Monthly Archives: December 2014
Gordon Fitzell–Magister Ludi
Canadian composer Fitzell here has a mix of avant-garde works ranging from lyrical/surreal to noisy.
Turtle Island Quartet known for their classical/jazz mixes here perform some originals and transcriptions of jazz works. Play!
Dramatic, theatrical, mostly boisterous works. Try the “Tableaux Vivants.”
A British cohort and friend of Handel, he has been forgotten due to the royals preferring Handel. Elegant, Baroque pieces.
Ravel & Chausson
Trio Solisti perform 2 works by Ravel & Chausson, both lovely Impressionistic pieces. Play!
Contemporary works for solo or small ensemble, strident to sweet.
Lovely Nuevo Tango pieces, well-known, here performed with harp (!), bandoneon & violin. Play!
Rancid- Honor Is All We Know
Rancid– Honor Is All We Know Release date: 20141027 Label: Hellcat/Epitaph RIYL: Sham 69, The Business, Operation Ivy FCC: 1, 7,9 Rating: 4/5 Rancid return on Honor Is All We Know, their first release in 5 years. Honestly, they haven’t lost a step. Choice tracks are “Back Where I Belong” (snappy with a touch of […]
Fofoulah – Fofoulah (Glitterbeat)
This British band features the traditional drumming styles of the Wolof (the dominant ethnic group in Gambia & Senegal) on Sabar drums (tall conga-like drums played using one hand & one stick), in a cross-cultural fusion with Afro-rock, trance, dub-like bass, synthesizers, & more. Quite innovative and really nicely done! Check out their earlier EP […]
Tony Allen – Film of Life (Jazz Village)
Rumored to have four arms, the self-taught drummer from Lagos, Nigeria (born 1940) is back with a masterful new twist. Always experimenting, here he works with the French producers The Jazzbastards & many guests. His rhythms are presented in settings ranging from Afrobeat to space jazz to psychedelia, with plenty of tasteful synthesizer & computer-generated […]
Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra – Pulsion (Ubiquity)
Often dark, dramatic, psychedelic, & heavily jazz-tinged spacy music with African & Latin rhythms, from an 8-member collective based in Paris, France & their musical friends, led by percussionist Masta Conga. Edgy, experimental, innovative, & truly worthy! Check it out on Bandcamp
ANTH: LATIN – The Rough Guide To Latin Rare Groove, Vol.2 (World Music Network)
Another collection of gems for connoisseurs of obscure & unreleased Latin tropical dance music from the 1960s, plus five contemporary tracks by artists who revere the music of the past. Nothing hokey here; just great finds from the dusty record bins of Latin America, & some of the new music inspired by those legendary sounds […]
Adelardo Barroso – Cha Cha Cha (World Circuit)
Barroso is a Cuban legend, with a career extending from his early recordings in NYC while lead vocalist for a series of bands in the 1920s, to his return to Cuba in 1931 where he continued to make music until the 1960s. Here are remastered gems that he first recorded in Havana in the 1950s, […]
Daniel Melingo – Linyera (World Village)
Argentinian musician, tango singer, & old-school crooner delivers entertaining musical sketches that evoke the sidewalk cafés & dance clubs of Buenos Aires. Here you’ll find lots of fun (like the chorus on #3), tango (#2,4,10) touching ballads (#6,9,12), & more!
WRUV14 Rock & RPM Singles – December Mix
WRUV14 Rock & RPM Singles – December Mix 1. Mighty Mouse – See Through You (feat. Ronika) [self] 2. The Presets – No Fun [island] 3. Donora – We Live The Rest [Rostrum Records] 4. She & Him – Would You Like To Take a Walk? [columbia] 5. The Preatures – Is This How You Feel [universal] 6. Lorde – Yellow Flicker Beat [Republic] 7. Riders Against the […]
KING TUFF // BLACK MOON SPELL (SUB POP)
HEAVIEST ALBUM TO DATE: 60’S PSYCH & GARAGE FILTERED THRU 80’S METAL, 70′ GLAM. DISTORTED GUITARS, UNIQUE VOCALS, FRENETIC DRUMS BY TY SEGALL. PLAY; 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 13 FCC:6, 8, 9 RIYL: TY SEGALL,HUNX, BASS DRUM OF DEATH, BLACK LIPS, HAPPY BIRTHDAY
THE AQUADOLLS // STOKED ON YOU (BURGER)
SUNNY JANGLY SOCAL GARAGE-POP. SELF-DUBBED “PSYCHEDELIC SURF PUNK”. GIRL GROUP SOUND, DISTORTION, LOVELY FEMALE VOCALS, OOH’S & AAH’S, TEENAGE THEMES. PLAY: 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12 FCC: 1(at the end), 4 RIYL: HABIBI, BEST COAST, LA LUZ, BLEACHED, SEAPONY, CHERRY GLAZERR, ALVVAYS
HAERTS // HAERTS (COLUMBIA)
WARM BROOKLYN ELECTRO-POP, 80’S-STYLE SYNTHS, SMOKY GIRLISH STEVE NICKS-LIKE VOCALS. DREAMY, CELESTIAL W/ SLICK PRODUCTION. PLAY:1, 2, 3, 6, 9 RIYL: BROODS, MR TWIN SISTER, PURE BATHING CULTURE
COPELAND // IXORA (TOOTH & NAIL)
6TH ALBUM SINCE FORMING IN 2001. NUANCED 00’S EMO W/ LAYERED ATMOSPHERIC MELODIES, EMOTIVE CROON, MATURE LYRICS. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 RIYL: IRON & WINE, DAMIEN RICE, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL
EX COPS // DAGGERS (DOWNTOWN)
2ND LP FROM THIS DUO. 90’S ALT-ROCK, EAGER TO PLEASE W/ SHOEGAZE GUITARS, GLITCHY SYNTHS, DREAMY W/ FEMALE VOCALS. ARIEL PINK ON TRL=K 9. PRODUCED BY BILLY CORGAN (SMASHING PUMPKINS). PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 FCC: 5 RIYL: HAIM, LANA DEL RAY
QUIET LIFE // HOUSEBROKEN MAN (MAMA BIRD RECORDS)
COINTRIFIED BLUESY ROCKING FOLK W/ ACOUSTICS, PIANO, HARMONIES & TWANG. JIM JAMES ON TRK 5 (TOWNES VAN ZANDT COVER). PLAY: 1, 2, 4, 5 RIYL: MY MORNING JACKET, THE BARR BOTHERS, SHOVELS & ROPE
KAT EDMONSON – THE BIG PICTURE (SONY MASTERWORKS)
The Big Picture is the third album from singer-songwriter Kat Edmonson. Mellow, pop sound with a strong jazz influence. Whimsical song-writing and lyrics, perfect for a relaxing afternoon. Edmonson has the swooning voice of a lounge singer from the 1940s. Beautiful instrumentation backing up her vocals and melodies. The more you listen, the more […]
Debut EP from 18 year old Michael Brailey is titled Pericardial. The music is super mellow Ambient that has a lush darkness to it. The album starts with a FKA Twigs cover (Water Me) which is also dialed down Ambient. There are some haunting, soulful vocals on the tracks which add a nice dimension to […]
Gone Home is the second release and first full length release from artist Keenya. The music here is pretty much ambient soundscapes but with influences from Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. Very mellow and exotic the tracks drift and float along and it’s easy for the listen to do the same as their […]
Marks is a remix/re-work album of FaltyDL’s In The Wild. The tracks have an Experimental vibe to them and are a mix of Ambient and Jazz with elements of Bass Music and Electro Hop. The tracks are engaging and interesting and make an excellent companion to the In The Wild album. Tracks: All Good