Monthly Archives: June 2015

Home Economics- PRINZHORN DANCE SCHOOL (dfa)

Dark and rhythmic and cool. Like a trendy cafe set in a shipping container being sent over from New York to Chile via a trip along the east coast of South America that gives you the chills due to the geographic location yet excitement in the familiarity and mystery of this new experience. The music […]

Younger-JONAS ALASKA (Long Blood)

This Norwegian singer-songwriter takes rockabilly music and puts a a cool twist on them. The songs evoke the feeling of hanging out in a highway bar on a Thursday night but in the future, there is a poppy bounce throughout the album yet deep down the songs are too cool to smile in pictures. Jonas […]

All Signs Point to Yes-DAVE MONKS (Dine Alone)

Bright acoustic tracks that take on a slightly mellower approach to songwriting than Monks’ gig as Tokyo Police Club stands. Monks still is able to make a track sound nostalgic while looking to the future for inspiration and topics. The songs bounce with well crafted melodies and bass lines that give everything optimism. TRACKS: 1,3,5,6 […]

Flying Lessons-FOOL’S GOLD (ORG Music)

A breezy tropical funk album that blends peppy guitar riffs with equally funky bass lines to the sound equivalent of a daiquiri. The album’s groove only gets better with each track as Fool’s Gold turn up the funk to 11 and make sure to keep the rhythm section working. Each song beams in it’s own […]

Motherwell Johnston- C. Gibbs (Eastern Spurs)

Powerful solos dragged through the swamp with a soulful pull and voice that creates a well-rounded rock album. There are moments are soul, swamp rock, but all rooted in southern rock. TRACKS: 1,3,4,9,10 RIYL: Jace Everett, Cage the Elephant, Roy Orbisson

Talk In Tongues // Alone With A Friend & Mas Doper (Love Me Probably) / (Fairfax)

Talk In Tongues presents their debut album “Alone With A Friend” and single “Mas Doper (Love Me Probably).  With influences from early 60’s psychedelia of Pink Floyd and 13th Floor Elevators as well as from Creation Records of the 90’s, this album may take you through a time warp.  Nice synth sounds, dreamy vocals, light […]

Little Children // Traveling Through Darkness (Cosmos Music)

Little Children (singer/songwriter Linus Lutti) from Stockholm, Sweden presents “Traveling Through Darkness”.  The album is simplistic and airy, with gentle vocals and touches of psych-pop.  Tracks: there are only four songs..start with 4 but give them all a try!  FCC Clean.  RIYL: Radio Dept., Dungen, Wild Nothing, Temples, Beach Fossils, War on Drugs.

Crushed Breaks // Scatter (Matilda/Moshi Moshi)

Scatter is Crushed Breaks of South London’s debut album.  Highly energetic noise-rock with some surf and post-punk vibes.  Play: 1, 2, 7, 9.  FCC Clean!  RIYL: Japandroids, Happyness, Nai Harvest.

Sinerise-Calling Ep

Calling is a single from artist Sinerise and the disc contains the original edit plus three remixes. The original edit and the remixes both have an Ambient Techno/Ambient Dance with a Tribal Techno vibe to them. The tracks are smooth and upbeat but also have a nice mellow vibe as well. RIYD: Sasquatch, 2nd Sun […]

Sylvan Esso-H.S.K.T.

H.S.K.T. is a single from Sylvan Esso. The single contains eight versions and there’s a mix of House, Acapella, Instrumental, Bass Music, and Techno. The tracks are upbeat and soulful. Tracks: All Good

Sasquatch-No Sweat EP

No Sweat is an Ep from artist Sasquatch. The Ep contains three original tracks plus six remixes. The music is bubbly and charming and could almost be called Ambient Hip Hop or Ambient R&B. There’s also a Bay Area House feel reminiscent of Justin Martin or Claude VonStroke but it mostly has an upbeat dreaminess […]

Hanssen-Seven Years Week Remixes

Seven Years Week Remixes features nine remixes of Hanssen’s Seven Years Week album. Some remixing artists include: Pezzner, Doza, Secret School and Hanssen himself. The remixes include elements of Ambient, IDM and Ambient Dance. Another upbeat yet dreamy release from the Hush Hush label. Tracks: All Good


Dfalt’s latest is a self-titled album. The music is has a Downtempo Hip Hop vibe with mellow, groovy beats and drippy, dubby bass. This is a good chillout album with a metropolitan feel. Tracks: All Good

2nd Sun-Solar Souls

Solar Souls is an EP from 2nd Sun. The music is a mix of bubbly Ambient Techno with some touches of House, Minimal Techno and Downtempo. The Ep contains four original edits plus seven remixes and the tracks are not too fast with a nice mid-tempo beat that will keep you chillin’ and groovin’ at […]


Down home country tunes that  make you feel like you’re back in a western saloon.  Mix of upbeat (#2, 6) and old bluesy country (#1, 5).  Track 4 should be played at contra dances, for sure. Track 8 must be a soundtrack tune for a western film, complete with slide guitar and whistling. Play: 2, […]


Finger-picked folk-rock acoustic tunes sung over by a voice with some rasp to it.  Minimal percussion and brass but well-placed when present. Very warm-cabin yurt-life feeling.  Makes you want to lie in a field and watch clouds.  Nice stuff. Play: 4, 3, 1, 5 | RIYL: The Tallest Man on Earth, The Barr Brothers, Bon […]


“Equal parts rockabilly and surf pop” is spot on.  Boppin, walkin’ beats, horn backdrops and a bit of a punk flare.  Vocals a la Lake Street Dive plus some more aggression in her tones. Play: 2 | FCC: 1 | RIYL: Lake Street Dive, Vermont Joy Parade


Acoustic guitar and floor-tom-drum driven tunes with gentle male and female vocals enhanced by cello here and there.  Quite comparable to The Head and the Heart.  Based out of Athens, GA though they sound like a Portland band. Play: 1, 4, 2, all | RIYL: The Head and the Heart, Typhoon, Local Natives, Lord Huron, […]


Former frontman from The Virgins starts the album with decidedly Tom Petty/Dire Straits track from where the album trails into more mellow tunes.  Vocals continue to summon Tom Petty or Mark Knopfler with the music gaining a bit more Americana and piano that sounds like a parlor.  Some acoustic tracks too (#4). Long 60’s exploratory […]


Swingin’ 1950’s rock-and-roll-influenced tunes touching into some honky tonk and a touch of surfy guitar.  Backing horns, walking bass lines, a truly classic feel with a modern twist.  She is the wife of JD Wilkes [and the Dirt Daubers] Play: 1, 2, 3, ALL | RIYL: Nick Waterhouse, Allah Las, Sharon Jones, JD Wilkes & […]

Shreds! Music for Trumpet and Percussion for the 21st Century

Interesting instrumental combination, both quiet and loud. Play most!

Rhapsody–Works for Trumpet and Orchestra

Varied  pieces, some lyrical, others brassy and boomy. Try Gershwin, Faillenot, Ravel.

Alma Llanera–Soul of the Plains (Venezuelan Music)

Some traditional works and pieces by Paquito d’Rivera and others performed by wind orchestra and string quintet. Nice!

Andrew Shapiro–The High Line and Other Places

Evocative, lyrical pieces for violin and piano, contemporary. Play!

Florent Schmitt–Sonate Libre

Both lyrical and powerful, these are elegant pieces for violin & piano from the early 1900’s. Play!