After the Norwegians forged black metal in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, their Swedish neighbors in the death metal scene were quick to pick up on it. They kept the howling vocals and buzzing melodies, but favored more expansive arrangements and better production values over the lo-fi punk aesthetic of their Norwegian forbearers. Dawn is one of the best examples of this style, sometimes called melodic death metal. Their highly influential album Slaughtersun evokes the harsh landscape and grand sweep of the Scandinavian epics.
LA-based singer, songwriter and keyboard player who has recorded five albums and has performed and toured with artists like Chicago, Boz Scaggs, Al Jarreau, Christopher Cross and Tracy Chapman. Her latest release Scarecrow Sessions is a collection of jazz standards inspired by songs from the life and career of her late father, Buddy Ebsen. Tracks include the swinging “St. Louis Blues,” “Over The Rainbow” and “If I Only Had A Brain” – which is a touching nod to her father’s almost-famous role in The Wizard of Oz (he was replaced by Jack Haley as the Tin Man after he developed a severe allergy to the silver makeup). The album was released on Father’s Day this year in his honor.
Openly gay rapper Le1f is known previously for producing tracks for hip-hop group Das Racist including their debut single “Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.” But he also runs his own label (Camp & Street) and has released several of his own mixtapes. Check out Le1f’s debut EP Hey. He recently made his first television appearance with a performance on the Late Show With David Letterman.
Back in the early 1990s, shy American indie kids with longish hair, suede jackets and desert boots would come home from seeing a Slowdive, RIDE, Chapterhouse and/or My Bloody Valentine show and decide to start a band. They’d go to the music store and get all the right pedals and maybe even a Rickenbacker or Fender Jaguar replete with a Roland JCM 180 Jazz Chorus amp. And when they plugged in and strummed that first Am chord, their spot-on approximation of the UK shoegazing sound was undeniable. But aside from bands like Medicine, Mercury Rev and Methodrone-era Brian Jonestown Massacre, most of them just didn’t have the songs. Seattle’s Jetman Jet Team is a breath of fresh distortion. Not only do they have the period-correct tones and drones of early ’90s Thames Valley shoegazers, but they also have the kinds of songs that work a sublime magic into their melodies. Top that with some hypnotic krautrock inspired rhythms and there’s much more to this band than recreating the beautiful noise that some of us turned to for solace during a time when shirtless longhairs in cargo-shorts were grunging up the airwaves.
Bebel Gilberto – Tudo
Her singing career started at the age of seven with her father, bossa nova legend Joao Gilberto. World renowned Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer-songwriter Bebel Gilberto’s latest album Tudo brings an eclectic mix of Brazilian rhythms, soul and electronic music sung in Portuguese, English and French. Her inspiration stems from having lived in both Rio de Janeiro and New York City. Tudo features a duet with Seu Jorge on “Novas Ideias” in addition to a unique and distinctive cover of the Neil Young song “Harvest Moon.”
Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat… The Spirit Of Satch
Legendary pianist and singer-songwriter Dr. John is joined by a throng of guest trumpeters and vocalists on this collection of songs by and associated with fellow New Orleanian Louis Armstrong, aka Satchmo. The album opens with a fresh interpretation of “What A Wonderful World” featuring a call-and-response with The Blind Boys Of Alabama and a solo by trumpeter Nicholas Payton. Dr. John also connects with R&B singer Ledisi on “Nobody Knows The Trouble I’ve Seen” and Bonnie Raitt on “I’ve Got The World On A String.”
Mascis – Tied To A Star
This is the second acoustic-heavy solo release from Dinosaur Jr. frontman J. Mascis following his 2011 solo debut Several Shades Of Why. His stripped down album features a vocal cameo from Cat Power’s Chan Marshall on “Wide Awake” and his trademark electric guitar shredding on “Every Morning,” whose hilarious music video features a cameo by Portlandia co-creator and actor Fred Armisen.
1993 was arguably one of the best years in hip-hop. With seminal releases from A Tribe Called Quest, Wu-Tang Clan, Souls of Mischief, De La Soul and Snoop Doggy Dogg, the Class of ‘93 is often referred to as the Golden Era of Hip-Hop. So grab your Carhartt, a box of Phillies and lace up your Timberlands – we’re taking you back to the year 1993 in hip-hop.
Spinning is our latest addition to the Workout genre. Enjoy music designed for your solo spin class or workout ride featuring an up-tempo mix of electronic, rock and indie dance tracks. You’ll hear artists like: Muse, Justice, Calvin Harris, The Black Keys and more.
CCR based their sound on the roots of Bayou that uses a heavy infusion of gritty swamp blues, Muscle Shoals horns, Deep South soul and raw country. The genre had its heyday in the ‘70s and spawned some of rock’s most underrated artists like Little Feat, Tony Joe White, Dale Hawkins, The Radiators and J.J. Cale.