Monthly Archives: September 2019

Payton MacDonald–Modules

Meandering, avant marimba w/ electric guitar/ drums. Play!

Kai Schumacher–Rausch

Evocative, beautiful and varying solo piano pieces with effects. Sometimes sounds like strings. Excellent!

Strahlen. Licht.–New Compositions for Guitar Solo

Maximilian Mangold plays  these works, all interesting in their own way. Play!

Confini–Works for Saxophone Quartet

A mix of modern/contemporary/avant pieces. Nice mix!

Sergei Rachmaninoff

Hermitage Piano Trio performs these Romantic and early modern works.  Lovely and some well-known.


Aquarelle Guitar Quartet performs transcriptions for guitar quartet, flute–a mix of eras, some well-known works. Play!

Ben Melsky

Harpist Ben Melsky performs these pieces with Ensemble dal Niente, all contemporary composers. Nice mix of instruments! Play!


Inspired by their trips in the early 90’s to Hiddensee, Cello, piano and electronics, gracious, minimalist, ambient works. Play all


Transcriptions for marimba, strings and percussion of some well-known contemporary and classic jazz–with works by Pat Methany, Chick Corea, Mongo Santamaria and others. Play!

David Bruce–The North Wind Was a Woman

With mandolin, strings, voice, percussion– contemporary, evocative works with a Renaissance feel. Nice!

Mikolaj Gorecki–Zan Tontemiquico

Interesting, somewhat intense, contemporary Polish works for trio and small orchestra. Nice!

Tangos…and Something More

Modern/avant tangos,  instrumental, some with voice. Play!

This Bliss – Dramatization of Real Events EP

Spaced out electronic rock, lofi sounds, R&B influence. Label: Mint 400 Records Play: 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Portishead, St. Lucia

Stonefield – BENT

Grunge-y psych/prog rock, drawn out monotone vocals. Label: Flightless Records Play: 2, 3, 5, 6, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

The Rocket Summer – Sweet Shivers

Accessible indie rock, organic multi-instrumental sound, distinct and often androgynous vocals. Label: Aviate Records Play: 1, 2, 5, 6, 11, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Jack’s Mannequin, This Providence

The Parlotones – China

Upbeat and motivational indie “power pop”, ballad-like sound. Label: Self-Released Play: 1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: John Van Deusen  

John Van Deusen – (I Am) Origami Pt. 3 – a Catacomb Hymn

Personal, emotional and sometimes melancholy indie pop/rock. Label: Tooth & Nail Records Play: 1, 4, 5, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Parlotones

Doug Tuttle – Dream Road

Chill rock, soft vocals, guitar-centric. Label: Burger Records Play: 1, 5, 6, 7, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Tom Petty

Kyle Craft -Showboat Honey

A modern, indie twist on classic rock n’ roll vibes with southern style. Noticeable glam rock influences, especially Bowie. Label: Sub Pop Records Play: 1, 2, 4, 8, 10, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: David Bowie, Black Keys

Monolord – No Comfort

Release date: September 20, 2019 Label: Relapse Records Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Monolord is the band I’ve listened to the most in the last year…by a long shot. Playing a fuzzy brand of doom that channels Black Sabbath, the band releases their Relapse Records debut this week. It’s fun to see a band you love progress from album […]

Void King- Barren Dominion

Void King– Barren Dominion Release date: 2019Sep13 Label: Self-released Rating: 5/5 Void King return with their second full-length release. A Lucid Omega thunders to life, a thick slab of foreboding doom. Leftover Savages has impeccable, precise drums with a touch of psychedelia. Burnt At Both Ends plods to somber vocals. Of Whip And Steed is […]


Pinewalker– Migration Release date: 2019Sep06 Label: Self-released Rating: 3.5/5 This is the first time I’ve heard of Pinewalker, who hail from Utah. Sentinel intensifies with ba-da-dum drums, evil bass hooks. Burning Earth is somewhat like dirty thrash meets muddled bass. Maelstrom adds a touch of melody that gives way to thunderous sticks, while Space Witch takes an onerous approach. The Thaw […]

Pale Grey Lore- Eschatology

Pale Grey Lore– Eschatology Release date: 2019Sep06 Label: Small Stone Rating: 4/5 Pale Grey Lore hail from TX. Sunken Cities is a hella sweet desert-tinged rocker. Before the Fall plods with filthy drum licks. Regicide evokes Cathedral at the start, giving way to another slow burner. Waiting for the Dawn, joint in mouth, coffee at my side. That kind […]

Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell [Polydor]

From promoter: “On her elegant and complex fifth album, Lana Del Rey sings exquisitely of freedom and transformation and the wreckage of being alive. It establishes her as one of America’s greatest living songwriters.” Label: Polydor Start w/ 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 FCC: 1, 14 RIYL: Lorde, Willow, Lykke Li, Borns

Guaxe – Guaxe [OAR]

From promoter: “Guaxe (pr. Gwah-shee) is a musical duo that was formed spontaneously after the encounter of two Brazilian psych rockers Dino Almeida (Boogarins) and Pedro Bonifrate (Supercordas)” Label: OAR Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bodywash, Bonifrate, La Leuca