Release date: September 20, 2019 Label: Relapse Records Hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, Monolord is the band I’ve listened to the most in the last year…by a long shot. Playing a fuzzy brand of doom that channels Black Sabbath, the band releases their Relapse Records debut this week. It’s fun to see a band you love progress from album […]

Void King– Barren Dominion Release date: 2019Sep13 Label: Self-released Rating: 5/5 Void King return with their second full-length release. A Lucid Omega thunders to life, a thick slab of foreboding doom. Leftover Savages has impeccable, precise drums with a touch of psychedelia. Burnt At Both Ends plods to somber vocals. Of Whip And Steed is […]

Pinewalker– Migration Release date: 2019Sep06 Label: Self-released Rating: 3.5/5 This is the first time I’ve heard of Pinewalker, who hail from Utah. Sentinel intensifies with ba-da-dum drums, evil bass hooks. Burning Earth is somewhat like dirty thrash meets muddled bass. Maelstrom adds a touch of melody that gives way to thunderous sticks, while Space Witch takes an onerous approach. The Thaw […]

Pale Grey Lore– Eschatology Release date: 2019Sep06 Label: Small Stone Rating: 4/5 Pale Grey Lore hail from TX. Sunken Cities is a hella sweet desert-tinged rocker. Before the Fall plods with filthy drum licks. Regicide evokes Cathedral at the start, giving way to another slow burner. Waiting for the Dawn, joint in mouth, coffee at my side. That kind […]

From promoter: “On her elegant and complex fifth album, Lana Del Rey sings exquisitely of freedom and transformation and the wreckage of being alive. It establishes her as one of America’s greatest living songwriters.” Label: Polydor Start w/ 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 10 FCC: 1, 14 RIYL: Lorde, Willow, Lykke Li, Borns

From promoter: “Guaxe (pr. Gwah-shee) is a musical duo that was formed spontaneously after the encounter of two Brazilian psych rockers Dino Almeida (Boogarins) and Pedro Bonifrate (Supercordas)” Label: OAR Start w/ 1, 2, 5 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bodywash, Bonifrate, La Leuca

From promoter: “Lovingly made, with earthen percussive elements, chance technique, inside a glimmering forest full of synths and guitars, the album reunites Sis for their most assertive musical statement yet.” Label: Native Cat Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8 FCC: 3 RIYL: Weyes Blood, Beach House, Jay Som, Sufjan Stevens

From promoter: “As Lower Dens’ first leftist resistance concept pop album alluding to American capitalism’s detrimental psychological impact, The Competition powerfully challenges the oppressive institutions comprising Trump’s America.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 4, 5 FCC: 6, 7, 8 RIYL: Perfume Genius, The xx, Lykke Li

From promoter: “Since forming in 2011, when its band members were only in high school, the Philadelphia-based quintet–composed of vocalist Collin Walsh, guitarist/vocalist Dallas Molster, guitarist Andrew Kyne, bassist Nick Ventimiglia and drummer Nick Veno–has emerged quickly from the Philadelphia punk scene, establishing a solid fan base.” Label: Fearless Start w/ 2, 3, 4, 7, 10 FCC: 1, 6, 8, 11 […]

From promoter: “Norwegian bedroom pop artist girl in red’s new record beginnings is a continuation of the strong foundation of the light, airy, and melancholic sound that she has built since her first single in 2017.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 2, 5, 7, 9 FCC: 1, 3, 4 RIYL: Clairo, Wallos, Declan Mckenna

From promoter: “2019 finds the Mommyheads pairing a reissue of Bingham’s Hole with their forthcoming tenth full-length Future You. In Many Ways a spiritual sequel to Bingham’s Hole, Future You finds the band in a similar place of comfort and mastery in their seamless channeling of eclectic influences.” Label: Self-Released Start w/ 1, 2, 7 […]

From promoter: “i,i is Bon Iver’s most expansive, joyful and generous album to date. If For Emma, Forever Ago was the crisp, heart-strung isolation of a northern Winter; Bon Iver the rise and whirr of burgeoning Spring; and 22, A Million, a blistering, “crazy energy” Summer record, i,i completes the cycle: a fall record; Autumn-colored, ruminative, steeped.” Label: Jagjaguwar Start w/ 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 13 FCC: […]

From promoter: “Rap’s beloved creative powerhouse BROCKHAMPTON finds order in chaos with latest release Ginger. The album sees the group at their most serious and lovelorn, featuring slow ballads and gospel-influenced tracks with themes of spirituality, loss, and loneliness – but still maintain the striking writing and intricate production that made them a cult favorite.” […]

From promoter: “Lost Girls is another brilliant full-length in Khan’s incredible, acclaimed discography, mixing sounds she’s always loved — heavy bass lines, synth arpeggios, Iranian pop beats, cascading choruses — with some of her finest songwriting to date.” Label: AWAL Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7 FCC: Clean RIYL: St Vincent, Lykke Li, The xx

From promoter: “MUNA fashions an ‘80s inspired pop record with Saves The World. Drawing inspiration from artists like Madonna and genres like Chicago house music and Britpop, Saves The World is full of rhythmic electro-pop sing-alongs.” Label: RCA Start w/ 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10, 12, FCC: Clean RIYL: Maggie Rogers, Shura, Broods, The Japanese House

Orodruin– Ruins of Eternity Release date: 2019Oct25 Label: Cruz del Sur Rating: 4.5/5 Orodruin (or Mount Doom) is a volcano located in Mordor. Forsaken plods to foreboding riffs set to a slight wail. Man of Peace softens the tone with a light touch of blues. Grave  Illusion evokes themes of grieving and despair with delicate harmonies. War […]

Ogre– Thrice As Strong Release date: 2019Oct25 Label- Cruz del Sur Rating: 5/5 Rejoice, for Ogre have returned. The Future is an epic doom rocker from start to finish. Hive Mind channels Deep Purple with a touch of blues. Big Man is smoky smooth  with a touch of punk drums. Judgement Day wags a sonic middle finger with merciless […]

Gracious, transcriptions and originals, modern and and contemporary. Play!

Varied sax pieces, all contemporary, with piano or strings.

Somewhat intense, interesting orchestral works, contemporary.

Avant pieces for tenor sax, flute, piccolo and others.

Moving through eras, Romantic to modern, lots of Latin American composers! Play!

From promoter: “Moonlight Breakfast is this urban, raw and unconventional mix of dream pop, cosmic disco, 80s and neo-soul that lets you dance the night away.” Label: Echoism Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 11 FCC: Clean RIYL: Hot Chip, Tennis, Lykke Li, Wild Ones

From promoter: “Philadelphia’s Queen of Jeans new album If You’re Not Afraid, I’m Not Afraidis finally out now on Topshelf Records. The AV Club calls it “as ambitious sonically as it is thematically.” Label: Topshelf Start w/ 1, 2, 3, 7 FCC: 5 RIYL: Mitski, Julien Baker, Field Mouse

From promoter: “Forever Turned Around is an album about relationships. It deals with how they evolve or flounder and how loneliness can creep in unexpectedly.” Label: Secretly Canadian Start w/ 1, 2, 6, 9, 10 FCC: Clean RIYL: Real Estate, Dr Dog, Fruit Bats