj Thing, Shigeto Tracks: All Good