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”

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”

Itta – Eyewalk

Tengger’s Itta has made a triumphant return with the beautifully ethereal Eyewalk, on Aural Canyon Records. Released last Friday on cassette and digital, this record features the Seoul, South Korea-based ambient musician creating the most angelic of soundscapes with just her voice and a Yamaha SY22. Across the album’s six tracks, Itta utilizes her vocalsContinue reading “Itta – Eyewalk”

Tilth – Rock Music

On their first record in almost seven years, Tilth has taken the most basic elements of rock music and put them proudly on display like well-polished gem stones. Released last week on Round Bale Recordings, Rock Music features the duo of Nathan McLaughlin and Cody Yantis taking various aspects of the genre, like guitar riffs,Continue reading “Tilth – Rock Music”

Daytime Moon – “Soaker”

To announce the release of his new solo guitar record, Daytime Moon dropped a meditative new instrumental, “Soaker.” Set for a release on February 25 via our pals over at Petal Motel, Chrysanthemum is the first solo instrumental release by Daytime Moon (AKA Brent Simpson). Simpson, an artist with multiple titles in a multitude ofContinue reading “Daytime Moon – “Soaker””

M.H.H. – Cassiope: Protection Songs for Guitar

M.H.H.’s Cassiope: Protection Songs for Guitar is without a doubt one of the most unique solo guitar records of the last year. Released on the Home & Garden label, this record features a boundless range of sounds, textures and moods. M.H.H., A.K.A. Matthew Himes, shows off his vast virtuosity here as well as the endlessContinue reading “M.H.H. – Cassiope: Protection Songs for Guitar”

Monastics – World Island

For a deeply cathartic psychedelic soundscape, look no further than Monastics’ World Island. Available this week on El Gran E Records, World Island is a reunion of sorts of the formerly NY-dwelling experimental Monastics (which includes guitarist Jeremy Hurewitz, of whom regular readers here would recognize as Rootless). During the pandemic, the now geographically-scattered musiciansContinue reading “Monastics – World Island”

Grandbruit – L’équilibre est Nécessaire

Armed with just an electric guitar and a few effects pedals, Grandbruit crafted a peaceful stream of ambient sound that is as stoic and calm as a winter day in the plains. Crafted during the depths of Montreal’s cold season, L’équilibre est Nécessaire is rich with icy celestial tones that wouldn’t appear out of placeContinue reading “Grandbruit – L’équilibre est Nécessaire”