Monthly Archives: June 2020

MAD CADDIES – LET IT GO (SINGLE) [FAT WRECK CHORDS]

Recorded during the pandemic, this latest single from Santa Barbara-based Mad Caddies tells the lonely story of trying to save a relationship that’s ending. Featuring pop and reggae sounds, it’s a solid track for the summer. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Catch 22, Less Than Jake, Reel Big Fish

LINSEY ALEXANDER – LIVE AT ROSA’S [DELMARK RECORDS]

This summer while you’re out in your driveway washing your car or taking a long ride out to the beach, turn on Linsey Alexander’s newest live album, Live at Rosa’s. Alexander, a legend of the Chicago blues scene and a true professional, has played with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Magic Slim, […]

FAKE POCKETS – MAGNOLIA STREET [Mint 400]

A soundtrack for the summer! This album features nostalgic, sunny sounds with an indie rock feel. Keep an ear out for jangly guitars and lovesick vocals. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 5 RIYL: Waxahatchee, Big Thief, Bedouine, Julia Jacklin

THE STILL, SMALL VOICE – ROLLER RINK (SINGLE) [KNOW HOPE]

Christina Benton shares childhood memories and life lessons in this new single from her indie-rock project, The Still, Small Voice. Benton’s lyrics are reflective and poetic, accompanied with a melody that fits just right. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Formerly Bodies, Comrades, Valleyheart

HIBBS FAMILY BAND – TEARS IN MISSOURI [SELF-RELEASED]

In their debut album, Hibbs Family Band brings a heartfelt compilation of soothing lullabies and bittersweet memories put to music. Featuring melancholy country vocals, acoustic strings of several sorts, and pure piano, the album truly evokes the feeling of family love. Stick around until the last track for a lively, foot-tapping finish to the alubm. […]

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – UNCIVIL WAR (SINGLE) [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Shemekia Copeland brings an anthem of unity and love with her newest single, which she describes as “not just a song” with a message of “trying to put the ‘united’ back in the United States.” Gorgeous vocals accompanied by a soulful band featuring slide guitar, mandolin, and a sweet B3 organ. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: […]

SAY THEIR NAMES – READ BY SALAM FATAYER

On June 2, Radio Milwaukee created a recording of 100 names of people that have lost their lives due to systemic racism and police brutality. Join stations nationwide in taking the time to #saytheirnames on the air (often!) to help create transformative change.  FCC: Clean

BROTHER DEGE – THE EARLY MORN (SINGLE) [DEGE LEGG]

This single from Brother Dege brings a strong dose of melancholy blues. Featuring clean slide guitar and sorrowful vocals, this is a track for restless nights. FCC: Clean RIYL: Holman Autry Band, Preacher Stone, Blackberry Smoke

SON LITTLE – ALOHA [ANTI]

Son Little mixes R&B and Soul sounds of the past with Indie sounds of the present to create an unusual combination of musical identities that make for an interesting listening experience. Throughout the whole album, Son Little’s raspy, soulful vocals convey a variety of emotions, complimented by an array of electronic and acoustic instruments. This […]

HANNAH WILLIAMS & THE AFFIRMATIONS – HOURGLASS (SINGLE) [RECORD KICKS]

Imagine yourself floating down a river in an innertube. The sun is shining, the water is icy cold, and you’re listening to the new single from Hannah Williams. A solid piece of British soul featuring a harmonious chorus and a steady groove, the track is embellished with Williams’ sweet yet powerful soprano vocals. The song […]

DR. RUBBERFUNK – MY LIFE AT 45 Pt. 4 [JALAPEÑO RECORDS]

Dr. Rubberfunk’s latest 45 blesses listener’s with the medicine of music. Side A, a soul rock jam that alludes to classic blues lyrics and chord progressions, features the sunny funk vocals of John Turrell. “Boom” will have you thinking about the good old days: summer concerts on the lawn before the pandemic hit. Side B, […]

Georgia Anne Muldrow, Jyoti – This Walk [eOne Music/SomeOthaShip Connect]

Hard to categorize, polyrhythmic, syncopated goodness from Georgia Anne Muldrow. Play for sure!

Jaimie Branch – FLY or DIE II: bird dogs of paradise [International Anthem Recording Co.]

Trumpeter Jaimie Branch released this powerful collection of politically charged songs in October of 2019. The tone of this album is moody and percussive; Branch is the only non-rhythm section player on the date. Fans of Bill Dixon and the Art Ensemble of Chicago will find a friend in these tunes.

Freddie Gibbs – Alfredo [ESGN/ALC/EMPIRE]

Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs released “Alfredo” with The Alchemist in late May to widespread acclaim. Gibbs’ muscular flow is juxtaposed by some killer, sensuous strings and synthesized open harmonies. Recommended. Check lyrics before playing.

John J. Becker–Soundpieces 1-7

Considered ultra modern, radical and dissonant in the 1930’s, these are abstract works for various duos or FLUX Quartet.

Death and the Maiden

Transcriptions of works Baroque to rock, nice, performed by 12 Ensemble.

Michael G. Cunningham–Indiana Collectanea

Abstract works varying rhythmically featuring diverse instruments, from the early 1970’s. Play!

Latin–Piano Music for Four Hands from South America

By South American, Spanish and American composers, tangos in the Latin style, from late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Play!

Ryuichi Sakamoto–The Staggering Girl

21 minute sound track for a short film, ambient and flowing,  electronic instruments with city sounds added.

Latin American Music for 2 Pianos

Lush, romantic, modern tangos and waltzes, including works by Copland and Bolcom.

James Lentini–Through Time and Place

Mostly boisterous orchestral works, one for soprano, variable in rhythm. Play most!

Cantilena

Spanish and Latin American, mostly modern transcriptions for viola and piano, by well-known composers.

French Recital Music for Bassoon and Piano

Romantic/modern works, lovely by a mix of known and less known composers.

Andre Jolivet–Complete Works for Flute, Vol. 2

Modern works for flute with orchestra, gracious, elegant. Play!

Homage to Godowsky

Romantic, lush works for piano, from the early to mid 1800’s, by many composers less well-known.