Monthly Archives: November 2013

Brendan Benson– “You Were Right”

Brendan Benson, the occasional Jack White collaborator, is back with his 6th Studio Album. While this album is a decent folk/rock album, it leaves me mostly empty, wishing that it was more raw and emotional. I just want Brendan Benson to give a good, guttural scream every once in a while so I know he’s […]

The Cactus Channel– “Wooden Boy”

The Cactus Channel is a 10 piece band full of white teenagers from Melbourne, Austrailia. Though I found this on the rock shelf, I’d have to say it belongs more on the funky, soul shelf. The bass bumps, the organ screams, the horns wail, and the guitar twangs, but the singer has left the room–that’s […]

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.– “The Speed Of Things”

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. is a harmony driven duo that hails from Detroit, MI. They embody indie pop, folk, and electronica all in one package. They remind me of The Beatles on their slow jams “Knock Louder (3),” and “Dark Water (9),” but they make sure to put their own signature on everything they do […]

Seasick Steve– “Hubcap Music”

    Seasick Steve comes to us via Third Man Records of Jack White fame.   Throughout the album, Seasick plays down home guitars made out of hubcaps and cigar boxes.  Steve is a good ol’ boy that loves his John Deere tractors and his dog, coming through loud and clear on this rocking, country […]

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas– “Demons EP”

What Amy Winehouse brought to Jazz and Soul, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas bring to Blues and Rock. Hailing from Detroit, Jessica Hernandez belts out her dark and saucy voice over the Deltas–her clean and crisp backup band, and they compliment each other perfectly. Definitely worth a spin on the ol’ waves. FCC: Clean Play: […]

WRUV 2013 Rock Singles Nov Mix 2

WRUV 2013 Rock Singles Nov Mix 2 1. Of Montreal – Fugitive Air (clean radio edit) [polyvinyl] 2. Rey Pila – Alexander [cult records] 3. Against Me! – FUCKMYLIFE666 [Total Treble Music] (this is clean, just don’t say the F full word) 4. Fortress Social Club – Funny Faces [fortress records] 5. Angel Haze – Summer Time Sadness (lana del ray cover) [island] 6. Fossil Collective […]

Los Campesinos! – No Blues

Scottish band Los Campesinos! return with a new album, less than two years after their previous release. No Blues has the highest production quality of their releases so far, but these songs are classic Los Campesinos. They are known for their interesting lyrics, which can get a little disturbing at times, particularly on the song […]

Poliça – Shulamith

Listening to Polica, the first thing that stands out is the unique voice of their lead singer Channy Leaneagh. Shulamith has a fuller production compared to the minimalism of their first album Give You the Ghost. There are lots of synth instruments that are occasionally joined by live drums which this album give a much […]

Blood Orange-‘Cupid Deluxe’

Phantom producer Dev Hynes is a musical magician, and has made music under many names. His latest endeavor is Blood Orange, and Cupid Deluxe is his second album under the name. This time he focuses on smooth, lush pop, reviving R&B soundscapes from the deepest darkest corners of the 90’s. The album features multiple guest […]

BARDO POND- “PEACE ON VENUS”

Psych-rockers dig deep into Heavy Duty riffs, into Metal. Soaring vocals & swaths of sound. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5 RIYL: PSYCHIC ILLS, SLEEPY SUN, MERZBOW, EARTH, KNOTTED CORD

ORCHESTRA OF SPHERES- “VIBRATION ANIMAL SEX BRAIN MUSIC

Ancient-Future-Funk from New Zealand on their 2nd album. Fuzzed-out, synth-laden, primitive machine drumming and psych guitar, Hypnotic trancey elements. PLAY: 2, 7, 9, 10 RIYL: Battles, !!!, AU, PRINCE RAMA

Adventure Club-Calling All Heroes pt. 1

Calling All Heroes pt. 1 is an album from Adventure Club. The music is EDM with touches of Glitch, Ambient Dance, and Big Beat. The tracks are high energy and will get you on the dance floor. Tracks: 2,3

Run DMT-Run DMT

The latest from Run DMT is a self-titled album. The music is a mix of Dubstep and Electro Hop with some serious wobbly bass. There’s a Big Beat element here as well with some high energy beats as well. Time to get grimy! RIYD: Major Lazer, Bassnectar Tracks: 2,7,9,11 FCC:3,4

House of Blondes-Clean Cuts

Debut album from House of Blondes is titled Clean Cuts. The tracks were recorded in one or two takes with a good amount of improvising along the way. The sound is a mix of genres including Ambient Techno, Alternative, Experimental and Electro-Goth. The sound is very similar to Matthew Dear with the tracks moving at […]

Om Unit-Threads

The latest from Om Unit is an album titled Threads. The music is a mix of Atmospheric Bass Music, Downtempo and Ambient with an undercurrent of dialed down Drum&Bass. The tracks are smooth and haunting with an urban feel to them. Four of the tracks have vocals which seem out of place and seem to […]

ELUVIUM – “NIGHTMARE ENDING”

Experimental,  minimal piano instrumentals over guitar drones and dreamy electronics, repetitive at times. PLAY: DISC 1: 2, 5, 6 DISC 2: 1, 3, 5, 6 RIYL: HAMMOCK, JULIANNA BARWICK

Lousy With Sylvianbriar

Of Montreal brings their pysch rock sounds back with this latest album, “Lousy With Sylvianbriar.” Totally should try them. FCC: 1, 3, 6, 7, 11 PLAY: 8, 10 RIYL: Arcade Fire

Bitter Rivals

Sleigh Bells bring their garage rock sound back with this new album BITTER RIVALS. This is their 3rd album and they are stripping it right down to the rock. FCC: Clean PLAY: 1, 5, 2 RIYL: Jake Bugg, Lorde

Matangi

M.I.A.’s latest album MATANGI on Interscope records has the hard driving beats and rapping that we have all come to love and respect from her. Totes worth playing! FCC: clean PLAY: 11, 8, 10, 12 RIYL: Rye Rye, Missy Elliott

HAMMOCK – “OBLIVION HYMNS”

Ambient, cinematic, spacey instrumentals w/ crystal synths, post-rock guitar elements, strings, horns, choir. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 RIYL: TANGERINE DREAM

Deer Tick – Negativity

  Deer Tick’s newest album is foot stomping rock similar to their previous albums. With songs ranging from baroque pop to memphis showstoppers, Negativity is Deer Tick’s most musically mature album yet. This American Rock n’ Roll band knows how to keep a crowd going and this album is a great example of their strong musical personality. […]

Jackson Scott – Melbourne

Psych rock at it’s best with distorted vocals and hooky guitar jams. Dark, wimzy and woozy. Inspired by Syd Barrett and Jeff Mangum. Play: 4, 5, 8, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Salvia Plath, Wampire, Pure X

THAO & THE GET DOWN STAY DOWN- ” THE FEELING KIND

New Cover songs EP.  Covers of Melanie, KC & The Sunshine Band, The Troggs, The Clash. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 RIYL: Cat Power, Mirah

KEVIN MORBY- “HARLEM RIVER”

Singer/guitarist from The Babies, bassist for Woods. Delicate, intimate bucolic psych-folk. Features drummer of The Babies, Cate Le Bon, Tim Presley (White Fence) PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 RIYL: WOODS, KURT VILE, THE BABIES, CASS MCCOMBS

GAP DREAM- “SHINE YOUR LIGHT “

HAZY BEDROOM POP. New sound w/ faster tempos, louder synths, up-front drum machines, less reverb. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 7, 8, 9 FCC: 5 RIYL: TAME IMPALA, KING TUFF, WAMPIRE