Category: Albums

Mundo Musique: Conor Oberst releases ‘Upside Down Mountain’

Mundo Musique: Conor Oberst releases ‘Upside Down Mountain’

I’ve really liked most things Conor Oberst has been involved with. Bright Eyes have released some fantastic albums, and his collaboration with Monsters of Folk may be one of my all time favorite records. I’ve even dug Desaparecidos. This week, Oberst released his latest solo effort, Upside Down Mountain, and it’s really, really good. The opening track, “Time Forgot”, feels […]

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Mundo Musique: STACEY Self-Titled Debut EP and Video for “Sleep Alone”

Mundo Musique: STACEY Self-Titled Debut EP and Video for “Sleep Alone”

For Those Who Like: Sarah McLachlan, The Bright Smoke, Marissa Nadler On her debut EP, young Toronto singer-songwriter STACEY has released an extremely intimate and honest album. In each of the five tracks, there is a sense of loss, whether it is someone close or one’s innocence. The minimalist feel of the album, which involves just STACEY’s vocals and her […]

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Mundo Musique: Weatherbox

Mundo Musique: Weatherbox

For Those Who Like: Sum 41, Diarrhea Planet Is it possible for post-punk rock to be harmony laden? In the case of San Diego band Weatherbox, the project of Brian Warren, they have just done that. On the 13-track, Flies in All Directions is an apt description for Weatherbox’s third LP, as the San Diego band has written mostly post-punk tracks, […]

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Mundo Musique: Stream Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming record ‘Are We There’

Mundo Musique: Stream Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming record ‘Are We There’

Named as one of our most anticipated albums of 2014,  Are We There is the fourth album from New York based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. Are We There is set to be released next week, on May 27 in North America and May 26 in Europe.  Her first three albums are some of my all-time favorites, so I immediately pre-ordered the […]

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Mundo Musique: Stream Lee Fields’ New Album “Emma Jean”

Mundo Musique: Stream Lee Fields’ New Album “Emma Jean”

Lee Fields, the 63-year old legendary soul singer, returns with The Expressions to release his umpteenth album (his 11th studio album and he’s released countless others), Emma Jean. The album, which is named after his mother, will be officially released on June 3. If you want a sneak peak, the album is being streamed on NPR.

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Mundo Musique: Cloud Caverns

Mundo Musique: Cloud Caverns

Cloud Caverns Long Island, New York based experimental and acoustic band Cloud Caverns are a bit of a mix of everything.  Their first full length album, Gypsy Loft was released on May 4, and is a great folk rock record.  The project of Brandon Peterson and Dan Bouza, Cloud Caverns feel a bit like what would happen if M. Ward […]

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Mundo Musique: Amen Dunes

Mundo Musique: Amen Dunes

For Those Who Like: The Verve, The Great Lake Swimmers, Juan Wauters While I had heard of previous songs from Amen Dunes – the project of upstate New York native and now Brooklyn resident Damon McMahon – I was not overly familiar with his work until he opened for Mac DeMarco at The Blacksheep Inn in early April 4. Despite […]

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Mundo Musique: Christopher Wild’s Self-Titled Debut Album

Mundo Musique: Christopher Wild’s Self-Titled Debut Album

For Those Who Like: Reignwolf, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes Christopher Wild on his self-titled debut album, which was released on April 15, has produced a record that I hoped The Black Keys would have produced (not to say Turn Blue is a bad record) – raw, gritty, explosive garage rock that is absolutely relentless from start to finish. From the […]

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Mundo Musique: Debut EP by Rapper King Snxxp and Producer Real Ayler, OutKasted

Mundo Musique: Debut EP by Rapper King Snxxp and Producer Real Ayler, OutKasted

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interview Chris Ayler, the young, Westland, Michigan teenager and emerging producer with a tremendous talent for sound, soundscapes, and melodies. It is an innate ability that few possess. After dabbling on his own and producing several songs together, including the trippy, mesmerizing “Praise”, the 17-year old Ayler – now referred to as […]

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Mundo Musique: Ummagma – Lama

Mundo Musique: Ummagma – Lama

UMMAGMA – Lama For fans of: Cocteau Twins, Stereolab, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, CHVRCHES When I wrote about the Canadian-Ukrainian Ummagma last year, I said they were going to have a busy 2014, and so far that has been proven correct.  Last month we were one of 20 blogs from all over the world who premiered their video for “The […]

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Mundo Musique: Chad VanGaalen and Night Beats

Mundo Musique: Chad VanGaalen and Night Beats

CHAD VANGAALEN Even though Chad VanGaalen has been recording music for thirteen years, he has been able to retain a raw, innocent beauty in his music. Every album is filled with short stories and fables, some about VanGaalen’s own life and others just crafted from his imagination. His early recordings were predominantly indie folk songs, but over time he’s added […]

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Mundo Musique: Pink Mountaintops

Mundo Musique: Pink Mountaintops

Pink Mountaintops is the name of a rock n’ roll band that is the project of Stephen McBean from Vancouver. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he’s also part of Black Mountain, and many band members from Black Mountain play or have in Pink Mountaintops.  They released their fourth and latest album, Get Back on April 29 on Jagjaguwar Records. […]

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Mundo Musique: PAWS and WTCHS

Mundo Musique: PAWS and WTCHS

  PAWS For Those Who Like: Yuck, Cloud Nothings, Swearin’ Two years ago, PAWS, the Glasgow, Scotland trio, released their debut album, Cokefloat!, a splendid record of post-punk rock. However, as band member Phillip Taylor said, “It feels like everybody considers our debut LP to be ‘lo-fi’, which really bothered us as we felt it was the complete opposite by […]

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Mundo Musique: Wye Oak

Mundo Musique: Wye Oak

I’ve loved Wye Oak since the first time I heard them. The Baltimore based duo of Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack have released some rough and heavy sounding music in the past, but their latest record, Shriek, turns a corner and Wye Oak has developed a more electronic sound on Shriek.  Released April 29, Shriek is not a natural evolution […]

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Mundo Musique: The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger and J.P. Kallio

Mundo Musique: The Ghost of A Saber Tooth Tiger and J.P. Kallio

  THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER   For Those Who Like: Beck, Temples, Widowspeak   On their latest album, Midnight Sun, The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, which is the project of partners Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl, have produced an expansive, cinematic album that takes the listener on a musical journey that begins forty to […]

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Review: Orit Shimoni’s Bitter is the New Sweet

Review: Orit Shimoni’s Bitter is the New Sweet

I first came to know of Orit Shimoni a few years back when she was in a Montreal-based duo called Little Birdie. The first song of the then-new album (Cinematic Way) was called Every Day I Fasten My Shackles. I was hooked. It was blues-inspired folk (perhaps folk-inspired blues), with soul to spare. Orit’s voice in particular connected so beautifully with […]

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Mundo Musique: Ought and Second Hand Heart

Mundo Musique: Ought and Second Hand Heart

  OUGHT   For Those Who Like: Joy Division, SUUNS, Velvet Underground   Whether it’s the orchestral pop and the new folk-rock of the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver, the innovative takes of psychedelia and hip hop in the United Kingdom, the art-punk and brooding rock of Brooklyn, or the roaring psych-rock of the southern US, independent artists across the globe […]

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Mundo Musique: Thee Oh Sees and Billy Moon

Mundo Musique: Thee Oh Sees and Billy Moon

  THEE OH SEES For Those Who Like: Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, ’60s-’70s psychedelia At the end of 2013, Thee Oh Sees announced that they were going on an “indefinite hiatus”. Fortunate for music fans, the hiatus lasted less than five months as the San Francisco-based band released Drop last week. Why the band’s hiatus was so brief is a […]

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Mundo Musique: Saintseneca

Mundo Musique: Saintseneca

For fans of: Dr. Dog, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lord Huron, Decemberists, Typhoon Indie-folk band Saintseneca is the project of Columbus, Ohio singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little along with Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek and Jon Maedor. For the most part, Little’s voice reminds me of Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken but at times he reminds me of Jeff Mangum.  Saintseneca bring a […]

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Mundo Musique: The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)

Mundo Musique: The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)

When I first heard Aimee Mann and Ted Leo were working on an album together, “intrigued” would be an understatement. I instantly recalled the few Ted Leo and the Pharmacists shows I’ve attended, which were all awesome punk rock experiences, and if you’ve been keeping score, it should be no surprise that I enjoy Aimee Mann’s music. That said, I […]

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