Monthly Archives: December 2017

Christopher Biggs–Decade Zero

These are works for instruments and electronics, ranging from cacaphonous and dissonant to accessible  (clarinet pieces.)

Heinrich Von Herzogenberg–Piano Trios Nos. 24 & 36

Romantic, elegant works, influenced by Brahms.

Michael Alec Rose–Il Ritorno

Contemporary works for solo violin and with viola, abstract, varying.

Fred Hersch–A House of Many Rooms

Modern piano nocturnes, romantic, with a few jaunty pieces. Play!

Walter Etc. – Gloom Cruise

Laid-back California tunes for easy listening, with honest, sometimes melancholic lyrics. Great for chilling and feelin’ feelings whether you’re lying on the beach or lying in bed. FCC:10 Play: 2, 3, 5 RIYL: Teen Suicide, Pavement, LVL UP

Worriers – Survival Pop [SideOneDummy]

Raw vocals and organic instramentals combine contently for a lighter take on some classic punk rock vibes. Label: SideOneDummy Start w/: 3, 6, 12 FCC: 2,7 RIYL: Sleater-kinny, Rainer Maria, Against Me!

Björk – Utopia

Björk in her supreme glory, as we know and love her, with help from Arca. This album is full of whimsical flute, nature sounds, lyrics of love, and an imaginative, almost Alice-In-Wonderland kind of atmosphere. Give this a play if you’re ready for the strange and intriguing, and you if you like a good love […]

REPTALIENS – FM-2030

Reptaliens new album FM-2030 is a blend of synth pop and psychedelic rock. Analog synths and crisp electric guitar fill this album with psychedelic dreamscapes. Great music to kick back and relax to. FCC: Clean Try: 1,4,8

MAKTHAVERSKAN – III

A Swedish post-punk band, Makthaverkskan released their latest album III. A cohesive album with thought-provoking lyrics. The lead singer Maja Milner echoes her way through the album in a refreshing and original manner. FCC: Clean RIYL: Savages, Priests TRY: 3, 5, 6

KIRK ROSS – CARTWHEEL

Cartwheel by Kirk Ross is an album consisting of love songs. Soulful acoustic guitar on each track. Ross dedicates this album to his wife Patricia Liverman. FCC: Clean RIYL: Damien Jurado, A.A Bondy PLAY: 1,4,7

COLDS SPECKS – FOOLS PARADISE

Cold Speaks new album Fools Paradise is a very soulful and personal album. Each song has an emotional feel that paints a vivid picture. Perfect to play on a rainy day. FCC: Clean RIYL: Feist, Tash Sultana PLAY: 2, 6, 9

DUDE YORK – HALFTIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Goofy Christmas songs related to politics, mental health and breakups. Play to give your listeners a laugh. FCC: Clean PLAY: 1, 4, 8, 9

Philip Glass–Complete Piano Etudes

The very well-known and popular composer of repetitive notes referred to as “minimalism” (though the composer dislikes that term) performed by a pianist who has specialized in Glass’ works–etudes to relax with.

Adolphus Hailstork–“Swing Low Sweet Chariot”

The well-known African-American spirituals, and Americana-flavored pieces, for string quartet. Nice!

Up & Away

Trios for oboe, bassoon and piano, all modern to contemporary–nice sound combination!

Mura Masa – Mura Masa [Polydor Records]

Mura Masa’s debut album, Mura Masa, features a huge guest list, including Charli XCX, Bonzai, A$AP Rocky, and more. The electronic pop DJ has used amazing beats and catchy choruses to great this amazing, underrated album. Label: Polydor Records Start w/ 1, 4, 9, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Sam Gellaitry, Cashmere Cat, Charli XCX, A$AP Rocky, […]

Sufjan Stevens – The Greatest Gift [Asthmatic Kitty]

Sufjan Stevens latest release, The Greatest Gift, features outages, remixes, demos, and unreleased tracks. This is an awesome indie folk release for the artist. Label: Asthmatic Kitty Start w/ 3, 7, 8, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Iron and Wine, Grizzly Bear, Fleet Foxes

Sons of the East – Sons of the East [Metropolitan Groove Merchants]

Sons of the East is an Australian indie folk band made up of three surfers. With very unique vocals and great instrumentation, this EP is a amazing one and should be given a listen. Label: Metropolitan Groove Merchants Start w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Avett Brothers, The Head & the Hearts, Edward Sharpe […]

Sheridan Fox – Patagonia [Self-Released]

An indie/rock folk pop album that features some catchy lyrics and good instrumentation. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 4, 7, 8 FCC: 2 RIYL: Philip Glass

Adam Schoenberg–American Symphony & Other Works

Beautiful recent works for orchestra inspired by artists, and colors. Play!

George Crumb–Vol. 18

Alternately raucous, abstract pieces half with voice, other pieces for piano playful, jazzy.

Giovanni Francesco Giuliani–Nocturnes for Clarinet and Harp

Romantic pieces. The largo pieces are especially lovely!

Colin Riley–Shenanigans

Fun, witty, lyrical and abstract pieces for a mix of instruments. Play!

Scott Pender– Music for Winds

Really interesting mix of woodwind chamber pieces, duets, trios, quartets, nice variety. Play!

The British Cello

Mostly elegant and gracious works for cello & piano, modern and contemporary. Play