Monthly Archives: December 2013

SpiralArms – Freedom

SpiralArms– Freedom Release date: 2013oct22 Label: SPV Rating: 4.5/5 SpiralArms hail from the East Bay and consist of ex-members of Systematic, Forbidden and Manmade God. “Dropping Like Flies” drips with resinous guitar hooks ala Kyuss or The Melvins. “Hold Me To The Sky” weakly channels Black Sabbath. Instead, try their excellent cover of “Tomorrow’s Dream”. “Exit […]

Leverage Models – Leverage Models

Leverage Models is the project of Shannon Fields, formerly of the band Stars Like Fleas. This is an album of synth driven indie pop, very 80’s sounding yet experimental and modern. There are saxophones and drum machines on a lot of the songs, and there are complex melodies with lots of different parts. Fields is […]

Aaron and the Sea-Cloak and Dagger

Cloak and Dagger is the latest from Aaron and the Sea. The music is a mix of Alternative, Ambient and has some Synth aspects as well. The tracks have a dreaminess to them and are very smooth and mellow but there is a subtle upbeatness added as well. A solid effort from Aaron and the […]

Thomas Blondet-Tu Va Patir

Tu Va Patir is an EP from Thomas Blondet. The EP contains four versions of the track. The music is a mix of World Lounge and World Dub. Very smooth and exotic with a sunny feel to the tracks. Tracks: All Good

bEEdEEgEE-Sum/One

bEEdEEgEE’s (Brian DeGraw of Gang Gang Dance) debut album is titled Sum/One. The music has been described as “fusing synth soundscapes with audacious pop moments.” The music sounds like Synth Pop on acid. You hear the elements of that genre but the sounds are tweaked and manipulated to create a sound that is trippy and […]

Crazyhearse; IV

LOCAL.  Great Rock ‘n Roll, lots of fun, great talent.  Good to dance to.  Check ’em out! try all (except 1 on air) FCC: 1

Maria Gillard; Mending

Classic acoustic folk/bluegrass.  light and pleasant female vocals, somewhat sad.  mostly balads and down tempo tracks. Sax on #5  

Shawn Taylor; Home

“…new, barebones acoustic americana with a heart and a mind on home.” Easy to listen to . Harmonica and Acoustic guitar. New version of Swing Low. try: 8,11

Brendan Kelley; Quicksand

Country Rock to Country Pop. Sounds like he’d be great to see live. Lots of energy. RIYL: Nickleback Try: 1,7,8

Annalivia; The Same Way Down

Folk, Bluegrass with a Celtic flair.  Harmonious vocals.  #5 instumental

Marshall / Peery Project; Life’s Too Short

Country Rock into Straight up country.  Talent, Some Dancing Tunes.  Reminds me of Clapton and Keller Williams. Try, 2,4,11 (4 says bitch)

The Howlin Brothers; Howl

The Quintessential backwoods bluegrass album/band.  Tons of energy, talent, and fun.  Makes me want to dance. FUN! Try: All!

Oh Land–“Wishbone”

Oh Land is a Danish singer, songwriter and producer. This album is the definition of dancey, electro-pop. If there’s a formula for catchy, dance-driven electronica, Oh Land may have the patent on it. Fun and upbeat. FCC: Clean PLAY: 2,3,5,6,9,12,13 RIYL: Robyn, Lykke Li, CHVRCHES, The Naked and Famous

Sebastien Grainger–“Yours To Discover”

Sebastien Grainger makes pretty cool 80’s pop rock in 2013. Synth and guitar heavy with catchy, melodic vocals. This is one of those albums that the more you listen to it, the more it grows on you and you realize just how catchy it is. Enjoyed “reviewing” this one over and over. FCC: Clean TALK […]

Polly Scattergood–“Arrows”

This album is what I like to call “woe is me” pop-rock. Polly apparently had her heart broken and this album is her suffering out loud. The album features low self esteem lyrics about depression, and is slow tempo throughout, not ever getting too upbeat. Maybe there’s some hope in there somewhere, but it’s hard […]

Midlake – Antiphon

Melancholic lyrics accompanied with drawn out first syllables. Emanates feelings of desire, yearning and desperation. The Old and the Young might be one of the best tracks on the album with a surprise psych rock guitar solo thing. Vale reminds me a lot of Ty Segall and Charlie Moothart’s new project, Fuzz – Midlake definitely takes you on […]

SCOUT NIBLETT – “IT’S UP TO EMMA” (DRAG CITY)

Blending raw minimalism with beautiful sentiment, It’s Up To Emma both rips and soars, with as many loud snare cracks as it has lush string arrangements.  “My Man” slowly boils to life with twangy electric guitar & delicate violins.  Drum rolls fill “Woman And Man”.  Later,  we get a dirge-like cover of TLC’s “No Scrubs”. […]

Mat Zo-Damage Control

Damage Control is the debut album from artist Mat Zo. The music is a grab bag of genres including Techno, Progressive House, Disco House, Dub, Dubstep and Bass Music. It’s a little odd to hear a high energy House track then a trippy Bass Music track after that but the mix tape aspect of the […]

Son Lux-Lanterns

The latest from Son Lux is an album titled Lanterns. The music is Experimental Indie Rock with a heavy Electro edge. There are elements of 8-Bit, Electro Goth and Dark Synth Dance. The tracks have a novel, uneven pace to them creating an interesting sound that stands out from the standard beat heavy tracks of […]

303 Committee-Conquest

Conquest is an album from the group 303 Committee. The group is signed to the Inam label which has a reputation for signing artists whose sound is Drone Ambient. 303 Committee is no different with long static drones and other mysterious sounds threaded into the tracks. The music has a dark beauty to it, haunting […]

ANTH: I NEED YOU BAD (POLYVINYL)

I Need You Bad documents the San Francisco garage rock  & psych scene (and a little bit beyond) as it exists here and now. Curated by one of its most vital members, Sonny Smith WITH SONGS FROM:  Sonny & The Sunsets, Warm Soda, Magic Trick, Cool Ghouls, Little Wings, Jessica Pratt, The Sandwitches & Chris Cohen   PLAY: 1, […]

WRUV Rock 2013 Dec Mix 1

WRUV Rock 2013 Dec Mix 1 1. Grizzly Bear – Smothering Green [warp] 2. Honey Wild – Garden [shorewave] 3. Aloe Blacc – Can You Do This [XIX Recordings/Interscope] 4. Grizzly Bear – Will Calls (Diplo Remix) [warp] 5. Birdy – Skinny Love [atlantic] 6. Stone Cold Fox – American [self-released] 7. Johnny Payne – Green & Gold [light & gold records] 8. Sondre Lerche – Screen Door [virgin] 9. Childish Gambino […]

VIOLENT MAE- “SELF-TITLED” (self-released)

CT-based low- key dark dream-pop with sultry female vocals, crisp guitar riffs & distortion. Noir-ish country with banjo & twang. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9 RIYL : MAZZY STAR, NEKO CASE, CAT POWER

YOU ARE PLURAL- “RABBIT RABBIT”

Lush indie-pop with only a Wurlitzer electric organ, cello and percussion. Soulful, pretty female vocals, SUFJAN Stevens-like male vocals, rhythmic drum beats & melodic choruses. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 7 RIYL: PURE BATHING CULTURE, NIKI & THE DOVE, SATURDAY LOOKS GOOD TO ME, COCTEAU TWINS

HIGH HIGHS- “OPEN SEASON: DELUXE EDITION”

Endearing Indie-pop with fuzzy late-90’s nostalgia , falsetto vocals and a rhythmic acoustic backbone. Electronic remixes and a cover of College’s “A Real Hero” from the DRIVE soundtrack. PLAY: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 12, 13 RPM TRACKS: 15, 16 RIYL: LOCAL NATIVES, GRIZZLY BEAR, BON IVER, FLEET FOXES