Author Archives: DJ Ravioli

QUIET CANYONS – QUIET CANYONS [TRASH CASUAL]

I began listening to this album as the snow came back for a visit this April and as much as I was angry at yet another false spring, these tracks fit the mood perfectly. Quiet Canyons’ debut album envelops the listener with the softest of vocals and sweetest guitar on a collection of dreamy, foggy […]

SPORTS – GET A GOOD LOOK PT. 1 (EP) [NAKED/ONERPM)

Funky indie rock bass lines abound in this short and sweet EP from Sports, complimented with bubbling dream pop riffs and fuzzy vocals. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 3, 6 RIYL: Portugal The Man, The Drums, Passion Pit, Tame Impala

SMITH & BURROWS – ONLY SMITH & BURROWS IS GOOD ENOUGH [PIAS]

Super layered tracks with a variety of sounds from pop folk to indie rock. Lots of quirky lyrics and some social commentary. These melodies are so catchy they’ll be floating around in your head for weeks! Play! FCC: 1 uses “d*mn” and “b*tch,” both technically allowable but up to you! TRY: 1, 4, 10 RIYL: […]

RONNIE MCNEIR – UNDERSTANDING (SINGLE) [BLUE RIVER RECORDS]

A groovy soul track with cameos from dancehall and calypso sounds, all overlaid with smooth-as-butter vocals. Play, play, play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Prince Phillip Mitchell, Lamont Dozier, The Natural Four

BOOGIE BEASTS – BRING IT ON (SINGLE) [NAKED RECORDS]

Fresh electric delta blues all the way from Belgium! Sexy slide guitar, wailing harmonica, and more await you on this track. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: The Dynamite Blues Band, The Goon Mat, The Damned and Dirty

A BETTER HAND – CHEAP SMOKES AND CHAMPAGNE (EP) [MUTANT LEAGUE RECORDS]

Get emo with some pop punk tracks on this short EP that will take you right back to the early 2000s. Bring your low-rise jeans and chunky highlights. Play! FCC: 3 (Clean version available, reach out to blues@wruv.org) TRY: 2, 5 RIYL: State Champs, Bring Me The Horizon, All Time Low

SELWYN BIRCHWOOD – LIVING IN A BURNING HOUSE [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

Absolutely electric blues from Selwyn Birchwood! Some songs feature accents of horns and some organ, others feature boogie woogie basslines you won’t be able to keep yourself from grooving along to. So much good stuff on this record- give it a spin! FCC: Clean TRY: 1, 11 RIYL: Mike Zito, Anthony Gomes, Curtis Salgado

KERRY KEARNY – TALES FROM THE PSYCHEDELTA [HIGHLANDER RECORDS]

Biiiig slide guitar from Kerry Kearny on this classic blues album. Kearny enthralls with the sounds of the delta, plenty of storytelling lyrics, and a voice that sounds like a bucket full of rusty nails (as it should). There’s even a little bit of organ, as a treat. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 5, 9 […]

DAVID WALTERS – FREEDOM (FT. VINCENT SEGAL, BALLAKÉ SISSOKO, & ROGER RASPAIL) (SINGLE) [SIX DEGREES]

A melancholy chant with gorgeous guitar instrumentation and somber vocals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: B.Alone, Flavia Coelho, Voilaa

TOMMY GUERRERO – SUNSHINE RADIO [TOO GOOD]

Instrumental grooves of all kinds of Tommy Guerrero. These tracks create ambience that keeps you interested. Some songs are more dissonant than others, but you’ll just have to give it a listen yourself to find the ones you really vibe with. FCC: Clean TRY: 2, 6, 10 RIYL: El Michels Affair, Calibro 35, Menahan Street […]

COME CLOSER – HIGH LIFE (SINGLE) [PIRATES PRESS]

A double-sided single from Come Closer. “High Life” is an energetic song fit for a Burlington basement concert. “Get It Wrong” shows a little more emotion while keeping that same energy. Listen for strong rhythm guitar and lots of cymbals. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: TPT, Hooverville, Having Trouble Breathing

TIGERS JAW – I WON’T CARE HOW YOU REMEMBER ME [HOPELESS]

Some sweet acoustic and electric sounds from Tigers Jaw on their latest release. Most of the album is upbeat indie rock featuring some lovely harmonies. These are songs to belt out when you’re alone in your car- give ’em a spin! FFC: Clean TRY: 1, 7, 10 RIYL: The Menzingers, Ratboys, Citizen, Joyce Manor

THE LUKA STATE – FALL IN FALL OUT [ANTIFRAGILE]

Heavy rock guitar and rough, raspy vocals feature prominently in the latest album from British indie rock band The Luka State. It’s an interesting mix of intense, angry headbangers with some less extreme interventions sprinkled throughout (including the titular track, where things get a bit more emotional). Stick around for a big ending chord. Play! […]

THE JULIANA THEORY – CAN’T GO HOME (SINGLE) [EQUAL VISION]

A pop anthem with crashing drums and full synth from The Juliana Theory. Give it a spin for big motivational, hill-climbing vibes. FCC: Clean RIYL: Further Seems Forever, Acceptance, Mae, Hot Rod Circuit

RICK SAL – SIX FEET UNDER THE SUN [SCHOOL BUS]

Sounds for all seasons on this latest album from Rick Sal. There is a certain joyous storytelling in all the songs, even the more somber ones. A fun, bouncy song on some tracks, latin rhythms and influences on others. Trigger warning for Track 10, many mentions of death, including suicide. Other than that, give it […]

THE STONE SOULS – THE STONE SOULS (TJAMP)

Right off the bat, the Stone Souls will draw you in with gorgeous vocals set to a driving rock beat. They’ll keep you hooked with crunchy slide guitar and tambourine served with a hearty side of angst. And stay tuned until the end for a somber and beautiful final track. Play! FCC: Clean TRY: 2, […]

OBERON ROSE – HOLOGRAPHIC BLUES [THOUART]

Dynamic and moving, the latest from Oberon Rose features jumping rock with fantastic riffs and vocal harmonies reminiscent of 60s rock. There’s a mood for everyone on this album, from the Roadhouse of Twin Peaks to a mosh pit, even some more Americana-esque heavy piano and acoustic guitar. Worth every moment- give it a play! […]

SKANGER – A CHANCE TO COUNT THE COST (SINGLE) [22 RECORDINGS]

A dreamy single from Skanger- their interpretation of an 80s slow dance, complete with synth and drawn-out vocals. A good tune to just sway to… FCC: Clean

THE MASTERMINDS – DON’T GO (SINGLE) [AQUAMARINE]

The Masterminds channel The Doors with their latest single, “Don’t Go.” Rock along with their ripping riffs and organ fills, and enjoy a guitar solo that tears it up. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: 60s rock, garage rock

RED RED – LONG BLACK TRAIN (SINGLE) [DONOR PRODUCTIONS]

From their Spotify page: ” RED RED was marooned on Earth when their ship exploded after they tried to fuel it with used fritkot oil. They play psychedelic rock music beamed from the turntables of the Great Galactic Ape… RED RED is good for the pancreas, liver, and the easement of manly afflictions.” A Side […]

BILL MOSS JR. – BRAND NEW DAY (SINGLE) [SALATHIEL RECORDS]

A pleading ballad from Bill Moss Jr., whose soaring vocals overlay a jazzy composition. Worth a listen. FCC: Clean RIYL: Charles Jenkins & Fellowship Chicago, Marvin Winans, Jason Nelson

THE BLUESBONES – LIVE ON STAGE [DONOR PRODUCTIONS]

Who knew the blues scene in Belgium was so electric? At times spooky and at times comical, The Bluesbones bring explosive blues rock that, although it may not be superb lyrically, features fantastic musicianship and heart. The organist plays with gusto and is the heart and soul of the whole outfit. Give it a listen! […]

GA-20 – SIT DOWN BABY (SINGLE) [KARMA CHIEF RECORDS]

A basic blues song from Boston-based GA-20. Enjoy the strolling baseline and shuffling drums. Play! FCC: Clean RIYL: Blues and Rock & Roll of the 50s and 60s

CHRISTONE “KINGFISH” INGRAM – GHOST FROM CHRISTMAS PAST (SINGLE) [ALLIGATOR RECORDS]

A blues-infused christmas song from Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, 21-year-old guitarist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, who sings and plays like an old soul. Lots to enjoy, even after the holidays! FCC: Clean RIYL: Eric Gales, Walter Trout, Southern Avenue

SHARON JONES & THE DAP-KINGS – JUST DROPPED IN (TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY RENDITION WAS IN) [DAPTONE]

A DJ Ravioli all-time favorite! The newest album from Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings features a treasure trove of previously unheard material from the beloved Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings. Listeners will be enthralled with a perfectly eclectic mix of covers that range from Woody Guthrie to Janet Jackson, all of them with the band’s […]