Monthly Archives: January 2020

Ali T – Smoke + Mirrors (Big Mo Records) [LOCAL]

VT-based singer-songwriter Ali T’s debut album is a polished and heartfelt collection of tunes in a variety of styles, with lyrics on topics ranging from gun violence (“Smoking Gun”) to escaping Vermont winters (“Paradise Reality”). Track picks: 3, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alanis Morrissette, 4 Non Blondes, Miriam Bernardo

Jacques Greene – Dawn Chorus [LuckyMe]

“Night service. Saturday Mass. All the nights with stained glass. In the future see the past.” Greene’s new vision of night life on Dawn Chorus leaves the club behind in search of something more. For the first time, the Montreal producer features additional production from multiple artists, including film composer Brian Reitzell (Lost In Translation), […]

Nicolas Godin – Concrete & Glass [Because]

  Remember the French musical duo Air? Well the second album from Air co-founder Nicolas Godin sounds very much like…. Air. Inspired by common elements of architecture, Concrete & Glass is a very smooth, clean, melodic electro-pop record that fits perfectly into a any setting. It is refreshingly familiar, and pleasant. Some times you’ve just […]

Various Artists – The Turning Original Motion Picture Soundtrack [KRO Records]

From promoter: “Mitski, Soccer Mommy, Warpaint, Empress Of, Girl In Red, Cherry Glazerr, Kim Gordon and more come together on the Lawrence Rothman-helmed soundtrack for the Floria Sigismondi film ‘TheTurning‘.” Label: KRO Records Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 12, 13 FCC: Clean RIYL: Soccer Mommy, MUNA, Mitski, Empress Of

Brent Beamer – Banshee Tea [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Brent Beamer is an alt/rock artist and is on tour all the time.  He has been touring across the country and gaining fans very quickly.  This is his second, self-released album which has been compared to PAVEMENT and WAVVES.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 4, 6, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Wavves, Pavement, Best Coast

Anna Ash – L.A. Flames [Self-Released]

From promoter: “Anna Ash record is a dusty rose-toned record with a little country influence—there’s big Emmylou Harris energy” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 3, 4 FCC: Clean RIYL: Esther Rose, Erin Rae, Emmylou Harris

Cheerleader – Almost Forever [Bright Antenna]

From promoter: “Philadelphia indie outfit Cheerleader has put together a collection of spacey jangle pop tracks on their latest record Almost Forever. Starting off as Soundcloud darlings in 2012 the band quickly gained traction due to the popularity of their demos and eventually went on to play big festivals like SXSW and CMJ.” Label: Bright Antenna Start w/ 3, 4, […]

Wolf Parade – Thin Mind [Sub Pop]

From promoter: “the band’s decision to forge a future-forward sound using a myriad of synthesizers-from ’80s synths and ’90s MiDi to more modern, kitchen sink instruments-recalls the sonics of Wolf Parade‘s earliest EPs.” Label: Sub Pop Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Modest Mouse, Arcade Fire, The National

Bombay Bicycle Club – Everything Else Has Gone Wrong [Mmm…Records]

From promoter: “Everything Else Has Gone Wrong was the last song to be written for BombayBicycle Club’s fifth album, and it makes perfect sense that it gives the record its name. “It seemed to encapsulate everything the album is about,” says singer/guitarist Jack Steadman. Like the album, the song is about hope and renewal, about […]

Oliver Hazard – The Flood [R&R Digital]

From promoter: “Few people have heard of Waterville, Ohio. A rust-belt city of a few thousand comfortably settled against the Maumee River, it’s the kind of Americana often romanticized about as a place of unvarnished love, bitter outcomes, and hometown grit. The entire place feels like a dream-a sense found in the music of Waterville’s […]

The Ballroom Thieves – Unlovely [Nettwerk]

From promoter: ““The Thieves find new ways to blend the old-school pop and country sensibilities of Etta James and Willie Nelson with gang harmonies and rumbling folk for a sound that’s bigger and sturdier than ever before.” Label: Nettwerk Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Avett Brothers, Dawes, The Lone Bellow

Black Lips – Singing In A World That’s Falling Apart [Fire/Vice]

From promoter: “Atlanta underground rock provocateurs Black Lips have announced that their new LP Sing In A World That’s Falling Apart is setfor release January 24th on Vice/Fire. Boasting an unapologetic southern-fried twang, the twelve track collection marks the quintet’s most pronounced dalliance with country music yet, with a clang and harmony that is unmistakably […]

Andy Shauf – The Neon Skyline [Anti]

From promoter: “For The Neon Skyline‘ Shauf chose to start each composition on guitarinstead of his usual piano. Happy accidents like Shauf testing out a new spring reverb pedal and experimenting with tape machines forced him to simplify how he’d arrange the tracks. Over the course of a year-and-a-half, Shauf ended up with almost 50 […]

TALL TALL TREES – A Wave of Golden Things // [Joyful Noise]

Tall Tall Trees is the indie folk project of singer-songwriter Mike Savino, a regular in the touring ensemble for group Kishi Bashi. A Wave of Golden Things is full of lovely stripped down accessible folk with very simple and raw instrumentation along with soulful singing and rich lyrics. Really smooth listen !!! Play. Label: Joyful Noise Start […]


NY singer/songwriter Anna Shoemaker’s new single “Funny” is a grooving and moody pop track about turbulent relationships and the difficulties of love. Shoemaker got her start as a Soundcloud sensation when her mashup of Kendrick Lamar’s “Bitch Don’t Kill My Vibe” and Chance The Rapper’s “Cocoa Butter Kisses” went viral; since then she has released […]


This major, totally major compilation coming from the English independent record label features ten specially selected radio session recordings that span the history of Warp. From 90’s Peel sessions right up to last June’s WXAXRXP x NTS weekend! Each one of the ten recordings from Warp’s heavy-hitters stands completely on its own. Pick any one […]

Holy Fawns – The Black Moon (EP)

Release date: January 17, 2020 Label: Triple Crown Records Clocking in at a svelte and efficient three songs, The Black Moon is a ferocious and ethereal EP interspersed with guitar crunch. It’s full of the atmospheric shoegaze touches and dreamy interludes that balance Holy Fawns’ harsher side. They punctuate the melodic moments with throat-shredding screams, […]

STORMZY — Heavy is the Head // Atlantic

From Promoter: “The new king of UK Grime and leader of the new school of British Hip Hop, Stormzy, has released his highly anticipated second full-length studio album, Heavy Is The Head. The 16 track release that features guest appearances from YEBBA, Aitch, Burna Boy, H.E.R., Headie One, Tiana Major9, and Ed Sheeran, is a winning mix […]

Motordisc 2 [MOTORDISCS]

Experience some independent electronic music from across the pond with Motordisc 2, featuring tracks from Sascha Funke, Modular Project, Massimiliano Pagliara, and Concret & Cantor. The record series was created by the people behind Garage, a Paris night club that was shut down during summer 2018. Pure, unadulterated dance. Get down! Play: All Release Date: […]

Emily King – Sides [ATO Records]

From promoter: “Fresh off the heels of two Grammy Award nominations, New York native and singer-songwriter Emily King announced Sides: 11 acoustically arranged songs from across her catalog.” Label: ATO Start w/ 3, 4, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: Amber Mark, Christine & the Queens, Empress of

Georgia – Seeking Thrills [Domino Records]

From promoter: “Seeking Thrills fuses analog club sounds, solid pop songwriting, and rich, bubbling melodies for a sharply paced, fascinating album that showcases Georgia’s lifelong love affair with the drums. Her reflections carry us through euphoria, heartache and melancholy, but always within the shadow of good times.” Label: Domino Records Start w/ 1, 3, 4, 8 FCC: Clean […]

Marcus King – El Dorado [Fantasy]

From promoter: “Already a 23-year-old guitar phenomenon, Marcus King’s debut solo album El Dorado (prod. by Dan Auerbach!) further establishes Marcus as an innovative songwriter and one of the most soulful voices of his generation.” Label: Fantasy Start w/ 2, 3, 9, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Black Keys, Death Cab for Cutie, Wilco

Mosss – Pale Blue [Yum]

From promoter: “Los Angeles-based producer Rob McCurdy, aka MOSSS, dazzles with smooth indie R&B on debut EP Pale Blue. Stepping into the solo spotlight for the first time, MOSSS spent time crafting his own distinctive sound at home in Mt. Washington.” Label: Yum Start w/ 1, 3, 4 FCC: 2 RIYL: SG Lewis, slenderbodies, Barrie

Yeah Jehan – Earth Arrangements, Vol 1 [Aphrodite]

From promoter: “Yehan Jehan has announced his new EP ‘Earth Arrangements Vol.1’, which will be released November 22 on Aphrodite. Available now, lead track “Haze” is a sublime piece of Tears For Fears-flavoured psychedelia with a contemporary theme.” Label: Aphrodite Start w/ 1, 3, 6 FCC: 2 RIYL: Washed Out, Beck, Tame Impala

Rustic Overtones – Self Titled [Self-Released]

From promoter: “A unique sound steeped in both Earth, Wind and Fire-style funk and late-era Beatles psychedelia.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 6, 7, 12 FCC: Clean RIYL: Beck, Marcus King, G Love