Author Archives: Pancakes

Another Sexless Weekend – Uniable Thwange (Self-Released)

Uniable Thwange is a the debut album of Another Sexless Weekend… AKA… Julian Foster. The UVM student has a clear love for classic psychedelic rock n’ roll. His music bleeds 50’s and 60’s. Reminiscent of The Velvet Underground, The Rolling Stones, Chuck Berry. A wonderful collection of sounds, and danceable grooves on this record. The […]

Red Hot Chili Peppers – The Getaway (Warner Bros.)

Coming back with their 11th official studio release, the Red Hot Chili Peppers exhibit a delicate balance between maturity and patience on The Getaway. With the second RHCP album under the belt for Josh Klinghoffer he has added his background of electronica-avante-garde-art-rock, while still keeping the groove of Frusciante’s unforgettable minimalist rock-funk. The Chili’s are finding a […]

Great American Canyon Band – Only Your Ruin (Six Degree Records)

Indie Atmospheric folk. This duo is reminiscent of My Morning Jacket vocals and instrumentation. Play: 1, 2, 8, 9 RIYL: My Morning Jacket, Fort Frances

King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard – Nonagon Infinity (ATO Records)

Hard to tell when one song ends and the next begins. This album is a one shot seriously punky psychedelic trip. Head banging throughout with a funky break/breather on “Mr. Beat.” The album is a continuos loop, each song flowing seamlessly into the next, including the last track, looping back with the first. Play on […]

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals – Call It What It Is (Stax)

Eclectic mix of roots-rock, garage rock, reggae. Comes off as imbalanced at some points. The juxtaposition of the heavy garage rock on “Pink Balloon” into the reggae groove on “Finding Our Way” is a little odd. “Bones” into “Dance Like Fire” is a smooth and groovy coupling of tunes. Play: 4,5,9, RIYL: Steel Pulse, The […]

New Madrid – magnetkingmagnetqueen (Normaltown Records)

The psychedelic rock group moves towards a rawer, garage rock blues sound on their newest album. This album is loaded with heavy and fuzzy vocals, and chord progressions. Lengthy instrumentals on a few tracks, specifically “Guay Lo,” features an 11-minute instrumental where almost no exploration happens (avoid if looking for insteresting jam). RIYL: London Souls, […]

Grizfolk – Waking Up the Giants (Virgin Records)

Indie-Folk Pop. Anthemic road road, electronic midwestern vibes. RIYL: Neon Trees, Low Cut Hugh Tops, Fear The Foxes       Play: 5,6,8 FCC: Clean  

RJD2- Dame Fortune (RJ’s Electrical Connections)

Soulful electronic album. Features old-school funk vibes, and smooth hip-hop tracks. Great composition and production on “The Sheboygan Left.” RIYL: Nightmares On Wax, Snarky Puppy, Thundercat, Gramatik FCC: Clean Play: 3,4,6,8

Cory Henry – The Revival (Live) (GroundUp Music)

A remarkably well-done live album by one of the most talented pianists of this generation. Cory Henry returns to his hometown to offer up a family and friends show, showing off his remarkable talent as an organist. Tracks are funky, danceable and the whole album is completed with call-and-response from the audience. Great sound, great […]

Lespecial – Omnisquid (self-released)

On their second EP Lespecial delivers their signature sound of Psychedelic metal infused funk. Loaded with heavy guitar riffs, funky bass lines, and syncopated drum patterns, Omnisquid is  reminiscent of Primus and the intricate mid sections of many Umphrey’s Mcgee songs. Interspersed with electronic influences.   RIYL: Primus, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Voodoo Muzak FCC: Clean Play: […]

Marlon Williams – Marlon Williams (Dead Oceans)

Marlon Williams self-titled debut album delivers a dark, eerie, and ominous tone. He preaches about the dry feeling of loneliness with Country-rock and roots Americana. You’d think the 23-year-old New Zealand native was from the midwestern prairies. He shows off his wide operatic vocal range  on “When I Was a Young Girl.” He’s got a […]

Low Cut High Tops – Eh, Whatever (self-released)

David Burns is the angsty  23 year-old art school dropout behind the Low Cut High Tops. Writing, producing and mixing it all from his bedroom, he is an inspiration for the teenage bedroom musician who can’t get a long with his or her parents. The gender ambiguous lyrics reflect the title of his album  Eh, […]

Freekbass & The Bump Assembly – Cincinnati (Self-released)

Super fun, upbeat, kind of goofy, all funk band. Has elements of synth-pop, but mostly fat grooves and danceable melodies. The horns on most tracks add a really great touch.  They sound like a group of friends who have been paying music and goofing around for a long time. They know each other well, and […]

The Pines – Above the Prairie (Red House Records)

The Pines blends ethereal atmospheric sounds with rich, warm vocals, and  wholesome acoustic instruments. Blending of their western background with a spacey, psychedelic touch. Great instrumentals if your into that sort of thing, I am. Dark, atmospheric, but still positive vibrations. Very “feels”.  Vocals remind me a new age, psychedelic Bob Dylan. Play: 1,3*, 4, […]

Graham Nash – This Path Tonight (Single) (Blue Castle Records)

New Single off of Graham Nash’s first album in fourteen years, This Path Tonight. The title track features a progressive Nash, moving away from what he is famous for. Begins with a prog-rock space effect, moves towards psychedelic, more classic rock. Lyrics explore Nash’s future, where he is going, what he has done. Nothing to […]

Chris Trapper – Symphonies of Dirt & Dust

Acoustic, pop-rock, love songs. Kinda cliche. Compassionate lyrics, good singe overall. Little bit repetitive. Play: 2,5,8,10  RIYL: Chris Jak, Ian Britt, Ed Sheeran

St. Germain – St. Germain (Nonesuch Records)

African inspired electro-blues. Worldly with electronic beats, blues roots, and highlighted by jazz  guitar. Incredible group of musicians and vocalists ranging from many different styles. Incredibly eclectic, down-tempo with upbeat vibes, smooth, and interesting. PLAY! Play: Everything. Amazing.      RIYL: Urban Species, Jazzanova, DJ Friction

Gildeon King & City Blog -City Blog (Self-Released)

Starts out with an acoustic rock setting. Moves towards adult contemporary/ smooth jazz. Could be lounge music. Vocals on all tracks featuring different singers. Vibe holds steady throughout entire album. Smooth soul. Rainy day music. Play: 6,7                               RIYL: Jill Scott, […]

Dweezil Zappa – Via Zammata (Self Released)

Eclectic mix of styles. Mostly prog-prock, with elements of blues, funk, heavy metal. 80’s hair band-nostalgic. Progrosses towards pop rock, adult contemporary. Great guitar work and overall composition/ musicianship. Quirky lyrics. Not as political as his father [Frank Zappa], nor as complex. Sounds like his father in like he’s mocking all of these styles, in […]

Drive-By Truckers – It’s Great To Be Alive (ATO Records)

Coming off the heals of months of touring in support of their latest studio album, English Oceans, released just last year, the band felt that 2014 was a new peak in the life of DBT. It’s Great To Be Alive captures the energy reputation of DBT as a “live”band. This album shows Drive-By Truckers in […]