||Sheila Jordan / Harvie S|
Honored as an NEA Jazz Master in 2012, Sheila Jordan set the standard for singing with minimal accompaniment. Since 1988, she has made a number of recordings with the backing of bass alone, first utilizing Harvie S (aka Harvie Swartz) ...
Recording information: Austin Signal, Austin, TX.
Photographer: Matt Conant.
Personnel: Alexander Beggins (vocals, baritone ukulele); Kelsey Wilson (vocals, violin); James Bookert (banjo); Sadie Wolfe (cello); Evan Magers (keyboards); Carey McGraw (drums).
Audio Mixer: Steve Mazur .
||Lilacs & Champagne|
Lilacs & Champagne (2012)
Alex Hall and Emil Amos, founding members of Portland, Oregon psych instrumentalists Grails, take a step toward sample-happy, hip-hop-influenced sounds with the formation of side project Lilacs & Champagne. While Grails' later experimental epics wring hypnotic sounds from organic instruments, ...
Moon Deluxe (2010)
Prolific Brooklyn-based songwriter Kevin Devine called on his fans to help fund not one, but two new albums in 2013, starting a Kickstarter campaign and reaching his goal of $50,000 in donations in less than a single day. The campaign ...
Homesick Future (2012)
Audio Mixer: Digory Smallz. Track Listing: Echoists; Colours; Navigator Island; Marathon; Homesick Future; Newton, Forgive Me; Great Green Light;
Mechanics of Hovering Flight (2012)
With her fifth solo collection (and second for indie legends K Records), Pacific-Northwesterner Kendl Winter brings her bluegrass-touched indie folk to a new plateau in terms of songwriting and production. Expanding on 2010's beautiful Apple Core, Winter's songs on The ...
Syndrome Syndrome (2013)
Track Listing: Grrone; Syndrome Syndrome; Katarakt; One in None; Ode to Ode; Trepan Heke; Magicville; Ride Wid Me; Success In Circuit; Nothing but Not Zero; Hell Flur; Reak; FMRI;
||Trailer Trash Tracys|
In an age where many bands' existences are documented extensively from start to finish, there's something admirable about a band that has more than a shred of mystery surrounding it. Trailer Trash Tracys have mystique to spare, from their bizarre ...
Back Porch Dogma (2012)
Recording information: Studio D Recording, Sausalito, CA.
Personnel: Al Ek (vocals, guitars, mandolin, harmonica); Pete Contino (vocals, accordion); Billy Truitt (keyboards); Rob Edwards (upright bass); Jim Lovgren (drums, percussion); Omega Rae, Suzan Z (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: David Kanaga.
Recording information: Oakland, CA (2011-2013); San Francisco, CA (2011-2013); Toronto, ON (2011-2013).
O Moon, Queen of Night On Earth (2010)
In many respects, once you get past Jonathan Richman's distinctively froggy Boston-accented voice, there has been little on his recordings of the 21st century to remind you they were made by the same man who recorded Back in Your Life ...
||Rae & Christian|
Mercury Rising (2013)
Audio Mixer: Steve Christian.
Photographer: Steve Christian.
Translator: Alex Nikolaev.
Dungeon Dots (2010)
No Nations (2009)
Jets Overhead's second album, 2009's NO NATIONS, is a pleasant, gently trippy throwback to the '90s shoegaze scene filled with waves of guitars, dreamily hazy vocals, and sweetly sung melodies. The band also adds layers of vintage keyboards, including the ...
Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Down (2010)
Track Listing: Nothing's Gonna Hold Us Down; You & Me; Memories; Build It Up; Set You Free; Alibis; So Shaken Up;
||Rough Guide to Fado (2012) |
Fado is Portugal's great contribution to music, the tragic sound of acceptance, always infused with sad beauty. This compilation captures some of the best of the modern fado singers, both male and female, from those who've gained international fame, like ...
||Ray Charles / Milt Jackson|
Soul Brothers (1957)
By the time this album was cut, Ray Charles was already an established rhythm & blues star, fortified with the recording of his 1955 hit "I Got a Woman." He joined up with Milt Jackson two years later for a ...
Megapuss is the freewheeling side project of Los Angeles-based neo-folkster Devendra Banhart, doom-and-gloom Priestbird drummer Greg Rogove (who provides vocal accompaniment), and the Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti. SURFING is an apt title, for these songs ride a wave that sweep ...
Would Work (2010)
Photographers: Infantree; Theo Rabinowitz.
Personnel: Matt Kronish (vocals, guitar, banjo, keyboards, percussion); Donald Fisher (vocals, guitar, mandolin, keyboards, percussion, Theremin); Alex Vojdani (vocals, guitar, keyboards, percussion); Jordan Avesar (drums, percussion).
Audio Mixer: Niko Bolas.
||Place To Bury Strangers|
Onwards to the Wall (2012)
The Onwards to the Wall EP arrived nearly three years after the album Exploding Head, which presented a lusher and more accessible take on A Place to Bury Strangers' visceral take on shoegaze than anything they'd done before. These five ...
O! Be Joyful (2012)
Audio Mixers: David Pollock; The Toothaches.
Recording information: Headgear Studios, Brooklyn, NY.
Girl with Dragon Tattoo (2011)
Track Listing: Warning Cry; Evil Men; Mother and Daughter; Moving; For Harriet; Dark Mind; Start, The; Rape; Secrets; Heavy Burden; Would Anybody Die for Me; Endings;
||My Ticket Home|
To Create a Cure (2012)
Audio Mixer: Caleb Shomo.
Personnel: Derek Blevins (vocals, guitar); Sean Mackowski, Nick Giumenti (vocals); Matt Gallucci (guitar); Marshal Giumenti (drums).