Austin Leonard Jones – Dead Calm

Austin Leonard Jones’ Dead Calm might just be the best tongue-in-cheek surrealist country album you’ll hear this year. Available from Perpetual Doom on vinyl, tape and digital, this record finds the Texan singer-songwriter crooning about things like barfly werewolves and vampires, the quiet joys of small town life and returning to the Black Lagoon. DespiteContinue reading “Austin Leonard Jones – Dead Calm”

New Single Premiere: “A Fossil in Her Shadow,” by FuriousBall

New Jersey’s FuriousBall has returned with “A Fossil in Her Shadow,” a glazed dose of psych-pop ear candy that you’ll want to hear again and again. FuriousBall, AKA Camino Sound’s Van Kapeghian, is already 13 releases deep, but this new record, Good No Good, might be his strongest yet. Deeply inspired by the value ofContinue reading “New Single Premiere: “A Fossil in Her Shadow,” by FuriousBall”

After a Long Hiatus, Small Sur Drops a New Track and Announces his Next LP on Worried Songs

Fatherhood and the COVID pandemic kept Small Sur, AKA Bob Keal, a Baltimore-based alternative country-folk artist, from releasing a new record since 2014. Yet, the challenges and new responsibilities that came with being a teacher, parent and partner during COVID, along with the constant support of his friends and fellow musicians, helped Keal to notContinue reading “After a Long Hiatus, Small Sur Drops a New Track and Announces his Next LP on Worried Songs”

Matthew Himes – “Hold Tight”/”My Ride”

Matthew Himes’ latest single is a beautifully wistful dose of astral folk that could only come from the earthy psych haven that is Home and Garden Music. Available digitally and as a clear limited edition lathe-cut seven inch, this single features the Minneapolis-based singer-songwriter crooning softly in a sea of echoes, while wispy guitars driftContinue reading “Matthew Himes – “Hold Tight”/”My Ride””

Color Green- s/t

Rich with a thickly humid atmosphere, sunburnt melodies and spaced-out beats, Color Green’s debut LP is the very essence of summer. For the uninitiated, Color Green is Noah Kohll and Corey Madden, with familiar friends like James Matthew VII and Tim Ramsey (Vetiver, Sam Burton, Fruit Bats, etc) joining in on the fun. The LAContinue reading “Color Green- s/t”

Henry Kaiser and Anthony Pirog – FIGURE​/​GROUND electric guitar duos

If you ever wanted to imagine what it would sound like to put Neil Young in a space rock guitar duo, then Figure/Ground is the record for you. Released in June on Ramble Records, Henry Kaiser and Anthony Pirog’s guitar duo album is a conceptual auditory art piece. Based upon the perceptual grouping of Figure/groundContinue reading “Henry Kaiser and Anthony Pirog – FIGURE​/​GROUND electric guitar duos”

Eric Arn – Misuse: a live mix

You can knock out your drone, ambient and fingerstyle guitar fixes all in one go with Eric Arn’s Misuse live mix. Available through the great Ramble Records, this album is a collage of Arn performing across Europe between 2014 and 2015. Throughout the single 50 minute track, you’ll hear the former Crystalized Movements member slideContinue reading “Eric Arn – Misuse: a live mix”

BKO – Djine Bora

Without a doubt, one of the most exciting records of the year is certainly BKO’s electrifying Djine Bora. BKO, a popular Malian quintet, blend together facets of western rock music with traditional Mandinka modes and rhythms. Many of the group’s songs are based around the twisting double helix interplay of a of fuzzed-up Djeli N’goni,Continue reading “BKO – Djine Bora”

Peter Rowan – Calling You From My Mountain

The bluegrass legend is back in the saddle with a new band and is as wild and sharp as ever. Calling You From My Mountain finds Peter Rowan rediscovering himself and having a ball. You can just tell that he’s so eager to get back on a stage and behind a microphone again, now thatContinue reading “Peter Rowan – Calling You From My Mountain”

Cole Pulice & Nat Harvie – Strawberry Roan

With Strawberry Roan, Cole Pulice and Nat Harvie brewed together a kaleidoscopic jazz oasis that you’ll want to savor again and again. We have the good folks over at Aural Canyon to thank for this little DIY ambient gem. This cassette contains cottony soft soundscapes made up of analogue synthesizers and samplers, along with aContinue reading “Cole Pulice & Nat Harvie – Strawberry Roan”