Nguashi N’timbo’s wrote the now classic congolese standard “Shauri Yako” which was reproduced by many, including Orchestra Super Mazembe, and is simply a redonk jam. One of the most stunning you will hear this week, and you’ll be hitting repeat. At some point N’timbo found fhimself in Kinshasa and it was there that he started the super groove orchestra known as Orchestre Sentima–this band lead him to the formation Orchestre Festival Du Zaire, powerhouse band he formed in Nairobi. All I have to say is that it is down pour raining right now and N’timbo is laying it hard, matching this flash flood outside perfectly, like a bean curd meats frie batter. So theres that.
Enjoy today’s stunning jam of the day!
This might be one of the more beautiful songs to function as an interlude to a perfectly warm overcast NYC day.
Glenn Jones is a king and the song “Bergen County Farewell” off his most recent album, My Garden State is a stunning reminder of just how delightful a classically trained acoustic guitar soloist is.
Enjoy today’s jam off Thrill Jockey Records
It’s just one of those days. Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra produced one of the most awesome suites ever with “Arkansas Coal” and then there’s my boy Marty Robbins with “El Paso.” Simply put, these jamz have a time and place. Today it is 80 degrees and craving some loving, the kind of loving that these three have in spades.
Enjoy these classics!
The latest from Hemsworth, lifted off his upcoming EP, Still Coming, set to release next week has just dropped a single. The single is titled, “Perfectly” and was just released on MixMag. Think what you want, this makes me think Summer–which makes me think cocktails, bbq, parks,upbeat music, beaches, swims, and the sun!
This album features: Hemsworth and Antwon
Enjoy today’s jam.
George Browne, better known as none other than Young Tiger, lived during the roaring 20’s and into the 21st century. He was a bad ass Calypso Trinidadian. He played a massive role in young creole music history. You can hear his influence on all things Calypso. And yeah, he became an Ex-Pat in the UK and was at The Coronation. He was one of the kings of Brit Calypso. So this song, “I was there (at the Coronation)” is well, awesome wombats. So dig on this today and think about how cool it would be to have chilled with this cat and shared some “Bangers and mash patties?” London was the place for Young Tiger and he was a stud. There were so many peeps at the Coronation. Damn, I wish we could have all partied there.
So I’ve written many times about Trevor Powers, the man behind the beauty of Youth Lagoon. Over the past two years Youth Lagoon has graced the music industry with a new variety of eclectic,synthesized, ethereal, and poetical musical dreamscapes that are reminiscent of many musics and songs yet are entirely unique unto themselves. His first album, The Year of Hibernation was “based around the idea of psychological dysphoria,” he was placing music to his thoughts. Trevor Powers is an interesting and intriguing fellow. He writes most of his music in solitude so that he may hone in on his sounds and capture his mind’s assortment of food. He joined up with Fat Possum Records and from there tackled his most recent gorgeous album, Wonderous Bughouse. He now plays with a full band and produces music of the strange psyche.
There is an incredible sincerity to Trevor Powers as Youth Lagoon. When listening to him, it is as if you are identifying and hearing a man who yearns to express and sort through his deepest thoughts, occasionally convoluted and psychedelic but no less, his genuine feelings and emotions in the form of a musical confession. His concerts devour the audience in a trance of wonderment. As Trevor puts it,
“Youth Lagoon is something so personal to me because writing music is how I sort my thoughts, as well as where I transfer my fears,” explains Powers. Wonderous Bughouse is a stunning combination of sounds, synthesized cloudscapes, with echoing vocals, striking distortions that drift from a waltz, to 70’s psychedelic rock that reminds the audience of Yes. His sounds are made of keyboard forward approaches, a fully orchestrated percussive backbone, crescendo key strokes and unique vocals that are reminiscent of of Syd Barrett.
Last Night I saw Youth Lagoon perform an intimate show at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY! sponsored by a Brooklyn Vegan. It was a stellar experience. There is something very different about Youth Lagoon. The musical experience is completely encompassing. The lights, the ambiance, and a drizzling of thoughts dripped in the sounds of Trevor Powers’ gorgeous synth distortions and piano playing. Also, the band was so in-tune with each other. It appeared flawless as the quartet rode up mountains of sound and plunged deep into entrancing valleys of electric waves. The night was memorable as hell and easily one of the best shows I’ve seen over the past two years. Youth Lagoon has moved in a very different direction in sound since his first album but in the best way possible. The band’s performance was reminiscent of Yeasayer’s, All Hour Cymbals tour but with a very unique skew of Youth Lagoon and him and his band’s signature approach to capturing thoughts in sound and sound in thoughts. The live performance experience of Youth Lagoon can best be described as a surge of multi-color warmth that crescendos across your state of mind and wraps into your imagination.
Well there’s MONEY for you. MONEY is one gem of a band out of Manchester. Approximately a year ago, MONEY emerged from the depths of London as a band named Meke Menete and released a series of eye-catching videos which helped them grow an acclaim as a band on the cusp of a new etherial experimental project. But it seemed like maybe it was all for hype and nothing for the long haul. As we waited and waited for more, nothing came. However, Meke Menete changed their name to MONEY, signed on with Bella Union and have proved every concern that they were just a hype machine wrong. MONEY has just released two beautiful 7″ singles that will leave you in a cloud of whimsical distraction.
Basically, Manchester can rest assured, MONEY has made those out there, listen and maybe fall in love with them again. Bluebell Fields, one of the singles released gives us a delicate taste of what to expect on the band’s upcoming debut full-length on Bella Union. They music is a striking combination of melancholy poetry, overlaid with a super ambient sound experience, that has been dipped in the cold fog of a Manchester winter, and emerging with a comforting warm blanket of sun drenched uplifting happiness. The music is simply beautiful and a certain promise of what to expect off their upcoming full length.
Enjoy today’s stunning music from Money out of Manchester.
The year is any day in the future and these jams might describe it.