Monthly Archives: April 2014

SALES // 7″ (S/R)

WARM, MINIMAL BEACH JAMS W/ COOING FEMALE VOCALS, ALMOST ABSENT PERCUSSION, UPBEAT GUITAR MELODIES, SYNTHY BUZZ. PLAY: 1, 2 RIYL: BEACH HOUSE, THE XX, SYLVAN ESSO, THE STROKES

NIKKI LANE // ALL OR NOTHIN (NEW WEST)

INDIE OUTLAW COUNTRY, 60’S-INSPIRED RASPY VOCALS W/ SOUTHERN TWANG, SLIDE GUITAR, FIDDLE, HARMONIES AND REVERBED HEARTBREAK BALLADS & UPBEAT FOOT-STOMPERS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 RIYL: NEKO CASE, PATSY CLINE, CAITLIN ROSE, THOSE DARLINS, LUCINDA WILLIAMS

SECRET COLOURS // POSITIVE DISTRACTIONS (S/R)

CHICAGO-BASED 60’S PSYCH-POP TO 90’S BRITPOP W/ GARAGE ELEMENTS, REGGAE-INSPIRED RHYTHM (LIKE THE CLASH). BOUNCY, FEEL-GOOD VIBES. PLAY: 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, 10 FCC: 1 RIYL: TAME IMPALA, THE BLACK ANGELS, BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE, THE KINKS

HORSE THIEF // FEAR IN BLISS (BELLA UNION)

OKLAHOMA PSYCHEDELIC FOLK-ROCK FLOWS FROM INTIMATE TO ANTHEMIC W/ AMERICANA GUITAR STRUMS & FOOT-STOMPING RIFFS. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 9 RIYL: LOCAL NATIVES, FLEET FOXES, MIDLAKE, WAR ON DRUGS

VERMA // SUNRUNNER (TROUBLE IN MIND)

CHICAGO COSMIC PSYCHEDELIC SHOEGAZE. LONG-FORM, BRAIN-BURSTING TRACKS. VOCALS ARE DROWNING IN WASHES OF REVERB & DISTORTION. WANDERING GUITAR SOLOS, SYRUPY ORGAN BITS. PLAY: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7 RIYL: SPACEMEN 3, HAWKWIND, CAVE, LOOP, NEU!

“The Now Sound For Today’s Lovers” / ” Turn Of The Century” A Split from Jerry Paper and Andy Boay

Two albums for the packaging and promo material of one!! Once again Jerry Paper shines with his smooth and distinct pop sound. Aptly titled “The Now Sound For Today’s Lovers” is four tracks of beautiful blippy, bloppy, real, (sometimes) uplifting, and sincere love songs. Each carries with it that Jerry Paper feel and a groove […]

Jerry Paper “Feels Emotions”

Listening to Jerry Paper is like having a wave of sad man boogie emotions wash over you. He gets to the core of what it means to be human, what it means to love a very special cat, what it means to be from another world, a different world, a different dimension (the 11th to be more specific). His […]

Felix Mendelssohn–Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Mostly boisterous works for  chamber orchestra…

The Harlequin–Violin Music

Varying pieces for violin, solo or with chamber ensemble. Some are quite dark, but trk 2 is very interesting, with derabuccan( a ceramic drum used in Egyptian music). Play!

Panorama Argentino

Pianist Mirian Conti performs on her 2nd vol. of Argentine music spanning mostly from the late 1800’s to mid 1900’s. Gracious, lively, and with some ethnic elements. Play!

The Double EP A Sea of Split Peas

Courtney Barnett’s “The Double EP A Sea of Split Peas” is a 25 year old Aussie with a talent for songwriting (seriously, listen to the lyrics) and a voice that sounds very Fiona Apple-ish.  Listen to this. LABEL: Mom & Pop FCC: None PLAY: 3, 4, 9 RIYL: Fiona Apple ###

Strangers

RAC – which stands for Remix Artists Collective – just played UVM Springfest this month (April 2014).  They are single handedly saving electronica music from the EDM wobble bass.  This is  fizzy synth pop of the 1980s and you will love it. LABEL: Interscope PLAY: 1, 7, 3, 16 FCC: None RIYL: Disclosure ###

Everyday Robots

Damon Albarn’s EVERYDAY ROBOTS is his first solo album (he is half of UK’s Blur).  Very mellow, nice depressing brit rock.  Some solid tracks on on this rec, check it out. LABEL: WB FCC: none PLAY: 6, 8, 4 RIYL: Blur, James Blake ###

Maximum Soul Power

Local Burlington punk rock band ROUGH FRANCIS finally released their first full length album (separate from their covers of their dad’s band DEATH, that gained them fame & helped spur the documentary A BAND CALLED DEATH). This album helps them stand on their own and features some great singles. WRUV only has the vinyl for […]

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ANTH: India – The Rough Guide To Indian Classical Music (World Music Network)

An assortment of contemplative, spiritual compositions by modern legends of the Indian classical genre. With truly careful listening, each work is capable of inducing a transcendent experience; which, after all, is the musical intention. Indian Classical Music CD Booklet here

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Total Slacker – Slip Away

Total Slacker – Slip Away (self) High energy, lofi psych surf rock with an indie twist and a pinch of punk RIYL – Fungi Girls, Christmas Island Play – 4, 9, 11

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Battleme – Future Runs Magnetic

Battleme – Future Runs Magnetic (El Camino) Sophomore release of Lions vocalist Matt Drenik, the record tries its hand at both lofi hard rock, and poppy synth personalities, but eventually finds home in a kind of driving alt-folk.  Some interesting off tone verses a la Nirvana influence, curiously soft vox, grandiose quivering guitar work.  At its […]

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Big Scary – Not Art (Barsuk Records)

Big Scary – Not Art (Barsuk Records) Male/Female Australian duo, Arena worthy indy rock, crasing energetic instrumentals, Vocals at times bold and expansive, charging deadpan, or soft and sweet. RIYL – the Killers, Arcade Fire Play – 1, 6

Palo! - Live

Palo! – Live (Rolling Pin)

Gorgeous live recording of a Miami concert featuring original Afro-Cuban funk compositions with a heavy dab of jazzed up hot salsa. Powerful vocals by Latin Grammy-nominated Leslie Cartaya, stand-out saxophone by Ed Calle, intricate percussion by Raymer Olalde, & much more. A fine recording! Official website here

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Eccodek – Singing in Tounges (Big Mind)

True global fusion from Canadian producer & mulit-instrumentalist Andrew McPherson & band, including tracks based on recordings from Mali’s Jah Yossouf, and featuring guest Indian vocalist Onkar Singh, & Balkan vocalist Meral Mert. African, Indian, Arabic influences & more. Fusion well done. Official website here

Balval

Balval – Ten Hand Band (Whaling City Sound)

Parisian quintet strongly influenced by gypsy music. Their original compositions blend Roma poetry & song with chanson, jazz, & rock, with nice interplay between vocalist, violin, & double bass, plus rockin’ guitar & inventive percussion. Varied styles – try all! Official website here

FTSE-Love Un LTD

Love Un Ltd is an EP from FTSE. The four track Ep is a mix of Dubstep and Downtempo with a R&B flair. The tracks are smooth and seductive with an urban edge laced into them. RIYD: Burial, James Blake Tracks: 1,4 FCC: 3

Illum Sphere-Spectre Vex

Spectre Vex is an 8 track mini album from Illum Sphere made for Record Store Day and features new material as well as remixes from his debut Ghosts of Then and Now. The music a mix of Bass Music, Dark Synth Dance and Ambient Dance with elements of Drum & Bass. The tracks are dark […]

Liars-Mess

Mess is an album from Liars. The music is Industrial Dance and Dance Punk. The music is raw but dance floor friendly with sharp synth beats and grinding sequencers. The lyrics sound upbeat yet have a slinky, sinister edge to them. A couple tracks have a “mellower” vibe to them but still have a strong […]

Kid Smpl-Silo Tear

Kid Smpl is back this time with an EP titled Silo Tear. The EP has his classic sound, Downtempo Atmospheric Bass Music, but there’s some drone and static mixed in this time giving it more urban grittiness. While I like that he’s diversifying his sound a bit, it still has a one dimensional feel to […]