Contemporary pieces both brash and quiet, for sax quartet or orchestra.

Trumpet with organ (not an instrument that I appreciate) in these Baroque pieces by Bach, Albinoni, Telemann and others. Slower pieces meditative.

This is a great little electro-pop album. With a bit of the old 80’s style synth’s and some lyrics about love, Night Drive has created a sound that will have traveling down the backstreets of all your favorite old sci-fi movies. It’s a lot like synthwave, if synthwave had lyrics. Label: Roll Call Records play: […]

Who needs more Cowbell? You do. Trust me. This is a rock album with heavy western stylings. Though nothing here is anything new or genre redefining, everything on this album from the guitars to the synthy accompaniment oozes with style. A lot of blues influences, and head banging beats makes this a great partner for […]

A great little Indie CD full of crisp guitar licks, soft pacing and vocals, piano back-up. At times very reminiscent of Real Estate and even early Shins. If you like your indie rock slower, more serious and soulful, you’ll enjoy this.   Label: Tiger Bomb Play:2,3,4 FCC:clean

New collaboration from Matthew Melton of Warm Soda fame, this time with his wife Doris. Together the two have created an banging album which hearkens back to some of the glory days of classic rock. Matt’s great guitar solos and Doris’ ripping organ combine with psychedelic vocals to make an album that would appeal to […]

  This is the debut solo album for the bassist from A Place To Bury Strangers. It is a hard, loud, pounding blend of garage, punk, and psych rock from start to finish. At times a little clear and concise, at others muddy and screechy but a great listen for fans of the genre. Label: Tiger […]

Guitar Trevor Babb performs layered, multi-track electric guitar pieces by Reich, Lang and one by himself, amongst others. Play most!

Modern violin and piano works from different cultures and styles. Lutoslawski’s particularly nice!

Avant-garde works from early 20th century forward (Varese, Carter, Reich, Cage and Feldman amongst others). Reich’s pieces with voice and tapes about WTC.

All American composers (Lees, Primosch, Cowell and Larsen) modern and stylistically varying. Play most!

A song-for-song cover of Teenage Fanclub’s entire 1991 album, Bandwagonesque, by Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard. “Bandwagonesque runs the gamut, from light, playful pop songs such as Sidewinder to ones where you are like: is this a cry for help? Obviously, the production sounds like 1991, but the instrument choices are two guitars, bass and drums and the […]

Manchester Orchestra deliver their most balanced and mature album, a combination of post-hardcore-influenced rock and piano laden folk-rockers. Label: Loma Vista Play: 2, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Band of Horses, Minus The Bear, As Tall As Lions, The Deer Hunter, Owen

An avant-folk group characterized by its range of haunting vocal textures and synths intertwined with trumpets, violins, kalimba, autoharp, and an intricate guitar in the foreground. Label: Paper Bag Play: 1, 2, 6, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Sufjan Stevens, Teen Daze, Vancouver Sleep Clinic

Jen Cloher is an outspoken advocate for artist rights and the co-founder of the incredible Milk! Records label (Courtney Barnett, Loose Tooth, Fraser A. Gorman, Jade Imagine, East Brunswick All Girls Choir). Much like her partner Courtney Barnett, and also co-founder of Milk!, her conversational garage rock-infused folk-pop style makes for an album great for […]

Gordi’s debut album is brooding, multi-layered electronica and folk, with powerfully delivered and straightforward lyrics. Label: Jagjaguwar Play: 3, 6, 7, 9 FCC: Clean RIYL: Bon Iver, Maggie Rogers, S. Carey

Quirky, lyric-driven garage-pop that analyzes the cost of working in the service industry. “crisp, noodly guitar-filled title track” – The Fader “Already likened to contemporaries such as Lucy Dacus and Diet Cig, Hammydown injects her work with a raw authenticity that remains somewhat hidden by the playfulness of it all, but undoubtedly exists” – GoldFlakePaint “‘Automatic Sweetheart’ […]

Love is a punchy debut featuring bright and often crunchy guitars, straightforwardly heartfelt lyrics and Knox’s sweet, slightly vulnerable voice. These are non-pretentious, easygoing tunes, mostly following pop song structures with hummable melodies and clap-along choruses. Label: Cadence Play: 2, 3, 4, 6 FCC: Clean RIYL: Alvvays, Bahamas, Smith Westerns, Tame Impala, Real Estate, Big Star, […]

Excellent mix of Middle Eastern with jazz orchestra, flowing, with punctuation of pecussion. Play!

Solo piano pieces by Villa–Lobos, Castro and one fun piece for piano and percussion by Vitier. Nice!

Contemporary, abstract pieces for various solo instruments ( sax, guitar, clarinet ) and one for chamber orchestra. Play most!

Modern, Romantic pieces from 1946 on to 1970. Lovely!

Quiet, meandering, ambient works for strings and//or piano. Play!

Piano pieces inspired by Native American themes, chants, by quite a variety of composers–Higdon, Adams, Gann amongst others. Play!

Contemporary pieces for trumpet, solo or with accompaniment (sax, voice or piano) Nice!