Monthly Archives: September 2019

Grazyna Bacewicz–Piano Music

Modern, somewhat intense but also lyrical solo piano works from an  often overlooked Polish composer.

Stephen Dodgson–Piano Sonatas Vol. 1

Playful, gracious, modern and lyrical piano sonatas. Play!

Stephen Dodgson–Piano Sonatas Vol. 2

Second volume of gracious, modern, solo piano works. Play!

Per Norgard–Whirl’s World, Babette’s Feast

Modern/contemporary  works from a very popular Danish composer’s  including music for the film “Babette’s Feast”. Nice!

On the Wings of the Wind

The John Hackett/Marco Lo Muscio Duo (organ, flute) perform a variety of works from Baroque to contemporary/rock transcriptions. Some pieces with electric guitar or saxophone.

Professor Elemental – Professor Elemental and His Amazing Friends, Part 2 [Tea Sea]

An introspective, Brexit-free and darker Elemental offering, filled with thoughts about touring and growing as an artist, and with a strong theme of THE INTERNET IS TERRIBLE. Liked and Shared! Remixes of some well-tread favorites (and frankly “You Remind Me of the Hustle” needed an update, just possibly not… this one) cuddle up to a […]

Julia Nunes – UGHWOW [Rude Butler]

Holy lo-fi bedroom pop, Batman, a new Julia Nunes album! Musically mature while the lyrics are an internal monologue of feelings distilled down to a basic core. Lots of the non-traditional instruments Nunes is famous for (toy xylaphone, ukelele, kazoo) woven into the backgrounds. Very early twenties (she said, from twenty years on) and earnestly […]

Steve Lacy – Apollo XXI [AWAL]

From promoter: “The debut album of wunderkind Steve Lacy plunges him directly into the depths of the urban pop greats in that he is redefining what it means to be both urban and pop.” Label: AWAL Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 7, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Omar Apollo, The Internet, Frank Ocean

Esther Rose – You Made It This Far [Father/Daughter]

Pitchfork: “On her sophomore album, the country singer name-checks Minor Threat and Against Me! while drawing inspiration from classic Hank Williams and Patsy Cline.” Label: Father/Daughter Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Margo Price, Patsy Cline, Nikki Lane

Y La Bamba – Entre Los Dos [Empire]

From promoter: “Entre Los Dos is the follow up to critically acclaimed Mujeres, Y La Bamba’s most recently released full length album. This EP comes as a collection of portraits, affinities, and new visions birthed during Mendoza’s frequent stays in the city of Guadalajara, Mexico. The creative flow of Entre Los Dos moves without stopping, without resisting its own form.” Label: Empire Start […]

Young Mister – Sudden Swoon [Refresh]

From promoter: “we have the sophomore album from Young Mister, a North Carolina singer-songwriter with a sound similar to Wilco. He’s co-written with Art Garfunkel” Label: Refresh Start w/ 1, 2, 5, 9, 10 FCC: 11 RIYL: Wilco, Dawes, Phosphorescent

Metronomy – Metronomy Forever [Because Music]

From promoter: “The esoteric five piece is BACK with a record blending off-kilter funk and glistening electronic. This does a great job of bottling up their live energy, get ready to boogie.” Label: Because Music Start w/ 2, 4, 6, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: LCD Soundsystem, Hot Chip, Cut Copy

Luke Temple – Both-And [Native Cat]

From promoter: “Luke Temple’s Both-And, a bright timbred record with whispery vocals and swirling instrumentals of keys, ballooning organs, eager guitar lines, and often bossanova-like percussion” Label: Native Cat Start w/ 2, 3, 6, 7 FCC: 8, 9 RIYL: Chris Cohen, Helado Negro, Devendra Banhart

Long Beard – Means to Me [Whammy]

From promoter: “On her second record as Long Beard, Means To Me sees dream pop star Leslie Bear exploring a more grand selection of sounds and production choices while being more introspective in her art than ever before.” Label: Whammy Start w/ 2, 4, 7, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hatchie, Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast

(Sandy) Alex G – House of Sugar [Domino]

From promoter: “Revisiting his old style, (Sandy) Alex G uses acoustic guitar and a metallic piano to produce a sound described as haunting, psychedelic Americana. Eerie, yet soothing, the album features forsaken characters such as con artists, gamblers, and addicts who have the collective drive to do better.” Label: Domino Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 10, […]

Joseph – Good Luck, Kid [ATO]

From promoter: “Dark folk-pop that will make you cry (in the best, most cathartic way possible).” Label: ATO Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: St Vincent, Haim, Sia, First Aid Kit

Mallrat – Driving Music [Nettwerk]

From promoter: “From the slow-moving ballad “Stay,” and glitchy pop veneer of “When I Get My Braces Off” and its scarily relatable lyrics that read like they could have been pulled straight from the pages of your 16 year old self’s diary.” Label: Nettwerk Start w/ 2, 3, 6 FCC: 4 RIYL: Clairo, Cub Sport, E^ST

Sarah Rogo – Smoke and Water [Funzalo Records]

From promoter: “Sarah Rogo offers a slight twang to her eclectic and varied songwriting, and fans of Brandi Carlile or Courtney Marie Andrews won’t want to miss it.” Label: Funzalo Records Start w/ 4, 5, 6, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Brandi Carlile, Courtney Marie Andrews, Angel Olsen

Bridal Party – Too Much [Kingfisher Bluez]

Bridal Party’s new album Too Much  is full of dreamy vocals and guitars and groovy art-pop tracks. Label: Kingfisher Bluez Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 8 FCC: Clean RIYL: US Girls, Barrie, Anemone

Ma Contrabasse Cherie

French Impressionist works transcribed for bass, mostly well-known. Play!

Farbenspiel

Trio Partout plays these gracious, Romantic to modern works for harp, flute + viola. Play!

Lark Quartet–A Farewell Celebration

All contemporary, varying peices for string quartet and other instruments. Works by Harbison, Bunch, Weesner and Waggoner. Play!

Paul Reale–Caldera with Ice Cave

Varying works, tense vs. lyrical, strings with piano or chimes. Play most!

Toshio Hosokowa–gardens

Very quiet, slow works flute, strings & piano. Sample most!

Let’s Meet at the Horizon

Works for double bass and violin. All contemporary, quiet to strong. Play most!