Monthly Archives: August 2020

BETTE SMITH – I FELT IT TOO (SINGLE) [RUF]

A raucous rock and soul romp from the incomparable Bette Smith! Listeners will recognize gospel roots among the wailing saxophones and group vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Kirk Fletcher, Nikki Hill, Flamingo Tours

DAMON MITCHELL – IN BOSTON (SINGLE) [SELF RELEASED]

A sweet, retro-inspired tune from Damon Mitchell. Mitchell sings and is backed by a grouping of famous musicians from all eras. Nostalgic acoustic guitar and emotional orchestration combine in a lovesick tangle. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: New age sound with classic rock influence

REZIN TOOTH – REZIN TOOTH [CROSSRHTHYM/WAX THEMATIQUE]

Trance-like, celestial dub with a groove all the way through. Absolutely chill. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 4, 7 RIYL: Reggae and Dub!

DIRTY STREETS – ROUGH AND TUMBLE [ALIVE NATURALSOUND]

Some perfectly mediocre rock and roll from Dirty Streets. Full of classic rock sounds, wailing slide guitar, and featuring a cover of Joe South’s “Walk a Mile in My Shoes.” Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 3, 10 RIYL: KING MUD, Zachary Kibbee, Black River Delta, La Chinga

David Amram–Wanderlust (Flute Music)

Quite varying, gracious, fun or jazzy works, modern to contemporary, play!

British Violin Sonatas

Modern works for violin and piano, romantic and elegant!

Customized–Gewandhaus Brass Quintet

Contemporary with varied styles, all pieces composed by members of the group, play!

Brent Sorensen–Concertos

Interesting contemporary orchestral works, varied, some eerie qualities and electronics.

Mikalojus Ciurlionis–The Sea

Prolific  Lithuanian composer known also as a painter, these are gracious, Romantic and modern works for orchestra.

Jeff Morris–Hearing Voices

Vocal sounds with electronics. Sci-fi ish!

Up, Down, Top, Bottom, Strange Charm–Cobalt Duo

Contemporary piano works ranging from lyrical to dissonant.

Kromos

Contemporary, abstract solo guitar with electronics, varied and excellent!

Violins of Hope

Modern violin works performed by Niv Ashkenazi, for a project to use, restore and cherish the instruments of Holocaust musicians/composers.

Jobina Tinnemans–Five Thoughts on Everything

Electronic, meandering soundscapes with natural sounds.

Jeremy Beck–by moonlight

Modern and contemporary, gracious and elegant works for a variety of instruments (guitar, strings, piano, orchestra). Some voice.

Forward Music Project 1.0

Cellist Amanda Gookin performs these solo cello pieces with electronics, sounds, voices, all composed by women. Very abstract and varied.

Agustin Barrios–Danza Paraguaya

Lovely, Romantic guitar music of Paraguay. Play!

Maple Run Band – Maple Run Band [Back Pasture] (LOCAL)

Local Americana quartet Maple Run Band’s debut album feels totally timeless – despite being brand new (apart from one Roger Miller cover), these songs feel like they’ve always been around. Real campfire sing-along material, with gorgeous guitar licks and harmonies as well.  Track Picks: 2, 4, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: The Avett Brothers, Gram Parsons, […]

THE HARMED BROTHERS – ACROSS THE WAVES [FLUFF & GRAVY]

The Harmed Brothers bring listeners beautiful folk rock for a summer day with more than a hint of Americana and twang. Lyrics reminisce on the time band members have spent growing together throughout their careers and gorgeous melodies abound. Play for sure! FCC: 3 TRY: 1, 2, 8 RIYL: Tom VandenAvond, Willy Tea Taylor, Ugly […]

DANIELLE PONDER & KARATE BOOGALOO – LOOK AROUND (SINGLE) [HOPESTREET RECORDINGS]

Ponder’s vocals are the smoothest you’ll ever hear as they flow like molasses around lyrics about the state of our world today. Originally written when wildfires were raging in Australia at the beginning of 2020, the lyrics have only become more pertinent as the year has gone on. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Harri Endersby, Lex […]

THE SLACKERS – SLEEP OUTSIDE (SINGLE) [PIRATES PRESS RECORDS]

Get ready to get off your quarantine couch and bob your head to the ska beat with this new single from The Slackers. The lyrics evoke nostalgia while sending a pertinent message to a world that desperately needs it. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Hepcat, Stubborn All-Stars, The Aggrolites

BEN HARPER – BLACK EYED DOG (FEAT. RHIANNON GIDDENS) (SINGLE) [ANTI-]

Ben Harper and Rhiannon Giddens cover Nick Drake in this stunning new single. Featuring strings and harmonious vocals, a haunting treat for the willing ear. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Donavon Frankenreiter, Brett Dennen, Citizen Cope, Amos Lee

GREGORY UHLMANN – NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH [TOPSHELF]

Uhlmann’s sound is Indie Rock at its finest. The album is a collage of orchestral pop and music to think to. The vocals are smooth and balmy, backed by flowing melodies and electronic sounds used just the right way. Its songwriter says of the album, “Neighborhood Watch is a cozy portrait of grains of sand, […]

THIN LEAR – WOODEN CAVE [EGGHUNT]

Thin Lear’s newest is a lullaby-like, quietly luminous stroll through the night sky. Sweeping, soft vocals are backed by romantic piano and gentle strings, with some more uptempo tunes featuring driving drums and surprising brass solos. The lyrics are perfectly melancholy as they tell their story. Worth a listen from beginning to end- play! FCC: […]

SYLVETTE – STILLER THAN STILL [SELF RELEASED]

Listeners will feel the intensity as soon as this five-piece Art Rock band strikes a chord. Sylvette’s sound is dramatic, theatrical, and frantic. The album sounds like a soundtrack to a fantastical animated movie with its foggy orchestration and action-packed rhythms. FCC: Clean TRY: 4, 11, 12 RIYL: Big Society, Bethlehem Casuals, Quiet Houses, HAZY