Monthly Archives: August 2017

Lucifer’s Chalice- The Pact

Lucifer’s Chalice– The Pact Release date: 2017Sep29 Label: Shadow Kingdom Rating: 3.5/5 Lucifer’s Chalice hail from the UK with a strong occult influence spread over four tracks.Hung at the Crossroads brings demented thrash set to a tale of murder and intrigue. The Pact conveys a twisted sense of urgency set against thunderous bass. Full Moon […]

El Ten Eleven – Unusable Love EP [Self-Released]

El Ten Eleven, an instrumental duo known for its inventive approach to songwriting and happy, electronic post-rock collaborate with Emile Mosseri of The Dig marking the first time the band has worked with a vocalist on a record. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Cigarettes After Sex, Slowdive, The Dig, Ratatat, This Will Destroy You

Kelly Stoltz – Que Aura [Castle Face]

’60s-inspired power pop, with side trips into space rock, warped synth pop, echo-y psych, and even some off-kilter disco. Label: Castle Face Start w/ 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sonny & The Sunsets, Fresh & Onlys, Mikal Cronin, Cool Ghouls, Morgan Delt, Woods, Quilt

So Much Light – Oh, Yuck [Anti]

Soul combined with thoughtfully-arranged electronic production and textures. Label: Anti Start with: 3, 4, 7, 8 FCC: 9 RIYL: Flume, How To Dress Well, Toro y Moi

Bedouine – Bedouine [Spacebomb]

An effortless folk-rock debut album filled with sun and gorgeous, timeless-sounding declarations of self-reliance. Label: Spacebomb Start with: 1, 2, 4, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Julie Byrne, Cass McCombs, Weyes Blood, Nick Drake, Angel Olsen, Kevin Morby

Soccer Mommy – Collection [Fat Possum]

Gaining popularity from her Bandcamp bedroom recordings, Sophie Allison enlists a full band to prove that she intends her soft and angsty music to have more depth and character than her previous EPs with titles like songs from my bedroom and songs for the recently sad. “chill but kinda sad” – Soccer Mommy on Bandcamp “She doesn’t overdo […]

Iron & Wine – Beast Epic [Sub Pop]

A blend of whispered vocals and softly homespun indie folk. Recording everything live and employing minimal overdubbing gives the album a warm and intimate sound. Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Andrew Bird, Jesca Hoop, Band Of Horses, Ben Bridwell, Conor Oberst, Modest Mouse, M. Ward, Sufjan Stevens, Fleet Foxes, Father […]

Guantanamo Baywatch – Desert Center [Suicide Squeeze]

Surf garage punk influenced by the Northwest, made for the nonexistent beaches of Desert Center, a mostly abandoned town that mainly serves as a gas stop along the barren interior of California. Label: Suicide Squeeze Start w/ 2, 3 (instrumental), 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: La Luz, Shannon & The Clams, together PANGEA, Natural Child, Ty Segall, […]


Folkist Charlie Parr out of Duluth MN comes through with his characteristic rich folk vibe drawing on his life living and working with the homeless community in northern Minnesota.  A favorite of the Waking Windows crew and festival here in the Burlington area, Charlie’s music is touching and expert in its delivery.  A treat for […]

Howling Giant- Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2 EP

Howling Giant– Black Hole Space Wizard Part 2 EP Release date: 2017Aug25 Label: self Rating: 4.5/5 Follow-up to Part 1 from nearly a year ago. Henry Tate drones slightly, giving way to a thick, psychedelic essence. The Pioneer has sabbath-esque hooks, pleasing the ears. Visions of lush, mellow guitars, set to a gentle breeze. The Forest Speaks softly with […]


Pieces for wind quintet from a range of eras but reflecting modernity. Play!

Variations–for Alto Saxophone and Piano

Pieces from 1952 through 1980, abstract, nice!

Music for Two Violas

Compositions written from late 1800’s on but sounding modern, and from different cultural backgrounds. Play most!

Fleeting Realms–Chamber Works

Mostly very recent compositions for various duets and small ensembles. Really interesting and varied–vibraphone, strings, sax, piano, voice. Play!

Retribution- Tanya Tagaq

Inuit throat singer, Tanya Tagaq produces her third album with this release which is taking on many awards in the Canadian Music scene (Summer 2017).  There is a big difference in each track with track 1, Ajaaja, there is a sweetness with voice and call and response in balance.  Lots of feeling in this sport […]

Doom Side of the Moon- Self-Titled

Doom Side of the Moon– Doom Side of the Moon Release date: 2017Aug04 Label: self-released Rating: 5/5 Doom Side of the Moon, led by members of The Sword and additional musicians, is a metallized version of Pink Floyd‘s Dark Side of the Moon.  Speak to Me conjures grittiness, increasing in intensity with each note. Breathe (In […]

Our Beloved Land- R. Carlos Nakai and Keola Beamer

Nice combination and soon to be a classic.  Native tongue and instrumental to be played for comfort enjoyment and appreciation for these talented musicians.  Play all!

Two Worlds Three Worlds- A. Paul Ortega

A wonderful selection for the WRUV FM Library.  The late A. Paul Ortega,  Mescalero Apache, plays guitar and offers explanations to his songs.  Leon Johnson says, “Ortega’s songs celebrate the values of traditional Native American life through a combination of narration, guitar, song, bird calls and other vocable (non-translatable) sounds…” Play all!!

Wahancanka (Remember Me Grandfather)- Joseph Shields, Jr.

Some of these songs would be sung at ceremony so this is quite special to play and hear.  Joseph is a ceremonial singer and medicine man and keeper of Lakota culture.  Play all!

Stick Game Songs of The Paiute- Judy Trejo

Wonderful historical and traditional songs played during traditional stick games.  Judy Trejo makes a great presentation with song and drums.  Play all!     njoy

Hyeseon Hong Jazz Orchestra with Rich Perry and Ingrid Jensen – EE‑Ya‑Gi (Stories) [Mama Records]

Hyeseon (pronounced Hay-Sun) is clearly on a journey of exploration with her debut album, incorporating diverse elements into this collection:  a slightly retro and Asian take (#1), a fusion feel at the start of #2, a Latin feel (#3), jazzifying a Korean folk melody in #4, the nonverbal choralizing in #5 evoking film scores from […]

Craig Fraedrich with Trilogy and Friends – All Through the Night [Summit Records]

Good, tight sound and focused energy from the group, great dynamic together. Christal Rheams is a no-nonsense singer who means what she sings with a rich contralto voice (nice take on “All Through the Night”).  The songs are heartfelt choices of the group.  Two originals by Fraedrich (5, 8) are instrumentals.

Randy Brecker, Dick Oatts, Latvian Radio Big Band – Big Band Minimalism: Works of Mats Holmquist [Mama Records]

Take No Prisoners! Holmquist goes all out with this album of original works.  A sharp clean big band with featured soloists Randy Brecker (trumpet) and Dick Oatts (a/s sax).  Wonderful-to-listen-to rhythmic flows, from the boisterous “Quick Ride…” to the plaintive “Ballade” to the ultimately joyous “Stevie R.”  Underlying all is a powerful energy.  Thoughtful, enjoyable […]

Scott Routenberg Trio – Every End Is a Beginning (Summit Records)

All but #9 are original compositions by pianist Routenberg. One sign of a good group is that musicians’ performances stand out but never “poke” out.  The smaller the group, the harder it becomes.  This trio is on the money.  Effortless and in command of the music.  Routenberg’s music offers a nice array of contemplitude (1,8), […]

The Bob’s Burgers Music Album

Double-disc compilation of songs from one of the funniest animated sitcoms on TV right now. Many of these tracks are the little ditties that play over the end credits of the episodes, but also include some of the show’s musical numbers like “Electric Love” and “Bad Stuff Happens in the Bathroom”. There are also some […]