Monthly Archives: September 2016

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A Tribe Called Red – “We Are the Halluci Nation”

A Tribe Called Red is unlike anything that you have ever heard before, and I knew this from the first time that I saw them at Osheaga 2015. This album features a unique blend of reggae, instrumental hip-hop, indigenous tribal percussion, and incredibly danceable electronic beats to create something absolutely insane. It’s unlike anything you’ve […]

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Danny Brown – “Atrocity Exhibition”

Detroit rapper Danny Brown is honestly one of my favorite rappers of all time, and I was very excited to give his new album a listen. Honestly, it blew it away with how stellar it was, and luckily we were sent a clean version here at the station. The production is weird, and unlike anything […]

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Beach Slang – “A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings”

Beach Slang is an indie-punk band hailing from Philadelphia, and I honestly didn’t think that they would be able to top their album that came out last year. Their latest album A Loud bash of Teenage Feelings has even more crash and thunder than the last, and it’s absolutely fantastic. The album features memorable guitar riffs, grungy […]

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Mac Miller – “The Divine Feminine”

Mac Miller is an artist who I have been following for a very long time, and it has been absolutely fantastic seeing him progress. When I started listening to him from his The High Life mixtape (and on through his next few tapes and first album) he was really just a fun stoner rapper. Fun to play […]

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Bon Iver – “22, A Million”

With all of the weird track titles I saw for this latest Bon Iver project, I had honestly no idea what to expect, but in all honesty they released one of the best albums I have heard all year. Each track is rather electronic, but it features Justin Vernon’s soothing vocals harmonies that makes every […]

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True Widow – “Avvolgere” (Relapse Records)

Packing deep, dark and mystical sounds into a beautiful album comes the Texas based band True Widow. Avvolgere marks their fourth studio album. Avvolgere takes the listener on a euphoric journey of distorted vocals and strong guitar riffs. True Widow touches all the spectrums of rock in just one album with many elements that are […]

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The Shondes – “Brighton” (Exotic Fever Records)

The Shondes are a Brooklyn, New York based band that mash together soulful harmonies with energy enticing lyrics. Their new album Brighton marks their third release under Exotic Fever Records and their fifth studio album total. It is clear the Shondes are a force to reckon with as they provide punk, pop and political activism […]

Philip Glass–Dreaming Awake

Known from his haunting soundtracks, don’t call this minimalism…

Robert Carl–The Geography of Loss

As the title suggests, these are melancholic works with lots of voice and chorale– beautiful.

La Mascarade

Rolf  Lislevand performs gorgeous baroque works for baroque guitar and theobro. Play!

Traceur–American Music for Clarinet and Piano

Nice collection of mostly modern and contemporary pieces. Play most!

Kevin Kastning & Sandor Szabo–Perspectives

Continuing their improvisational collaboration, these are beautiful pieces for extended string classical guitar (amongst others) and contraguitar ( with others). Play!

Max Reger–Complete Works for Clarinet and Piano

Gracious, modern works for clarinet and piano. Play most!

Signals Cross

Three Reeds Duo performs contemporary pieces for sax and oboe. Nice!

James Weeks–Signs of Occupation

Somewhat atonal works, not dissonant, for a variety of instruments.

Shemekia Copeland–Outskirts of Love

Great mix of tunes–roots rock blues and Americana! Play!

Moreland & Arbuckle–Promised Land or Bust

Excellent gritty blues and roots rock! Play!

The Big Sound of Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials

Chicago blues and rockin’ slide guitar. Play!

Hazmat Modine–Extra Deluxe Supreme

Roots music influenced by gospel, R & B, country blues, jazz and elements from world folk.

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Frank Ocean – “Blonde”

I have been a fan of Frank Ocean for many years, and waiting for this album to drop was an absolute rollercoaster. For a few weeks there was an Apple Music stream of Frank doing random woodwork, that leaded to him constructing a staircase, and dropping a “visual album,” and then announcing he would drop […]

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Royal Teeth – “Amateurs”

Royal Teeth are an American indie pop band hailing from Lafayette, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, formed in 2010. Their third album “Amateurs” reflects how much they can still have fun and enjoy themselves like a group of well, amateurs! The songs on the album have a contagious energy that is carried through passionate vocals […]

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NATURAL CHILD // OKEY DOKEY [NATURAL CHILD RECORDS AND TAPES]

One of the albums of fall.  Psych-rock with nostalgic overtones, hilarious and sad lyrics, and overall radical warm, orangey red autumn fuzz feel.  Part of the latest wave of tunes like The Sheepdogs to bring back a lot of what we love from the 60s and 70s and presenting it through a 2016 musical lens. […]

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Cool Ghouls – “Animal Races”

Cool Ghouls is a band hailing from San Francsico, and Animal Races is their third studio album. I haven’t listened to these guys before this album, so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect, but what I did get was an indie-psych record with a lot of enjoyable qualities about it. First off, the solos on this […]

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Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes – “Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes”

Although before this album I had never heard of this band, I have got to say that they have one of the best band name’s I have ever heard. The guys in Carl Sagan’s Skate Shoes formed in Austin, TX in 2013, and on this self-titled album they blend the sonic fury of 90’s noise […]

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Air Traffic Controller – “Black Box”

Air Traffic Controller is a power pop-rock band hailing from Nova Scotia, and the band has been consistently providing accessible and danceable tracks since they debuted in 2005. This new album doesn’t stray too far away from that formula. On this record, the band makes crafty alternative pop-rock, but with a bit more of an […]