Finally! Merril is back and tUnE-yArDs are back. She has been on tours and also less available since she dropped the hugely successful tUnE-yArD album, w h o k i l l. All of us fans out there have been waiting and waiting and waiting for her to come to town with a new amazing album. And boom, she does let down. Merrill Garbus was in Haiti last year to, where she absorbed the culture and contributed as a human. Also while there, she, as she puts it, “situated myself in a non-western musical tradition.” She took dance classes and enjoyed life, pulling from a swath of music and dance influence. Like a strong method actor, Merrill places herself in musical context to find her creative vision and then she executes amazingly in her style. So here we are, the release of “Water Fountain,” an amazing song off her upcoming album, Nikki Nack, out May 6th.
Enjoy today’s super hot tUnE-yArDs jam!!!!
Earlier this year, there was a scare that Thee Oh Sees might break up. But then they released a song off their up-coming album. Good news, they’re still at it and innovating their sound as always. I’m excited for Drop to drop. Their most recent release is an animated video for “The Lens.”
The gorgeous paper cuts animated video is exactly the pairing to this almost minstrel tune. Parts of it remind me of The Beatles and parts of it remind me of a dark, melancholy and more mysterious psychedelic band that is dabbling in some technicolor escapade that a lone astronaut might experience while on a peyote driven space vision quest. The visuals of this video are hot and really strange.
Enjoy today’s hot jam.
One of the strongest duos to date.
Maputo or Cape Town or Dar Es Salaam, it just doesn’t matter. John Wizards is bringing the hotness.
Leader of the pack and producer John Withers visited and lived in all three locals. His inspiration came from the cultural vibrancy, sounds and urban environment. You can hear his influences in each gorgeous and ephemeral track. Today’s jam is “Muizenberg.” And yeah, it’s hot, the kind of hot that makes you want to go for a stroll with your shades on looking at the city around you bustle in slow motion. Each corner you turn open with a sunny fade in a stranger smiling or doing something that a stranger might do, like bite into a hot dog, trip on the sidewalk, cough, laugh or just ignore you and walk by.
John Wizards is a band that is crazily eclectic with dashes of reggae, R&B and electro-fuzz pop. I’m digging these jamz this early spring and you should too.
The Troggs , “Cousin Jane ” of Trogglodynamite is an outstanding song. This particular song is one of my favorites by this classic UK band that formed in the early 60’s. Better known for pop hits, like “Love is all around” and “Wild thing, “Cousin Jane” stands out as one of those songs that demonstrates the depth of their inspiration and repertoire. While most of the album is so-so, this song appeared, this gem of a song. This song among many demonstrates how and why the Troggs played a big role in influencing the garage rock and punk movements. “Cousin Jane” is one of their more melancholic, delicate and ballady cuts and exemplifying the a transitional phase into their sound as they matured into more alternative musical approaches
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Just over a month ago, the ethereal and fuzzed-out, lo-fi blanketed Dum Dum Girls released their most recent LP, Too True. This album is a bit of a step-away from some of their harder-hitting numbers. The entire album is reminiscent of a foggy dream that is driven heavily by effects and pedal usage. Each track from “Too True To Be Good” to “Lost Boys And Girls Club” and “Are you Okay?” leave listeners in a hazed and unsettled state.
That said, each video for the album, released so far, is stunning and deeply artistic. Today, a short was released showcasing the song, “Are You Okay?” by Bret Easton Ellis.
Dig on today’s jam.
I could go on for hours about all the ways that Deerhoof have taken music to heights rarely witnessed during our contemporary time. But for the sake of brevity, I’m going to keep it real. Back in 2012, Deerhoof created another masterpiece titled: Breakup Song. And yes, as we all knew then and still know today, this powerhouse experimental rock group who pulls from the greatest for inspiration, delivered. So yeah, Deerhoof is on tour and on a mission to continue their awesomeness. They recently released a video from the album, Breakup Song, for the track, “Flower”But let’s go further. Why? Because Deerhoof deserves it. Satomi Matsuzaki plays bass and sings, Greg Saunier plays drums, John Dieterich and Ed Rodriguez play guitars. As a crew, they are a force to hear, experience and understand. I might call them one of the best, most versatile, abstracted, technically talented, entirely original and unearthly bands of the past two decades. From fuzz to noise, from artistic abstraction to absurd pocket drumming and from sonic jaw-dropping vocals to shredding guitar–they always deliver the goods. They single-handedly transformed our way of viewing pop and its potential. What’s not to love about these pioneers.
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“Mario’s Flaming Whiskers”:
and the classic (one of my favorites) Fresh Born””:
What can I say about the man, the legend, John Fahey?
I guess I can say that the legend of Blind Joe Death carries true today just much as it did yesterday. I will say that his contribution to blues is often understated. The truth is that his unique take, his very west coast inspired take, his contemporary American take without question cements Fahey as one of the 20th century’s most inspiring and most compelling blues enthusiasts and influences. He did some crazy mind-boggling things and he was in Salem, Oregon–where I went to Willamette University. Salem has a tremendous music scene and always has–a strong portion of the Portland music scene originated in Salem–how’s that for some waaaaaa news? Back to Fahey, one would not typically pick this small capital city as laying claim to hosting the latter life of one of the most mysterious and inspired blues and Americana musicians of our day and age–even if the latter years were fairly dark for Fahey. The truth is that his unique type of finger picking has a ghostly beauty that most cannot capture or achieve–it was the essence of Fahey that made his music so remarkable.
His inventions for acoustic and electric strings are the stuff of legend. I mean, numbers don’t lie– Fahey has 30 albums, and “his presence has unsettled audiences from here to Tasmania.” He was also an avid painter, inventor and dark humorist with a pen just as ferocious as his guitar. This ramble on the legend does not do justice to Fahey’s unique musical vision, adaptations and contributions to the music of America. If you don’t know the man, go check him out now. He died some years ago but his memory will not go unforgotten.
Enjoy today’s tribute to Fahey and Blind Joe Death.