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March 2023

El Bueno Y El Malo by Hermanos Gutirrez (2022)

El Bueno Y El Malo by Hermanos GutierrezSince the release of El Bueno Y El Malo, their latest Dan Auerbach produced album, gallons of ink (digital and physical) have been spilled on Ecuadorian/Swiss siblings, Hermanos Gutirrez. Their epic evocations of Morricone and spaghetti westerns conjure up expansive, sonic panoramic visions on tunes like Thunderbird and La Verdad, while the dreamy and thoughtfulness of Cielo Grande will send you on a deep, explorative journey of nature and consciousness. But dont take my word for it

Its like we are taking a road trip. Sometimes were traveling up the coast, but always we are in nature, and we see the most beautiful landscapes, sunrises and sunsets. -- Estevan Gutirrez

Tres Hermanos
La Verdad
Cielo Grande

- Russell G. Ochoa

Cracker Island by Gorillaz (2023)

Cracker Island by GorillazCracker Island, the eighth studio album from the animated, misfit outfit Gorillaz finds the creative wellspring that is Damon Albarn and illustrator/artist Jamie Hewlett teaming up with producer extraordinaire Greg Kurstin for a thinly-veiled exploration of present day life via a fictitious cult that dips in and out of mirroring society and all of its trappings... real, virtual, imagined and invented.

From the future funk, driving bass of Thundercat on the title track, to the inimitable Stevie Nicks doing her 21st Century, Fleetwood Mac best on 'Oil,' and Kevin Parker & Bootie Brown (Pharcyde) melding hip hop with the psychedelic/electronic Tame Impala sound on 'New Gold,' Albarn hasn't lost his knack for keeping his collaborations true to showcasing his guests' strengths, building the tracks around the hallmarks that put them on the map.

Nowhere is this more evident than on the reggaeton ambiance of Tormenta' featuring Bad Bunny. Albarn's vocals merely bookend the tune, taking a backseat to the Puerto Rican born superstars note-perfect, lounge-like delivery.

In the same vein, the ethereal 'Silent Running' sees Albarn bring long time Gorillaz 'Humanz Choir' member and former Amy Winehouse backing vocalist, Adeleye Omotayo front and center for a mesmerizing counterpoint to Albarns melancholic refrains.

All things said, Cracker Island is a true Gorillaz record full of crowd pleasing brilliance in the form of ear-worm lyrics (e.g. Fairy light companionsTo the dark maths that catapult), pulsating tunes and recognizable, heavy hitters to guide the way.

Whether its utilizing synth sounds that evoke late 70s/early 80s American radio staples, Albarn mining his pop and punk roots on Skinny Ape, or the former partnering with Beck to manifest the Walker Brothers on the baritone-laden Possession Island, Cracker Island sets itself apart from the Gorillaz discography as an unabashed pop record that goes for longevity and groove versus flash and bubblegum.

- Cracker Island (featuring Thundercat)
- Silent Running (featuring Adeleye Omotayo)
- Oil (featuring Stevie Nicks)
- Tormenta (featuring Bad Bunny)
- Possession Island (featuring Beck)
- Baby Queen

- Russell G. Ochoa

February 2023

New Erections by The Locust (2007)

New Erections2007 saw the end of their sonic infestation, but not without a final devastating and powerful sonic boom. If youve perhaps experienced the urge to dabble with trepanation, Id pass this album to you along with a sweet pair of bug goggles and maybe a tray for ensuing fluids. The Locust stands out from their particular genre, not just donning their iconic insect uniform, but moreso for the innovative implementation of the classic Moog sound into a traditional grindcore platform. Cresting just over 20 minutes, The Locusts final album whips by with razor sharp glassy wings. Notable also for the variation in vocals throughout the album and the groups descent into a heavier, at times nearly sludgy, tone. Highlights of New Erections include their hit AOTKPTA, and my personal favorite, Full Frontal Obscurity, a song that culminates in a satisfying call-and-response between Justin Pearson and Bobby Bray. Some songs achieve a borderline disturbing effect, like Book of Bot, when the ground suddenly falls out from under the typical grind track leaving the listener in the wake of a nauseating synth drawl. Whatever your preference is, I fully endorse the new hole in your skull. - Eva Nova

Dry - Demos by PJ Harvey (issued 2020)

Dry DemosTypically, when an artist grants us access to the demos of their published work it tends to have more of a vulnerable feeling much akin to holding the raw film of their very own ultrasounds. This album, however, stands in defiant contradiction to the vulnerability that you may have expected. The Dry demos are brimming with the kind of full-grown confidence that grips your collar and, with teeth bared, declares that it has full conviction in its own conception.

At just 21 years old, PJ Harvey composed these songs while she was attending art college in Yeovil; there she carved out the demos in space with a 4-track and her guitar. As a dedicated Polly Jean listener, it was hard to believe that Dry could sound even fuller when stripped from the production of her backing band. Above the power chords, her frank, sincere voice quivers with a little more fragility than were used to hearing from Harvey. At times you can hear her struggle to wrangle her voice and the car hydroplanes, but she redirects just in time.

Dazzling moments on the album include Oh My Lovers unexpected softness, and Dress building leering swagger. Victory pulls itself up to look up at the sun like a marooned body washing up on a windy shore. No matter the song, her sense of humor pushes through the fabric and makes itself known. We bear witness to the process of her discovering, and swiftly adjusting to, a fearless delivery. With just 11 songs, PJ Harvey nocks an arrow. - Eva Nova

Abattoir Blues by Nick Cave (2004)

Abattoir BluesThe first time I heard Breathless, my mother prefaced it with a specific visual: It sounds like a vampire woke up on the right side of the bed and started singing a love song. As the song traipsed along, the picture started to paint itself. She was right - I could totally see some caped Count Vamp in the sunny woods, the flutes kicking in like little cartoon bluebirds singing along.

Some sources suggest that this album was written as a love letter to his wife, and being the type of poet that he is, of course he chose to filter his feelings through the sieve of Greek mythology. Could one argue that Nick Cave turns a page with Abattoir Blues? The difference from his previous moody work cannot be denied; perhaps marriage has sublimated Caves proclivity towards angst.

Nick Cave and his band draw down ecstasy, trepidation, and, whats that? Even a little twinge of gospel? Out of the Grinderman, into the Bad Seeds once more, and dont forget to take a little red wine with you on the way out as sacrament. - Eva Nova

Nacarile by iLe (2022)

NacarileA la deriva (roughly translated to Adrift")...is how Puerto Rican singer-songwriter, iLe, welcomes us into her new creation Nacarile: adrift among a sea of newfound soundscapes and coursing a drift of verses that weave together 11 songs of which nobody can walk away unscathed from emotion(s). Helming only 36 minutes and 52 seconds, iLe has made an album that will have you immersed in a delirious state of singing even if you dont know what shes singing and dancing until the very last chord. The artist has amassed the equivalent of a UN panel of talent from all over Latin America: from the all-female mariachi band from New York City Flor de Toloache to the Mexican songstress Natalia Lafourcade; from Chilean songbird Mon Laferte to Puerto Rican rapper/reggaeton singer Ivy Queen these are just a few of the names that make this album such a trove to treasure.

-A La Deriva (Feat. Flor de Toloache)
-(Escapndome) de m
-En Cantos (Feat. Natalia Lafourcade)
-ALGO BONITO (Feat. Ivy Queen)
-Cuando TE MIRO (Feat. Rodrigo Cuevas)
-No Es Importante

-J Guillermo Paleo

High Violet by The National (2010)

High VioletI still remember the first time I heard a song by The National: it was Fall 2012, I was living in Washington, DC, and I was walking to work when I heard their single Bloodbuzz Ohio from their album High Violet blasting through my headwires thanks to a Dropbox folder I shared with some friends. What ensued from this discovery was nothing short of obsession: I began poring through their catalog and memorizing every verse and every piece of information that permeated the media about them, as if I was on the path to become the bands historian. My discovery led me to understand lead singer Matt Berningers long-standing self-induced relationship with gloom and his need to house his limitations all-the-while bridging the ground between self-deprecation and self-accountability for his (entropic) raison dtre within this collection of songs. This is a record that almost 13 years after its release still has me going back and peeling back the layers of its intricate nature I mean, talk about replay valueanyone!?

-Terrible Love
-Anyones Ghost
-Little Faith
-Afraid Of Everyone
-Conversation 16

-J Guillermo Paleo

Residente o Visitante
by Calle 13 (2007)

Residente o VisitanteWhen the Puerto Rican duo comprised of siblings Residente (the singer) and Visitante (the producer/beat maker) commonly known as Calle 13 first burst into the mainstream zeitgeist with their self-titled debut, critics did not know how to catalog them: Reggaeton, Hip-Hop, Electronic, or, the all-encompassing, yet cringing term, Latin? Yet, this was a group that did not want to be pigeonholed; therefore, it is safe to assume that theyre all of the above. Moreover, maybe thats what being classified as Latin means: Latinos can play any sort of genre and because were a diaspora of cultures we encompass anything and everything other genre(s)-artist(s) wish they could. But, I confess, I digress from my original motive for writing: reviewing this specific piece of art-work.

This record is an amazing follow-up to a debut that had people all over the world bobbing their heads and screaming the lyrics to Atrvete-Te-Te (including my grandparents). The music and the lyrics in this outing are just phenomenal: both members are at the top of their game: the production feels more polished and the writing more elevated both just yearn for an audience of ready-abled listeners to house its melodies Its an open invitation to become either a permanent resident of their musical journey (Residente) or a visitor (Visitante) who just listens and walks away nonplussed. Its my humble opinion that, given the right disposition to spend 1 hour and 2 minutes of your time, you will walk out of this listening experience with a new outlook on Latin Music. Question is: do you dare-re-re? (CUE Atrvete-Te-Te!)

-Tango del Pecado (Feat. Bajofondo Tango Club, Panasuyo)
-Mala Suerte con el 13 (Feat. La Mala Rodrguez)
-Algo Con-Sentido (Feat. pg-13)
-Pal Norte (Feat. Orishas)
-Cumbia de los Aburridos
-El Avin Se Cae
-La Crema

-J Guillermo Paleo

Two Dreams by Circa Survive (2023)

Two DreamsCirca Survive announced their decision to go on hiatus for an indefinite time in the Fall of 2022. Yet, with the news of their departure from the limelight, they also left us with a parting gift to hold us - the listeners - through our lonesome nights while we wait for them to come back to our welcoming eardrums like a prodigal son. The gift: an album that has united (in musical matrimony!) the last two EPs the band had recorded together 2021s A Dream About Love and 2022s A Dream About Death aptly-titled Two Dreams. Gone is the angst and the desperate screams that once adorned their songs; in its stead we are presented with a record that plays like an open love letter: a dream-like heartfelt swansong a (temporary) departure before we wake-up from the nightmare of their absence.

-Imposter Dream
-Our Last Shot
-Gone For Good
-Sleep Well
-Late Nap
-Discount on Psychic Readings
-Die on the West Coast

-J Guillermo Paleo

Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers by Kendrick Lamar (2022)

Mr. Morale & The Big SteppersAt this point, Kendrick Lamar is quite obviously one of the greatest artists of our time. On the double- album, therapy-voyage Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers, Lamar uses elements of jazz, R&B/soul, and trap to produce a conscious hip hop record that explores themes of trauma, toxic masculinity, and celebrity worship. Much like the rest of the world, the surreal music video for The Heart Beat Part 5 launched my interest in the album, Lamars fifth and final project on the TDE label. As with all the most memorable artists, Lamars greatest strength is his vision modern trap sounds are used to pivot away from narrative tropes and instead comment on greater social and institutional issues via the main characters personal narrative. A collection of songs that should come off as choppy and meandering is wrangled gracefully into a cohesive statement under Lamars pen; this masterpiece sees him at his most potent and powerful yet, nestled between legacy and just getting started. - Serenity Autumn

RENAISSANCE by Beyonc (2022)

RENAISSANCELast year, Beyonc gifted us with RENAISSANCE, and it was precisely the house pop escapism we all needed post-pandemic (if we can even call the summer of 2022 that). The resilient BREAK MY SOUL as refreshing and joyous a single as it is arguably received radio overplay, but that just comes with the territory of a powerhouse like Beyonc. Album tracks like the 6-minute track VIRGOS GROOVE, my personal favorite, CHURCH GIRL, and Donna Summer-homage and closer SUMMER RENAISSANCE never overstay their welcome. In fact, RENAISSANCE's seamless, beat-matched transitions implore listeners to respect the hour-long album-to-dance-floor experience, and Beyonc consistently inspires and delivers. - Serenity Autumn

Barbarism by Katie Alice Greer (2022)

BarbarismFormerly of D.C.s post-punk band Priests, Katie Alice Greer released her first solo album, the surreal electro-rock Barbarism, on Four Four Records. While her frontwoman persona with Priests boasted a classic feminist-punk approach, Barbarism sees Greer taking the reins with a much more poised, Bjork-ian presence. Just as eerily commanding, Barbarisms chaotic soundscapes mirror the feeling of a socially deteriorating, mid-pandemic world; yet Greers calm-but-effect-ed voice at once guides when isolated and excitingly skin-crawls in the context of doom-laden soundscapes and lyrical themes. Standout tracks include the hook-y singles FITS/My Love Cant Be and Dreamt I Talked To Horses, but the record overall is its own complete, tripped-out, must-listen experience. - Serenity Autumn

Love Transcends by Jackie Venson (2021)

Love TranscendsAustin treasure Jackie Venson continues her ascension to the top with blues album Love Transcends.​ Described by Venson as "written across a decade, recorded in a pandemic, played in a style a century old," the record was performed completely live with her long-time band at Arlyn Studios and produced by Tim Palmer. Venson is known for her Prince and Hendrix-esque guitar work as well as for her eclectic pop songwriting style, which blends studied swaths of reggae, blues, rock, R&B, and electronica. Love Transcends showcases Venson's catalogue of original, new and familiar blues-centric songs, which got a revamp on the record. Followers of Venson will recognize a good number of fan favorites from her live shows ("Rollin' On", "See What You Want", and the album's title-track) -- even better, the songs certainly have new life provided by the lush organ and piano arrangements and, more significantly, by Venson and co.'s wildfire performance. - Serenity Autumn

January 2023

Alpha Zulu by Phoenix (2022)

Alpha ZuluEver since Phoenix broke into the music charts with 2009s Wolfgang Amadeus, they have brought their own sense-brand of French Pop. Fast-forward 13 years later and two studio albums, 2009s Bankrupt! and 2017s Ti Amo, and Phoenix have regaled us with Alpha Zulu. Helming just 35 minutes, this new outing is the perfect metaphor of a musical treat: these 10 songs, like a piece of cotton candy that dissolves and awakens your tastebuds, are sure to spark your senses, and have you licking your fingers and saying Damn, that was good! Can I have another taste?! From Alpha to Zulu, beginning-to-end, this is one delightful confection of an album you can enjoy on repeat sans the unwelcomed calories and the fear of developing unhealthy habits.

-Alpha Zulu
-Tonight (Feat. Ezra Koenig)
-The Only One
-Winter Solstice

-J Guillermo Paleo

Cool It Down by Yeah Yeah Yeahs (2022)

Cool It DownTheeeyyyre baaaack! screamed all of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fan base in a non-creepy Poltergeist manner, as they made their long-awaited return into the cultural zeitgeist. It has been 9 years of radio-silenceyet, that is quickly forgotten as the first musical chords of their opening song, Spitting Off the Edge of the World, begin to ooze through the speakers. What ensues is just nothing short of a masterpiece for our modern times: youll cry, scream, dance, and sing-along and, yes, beg for more before the album ends. With just 8 songs, the YYYs have made an album that will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an universe of different sonic themes and back, but remember to Cool It Down before your next playback.

-Spitting Off the Edge of the World (Feat. Perfume Genius)

-J Guillermo Paleo

Rtj Cu4tro by Run The Jewels (2023)

Rtj Cu4troOh, to be a fly on the wall when this was being discussed - a wishful journal entry from a Run The Jewels fan.

No, this is not a new outing for the duo known as Run The Jewels; it is a re-interpretation of their last album, 2018s RTJ4, yet with a twist. I elaborate: Run The Jewels has a long-standing reputation for being one of the, if not the only, hottest Hip-Hop/Rap duo with whom every artist wants to work. With just four albums under their belts, some musical appearances range from Rage Against the Machines lead singer, Zack De La Rocha, to former member of Three 6 Mafias Gansta Boo; from Blink-182s drummer Travis Barker to saxophone-extraordinaire Kamasi Washingtonthe list continues on and on, and on Yet, for all the different acts they have worked and collaborated with, none take the cake as the ones on this new release. Now, as mentioned, Rtj Cu4tro doesnt change any of the elements that made RTJ4 so iconic; no, it just adds a different spice to the mixing table: a mirage of different acts from all over Latin America. Just like the tagline states: this is a re-imagining through the prism of Latin America. And, dare I add, Ooh La Lawhat an internationally-designed-musical treat!

-Ooh la la (Feat. Santa Fe Klan)
-Santa Calamifuck (Feat. Eva Peroni, Chucho Llano, Yulian Perks, and Nick Hook)
-Caminando En La Nieve (Feat. Akapellah, Apache, and Pawmps)
-Ju$T (Feat. Toy Selectah, Pharrell Williams, and Zack de la Rocha)
-Nunca Mirar Hacia Atrs (Feat. Bomba Estreo)
Tirando El Detonador (Feat. Lido Pimienta, Javier Arce, and Iggor Cavalera)

-J Guillermo Paleo

The Other Side Of Make-Believe by Interpol (2022)

Other Side Of Make-BelieveInterpols sound has always carried a certain grittiness and painted an audible portrait of New York Citys underbelly-seediness. And, although their sound has shifted between gears over the years, their efforts to pierce the veil of this undercurrent darkness have never quite ceased. Ever since their inception into the ever-growing cultural discourse of music with 2002s Turn On the Bright Lights their sound has always carried a certain lull that only felt grounded and secured among the canon of critics and music lovers who were still dreaming of seeing Joy Division or New Order play live. Yes, the comparison was uncanny, but also unfair: it was a long-hard-casted shadow that was immediately donned upon their first chords. For any band, this would have crippled the mobility to discover new soundwaves and would have limited them to be discarded as a one-hit wonder. I stress any band, as this wasn't the case for Interpol, and their seventh release, The Other Side of Make-Believe, further solidifies this statement as they continue to cement themselves into the infinite halls of music.

Whether you like them or despise them; whether you write them-off as carbon copies of 80s bands or simply admire their guile and ingenuity to shadowcast themselves into the cultural zeitgeist of Music; they are an act to reckon and take stock in. And, in the end, one cant help but read the forewarning on the wall: the closing statements on their last track Go Easy (Palermo): a whisper and a clamor directed to us, as listeners and musical purveyors/consumers: Come on, go easy/Dont matter what you bring.. My suggestion: dont bring anything but your disposition; be-and-come as a passenger: welcome the sonic highways that greets us all on The Other Side of Make-Believe.

-Into the Night
-Mr. Credit
-Gran Hotel
-Big Shot City
-Go Easy (Palermo)

-J Guillermo Paleo

December 2022

by Pete Yorn (2022)

HawaiiThe Pandemic hit us all in different ways and aspects. For Pete Yorn, it was a moment to reflect back on his past and find a new approach to writing and crafting music. In the wake of the new norm, Yorn decided to get back to the studio with friend/ musician Day Wave who also happened to produce his 2019 outing Caretakers and concoct an album that perfectly embodies the pursuit of (human) connection. Its an album filled with lyrical resonance and depth; one that will no doubt have you singing and humming along as the sounds permeate through your headphones

-Elizabeth Taylor
-Til The End
-Also, Roses
-Fred & Wilma

-J Guillermo Paleo

Yhlqmdlg by Bad Bunny (2020)

YhlqmdlgBad Bunny, bay-be this is the signature phrase that accompanies every song artist Bad Bunny sings: a signal to us, the listeners, to not confuse him with any other artist around, and cementing his residency among our collective cultural subconscious. Bad Bunny has become synonymous with the King Midas himself: EVERYTHING he touches turns to gold in his case everything he releases becomes an immediate hit. After releasing his first album, X 100PRE, Bad Bunny was feared to be a one-album wonder, leaving fans and spectators to see what could come next after singing with Drake Mia. What ensued was a sophomore album that has left even the most conservatives swinging their hips and nodding their heads to the beats. Hailing from the small island of Puerto Rico hear his pride on his song P FKN R Bad Bunny is a force of musical ingenuity that one must reckon and recognize for his reach.

-Si Veo A Tu Mam
-La Difcil
-Yo Perreo Sola
-Est Cabrn Ser Yo

-J Guillermo Paleo

Far In by Helado Negro (2021)

Far InRoberto Carlos Lange a.k.a Helado Negro has always been the perfect analogy of a multiverse. With every release, he manages to tap into another dreamspace, another side of his psyche for which we, as listeners, are invited to discover. When we last heard of Lange, he had released 2019s This Is How You Smile, a record that gave us a full tour of his mind: his struggles as the son of immigrant parents and, thus, him trying to etch his identity in his late 30s. Far In, continues along those lines, yet it does in a different fashion and direction. Gone is the desperation and in its absence we are given a new side of Helado Negro. Even though the album has a beefy 68 minute runtime, you dont even notice it as one is immediately lost in the sonic highways, Lange has so carefully crafted just buckle in, cos youre in for a ride.

-Gemini and Leo
-There Must Be A Song Like You
-Outside the Outside
-Thank You For Ever
-La Naranja

-J Guillermo Paleo

Sonidos de Karmtica Resonancia
by Zo (2021)

Sonidos de Karmatica ResonanciaWith a musical career spanning almost 30 years, Mexican band Zo has been one of the most talked about and lauded indie rock acts of the last two decades in Latin America. With every release, they manage to explore new sonic waves all-the-while expanding upon familiar ground. Yet, Sonidos de Karmtica Resonancia feels different. With their seventh outing, they have regaled us with their most polished, yet psychedelic release to date. The skinny: SKR is a trippy, lucid dream-like experience the perfect encapsulation of why the 70s is an era in which youd rather get lost in than escape fromthe perfect reason for you to stop reading this, get your headphones out, and give them a whirl

Still here?!

Well, heres some highlights to start the conversation:

-El Duelo
-Ese Cuadro No Me Pinta

-J Guillermo Paleo

November 2022

Diagrams of Thought
by Nueen (2022)

Diagrams Of ThoughtAfter being absolutely spoiled with two astonishingly gorgeous albums in 2021 from Barcelona-based producer, Nueen, having to wait until the last months of 2022 for a new album felt like an eternity, but what a worthwhile wait. The past few years have seen Nueen beautifully sculpt and craft his own sonic world, which is growing even more vast with Diagrams of Thought. The album delicately progresses throughout, finding rhythms in spaces between sounds, beginning soft and curious but by the end of the album, broken jungle-inspired drums find their place inside the transcendent space Nueen has created. Well worth diving into this album head first, and I highly recommend his other releases as well if his name is new to you. You wont be disappointed. - Corbin

Yasuragi Land by Foodman (2021)

Yasuragi Land If you have been letting yourself off easy with your listening habits lately, and are feeling ready to shake things up, Yasuragi Land is sure to be a wildly unique treat. Japanese producer, foodman comes from juke and footwork roots, and you can hear it in the rhythm of this album. However, instead of rolling bass, the album consists of fun and quirky sounds that dance around in your head. This album feels as if your childhood toys made a dance album. In the best and most unique way possible. - Corbin

Top Natural Drum by Mister Water Wet (2022)

Top Natural Drum Kansas City legend, Iggy Romeu aka Mister Water Wet, strikes again. Easily one of the most creative and unique samplers in electronic music, his new album, Top Natural Drum is a fascinating and adventurous excursion into sound. Pushing and pulling found sound into all sorts of different directions to create an audial collage that is entirely refreshing and inspiring. Let MWW take everything you think about music, strip it, flip it, throw some sauteed mushrooms on there, steam it, shuffle it up, a little bit of sauce, rearrange it, and put it all on top of each other. - Corbin

Die Cuts / City Planning by Mount Kimbie (2022)

Die Cut City Planning The world has had to be patient for new music from the iconic duo, Mount Kimbie, as their last album was released in 2017. Since then, a few small projects have leaked out, but the duo has been mostly quiet as the members found themselves on other sides of the globe living different lives. This album is split into two parts: The first, Die Cuts is music Dom Maker has been making since his move from London to Los Angeles. Finding himself working more and more as a producer for rappers and pop artists in California, this half of the album leans heavily that way, featuring artists such as Danny Brown, James Blake, and slowthai. The second half of the album is by the second half of the duo, Kai Campos. This half is far more electronic than Doms side, weaving ambient grooves, minimal techno, and kicked-back house in a way that feels far more what fans of Kimbies older work might expect. The album is a really cool way to hear what both halves of this amazing duo have been kicking around individually and these are two artists well worth keeping up with. - Corbin


Big Time by Angel Olsen (2022)

Big TimeBig Time once again finds a prolific Angel Olsen following her muse to employ all of the soaring swoon and charisma of the Nashville Sound. As she and 'The Big Time Band' lean into her pseudo-country side, Olsen effortlessly evokes the timeless charm and delivery of Patsy Cline, while channeling the vulnerability and revelatory resonance of artists like Jeff Buckley and Nina Simone. Preserving the highly personal songwriting style that continues to define her stellar body of work, Olsen exorcises golden grief from the swollen heartbreak of loved ones lost and things left unsaid, all the while braving the ever treacherous gauntlet of self-reflection and self-acceptance, world be damned. Full and beautifully constructed of equal parts lovesick and yearning, anchored by Olsen's magnificently measured vocals, Big Time is an introspective journey into the nuances of self and relationships, with a feel best summed up by the words on the back of her tour t-shirt...

Its not country, but its not NOT country.

"Chasing the Sun"
"Right Now"
"Ghost On"

- Russell G. Ochoa

Metalby Manilla Road (1982)

MetalThe word Metal as used in a musical context was already well established by 1982. It goes waayyy back to the Dark Ages. There was a cave somewhere in an obscure central European mountain range only accessible at certain phases of the moon. Inside the cave was a book, a lute, and a magic sword. To get the sword, the word had to be read from the book. The books pages were made from the skin of an extinct reptile. Its cover was locked shut and it could only be opened by playing a secret riff on the lute. Anyway, someone learned the riff, opened the book, read the word and got the sword. The word appeared again centuries later on the wall of a 7-11 just outside Manilla Roads hometown of Wichita, Kansas. It was beyond the gas pumps fluorescent lights, above the weeds, spray painted red like an ancient hieroglyph: METAL. And that is probably where the title of this album comes from.

Wichita also happens to be the site of the very first electric guitar performance in history (on an instrument built by the company that would become Rickenbacker) which took place on Halloween night, 1932. Maybe its more than coincidence that this is where Manilla Roads major dude Mark The Shark Shelton learned the instrument and when, combined with a singing voice like a wizard trapped in a glass cage, became adept at communicating across barriers of language, time, space. A sequel to the hard rock sorta prog debut Invasion and direct predecessor to defining masterpiece Crystal Logic, the ideas formed on Metal are themes that the Road would come back to more than once: myths stolen from gods and brought down to be used as maps for navigating the everyday hassle of being a regular human trying to get by.

A cosmic awakening that crossed hippie rock with Sharks own explorations of history, ingestion of weed, sword and sorcery, horror tales, science fiction and science fact, all incorporated with early Rush (Fly By Night, Caress of Steel), Uli Jon Roth era Scorpions, early Judas Priest (Sad Wings of Destiny, Sin After Sin) and a unique psychedelic weirdness. Queen Of The Black Coast based on Robert E. Howards tale, is a love story told from the perspective of Conan who becomes enraptured with said Queen as she watches her enemies heads get chopped off. Defender is about a dude on a never ending mission, returning from death to defend the planet with an ending that reveals hes playing the arcade game: Defending my planet is all that I do; wont somebody play me; one quarter will do - DEFENDER! Sharks dad was actual Air Force brass who developed laser defense systems with N.A.S.A. and knew the secrets of Area 51 so he was probably real good at getting the high score. On Cage of Mirrors a magician searches for eternal life through black magic and gets trapped in a prison of his own creation. More than just a spooky tale, its metaphor extends to the use of science as magic, good and evil. The evil of advanced weaponry/careless consumerism versus rare instances of human decency and philosophical intelligence catching up with technological advancement.

Shark was a dude who believed in practicality and science over myth. Like R.E. Howards barbarian he appreciated the usefulness of steel over sorcery and wielded it in the form of an electrical axe. The Road would make heavier, more expansive albums, but Metal is where Shark found the cave, read the book, got the sword, and used the WORD as the most direct term available to describe where he was headed. He went all the way with it before climbing on his hog in 2018 to take that endless ride; the question asked on the albums title track left unanswered: Is life so pure we cannot seek; our hopes, our dreams to make our fantasies reality? Or: the false morality of religion is over, isnt it time to move out of the dark ages? Apparently this album is not available to stream or whatever, so we are not that far out of he Dark Ages yet. Doesnt matter. Any person with a serious interest in Metal should buy and listen to this LP. Those who dont can expect to wake up one night with the panicked realization of what it means to be a poser. - Adam

Selected Ambient Works 85-92 by Aphex Twin (1992)

Selected Ambient Works 85-92The debut album from one of electronic music's most important and groundbreaking figures, Richard D. James (aka Aphex Twin), isnt one of those older electronic records that ends up sounding cheesy and out of date. Decades later, this album still holds firm on its innovative, unique sound that ended up pushing forward an entire world of artists and musicians following its lead. Quite a feat when you consider that the earliest of these tracks were written when James was only 14 years old. Most likely due to his obsession with creating each sound digitally from scratch, rather than sampling or using a pre-programmed sound - the uniqueness of the record stands out from anything else being created at this time. For newcomers to electronic music - this is a genius place to start. - Corbin

Magnetic Eyes by Jeff Phelps (1985)

Magnetic EyesThere are so many amazing overlooked Texas artists, but atop my list of them is Jeff Phelps, an artist from Missouri City, Texas (near Houston) who recorded his debut album Magnetic Eyes in his bedroom back in 1985. Geniusly blending early deep house, R&B, and pop in such a minimalist, laid back way - its an absolute shame that Phelps isnt held as one of the most important names in Texas electronic history. Definitely worth a listen for any Texas music lover or electronic digger or anyone in between. - Corbin

Migration by Bonobo (2017)

MigrationBonobos 2017 album Migration is a great record to spend some introspective moments with this fall. Remaining dancey at its core, the album is a bit darker in tone and subject than the artist's other albums. Dealing with topics of homesickness, an ever changing world, and a decaying environment, Bonobo captures a great glimpse of life in the modern age through sound. Although much of the tone is more dramatic than other releases, there is still often a lining of hope surrounding many of the songs. Perfect for someone feeling a bit hopeless or lost in the ever changing world. Perhaps Migration will give you something to grasp onto. - Corbin

Untrue by Burial (2007)

UntrueAs we start slipping into colder weather, Id be remiss not to be ahead of the curve and highly recommend Burials 2007 album, Untrue. The long-mysterious London-based producers second album is yet another trailblazing album in electronic music. Fusing UK garage music with a much deeper and emotive sound - its not hard to imagine many cold, rainy nights on the Underground leading to the inspiration for this record, but I find that anytime it gets cold, taking a late night drive and listening to this album does something deep within me that resonates and somehow provides warmth. - Corbin


Lucifer On The Sofaby Spoon (2022)

Lucifer On The SofaRecorded mainly in Austin, TX, as frontman Britt Daniel stated he wanted to experience the vibe of the city, Lucifer On The Sofa marks the 2022 return-to-form of local indie rock heroes Spoon - and theyre serving chunky guitars and good ol rock n roll. Austin hole-in-the-wall blues-rock club and Americana-tinged influences are certainly at home on the record, immediate and punchy on psych-washed opener Held and The Devil & Mister Jones. Space-y, drippy arrangements on side Bs still-rockin Astral Jacket and Satellite compliment that nighttime drive comedown from a toe-tapping, boot-stomping Saturday night. Known for their consistent songwriting chops and live energy, Spoon deliver exactly that throughout this loud and proud yet dynamic vinyl LP. - Serenity Autumn

Music City USA by Charley Crockett (2021)

Music City USAWith the arrival of 2021s Music City USA, 37-year-old Charley Crocketts workboots have certainly been worn in. The Rio Grande Valley-made singer-songwriter was raised in a trailer park by a single mom; has earned money by picking crops in Pacific Northwest marijuana fields; and has briefly lived, worked, and busked in New Orleans, Dallas, France, Spain, and Morocco. His fascinating story lends to his eclectic yet familiar sound, as he harvests from various icons such as Waylon Jennings (the cover art even evokes a Waylon album), James Hand, and Freddy Fender. His self-described Gulf and Western and 60s country-inspired sound is evident in the bluesy soul of lead single I Need Your Love; the galloping banjo-scaped rollick of Round This World; and the refreshingly biting Music City USA. Perhaps the greatest thing about the 16-track double LP is that there is no act, but its at once cinematic, authentic, and thoughtful - a Texas original. - Serenity Autumn

Gary Clark Jr. Live
by Gary Clark Jr. (2014)

Gary Clark Jr. LiveGary Clark Jr. is synonymous with Austin, TX. A lot of people dont realize how difficult it can often be to capture the energy of a live show onto a recording - however, one could not hail from the Live Music Capital of the World, become this successful, and have that problem. This 2014 live record was recorded at shows across the world over the previous year, wherein Clark and his wicked band consistently blow the roof off the place. This double vinyl LP is a consistent best-seller at Waterloo, and the reasons why are evident: Clark boasts his soulful vocals, classic gnarly blues rock riffs, screeching wah pedal-ed guitar solos, and the tightest backup band around. The records hushed blues and R&B moments are served and adorned deliciously, punctuating Clarks ability to put on an unmatched, dynamic live performance. - Serenity Autumn

A Beautiful Time by Willie Nelson (2022)

A Beautiful TimeWillie Nelsons latest album (released on his 89th birthday, April 29, 2022) is a delightful reminder of why he remains timeless - Willie is consistently just himself while celebrating the classic country sounds he had a hand in perfecting (although, as humble as is, he would never admit that), and the music of both contemporary and classic artists (Chris Stapleton, Leonard Cohen, The Beatles.) The unmistakable tone and cadence of his voice breathe new life into every song, even 72 albums in. And yes, in subject alone, With A Little Help From My Friends might as well be a Willie original. But doggone it, on this record, it really is. On the playful yet bittersweet I Dont Go To Funerals, he assures us, No, I dont go to funerals, and I sure wont be at mine.

Oh, Willie. Your beautiful spirit will live on forever. - Serenity Autumn

JULY 2022

Georgia Gothic
by Mattiel (2022)

Georgia GothicOn third album Georgia Gothic, Atlanta duo Mattiel Brown and Jonah Swilley brew up the titles atmosphere using drippy reverb, 60s-fuzzed guitar lines, and a rhythm section that enunciates with a bouncy drawl. Most impressively, the record oozes effortless pop melodies, decidedly enviable in Jeff Goldblum and Lighthouse. Sometimes, Browns vocal delivery dreams soft confidence reminiscent of early Lush (Jeff Goldblum), and other times rings like a lighter - but still as commanding - Buffy Sainte-Marie (Other Plans). The otherwise-perfect melodies sung are often altered by screwy tremolo, pitch shifts, or subtle distortion, which only aid in suspending disbelief. Even through the self-aware garage pop of How It Ends, the city-slickened Georgia goths maintain an undeniable cool. - Serenity Autumn

Let The Festivities Begin!
by Los Bitchos (2022)

Let The Festivities Begin!Los Bitchos (Serra Petale, Agustina Ruiz, Josefine Jonsson, and Nic Crawshaw) self-describe as 4 gals from the underground realms of London, tripping out on Tequila and Cumbia vibes. Their debut Let The Festivities Begin! (produced by dance-rock enthusiast Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand) is a 60s and 70s-flourished instrumental trek led by catchy grooves, drippy psychedelia, and pure charm. Los Bitchos gift us a party record filled with infectious sunshine-y guitar lines as fun, sweet, and glimmering as the album cover promises. Highlights include opener The Link Is About to Die, single Good to Go!, and the suitably titled Tripping at a Party. - Serenity Autumn

Once Twice Melody by Beach House (2022)

Once Twice MelodyBeach House (Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally) offer irresistible, gleaming solace in electro-dreamscape Once Twice Melody. The records sweeter tracks, like Runaway and Finale, feature romantic, archetypal 80s synth lines, but via Valium-decelerated, Cocteau Twins soundscapes (which is definitely a compliment.)

The musics lushness is never just for show - the four-chapter journey succeeds in its hypnotism with trust in moving, bittersweet interludes that enrich its subtle pop sensibilities. On songs like Pink Funeral, Masquerade, and album-closer Modern Love Stories, the mood quickly shifts from heavenly ambiance to enticingly Alice-In-Wonderland nightmarish, then back again. The anxiety induced by changing electronic grooves or punctuating string arrangements only remedies itself through soft vocal melodies that glide in and soothe like lucidly-dreamt pink pastel clouds. If heaven truly is a place where nothing ever happens, Once Twice Melody sounds like a more real home, the party in the clouds for the heartbroken, the sad, and the hopeful. - Serenity Autumn

Is 4 Lovers
by Death From Above 1979 (2021)

Is 4 LoversDeath From Above 1979s self-produced album, Is 4 Lovers, throws guitar-rock-driven electronica punches. Big, colorful, hectic, & all in the best way. Taking cues from hyper pop pioneers 100 Gecs and genre-bending guitar greats such as St. Vincent and MIYAVI, the Canadian duo blend shades of heavy metal, synth pop, hardcore punk, & dance rock to create a night-time house party record. The runtime is just over 30 minutes, but there's never a lull, its best parts are exemplified in single One + One & Free Animal. - Serenity Autumn

Never The Right Time by Andy Stott (2021)

Never The Right TimeSince the turn of the 2010s, Andy Stott has been chiseling away at his own dark, decaying world of sound. The Manchester-based artist takes techno and pulls, twists, destroys, and contorts until nothing but raw emotion are left. And 2021s Never The Right Time is possibly Stotts most emotive work to date. As usual, Stott creates plains of nostalgic, introspective ambience that become broken up by chasms of infectious, yet distorted dance music. When assisted by his frequent collaborator (and former piano teacher), Alison Skidmore, the distorted techno sounds become wrapped in a dreamy layer of spaced out pop. A wonderful balance of sounds on this record leave quite the journey to be had - one moment introspective and full of feeling, then instantly deep and clubbed out. Its always the right time for this album. - Corbin

Tracing Back The Radiance by Jefre Cantu-Ledesma (2019)

Tracing Back The RadianceTracing Back The Radiance consists of three long compositions, and makes up what is perhaps San Francisco-based artist, Jefre Cantu-Ledesmas finest work yet. Named after work by Chinul, a Korean Buddhist monk, this is absolutely a spiritual journey. The album gently breathes and meditates alongside the listener, creating a space that feels so comfortable, it might has well have been along with your for your entire life. It is harder and harder to find places of calm in our ever bustling world, and this album is a true companion for anyone seeking to spend time immersed in a place somewhere else. - Corbin

by Farben (2022)

textstar+Such an exciting reissue here. Textstar+ is made up of compositions originally released by Farben (aka Jan Jelinek & Gramm) on a series of four EPs released from 1999 to 2002. Farben represents Jelineks most upbeat and dancy project, often the tracks have a housey foundation, yet still with his signature texture, rhythmic clicks, loose progression, and hypnotic melodies. An absolute must have for any fans of microhouse or clicks & cuts sounds. All twelve of these wonderfully remastered tracks might beckon some to dissect the intricacies of the music, but I personally recommend (and think it might be hard not to) just dance. - Corbin

by Vtgnike (2014)

DubnaRussian producer, Vtgnike (pronounced Vintage Nike)s 2014 album Dubna is still ahead of its time. This album feels downtempo at times even though most tracks clock in around 160 BPM, making for a super unique listening experience. Juke & jungle are pulled into some deep green fog here and it is hard not to get lost in it. Smudged and aquatic footwork that feels detached from the world and maybe more like what an underwater rave attended mostly by ghosts might sound like. - Corbin

Ways & Means
by The Deslondes (2022)

Ways & MeansOne of the most consistently inspired Americana outfits of the last decade, The Deslondes keep the streak going strong with their newest album, Ways & Means. After respectable solo albums from each of the band's two primary songwriters (Sam Doores and Riley Downing), Ways & Means manages to show that the two are fundamentally stronger together than apart. The New Orleans-based band flexes each of their muscles with old-time folk offerings, meaningful country, and a fair amount of R&B / Blues / New Orleans-funk that would make Leon Russell take note. Ways & Means takes an honest approach to deconstructing day-to-day life in a struggling country. Honesty is what has always made The Deslondes interesting, and honesty seems to be what keeps them going. - Cory

Soul (Original Motion Picture Score)

SoulTheres no movie viewing needed to enjoy the stripped back, buoyant sounds of the score for Disney/Pixars Soul. Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross join forces once again to create this sonic exploration of the metaphysical - with a result thats expansive, stirring, and comforting all at once. Its a beautiful listen, best enjoyed on a rainy morning but really any moment spent looking out a window will do. The first time I heard my favorite track (Epiphany) it felt like the day began again! This is also a great choice for someone looking to start exploring the world of film/movie scores. - Johanna

JUNE 2022

(Movie Soundtrack) by Sparks (2021)

From the ever-wonderfully bizarre minds of story writers and musicians Sparks (Ron & Russell Mael) and director Leos Carax comes Annette, an art-house art-pop musical. Both stunning and unexpectedly dark visually, tonally, and in performance, the project itself marks yet another glorious point of reinvention in the Mael brothers' 50-year career. Essentially an ultra-meta rock opera, Annette details the marriage, rise, and fall of comedian Henry McHenry (Adam Driver) and opera singer Ann Defrasnoux (Marian Cotillard) following the birth of their gifted daughter Annette (Devyn McDowell). Sparks fans might be surprised by the story's bleakness, but not by its quirks (musical repetition, humorous and anti-self-serious lyricism, deconstruction of masculinity), which are certainly, quintessentially Mael. Carax and Sparks form an enchanting yet difficult (in the best way) journey punctuated by essential and enthralling performances from Driver, Cotillard, and McDowell. - Serenity Autumn

SOUR by Olivia Rodrigo (2021)

SOUR announces the 2021 reign of 18-year-old Disney Channel star Olivia Rodrigo and solidifies the mainstream revival of '00s pop-punk. Written alongside indie rock musician/producer Dan Nigro, the record step-stones between rock arrangements and more expectedly-pop piano and acoustic guitar ballads (as advertised by the record's viral single "driver's license"). The latter spotlights Rodrigo's quietly powerful vocal style, accented by strings and hushed moments that declare an appreciation for the 2010s alt-pop of Lana Del Rey and Billie Eilish. The album's less slick and beyond charming rock tracks feature grooves that pay homage to Paramore, Avril Lavigne, and even Elvis Costello. What pulls it all together? Rodrigo and Nigro have taken plenty of pop songwriting notes from heartbreak's cultural icon Taylor Swift and manic-yet-high-functioning album structure notes from art-rock/pop star St. Vincent. The power of SOUR lies in its familiar and accessible themes (teen angst, anxiety, and doomed relationships) and its inadvertent disruption of rock purists - the just-post-hyper pop and genre-bending album's massive success amongst both teens and young adults has cemented the future wrangled by the globe-embracing Gen Z. - Serenity Autumn

Daddys Home by St. Vincent (2021)

Dallas-born Annie Clark and producer Jack Antonoff return with Daddys Home, the latest from the chameleonic St. Vincent. The album was written over the course of the pandemic - a period of time which St. Vincent used to come down from 2017's MASSEDUCTION, her biggest record yet. Titled in honor of Clark's father being released from a ten-year prison sentence, Daddy's Home sets out to question just who "Daddy" is now. The clean funk, 70s-flavored "pre-disco" record pays homage to Clark's earliest childhood musical favorites, as well as icons from her adopted homeland of New York City: Stevie Wonder, Al Green, Pink Floyd, Joni Mitchell, Prince, Bowie, The Velvet Underground, & Candy Darling. Together, Clark and Antonoff inject the confidence of glam-rock juggernaut MASSEDUCTION into the softer, critically-adored fan-favorite that is St. Vincents 2011 album Strange Mercy; the result creates a nostalgic, wine-drunk acid trip. Highlights of the record include the first single and album opener "Pay Your Way In Pain", the Floyd-ian "Live In The Dream", side B's "Down" and "My Baby Wants A Baby." - Serenity Autumn

Sometimes I Might Be Introvert by Little Simz (2021)

English-Nigerian rapper Little Simz creates her magnum opus on her fourth album Sometimes I Might Be Introvert. Inspired and co-signed by such artists as Lauryn Hill and Kendrick Lamar, Little Simz (Simbiatu "Simbi" Abisola Abiola Ajikawo) speaks on family, trauma, and the music industry over orchestral R&B arrangements, which make the hour-long record enthrallingly cinematic. The album succeeds 2019s highly-praised GREY Area, both produced by Inflo, project leader of the experimental R&B collective SAULT. But Little Simz is stylized in her own right, her quiet confidence and thoughtfulness furthering the albums potency. The soulful summer single "Woman" and tracks like Standing Ovation best exemplify what makes the rapper-songstress so charming and energetic. - Serenity Autumn

How Much Time It Is Between You And Me? by Perila

If Earth were to speak in environmental ambient sounds, and explain how she feels about her own existence in the 21st century, I imagine it would sound very much like Perilas 2021 album, How Much Time It Is Between You And Me?. Recorded in a small mountain village in France, the Russian-born Berlin-based producer and sound artist combines textural, naturey concrte, hauntingly gentle synths, subdued dubby atmospheres, and longing whispery vocals to create a soundtrack to a planet reckoning with its own continuation. Tired and beaten, yet still full of beauty and hope, I imagine if you found yourself in a quaint mountain town in France, pressed your ear to the ground, and listened hard enough - you would hear this album. Perila masterfully channels so much through her music, and this album no exception. Listen closely. - Corbin

Space 1.8 by Nala Sinephro

The word prodigy has been tossed around flippantly throughout modern history, but you would be hard-pressed to find a more applicable current artist than Nala Sinephro. Recording her debut album Space 1.8 at 22, the UK-based harpist exploded onto the scene with her cosmic ambient jazz that is easily comparable to works of Alice Coltrane and Jon Hassell. Delicate and introspective, the album weaves in and out of dreamlike spaces guiding the listener somewhere deep into a calm, far-away universe - yet somehow still somewhere deep within self. Each moment in this album feels so profoundly sacred and personal - allowing yourself the time to be still and listen will provide a truly unreplicable journey. An absolute must-listen for fans of Pharoah Sanders & Floating Points collaborative album Promises. - Corbin

Flowered Knife Shadows by exael

exaels wildly contrasty album Flowered Knife Shadows was constructed entirely on a laptop on the verge of death. The Berlin-via-Kansas pipeline of weirdo outsider ambient is taken to an extreme on this release. Hyper clubby techno drums sit atop gorgeous organic atmospheres to create such a fun and unique listening experience. Back and forth between songs that would obliterate any underground tunnel parties to tracks perfectly suitable for a rainy day relaxing around the house. If youd like to know what the future sounds like, look no further. - Corbin

In A Landscape
by Sa Pa

Utilizing otherworldy field recordings, mysterious producer Sa Pas album In A Landscape exists somewhere outside of time and space. Like the soundtrack to a strange dream from another planet, this record drifts in and out of textural ambient bliss and subtle yet driving dubby pieces that feel submerged under a layer of dense fog. A refreshing take on the sounds left off by Basic Channels Chain Reaction label. If drifting away from reality for an hour sounds nice, this is the perfect companion. - Corbin


MUNAMUNA deserves the world, and their new, self-titled album deserves your attention! It's their third album to date, and their first for Phoebe Bridgers' Saddest Factory label. It's only been out for a week, but I can tell that it'll be one of my albums of the summer. It'll make you dance ("What I Want"), it'll make you sing ("Silk Chiffon"), it'll make you cry ("Loose Garment"). Great production and highly recommended if you're feeling nostalgic for '90s/early '00s pop (but make it gay). Standout lyric: "You're gonna say that I'm on a high horse / I think that my horse is regular-sized / did you ever think maybe you were on a pony / going in circles on a carousel ride" (from "Anything But Me") - Allie


Various Artists - Follow The Sun

Follow The SunThis is a fantastic view into a parallel world of the 70's from Australia! These are bands that I've never heard of before. All of these little folk rock gems were blasting on the radio down under while we were listening to the smooth and not so smooth sounds of LA . However think more Tim Buckley than the Eagles. A nice refreshing listen to satisfy your 70's folk rock needs- Bill

Guided By Voices - August By Cake

GBVThis is THE best GBV in a while! Im a huge fan and have liked all the other post break-up albums, however this to me is truly the best of that lot. This is Pollards Wings At The Speed Of Sound album in that he let each band member write two songs each. However there's no "Cook Of The House" (Lindas song! ugh!) here. My personal faves of the other writers would be Bobby Bare Jr's two songs. If you are already a big fan like me you already have this. If you havent bought anything since Under The Bushes, welcome back! Best song: "When We All Hold Hands At The End Of The World"- Bill

Drab Majesty - The Demonstration

Drab MajestyThe new Drab Majesty is so good! If not familiar, imagine the 80's, however this is a parallel world. The kind of dark synth pop that did not have hits but had a cult following. Drab Majesty is pretty much that. Drab Majesty is visiting from space....goth space! - Bill Jeffery

The Felice Brothers - Life In The Dark

Felice BrothersAfter years of home recording in chicken coops and busking in New York City subways, the Felice Brothers have finally found a way to incorporate their rowdy live performances in their fourth studio album, Life in the Dark. Opening with a rollicking accordion and witty rhyme scheme about addiction to Corporate America, the album is chock full of surprising insight and anxiety about a changing culture, until it closes with a chorus of spiritual yearning. Triumph 73, an ode to a motorcycle, is a romance set in a small-town, Plunder is an upbeat sing-along that expresses wariness of technology and greed, and Diamond Bell is a ballad about a rebel woman terrorizing the west. Theres songs to dance to - like Dancing on the Wing and the foot-stomping instrumental Sally! And songs to cry to - like Life in the Dark, a sorrowful folk song drawing from traditionals and Sell the House, a troubling tale of a family down on their luck. Effortlessly intertwining Americana with classic rock, the Felice Brothers intuitively celebrate the simplicities of life, while offering a fresh view on what it means to be American. -Alicia

Embrace The Serpent

Embrace The Serpent"Embrace of the Serpent", director Ciro Guerra's follow up to 2009's "The Wind Journeys", is a further exploration into the forgotten regions and people of Colombia. The story takes place in the remote Amazonian jungle of Colombia and follows a shaman as he helps 2 westerners (40 years apart) find a mythical psychedelic plant. It's like "Apocalypse Now", but instead of Viet-Cong occupied territory, we are floating down the Amazon in a canoe. Grab hold of the serpent and enjoy the trip... -Nico, July 2016

Modern English - Mesh and Lace

Modern EnglishRe-issue of the year for me! This is a post punk classic! Ill admit it took me a while to listen to it in the 80's as i thought they were only about "Ill Melt With You" there only US hit. I lumped them in there with "Don't You Want Me?"! I couldn't have been more wrong! originally out in 1981 , Mesh and Lace has a strong Joy Division influence . Its on par with Bauhaus and Birthday Party. Yes its that good! pure goth heaven! plus extra tracks! - Bill Jeffery

Modern English - After The Snow

Modern EnglishAfter The Snow is the Modern English album that most people are familiar with. most goth purists (what ever that means) definitely think this album is the weaker sister of Mesh And Lace.Maybe that,s the case but this is still great post-punk music with a pop twist! and "Ill Melt With You" is undeniably great !If you say you don't like that song you are fibbing! this includes cool extra tracks

Zun - Burial Sunrise

ZunAn amazing Summertime album from the Godfather of Desert Rock. Gary Arce was in a band called Yawning Man with Alfredo Hernandez and Mario Lalli (who later became members of Kyuss and Fatso Jetson respectively). Supposedly the progenitors of the legendary Generator parties in the late 80s/early 90s Coachella Valley, California desert, Yawning Man heavily influenced the core trio of musicians (John Garcia, Josh Homme, Brant Bjork) who would eventually join Hernandez to become Sons Of Kyuss, later shortened, of course, to Kyuss.

On Burial Sunrise , Arce plays all the guitars (including bass and lap steel) with vocal duties being handled by Kyuss John Garcia (in his desert crooner mode) and most enjoyably by Sera Timms (Ides Of Gemini). The breezy guitars awash in flange-y reverb and paired with aqueous meandering bass-lines and dreamy vocal melodies will drag you out of your Texas heat stroke and cool the air around you by several degrees. On this their debut, Zun creates a mellow trip conducive to lounging in the evening breeze while the cement around you pops and cracks; releasing its energy stored from the heat of the day.

Hiatus Kaiyote - Choose Your Weapon

Hiatus KaiyoteSounds like: BadBadNotGood, The Internet, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Erkyah Badu, Flying Lotus, Robert Glasper

This album is a soulful, funky journey into space and sound. From start to finish it has a cohesive flow, with each song moving fluidly into another. Nai Palm, the lead singer sings of creatures, animals, fire, and dreamscapes, reminiscent of a shaman, symbolically telling a different tale with each track. These are some soulful, otherworldly jams with complex and elevated song structures, which is really impressive and innovative from the Melbourne based band. Electronic and futuristic but natural, humanistic, and classic, peaceful, yet chaotic; the album is full of beautiful juxtapositions. You won't have to worry about each song sounding like the last or the album dragging on; each track has its own exciting and interesting story, like as if they were siblings. I am excited to see the future of Neo-soul /Jazz going into such a new direction. Mystical and magical, this album takes the genre to another dimension.

Favorite tracks: Borderline With My Atoms, Fingerprints, By Fire - Teddy

Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes - Carl Sagan's Skate Shoes

Carl Sagan's Skate ShoesThis relatively new Austin-3 piece has been making waves as part of the current wave of innovative, heavy punk coming out of central Texas, along with Borzoi, XETAS, Super Thief, and New China. Drawing from a 90s/alternative American rock influence, CSSS blends everything you like about Reagan-era noise rock together while adding a unique take + sound of their own. RIYL: Shellac, Mudhoney, Nirvana, METZ, Cows - Kana

Kleenex/LiLiPUT - LiLiPUT

Kleenex2016 took Bowie, Prince, and Guy Clark, but it also shook the underground by taking Marlene Marder, leader of the cult icon, post-punk all-female band Kleenex. There is a reason Kleenex (they changed their name after a threatened lawsuit by Kimberly-Clark) tops the lists of some of the most famous musicians of our time- their carefree, whirlwind creativity and sense of adventure met the landscape of 1970s/1980s post-punk brilliantly. An ESSENTIAL listen for anyone who supports women in music. RIYL: Institute, NOTS, Wall, Raincoats, Shopping - Kana

Cardinals Folly - Holocaust of Ecstasy & Freedom

Cardinals Folly"Death to nu-metal!" indeed. This statement from the liner notes of the latest Shadow Kingdom release from Cardinals Folly. This 3rd release finds them continuing down the hallowed doom cult trail. Doom metal at its finest, sounding straight out of the 70's with slight comparison to Electric Wizard - Bill

Lucifer's Hammer - Beyond The Omens

Lucifer's HammerListening to Lucifers Hammer takes me back to 1984! Yes its THAT good! Shadow Kindgom does it again. This time its from Chile . Great contemporary metal that sounds like Maiden. Very classy heavy metal! - Bill

Weird Light - Doomicvs Vobiscvm

Weird Light - Doomicvs VobiscvmPosthumous release from the awesome Shadow Kingdom label from French Doom cult Weird Light! The band only made one record and 2007's Doomicvs Vobiscvm is it! (with some un-released tracks included). It sounds further back in time than 2007 to me like maybe during the Black Plague days! This is great doom metal! i mean come on! they have a track on here called "CogMagog (Under The Trumpets Of Doom) Sabbath meets Candlemass. - Bill

Robert Pollard - Of Course You Are

Robert Pollard - Of Course You AreRobert Pollard definitely does not believe in "less says more"! Thats fine with me if he keeps putting out great
songs like this. Of Course You Are on Fire Records sees Pollard bring in strings and horns, and it works really well! Bring back Baroque rock Bob! Every track on here a golden pop nugget worthy of the GBV cannon. - Bill

ILian - Love Me Crazy (Anthology Records)

ILian - Love Me CrazyAnother great lost treasure from Anthology records! Originally put out on one of the many "tax write off" labels from the 70's. This one out in 1977, captures California breezy pop of the times. However this ain't no Eagles, "groovy" instrumentals intertwined with outsider folk rock, this feels like a misplaced classic. - Bill

Trad Gras Och Stenar - (3CD or 6LP box) Anthology Records

Trad Gras Och StenarWow what a great release this is! three live performances from the Swedish band called Trad Gras Och Stenar ("Trees , Grass,and Stones) all three are from the early 70's one disc never before released. These guys are not a jam band or a prog band , its more what you would call " collective-core" they were doing the "live off the land vibe" playing free shows at various get together's in Sweden. All three have a great mello guitar vibe of just going-along-feelin-just-fine music. very little vocals . just cool hippy guitar jamming (but NOT in a Phish kind of way) also on vinyl. great stuff! - Bill

Unbelievable Is Believable HereUnbelievable is Believable Here

Dont let the lack of burnt orange fool you. If you sacrifice your bracket every spring by picking the Horns to advance too far, this is the doc for you. The story of Shaka Smarts VCU Rams and the least predicted tournament run in recorded history. They did not win it all, but by advancing to the Final Four in Houston they shocked the world of college basketball. This year, Coach Smarts Texas squad has put a scare into its Big 12 rivals & drawn comparisons to Lee Perrys backing band by toppling national powers like North Carolina. Will the home team catch fire in March? This DVD will nurture your delusions. - Patrick

DIIV - Is The Is Are

DIIV - Is The Is AreThis is DIIV's sophomore release and stars the creative Zachary Cole Smith (Beach Fossils, Soft Black,& Darwin Deez). This double album (17 songs) is a unique blend of indie rock/dream pop/shoegazing/psych/post-punk..etc... I love the blend of guitar and Smith's vocals . Elliott Smith and Royal Trux are cited at Smith's influences for the album, but I'm not saying this album sounds like them, just throwing it out there. If you like the Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, Beach House, Real Estate feel, check this out! Also, check out DIIV's first album, "Oshin". - Michelle

Prins Thomas-Principe Del Norte

Prins Thomas - Principles Del NorteOne of Lindstrm's pals/collabs and part of a bevy of Norweigian DJs/Producers/experimenters to break loose from the Northern Hemispheres in the recent past (see also Todd Terje, Ryksopp, Bjrn Torske, Lasse Marhaug), Prins Thomas moves a little further afield from his previous work with new album Principe Del Norte. This new effort keeps you moving but not with 120 bpm madness thumping in your brain. Tracks A1 through D are somewhat ambient (without being too wallpaper-y) and soundtrack-ish enough to keep your attention. Relatively percussion-free but sequencer-heavy it mines early Tangerine Dream/Klaus Schulze/Moebius & Plank territory to great effect. Tracks E through H are closer to his usual fare but still much more subtle and refined than previous works. Airy yet substantial? Modern yet timeless? Yeah... something like that. - Corby

Various - This Record Belongs To ______

Various - This Record Belongs ToFor the past 6 months my daughter has demonstrated limitless enthusiasm for the songs from Frozen. I've had it with Olaf it, and my Menzel health demands I find something Elsa.

This is a terrific comp for kids!

Woody Guthrie's "Dance Around" follows the extended funk/psych of the
Pointer Sisters "Pinball Number Count"

Bobby Bare Jr. accompanies his dad on "Daddy What If"

Nina Simone and Kermit the Frog sing about rainbows.

The highlight for me is the collaboration between Carole King & Maurice Sendak
"One Was Johnny." Playful word economy & a warm vocal from King make "Johnny" the most elegant counting song I've ever heard. -Patrick

The Raincoats The Raincoats (WE 1)
RIYL: Kleenex/LiliPUT, Gang of Four, Television Personalities, The Slits, Beat Happening

Raincoats - S/TThe Raincoats offered a completely different way of doing things, as did X-Ray Spex, and all the books about punk have failed to realize that these women were involved for no other reason other than they were good and original. Johnny Rotten

Punk bands were formed like crazy in the wake of the new wave of the Sex Pistols crashed, but this one was special. Unlike punkers before them, the Raincoats were unafraid of experimenting with instrumentation and song structure, using sounds from violin and a rotating selection of instruments they would find second-hand. Drawing from world and freejazz as influences and as a political statement against blues-based rock, which they considered to be a part of culture appropriation and genderizing in music, they created a sound that was uniquely their own and has yet to be replicated, but has influenced countless musicians. When you hear words like jangly angular and ramshackle used to describe punk, you should know these were some of the ladies who pioneered that sound. - Kana

Sacred Few - Beyond The Iron Walls (Shadow Kingdom)

Sacred Few - Beyond The Iron WallsAnother lost 80's metal classic from the Shadow Kingdom label! Cleveland Ohio's Sacred Few formed in 1977 and made one one album. They broke up soon after. This has a very "local band" feel but that to me is a good thing! If you like your early Judas Priest sound, this band is for you! very 1983 hard rock with powerful female vocals...and fantasy lyrics! this CD is awesome! - Bill Jeffery

A Salute To The Thin White Duke: The Songs Of David Bowie (Cleopatra Records)

Salute to the Thin White Duke: Songs of David BowieYou never know with tribute albums. Sometimes they can be very "meh", but A Salute To The Thin White Duke is a pleasure all the way through. I originally was excited because one of my favorite local Austin bands, Heartless Bastards, are on this with their very cool version of "Jean Genie". However after listening to the Muffs awesome version of "Changes" and the sweet "shoe-gazy" version of "Rebel Rebel" by the KVB,I was hooked! Not a bad version on here! For Bowie freaks like me this another great way to hear what a genius songwriter he is. - Bill Jeffery

Witness for the ProsecutionWitness for the Prosecution

This is truly one of the best Billy Wilder films with one of the greatest casts ever assembled. Charles Laughton, Marlene Dietrich and Tyrone Powers are absolute perfection in this courtroom drama based on an Agatha Christie short story that influenced many films that came after it. This is being released for the first time on bluray by Kino Video. Absolutely essential. - Tracy

Phantom of the ParadiseThe Phantom of the Paradise

Brian De Palma's 1974 cult classic is getting the deluxe Scream Factory treatment on 8/5. What can you say about this glam rock, acid-trip version of Phantom of the Opera that hasn't already been said? It's got everything: a mixture of horror, comedy, rock n roll, unrequited love and fantasy makes this an extremely anticipated release. This one is LOADED with extras, tons of new interviews and commentary so don't feel guilty about upgrading that dvd copy! - Tracy

The Chills - Silver Bullets (Fire Records)

The Chills - Silver BulletsThe new Chills album is a cause for celebration for well..Chills fans who never thought there would be another one after 1996 as well as fans of the great 80's and early 90's Flying Nun sound.The Chills were one of the "4" of the infamous Dunedin Double (recently re-issued for Record Store Day) that started it all! As a huge fan of the Chills dark jangly pop I'm very pleased that 1996's Sunburnt is NOT the last Chills album. Silver Bullets is comparable to their masterpiece, Submarine Bells! Good all the way through! A "must have" for all pop music fans! -Bill Jeffery

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