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To my subscribers and loyal readers, This is the final post of the blog. I’m suspending the writing of the weekly posts to focus on other projects. Thank you all for your readership. Hopefully, you discovered some great records you had never heard before. That’s always been my guiding purpose... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2022 at Enluarada Music
Julie Cornett and Steve Beck are San Francisco Bay Area songwriters and multi-instrumentalists who make music together as Needle. They haven’t put out many records—only two LPs and an EP since 2006—but what has come out is well-crafted and worth the wait between the long release gaps. All their records... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2022 at Enluarada Music
Moonlight Here is the second release by singer-songwriter Linn Osterberg, better known by her moniker, Sea Lion. The Swedish musician uses a band name, but she records her music alone, in her one-bedroom apartment in Gothenburg. Using guitar, synthesizer and a few effects pedals, Osterberg’s albums are a mix of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 16, 2022 at Enluarada Music
When musician Aaron Gerber finished college in 2005, he left his home state of Maine behind and headed to Portland, Oregon. He didn’t have a reason to move there other than for the always fluorescing music scene in Portland, which has much more to offer than Brunswick, where he grew... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2022 at Enluarada Music
The ongoing discussion about the Swedish group The Amazing is how one would categorize their music. They’ve been called progressive rock and psychedelic music, although songwriter and singer Christoffer Gunrup isn’t a fan of those descriptions. He’s expressed his dislike for those labels in more than one interview. A better... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2022 at Enluarada Music
In the early 2000s, a group of bands and musicians in Cleveland, Ohio, joined forces and formed The Davenport Collective. The collective centered around four core groups: New Planet Trampoline, 9 Volt Haunted House, The Dreadful Yawns and The Volta Sound, who all performed together and shared a makeshift studio.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2022 at Enluarada Music
Cass McCombs is a press-shy wayward musician who has quietly become one of today’s most respected songwriters. His songs could be described as folk music, although not in a typical acoustic guitar and voice approach. His records vary in sound and structure and the music includes elements of rock, alt-country,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2022 at Enluarada Music
Salve, Jorge! is an album of demos, alternate versions, unused tracks, live cuts and B-sides. This 28-song collection originally came with the Salve Jorge CD box set, which contains (almost) all of Jorge Ben Jor’s album releases from the early 1960s through the mid-1970s. Luckily, Salve, Jorge! also got its... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2022 at Enluarada Music
The Donkeys are a San Diego-based band made up of childhood friends. They started playing music together in high school and they’ve been a working group for almost twenty years now. Ride the Black Wave is their “summer” album with songs about their love for California and the joys of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2022 at Enluarada Music
What a strange and bumpy trip it’s been for the Liverpool band Echo & the Bunnymen. They roared out of the gate in 1980 with one of the best-ever post-punk/New Wave (whatever you wanna call it) albums: the magnificent Crocodiles. The band followed this masterwork with several more classic albums... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2022 at Enluarada Music
It’s easy to fall in love with Gabriella Cohen and her stylish album Pink is the Colour of Unconditional Love. The Melbourne-based singer-songwriter writes quirky songs and sings them with a saucy attitude to music with a throw-back sound. Even if you have watched none of her outlandish music videos,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2022 at Enluarada Music
When producer and DJ Mark Ronson made his second album in 2007, he filled it to the brim with cover songs. Version has reimagined arrangements of songs that were originally done by Coldplay, Radiohead, The Jam, Britney Spears, and The Smiths. Music executive, Eddie Bezalel, was one of Ronson’s partners... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2022 at Enluarada Music
Julie Peel is a singer-songwriter who grew up in Cannes, France. Her only full-length solo record Near the Sun came out back in 2009 and the rest of her recordings have been for cover songs on several tribute albums. But her own penned songs have found a place on TV... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2022 at Enluarada Music
When Sub Pop launched Hardly Art in 2007, In Camera by Arthur & Yu became the first release for the new label. Hardly Art Records is the home of new, undiscovered artists and they couldn’t have picked a better group for their roll out than this Seattle-based duo. Multi-instrumentalists Grant... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2022 at Enluarada Music
Isobel Campbell’s solo records in the 2000s were about her discovering new types of music. The Scottish musician/producer’s initial full-length, Amorino, explored French and Brazilian styles with a soft, breezy elegance. And the three records she made with Screaming Trees singer Mark Lanegan took her into the American roots music... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2022 at Enluarada Music
The Welsh band, Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci, stayed together for fifteen years and released nine albums from the early 1990s through the mid-2000s. Singer Euros Childs, bassist Richard James and guitarist John Lawrence formed the group in 1991 when they were still teenagers attending school. They selected their curious band name... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2021 at Enluarada Music
Kit Sebastian is a duo that makes world music with a nostalgic bent. Merve Erdem and Kit Martin originally met through Facebook and their shared appreciation for Turkish music and European film soundtracks led to songwriting and, eventually, the recording of their first album, Mantra Moderne. They began by recording... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2021 at Enluarada Music
When Northern California singer-songwriter Brianna Lea Pruett made Gypsy Bells, she created an impeccable record that was exactly what she wanted it to be. After self-releasing her music for twelve years, she signed with Canyon Records and produced Gypsy Bells herself in a studio in Oakland. Gypsy Bells is not... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2021 at Enluarada Music
Call Me is the fifth Al Green album recorded at Willie Mitchell’s Royal Studios and his third release over a fifteen-month period. Green was recording a lot during this time and the large volume of activity didn’t decrease the quality of his music. If anything, it only made it better.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2021 at Enluarada Music
In 2004, while working as a writing teacher in Brooklyn, Danielle Stech-Homsy recorded and self-released an album of her songs. She played the ukulele and used the writing of William Blake, John Ashbery, Freya Stark and others for her song lyrics. She called the project A Bride’s Guide to Waiting... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2021 at Enluarada Music
Tiny Vipers is the moniker used by Seattle resident Jesy Fortino. She’s a creative artist who first began playing guitar in her early twenties, and kinda stumbled into music while working at a series of service jobs. Fortino has been performing as Tiny Vipers since the early 2000s approaching her... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2021 at Enluarada Music
Doug Tuttle is both a musician and an entrepreneur. His company, Mid-Fi Electronics, makes guitar effects pedals that members of Wilco and Andy Summers from The Police have used. He runs his business and records music out of his home, playing all the instruments on his records. Peace Potato is... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2021 at Enluarada Music
After his stint in Ultimate Painting and before forming his current band Modern Nature, Jack Cooper recorded this little gem of an album. A song cycle about the hometown of his youth, Sandgrown is an album of reflections about growing up in Blackpool, England. Cooper recorded the music on a... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2021 at Enluarada Music
James Werle and Charles Bert formed Math and Physics Club in 2004 and played together in the Seattle indie band fourteen years. Their friendship created the bond in the group and after they were both married with children, their family-first attitude limited their touring but kept them happy making records.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2021 at Enluarada Music
With so many young musicians releasing homemade records, it’s easy for Dylan Moon’s debut to get lost in the shuffle. Moon’s Only The Blues is an album that you don’t want to miss. It’s a superb recording with pleasant song arrangements, atmospheric guitar and light keyboard textures. On Only The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2021 at Enluarada Music