Monthly Archives: September 2021

The Young Love Scene – Holy Punch [Bad Dummy] (LOCAL)

Gordon Goldsmith, the singer-songwriter behind Burlington’s The Young Love Scene, takes his cues from the best indie and alt rock of the mid-90s on the project’s debut album, which collates several singles and EPs released over the past year. The harmonized fuzz of Goldsmith’s guitars and vocals bring his music’s emotional heart to its full […]

Reveries – Innervoice [2814962]

Really enjoyable electronic duo that reminds me of M83, Postal Service, and Alvvays. Short EP that packs a punch!

Turnstile – GLOW ON [Roadrunner]

Pretty intense vibes here that do not fit the happy-go-lucky pink puffy cloud art on the cover. Great stuff nonetheless with some solid drumming and swampy guitar playing.

Joe Taylor Sutkowski – Of Wisdom & Folly [Danger Collective]

Bon Iver-esque finger picking with a Jerry Paper-esque vocals. Dig.

The Beths – Aukland, New Zealand, 2020 [Carpark]

Really hype and rocky live show from “New Zealand darlings” The Beths. Reminds me of the Cranberries with different subtleties and complexities.

Deafheaven – Infinite Granite [Self-Released]

Heady, densely constructed, and swirling. Shoegaze-y, too, which I dig quite a bit!

Madi Diaz- History of Feeling [Anti]

Absolutely gorgeous folk music. Expressive voice that is superficially reminiscent of Phoebe Bridgers. Chords choices are excellent FCC: 1,5,7,10

26 BATS! – Portal Party

From promoter: “Songs about magic, anarchy, and yearning by Bailey Cogan (they/them). The album “is a departure from the heavy jazz and R&B sounds that once defined the band’s music, introducing more experimental song structures, drum machines and synths.” Being unmoored to any one genre puts the group in a unique spot, allowing them to […]

Wednesday – Twin Plagues [Ordinal]

From promoter: “Beneath a wall of overdrive, distortion, and reverb, songwriter Karly Hartzman processes memory with power and tenderness through flashes of vivid, raw imagery and emotionality. In this follow up to 2020’s I Was Trying to Describe You to Someone, an undercurrent of the Southern Gothic permeates Wednesday’s unique synthesis of shoegaze, grunge, and […]

ALEXALONEWORLD – alexalone [Polyvinyl 2021]

From promoter: “alexalone is fronted by Alex Peterson (they/them), who has played in Hovvdy and Lomelda’s live bands, and alexalone will back Lomelda and embark on a joint tour in January. The sounds of alexalone will usher you into warm, fuzzy, lonely spaces, then shock you alive with pulsing energy. ALEXALONEWORLD, their debut album, isn’t […]

Camino

Sean Shibe plays these modern, Impressionistic works transcribed for guitar. Play!

Hindemith–Complete Sonatas for Wind Instruments & Piano

Modern works composed from 1930’s to 1950’s–abstract, lyrical with tension.

The Schumann Project

Lovely Romantic era piano pieces by both Schumanns ( Clara & Robert, the “power couple” of music at the time).

Herb Deutsch–Encounters

Contemporary, really interesting works with jazz elements, winds and strings. Play!

Belgian Saxophone Music

Modern & contemporary works for sax + piano, 2 pieces from Classical era.

Altin Gün (Glitterbeat Records) Yol

Not sure if I can describe it better than Phonica Records when they wrote this album is an “exploration of Anatolian rock and Turkish psychedelic stylings to include dreamy 80’s synth-pop and dancefloor excursions.” There is nothing quite like this blend of styles and makes for a really enjoyable album that feels both modern and […]

Kutiman (Norman Records) Wachaga in Dub

This is modern psychedelic music at its best. Some farther out than others, this album in Dub definitely combines many genres (jazz, reggae, funk, rpm) and delivers a voyage of an album. Listen to this one late at night with headphones… Try: ALL RIYL: Dj Day, Dudu Tassa, Seven Davis Jr., Alaia, Clutchy Hopkins FCC: […]

Parov Stelar (Le Plan) Voodoo Sonic

Fun, upbeat, whimsical, loungey, raucous, party tunes! House music with a retro feel, taking loops from ragtime and big band jazz makes this a really fun album and could be what your next dance party needs to get to the next level! Try: 2, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11,  RIYL: Senor Coconut, Balkan Beatbox […]

Cochemea (Daptone) Vol. II Baca Sewa

The wonderful sequel to the All My Relations album. Organic percussion is center stage and connects us to the roots of African and Latin music, but shares the stage well with a soulful and smooth sax that acts as the voice of every song. It’s a wonderful dance between drum and sax that sounds both […]

Various Artists (Tru Thoughts) Tru Thoughts Covers 3

Awesome compilation from an amazing label that always delivers! This time it’s all cover songs done in many ways, jazzy upbeat versions dominate. Lots of great tracks from some great artists interpreting classics in new ways. Try: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 17  RIYL: Jazzy World Music, Great Cover Songs  FCC: […]

Aksak Maboul (Crammed Disks) Tous Ko

Going all the way back to 1977, with a 30 year hiatus in there after the early 80s, this Belgian producer is back with a new album. Aksak is the founder of Crammed Disks, an amazing label putting out lots of RPM on the bleeding edge of the genre. The result is a well produced, […]

Hailu Mergia & The Walias Band (Awesome Tapes From Africa) Tezeta

Long lost live recording from 1975 when Hailu was basically a lounge act for a famous hotel. He’s been known to play until the sun rose and they say this recording represents the peak of his style and influence. This is an absolute gem of an album, so kick back, relax, and pretend you are […]

Various Artists (Moonshine) SMS for Location Vol. 4

Another amazing compilation, this is described as having an, “Afro-futuristic, bass-heavy, electro-funk sound.” Some really great tracks here that give a nice sampler platter of new and exciting sounds coming from the dance floors all around the world, inspired by new musical explorations coming out of Africa. Try: 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, […]

Femi Kuti (Elsurecords) Stop the Hate

Son of Famous Afro-beat pioneer, Fela Kuti, delivers another solid album. While his voice has a softer feel, he would make his father proud by continuing to speak to injustice and political topics on this album. The outcome is an uplifting and positive feeling release done in a musical style that continues the great traditions […]

U-Roy (Trojan Jamaica/BMG) Solid Gold U-Roy

This album, released after his death in 2020, features a new collabo pretty much every track. Lots of great classic covers done here and pays tribute to an epic career. Try: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 9,  RIYL: Classic Reggae FCC: None *TBs Favs