Monthly Archives: November 2014

GRUFF RHYS // AMERICAN INTERIOR (TURNSTILE)

FORMER LEAD SINGER OF SUPER FURRY ANIMALS. LESS MODEST & FOLK-ORIENTED THAN PREVIOUS. GENRE-BLURRING W/ 70’S SOFT ROCK THROWBACKS, NURSERY RHYME-FUNK JAMS, COUNTRIFIED KRAUTROCK, PEDAL-STEEL PROG-POP, STRING-SWEPT TRACKS. (-PITCHFORK.COM) PLAY: 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10 RIYL: BECK, ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, SPIRITUALIZED, CATE LEBON, BETA BAND Advertisements

2:54 // THE OTHER I (BELLA UNION)

DUO’S 2ND LP OF SHOEGAZE ROCK. DRAMATIC WASH OF LUSH GUITARS, SURGING CLIMACTIC CHORUSES, MOODY RIFFS, HAZY VOCALS. PLAY: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9 RIYL: SAVAGES, DUM DUM GIRLS, TAMARYN, RAVEONETTES

DRGN KING // BALTIMORE CRUSH (BAR NONE)

PHILLY DUO’S 2ND LP. BLEND OF ROCK, POP, ELECTRONICS & DANCE. UPBEAT, POWERFUL RIFFS, DRIVING DRUMS, DISTORTION & GROUP HARMONIES. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 FCC: 5 RIYL: DEATH CAB, YUCK

RITUAL HOWLS // TURKISH LEATHER (FELTE)

SLOW, BROODING & OMINOUS ROCK W/ INFLUENCES OF ENGLISH POST-PUNK, NICH CAVE AND SKINNY PUPPY. GOTHY SYNTHS, TWANGY GUITAR LINES. COMBINES FIELD RECORDINGS W/ ELECTRONICS & MELODRAMA. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 RIYL: NICH CAVE, THE HORRORS, ABE VIGODA, INTERPOL, THE CURE, LIARS, WIRE

LIA MICE // I LOVE YOU (OLD FLAME)

VOCALIST/SONGWRITER 2ND LP. EXPERIMENTS W/ DANCEABLE TEMPOS INFLUENCED BY DARK 80’S NEW WAVE, FRENCH POP & WILD ELECTRONIC CLUB JAMS. VINTAGE SYNTHS, DARK POP MELODIES, ECHO-LADEN COWBELL & SONIC TEXTURES. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 RIYL: MR TWIN SISTER, BEACH HOUSE, FKA TWIGS, SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS, BLONDE REDHEAD, AUSTRA

CRYING // GET OLDE/SECOND WIND (RUN FOR COVER)

NOSTALGIC & OLD SCHOOL CHIPTUNE-INFUSED EMO-POP-ROCK W/ 90’S INFLUENCE. PUNK SPIRIT, 8-BIT PROGRAMMING, FEMALE VOCALS, UPBEAT W/ UNPREDICTABLE GROOVES.TWO EPS IN ONE ALBUM. PLAY: 5, 6, 9, 10, 12 FCC: 2, 7, 11 RIYL: GET UP KIDS

SCIFLYER // THEY ONLY BELIEVE IN THE MOON (TONE VENDOR)

HUSBAND/WIFE DUO W/ 80’S COLLEGE ROCK, 90’S SHOEGAZE INFLUENCE. SWIRLING REVERB/DISTORTED GUITARS, DRIVING DRUMS, MUFFLED/BURIED VOCALS PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 5 RIYL: WHIRR, MBV, DIIV, SWERVEDRIVER

SOLDIER’S HEART // NEW HOUSIE EP (DARCO)

PSYCH-DREAM-POP W/ SLIGHTLY OMINOUS BUT ENDEARING FEMALE VOCALS. TROPICAL FLAVOR, DARK, MYSTERIOUS, CHEERFUL & SUMMERY. PLAY: 1, 3, 4 RIYL: BEACH HOUSE, MO, MR TWIN SISTER

AJ DAVILA // TERROR AMOR (BURGER)

FOUNDER OF PUERTO RICAN GARAGE BAND DAVILA 666 SOLO ALBUM. 60’S GARAGE GUITAR FUZZ, 70’S RAW PUNK ENERGY, 80’S POP CATCHY CHORUSES, COLLABORATIONS W/ FRIENDS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 6, 8, 11 RIYL: BLACK LIPS, KING KHAN, BEETS, WARM SODA, NATURAL CHILD

TEAM SPIRIT // KILLING TIME (VICE/WARNER BROS)

FORMER PASSION PIT MEMBER TRADES KEYS FOR GUITAR. SOUL-POWERED ROCK’N’ROLL, GARAGE-ROCK/POWER-POP W/ MOTOWN BASSLINES, THIN LIZZY DUELING GUITARS AND GLAM BEATS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 6, 9 FCC: 4, 8, 10 RIYL: CHEAP TRICK

THE POINT // PRETTY MARSH (S/R)

DUO’S DEBUT OF SLOW, SYNTHY LOVE/BREAK-UP BALLADS W/ 80’S INFLUENCE & 60’S MOTOWN. HONEY-SWEET VOCALS, LUSH HARMONIES, AND RETRO INDIE-POP. COVERS: GRATEFUL DEAD (#3), BIG STAR (#8), SMASHING PUMPKINS (#12) PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 11 FCC: 4, 6, 7 RIYL: TOPS, PURE BATHING CULTURE, DESIRE, CHROMATICS

LEMONADE // MINUS TIDE (CASCINE)

3RD LP OF ECSTATIC ELECTRO-SYNTH-POP. CEREBRAL, DANCE-MINDED. PSYCH & TROPICAL W/ 80’S & UK RAVE INFLUENCE. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8 RIYL: PREFAB SPROUT, BLUE NILE, PRIMAL SCREAM, STUDIO

SAINT SAVIOUR // IN THE SEAMS (SURFACE AREA)

DELICATE, HEART-FELT, FOLK-INFUSED SINGER-SONGWRITER W/ TENDER VOCALS, LUSH STRINGS, SOFTLY-PLUCKED GUITARS. PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 6, 9 RIYL: BAT FOR LASHES, FEIST, ANNA CALVI

LEWIS & CLARKE // TRIUMVIRATE (LA SOCIETE EXPEDITIONNAIRE)

LONG-FOMR, SLOW-BUILDING ART-POP/AVANT-FOLK. 3RD LP LUSH & BROODING W/ CANOPY OF STRINGS, MELANCHOLIC MELODIES. COMPLEX & FRAGILE ARRANGEMENTS W/ NATURAL ELEMENTS. PLAY: 1, 3, 4, 6, 11 RIYL: SUN KIL MOON, DAMIEN JURADO, MARK LANEGAN

THE VAN ALLEN BELT // HEAVEN ON A BRANCH (NONSTOP EVERYTHING)

3RD LP, SPACEY MIX OF 60’S-INFLUENCED PSYCH-POP LAYERED W/ QUIRK & CHARM. COMPLEX, DREAMY SOUND W/ COMICAL LYRICS. PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 RIYL: ATLAS SOUND, TEEN, YOUNG GALAXY

Fly Golden Eagle – Quartz Bijou (ATO)

Psychedelic throwback funkrock with horns, organs and far-out, echoey male vocals. You will groove. FCC: 3. Play: 8, 9, 12. RIYL: Cream, The Black Keys.

Kevin Kastning & Mark Wingfield–In Stories

Improvisational compositions for electric guitar and differently numbered contra-guitars and classical guitar. Ambient, usually quiet.

Thomas Newman & Rick Cox–35 Whirlpools Below Sound

Mostly very short avant-garde works for a variety of instruments (piano, cello, prepared guitar, voice, metals) and sounds (wind, cars, water) ranging from noisy to eerie to lyrical.

Cuatro: A Tribute to the Music of Spain

The Aquarelle Guitar Quartet performs pieces by Spanish composers or about Spain, ranging from Romantic to contemporary. NOT NEW MUSIC. Will be filed in library.

Charles Harold Bernstein– Works for Solo Violin and Cello

Mostly intense, short works for solo violin and one long one for solo cello.

Dmitri Kabalevsky–A Recital of Concert Pieces

Well-regarded by the Soviet establishment, these works are gracious, semi-Romantic, not controversial.

ANTH: Soundway – Ten Cities (Soundway)

The title refers to the cities from which the featured electronic music producers were recruited for this intense six-month cross-cultural project. Recording took place in 5 African cities, setting the stage for creating this blend of pumping African rhythms with deep house, Kenyan rap, techno, and other styles that lend themselves to nightclub dancing and […]

ANTH: France – Le Pop 8 (Le Pop Musik)

Latest volume of “Nouvelle Chanson” from a long-running series of French pop collections published by this small record label in Germany. Several well-known French artists plus many budding stars of the French pop music scene. Everything sounds romantic in French, aye?

Saxtlan–Saxophone Quartet

Interesting Mexican pieces for sax quartet–contemporary. Play!

Andrzej and Roxanna Panufnik–Messages–Chamber Works for Strings

String quartet pieces, staccato to eerie, definitely contemporary and interesting. Play!