Simon Joyner – Songs From a Stolen Guitar

Songs from a Stolen Guitar is an absolute career highlight for Omaha-based singer-songwriter Simon Joyner. Available this Friday through Grapefruit Records, this album finds Joyner in a deeply subdued mood. Each song glows softly with a hushed yet warm atmosphere, as if you’re listening in on a private late-night living room rehearsal. The entire recordContinue reading “Simon Joyner – Songs From a Stolen Guitar”

Ragenap – Thriving Culture

Thriving Culture finds Ragenap, Chicago’s master of drone music, surfing through rumbling and howling waves of distorted guitar. For his second album through American Dreams Records, Ragenap, AKA Joel Berk, is perhaps at his most dynamic. Across two side-length tracks and one mini reprise, Berk utilizes a bank of effect pedals to create soundscapes thatContinue reading “Ragenap – Thriving Culture”

The Record Crates United Mixtape: The Smithsonian Folksways Special

Our 69th episode of The Record Crates United Mixtape is a special one. Today, I’m highlighting some of my favorite tracks from the vast Smithsonian Folkways discography. From folk and blues standards and classics by the likes of Elizabeth Cotton and Michael Hurley to abstract soundscapes by artists like The Entourage Music & Theater Ensemble,Continue reading “The Record Crates United Mixtape: The Smithsonian Folksways Special”

Al Lover – Cosmic Joke

Turn down the lights, sink into a comfortable couch and slip on a good pair of over-ear headphones and let Al Lover take you on a celestial journey with his latest record, Cosmic Joke. On his first LP since 2019’s Existential Everything, the famed LA-based producer and musician has delivered a molten slab of groovingContinue reading “Al Lover – Cosmic Joke”

Rose & LaJoie – On the Crystal Seas

Brad E. Rose and Matt LaJoie have combined their strengths together on the stellar On The Crystal Seas, and the results are simply out of this world. Matt LaJoie, one of today’s most prolific and creative talents in the world of psychedelic folk, ambient and solo guitar music, and Brad E. Rose, a legend in hisContinue reading “Rose & LaJoie – On the Crystal Seas”

Tess Parks – And Those Who Were Seen Dancing

Tess Parks proves she can still be a major force in the realm of psychedelic rock as a solo artist on the hazy And Those Who Were Seen Dancing. After spending years collaborating beautifully with Anton Newcombe of the Brian Jonestown Massacre, it’s nice to hear Parks take the lead once again and display herContinue reading “Tess Parks – And Those Who Were Seen Dancing”

José Medeles, M. Ward, Marisa Anderson and Chris Funk – Railroad Cadences & Melancholic Anthems: A Drummers Tribute to John Fahey

With the help of M. Ward, Marisa Anderson and Chris Funk, José Medeles pays homage to the spirit and techniques of John Fahey in a beautifully unique way. Instead of covering Fahey’s songs for this tribute album, Medeles, a drummer who had previously worked with The Breeders and the 1939 Ensemble, set about improvising newContinue reading “José Medeles, M. Ward, Marisa Anderson and Chris Funk – Railroad Cadences & Melancholic Anthems: A Drummers Tribute to John Fahey”

Abronia – Map of Dawn

Abronia have returned in full strength with the imposing and dreamlike Map of Dawn. Available this Friday on Feeding Tube and Cardinal Fuzz Records, the band’s third LP blends their unique brand of mystical psychedelic rock with the sounds and vibes of early goth and post rock. The scale of these songs is incredibly vast, withContinue reading “Abronia – Map of Dawn”

Lily Henley – Oras Dezaoradas

Lily Henley, a singer-songwriter, composer and fiddler, tapped into the ancient traditions of Ladino-speaking Sephardic Jews to create her latest work, the soul-stirring Oras Dezaoradas. Already known for finding the similarities between Sephardic and American folk music and fusing them together, Henley went even deeper for this release. She fully immersed herself into the oldContinue reading “Lily Henley – Oras Dezaoradas”

Spring Roundup – Part 2

Here’s the second half of our roundup of records that we’ve been digging this spring. If you missed part one, click here to give it a look. Joys Union Group – Boredom Euphoria Released on Trouble in Mind Records, Boredom Euphoria is a sunny blend of cosmic ambient music and astral jazz that will leaveContinue reading “Spring Roundup – Part 2”