Orchestro Pacifico Tropical, Kokoko!, and Steve Lacy led the way on Bubble Wrap this week, taking dance music in all kinds of unexpected directions. Among the other luminaries, Modern Nature, Black Heart Saints, Magdalena Bay, and Fountain all with new and variegated tracks. And more, of course.
This week on Bubble Wrap, lots of great new music, more Rufus, and even some rarities from before modern times. Josh Ritter – Old Black Magic. Josh is suddenly older and more rocking. But I might not have been paying attention while this was happening… Durand Jones and the Indications. So true to 70s soul, […]
On Bubble Wrap this week: More new music! Rather than rattle on about the state of things, here are some capsule reviews of songs we played. The Knife – Heartbeats. 2002 release. Dancy, Swedish in a Bjorkian way. A bit tribal. The Faint – Alien Angel. Urgent, gothy, dancy, and brand new! Unloved – Devils […]
Due to the shortage of time, I’ll cut right to the chase: weren’t The 360s great? Audrey Clark was the epitome of cool and Eric Russell’s thrilling guitar was right up there with the best of the early ’90s Boston rockers. Their “thing” was psychedelia, dressed down in bad boy/girl black leather. I’d like to […]
Bubble Wrap this week featured happy music from 2019 as well as 2014–ephemeral pop from here and there. Augmenting that, we continued the Troy Meadows and La Souterraine threads another week with music from each. Oh, and Pilotcan was a nice discovery — always fun to find a new Scottish band… Enjoy yourself and the days of yore…
Each week, we look for the most original sounds we can as they bob by in a sea of enjoyably familiar musicality. In keeping with the theme of ‘off the beaten path,’ we checked out La Souterraine’s latest compilation, La Musique de ponts et chausses (music about bridges and highways). Also liked some tracks from a recent Z Tapes comp, and the new CD from Troy Meadows.
22 is an auspicious number, and August is hot, especially this one. Anyway, we’re all mad here. Welcome to the Bubble Wrap radio show write-up, back after a long chaotic hiatus. (The chaos isn’t over — we’re just taking a break from it.) Life spills over into everything so this show was a bit chaotic […]
This week, it became apparent that one of our top sources for new music – Insomnia Radio – had gone dark. According to their page, they are on permanent hiatus from song posting, which is a shame because it’s like, there goes Europe! So we explored Africa instead. We also touched down in Korea briefly […]
Heather Maloney’s new ep Just Enough Sun roused me out of my torpor on first listen. It wasn’t just that it’s good, which it is, but also that it reaches out and grabs you — with a lyrical twist or a strange saga or some unexpected instrumentation that makes you pay attention. The stand-out track is “Albert 1-5,” a song as unsettling as it is hummable, and destined to see some college / NPR radio play, I feel sure…
Bubble Wrap continues with the letter H and introduces more new music from around the country including a few songs we really like. Cutting to the chase, the hands down favorite of the evening was “Gold Purple Orange” by Jean Grae and Quelle Chris, which has one of the more compelling lyrics we’ve heard lately […]
Sometimes you realize that it’s just you against the world, struggling for air, for breathing room, for peace of mind, and for a fighting chance to have a “nice” day. But then you remember that it’s always been like that and move on. This week on Bubble Wrap we played music to soothe and distract, with here and there a nod to the sad fact the struggle is universal.