Monthly Archives: August 2017

Dream Machine- The Illusion

New collaboration from Matthew Melton of Warm Soda fame, this time with his wife Doris. Together the two have created an banging album which hearkens back to some of the glory days of classic rock. Matt’s great guitar solos and Doris’ ripping organ combine with psychedelic vocals to make an album that would appeal to […]

Dion Lunadon- Self-Titled

  This is the debut solo album for the bassist from A Place To Bury Strangers. It is a hard, loud, pounding blend of garage, punk, and psych rock from start to finish. At times a little clear and concise, at others muddy and screechy but a great listen for fans of the genre. Label: Tiger […]

Warmth

Guitar Trevor Babb performs layered, multi-track electric guitar pieces by Reich, Lang and one by himself, amongst others. Play most!

Argot

Modern violin and piano works from different cultures and styles. Lutoslawski’s particularly nice!

New York

Avant-garde works from early 20th century forward (Varese, Carter, Reich, Cage and Feldman amongst others). Reich’s pieces with voice and tapes about WTC.

Journey to America–20th Century American Piano Music

All American composers (Lees, Primosch, Cowell and Larsen) modern and stylistically varying. Play most!

Benjamin Gibbard – Bandwagonesque [Canvasback]

A song-for-song cover of Teenage Fanclub’s entire 1991 album, Bandwagonesque, by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. “Bandwagonesque runs the gamut, from light, playful pop songs such as Sidewinder to ones where you are like: is this a cry for help? Obviously, the production sounds like 1991, but the instrument choices are two guitars, bass and drums and the […]

Manchester Orchestra – A Black Mile To The Surface [Loma Vista]

Manchester Orchestra deliver their most balanced and mature album, a combination of post-hardcore-influenced rock and piano laden folk-rockers. Label: Loma Vista Play: 2, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Band of Horses, Minus The Bear, As Tall As Lions, The Deer Hunter, Owen

Mappe Of – A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone [Paper Bag]

An avant-folk group characterized by its range of haunting vocal textures and synths intertwined with trumpets, violins, kalimba, autoharp, and an intricate guitar in the foreground. Label: Paper Bag Play: 1, 2, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Teen Daze, Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Jen Cloher – Jen Cloher [Milk!]

Jen Cloher is an outspoken advocate for artist rights and the co-founder of the incredible Milk! Records label (Courtney Barnett, Loose Tooth, Fraser A. Gorman, Jade Imagine, East Brunswick All Girls Choir). Much like her partner Courtney Barnett, and also co-founder of Milk!, her conversational garage rock-infused folk-pop style makes for an album great for […]

Gordi – Reservoir [Jagjaguwar]

Gordi’s debut album is brooding, multi-layered electronica and folk, with powerfully delivered and straightforward lyrics. Label: Jagjaguwar Play: 3, 6, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Maggie Rogers, S. Carey

Hammydown – Pizzaface EP [Self-Released]

Quirky, lyric-driven garage-pop that analyzes the cost of working in the service industry. “crisp, noodly guitar-filled title track” – The Fader “Already likened to contemporaries such as Lucy Dacus and Diet Cig, Hammydown injects her work with a raw authenticity that remains somewhat hidden by the playfulness of it all, but undoubtedly exists” – GoldFlakePaint “‘Automatic Sweetheart’ […]

Taylor Knox – Love [Cadence]

Love is a punchy debut featuring bright and often crunchy guitars, straightforwardly heartfelt lyrics and Knox’s sweet, slightly vulnerable voice. These are non-pretentious, easygoing tunes, mostly following pop song structures with hummable melodies and clap-along choruses. Label: Cadence Play: 2, 3, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alvvays, Bahamas, Smith Westerns, Tame Impala, Real Estate, Big Star, […]

Amir Elsaffar–Not Two

Excellent mix of Middle Eastern with jazz orchestra, flowing, with punctuation of pecussion. Play!

Andree-Ann Deschenes–Villa-Lobos/Castro

Solo piano pieces by Villa–Lobos, Castro and one fun piece for piano and percussion by Vitier. Nice!

Dalia Raudonikyte With–Solitarius

Contemporary, abstract pieces for various solo instruments ( sax, guitar, clarinet ) and one for chamber orchestra. Play most!

Balys Dvarionas–Complete Works for Violin and Piano

Modern, Romantic pieces from 1946 on to 1970. Lovely!

Jane Antonia Cornish–Into Silence

Quiet, meandering, ambient works for strings and//or piano. Play!

Walk in Beauty

Piano pieces inspired by Native American themes, chants, by quite a variety of composers–Higdon, Adams, Gann amongst others. Play!

Ghost Dialogues

Contemporary pieces for trumpet, solo or with accompaniment (sax, voice or piano) Nice!

Russian Guitar Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Four CDs of great music from early 1900’s to today. Nice!

Selwyn Birchwood–Pick Your Poison

A mix of electric and acoustic slide guitar, some horns for a bit of soul. Play!

Don Bryant–Don’t Give Up on Love

Excellent soul from a man performing for 7 decades! Play!

Mike Zito and the Wheel–Keep Coming Back

A mix of hard blues with acoustic, some tunes more pop than blues.

Louisiana Soul Revival feat. Doug Duffey

Modern Soul.