Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Black Drumset

Two drummers from Austin, Texas play ominously mellow space rock sprinkled with droning, bubbly keyboard effects.   RIYL Benevento Russo Duo, BlackMoth Super Rainbow, Fuck Buttons FCC Clean Play Any! Advertisements

The Black Drumset

Two drummers from Austin, Texas play ominously mellow space rock sprinkled with droning, bubbly keyboard effects.   RIYL Benevento Russo Duo, BlackMoth Super Rainbow, Fuck Buttons FCC Clean Play Any!

Let Freedom Ring

Mellow twang rock from relatively veteran Californian rocker–recorded in Mexico city.  Prophet’s voice is deep and croony.  Extra strings and female backing harmonies add a nice touch to a few tracks.  “A political album for non political people”  FCC Clean Play 2, 7, 10

Let Freedom Ring

Mellow twang rock from relatively veteran Californian rocker–recorded in Mexico city.  Prophet’s voice is deep and croony.  Extra strings and female backing harmonies add a nice touch to a few tracks.  “A political album for non political people”  FCC Clean Play 2, 7, 10

Memoria–Chamber and Electroacoustic Works by Miguel Chuaqui

Chilean-American composer mixes electronics with acoustic instruments in abstract pieces inspired by the poems of Pablo Neruda and Salvador Dali amongst others. Works are highly variable–lyrical, loud, aggressive, volatile and quiet as well.

Memoria–Chamber and Electroacoustic Works by Miguel Chuaqui

Chilean-American composer mixes electronics with acoustic instruments in abstract pieces inspired by the poems of Pablo Neruda and Salvador Dali amongst others. Works are highly variable–lyrical, loud, aggressive, volatile and quiet as well.

Chalumeau

Solo clarinet works performed by Caroline Hartwig–all contemporary except for an arrangement of CPE Bach’s Solfeggietto which show the instrument’s expressiveness. Try  tracks 1-3, 5, 7,9, 17, 18, 21

David Maslanka–Unending Stream of Life

Spiritually inspired and commissioned works for wind ensemble, some with an element of darkness. All pieces are strong, lots of instrumental depth and exploration. Try tracks 5, 7, 10

Music for Bassoon & Piano

This CD covers predominantly modern music (1940’s on) for bassoon  with or without piano. Composers included are Hindemith, Berg, Schoek, Nussio, Yun, and Schoof. Yun’s works have Korean influences, Schoof’s have jazz elements. Play any!

Beata Mori–Message–Young, Contemporary Hungarian Composers for Cimbalom

The title says a lot–the cimbalom is a concert hammered dulcimer common in Eastern European music. These pieces are abstract and expressive, performed by a 26 yr old  who began playing cimbalom at age 12 and won a Cimbalom performance competition 2 yrs later. Try 2, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21

Shehori Plays Russian Music

Russian composers Prokovief, Glinka, Balakirev and Tchaikovsky are all fluidly and graciously performed by Mordecai Shehori on piano. Lush, melancolic works– beautiful! Glinka’s piece “the Skylark” as arranged by his student Balakirev is especially gorgeous. Try 4-8

Josef Suk–Romance

“Romance” musically has evolved to mean quiet and sentimental in emotion, with a central melody, sometimes part of a larger work, but not always. This CD has examples of Romantic pieces by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Fibich (considered  a highly exemplary composer of Romantic pieces), Beethoven and others exquisitely performed by Josef Suk on violin with orchestra. […]

California Oboe–Music by Bialosky, Butler, Campo & Grasse

Works for a variety of horns played by Richard Kravchak, with guitar and piano on some. Abstract, impressionistic, melodic. Play any! Tracks by Grasse have a Brazilian flavor.

California Oboe–Music by Bialosky, Butler, Campo & Grasse

Works for a variety of horns played by Richard Kravchak, with guitar and piano on some. Abstract, impressionistic, melodic. Play any! Tracks by Grasse have a Brazilian flavor.

Beethoven–Sonatas for Fortepiano & Cello, Op.102 & Six Bagatelles for Fortepiano

Beethoven uses Baroque elements in these sonatas–very lyrical, but changing in mood unexpectedly within each movement. The Zivian-Tomkins Duo performs with grace and precision. Try tracks 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15

Mad Valentines

Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears latest, Mad Valentines is a quirky sugar pop ep.  Combining elements from Devotchka, Au, The Beatles and even a little Queen, ther’s a lot going on.  Very upbeat and frentically energetic, this album will get you up and going and put a little sunshine in you day.

Mad Valentines

Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears latest, Mad Valentines is a quirky sugar pop ep.  Combining elements from Devotchka, Au, The Beatles and even a little Queen, ther’s a lot going on.  Very upbeat and frentically energetic, this album will get you up and going and put a little sunshine in you day.

Royal City

Formed in 1999 and disbanding in 2004, Royal City’s self titled release is a greatest hits album that tells the story of the band.  The album sounds more country with an alt edge than the other way around.  Good lyrics and an easy rolling sound, the album is a pleasant listen.  It’s easy to see […]

Royal City

Formed in 1999 and disbanding in 2004, Royal City’s self titled release is a greatest hits album that tells the story of the band.  The album sounds more country with an alt edge than the other way around.  Good lyrics and an easy rolling sound, the album is a pleasant listen.  It’s easy to see […]

Paradise

Hecuba’s third release Paradise has a strong dark wave sound.  Stilted lyrics with sharp synthesizers and even sharper beats there is a Kraftwerk like delivery mixed with almost a Dead Can Dance or Falcao and Monashee feel.  Sound odd?  Well it is, but the combination does work.  Not for everybody, this baroque synth pop band […]

Paradise

Hecuba’s third release Paradise has a strong dark wave sound.  Stilted lyrics with sharp synthesizers and even sharper beats there is a Kraftwerk like delivery mixed with almost a Dead Can Dance or Falcao and Monashee feel.  Sound odd?  Well it is, but the combination does work.  Not for everybody, this baroque synth pop band […]

Fabriclive 48

Is it possible for Fabric Records to make a bad album?  So far the answer is no.  Their latest release is Fabriclive 48 featuring the artist Filthy Dukes.  Catchy, dancy techno with creative hooks and loops, this 30 minute continuous mix disc will have you shaking your money maker and hitting repeat.

Radio Tek San

Released in 2003, Radio Tek San by Tek San has blended ambient dub with jazz overtones.  Trumpets echo in the background as a steady beat keeps things moving.  A few tracks have a mellow drum and bass feel to them.  Liquid and dreamy with a futuristic sound, this is something to listen to while trekking […]

Up To No Good

Birds and Batteries latest, Up To No Good ep is electro-indie pop with a funky edge.  Strong beats mixed with warbled synths and Ratatat-esque guitar rifts, this genre bending album will appeal to indie rockers and rpmers alike.  Definitely check it out!

Waveform Transmissions Vol. 2

Waveform, one of the top ambient/lounge labels has released a new compilation.  Waveform Transmissions Vol. 2 is a mix of ambient and lounge with some ambient dub mixed in.  Very mellow and smooth with a steady beat, perfect to chill to while watching the autumn sunset.  An excellent compilation.