Monthly Archives: October 2015

The Space Lady & Burnt Ones – Split

Split LP between The Space Lady and Burnt Ones. First four tracks are Space Lady, second half Burnt Ones. The Space Lady sounds like lo-fi psychedelia karaoke while the Burnt Ones offer acid laced mood pieces.  Very low key, strange and fresh. Label: Castle Face Play: 7,1,4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Flaming Lips, Black Moth Super […]

The Mantles – All Odds End

A short and sweet 60’s psychedelic pop/garage meets contemporary indie album. Not particularly original, but engaging throughout. A collection of standout tracks. Label: Slumberland Records Play: 3,1,2,4,9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Modern Lovers, Real Estate

Deerhunter – Fading Frontier

New release from Atlanta indie rock band. Psychedelic and Ambient, more introspective/gentle and fun compared with last album Monomania. Good from start to finish. Label: 4AD Play: 7,3,1,5,9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, Real Estate, Lotus Plaza

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Little May – For the Company

Little May are an all-female trio from Australia who play a style of dreamy folk pop. For the Company is their debut album after getting a taste last year with an EP featuring their singles “Dust” and “Hide”. For the Company’s opening track “Cicadas” is a good taste of what you can expect from this […]

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Maritime – Magnetic Bodies/Maps of Bones

Maritime is a band composed of former members of The Promise Ring & The Dismemberment Plan, and they have proven to be just as prolific as those two bands now that they are on their fifth album. Mixes the golden 90’s-early 00’s era of emo with catchy power pop hooks. The lead single “Satellite Love” […]

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Mansionair – Pick Me Up EP

Mansionair are a trio from Australia who have released their second EP featuring two new songs, their previous single “Hold Me Down” and a remix of that same song by Maths Time Joy. The music is easy to listen to alternative pop with shimmering guitars, smooth falsetto vocals and very creative production. The first song, […]

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Metric – Pagans in Vegas

Canadian rockers Metric return with a new album that continues in the direction of their last album Synthetica but skews a bit more towards synth pop, but songs like “Lie Lie Lie” and “Too Bad So Sad” continue with the post-punk sound of their older material. Some interesting influences show up like Kraftwerk on “Cascades” […]

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Sego – Long Long Way From The Fringe

Long Long Way From The Fringe is the debut EP from Sego, a duo from Los Angeles who blend a bunch of familiar genres into something unique. Each song sounds different than the last. You’ll hear the dance-punk of LCD Soundsystem or The Rapture in tracks like opener “The Fringe”, and then you’ll hear something […]

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JR JR – JR JR

JR JR is the duo of Daniel Zott & Joshua Epstein formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. This album is their first under their new name. Continues their style of keyboard-based pop, often propelled by synths and dance beats. Very similar to a lot other synth based “indie” pop out there right now, but […]

Paul Hindemith–String Quartets Vol. 3

Modern string works with some Romantic touches. Play most!

Andrew Sparrow–Chiaroscuro

Very pretty  almost too pretty, orchestral works, with oboe and harp featured on some.

Andrew Staniland–Talking Down the Tiger

Very interesting contemporary works for electronics and acoustic instruments, sample due to length.

Paul Juon–Silhouettes, Op. 9 & Op. 43

Romantic and impressionistic works for 2 violins and piano. Play!

JACUZZI BOYS//HAPPY DAMAGE

“Happy Damage” Jacuzzi Boy’s newest and fourth album is filled with dreamy, head bobbing daisy punk accompanied by the echoing vocals of teen angst. The lo-fi aesthetic of all six tracks are super catchy, with high energy and repetitive guitar riffs that will make you involuntarily want to join a mosh pit. Notable Tracks- 1, […]

Ruff-Born Ruffians (Yep Roc)

The songs are bouncy rock music. Easy to bop your head along to and kept at a nice volume throughout each song. There is an 80s art rock sense from the album and that is augmented by bouncing bass and a lively horn section. TRACKS:1,3,5,6,9,11 FCC: 6,7,8 RIYL: Talking Heads, Animal Collective, Vampire Weekend

Be Small-HERE WE GO MAGIC (Secretly Canadian)

A nice divide between 80s electro pop and slow rock ballads, however they do not find themselves collaborating often on this album. The difference is made clear in each song the direction that is being taken and when they are clear the song is difficult to ignore. The slow ballads build under piano and acoustic […]

Romantic Thoughts-PAUL BERGMANN (Fairfax)

A singer-songwriter that makes each song about the content and not the melody or tune. His near monotone vocal delivery matches the music well and gives a constant in the music that does not care about what is happening around it in pursuit of the story. The lyrics are interesting to focus on, but it […]

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West Nile – “West Nile EP”

West Nile is an electronica that hail from Ontario, and this self-titled EP is their debut project. Tracks are a hybrid of pop and avant-garde electronica with a lot of retro 80s influence. Vocals are layered meticulously and contemplated well with the electronic power of member L-DC’s production. I can see these guys blowing up […]

Moon Taxi – Daybreaker

feel-good alt.-rock full of soulful, jammy sounds sprinkled with soft, beachy breezes RIYL: Umphrey’s McGee, Fitz and the Tantrums, The Disco Biscuits FCC: clean Play: 1, 2, 4, 6

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THE WOOD BROTHERS // PARADISE [HONEY JAR/THIRTY TIGERS]

The Wood Brothers are back with their rootsy Americana.  Gritty guitars, tight bouncin bass, and percussion ranging from calypso to the Shuitar to standard backbone rock beats.  Clever lyrics on this album are apparent.  Seems a little more energetic than past efforts. PLAY: 1, 3, 4, 6, ALL | RIYL: Tedeschi Trucks, Allman Brothers, Wilco, […]

Joseph Fennimore–24 Romances for Solo Piano

Contemporary, short romances, varied. Play most!

Germanic Giants

Pieces from German Romantic composers: Weber, Schumann and Brahms. Play!

the story of sonny boy slim

Gary Clark Jr. is from Austin and has a singer-songwriter rock and roll vibe you will dig. FCC:10 Play: 1, 2, 5 RIYL: B.B. King (if he had a rock and roll vibe)

dodge and burn

Jack White’s latest super group, with a raw and rough rock and roll sound. FCC: none Play: 1, 10 RIYL: Raconteurs

cheers to the fall

Andra Day has those once-in-a-lifetime voices. You will love her if you love R&B, soul & feeling like your heart is melting. One of my (DJ LLU) fav records of the year to date. FCC: none PLAY: all RIYL: Amy Winehouse