Monthly Archives: February 2021

Imagined Conversations

Contemporary works for trumpet with a variety of rhythms–Libby Larsen’s with percussion. Play!

Our Favorite Things

Excellent collection of percussion pieces (marimba, vibraphone, drums and others), from rock pieces, musicals and classical. Play!

From Earth & Sky–Music of Jenni Brandon

Lyrical, contemporary works for oboe with accompaniment (piano, clarinet, or bassoon, soprano voice). Play!


Solo harpsichord works all modern/contemporary, some lyrical, CD2 more discordant.


Patchwork Duo (drums and saxophone) performs these pieces that were composed for them–abstract, including jazz, avant and rock elements. Sample!

Peg Tassey – Winter Comes (Flower Fields) [LOCAL]

The first single from veteran Vermont singer-songwriter Peg Tassey in almost twenty years, “Winter Comes” (a collaboration with producer and multi-instrumentalist Jer Coons) takes the form of a traditional folk round, set to a haunting arrangement featuring the sounds of birds and crunching ice, with lyrics about isolation that resonate particularly strongly in this unusually […]

Unaccompanied Clarinet Works by Women Composers Vol. 2

Contemporary solo clarinet pieces, delicate to strong, play most!

Magic Forest Scenes

Modern and contemporary works for clarinet and piano by Bozza, Bax, Richards and Szewcyzk. amongst others. Lovely!

Huang Ruo–into the vast world

Combining Chinese and Western musical elements and some voice, these are symphonic pieces ranging from sweet and lyrical to boisterous and brash. Play!

Samuel Zyman–Works for Flute

Jonathan Borja performs these contemporary works for flute with accompaniment (piano, cello or flute) by the Mexican composer. Nice!


Works for piano, then recreated with electronics, lyrical vs fast.

The Menzingers – From Exile

Release date: September 25, 2020Label: Epitaph The Menzingers, like the rest of us, have been stuck at home a lot during this past year. Thankfully, they made the best of the downtime. The band re-recorded their 2019 album Hello Exile and reimagined the 12 tracks for a new stripped-down record, From Exile. I’m a sucker for angsty songs about breaking […]

Pallbearer – Forgotten Days

Release date: October 23, 2020Label: Nuclear Blast Pallbearer has mastered plodding, mournful, and heavy doom. Forgotten Days is full of all the super-catchy guitar harmonies, chunky riffs, soaring vocals, and haunting atmosphere you’d expect. The lyrics of Forgotten Days delve into the unknown lurking in the shadows of the mind. Have a healthy dose of […]