Monthly Archives: June 2020
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
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, […]
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
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
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 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: […]
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
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 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 […]
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’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, […]
Hard to categorize, polyrhythmic, syncopated goodness from Georgia Anne Muldrow. Play for sure!
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.
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.
Considered ultra modern, radical and dissonant in the 1930’s, these are abstract works for various duos or FLUX Quartet.
Transcriptions of works Baroque to rock, nice, performed by 12 Ensemble.
Abstract works varying rhythmically featuring diverse instruments, from the early 1970’s. Play!
By South American, Spanish and American composers, tangos in the Latin style, from late 1800’s to early 1900’s. Play!
21 minute sound track for a short film, ambient and flowing, electronic instruments with city sounds added.
Lush, romantic, modern tangos and waltzes, including works by Copland and Bolcom.
Mostly boisterous orchestral works, one for soprano, variable in rhythm. Play most!
Spanish and Latin American, mostly modern transcriptions for viola and piano, by well-known composers.
Romantic/modern works, lovely by a mix of known and less known composers.
Modern works for flute with orchestra, gracious, elegant. Play!
Romantic, lush works for piano, from the early to mid 1800’s, by many composers less well-known.