Monthly Archives: July 2018
Neko Case // Hell-on [Neko Case/Anti-]
Dense, textured Neko-sounding tunes led heavily by her characteristic and beautiful vocals. Lyrics confronting humanity, chaos, cruelty. Many collaborators bring an orchestrated, robust and diverse sound to this album. RIYL: Jenny Lewis, Lucinda Williams, Wilco, Gillian Welch PLAY: 2, 3, 6 FCC: 5, 9, 11
Kamasi Washington // Heaven and Earth [Shoto Mas / Young Turks]
Genre-bending jazz from Kamasi. The album ranges from mild and spacious to full sound led by his tenor saxophone. Tunes like Street Fighter Mas might harken back to a Herbie Hancock experience with a choral backdrop. The two discs are Kamasi’s Heaven or his inward-facing-world and Earth, his outward-facing world. RIYL: Herbie Hancock, Medeski, Martin, and Wood, BadBadNotGod […]
Actress + London Contemporary Orchestra – LAGEOS [Ninja Tune]
An ongoing collaboration between Darren Cunningham and LCO has blossomed into a full 10 track album that mixes classic Actress with contemporary classical music. It’s upbeat, stringy, repetitive, and blurry– a waning hybrid between techno and acoustic melodies that will excite some and annoy others. Release Date: 5/25/2018 Play: 4, 6, 7, 9 RIYL: Daniel […]
Claptone – Fantast [Different]
The masked EDM performer (how many are there now?) drops a radio friendly Sophomore album of cheerful house music that’s in stark contrast to the foreboding cover art. Of the thirteen tracks, only two break four minutes– a rather short window for the fist pumping, drop worshipping dance clergy. Regardless, the different vocalists Claptone employs […]
Leon Vynehall – Nothing is Still [Ninja Tune]
Debut album on the mighty Ninja Tune label from seasoned British dance producer Leon Vynehall is fluid indeed, and nothing short of epic. Inspired by his Grandparents emigration from England to New York City, Vynehall created a concept record blending classical and ambient music that is a far cry from his previous, more club-oriented releases. […]
Ravel and Debussy Sonatas
Blake Pouliot and Hsin-I Huang perform known pieces for violin and piano. Nice!
Argentinian and Spanish composers’ pieces transcribed for flute, gracious. Play!
Music of David Loeb–Musica Transcpacifica
Combining Western & Japanese voice and instruments, decidedly Asian in tone. Play!
Heavy on strings used with droning and repetition, rising and with voices and other instruments. Trks 3 + 4 mimic Asian instruments. Sample.
Areon Flutes (flute trio) performs these ethereal, ambient works by Clay, Aminkikia and Brown. Play!
Music for Violin & Guitar
Transcriptions of works, some well-known, for violin and guitar. Includes pieces by Ibert, Part, Mozart, Dowland and Piazzolla amongst others.
Highly varying works with jazz, funk, rock, classical for a nice mix of instruments: marimba, guitar, strings and sax. Play!
40 Years of Contemporary Music
The title refers to the 40 yrs in which Grupo Encuentros has performed. The works range from late Romantic to modern and contemporary, by composers from Europe and Latin America, including Ginastera, Boulez, Berio and Villa-Lobos.
Hans Werner Henze–Violin and Viola Works
Really nice, semi-abstract, modern works for either violin or viola. Play most!
Ravel, Franck, Ligeti, Messiaen
Works for violin and piano, from late Romantic to modern era, performed by Duo Gazzana. These are diverse pieces, Franck’s well-known. Play!
Hommage aux Demoiselles Eissler
Music from the Romantic era for harp and violin. Gracious and lovely.
Joshua Bell and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields perform these forceful and emotive pieces by Bruch, known for his choral compositions, not his instrumentals. Play!
Monica Houghton–Of Time & Place
Interesting contemporary pieces for a variety of instruments, solos, duos and groups, some voice. Lyrical and abstract. Play!
Fires of Thunder-Thana Redhawk
You can hear the spoken word of John Trudell on the tracks Water Is Power and Invision Drops of Dreams. Thana aka Redhawk Woman gifts us with her spoken word poetry with a back drop of various electronica. This Native woman can be found on the west coast performing at venues honoring Mother Earth and […]
Good Ol’ Fashioned NDN Lovin-Pipestone
These round dance songs by Pipestone, an Ojibwe group from Wisconsin beg you to dance and laugh at all the ways to love human to human in this modern world. The lyrics will make you smile. Play all!
Traditional Songs From Warm Springs- Ellen Squiemphem, Susan Moses, Bernice Mitchell, Adeline Miller
Located in Oregon and sung by the women of the Warm Springs Reservation these songs are representative of the traditional songs song by the people for 100’s of years and presented here so they may be remembered by the future generations. Originally released in 1998 by Canyon Records. Part of our “Historical Collection” at WRUV […]
Wild Rice Songs Of the Menominee Nation-Myron Pyawasit, Gil-Shik Pyawasit,Wyne Silas Jr, Shane Webster
Ma-ma -chay-tua (the people that live with the seasons) gift us with these social songs of contemporary and traditional origins. Released by Canyon Records this is a wonderful sampling of great singing and drumming firmly rooted in Menominee traditions. Play all!
Steve Tibbetts–Life Of
Quiet, ambient guitar with cello and percussion, jazz based with classical elements. Nice!
James M. Stephenson–Liquid Melancholy
Contemporary works for clarinet, with oboe, orchestra or piano. Elegant. Play!