Instrumental throwdown: Check these out

A question popped up yesterday on Ask Metafilter for recommendations of instrumental rock, pop, electro, whatever "just no vocals" from the past 5 years. Highly recommend checking out the entire thread, but I thought I'd post my own responses here for posterity. Many of these have been featured here before, but many haven't. Great stuff … Continue reading Instrumental throwdown: Check these out

5 essential rainy day albums: The Jayhawks, Sarah McLachlan, Khruangbin, Johnny Cash and The Cure

It's Saturday and the sky has finally opened up over Durham. After a really good deluge this morning, it's dreary, drizzly and a perfect day to stay in and listen to records. To make the most of it, you have to choose the right music for the mood. Lucky for you, I've got five suggestions … Continue reading 5 essential rainy day albums: The Jayhawks, Sarah McLachlan, Khruangbin, Johnny Cash and The Cure

August 2021 Bandcamp Friday suggestions: ZENKA, Information Society, Harmony Woods, The Robotic Hands of God & more

Once again, Bandcamp Friday is upon us. It's a good time to snag anything you've had your eye on from Bandcamp, and if you haven't had your eye on anything? Well, I have suggestions! Each single or album has a rating, using a modified Robert Christgau scale. Also check out my earlier recommendations from March. … Continue reading August 2021 Bandcamp Friday suggestions: ZENKA, Information Society, Harmony Woods, The Robotic Hands of God & more

A little metal, a little post-rock: King Woman and Vasudeva

How do you rate music? I mean, actually express a rating for music? I have a post brewing on this topic, I think I've written about it previously, but the whole "five star" rating thing just doesn't work for me. Right now I'm adopting a modified Robert Christgau rating system, but expect that to mutate … Continue reading A little metal, a little post-rock: King Woman and Vasudeva

Listen to this: Mdou Moctar, Foo Fighters go disco, Andy Summers w/Robert Fripp

Something old, something new, there's something in today's music roundup for everybody. "Afrique Victime": Mdou Moctar "Afrique Victime" is going straight into heavy rotation at my house. Most of the time when I listen to new music, I can sort it into one of three categories: "no thanks," "so-so," and "I might like this." After … Continue reading Listen to this: Mdou Moctar, Foo Fighters go disco, Andy Summers w/Robert Fripp