April 2020 Roundup – Volume 2

While we all may be stuck at home, great music continues to pour in through our mailboxes and computers. Here are some more of the best sounds that have reached our ears this month… The Prefab Messiahs – “21st Century Failure” Always with their finger on the pulse of society’s ills, The Prefab Messiahs haveContinue reading “April 2020 Roundup – Volume 2”

Powers/Rolin Duo – S/T

As bad as things get in this mixed-up, battered world of ours, at least we have music like the uplifting debut LP by the Powers/Rolin Duo to help get us through. Jen Powers and Matthew J. Rolin (who’s own self-titled record was a major highlight of 2019) take their hammered dulcimer and 12-stringed guitar (respectively), andContinue reading “Powers/Rolin Duo – S/T”

The Record Crates United Mixtape – Episode 19

We’re heading into a more rural direction with tonight’s episode. Expect the likes of Geoff & Maria Muldaur, Cameron Knowler and the Magic Tuber Stringband, among other fingerpicked folk and blues sounds. Don’t miss out: tune into Dune Buggy Radio tonight at 8PM EST. -KH If you like what you’re reading, please help keep RCU thriving. YouContinue reading “The Record Crates United Mixtape – Episode 19”

Departure Street – Two Islands in the Heart

Departure Street, AKA Allan J. Kimmel, creates tranquil electric guitar meditations that sprawl and explore like the hungry tendrils of an aggressive ivy. Kimmel, who hails from both America and France, has filled this record with nothing but vividly surreal instrumental soundscapes, which are comprised purely of his multitracked and effects-laden solo guitar. Across theContinue reading “Departure Street – Two Islands in the Heart”

Elkhorn – The Storm Sessions

Elkhorn, has returned with a record that is rich with contrasts. It is simultaneously intimate and expansive, impulsive yet introspective, harmonic and yet dissonant. Despite these opposing qualities, the duo (along with guest Turner Williams), have woven together a piece of music that is truly spellbinding. The recordings you hear were conceived during a snowed-inContinue reading “Elkhorn – The Storm Sessions”

Steve Palmer – Useful Histories

Steve Palmer’s Useful Histories is a vibrant collection of hazy guitar meditations that pull you into a world that is as surreal as the heady image depicted on the album’s cover. Throughout the album, Palmer jams over as many loops as he can possibly fit into each track, thusly creating dense environments of living, heavily textured sounds.Continue reading “Steve Palmer – Useful Histories”

Wet Tuna – Water Weird

Wet Tuna brings the choogle and the cosmos on their intoxicatingly strong sophomore studio effort, Water Weird. One of the first things that you notice when playing this album is the utter excitement that just exudes from Matt Valentine and Pat Gubler. On every song, you can really sense how much fun these two wereContinue reading “Wet Tuna – Water Weird”

October Roundup – Son of Buzzi, The Happy Hour Band, Forgotten Bottom & More.

There is no silence this October. Only new music. So let’s dive straight into this month’s Roundup!  Son of Buzzi – The Ghost Son of Buzzi is more of a multimedia art installation than a band. The Swiss duo composes 12-string guitar fantasias to be the backdrop (or rather, a collaboration with) a variety ofContinue reading “October Roundup – Son of Buzzi, The Happy Hour Band, Forgotten Bottom & More.”

Fat Knuckle Freddy – Alfred Hitchcock Plays Guitar

With a title like Alfred Hitchcock Plays Guitar, how could you not give it a listen? The Portland, Maine dwelling Fat Knuckle Freddy plays in the style of the bluesier end of the American primitive guitar spectrum. By utilizing his mastery of slide and precise fingerpicking, Freddy creates arid, dusty atmospheres with his instrument inContinue reading “Fat Knuckle Freddy – Alfred Hitchcock Plays Guitar”

Rosenau & Sanborn – Bluebird

Chris Rosenau of Collections of Colonies of Bees and Nick Sanborn of Sylvan Esso have welded together two vastly different musical elements and created something very fascinating and very exceptional. In a daring (and some may say even a controversial) move, the duo here combined atmospheric acoustic fingerpicking with dazed synth improvisations. While uniting aspectsContinue reading “Rosenau & Sanborn – Bluebird”