Monthly Archives: November 2018

Karim Al-Zand–Studies in Nature

Very interesting, varied pieces for a variety of instruments, voice. Play! Advertisements

Allen Shawn–Five Piano Sonatas

Abstract, somewhat staccato and lyrical solo pieces.

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats – Wasteland

Evil. There’s no other way to describe the sound on Uncle Acid & The Deadbeat’s new release, Wasteland. It’s like The Beatles, Black Sabbath, and Electric Wizard formed a super-group and spent a summer hanging out with Alex and the gang from A Clockwork Orange.  I See Through You is a fuzzy and fitting start to an album chock-full of retro rock n’ […]

Jon Bellion – Glory Sound Prep [Capitol]

From promoter: “Bellion expands on the alternative-pop sound of his first album with fluttery synths, bouncy electronic beats, and melodic layering for dreamy, infectious pop tracks with elements of hip-hop, and R&B. Thematically, Glory Sound Prep chronicles his rise to stardom and the pitfalls of living in the spotlight.’ Label: Capitol Start w/ 1, 2, 5, […]

Nudecolors – Paradise [Self-Released]

From promoter: “NUDECOLORS is an indie rock band from Duluth, MN. Members include Steve Hamlin, Nic Hanson,Darin Steenerson, Jesse Saylerand CJ Hanson. They’ve been compared to The Killers, Talking Headsand Modest Mouse.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 3, 5 FCC:Clean RIYL: The Killers, Talking Heads

Free Money -Free Money EP [Communion]

From promoter: “Free Money make a statement with “U Got Me” a lavish alt-pop, the crunching sonics belying the finely-honed songwriting underneath.” Label: Communion Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC:Clean RIYL: Two Door Cinema, Indoor Pets

Yellow Days – Radio Sampler [RCA]

From promoter: “R&B singer-songwriter Yellow Days, aka George van den Broek, continues to impress on his latest releases. The English teen garnered attention at the start of 2018 when his hazy, soul-infused track “Gap In the Clouds” played on the trailer for Atlanta Season 2. These tracks feature the singer’s distinctive raspy croon against hypnotic, jazzy backdrops.” […]

Spud Cannon – Squeeze [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Flashy drumming is interspersed around groovy bass lines, crafting a sound that is easy to dance to, a nod to the band’s mission when they started up in college. Angular yet bright and happy guitar playing lays on top, paired with story-telling lyrics that give a bright and original sound. It is time to […]

The Shakes – With Every Moment [Self-Released]

The Shakes are an ambient indie pop band from Orange County. They are influenced by the sounds of The Who, Artic Monkeys, Tame Impala, and the Smiths. Overall, an amazing album. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 FCC:1 RIYL: Ron Gallo, King Gizzard, Shy Boys

Jonathan Something – Outlandish Poetica [Solitaire Recordings]

From promoter: “Jonathan Something is the musical project of writer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Jon Searles. His new album has bright riffs and a colorful surrealism that will blind you with its brilliantly infectious, often nonsensical, lyricism.” Label: Solitaire Recordings Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Ron Gallo, King Gizzard, Shy Boys

Devon Gilfillian – Truth [Capitol]

From promoter: “Singer-songwriter Devon Gilfillian’s second EP, Truth, is an enthralling collection of bluesy soul-rock jams. Gilfillian’s rich voice takes center stage flanked by gospel-style backing vocals, swampy blues guitar, and hard-hitting beats.” Label: Capitol Start w/ 2, 3, 4 FCC:1 RIYL: Anderson East, Leon Bridges

Claire George – Bodies of Water [Cascine]

From promoter: “Claire George is a songwriter with wide eyes and a natural sense of wonder. The particular blend of boundless awe and cosmic curiosity that Claire George channels into her work is what makes Bodies Of Water so engaging. Across the five self-written and self-produced tracks, she combines an imaginative melodic sensibility with swirling electronic productions, crafting a clear vision for her debut.” […]

The Compassion Project

An idea originated in 1993, in response to world atrocities–pieces expressing compassion from composers throughout the world. Play most!

War to Peace

Works for violin and piano by Prokofiev, Ferguson and Messiaen, inspired by WWII and the Holocaust. Somber, beautiful! Play!

Fragments

Lovely pieces transcribed for harp and flute, some well-known. Very restful! Play!

Musica Incognita–20th Century Sonatas for Horn and Piano

Brassy or quiet pieces, by Eureopean and American composers. Play most!

Stephen Dodgson–Chamber Music with Harp and Guitar

Gracious, elegant, modern works. Play!

Philip Glass–Three Pieces in the Shape of a Square

Transcribed pieces for trumpet, “minimalist” but also older pieces that are quite varying. Play!

Maithree–The Music of Friendship

Indian instruments influence some non-Indian pieces, or perform modern Indian works. Play!

Brahms/Carter Clarinet Quintets

Interesting combination of classical vs. abstract and modern clarinet quintets. Play!

Serenades & Sonatas for Flute and Harp

Gracious works from different eras, inspired by English Gardens. Play!

Ingrid Stolzel–The Gorgeous Nothings

Beautiful, gracious, contemporary music, some with voice, varying instruments. Play!

Skylines

Mellifluous saxophone quartet pieces, all contemporary. Play!

Stefano Scodanibbio–Alisei

Mostly slow, quiet works (some long) for double bass and strings. “Due Pezzi” faster. Play!

American Souvenirs

The Blue Violet Duo (piano and violin) perform a nice mix of works with classical, jazz and blues elements. Play!