Author Archives: assistantmusicdirector

Jeremy Ivey/Invisible Pictures/Anti-

A jazzy and smooth ten track release, prominent organs, pianos and guitars. ” There’s truly little if any twang in this effort. It draws mostly from the kind of indie rock and British Invasion colors associated with psychedelic Beatles recordings and those of Elliott Smith with layered sounds, interesting instruments,s and chord choices. It’s a major […]

Francis of Delirium/The Funhouse/Dalliance

“The Funhouse,” the new Francis Of Delirium single, is a sharp, purposeful piece of alternative rock. The song could’ve come from a ’90s band who got buried in the post-grunge major-label feeding frenzy, or it could’ve been a blog hit in the early ’00s. It exists out of time like that. The track matches Bahrich’s […]

Mary Simich/How Does One Begin/Ernest Jenning

Mary Simich’s new album is a simple twelve track beauty set to guitar strumming and sweet lyrics. It could be categorized within the genre of freak folk. FCC: Clean RIYL: Bedouine, Vashti Bunyan Play: 2,3,4,5

Softcult/Year of the Snake/Easy Life

“Music for mall goths,” is how these artists describe themselves. Their new six track EP highlights this dark rock. FCC: first song is not clean play 2,3,4,5,6

Eddy Lee Ryder/Cold River/Self-Released

Haunting alt-rock single with strong vocals, undertones of country pop. FCC: Clean RIYL: Lana Del Rey

Andres Miguel Cervantes/The Crossing/Speakeasy Studios

Folky/finger-picking guitar 10 track new album. Twangy and mellow. All tracks are clean. RIYL: Lance Rogers, Grayson Jenkins, Kiely Connell, Leonard Cohen

Kaina/It Was A Home/City Slang

KAINA – It Was A Home (City Slang) Chicago, IL Inspired by the intricate band arrangements of salsa and Motown, the calculated songwriting of 2000s pop, and the exploratory R&B/hip hop of Chicago’s rich music scene, KAINA sees music as an opportunity to express her creativity without boundaries. On her sophomore album It Was a […]

Chief Cleopatra/Luna/Park The Van

CHIEF CLEOPATRA – Luna (Park The Van) Austin, TX Raised in Corsicana, Texas, Jalesa Jessie, aka Chief Cleopatra, grew up feeling stifled by the limitations of her rural environment. In a small town best known for producing honky-tonk songwriter Lefty Frizzell and a “world famous fruitcake,” according to Jessie, she always felt like an outsider. […]

Zander Schloss/Song About Songs/Blind Owl

Well known to punk rock aficionados for his nearly four-decade tenure as the Circle Jerks’ bassist – Zander Schloss opens a new chapter in his musical career with the release of his first solo recording on Blind Owl Records. Schloss has rolled up an impressive résumé that includes his featured acting performance alongside Harry Dean […]

String Machine/Hallelujah Hell Yeah/Know Hope

Hallelujah Hell Yeah is a beautiful and raucous record that leaves you with an almost overwhelming sense of joy” – The Alternative (Album Review, Phenomenal 5/5) The music of String Machine is rapturous and inviting. You’ll find an undeniable magic within each note, a palpable energy owed in part to its creative process. Hallelujah Hell Yeah is an album of joy, vulnerability, and […]

King Pari/Mary/Acrophase

King Pari is an almost accidental project. When Joe (DJ Stepmom) texted Cameron Kinghorn  some jams whipped up on his tape machine, Cameron hit him back with “what is this? I want in.” Ten minutes before they first linked up, Joe built the loop for ‘Sunshine,’ which they then wrote on the spot in a […]

Tré Burt/You, Yeah, You/ Oh Boy/Thirty Tigers

Sacramento songwriter Tré Burt’s sophomore album, You, Yeah, You, is a narrated collection of songs featuring a cast of invented characters; heroes, villains, those destitute of salvation and those seeking it. Like a bruised fighter, Burt goes 12 rounds in the ring against a shapeshifting and seemingly otherworldly opponent. The album represents a summoning of […]

Beach House/Once Twice Melody/Sub Pop

This ephemeral 18 track release is an electronic dreamscape painted with synths and drums. It s All tracks are clean GMR: No RIYL: Tame Impala, M83, Air

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 […]

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!!

Polo & Pan/Cyclorama/Hamburger Records

Deeeelicious French pop, disco, electronic album. Recommended Tracks: 2,4,5,15

Lionel Boy/Lionel Boy/Innovative Leisure

Gentle voice, dreamy sweet energy. Reminds me of still woozy, hether, etc. Recommend tracks: 2, 11, 7

Okay Kaya/The Incompatible Okay Kaya/Jagjaguwar

Smooth and dreamy! Recommended Tracks: 1,3,9

My Morning Jacket, My Morning Jacket, ATO

From Promoter: My Morning Jacket are back with their self titled ninth studio album. Back in the studio with ATO Records, the band is playing to their strengths on this record: expertly crafting solid indie rock songs that aren’t afraid to experiment. This record balances catchy bite sized tracks along with longer, meandering psychedelic explorations. […]

Big Thief/Change/4AD Ltd

This 4 song EP is a nugget of gold for the ears. All tracks dig into the magic of Big Thief’s uniquely tragic folky sound, with Adrienne Lenker’s voice weaving them all together. Play all tracks, FCC: clean. RIYL: Hand Habits, Jonathan Richman, Vashti Bunyan, Wilco.

Yebba/Dawn/RCA Records

Genre: Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock Each song is strong and unique story, lots of layered harmonies and echoey vocals expanding over a broad range. Start with tracks 2, 4, 12. GMR: no. FCC: tracks 5 and 8 are not clean (but worth listening to because they are firrreee). RIYL: Tierra Whack, Emily King, Mereba, James Blake

Bedouine/Waysides/Bedouine Music

Bedouine graces us with her third album, Waysides. Folk with a flair: a melodically and lyrically engaging journey through unexpected chord changes and emotional soliloquies. Start with 1, 2,8. 4. GMR Arist: no. FCC: clean warnings (or just clean)

Philip La Rosa/Black Sky/Marshmallow Pavement Records

From promoter: A sonic-twin to the blissed-out pop of his single Paradise, Black Sky uses dampened drums and unassuming piano to create a space for healing and familial bonds as he maps loss and spiritual reprieves to a constellation of emotive backing vocals amongst other-worldly textures.