Monthly Archives: January 2019

Steve Gunn The Unseen In Between Album Cover

Steve Gunn // The Unseen In Between [Matador]

A spacious folk rock album with broad spanning sound reminiscent of a My Morning Jacket meets Amen Dunes vibe.  Gunn says of this album that it explores his own emotional landscapes with his most complex, fully realized songs to date.  This is an album that is listenable end-to-end. PLAY: 1, 2, 3, 4 ALL FCC: […]

Black Mirrors -Look into the Black Mirror

Release date: August 31, 2018 Label: Napalm Records Black Mirrors plays that fuzzy rock that’s all the rage without bludgeoning the listener to death. Hailing from Belgium this band brings good old fashioned rock-n-roll on their debut full-length album. Shoes for Booze opens the album with killer guitar riffs and a boot to the face. Funky Queen was previously […]

Nicola Cruz – Sika [ZZK Records]

Fun Fact: The siku is a wind instrument of Andean origin, made of two parts and represents duality. You can hear it on this record, which was made entirely on the road as Cruz traveled from city to city. The Ecuadorian producer’s second full length album is heavy on Latin American rhythm and sound, but […]

SWAMP DOGG – Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune // JOYFUL NOISE

50 yeas into a storied career, Swamp Dogg teamed up with Poliça’s Ryan Olson and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon combining bluesy southern soul with 21st century electronic music production techniques. Label: Joyful Noise Start with: 1,2,3,6,8 RIYL: Georgia Anne Muldrow, James Carr, O.V. Wright, Prophet FCC: Clean (sexual references on #7)

Music for Flute and Guitar

Varied composers, mostly contemporary, one modern with works for guitar & flute or solo guitar, lyrical, staccato, plucking, lots of quiet, slow, ambience. Play!

French Music for String Orchestra

Romantic era to modern, lyrical to abstract. Nice variety!

Mountains–the “lost Australian recording”

Pianist John McCabe selected these varied pieces by Australian and American composers for an EMI Sydney 1985  cassette recording that was eventually “lost” when the studio closed. Recently found in excellent quality, here it is, with some jazz, some classical, and some  impressionism. Play!

James Blake- Assume Form// Polydor

Another album from James Blake, who has been described as “white Frank Ocean.” Everything you would expect- dreamy male vocals and electronic sound. Overall solid album, give it a listen. FCC: 2, 8, 10 Play: 1, 11 RIYL: Bon Iver, Frank Ocean    

Axel Borup Jorgensen–Floating Islands

Mostly quiet, pieces with abrupt plucking, absrtact and elegant. Play!

Alto Mystic

Solo viola works, fairly abstract, sometimes quite intense, by Spanish composers. Play!

Leo Brouwer–Hika and the Young Composer

These are modern, abstract, classical guitar pieces, rhythmic shifts. Play most!

Music Close to Us

Mix of Romantic modern and contemporary clarinet pieces by Polish composers. Some really nice works here. Play!

San Panino- Knuckle Pups// self-released

First EP from Colorado-based indie band San Panino, male and female vocals. Some experimental electronic percussion, smooth sound, almost beachy. Give this up and coming band a listen! FCC: Clean Play: All! (only four songs) RIYL: The Head and the Heart, Wild Child, Toro y Moi

Echoes From The Mountain-Crazy Flute

To complete the collection from Crazy Flute here is the CD Echoes From The Mountain.  Some mellow instrumental with percussion. Play All

Eerie Wanda- Pet Town// Joyful Noise Recordings

Dreamy, acoustic album from Eerie Wanda. Has some lo-fi sounds but is a bit more refined. Powerful vocals with a bit of a folk twang and a wide range of instrumental experimentation. Sounds really unique, which I love so give it a listen! FCC: Clean Play: 4, 6 RIYL: Best Coast  

Happy Nothing- Happy Nothing EP// self-released

New self-titled EP from indie rockers Happy Nothing. Nice fluid sound, kind of like music you would want to play on a long drive. Male vocals, heavy guitar. Would listen if you’re a fan of more mainstream indie rock! FCC: Clean Play: 1 RIYL: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Early Death Cab, Foo Fighters


Outrageous Cherry combined psychedelia, folk rock, art rock, and bubblegum music across more than 12 albums and nearly 3 decades. Meet You In The Shadows, their final studio album, is mellow psychedelic-esque rock with catchy vocals and upbeat guitar riffs. Label: Burger Records Start with: 1,6,7,10 RIYL: Yo La Tengo, Guided By voices, New Pornographers, […]


Part Time puts out another hit record with Spell #6, a little bit different than past albums. Clean, big sounding, mellow alt type pop/light rock music. Late 80s sounding synths, very catchy. Play! Label: Burger Records Start with: 2,3,4,5,9 RIYL: Ariel Pink, John Maus, Craft Spells, Lower Dens, Art D’Ecco FCC: Clean


This “6 track-masterpiece flows between infectious grooves and features from the likes of Sampa the Great and Baro. Remi is firmly placed at the top of Australia’s soul and hop hop spectrum, having performed sold-out tours across Europe/Australia as well as shared the stage with the likes of Joey Bada$$, Danny Brown, and De La […]


Tomorrows Tulips’ newest album is filled with calm rock with strong guitar throughout and a mix of smooth acoustic tracks as well as more vibey guitar-led tracks. Relatively down tempo overall, a really mellow record. Label: Burger Records Start with: 2, 5, 10 RIYL: White Fence, Kurt Vile, The Beets, Tijuana Panthers, Wilco FCC: 7, […]


Smooth synthpop with some strong guitar throughout. “Listenably and undeniably pop, though just a little iffier — pop that feels like a newly-thrifted favorite T-shirt: comfortably worn, slightly unfaded, and with a cigarette burn on its sleeve.” Label: Luminelle Recordings Start with: 1, 2, 3 RIYL: Superorganism, Grimes, Lykke Li, Chromatics, TOPS, Morabeza Tobacco FCC: […]

We Belong To The Music- Crazy Flute

Newest CD from Crazy Flute with spoken word tracks Unity and Unbroken Chain. Some guitar riffs from Brandon WhetBruk  add depth and beauty (Reflection). For instumental background and music to contemplate with play We Belong To the Music CD.  Check out interview with founder Jack here: and check out website at

Tribal Groove- Crazy Flute

With Jack Crazy Flute Holland , and Professor Keith Talley the main band, they play  instrumental grooves that may quicken your heart(Water Warriors March) and other times calm your thoughts (Coyotes Tears). Spoken word piece, Home, has received acclaims.  Play all!

Spiritwalker- Malou Beauvoir

Haitian-American singer songwriter pays homage to Vaudou spirits in a blend of traditional and contemporary with focus on unity and recognition of spirit everywhere. May be considered Folkloric Jazz with infusion of social responsibility and ‘ walking with spirit’. Play all!

Will Stamp // “Not Good Enough” Single [Self-Released]

Local singer-songwriter Will Stamp with a new single that melds the whimsical folk airs of Michael Nau with the vocals of a Sturgill Simpson/Hiss Golden Messenger vibe.  The sound pulls in some Leon Bridges ballad sounds but with psychedelic/rock vocal and guitar effects interspersed for a valuable dimension of color and depth to the song. […]