WHAT WE'RE SPINNING
John Grant
Pale Green Ghosts
Just fucking wow. Take a listen GMF and you'll know immediately if you'd like this one. We love it and are listening to this song about 5 or 6 times a day it's that good. Spirtual, uplifting, mysterious, dark, foreboding, elegant with some great lyrics to boot ("Half of the time I think I'm in some movie, I play the underdog of course; I wonder who they'll get to play me, maybe they could dig up Richard Burton's corpse"). All the odd number songs (and song 10) on this disc are musts.. (May '13)
Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny
Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose
Orchestrated, big, expansive ... we're tempted to file this one under our show-tunes genre folder. Guess we shouldn't have expected otherwise from another strong female lead act on the same label as Goldfrapp. (Feb '12)
Snowblink
Inner Classics
Thinking you got your normal girl sings indie pop record here until you hear the first tune (Pray for Surf) and you realize there's something a little deeper with this one. (Aug '12).
Beth Jeans Houghton & the Hooves of Destiny
Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose
Orchestrated, big, expansive ... we're tempted to file this one under our show-tunes genre folder. Guess we shouldn't have expected otherwise from another strong female lead act on the same label as Goldfrapp. (Feb '12)
Bhi Bhiman
Bhiman
Solid! Lyrical wit crooned out against a playful country tinged background makes this one live up perfectly to the expectations set by the cover art. "what chew talking 'bout business trips, you work at the mall." (Jan '12).
The White Buffalo
Once Upon A Time in the West
The big guy is getting big in SF: We saw him play to ~90 people @ Hotel Utah in March, to ~350 @ Cafe du Nord 3 months later in July, then to tens of thousands @ Hardly Strictly in Oct. His show is killer. Looks like word of that spread quickly in SF. (Feb '12)
Case Studies
The World Is Just A Shape To Fill The Night
Sparse, baritoney singer songwriter sings against multi-girl harmonies in our favorite record of the year. (Aug '11)
Quilt
Quilt
Nice jangly, reverb drenched guy/girl pychedelic twee folk. Reminder us of early Essex Green. (Nov '11)
Perfume Genius
Learning
Beautiful, slow, haunting songs as one guy struggles with his sexuality in front of a mic and piano. (June '10)
King Creosote & Jon Hopkins
Diamond Mine
Lovely, lonely, slow Scottish seaside story and soundscapes. Stellar. (May '11)
The White Buffalo
Hogtied Revisited
Big guy with big voice belting out some country ballads, shitkickers, and even a little yodeling. Great album. (Mar '09)
Jane Weaver
The Fallen by Watch Bird
Beautiful lifting, droning pychedelic folk concept album. (May '10)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Who Killed Sgt. Pepper?
Credit to Anton for keeping at it and trying new things musically, but the only thing here that really succeeds is with Felt Tipped Pictures of UFOs, when he throws out the rock song pretenses andprogrammed drums and just gives us a lovely soundscape. (Jan '10)
Daniel Durrett
Hello, Inner Sunset
We were impressed with this: electronic rockers, slowly cresendoing walls of sounds and textures, tribal chants, film scores. We were blown away watching him perform this live with a guitar, mic, ipad, and loop pad! Unfuckenbelievable. (Feb '10)
Jane Weaver
Cherlokalate
Slow developing beautiful songs, with O' To Be In This Land really shinning. (Dec '07)
Bhi Bhiman
The Cookbook
Gotta buy this album just to hear the good ole country yodeling from a SF based Sri Lankan. Seriously, we haven't heard yodeling done this well since Roy Rogers's Sons of the Pioneers. Bhi throws in some reggae and blues inspired tunes, a good ole jazz torch song and a hawaiian uke tune as well, covering just about every old timey music genre you can think of except the sea shanty. (Dec '07)