Monthly Archives: July 2015

Steven Ricks–Young American Inventions

Electroacoustic (flute, piano, sax, recorders, etc.) with voice and sounds/radio voices, decidedly avant. Can be difficult, weird, or lyrical. Trks 5, 10, 11,12,14 more accessible.

Lewis Spratlan–Hesperus Is Phosphorus

Contemporary works for chorale & chamber ensemble–eerie, quiet, mostly. Interesting music!

Kamran Ince–Asumani

Beautiful chamber works by Turkish/American composer–western classical with Ottoman elements, lyrical to violent. Trk 1 especially eastern. Play!

Righteous Girls–Gathering Blue

Duo Righteous Girls (flute & piano) perform contemporary, interesting works ranging from abstract, computer sounding to lyrical with steel pan and percussion. Play!

Gerald Finzi–Chamber Music

British composer (1901-1956), gracious, modern, chamber music for horns, strings and/or piano. Play!

Cantante e Tranquillo

Keller Quartet performs pieces as the title suggests, singing and quiet by composers from Baroque to modern, play!

American Masterpieces for Solo Percussion

Varying works for marimba and other percussion instruments, Wolff’s nice!

Playful Edge of the Wave

Very short pieces (100 in total),  inspired by woodcuts of Hokusai, improvised.

The New Cello Vol.2–European Composers

Mostly contemporary, atonal works, difficult.

Karol Szymanowski–Complete Music for Violin and Piano

Romantic yet modern works, play!

Wild Birds–Violin and Harp

Duo 47/4 perform modern works, one known by Ibert. Play most!

Moto Continuo–New Works for Cello & Piano Trio

Contemporary works, with edginess and not fully lyrical, interesting.

It’s About Time

Works for horn, saxophone and accompaniment, highly variable. Stern’s pieces lovely!

Anthony Coleman–You

Classical with jazz elements, abstract, for various instruments.

British Works for Cello and Piano Vol. 4

Gracious works with modern elements.

Transcriptions for Two Pianists

Some well-known pieces here performed by two pianists, not  orchestra or single piano by Bartok, Debussy, and Stravinsky.

Georgian Chamber Orchestra Ingolstadt

Featuring cello and violin, highly varying works by modern composers (Juon, Muller, Bloch, Honegger)

Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union)

Relentlessly upbeat and different in the good way, “Perpetual Motion People” features the off-kilter earnestness of Bowie, the zaniness of Madness and a splash of Motown. I’m just going to apologize in advance for popping around corners singing #6 at full volume. FCC: None Play: 1, 6, 7, 8, 13 RIYL: Sufjan Stevens, Violent Femmes, The Wombles

Sacred Seed- Pura Fe

From the website we quote Pura Fe who says, ” I found myself the day I was able to reconnect with my Indigenous Roots.”  Track 7 and 10, cover classics, gifts us with a deeper appreciation of  her voice and the cultural heritage that is expressed in her music and her commitment to accepting […]

Shimmering In The Rhythms-Timbered Lake

Crow Suncloud and Diana Ramsdell Newman make up this acoustic duo from Wabanaki Territory.  Track 2 is a epic story of these epic times of climate choas and the effects on the peoples of the Artic.  With poetic and meaningful words of encouragement, love and respect play all!  Hear The Wind, Somewhere Along The way, […]

Justify-Indigie Femme

Partners in life and in music, Justify is a journey of Love.  Remembering those who have inspired from family to friends, Indigie Femme, Tash Terry  and Elena Higgins, gift us with their cultural blend of Dine, Maori and Samoa.  Track 8 includes words of a Dine sheepherder and is a tribute to a Sacred way […]

Heart Of Day- Timbered lake

From the Wabanaki Territory in so-called Maine this duo Diana Ramsdell Newman and Crow Suncloud gift us with these original songs. Vocals and acoustic guitar with Diana and indigenous percussion and harmonies with Crow.  Track 9 is  spoken word poetry by Crow.  Gentle, sweet, beautiful the music reflects  gratitude and respect for Mother earth and […]

Fist City – Everything is a Mess (Transgressive)

Super-short, experimental uptempo noises that tend towards messy surf but stop short of punk. Like fuzzy garage but looser and less organized; they stay melodic and will definitely find fans. 6, 8, 9 & 10 are instrumentals. Play: 8, 14 FCC: 2, 3, 4, 5, 12 RIYL: Honeyblood, The Raveonettes

love is the great rebellion

BEN LEE has is 10th record now, “love is the great rebellion” and it is the classic singer song writer rock you expect from him. Play it! PLAY: 4, 5, 9 FCC: None RIYL: Mika, Adele LABEL: WB

recreational love

BIRD AND THE BEE have a new album “recreational love” and it is awesome. Indie + pop _ retro _ dance. PLAY: 3, 7, 2 RIYL: Mayer Hawthorne FCC: None LABEL: Rostrum