Highlighted Releases in Studio 4 - Week of 1/15/18

  1. Spice Boys - Glade (PNKSLM, Rock)

Spice Boys are the Swedish response to America's psych-punk boom of the last decade. Sure there are plenty of punk songs about not being social, but "I Don't Get Around" actually revels in it. After all, there doesn't seem to be much use in going out when you're a competent enough punk group to stick to the tried and true 2-minute-song formula on "Fuk Lov." RIYL: Makthaverskan, Thee Oh Sees, iceage

2. Adam Shulman Sextet - Full Tilt (Cellar Live, Jazz)

Opening with a phenomenal minor version of Cedar Walton's "Fantasy in D," the crew behind the 38-year old bay area pianist knows how to make a studio mix sound as fun as a live one. This band isn't afraid to do the hard bop dance so many decades after Art Blakey dominated the genre with his jazz messengers. RIYL: Art Blakey, Vince Guaraldi

3. Matt Arthur - On the Edge, At the Bottom (House of Mercy Recordings, Country)

Bringing together other local favorites from Roe Family Singers, Cactus Blossoms, and Gear Daddies, Matt Arthur feels like country music the Twin Cities has needed for years. Originally from Hope, Minnesota, he recorded the record's folk gospel tunes while in a similarly small town and is ready to start shaking things up back in the metro. It's been a grip since his release show last November, and it was worth waiting to get the disc in the studio. RIYL: Johnny Cash, Spider John Kerner, Nick Cave

4. Brenda Navarette - Mi Mundo (Alma, World)

Recorded in Havana by John "Beetle" Bailey, this is the Cuban musician's first solo outing. Growing up with Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgerald, it's no surprise that Navarette is able to marry genres so fluidly. Also, never overlook a percussionist that knows how to sing this well. RIYL: Interactivo, Billie Holiday, Cassandra Wilson

5. Crashing Hotels - Exploration Exploitation (Lackluster Life, Pop)

It's challenging enough giving new artists a genre-tag, but Crashing Hotels make things especially difficult. One part synth-pop one part post punk, the group are putting out their first LP since 2013. However, nothing is too overthought or outlandish. This is catchy goth that easily accessible. Also, this is the finest album art of the year so far. RIYL: Cut Copy, Tears for Fears, Twin Shadow


Aaron Aranita Segunda Vista Second Sight jazz
Andrew Distel It only takes time jazz
Brenda Navarrete Mi Mundo World
Charles Ponder Ponder in the Spotlight JAZZ
Doc Burcade Universal Music Radio jazz
Eddie Dattel Another side of the sun jazz
Eddie Dattel and five empty pockets Trickle Down Blues / Art of the deal jazz
James Weidman Spiritual Impressions  
Karney No Mercy ROCK
Kristina Koller Percetion JAZZ
Laila Biali S/T POP
Mackrosoft, the
Mackister Ludi: The glass weed game
Michael Johnathon Pirate POP
Reggie Pittman - Loren Daniels quartet Smileessence jazz
Robert Kennedy Closer to home jazz
Shame Songs of Praise ROCK
Spirit of the Bear Fade into Blue ROCK
Sufis After Hours ROCK
Tony desare & edward Decker One for my baby Jazz
Typhoon Offerings ROCK
Bettye Lavette Things have changed JAZZ
Solomon Grey "the last Post" - soundtrack SDTRK
Mychael Danna The man who invented Christmas XMAS
Jason Marsalis and the 21st centry trad band Melody Reimagined: book 1 JAZZ
Blue Music, the s/t ROCK
Spice Boys Glare ROCK
Glaare to deaf and day  
LowDown brass band LowDown breaks JAZZ
Lisa Morales Luna negra and the daughter of the sun WORLD
AJ Ghent J-ent the neo blues project Blues
The Post Soundtrack SDTRK
Matt Arthur On the edge, at the bottom COUNTRY
Prids Do i look like I'm in love ROCK
Dr. Demento Dr. Demento covered in punk - various artists ROCK/HUMOR
Lisa Bernstein I get a kick - Cole Porter reimagined Jazz
Adam Shulman sextet Full tilt jazz
bd Double Quartet departure jazz
Keith O' Rourke Sketches from the road jazz
Scott Hamilton Trio Live at pyatt Hall jazz
Nine Beats Collective nine beats to the bar POP
Sleepover, the No Sleep ROCK
Born Animal celebration revolution ROCK
Matthew Daher dwelling lighthearted in the futility of everything - ep ELECTRONIC
Crashing Hotels Exploration exploitation POP