Monthly Archives: September 2017

Lila Downs (Sony) Salon, Lagrimas, Y Deseo

 Grammy winner and Mexican songstress is back with a dramatic, emotional, romantic, and empowering album for the times. A great mix of traditional sounds and a buttery voice that carries deep feelings. I liked the more upbeat tunes as opposed to the ballads, but that’s just me. Try 1, 4, 6, 9, & 12

Joseph Daley Earth Tone Ensemble (Jaro) 7 Deadly Sins

The concept is each song depicts a different Sin, so each composition has it’s own personality. At times it can be Orchestral and classic, others are a complete assault of the senses, and some are beautiful and romantic. The musicianship stands out in each song and you can tell it’s performed by masters. 3 was […]

King Schascha (Self) Rudeboy Skankin

Solid Skankin tunes from legit sounding dudes. Upbeat, happy, & positive tunes! I liked 1 & 3

Black Seeds (Easy Star) Fabric

NZ rockers bring another dynamic release! For the uninitiated, they sound like Depeche Mode & Daft Punk had a baby that Ziggy Marley and Deepak Chopra raised. The result is an album that has a vintage 80s emotion, with modern bass & blips/blobs, a positive and new agey lyrical approach, all on a backbone of […]

Summer Heart- 101 (Perfect Texture)

This electronic/dream pop album is upbeat and summery, fitting for the band’s name. According to the Swedish solo artist, the album is supposed to tell a love story, as seen in the oscillation between tales of love and struggle sung over danceable beats. Recommend tracks 1, 3, 7, PLAY ALL!

Madeline Kenney- Night Night At the First Landing (Company Records)

Featuring soaring vocals over excellent production, this indie rock album is a beautiful collaboration between Kennedy and Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear. The overall sound is dreamy and atmospheric, and reflects album’s cover of a serene picture of the night sky.  PLAY ALL!

Baby Jesus- Took Our Sons Away (Yippee Ki Yay Records)

This album is high-energy and pure rock and roll. The Swedish band has a clear 60’s rock sound, but their punk inspiration is also easily identifiable from this album. The lyrics are growled over the guitar and the beat is undeniably danceable. PLAY ALL- huge fan!

James Vincent McMorrow- True Care (James Mahogany Books ltd.)

This album is a masterful combination of a variety of synths, piano, and guitar. The work was similar to/reminiscent of that of artists including Bon Iver and S. Carey. As a whole, McMorrow’s use of synths and harmony creates a sound that is both mysterious and soothing; the slow nature of the songs allows for […]

The Lovely Bad Things- Teenage Grownups

This energetic album is largely alternative rock, but tracks like the opener “I’ll Listen” and #7 clearly point to punk influences. The album consists of lots of guitar and head-banging tunes which are intermittent with some slower ballads including #11 “Glow Buddy.” As a whole, the balance between the different sounds is effective at giving […]

Peter Janson–Places in Time

Gracious, flowing solo guitar works, originals and covers. A mix of classical, jazz and world. Play!

Vitezslava Kapralova–Complete Piano Music

Czech composer, pieces vary from intense to gently. Play!

Gregory Mertl–Afterglow of a Kiss

Each of these pieces for wind ensemble and primary instrument, moves through different emotions, intensities and rhythms. Play most!

Ken Walicki–Cyberistan

Electro-acoustic works for a variety of  instruments–mostly gentle, trk 5 aggressive. Play!

Bill Whitley-I Dream Awake

The composer describes his music as suspended sound objects–nice mix of instruments, flowing rhythms. Play!

21 Savage – Issa Album (Epic Records)

This project is likely the closest 21 will get to mainstream appeal. The album overall is a lot more consumer friendly than Savage Mode, but that’s not to say this album doesn’t have its fair share of Bangers. Defiantly worth a listen even if you weren’t a 21 fan at first. Favorites: 1, 2, 9, […]

Young Thug – Beautiful Thugger Girls (1017 Records)

AMAZING. Thugga kills it as always! Sweet singing project that is defiantly a departure from some of his trappier old music, but it still pays homage to its roots. Lots of killer features. Listen if you like music. Favorites: 2, 6, 7 FCC: ALL

A$AP Twelvyy – 12 (A$AP Worldwide)

Strong project from an often-overlooked ASAP contributor. Elements of ASAP, Pro ERA and Flatbush all come together to produce a sound that is immediately recognizable as NY. Favorites: 4, 10, 11 FCC: Clean version on Spotify

EARTHGANG – Rags EP (Dreamville Records)

Sick EP, awesome features and dope verses from some of Dreamville and associates finest. J.I.D and Mick Jenkins really shine, but this project does a good job of demonstrating the many different flows Earthgang can serve up. Check if you like J. Cole. Favorites: 1, 3, 5 FCC: ALL

XXXTENTACION – 17 (EMPIRE Distribution)

Not the angry yelling we have grown to expect from XXX, on this album he demonstrates solid vocal and lyrical versatility over several almost acoustic sounding beats that give the project a very personal feel. Worth a listen. Favorites: 2, 5, 11 FCC: ALL

Lil Uzi Vert – Luv Is Rage 2 (Atlantic Records)

Coming off the summer hit XO Tour Life, little Uzi had a lot of hype around this project and he delivers. It is quintessential Uzi, combining themes of heartbreak, womanizing, and partying over for the most part fun upbeat production. Play if you like Young Thug, Playboi Carti. Favorites: 2,4,11,15 all Bangerz FCC: Clean version […]

Sweet Dreams

Excellent collection of contemporary works for piccolo w/ accompaniment (piano, alto flute, flute, xylophone). Play, play, play!

Return

Grand Valley State Univ. New Music Ensemble performs these avant-garde works ranging from ethereal to computer/ robotic and sci-fi sounds. Play most!

Martin Boykan–Rites of Passage (Chamber Music 1992-2012)

Abstract/ avant works, highly variable evoking a sense of unbalance, starkness. Play most!

Tomorrow’s Air–Contemporary Works for Orchestra & Large Ensemble

Very gracious works for orchestra, play or sample all!

Portraits–Works for Flute, Clarinet & Piano

McGill/McHale Trio performs works by Schoenfield, Coleman (with readings interspersed of Langston Hughes), Rachmaninoff and others. Play!