Monthly Archives: April 2013

David Chesky–The New York Rags

Modern, abstract, jazzy yet classical piano rags, mostly fast. Try trks 8, 10, 15.

David Wolfson–Seventeen Windows

Abstract works for solo piano, and 3 mvts for cello and piano. Interesting!

Music for Blue Days

A variety of concerti for tuba. Title trk is tuba with harp. Interesting!

Carlos Chavez Piano Concerto & other works

A collection of Mexican piano pieces, performed by Jorge Federico Osorio, solo and one with orchestra. Intense to calm. Try trks 2,4 ,5

Bible Camp Sleepovers – Sailin’ EP

    WRUV DJ Wallaby and his friends released an awesome EP of super fun pop-rock music! They opened for MGMT and are coming at you from Burlington, bringing some wonderfully joyous tunes to your dancing feet! Play: All! FCC: Clean RIYL: Vampire Weekend, a hybrid of The Strokes and The Beach Boys

Still Corners – Strange Pleasures

    Dreamy synth-pop with female vocals. Smooth and laid-back with cool techno elements. Play: 6, 2, 4, 9, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Blouse, Tamaryn,  

Guided By Voices – English Little League

  Poppy alt-rock with grungy tendencies. Very rock-n-roll with loud guitars and lots of angst. Some songs are way scuzzier and of much lower quality then the rest of the album, with interesting vocals and minimal instruments (try 16 if you want a taste of this). Play: 3, 6, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sebadoh, Pavement, […]

No Joy – Wait To Pleasure

      Scuzzy pop-rock with dreamy female vocals and some drowned out synth. Song 11 reminds me of Twin Peaks. Play: 1, 8, 11, 2, 6, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Lower Dens, Tamaryn, Cocteau Twins

Karim Al-Zand–The Art of Conversation, Chamber Music Vol. 3

Very interesting, lyrical and modern chamber pieces with varying instrumentation. Trks 14-20 more abstract. Play most!

Al Combate–Galant Music from 18th Cent. Mexico

Gracious Baroque pieces, considered highly cosmopolitan at the time, majority with voice.

Martin Perry Plays Bartok, Rozsa, Carter

Piano pieces, Hungarian tinged by Bartok and Rozsa, Carter’s highly abstract, sample due to length.

Arte Quartet–Different Worlds

Abstract works for saxophone quartet, even the traditional tunes. Nice. Trk 11 withh voice.

Anthony Piccolo–Imaginary Symphony & other tales

Half of these works are for children’s choir, other pieces are for solo flute, solo cello or 4 horns. Instrumentals lyrical and modern.

Andrew McPherson–Secrets of Antikythera

Premiere recording of magnetic resonator piano, sort of like a synthesizer sound. Also solo viola works. Abstract and interesting.

Owniy Sigoma Band – Power Punch!!! (Brownswood)

This band began when five British musicians travelled to Kenya & met Joseph Nyamungu, vocalist & master of the nyatiti (eight-stringed plucked lyre) and of the traditional music of the Luo tribe. For this second full release, Nyamungu & Luo drummer Charles Owoko traveled to London to play with the Brits. Great fusion, and at […]

Cheick Hamala Diabate – Prudence (Electric Cowbell)

Diabate is a Grammy award-nominated ngoni virtuoso from Mali (now living in Maryland). Here his signature tune (plus another original song) get reworked by 4 different top-shelf producers (see credits on track list). A magnificent tradi-mod genre-bending gem. Homepage with artist’s YouTube channel

Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire – Wona Baba Maraire (Hearth Music)

Debut by the son of composer & arranger Dumisani Maraire, who is credited with making traditional Zimbabwean Shona music accessible to Western audiences. Tendai (like his sister Chiwoniso) continues this tradition, mixing his mbira (thumb piano) with ngoni, traditional percussion, & complex group vocals in a culturally evocative polyrhythmic musical experience. Here are two tracks […]

Batida – Kambas Remixturam (Soundway)

Angolan/Portuguese DJ & producer Pedro Coquenão (Batida) won praise for his 2012 debut mixing samples from ’70s Angolan tracks with modern electronic dance music. Now he is offering a FREE compilation of versions of those songs reworked by Circuito, DJ Ride, Makafula, NaZaretH, OctaPush, & others. Highly energetic & danceable. Link to access this free […]

CSC Funk Band – Funkincense (Electric Cowbell)

Second release from this eclectic Brooklyn-based collective has roots in Afro funk & Ethiopian jazz, but shows its NYC colors with a tight but irreverent horn section, prominent guitar, funky bass, rockin’ percussion, plus organ & flute taboot! Spoken intro on track #4. Free live tracks from the CSC Funk Band here

Broadheds – Broadheds

  A pop rock/pop punk band with songs driven by catchy melodies and a single trumpet. The basic song elements of a ska band (shout-along choruses and dub guitar riffs) but with a restricted brass section. Too fun to listen to? RIYL: The Last Royals, Teammate Play: 1,3,4,7 FCC: Clean

Blank Realm – “go easy”

Over the course of five years and more than a dozen releases, Brisbane art-rockers Blank Realm have veered in and out of sonic focus, sometimes going all in for abstract, hiss-smothered synthscapes, sometimes weird, clattering outsider pop, and various places between and beyond. Go Easy is by far their most accessible yet, balancing the arty […]

Ablebody – “all my everybody EP”

Ablebody is the new solo project from Christoph Hochheim, a current member of The Depreciation Guild & a former member of The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart!  As such, there is a shoegazey pop sound to new EP All My Everybody.  Never Better staple “Sally Hot Jazz” is built around high synth tones, Christoph’s […]

Bored Nothing – “self-titled”

Bored Nothing is the recording project of one young Fergus Miller, who recorded a good deal of his songs as a nomadic teen with no fixed address and no plans for musical success. He gave his resulting tapes to people he encountered on his travels: train conductors, hoteliers, store clerks. His idea from the start […]

the besnard lakes: “until in excess, imperceptible ufo”

Montreal bands 4th LP. galaxy-sized post-rock and dream pop material. male/female vocals, soaring guitar climaxes. “A magnificently oceanic meld of Beach Boys harmonies, My Bloody Valentine tidal waves and Phil Spector girl-group siren songs shot through with soaring guitar.” – Rolling Stone play: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 riyl: grizzly bear, the men, ex-cops

Lilacs & Champagne: “danish & blue”

Lilacs & Champagne, the project of Grails’ Emil Amos and Alex Hall, is built on warped samples and scorched guitar solos, creating a playful, psychedelic take on damaged funk and pop. Made up of sounds sourced from Scandinavian porn and hyper-obscure b-movies from the late ’60s. “Hamburgers & Tangerines” is built on moody keys and […]