Monthly Archives: October 2013

BOARDWALK – SELF-TITLED

AMAZINGLY BEAUTIFUL L.A. duo of analog sounds and vocal melodies over dreamy instrumental layers.  Expansive organs, subdued synth beats, Super DREAMY female reverb vocal layers, electric guitar accents. Fall in love with Beach House all over again. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9 RIYL: BEACH HOUSE, PURE BATHING CULTURE, MAZZY STAR

El Tiempo que Falta–Guitar Music of Argentina

Mostly contemporary pieces by Botta, Gonzalez, Coronel, Romero & Munoz. Nice!

John Corigliano–Conjurer, Vocalise

His first percussion concerto, composed reluctantly and performed by Evelyn Glennie, using “wood, metal and skin”. “Vocalise” for soprano voice and electronics, eerie but interesting.

Tango Dreams

Modern tangos, mostly strong, boisterous, with big accordion sound. Trks 7-9 lovely. Includes works of Piazzolla but also Semenov & Luedeke.

Pierre -Yves Mace–Segments et Apostilles

Highly abstract pieces for electronics, tape and instruments, however not atonal or dissonant. Trk 4 nice!

British Works for Cello & Piano Vol. 2

Mostly Romantic works by Ireland, Bax & Bowen.

Mendelssohn & Schumann–Violin Concertos

Rachel Barton Pine & Gottinger Symphony Orchestra perform these beautiful Classical works of Mendelssohn, Schumann and Beethoven Romances. Sample!

the electric lady

Janelle Monae is beyond talented.  She runs her own label, works harder than almost everyone else in the music industry and could outdance James Brown if he was still kickin.  This is her second full length record and it is just as good as the first.  Play this loud! LABEL: bad boy records FCC: none […]

pure heronie

Lorde is all the rage because of her hit single Royals (which you can’t play on WRUV of course).  She is 16, from New Zealand and is basically the anti-main stream kid that we all were…except she signed with a major label and actually is pretty darn good. LABEL: universal FCC: none PLAY: 6, 1, […]

Essential Tremors

This Virginia rock and roll band is back with a second record, “Essential Tremors.”  Sort of a classic americana rock sound, this is for fans of Deer Tick and bands in that realm. LABEL: ato FCC: none PLAY: 3,2, 1 RIYL: Deer Tick

Let’s Be Still

The Head & the Heart are back with this second record that captures their folk indie sound all over again.  From Seattle, a band of multiple transplants from all over the country, with loads of different influences.  You will find a track you dig, promise. LABEL: sub pop FCC: none PLAY: 2, 6, 1 RIYL: […]

this is…

Icona Pop are straight up driving electro pop music. A duo that has pulled together a few EPs to put into this full record, you will know them from their top 40 hit “I love it.”  The other tracks are swell enough to get some college radio love, spin it up. LABEL: Atlantic FCC: none […]

Moondance

Van Morrison’s Moondance is getting reissued as a deluxe, 5 disc set, with never heard before tracks and special outtakes from the original recording session back in 1970.  This is a legendary rock album that you must check out – we have the EP teaser. LABEL: WB PLAY: 1,5 FCC: none RIYL: Bob Dylan

I’ll Find a Way

The Blind Boys of Alabama are legends of blues and americana spiritual songs.  After 70s years of putting our records, “I’ll Fund a Way” is full of gospel classics and a new funky sound.  LABEL: Sony FCC: none PLAY: 4, 2, 9 RIYL: Mavis Staples, Charles Bradley  

Wildewoman

Lucius are a Brooklyn-based duo with a sound and a style all their own. Their debut album, “” is indie-pop lo-fi with fun hooks and an eclectic sound. If you like 60s girl group pop and stripped down rock, this is for you. LABEL: Mom+Pop PLAY: 5, 8, 1 FCC: None RIYL: Lorde ###

MOONFACE – JULIA WITH BLUE JEANS ON

SPENCER KRUG OF WOLF PARADE AND SUNSET RUBDOWN. STRIPPED-DOWN TO VOCALS AND PIANO, ELEGANT LOVE RECORD THAT FEELS CONSERVATORY-TRAINED. PLAY:: 2, 3, 4, 7 FCC: 6, 9 RIYL: PERFUME GENIUS, SUNSET RUBDOWN

Arctic Monkeys – AM

Back after a two year hiatus, the Arctic Monkeys haven’t failed us with the released of their highly anticipated fifth album. Now based in L.A., the band’s new ‘skinny-jeaned funk’ demonstrates a revelation of sorts. Pitch black, full of menacing pop and grimy, indelible grooves you can feel the vibrations of Alex Turner crooning in […]

The Courtneys – The Courtneys

Vancouver indie-rock trio, The Courtneys, first album release, a self-titled LP is a friendly reminder of memorable 90’s riot grrrl rock. Short and sweet, The Courtneys know how to construct some gnarly tunes, you’ll feel like your right in the 90210. Self described, “sun drenched flying nun influenced pop with sweet licks that’ll stick with […]

The Dirtbombs – ooey gooey chewy ka-blooey!

Dirtbomb frontman, Mick Collins, former proprietor of Detroit garage-punk band, the Gories, has finally released his longawaited “bubblegum album.” Paying homage to late 60’s and early 70’s sunshiny rock, Ooey Gooey Chewy Ka-blooey is instantly reminiscent of groups like The Archies and Josie & and the Pussycats. Collins delivers a fair share of sing-a-long choruses, childlike […]

Jean Rohe – Jean Rohe & The End of the World Show (Laundry Line)

Brooklyn-based Jean Rohe & her talented band members Ilusha Tsinadze & Liam Robinson mesmerized WRUV in 2010, playing two sets of gorgeous music in the multipurpose room next to the studio. Rob Caulk engineered the sound and we recorded the show that night. There’s a CD of the performance in the stacks (Jean Rohe Trio […]

Afro-Jersey (Conde, Roche, Cherry) – Afro-Jersey (self-released)

In1979 three sisters from New Jersey released The Roches, a sweet LP featuring gorgeous vocal harmonies.  Three decades later sister Terre Roche is still singing sweetly, but now has teamed up with Sidiki Conde of Guinea, West Africa, & multi-instrumentalist Marlon Cherry to produce this folksy African-inspired gem.

Intended Immigration – La Demoiselle Du Fonque (Wooden Hat )

Loads of irreverent fun with lively French lounge, pop, & swing done up in contemporary dress with thoughtful arrangements, entertaining embellishments, & tight, crisp production. Inspires visions of the 1960s & makes you feel like dancing.

HEAVEN’S GATE -” TRANSMUTING”

HEAVY SHOEGAZE WITH A WASH OF BUZZSAW GUITARS, SHARP-TONGUED BANSHEE-CRY FEMALE VOCALS, POLYRHYTHMIC DRUMS, SYNTHS, PIANOS, EXPERIMENTAL ELECTRONICS, LOOPS AND FEEDBACK. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7 FCC: 3 RIYL: THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART, MY BLOODY VALENTINE

GOLD & YOUTH – “BEYOND WILDERNESS”

Vancouver-based, 80’s aesthetics. Dark and expansive synthetic textures punctuated by programmed drums, understated guitars, chorus basslines,and melancholy male/female vocals. Louise Burns sings on tracks 4, 6, 7, 10. PLAY: 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 10 RIYL: Depeche Mode, Chromatics, Chvrches

KEEP SHELLY IN ATHENS – “AT HOME”

After three years of EPS and singles, Athens, Greece based band, Keep Shelly in Athens release their debut LP, At Home.  This collection of ambient sounds and dream pop vocals are straight from the book of KSIA’s influences, including Air and St. Etienne.  “Flyway” is filled with trip-hop rhythms and Sarah P’s breathy vocal line […]