Monthly Archives: June 2009

Shinobi Ninja

6 member group out of NYC playing a high-energy fusion of had-rock, hip-hop, reggae and funk. RIYL: Living Colour, 311 Try: 1, 3, 4, 6, 7

Peter Project

An artist whose day job is composing for Sesame Street produces some excellent mid-tempo electronic with a boom-bap, hip-hop influence. RIYL: Blockhead, RJD2 Try: 1, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12    FCC: 9

Culture Pirates (Promo)

Destroy Babylon is a band that takes their name from a Bad Brains song of the same name. They are described as a band with the lyrical/topical prowess of the Clash and Gang of Four mixed with a bit of Black Uhuru, Bad Brains, 60s pop and a bit of jazz fusion. They were originally […]

Culture Pirates (Promo)

Destroy Babylon is a band that takes their name from a Bad Brains song of the same name. They are described as a band with the lyrical/topical prowess of the Clash and Gang of Four mixed with a bit of Black Uhuru, Bad Brains, 60s pop and a bit of jazz fusion. They were originally […]

Fluent In Stroll

This is the sixth full-length album from this band, which has an unique sound that incorporates punk, ska, soul and reggae. Let’s start by checking out the tracks that the label decided to point out. The first track, Doped Up Dollies On A One Way Ticket To Blood is poppy, full of punk hooks and […]

Hombre Lobo – 12 Songs of Desire

A bit of an awkward mix of cock-rocking garage and contemplative sensitive lover-boy tunes.  The concept is supposed the show the facets of desire, regret, love, etc.  I get that, but let’s face it, Eels are better off slow, somber, and beautiful–with a nice touch of weird.  “Fresh Blood” and “What’s a Fella Gotta Do” […]

Swift Street

This is a local ska band that plays shows at various clubs around Burlington. They have played with Bedouin Soundclash and other bands. Their music is described as influenced by 2Tone Ska, reggae and even punk-infused ska. The album starts off with the song Up Beat, Beat Down which starts off with a scratchy, raw […]

Untitled #23

… The Church have made 23 albums?! And wait, this one is maybe one of their best?  Yup. Shimmering pads and guitars are accompanied by Steve Kilby’s over-reverbed voice to create gloomy, eerie tunes.  This album has some psychedelic/spacy touches and is highly pessimistic in its outlook on life, but its still a euphonious treat […]

Every Damn Time

Heavily influenced by the vocal stylings of Tom Waits, this bluesy, raw, and powerful duo combination of keyboard and drums is a breath of fresh air.  These guys are just great musicians making great music. RIYL Tom Waits, Blues, Garage Rock Sugg# 6, 2,1, 9 FCC# 3, 7 (great songs!) Black Diamond Heavies – Stitched […]

American Folklore

Folk-rock meets tinges of electronica and dance.  A highly eclectic album full of up-beat drum grooves, lo-fi male vocals with a bit of a laid-back twang and a saucy swagger.  This album isn’t trying to blow away any sonic laws, but manages to juxtapose some interesting sounds… like cheerleader chants (think Go Team!) electronic beats, […]

Jeff Who?

Catchy pop-rock out of Iceland. Decent, but nothing mind-blowing here. Try: 2, 5……………..FCC clean

The Holy Open Secret

“Blending folk, bluegrass, gospel, and good old rock and roll…” Label on cd is accurate Try: 2, 6*, 9*……………FCC: 3

Lowell Thompson & Crown Pilot

Local singer/songwriter teamed up with a band of great locals, Crown Pilot, for the new album – it’s more rockin’ and electric than his previous alt-country album, but the twang’s still there.  “Country from the North Country”.  (You might recognize his voice if you go to Honky Tonk Tuesdays at the Radio Bean!) Try: 1*, […]

Ringing For The Begin Again

“Elfin Saddle is the unusual union or a small Japanese woman, a Canadian woodsman, and a ramshackle pile of objects and instruments” Both weird and beautiful, with an organic, sometimes haunting dreamlike sound, the album “sounds like a Brothers Grimm fairytale set in a forest after dark” Definitely check this one out! Try: 2*, 3*, […]

Ringing For The Begin Again

“Elfin Saddle is the unusual union or a small Japanese woman, a Canadian woodsman, and a ramshackle pile of objects and instruments” Both weird and beautiful, with an organic, sometimes haunting dreamlike sound, the album “sounds like a Brothers Grimm fairytale set in a forest after dark” Definitely check this one out! Try: 2*, 3*, […]

Modern Silence

Bizarre indie-pop/glam-pop, with various quirky styles song to song ranging from lof-fi pop to post-punk to jazzy psychedelica. If you’ve got the patience, the 15-minute long final song is worth a listen Try: 1, 3, 4*, 8, 15, 18 (15 min long)…………..FCC: 5 RIYL: Apples in Stereo, Los Campesinos, Of Montreal

Alone

Here’s what the industry is saying… Life in Sodom was conceived in 1987 by vocalist Gerrie Brand a poet of darker subject and subliminal theme.  Strarting out as performance art it quickly became more as Gerrie surrounded himself with some of the best musicians from the club and art scene in South Florida.  The group […]

Eon

Here’s what the Common Raven is saying… Whoa! Long-awaited, splendidly muffled Melbourne AU electronica represent (with your grandiose pretensions)!! Why not try tracks 2, 4, 6 or 8? Here’s what the industry is saying (and why Common Raven said what he said)… Amazingly, among the many electronica legends listed as influences on Grafton Primary’s website […]

Dance With Somebody (single)

Sounds like: sensitive Euro pop crossed with Billy Idol, sprinkled lightly with upside Clash vibes.  This is straightforward rock ‘n roll with a little tweak… not entirely sure why it’s being promoted in RPM (other than Mando’s driving desire to Dance With Somebody!) Why not try… track #1!?

Musica De La Noche

Here’s what the industry is saying about La Musica Noche… Following the success of the band’s first release Nueva Musica (Billboard #1, Grammy Nomination for RMX of first single, IDMA Award for Best Latin Dance Song), The Latin Project’s new album Musica De La Noche comes straight at you with a superb set of brand […]

Etz Chaim–Piano Music of Arnold Rosner

Contemporary pieces, lyrical and melodic, by a composer who avoided the atonal  avant-garde tendencies of composers in his school in the early 70’s. Considered conservative in his style, his works are can be delicate, or aggressive (examples of both on this CD). Very nice! Tracks 1-4, 8-13 tend to be quieter. Tracks 5-7 are louder.

Cedille on the Move–High Energy Tracks from the Chicago’s Classical Record Label

This is quite the miscellany of boisterous tunes! Covers Baroque, classical and contemporary. Try 1,4-6, 11, 13, 16

Cedille on the Move–High Energy Tracks from the Chicago’s Classical Record Label

This is quite the miscellany of boisterous tunes! Covers Baroque, classical and contemporary. Try 1,4-6, 11, 13, 16

Women of Firsts

Accomplished female composers and musicians who helped erode the attitude that women could not write or perform music. These are art songs, usually poems set to music, performed by tenor voice and written around the beginning of the 20th century. All are very short, play any!

Women of Firsts

Accomplished female composers and musicians who helped erode the attitude that women could not write or perform music. These are art songs, usually poems set to music, performed by tenor voice and written around the beginning of the 20th century. All are very short, play any!

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