Monthly Archives: December 2020

Anzaghi, Arnoldi, Garbarino, Spinosa, Vacchi–New Music for Violin

Somewhat intense, contemporary violin works, others playful.

Avantguarding Mompou–Federico Mompou–Cancons i Danses

With pieces by Mompou and other composers, re-interpreting pieces. Impressionistic piano.

Krumpholtz & Dussek–Works for Harp

Works from mid-1700’s to later, Czech composers, gracious, elegant performed on single action harp.

SHEMEKIA COPELAND – UNCIVIL WAR [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Shemekia Copeland hits it out of the park with her newest album after releasing her single “Uncivil War.” Copeland’s vocals are excellent and enable the strong blues sensibilities of her music. She sings anthems, love songs, and ballads for the broken heart. Listeners are even treated to a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Under My […]

PAPA ROSKO – PAPA ROSKO [MRI/ORCHARD]

An absolutely bizarre and genre-defying album from Papa Rosko. Starting off strong with a cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” featuring legendary Toots and the Maytals, things start to get a bit more pop-y later one and there is even a surprise Alison Krauss cover. Listeners will enjoy reggae fusion in its many forms. Play! FCC: […]

THE PARSON RED HEADS – LIFETIME OF COMEDY (ADVANCE TRACKS) [FLUFF & GRAVY]

The latest album by The Parson Red Heads has been put on hold by COVID-19, but that hasn’t stopped them from releasing a few tracks for eager listeners. Silky slide guitars provide backup for sleepy harmonies against a driving beat on “All I Wanted.” On “Turn Around,” the band channels more of a classic 60s […]

SONNY GREEN – FOUND! ONE SOUL SINGER [LITTLE VILLAGE FOUNDATION]

Sonny Green covers some classic soul songs while also bringing in some original tunes on his latest album. Horns abound to keep the groove going, and Green’s slow vibrato voice soars above it all. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 5, 10 RIYL: Nora Jean Wallace, Johnny Iguana, Peter Parcek

PALOMA FAITH – INFINITE [SONY UK]

Okay look: Paloma Faith is all about pop. Alllll about it. And this album’s no exception. This trite bubblegum pop aspires to be something a little deeper and nearly succeeds, except when it doesn’t. The lyrics are very basic (“We got the love, we got each other, we’ll survive”), the arrangements straightforward and boppable. But […]

ANE BRUN – WE NEED A MOTHER (SINGLE) [BALLON RANGER]

Dark electronica from Ane Brun on this single. Steady beats are overlayed with Brun’s haunting vocals and ghoulish strings. Give it a listen. FCC: Clean RIYL: Anna Ternheim, Sophie Zelmani, Thomas Dybdahl

BETTE SMITH – THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE BETTE [RUF RECORDS]

Bette is back with a force on her latest album! A master of ballads and upbeat tracks alike, Smith wows with her unique, rock-and-soul vocal stylings. Backed by a fantastic band, Bette truly tears it up. Listen all the way through and play, play, play! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 4, 7 RIYL: Kat Riggins, Chuck […]

JIM WHITE – SUM OF WHAT WE’VE BEEN (SINGLE) [FLUFF & GRAVY]

A gorgeous and full Americana sound on this latest single from Jim White. The driving beat will have you imagining yourself taking a long car ride at sunset surrounded by waving fields of golden wheat. Sugary harmonies are the cherry on top. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Willard Grant Conspiracy, Richmond Fontaine, Giant Sand

L. TEEZ – THE INDEX TO MY INNER THOUGHTS [HYDROPHONIK]

L. Teez brings smooth hip hop sounds fresh out of Montreal on his latest EP. The project has a strong international influence (L. Teez is quite the international citizen himself) and features bits of classical jazz as well as more contemporary sounds. Give it a spin… FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 2, 6 RIYL: Miles Barnes, […]

PETER COR – RWANDA [SELF RELEASED]

An interesting mix of Afro-fusion tunes from Peter Cor, created after his recent trip to Rwanda. Cor has composed for the likes of Earth, Wind & Fire, Lakeside, and Lee Ritenour, and his style shines through in this album. These tracks will have you on your feet and will put a smile on your face. […]

EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS – DON’T GIVE UP ON ME (SINGLE) [HOPESTREET]

Powerful vocals from Emma Donovan backed by a stellar band including (my favorite) some strong tambourine. The lyrics are pleading yet full of force. Play for sure! FCC: Clean RIYL: Margarethe Klose, Claudia Lee, Lili Chookasian

ENRIQUE NICOLAS NOVIELLO – THE GREAT HUNGER [SWITCHSTANCE]

Enrique Nicolas Noviello leads us on a musical journey through jazz clubs and rap cyphers alike. Each song is completely unique and tells a story of its own, but Noviello’s creativity and firm grasp on rhythm are evident throughout (though he does lack a formal musical education). Influences of jazz, hip hip, and blues meld […]

YOU AIN’T UNLUCKY – VERONICA LEWIS (SINGLE) [SELF RELEASED]

A rollicking single from Veronica Lewis that will have you tapping your toes from beginning to end. Dancing piano and sweet vocals abound, accented by choice horns. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: James Hunter

RAY CASHMAN – PALMETTO & PINE [SELF RELEASED]

A solid album of blues rock from Texas native Ray Cashman. Give it a listen! FCC: None TRY: 3, 11 RIYL: Meantooth Grin, Kirsten Thien, The Damned and Dirty

ELVIN BISHOP AND CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE – 100 YEARS OF BLUES [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Two legends whose careers added together span more than 100 years come together with growly baritones and seasoned harmonica to play you the genuine, rootsy blues. Both have played with blues icons such as John Lee Hooker, B.B. King, and many, many more. Lots of classic sounds for anyone who’s been a blues fan since […]

PETER PARCEK – MISSISSIPPI SUITCASE [SELF RELEASED]

Got the blues? Commiserate with Peter Parcek with this tango of blues. Featuring rusty guitar on some short tracks and some longer jams. Watch for the Beatles cover on track 7, but otherwise play! FCC: Clean TRY: 5, 6, 9 RIYL: JW-Jones, The Smoke Wagon Blues Band, Kirsten Thien, Lloyd Jones

OLIVER WOOD – SOUL OF THIS TOWN (SINGLE) [HONEY JAR RECORDS]

An absolutely stunning single from Oliver Wood of the Wood Brothers. Honeyed horns hum in the background while Wood’s vocals spin a soulful yarn, sometimes accompanied by sweet harmonies. Beautiful, melancholy, thoughtful, and a real treat for the ears. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: The Wood Brothers, King Johnson, Phil Cook, Cordovas

COLOR FIELDS – PENDULUM [WONDA MUSIC]

Color Fields float between electro-indie rock, modern pop, EDM and dance on their latest EP. Some sleepy sounds and some more intense ones are combined with infectious pop beats and vocals that are real and raw. Play! FCC: None TRY: 3, 7 RIYL: Indie pop

JOHNNY IGUANA – JOHNNY IGUANA’S CHICAGO SPECTACULAR [DELMARK RECORDS]

Johnny Iguana’s Chicago Spectacular features a variety of seasoned blues musicians combining in a magnificent compilation of classic blues sounds. Some tracks feature a New Orleans twist, others a boogie woogie bounce. Some are instrumental, others feature gravelly blues vocals complimented by wailing guitars. Get reading for a foot-stomping good time. Play! FCC: None TRY: […]