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Rapid Round November 2018

And… so we’ll just stop pretending the grant writing season will ever end, so here’s another rapid round to get me a little caught up. We’ll call it “November” and hope for another in December. Viagra Boys – Street Worms Genre: Rock Rating: 7.5/10 Listen here           High on Fire – […]

Alexander Katalsky – Memory Eternal (1917) – Clarion Choir/Steven Fox

Genre: Choral Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 8.5/10 Commentary: A remarkable recording, in the way that wonderful things that you didn’t know existed often are. A “monumental Requiem to commemorate the allied slain” – recorded and released for the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day. More info: here. Listen: here.

Rapid Round October 2018

And… the grant writing season continues, so here’s another rapid round to get me a little caught up. Oh Sees – Smote Reverser Genre: Psychedelic rock Rating: 7.5/10 Listen here           Jackie Oates – The Joy of Living Genre: Folk Rating: 7.5/10 Listen here           IDLES – […]

Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Distant Sky: Live in Copenhagen

Genre: Rock Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 9/10 Commentary: Suddenly, out of the blue, we remember why Nick Cave matters. If you are sad, or tired, or lonely, or angry, these songs are for you. I could (I have) listened to this version of “Distant Sky” on repeat for days. More info: here. Listen: […]

Rebel Wizard – Voluptuous Worship of Rapture and Response

Genre: Black Metal Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 8.5/10 Commentary: Rebel Wizard just continues to press all the right buttons for me. Trippy and profane, primal screaming, and utterly muscular guitar god licks. This is his second release of the year and both are in my top ten metal albums so far. It just […]

Rapid Round September 2018

Between vacation and grantwriting, I’ve gotten very far behind. So here’s a rapid round of things worth listening to that I haven’t gotten to yet. Craft – White Noise and Black Metal Genre: Black Metal Rating: 6.5/10 Listen here           Calibre 50 – Mitad y Mitad Genre: Banda/NorteƱo Rating: 5.5/10 Listen […]

Hanterhir – The Saving of Cadan

Genre: Rock Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 7.5/10 Commentary: This utterly trippy, extremely long concept album about… Cadan… puts forth a wall of psych-rock sound that just ebbs and flows, and grows on you with each listen. And, Cornish. More info: here. Listen: here.

The Night Flight Orchestra – Sometimes the World Ain’t Enough

Genre: Rock Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 8.5/10 Commentary: The Night Flight Orchestra is a 80s nostalgia rock side project comprised of members of various metal bands, like Arch Enemy and Soilwork. When you first listening, the early impressions are that you are settling into a fun session listening to parody rock. But then… […]

Kamasi Washington – Heaven and Earth

Genre: Jazz Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 6.5/10 Commentary: Tremendously enjoyable jazz, that flirts with bubblegum elevator music, soul/R&B and other genres. With the lack of hard edges and strong cross-over appeal, it works as a very successful call to make jazz accessible to new listeners. It is very long (a double-album) and it […]

Kadhja Bonet – Childqueen

Genre: Pop Format Reviewed: Spotify 320 kbps Rating: 8/10 Commentary: This is superficially a pop/R&B albumb, but remarkably diverse and sophisticated, both musically and lyrically. It takes a few listen-throughs to realize how great it really is. More info: here. Listen: here.