Monthly Archives: February 2016

Wash It Away-Nahko And Medicine For The People

A single from Nahko and Medicine for The People with lyrics that speak from the heart of this indigenous creative troubadour based out of Oregon.  Wash It Away speaks to the prayers to Mother Earth and the cleansing she bestows.  enjoy this 9 + minute song as medicine for the people.

Poems on the Edge of Time-Crow Suncloud

From the Penobscot Nation, Crow Suncloud writes these spoken word poems.  Part of the duo Timbered Lake we hear the passion for life, culture, Mother Earth and all that is part of the living Wabanaki Culture today as we visualize and remember the connections we all have to living in harmony with sweet Mother Earth.  […]

GoGo Penguin – Man Made Object (Blue Note)

Blue Note debut for UK trio consisting of drummer Rob Turner, double bassist Nick Blacka and pianist Chris Illingworth on all original group compositions aiming to recreate electronic music with acoustic instruments (“acoustic electronica”).  Influenced by Eno, Cage, Massive Attack, Aphex Twin synthesizing minimalist piano themes, propulsive bass lines and electronica-inspired drumming with jazz and […]

The Stryker/Slagle Band (Expanded) – Routes (Strikezone)

New project from guitarist Dave Stryker and saxophonist/flutist Steve Slagle, whose collaborative efforts span several decades, expanding quartet to include four horns, on originals from both leaders and one by Mingus, exploring routes they’ve traveled (see song titles) as well as their musical roots.  Joyous, adventurous interplay featuring multi-textured horn arrangements by Slagle and superb […]

Jeremy Pelt – #Jiveculture (HighNote)

Seventh album on HighNote features 40 year-old trumpeter/composer leading quartet anchored by first-time collaborator, bassist/composer Ron Carter (who wrote one pivotal tune here — Einbahnstrasse) with usual suspects Billy Drummond on drums and Danny Grissett on piano.  Album is organized under headings Part I and Part II, the second half consisting of four Pelt originals […]

Esperanza Spaulding – Emily’s D+Evolution (Concord)

Bassist, composer and 4-time Grammy winner’s new project is a jazzy, soulful take on the power trio concept, with guitarist Matthew Stevens and drummer Karriem Riggins.  All original tunes featuring Spaulding singing lead with background singers and synth touches, evoking a cosmic soul version of the Black Rock Coalition channeling Hejira-era Joni Mitchell.  Produced by Bowie’s long-time […]

Submotion Orchestra-Colour Theory

The latest from Submotion Orchestra is titled Colour Theory. The album is a mix Ambient and Electro-Jazz with a super smooth lounge-y vibe. The album has a metropolitan feel and is great to chill out to. RIYD: Portico, The Cinematic Orchestra Tracks: All Good

French Horn Rebellion-Foolin’ Around

Foolin’ Around is an EP from French Horn Rebellion. The music is very upbeat and has a laid back, fun vibe to it. It has elements of Synth Dance, Disco Dance, and Indie Dance with some Funk thrown in. There are also some pretty decent remixes toward the end of the albu. This would be […]

Essaie pas- Demain est une autre nuit (Tomorrow is another night)

Debut album from Essaie pas is titled Demain est une autre nuit (Tomorrow is another night). The Montreal duo has done several solo projects but this is the first time Marie Davidson and Pierre Guerineau have teamed up together. The music has been described as “Francophone Dark Minimal Techno” and a mix of “Film Sountracks, […]

Caledon City-Earth OST

Earth OST is the debut album from Ethan Strange under the moniker Caledon City. Inspired by Pokemon “Strange’s sonic creations attempt to emulate the feeling of getting happily lost within exciting, welcoming, and whimsical new worlds.” The Music has a mellow Ambient vibe to it with a few upbeat tracks to mix things up and […]

Abstraxion-Biologic Records

Resonance is a single from Abstraxion. The single contains the original edit plus three remixes and the track Drosophilia. The music has a steady Minimal Techno sound that you can really groove to. RIYD: The Field, Fort Romeau, Shit Robot Tracks: All Good


Seth Kaufmann plays all instruments tracked on this record–meant to be listened to as a whole, but still holds up with some stand out tracks.  Classic Floating Action lo-fi rock with obvious vintage reggae/surf influences, garagey tendencies, and a bit of pop in there too. RIYL: Cotton Jones, Dr. Dog, Mac DeMarco | PLAY: 3, […]

Sunflower Bean – Human Ceremony

Fuzzy, warm, psychedelic pop rock out of Brooklyn. Hits an indie sweet spot with interesting textures, catchy hooks, and fun guitar. A little heavier than other bands that currently fit this bill. RIYL: Eternal Summers, Real Estate Try: 11,2,3,5, all, FCC: Clean, Fat Possum Records

Charlie Hilton – Palana

Dream pop from Blouse vocalist with assistance from Mac DeMarco. Spin this at dusk or dawn while sipping hot tea and doing crosswords with a significant other. RIYL: Blouse, Julia Holter, Nico Try: 3,2,11, all, FCC: Clean, Captured Tracks Records  


Folk pop ranging from acoustic tunes (2, 3, 5) to more to-be-expected indie pop from this Brooklyn singer-songwriter rocker.  Nice vocals, really cozy album. RIYL: Yo La Tengo, Cass McCombs, Elliot Smith, Spoon | PLAY: 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 12, all | FCC: Clean

Leo Brouwer–Music for Bandurria and Guitar

Beautiful, contemporary pieces! Play! (a bandurria is a small lute).

Youth–Music from the Motion Picture

A mix of genres, classical, avant, R & B, by varied composers including David Lang, David Byrne, Mark Kozelek, Stravinsky…

Paul Lansky–Idle Fancies

Gorgeous contemporary works for 5 octave  marimba. Play, play, play!

Joseph Koykkar–Double Takes and Triple Plays

Varies works for a variety of instruments, solos, with elements of blues, jazz and boogie woogie + classical. Play most!


Very avant/abstract works for electronics, voice and/or instruments. Tracks 5-9 more accessible.

David Arend–Astral Travels

Double bassist/composer here has both ambient or lively works, with orchestra. Play most!

On Safari–MirrorImage Horn Duo

Piano + horn duo pieces inspired by the term “safari,” as a journey or as an animal interaction. Play!

Figments–Contemporary Solo and Chamber Works

Solo piano or viola or small ensemble–varied, ranging from faster, staccato to slow and lyrical. Interesting!

Introductions–The Wind Orchestra

A mix of contemporary and traditional, sort of oompah–varied. Contemporary pieces interesting!

Avataar – Petal (InSound)

Saxophonist & composer Sundar Viswanathan brings together his jazz background & his South Indian heritage in these gorgeous compositions that incorporate Indian classical elements with a palette of other world & jazz influences. The vocals by Felicity Williams are reminiscent of the Brazilian vocalist Flora Purim when she performed with Return to Forever! Guitarist Michael […]