All My Rowdy Friends


Dimlite + Richard Eigner, «Kalimba Lifeswamp»-Improv
March 4, 2009, 8:10 pm
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“Dimlite w/ Richard Eigner (Ritornell) on drums, beaming out an improv (afterwards named «Kalimba Lifeswamp»), during a Dimlite show on a lovely boat on an austrian river in summer 2008.”

A live version of a track entitled “Kalimba Lifeswamp” from Dimlite’s “Prismic Valuta Rising” album that has unfortunately been shelved for the time being.

Mindestens 5 people must wonder: «What happened to the «Prismic Valuta Rising»-album, I thought it was going to ‘come out in spring 2009′?». I really have no exciting answer… scrunched… lots of questions are boring, and lots of answers are too. All the tracks and songs that made «Prismic…» are safely stored, and some of them will see a proper release as part of
A DIFFERENT ALBUM («Sun-sized Twinkles» per example will make it onto that new one), and some will end up where they belong…. the album went out to a bunch of people in form of a mixtape. Thank Q they kept it safe (thank you!), and thank Q they didn’t keep it too safe (thank you again!). DON’T GO, Please bear with me for point 3!

……damn. Can’t wait for when it really happens.



Group Bombino, “Guitars from Agadez Vol. II”
February 23, 2009, 9:03 pm
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The Sublime Frequencies description:

Group Bombino is the latest salvo from the Agadez music scene. Led by the guitar virtuoso Omara Mochtar (Bombino), the group’s debut LP– Volume two in the Guitars from Agadez series, represents the latest chapter in the modern sound of the Tuareg revolution. As of 2008, the Tuareg rebellion is in full force again, and Bombino is in exile to parts unknown. Agadez has been cut off from the rest of Niger. The only road that connects this legendary city with the rest of the country is littered with land mines and the only escorts are the military. This music and its messages of hope, justice, and desire for validation of the Kel Tamachek way of life ring louder than ever. Group Bombino are gaining mythic status in and around the Tuareg community for their incendiary live performances. Coming from the same scene as Group Inerane and sharing some of the same musicians, Group Bombino showcase both sides of the Tuareg Guitar style. Side one features the “Dry Guitar” sound, an unplugged selection of songs sung among the dunes and stars of the Tenere desert. Side two showcases the electric fury of the full band, a melding of heavy, psychedelic guitar heroics with a raw garage sound, back beat percussion, all swirling in extended trance rock moves. Recorded live and unfiltered in Agadez and the surrounding desert in early 2007, with the band’s equipment powered by generators and an unflinching dedication to the rebellion, Group Bombino’s music transcends any influence and ignites the raw passion of its message to the outside world. This is a one-time pressing of 1,500 copies. Pressed on 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold full color jacket stocked with great photos of the musicians and liner notes by Hisham Mayet.

This is a pretty amazing set of music. There are two similar installments: Group Inerane “Guitars from Agadez Vol. I” and Group Doueh, “Guitar Music From the Western Sahara”.

For those not familiar with the Sublime Frequencies label, they’re like a modern version of the Folkways label, known for releasing music from just about every corner of the world (Eskimo folk music, Middle Eastern Russian folk music, early electronic recordings, to the very first American folk and country music recordings, etc.).

Check out “Boghassa,” its a very raw and danceable grooving track. Would fit in nicely with you LCD Soundsystem and !!!(Chk Chk Chk) fans I’d think.

Group Bombino, “Boghassa”

-Chris



School of Seven Bells, “Alpinisms”
February 20, 2009, 2:23 pm
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School of Seven Bells is comprised of the Deheza sisters, Alejandra and Claudia (On!Air!Library!) known for their wonderful singing as well as Benjamin Curtis (The Secret Machines). Towards the end of 2008 they released a nice album entitled Alpinisms on the Ghostly label (Dabrye, Michna, etc.). The name is derived from “a mythical South American pickpocket academy that may or may not have existed in the 80s” according to SVIIB’s Ghostly bio. Interesting, and for that “the idea of seven minds working as one appealed” to Alejandra which in turn led to a serious collaboration between the Deheza’s and Curtis. “Iamundernodisguise” is the lead single from Alpinisms and a remix of the track was featured on Prefuse 73’s 2007 release “Preparations” and a lead single as well (yes, a lot of Scott Herren/P73 info this week). For those not familiar with the Deheza style of singing, their vocals are bounced back and forth in a ping-pong sort of way creating beautiful melody and rhythm. The end result is a psychedelic-pop shoegaze sound full of warmth and energy.

School of Seven Bells, “Iamundernodisguise”

-Chris



Diamond Watch Wrists
February 19, 2009, 7:31 pm
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Diamond Watch Wrists
Diamond Watch Wrists is a new project from Guillermo Scott Herren (Prefuse 73, Savath y Savalas + 1000 other names) and Zach Hill (drummer for Hella) announced in mid 2008. According to the Facebook page for Diamond Watch Wrists, Scott Herren “plays the instruments and sings the songs” while Zach Hill “plays the drums.”

As many know, GSH is a prolific musician and records under many different names past, present and future. His most popular being Prefuse 73 and Savath y Savalas. Upon hearing the recordings, Diamond Watch Wrists reminds me of A Cloud Mireya, the collaboration between Scott Herren and Claudia Deheza (School of Seven Bells, On!Air!Library!) but with Scott singing. Don’t get me wrong, I love Savath y Savalas old and new, but it is nice to hear Scott sing in English over the A Cloud Mireya-like melodies. Check the myspace to hear.

Diamond Watch Wrists is set to drop May 5th on Warp. Hopefully.

And hopefully we get see a release and hear more from Risil, another new project from GSH collaborating with members of School of Seven Bells, Pivot, Sunn O))), Hella and others. Sounds dope!

-Chris



Mulatu Astatke & The Heliocentrics
February 18, 2009, 10:15 am
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Mulatu

And here it is finally! More details and album art for the upcoming Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics release, “Inspiration Information” being released on Strut Records. Mulatu Astatke’s music is Ethiopian Jazz, a form of music from Ethiopia based on a 5-tone scale as opposed to Western music that is based on a 12-tone scale. Here we have Mulatu Astatke and The Heliocentrics bridging the gap between Ethio-Jazz and Western rhythms creating a new take on the psychedelic jazz/funk/latin influenced sound. I can’t describe how exciting it is to hear one of the unknown greats recording new music with a group of artists that are not only disciples of Mulatu’s music, but well versed in the many rhythmic forms of jazz and funk from all over the world. I wish I could post up the advance release (it’s amazing), but instead only one track. Enjoy.

01. Masengo
02. Cha Cha
03. Addis Black Widow
04. Mulatu
05. Blue Nile
06. Esketa Dance download
07. Chik Chikka
08. Live From Tigre Lounge
09. Chinese New Year
10. Phantom Of The Panther
11. Dewel
12. Fire In The Zoo
13. An Epic Story
14. Anglo Ethio Suite

-Chris



New GRIZZLY BEAR + PREFUSE 73 in early ’09
February 16, 2009, 9:03 pm
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P73
April 14
Everything She Touched Turned Ampexian:

01 Periodic Measurements of Infrequent Smiles
02 Hairy Faces (Stress)
03 Parachute Panador
04 NoNo
05 Punish
06 Half Up Front
07 Sexual Fantasy Scale
08 DEC. Machine Funk All ERA’s
09 Get Em High
10 Ampexian Tribe of a Lesser Time
11 When Is a Good Time?
12 Fountains of Spring
13 Whipcream Eyepatch
14 Regalo
15 Rubber Stems
16 Oh Is It
17 Four Reels Collide
18 Fringertip Trajectories
19 Violent Bathroom Exchange
20 Natures Uplifting Revenge
21 Yuletide
22 Simple Loop Choir
23 No Lights Still Rock [feat. Dimlite]
24 Gaslamp Killer Feedback Text
25 Digan Lo
26 Preparation’s Kids Choir
27 Pitch Pipe
28 Periodic Measurements of Infrequent Frowns
29 Formal Dedications

Thug Life
May 26
Veckatimest:

01 Southern Point
02 Two Weeks
03 All We Ask
04 Fine for Now
05 Cheerleader
06 Dory
07 Ready, Able
08 About Face
09 Hold Still
10 While You Wait for the Others
11 I Live With You
12 Foreground

Here’s a couple of harder to obtain tracks:

Prefuse 73, “Untitled Women” from Stop Smiling magazine split 7″ w/ The Books

Grizzly Bear, “Easier” (Alternate Edit) from the “Knife” 7″

The cover art for both is rad!
-Chris



Linda Perhacs, “Parallelograms” [Kapp, 1970]
February 16, 2009, 8:37 pm
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Linda Perhacs
Linda Perhacs
Parallelograms is an amazing album. I first heard about her through record collecting friends. It is the one and only release that Linda Perhacs put out and a very obscure one at that. Obscurity doesn’t automatically make a musician, band, or artist cool. It is the quality of the artful sound that is being produced. Linda’s music is categorized as psychedelic folk. Bits of 60s-era psychedelic electronics can be heard through out over her light acoustic guitar and nice bass-lines creating day dreaming songs. Parallelograms is real introspective and personal record, its very easy to zone out to. Since the reissue of Parallelograms, she’s collaborated with Devendra Banhart on the track “Freely” (Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon). She’s apparently working on new material although there hasn’t been any news regarding that matter. And I kick myself for never purchasing an original copy of Parallelograms that I saw on a wall at a record store that shall remain anonymous.

Check the comments for a download link.

-Chris



Jay Dee aka J Dilla RIP
February 10, 2009, 7:27 am
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Dilla
Dilla
February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006

Jay Dee, “Doo Doo”

Phat Kat, “Nasty Ain’t It (prod. J Dilla)

Jay Dee, “Nothing Like This”

Slum Village, “Thelonius” w/ Common (prod. Jay Dee)

A Tribe Called Quest, “Find A Way” (prod. Jay Dee)

-Chris



Si, Para Usted
February 9, 2009, 10:03 pm
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Si, Para Usted

Si, Para Usted: The Funky Sounds of Revolutionary Cuba Vol. 1 is an amazing compilation of music. It is likely that many of the tracks/artists appearing on the compilation would never have been heard otherwise if it weren’t for Waxing Deep’s radio host Dan Zacks. During the middle years of Fidel Castro’s reign in Cuba, musicians were given the freedom to create music without punishment/banishment/whatever you want to call it. The outcome is an amazing blend of soul, funk, jazz fusion and experimentations with psychedelic and electronic sounds. An interesting aspect to point is that the music found on Si, Para Usted has been remastered and rerecorded from the original vinyl copies the tunes are taken from. Cuban vinyl is generally poor in quality, that isn’t heard in the compilation. There are many interesting tunes including those by Grupo Irakere and Grupo Monumental.

Juan Pablo Torres Y Algo Nuevo, “Son A Propulsion”

Irakere, “Bacalao Con Pan”

Si, Para Usted Vol. 2 should be out sometime early in 2009. And it will contain more cover art/design by Minneapolis-based Burlesque design crew.
More at Waxing Deep.

-Chris



Dr. Who Dat?, Animal Collective
February 7, 2009, 4:10 pm
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As some of you might know, I am part of The Music Lobby crew. We update every week with new music reviews. My newest review is the Dr. Who Dat? review. We try to review new releases that we’re feeling. I’ve also included Playbynumbers’ review of the new Animal Collective that is amazing.

Animal Collective
Animal Collective, “Merriweather Post Pavilion”
Animal Collective have always been a band that I’ve respected more than I’ve actually liked; it’s not that I dislike dissonance and “difficult” music, necessarily, but I just never saw any reason to go to indie rock for it. I am, however, in love with “Merriweather Post Pavilion.” It’s easily the band’s best album, and (for better or worse, depending on your perspective) all the abrasiveness has been removed – Avey Tare’s yelps and screeching are kept to a minimum, there are actual song structures, judicious use of electronic instrumentation, perfect sequencing, and a lot of sing-along choruses. Every single track is good, plus there’s just something ineffably magically awesome about the album taken as a whole.


Dr. Who Dat?, “Beyond 2morrow”
Some are calling “Beyond 2morrow” an album while others are calling it an EP. I find it to be a mini-album. While not nearly as impressive as the masterpiece known as “Beat Journey,” “Beyond 2morrow” has many redeeming qualities and shows a side of Jneiro Jarel/Dr Who Dat? that hasn’t entirely been heard before. With the vocal collaboration of Shape of Broad Minds on the title track “Beyond 2morrow,” many of the beats would fit nicely on a second Shape of Broad Minds LP. If anything, I’d consider the new release a bridge between the old and future. In a recent Myspace blog, Jneiro Jarel mentioned that he “didn’t know how people would receive it,” I can understand what he is getting at. I am completely satisfied with the outcome of the release as I tend to “zig zag” a lot as Jneiro mentions as well. Overall, it is nice to hear releases like these, especially from someone like Jneiro for already having a fairly in depth catalogue. He done did it with this one.

The Music Lobby

-Chris