Month: December 2013

Mel Washington

As a South Carolina native, it is always a special pleasure to hear about artists who have walked the same sidewalks as myself, and whose voices have bounced around the same walls of the same cafes and pubs.  When a…

“Christmas and Video Game Cheats”

With a catalogue bragging of over 12 self released (hand packaged) efforts, for Alan Madej of Cleveland,Ohio, opportunity knocks. Released this past week, his new full length album, “Up Up Down Down Left Right Left Right B A Start,” (*note to…

Jure Pukl Group – Smalls Debut

This week I went to to see Jure Pukl Group play at Smalls, my favorite jazz club in New York.  Jure has recorded and performed with renowned jazz musicians and his latest album “Abstract Society,” featuring Vijay Iyer on piano, Joe Sanders…

SonicViolence

I was recently turned onto SonicViolence (Not to be confused with the 80s, UK metal band, Sonic Violence). Imagine if Radiohead, Yo La Tengo, Do Make Say Think, and Camera Obscura went full moon canoeing on salvia. This was my…

Cross Wires

Cross Wires are an exciting post-punk band from East London/Essex I just discovered, consisting of Jonathan Chapman – vocals, Peter Muller – guitar, Pete Letch – bass and Ian Clarke on drums. The four guys played their first gig at…

Marika Hackman

I began this review after stumbling onto the “That Iron Taste”  EP a while back, and making a special note to set aside some time. I was waiting for the EP to download when I came across a couple of…

Slack Armada – “Slack Armada” EP

Chicago-based solo project Slack Armada brings together ambient, post-rock, electronica, downtempo and shoegaze to create emotionally rich, transcendent soundscapes in his debut self-titled EP. The first thing I noticed about it was the album cover. The bold red version of…

Amelia Scalies – I Should’ve Known

Heading from Philly, Amelia Scalies’ is a 14-years old indie pop singer/songwriter with a touch of rock and contemporary country and melodic, catchy songs such as guitar-powered “I Should’ve Known”. Her debut album also carrying the name “I Should’ve known”…

Takatsuna Mukai – Śūnya

Takatsuna Mukai creates intriguing mix of world music, post-punk, dark ambient and at least few other genres. After participating in different bands, including electro-punk Gob$au$age, he decided to play solo with his debut album “Śūnya”. Wait, solo is not the exact…