Monthly Archives: February 2022

Bow Thayer – The Book of Moss [Self-released] (LOCAL) 

VT singer-songwriter Bow Thayer’s latest record was completed in tribute to upright bassist Alex Abraham, who died in 2018. His passionate playing is at the album’s core, surrounded by lyrics and music that sound “like they literally grew up out of the rocky soil of the Green Mountains.”  Track Picks: 1, 2, 4 FCC: 3, […]

SIS/Gnani/Native Cat

Sis is singer and multi-instrumentalist Jenny Gillespie Mason. Founder of Native Cat Recordings, which has released albums by Bay Area artists Luke Temple, Brijean, and John Vanderslice. Inspired by the uncompromising spiritual jazz of Alice Coltrane—the kind of music that seems to wordlessly get at a human life’s divine strivings—Mason set out to write a […]

Mythless/We/(Joyful Noise)

Mythless, the maximalist yacht-metal project by Fang Island founder Jason Bartell, has a new album. We marks a transitional and complicated time for Bartell. In contrast with the universal grief brought by the pandemic, for Bartell, a period of intense personal strife came to a close just as COVID began. Mixed in Providence, RI by […]

Dropper/Don’t Talk to me/Dirt Dog Records

From Tori from Tiger Bomb: Dropper is the brainchild of Andrea Scanniello, a lifelong musician and veteran of the NYC indie rock scene. Having played in local favorites like High Waisted, Stuyedeyed, TVOD and Russian Baths, Dropper shows Scanniello stepping into the spotlight as a songwriter and vocalist. She is joined by longtime collaborators Jono […]

A Place to Bury Strangers – See Through You

Really nice modern shoegaze! FCC: Clean RIYL: Film School, Telescopes, Clinic

Dan Andriano & The Bygones – Dear Darkness [Epitaph]

The self-produced project finds Andriano venturing into deeply personal lyrical territory while also pushing the limits of just what his unclassifiable sound can be. Andriano first began work on what would become Dear Darkness during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, writing demos and raiding his archives of unfinished ideas, doing so more out of a deep-seated need to […]

The Voices of Air

Modern and contemporary pieces for various trombones, piano. Nice!

Julian Harvey–Sweet Was the Song

Modern works for winds, piano, choir or orchestra.

Paul Paccione–Music for Piano

Performed by Jenny Perron and composed for her, impressionistic, lyrical and contemporary works for solo piano,

Gilardino– Guitar Music Inspired by Spain

Solo guitar music in the style of the late 1800’s, early 1900’s, imitating some great composers. Lovely!

Beethoven Symphony No. 9–“Gotterfunken”

This recognizable symphony (especially mvt. 2) transcribed for 2 pianos.

Chinook Winds

Varied works and eras for wind quintet. Play!

Frederick Lesemann–Songs & Concertinos

Contemporary works for winds, strings, some voice. Play most!

Pinnacle Vol. 2-Contemporary Chamber Works

Nice collection of duos, solos and quartets, strings, piano & winds.

William Popp-Compositions for Solo Accordion

Works from over decades for solo accordion. Fun!

Wolves in the Throne Room – Primordial Arcana

Release Date: August 20, 2021 Label: Relapse Records Wolves in the Throne Room have stretched the genre of black metal with an atmospheric sounds and lyrics that are nature-reverent and frankly quite progressive. Band members aren’t covered in corpse paint and they eschew much of the bombastic clichés that often define the genre. Mountain Magick […]

The Grandstand Jockeys – Win (Cargo Cult)

Upstate NY’s Grandstand Jockeys sound like a blend of classic Western and Americana music with a pop-punk sonic palate, and it somehow works. Various intriguing stylistic flourishes like ska grooves, 60s blue-eyed-soul-style organ, and synthesizer sequences add greater variety to their sound.  Track Picks: 1, 3, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Queens of the Stone Age, […]

Greg Freeman – Colorado [Spirit of Ethan Allen] (LOCAL)

Former WRUV DJ Greg Freeman’s debut solo single is a gloriously noisy melange of fuzz guitar, squalling sax, and vocals which cut through their surroundings with an emotional intensity.  FCC: Clean RIYL: Smashing Pumpkins, Neutral Milk Hotel, Dinosaur Jr.

Big Thief/Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You/4AD LTD

Over the past few months, Big Thief has been releasing a few songs a month that have finally accumulated into this album. Raw, imperfect, mellow, beautiful. Recommended: 1,2,4,6,14. Clean!!

Hope DeLuca – It Snowed Today / Lost In a Crowded Room [HD] (LOCAL)

Current UVM student and singer-songwriter Hope DeLuca released two singles last year, both lo-fi acoustic bedroom pop numbers incorporating gentle electronic elements. A year earlier, she released the even simpler “I Lost a Friend,” with a subtle arrangement that draws focus to her gorgeous sense of melody and emotionally forthright lyrics. All are worth playing!  […]

Paul Lansky–Angles

Interesting contemporary works for varied instruments ( guitar quartet, strings, percussion or piano). Play!

Victoria Bond–Illumination

Based on Byzantine chants, works for piano/orchestra or voice.

Tyler Kline–Orchard

Inspired by his farming family, these are very short piano works celebrating the characteristics of fruit!

Melia Watras–String Masks

Abstract works for some very interesting instruments/combinations (chime bowls, marimba). Play!

Conversa–Duos for Cello and Piano

Modern American and Brazilian works. Nice!