Elvis Costello – Unfaithful Music (compilation)

Released to coincide with a self-authored biography of his life and music, thirty-eight tracks seems insufficient when the now approaching four-decade career of Elvis Costello is the matter under discussion. It's easy to know where to begin, in 1977, when with his then backing band The Attractions, a bespectacled and nervously energetic Buddy Holly … [Read more...]

Rock/Shoegaze CD series helps Nepal disaster relief

  Global Indie Artists Come Together for Nepal Disaster Relief SeriesRock Back for Nepal is the first in a 3-part series of disaster relief compilations being released by U.S. indie label  Patetico Recordings. The label is partnering with nearly 60 independent artists and several small indie labels around the globe to make this happen. They … [Read more...]

Revolution – The Shoegaze Revival 30-song Album due in February

Featured bands:  //orangenoise (Pakistan) / Sounds of Sputnik (Russia) / The Yours (Hong Kong) / Trementina (Chile) / Ummagma (Canada-Ukraine) / Digilite (Indonesia) / Jaguwar (Germany) / Stellarscope (USA) / Spool (Japan) / Wozniak (Scotland) / Ether Feels (Japan) / Hideous Towns (Australia) / Lights That Change (Wales, UK) / Damascus (Indonesia) … [Read more...]

Alex Mauer – Eat People 123

I’ve always found Alex Mauer’s music easy to visualize. You can open these songs up in a sequencer and watch the sine waves roll and crash and the lead saws cut jagged lines as they vibrate. I imagine each track drawn as an oscillating line on a piece of dot-matrix paper and fed into a PC-tower-beige machine to be mixed and mastered by a man in a … [Read more...]

Various Artists – The Matinee Grand Pix

Grand Prix is a compilation from Matinee Recordings. The contributors include, Northern Portrait, Strawberry Whiplash, The Lucksmiths, The Electric Pop Group, Clay Hips, Tender Trap, Simpatico, Cats on Fire, Bubblebum Lemonade, Math and Physics Club, and The Guild League. The compilation is a collection of eleven soft guitar-pop tunes. The focus … [Read more...]

The Marches – Good With Words Compilation

The Marches quickly made a name for themselves with their 2008 debut (4a.m. is the New Midnight), a dark yet vivacious labyrinth of Motown horns, hip-hop grooves, and electronic quirkiness. Having gained some notoriety for their unorthodox mashups, the LA-based outfit was recently tapped to contribute a track to a new compilation, Good With Words: … [Read more...]

Various artists contribute to Chris Knox tribute album

Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox available via digital download now! On June 11, 2009, musician Chris Knox suffered a life-altering stroke at his home in Grey Lynn, New Zealand. Stroke: Songs for Chris Knox is a celebration of Chris and his music. He was instrumental in bringing New Zealand punk and alternative music to international audiences with … [Read more...]

Various Artists – A Million Square Miles: A Sample of Western Australian Music

Compilations from upstart indie record companies are often meant to showcase the breadth and depth of talent on a label’s roster; you’re unlikely to be satisfied or impressed by every single offering, but at the very least you’ll happen upon a few hidden gems that would have otherwise gone unnoticed.  Sometimes the ride can be a painfully long one … [Read more...]

Various Artists – Dark Was the Night

Cementing their 20th anniversary of raising AIDS awareness, the Red Hot Organization enlisted the help of The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner to curate and craft their 20th compilation, Dark Was the Night. Named after the Blind Willie Johnson song and featuring an all-star cast of some of the best and finest musicians currently making music, … [Read more...]