Monthly Archives: January 2014

Nature Dance- Joanne Shanendoah

Eternally grateful for the Blessings of Life says Joanne Shenandoah often singing in her Native Oneida- Iroquois language on this CD as on track three “Star of The Morning”.  This compilation CD is dedicated to fans of Native music and friends from North America, Persia, Spain and Germany contributed to the music.  The electronica is […]

Les Galanteries–Mandolin Music from 18th Cenutry Paris

The mandolin (and string instruments) were popular in Paris during the late 1700’s. These are in the “style galant” which was an attempt for the middle classes to feel cultured like the aristocrats. Pieces by German, Italian and French composers for mandolin, baroque guitar, romantic guitar, some with soprano voice.

Into the Ravine–Works for String Quintet and Oboe Quintet

Intense and dark commissioned works alternating with calm and gracious movements. Sample Oboe Quintet.

Ebony and Ivory–Works for Clarinet and Piano

Nice mix of modern works by Horovitz, Lutoslawski, Cooke and Arnold. Nichifor’s pieces more intense. Play most!

20th Century Polish Harp Concertos

Interesting mix of pieces ranging from gracious to abstract with a bit of discordance (Schaeffer’s). Harp accompanied with flute, viola, double bass. Play most!

Mamani Keita – Kanou (World Village)

An exceptionally good vocalist from Bamako, Mali, who won music awards even as a child and then at age 17 was invited by Salif Keita to go to France & sing in his band (which she did). This is her 4th CD (1st solo), incorporating lots of claps & electric guitar in the desert Tuareg […]

Henry Kaiser–Requia & Other Improvisations for Guitar Solo

Using a variety of guitars (Stratocaster, Avant 7 string, Takamine electro-acoustic, 13 string harp and 12 string acoustic) Kaiser performs a  range of works–rock/avant, abstract, blues and gracious pieces. Interesting! Play!

As You Near Me

Transcriptions and original works for clarinet and guitar–gracious, contemporary. Play

Maurice Ravel–Arrangements for Wind Quintet

The Orlando Quintet performs transcriptions of some classic Ravel works including “Ma mere l’oye” and “Sonatine.” Play most!

European Folkscapes

The Apollo Chamber Players perform folk pieces from throughout the European region ( Russian, Spanish, Czech, Greek, Basque, Italian, German) transcribed for string chamber ensemble.

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Guitarist Jason Vieaux performs Latin American,  Spanish, and American  pieces and a transcription of Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood.” Play most! Elements of jazz, too.

Between Worlds

Mandolinist Avi Avital performs mostly recognizable transcriptions of world folk & classical, accompanied with accordion, clarinet, violin etc.

Solitary Changes

Solo clarinet pieces, abstract, contemporary/modern, minimalist. Mostly composers of whom I was unfamiliar. Play!

James Whetzel – Sarod & Beats Covers (self-released)

A hand-labeled CD sent directly to WRUV by the artist, featuring visceral acoustic percussion & the distinctive sarod – a many stringed fretless instrument like a cross between a banjo & a sitar, but with a deeper tone & played like a guitar. Features four licensed covers (songs by Depeche Mode, Yacht, Austra, & Michael […]

Angelique Kidjo – Eve (429 Records)

Thirteenth full length release from this award-winning singer-songwriter from Benin (living in Paris), “dedicated to the women of Africa, to their resilience, and their beauty.” Having drifted a bit too far toward western pop-rock for some fans’ tastes, this CD marks a welcome shift back toward Kidjo’s musical roots, incorporating resonant chants, rich choral flourishes, […]

HeadShy – La Belle Epoque

HeadShy’s new album La Belle Epoque is a triple EP consisting of The Head Chord, The Heart Chord, and The Base Chord. All of the songs on this album are very slow and spacey, but each EP has a different sound. The songs on The Head Chord are acoustic based and anthemic, while The Heart […]

Radical Face – The Family Tree: The Branches

Radical Face is singer/songwriter Ben Cooper (formerly of Electric President). The Family Tree: The Branches is the second album in a three album concept that tells the story of a fictional 19th century family. The lyrics in each song are written as a narrative from a different character in the story, and common themes include […]

HABIBI: “SELF-TITLED” (BURGER RECORDS)

GARAGEY GIRL DUO, INSPIRED BY HARMONIOUS MOTOWN SOUNDS AND A PUNK ATTITUDE. EASTERN-TINGED MELODIES, POPPY & DISTORTED. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11 PLUS RIYL: LA LUZ, SHANNON & THE CLAMS, VIVIAN GIRLS

STEPHEN MALKMUS & THE JICKS: “WIG OUT AT JAGBAGS” (MATADOR)

PAVEMENT FRONTMAN RETURNS W/ THE JICKS. HAZY, COSMIC 90’S GUITAR RIFFS. PROG-ROCKY, BLUESY, OFF-KILTER HOOKS. PLAY: 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 RIYL: PAVEMENT, PIXIES, SONIC YOUTH

GARDENS & VILLA: “DUNES” (SECRETLY CANADIAN)

Layered pop with looming synths, flutes, 80’s cult film soundscapes. muscular drums & guitar momentum. more synthy than before. PLAY: ALL TRACKS! RIYL: FUTURE ISLANDS, GENERATIONALS

HOSPITALITY: “TROUBLE” (MERGE)

Brooklyn trio 2nd album. indie-pop, quirky, off-kilter. female vocals, minimalist-rock & dream-poppy. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7 RIYL: TENNIS, BLOUSE, CAMERA OBSCURA

GEM CLUB: “IN ROSES” (HARDLY ART)

Epic downer slowjams w/ delicate piano chords, swooning strings, gay-boy/shy-girl harmonies. Analog recording. PLAY: ALL TRACKS RIYL: PERFUME GENIUS, ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS, LOW

Bibio-The Green EP

The latest from Bibio is a six track EP titled The Green EP. The album has a similar vibe to Silver Wilkinson with an Electro-Acoustic vibe along with sound effects from nature. Very subtle and serene there are some Ambient tracks thrown in as well adding to the mellowness of the album as well as […]

Olekranon-Salus

The latest from Inam Records artist, Olekranon, is an album titled Salus. The album was recorded last year on a Kaossilator Dynamic Phrase Synthesizer with digital delay, bass overdrive and Octave Shift. The synthesizer takes center stage here with a more pronounced sound than on previous albums. There is less static (you have to have […]

Cock & Swan-Recess Tangle Vol. 2

Recess Tangle Vol. 2 is the second remix album for Cock & Swan’s Secret Angles album. Cex, Big Spider’s Back, and Stem Collector are some of the remixing artists here. Similar to volume one, the music is haunting and mysterious with elements of Ambient, Ambient Dance and Bass Music. Also, there are more upbeat Dance […]