Monthly Archives: April 2013

Hands- “synesthesia”

they began as a a two-piece of  danceable synth-pop from L.A. now a full ensemble with  explosive energy, thumping bass built underneath  deep electronic textures. play: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 riyl: oberhofer, atlas sound, the drums

dutch uncles – “out of touch in the wild”

UK quintet’s soaring  “herky-jerky” pop, and wonky funk. with frail engaging vocals, Talk Talk-y guitar licks, xylophone and marimba, choppy Stravinsky-inspired string sections. “clean, theatrical and kookily conservatorial” -pitchfork play: 2, 3, 5, 6, 9 riyl: phoenix, XTC, Talk Talk, born ruffians

lazy magnet – “acts without error”

Hailing from America’s noise scene, Jeremy Harris has a decade of genre experimentation under his belt: from power electronics, underground rock, minimal techno, folk music to heavy metal. On this release it’s sonic dark synth-pop, post-punk nostalgia. Not unlike art-song composer Xiu Xiu with intense lyrics, reverb vocals, baroque architecture. play: 2, 3, 4 riyl: […]

paperhaus- “lo hi lo”

Catchy pop from the DC suburbs. Jangly guitars that start/stop. bouncy driving drums. post-punk basslines. emotional vocals & personal lyrics. play: 1, 2, 3 riyl: real estate, interpol, maps & atlases, the drums

Saxophone Pictures

Varied 20th century pieces arranged for saxophone and accompaniment. Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” well known. Dressel’s pieces nice.

Georg Philip Telemann–12 Fantasies for Solo Violin

Telemann did not usually compose for solo instruments. These fantasies are distinct pieces, possibly the composer was experimenting on his favorite instrument.

The English Oboe: Rediscovered

English pieces for solo oboe or with piano, cor anglais, viola. Varying but lyrical. Play most!

Nadia Sirota–Baroque

A collection of works for viola and other instruments (keyboards, synth, percussion) by “indie classical” composers including Greenstein, Mazzoli and Muhly.

String Quartets by Dmitri Shostakovich and His Contemporaries Vol. III the Soviet Experience

3rd Vol. of works for strings by Shostakovich and Weinberg. Mix  of intense vs quietly abstract.

Joaquim Homs–Chamber Music with Guitar

Somewhat abstract works for solo guitar or with other instruments (flute, percussion or strings). Interesting! Play most!

Wahl, Verwandt, Schaften

Interesting mix of trios, classical and contemporary, including works by Schumann, Schubert and Lee amongst others. Trk 12 missing.

Cold War Kids – Miracle Mile

Say what you will about their last album (or two) but Cold War Kids are not afraid to try new things. From the soulful garage revival of Robbers & Cowards to the theatrical Loyalty to Loyalty to the 2000s arena rock of Mine Is Yours they are never content to stay the course. So it’s no surprise that on their latest […]

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Mosquito

Yeah Yeah Yeahs were one of the bands to rescue rock and roll in NYC when the Strokes & White Stripes were getting going.  This band will be considered classic garage rock when we are all old and grey.  Despite their place in music history, this is only their 4th album in 13 years – […]

Wild Belle – Isles

Wild Belle is back with this new record that keeps the vibe swinging between GarageBand pop and honking sax-led dub.  This is a brother & sister duo band worth a listen. RIYL: noisettes FCC: none PLAY: 1, 7, 2 ###

Various – The Music Is You: A Tribute to John Denver

This is a great tribute album to John Denver, entitled “The Music Is You.”  Featuring a ton of top bands [my morning jacket, amos lee, allen stone to name a few…].  All the classics are on here! FCC: none RIYL: John Denver PLAY: 1, 2, 7 ###

WRUV Rock Singles Mix – May 2013

Rock Singles for May! 1. zz ward – put the gun down [hollywood recs] 2. jd mcpherson – fire bug (hi style) 3. daft punk – get lucky (columbia) 4. dragonette – easy (fabian remix) (self) 5. joyware – tongues (self) 6. alunageorge – i wanna be like you (universal) 7. mayer hawthorne – designer […]

Luxury Liners – They’re Flowers

  Bedroom sunny electro-pop. The vocals are fed through a water-y filter, and the instrumentals are based on ebbing elecro-beats. The opener “Caribbean Sunset” is the most fulfilling track on They’re Flowers, and it’s a John Cale Cover. Play: 1,6 FCC: Clean

Mister Lies – Mowgli

Contemplative, atmospheric electronics with sparse layered sampling, and driving leads that come and go. The build ups can get pretty heavy, with chugging beats and slippery synths that combine to make grooves that are almost R&B. RIYL: Balam Acab, Nicolas Jaar Play: 2,7,1,5 FCC: Clean

Steve Mason – Monkey Minds In the Devil’s Time

  An album that is difficult to describe because of its variation. Predominantly weird classic/folk rock  but strewn with songs that breach that category. A demonstration of the variety is the dub instrumentation with Portuguese car-race commentary on “The Last of Heroes”, and the rap vocals on “More Money, More Fire”. Held together by the theme of global political […]

Hello Shark – HS

The official CD release of material recorded last August by this Burlington band. Emotive lo-fi 90’s garage, with wavering vocals, muted guitar leads, and traveling drums.   RIYL: Modest Mouse (90s), Pavement, Advance BasePlay: 1,8,4,5 ALLFCC: 3

Ugly Kid Joe – Stairway to Hell

Ugly Kid Joe – Stairway to Hell Release date: 2012May24 Label: Self Rating: 3.5/5 I can think of 2 other people that I know who have heard of Ugly Kid Joe: My brother and Stan Payne. The name Ugly Kid Joe is an alternate take on Pretty Boy Floyd (which was an actual, bad hair […]

Ogre- Seven Hells

Ogre– Seven Hells Release date: 2013Mar05 Label: self Rating: 4.5/5 Ogre is a little known band out of Portland, Maine that were heavily influenced by Deep Purple, Pentagram and Black Sabbath among others. Seven Hells is actually a re-release as the 2007 original was pressed by Leafhound Records. “Dogmen (of Planet Earth)” is what I […]

Orchid – Wizard of War EP

Orchid– Wizard of War EP Release date: 2013Feb22 Label: Nuclear Blast Rating: 4/5 Orchid hail from San Francisco and play a sinister blend of doom metal that is heavily influenced by Black Sabbath. This was true of their first two releases (Capricorn and Through The Devil’s Doorway EP). However, with the release last fall of […]

Tokyo Rosenthal, Tokyo’s Fifth

Country/Folk All over the place. Celtic to south of the border and back to country. Interesting bluegrass cover of Helter Skelter. Try: 1,5,6

Stan Martin, Distilled Infuences

Country  Reminds me of 80’s and early 90’s country with some more modern ‘popy’ songs.  Not very interesting, kind of blah vocals yet not terrible. #3 has a good fiddle. I think my mom would like this.