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Things That Go Bump: Paper Fairy - "Haunted"

Paper Fairy “Haunted” Haunter Haunted Paper Fairy is the solo project of Brooklyn musician Chris Gaskell. The debut album, Haunter Haunted, features Gaskell on bass, piano, guitar and vocals with guest appearances by various New York Musicians such as drummers Itay …

Icelandic Dark Wave: Kaelan Mikla - "Hvermig kemst eg upp?"

Kaelan Mikla “Hvermig kemst eg upp?” Nott Eftir Nott Another wonderful band has come out of Iceland, a tremendous post dark wave/synth wave band called Kaelan Mikla.  Margrét Rósa, Laufey Soffia, and Sólveig Matthildur formed the band in Reykjavik five years …

Dark Romance: Spiryt - "Le Gardien Des Secrets"

Spiryt “Le Gardien Des Secrets” Underworld This is amazing music.  Spiryt is a french artist who has been making great, atmospheric music since the mid 80’s but refuses to play the game.  His music is moody, dark, atmospheric, perfect for …

Philly Punk: SOLD - "Cops"

SOLD “Cops” Feels Unreal This punk band from Philadelphia knows what they’re doing.  This is a great single, and the album is so loud and noisy, just like rock n roll should be.  I know nothing about these guys, which …

Psychedelic Fun: Guerilla Toss - "Meterological"

Guerilla Toss “Meterological” Twisted Crystal Guerilla Toss dropped their insanely crazy new album on September 14, and it’s amazing.  Imagine if Deee-Light and Art of Noise took acid together and created music; that is Guerilla Toss.  Fun, psychedelic, danceable, all …

Ambient Hip Hop: Lil Josiey - "Dreamin' (w/ Lil Gunna & Jay)"

 Lil Josiey “Dreamin’ (w/ Lil Gunna & Jay)” Here you got the best of hip hop and ambient in one place.  This is great, autumnal music, just made for those long, cool nights.  “Dreamin'” gets everything right; the instrumentation, the …

Lovecraftian Soundtrack: A-Sun Amissa - "The Black Path"

A-Sun Amissa “The Black Path” Ceremony In The Stillness Tremendously emotionally stirring neo-classical/drone/dark jazz from a great band I’ve been enamored with for a while.  A-Sun Amissa is a rock ensemble led by Richard Know, and on this album, includes Richard …

Brave Soul: Sydney Wright - "Time Of Night"

Sydney Wright “Time Of Night” What I love about this song, it is hard to tell where the vocals (human) end and the instrumentation begins.  Wright is tremendous when it comes to using her vocals as an instrument.  Her lyrics …

Heart On Sleeve: Ricky Lewis - "Gauntlet In The Sun"

Ricky Lewis “Gauntlet In The Sun” See You In The Morning The perfect break-up album (or least, it will help you recover).  Ricky Lewis is one of those singers whose songs are really biographical, and though it’s sometimes painful to …

True Otherwordly: Spain - "Maya Of The Summer"

Spain Maya In The Summer Mandala Brush One of the most beautiful albums you will ever hear.  The music is fantastic, very ethereal, definitely more unusual, with these clear vocals that are as much a musical instrument as the backing …

Memphis Soul: Stephen Chopek - "Could Have Been"

Stephen Chopek “Could Have Been” Begin The Glimmer First off, I love the sound Stephen Chopek gets out of his acoustic guitar.  Those clear, ringing tones support the beautiful tenor of Chopek’s plaintive voice.  Having moved to Memphis has allowed …

Apocalyptic Love: Scarves - "Collapse"

Scarves “Collapse” Dinner Dates For The End of Days There is something wonderfully jagged about Scarves.  Their take on love at the end of time is beautiful yet disturbing.  Scarves arefrontperson/founder Niko Stathakopoulos, Joined by Cael Watts (drums), and Nessa Grassing …

Powerful Beauty: Scarlet Sails - "Upside Down"

Scarlet Sails “Upside Down” A new single from Scarlet Sails; exactly what this world needs, and it’s a complete killer.  Russian born singer-songwriter, Olya Viglione and Dresden Dolls drummer, Brian Viglione (also known as a best looking couple in rock), have put out a record …

Blues Punk: Telefones - "Castle Factory"

Telefones “Castle Factory” Alt Citizen (7 inch) From the very first guitar riff to the bass and drums and then that second guitar coming in like a tidal wave, you realize you’re in for a punk treat.  And then those …

Complexity: Collapsing Scenery - "The Resort Beyond The Last Resort"

  Collapsing Scenery “The Resort Beyond The Last Resort” The Resort Beyond The Last Resort Coming from Brooklyn, Collapsing Scenery might be one of the oddest sounding bands ever, and that, people, is a talent.  They are so good, but …

Genius All Around: Steevo Nuissier - "A Scene (Live Rehearsal)"

Steevo Nuissier “A Scene (Live Rehearsal)” When Steevo Nuissier puts out any new music, I always pay attention.  Steevo is one of the most intelligent and talented performer out there.  Sometimes, as in this Live Rehearsal, he seems to be …

The Future: Peel Dream Magazine - "Shenandoah"

Peel Dream Magazine “Shenandoah” Modern Meta Physic The fact that Peel Dream Magazine reference John Peel says more about this great band than you can imagine.  With their roots in the Velvet Underground, their body in Stereolab, and their head …

History Becomes Future: Dev Ray - "Can't Hide"

Dev Ray “Can’t Hide” From the beginning bass line, to the wonderful synth and drum beats, to the guitar, and the very best, the wonderful vocals, Dev Ray’s single, “Can’t Hide”, is a masterpiece, a combination of English 80’s New …

Powerviolence At Its Best: Stevo Zigon - "I Don't Owe You Shit"

Stevo Zigon “I Don’t Owe You Shit” Split by Deathtaker/Stevo Zigon This is a tremendous split.  You’ve got Stevo Zigon from Serbia, the king of powerviolence soul split with Deathtaker, deadly punk from Boston.  That’s all you need to know.  What …

Cinematic Pop: HUNGER - "Naked"

HUNGER “Naked” A beautiful, cinematic, slightly dark single from this band that comes from the quiet outskirts of Vienna. HUNGER first formed in early 2014. Childhood friends, Daniel Rumpel and Johannes Herbst approached long-term fellow vocalist Lucas Fendrich with the intention …

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