Monthly Archives: February 2017
Continuing series of contemporary, fairly intense and abstract works for orchestra. Varied in style and duration, with explanations by the composer interspersed.
Robust orchestral works by a well-known Chilean composer. Modern romantic!
The third full album from Blair Crimmins and The Hookers is a fresh and modern take on the old ragtime sound. Featuring catchy beats, bumping brass, and the kind of upbeat stylings you would expect from a lively speakeasy. This album is fun, and immediately danceable. RIYL: PostModern Jukebox, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo […]
This all female riot grrl, punk/rock band returns with everything you ever loved about Sleater-Kinney now fresh and live! A compilation of some of their most well known tracks, this album shows these ladies still got it. Shredding vocals, shredding guitars, And pounding drum beats. A must listen for fans, and the unfamiliar alike. Reccommended […]
The awesomely named Applesauce Tears first album is a unique blend of Ambient free-form noise, mixed with shoegaze, and some nicely orchestrated cinematic pieces. Full of dreamy moments and trippy transitions, this is a great album for anyone who has wanted to travel the cosmos of the mind. RIYL: AIR, Washed Out, Caribou Tracks: all Label: […]
Trouble in the Wind’s stripped-down organic sound is a multi-instrumental collective fronted by a staggering powerful voice. The group’s expansive instrumentation of accordion, upright bass, brushes, banjo and guitars color the emotional songs on Lefty, which blend and range from ballads to surf folk to soulful rockers. Label: Self-Released Play: 2, 4, 5, 7, 8 FCC: 9 […]
Former Toy Soldiers member solo debut is a fun, fuzzy garage pop album that is really of two minds. The first half of the album is full of ripping guitars, loud ideas, and catchy beats. Taking elements from garage rock, punk, blues, early psychedelic rock, i found myself openly laughing at Gallo’s humorous perspective on […]
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah originally rose to fame in the alternative rock world after releasing their debut 2005 album, which received a massive media response, predominantly in the form of online sharing and blog raves. On Tourist, the East Coast indie rock outfit continue to work on creating the polished, finely crafted pop that they were […]
Contemporary, abstract works for piccolo/flute.
Beautiful piano pieces from the late 1800’s to early 1900’s–traditional and modern. Play, play, play!
A mix of avant-garde and Baroque pieces for recorder–nice!
A long-time Vermonter, modern pieces with that American sound. Play!
Neo-Romantic works for horn and winds by a forgotten composer. Play!
Dancing On Your Grave sounds like your typical alternative, arena rock album, albeit with a few standout tracks. The music is mostly roots-inspired, polished rock with hints of southern influence, a clear example of which is the the title track “Dancing On Your Grave”. Label: Light Organ Play: 1, 3, 4, 5, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Kings of Leon, Dawes, […]
Julie Byrne’s third album combines wonderfully poetic lyrics, with a soulful voice as smooth as silk, and the beautiful sound of a lone guitar. This is mellow album that is easy to get lost in as Byrne’s hypnotic voice takes us through the many labyrinthine hallways of love and loss. RIYL:Leonard Cohen, Nick Drake, Weyes […]
This newest edition to the Folk/Country singers discography is a a great dive into classically country break-up songs. Swinging back and forth from sad and downtrodden, to upbeat, and square-danceable, this artist is always incredibly soulful. Pretty great album all around, highly recommended to anyone who likes country and folk, or is looking to get […]
A New one from Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young founding member, is a soulful reflection on life, love, and the world today. While not terribly upbeat, this album contains all of the classical guitar playing and singing styles that made Crosby famous, combined with some beautiful choral accompaniment. If your a fan, you’ll love it. If […]
Allison Crutchfield is best known as the frontwoman of the band Swearin’ (and sister of Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield). Her solo debut comes on the heels of the breakup of both her band and relationship, and this influenced many of the songs’ lyrics. On this album, synth keyboards are added to the guitar driven sound in […]
Artists signed to Polyvinyl Records cover some of their labelmates’ most well known songs. It’s an interesting concept considering Polyvinyl includes a wide variety of different artists on their roster, from the 90’s emo of Braid and American Football to Deerhoof and Of Montreal to more electronic based acts like Psychic Twin and Pillar Point. […]
Modern Life is the sophomore album from Canadian singer-songwriter Jeen (also known for her work in the band Cookie Duster with Broken Social Scene’s Brendan Canning). Her 2015 debut Tourist was one of the most unexpectedly enjoyabl albums for me that year. This follow-up album is more of a full band affair, as you can […]
Empire Records is the 2nd EP from up and coming Norwegian band Sløtface. Energetic rock music with powerful female vocals and catchy melodies, reminds me a little bit of Metric’s first couple of albums. The title track is the most captivating song on the EP, with lyrics inspired by the title film and High Fidelity […]
Tycho’s fourth full-length Epoch, released as a surprise digitally back in September, finally sees physical release. A similar sound to Tycho’s last album Awake, signature instrumental blend of electronic music and post-rock. But there’s also a little more variety this time around – “Horizon” has the closest thing Tycho has come to a four-on-the-floor house […]
“Highway Queen” is Nikki Lane’s third album, with the so called ‘First Lady of Outlaw Country’ tossing out an emotional tour-de-force. Strong country influences and some old fashioned rock and roll, the album is reminiscent of the emotions Johnny Cash’s music had. A good listen if you’re fond of country music. Label: New West FCC: #6 Play: #4, […]
lo-fi, pop-rock RIYL: Mitski, Alex G, Man Man, Carseat Headrest, Ariel Pink Play: 1-5, 15 | FCC: 6-14