Monthly Archives: March 2017

Aorta–Music for Piano & Electronics

Vicky Chow performs works by Andy Akiho and Daniel Wohl amongst others, ranging from quiet abstract to staccato. Play!

Crystal Mooncone–Listening Beam Five

With diverse instruments (bells, bike horns, digital insects and more) these are ambient, somewhat droning and eerie works, interesting!

Ralph Towner–My Foolish Heart

This is a gorgeous album by Towner, known for his elegant guitar work especially in the jazz world. Here, he seems more classical, perhaps because he’s using either classical or 12-string guitar. Play, play, play!

Komitas–Piano and Chamber Music

Mostly lilting and gracious works by an Armenian composer with folk elements. Play!

Russian Giants–Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Weinberg, Stravinsky

Great works for viola and piano, especially Weinberg’s! Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet  well-known.

Mieczyslav Weinberg–Chamber Symphonies

Beautiful, modern chamber symphonies, lyrical yet with tension. Play!

Minus the Bear – VOIDS

VOIDS is the latest album from indie progressive rock band Minus the Bear who have built a large following over their 15+ year career with a series of diverse albums. This album is somewhat of a return to the sound of their best albums Menos El Oso and Planet of Ice, but feels a bit […]

Johnossi – Blood Jungle

Johnossi are a rock duo from Sweden who have a big following there, but are mostly unknown in the States. Blood Jungle is the followup to their 2014 album Transitions (which I reviewed that summer and enjoyed quite a bit), and fifth album overall. This album is fairly mainstream sounding radio rock like you would […]

Dirty Projectors – Dirty Projectors

Latest album from the art-rock band led by Dave Longstreth, most famous for their critically acclaimed 2009 album Bitte Orca. The entire album is inspired by his breakup with former collaborator Amber Coffman (lead vocalist on Dirty Projectors’ most well known song “Stillness is the Move”). The lyrics reflect the emotional toll of the end […]

Tennis – Yours Conditionally

Husband/wife duo Tennis are back with their fourth album, Yours Conditionally, which they wrote and recorded after taking another sailing trip like the one that inspired their debut album. As one of the bands at the forefront of the “indie pop” sound of this decade’s first half, this album goes back to their roots, with […]

Jesca Hoop – Memories Are Now

Singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop returns with her first album since Love Letter For Fire, her successful collaboration with Sam Beam of Iron & Wine. Continues with the acoustic sound of that project, but with a bit of a darker tone. Many of the lyrics seem to reflect on love & personal relationships in the digital age, […]

Sinkane – Life & Livin’ It

Life & Livin’ It is the latest album from Sudanese/British/American artist Ahmed Gallab aka Sinkane. Blends a mix of genres including afropop, funk and more modern indie rock sounds with his unique falsetto vocal style. These songs are catchy and will put you in a good mood. A variety of DJs will enjoy spinning this […]

Harrison Brome – Fill Your Brains

Fill Your Brains is the debut EP from Harrison Brome, a 20 year old singer/songwriter out of Vancouver, B.C. Soulful vocals over hip hop beats and soft synth keys, a little bit on the pop side of things but the creative lyrics keep things interesting. A sound comparable to Chet Faker. Play: 1, 2, 4 […]

Strand of Oaks – Hard Love

Hard Love is the latest album from Strand of Oaks, the roots-rock project of Tim Showalter. The followup to his breakthrough album HEAL, Hard Love is nostalgic yet heavily personal. The first taste of this album was lead single “Radio Kids”, a catchy, radio-friendly classic rock inspired song that has been described as Dinosaur Jr […]

SOHN – Rennen

Rennen is the sophomore album from singer/songwriter/producer Toph Taylor aka SOHN. Chilled out electronic pop with strong R&B influences and interesting production. This album is less heavy on electronic sounds compared to his debut and places more focus on lyrics. Fits very much in the current scene of R&B inspired electronic artists coming out of […]

Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick

Apocalipstick is the latest release from Cherry Glazer, the indie rock trio led by Clementine Creevy. This is their first album on the Secretly Canadian label and with it comes a more polished and melodic sound, while still keeping enough of the raw energy of their earlier work. Socially conscious lyrics in many of the […]

Austra – Future Politics

Future Politics is the third album from Austra, a group fronted by singer/songwriter Katie Stelmanis. Austra started out as a synth pop project but has evolved to include more band members and add more instruments to the mix. The one constant is Stelmanis’ operatic vocals. The lyrics on this album are inspired by political turmoil […]

Native Music of Northwest Mexico

All the instruments are wonderfully home made and this presentation is from a public dance at the Heard Museum recorded in the 1970’s.  Vocals, rattles, violins and flute and drum.

Traditional Gourd Dance Singers- Kiowa Traditional Songs

Recorded in 1977 with Bill Koomas, Sr. who revived The Gourd Dance in 1941.  Songs are sung in community and the 49 songs are sung after hours at a social event like a Pow Wow.

Hurray For The Riff Raff – The Navigator

way more rock heavy than Hurray For The Riff Raff’s usual intimate folk songs. a politically charged album full of commentary on immigration RIYL: Shovels & Rope, Valerie June, Shakey Graves FCC: 2, 5, 6, 11 | Play: 3, 8

Debussy & Hosokawa–Point and Line

Pianist Momo Kodama performs these lovely abstract and impressionistic pieces. Play!

Honey Island Swamp Band

Described as “Bayou Americana” with organ, mandolin, horns, upbeat and sweet. Play!

Soul Scratch–Pushing Fire

So. Calif. soul band, horns forward, male lead singer. Play!

Elivin Bishop’s Big Fun Trio

As the title suggests, these are fun, humorous pieces, a mix of covers originals, apt for today’s political climate. Play!

Mark Porkchop Holder–Let It Slide

Slide guitar, rockin’ blues, mostly originals, two covers. Play!