A pair of downbeat acoustic gems from LA-via-BTV singer-songwriter Gordon Goldsmith. Shimmering waves of guitar and bells with whispery vocals. A note for programmers: the last 20 seconds of ‘Bluebird’ consist of a bizarre spoken outro which you may or may not wish to play.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Lou Barlow, Iron and Wine, Ugly Casanova, […]

Boston/Burly-based blues musician Ali McGuirk brings her rich vocals to this cover of the Bobby Womack classic, featuring members of the Marcus King and Tedeschi Trucks Band backing her up. Also consider playing the song “Long Time,” from her first album, “Slow Burn.” If you play either song, please announce that Ali McGuirk will be […]

The latest single from veteran New England singer-songwriter Bow Thayer’s upcoming album “The Book of Moss” layers twangy banjo and slide guitar over a funky groove and distant Eastern-sounding drones, with Biblical lyrics about the unifying spiritual power of music. Also consider playing Bow Thayer’s previous single, “Ogallala!”  FCC: Clean RIYL: Leo Kottke and Mike […]

Known as a jazz composer, these are classical works for orchestra and they sound like a composer of movie music, TV etc. Sort of “light classical”.

Complete recording of Schubert’s late classical sonatas. Gracious.

Modern bass trombone works inspired by Appalachia. Play!

Abstract, tweaky, solo violin from the late 1960’s, short.

Solo piano and/or chamber works, impressionistic, modern.

Transcriptions and originals for saxophone quartet, Baroque to modern. Play!

Romantic, previously unreleased works by Czech composer. Lively!

Contemporary/modern works written for guitar, inspired by Sardinia

Ambient, haunting vocals & strings inspired by the Arctic tundra. Play!

Lovely works for solo harp, Romantic era to contemporary. Play!

Six American composers’ works, tonal to atonal, varied. Play most!

Varied contemporary orchestral works. Interesting!

Cello/electronics/ strings–ambient, slow works.

Works by Poulenc, Bernstein, Weinberg and Prokofiev, mid-20th century pieces for clarinet and piano, some very well known.

Comparing 2 composers’ works, both modern but one more abstract. Play!

Fairly abstract contemporary works for winds + piano, with Korean and Western elements.

From a very popular British composer of “light classical”, cosy and sweet works for sax and orchestra.

Demonio– Electric VoodooRelease date: 2021Dec18Label: self-releasedRating: 4/5 Demonio hail from Italy and their sound has been described as psychedelic doom. From the Grave is chock full of distorted fuzz. Acid’s Dream is sonically similar to a certain Monster Magnet track, which I enjoy. Tracks that stood out were Evil Pleasures, Ritual of the Knife and […]

Crone Visions– DevourRelease date- 2021Dec10Label: Seeing RedRating: 4/5 Crone Visions hail from New Hampshire and their sound has been described as “doomgaze” or doom crossed with shoegaze. Wilt is the kind of track that you want to nod your head to with each drumbeat. Seven of Swords is kind of melodic, with crashing drums. Sleeping […]

Monolord– Your Time To ShineRelease date- 2021Oct29Label: Relapse RecordsRating: 4.5/5 This is the latest album from Monolord, who hail from Sweden. I enjoyed their prior release, No Comfort so it was only fitting to give this a spin. The Weary thunders out of the gate with a discordant soundscape. Tracks that I enjoyed were I’ll […]

Contemporary works for saxophone, solo, trio or quartet. Nice!

Three different composers (Rimsky-Korsakov, Chopin & Korngold) all Romantic, but revealing their own idea of it.