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Slop-Forth Wanderers (Father/Daughter Records)

This record is full of slick, intertwining guitar riffs and dynamic vocals. The songwriting is emotional, yet delivered in a cool manner. The short record leaves the listener wanting more, but it is only because of the record’s successes. TRACKS:1,2,3 RIYL: Slothrust, the Strokes, Speedy Ortiz

Ruff-Born Ruffians (Yep Roc)

The songs are bouncy rock music. Easy to bop your head along to and kept at a nice volume throughout each song. There is an 80s art rock sense from the album and that is augmented by bouncing bass and a lively horn section. TRACKS:1,3,5,6,9,11 FCC: 6,7,8 RIYL: Talking Heads, Animal Collective, Vampire Weekend

Be Small-HERE WE GO MAGIC (Secretly Canadian)

A nice divide between 80s electro pop and slow rock ballads, however they do not find themselves collaborating often on this album. The difference is made clear in each song the direction that is being taken and when they are clear the song is difficult to ignore. The slow ballads build under piano and acoustic […]

Romantic Thoughts-PAUL BERGMANN (Fairfax)

A singer-songwriter that makes each song about the content and not the melody or tune. His near monotone vocal delivery matches the music well and gives a constant in the music that does not care about what is happening around it in pursuit of the story. The lyrics are interesting to focus on, but it […]

Nothing Matters-DIAMOND YOUTH (Topshelf)

Diamond Youth present very sweet music that shows a bit of sadness that really only shows in the slightest note change in their melodies. The music is grand and sweet, similar to a gigantic sour gummy worm. It swallows you up in the apparent happy rock and power chords, but their is definitely a scene […]

Ratchet-Shamir (XL Recordings)

Shamir possesses a unique voice that has been commended for its chameleonic ability to adapt to the surroundings. With a setting of Las Vegas, Shamir exposes both sides of the city with beautiful ballads and dance hall jams. Overall, the album flips between both sides of the coin but this album holds more weight in […]

Sunwolf – “Angel Eyes”

    “Angel Eyes” is the second EP from DC based 3 piece garage-punk-rock act Sunwolf.  Their tracks are soaked in sunny lo-fi vocals, surfy guitar licks with an edge, goofy lyrics and bouncy Strokes-esque rhythms.  They combine the sounds of So. Cal garage rock of bands like Spoon with the post modern sensibilities of […]

Wire – Change Becomes Us

40 year-old UK post punk group. For this album the band took unfinished recordings from their earlier years and reworked them to be album worthy. The instrumentals twist and glitter, and are helped by clear production. Songs range from heavy and driven to spaced-out and pop-y. RIYL: The Fall, Mission of Burma, Gang of Four, […]

Lee Noble – Ruiner

  Ambient experimental folk rock tunes that are soaked in gentle guitar fuzz. The vocals range from wails to wimpers, and organ shimmers just behind the guitars. The songs are pleasantly lo-fi, and pass by easily. RIYL: Brute Heart, Foreign Fields, Plankton Wat, Norwegian Arms Play: 8,6,3,7 FCC: Clean

The Black Drumset

Two drummers from Austin, Texas play ominously mellow space rock sprinkled with droning, bubbly keyboard effects.   RIYL Benevento Russo Duo, BlackMoth Super Rainbow, Fuck Buttons FCC Clean Play Any!

The Black Drumset

Two drummers from Austin, Texas play ominously mellow space rock sprinkled with droning, bubbly keyboard effects.   RIYL Benevento Russo Duo, BlackMoth Super Rainbow, Fuck Buttons FCC Clean Play Any!

Let Freedom Ring

Mellow twang rock from relatively veteran Californian rocker–recorded in Mexico city.  Prophet’s voice is deep and croony.  Extra strings and female backing harmonies add a nice touch to a few tracks.  “A political album for non political people”  FCC Clean Play 2, 7, 10

Let Freedom Ring

Mellow twang rock from relatively veteran Californian rocker–recorded in Mexico city.  Prophet’s voice is deep and croony.  Extra strings and female backing harmonies add a nice touch to a few tracks.  “A political album for non political people”  FCC Clean Play 2, 7, 10

Memoria–Chamber and Electroacoustic Works by Miguel Chuaqui

Chilean-American composer mixes electronics with acoustic instruments in abstract pieces inspired by the poems of Pablo Neruda and Salvador Dali amongst others. Works are highly variable–lyrical, loud, aggressive, volatile and quiet as well.

Memoria–Chamber and Electroacoustic Works by Miguel Chuaqui

Chilean-American composer mixes electronics with acoustic instruments in abstract pieces inspired by the poems of Pablo Neruda and Salvador Dali amongst others. Works are highly variable–lyrical, loud, aggressive, volatile and quiet as well.

Chalumeau

Solo clarinet works performed by Caroline Hartwig–all contemporary except for an arrangement of CPE Bach’s Solfeggietto which show the instrument’s expressiveness. Try  tracks 1-3, 5, 7,9, 17, 18, 21

David Maslanka–Unending Stream of Life

Spiritually inspired and commissioned works for wind ensemble, some with an element of darkness. All pieces are strong, lots of instrumental depth and exploration. Try tracks 5, 7, 10

Music for Bassoon & Piano

This CD covers predominantly modern music (1940’s on) for bassoon  with or without piano. Composers included are Hindemith, Berg, Schoek, Nussio, Yun, and Schoof. Yun’s works have Korean influences, Schoof’s have jazz elements. Play any!

Beata Mori–Message–Young, Contemporary Hungarian Composers for Cimbalom

The title says a lot–the cimbalom is a concert hammered dulcimer common in Eastern European music. These pieces are abstract and expressive, performed by a 26 yr old  who began playing cimbalom at age 12 and won a Cimbalom performance competition 2 yrs later. Try 2, 6, 7, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21

Shehori Plays Russian Music

Russian composers Prokovief, Glinka, Balakirev and Tchaikovsky are all fluidly and graciously performed by Mordecai Shehori on piano. Lush, melancolic works– beautiful! Glinka’s piece “the Skylark” as arranged by his student Balakirev is especially gorgeous. Try 4-8

Josef Suk–Romance

“Romance” musically has evolved to mean quiet and sentimental in emotion, with a central melody, sometimes part of a larger work, but not always. This CD has examples of Romantic pieces by Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Fibich (considered  a highly exemplary composer of Romantic pieces), Beethoven and others exquisitely performed by Josef Suk on violin with orchestra. […]

California Oboe–Music by Bialosky, Butler, Campo & Grasse

Works for a variety of horns played by Richard Kravchak, with guitar and piano on some. Abstract, impressionistic, melodic. Play any! Tracks by Grasse have a Brazilian flavor.

California Oboe–Music by Bialosky, Butler, Campo & Grasse

Works for a variety of horns played by Richard Kravchak, with guitar and piano on some. Abstract, impressionistic, melodic. Play any! Tracks by Grasse have a Brazilian flavor.

Beethoven–Sonatas for Fortepiano & Cello, Op.102 & Six Bagatelles for Fortepiano

Beethoven uses Baroque elements in these sonatas–very lyrical, but changing in mood unexpectedly within each movement. The Zivian-Tomkins Duo performs with grace and precision. Try tracks 2, 5, 7, 9, 11, 12, 14, 15

Mad Valentines

Bryan Scary and The Shredding Tears latest, Mad Valentines is a quirky sugar pop ep.  Combining elements from Devotchka, Au, The Beatles and even a little Queen, ther’s a lot going on.  Very upbeat and frentically energetic, this album will get you up and going and put a little sunshine in you day.