Monthly Archives: August 2019

Adam and Cuth — “Actual Cake” [SELF-RELEASED]

Delicious low-tempo, relaxed and groovy hip-hop. Rich with samples and clever wordplay, each song paints a picture of contentment, or at least only mild disgruntlement, mainly aimed at Brexit.     Label: self-released FCC: 4, 6, 7, 9, 11 Start with: 1, 3, 5, 14 RIYL: Moon Dials, Frankie Stew, Teej, Edward Scissortongue, Ty

L.A. Girlfriend – “Is Freedom” [SINGLE] [SELF-RELEASED]

Straightforward 80s-style summer synth about luuuuuuuuv. Simplistic lyrics and a rainbow of chords over an artificial bassline with all the taste and none of the calories of the real thing. Bop along or drive with the windows down. Label: self-released FCC: Clean RIYL: Pat Benatar, Lush, Voz Propia

She Past Away – Disko Anksiyete [Metropolis]

Riding the current 80s vaporwave zeitgeist, She Past Away’s dark electronica would be perfect for late-night studying or for making overcast afternoons feel like a missing episode of La Femme Nikita. Driving synth beats meet lengthy, judgmental Casio chords and a depressed baritone. Also: laser noises! Plus, the whole album’s in Turkish. Label: Metropolis Records […]

The 1975 – “People” [Single] [Interscope]

Latest single from the upcoming album Notes On A Conditional Form, The 1975 return with this almost scream-o song. Label:Interscope Start w/ 1 FCC:Clean RIYL:Marilyn Manson, Pale Waves, The Neighbourhood

King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard – Infest the Rats’ Nest [ATO]

From promoter: “Melbourne seven-piece King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard return to save us all. This time armed only with blast beats, an arsenal of well-oiled guitars that are locked and loaded, and a desire to melt faces clean off.” Label: ATO Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 8, 9 FCC: 1, 4 RIYL: Oh Sees, […]

CRX – Peek [MDDN]

From promoter: “For this new record, the writing is an amalgamation utilizing each member of the group and their influences. The result is a glimmering record that strikes the perfect balance between pulsing disco and edgy glam rock.” Label: MDDN Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Airways, Julian Casablancas, The Voidz

Close Talker – How Do We Stay Here? [Slow Weather]

From promoter: “How Do We Stay Here? from Canadian Saskatoon-based indie rock band Close Talker will be the group’s most immersive release yet, both in its dreamy, hypnotic sonic quality and accompanying 3D 360 Silent Concert Series.” Label: Slow Weather Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: DIIV, Foxwarren, Papercuts

Ra Ra Riot – Superbloom [Rob the Rich]

From promoter: “They are back with their most extravagantly realized work to date. Superbloom finds Ra Ra Riot taking a pop-mined approach to their offbeat eclecticism.” Label: Rob the Rich Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Rostam, MGMT, Generationals

Ezra Furman – Twelve Nudes [Bella Union]

From promoter: “Ezra Furman’s new album, Twelve Nudes, is passionate blast of fuzz and aggressive vintage vocals. Furman displays advanced songwriting ability, as all of his eccentricities come through beautifully on this album.” Label: Bella Union Start w/ 2, 7, 9 FCC: 1 RIYL: Cate Le Bon, Okkervil River, Parquet Courts

Mr No – No. 1 [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Pulling together influences from all over the music spectrum, from Bill Withers to the Arctic Monkeys and Rex Orange County, Mr No has developed a sound that is distinctive yet accessible. Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: 1 RIYL: Vampire Weekend, Poolside, Washed Out

Joyero – Release the Dogs [Merge Records]

From promoter: “On the debut solo album from Wye Oak’s Andy Stack, organic and electronic elements are seamlessly woven together into a single fabric that can be both intimate and explosive.” Label: Merge Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Wye Oak, Lower Dens, Thom Yorke, The Antlers

Little Church – It’s Not You [Diversion Records]

Similar to Florence + The Machine, Little Church offers a crowd pleasing arena alt rock vibe on their newest album It’s Not You. Label: Diversion Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Florence + The Machine, Wolf Alice, Mattiel

Jay Som – Anak Ko [Polyvinyl]

From promoter: “Jay Som, otherwise known as Melina Duterte, demonstrates her maturity both as a songwriter and as a producer on her third album Anak Ko. Anak Ko is bound to be the soundtrack to your daydreams.” Label: Polyvinyl Start w/ 2, 5, 6 FCC: 1 RIYL: Japanese Breakfast, Soccer Mommy, Hatchie

Noah Gundersen – Lover [Cooking Vinyl]

The Seattle native uses more electronics and synthesizers in his four-studio album and shy’s away from the gritty, acoustic folk roots of previous work. Label: Cooking Vinyl Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 11, 12 FCC: 4, 6, 8, 9, 13 RIYL: Bon Iver, The 1975, Iron & Wine

Flute Music from the Harlequin Years

Impressionistic flute works post WWI. Nice!

Bernard Hoffer–The Manatee

Piano works mostly solo, some duets, varying from minimalist to fun and sweet.

Cihan Turkoglu–Beyond the Borders

Beautiful, traditional works for ney, cello, voice–lyrical. Play!

Isaac Albeniz’s Iberia for piano–a musical journey through Spain

Highly lyrical solo piano pieces in the Hispanic style. Play!

Soul Searching

Contemporary, minimalist saxophone works for sax quartet. Play!

Tribute to John Cerminaro

Mostly slow, lyrical horn pieces, modern, a variety of composers.

Arboles de Vidrio–Musica Contemporanea para Piano

Interesting, mostly lyrical, contemporary Mexican solo piano pieces. Nice!

Pocket Grooves–New Music for Bassoon

Fun collection of modern/new works for bassoon, piano, percussion and/or electronics.


Gracious new works for woodwind quintet. Play most!

Eleanor Alberga–String Quartets 1,2 & 3

New works both intense and lyrical, for string quartet. Play!

Tuple–Darker Things

Varying avant works for 2 bassoons!