Tuesday’s Jam of the Day: THEESatisfaction + Shabazz Palaces + Porter Ray + Erik Blood


Well shit. Plus Damn.

This is one of the hottest jamz I’ve heard in a number, “EarthEE” might be giving a new birthee to neo-sould meats hip hop. Shabazz Palaces collaborates with fellow experimental Sub Pop geniuses, THEESatisfaction, on this gorgeous upcoming album also titled EarthEE. EarthEE is set to hit the shelves on February 24. Oh and by the way, dayyum, it features Seattle postpunk monarch Erik Blood. I think there is a ton to discuss about this album. But in short, here’s what I think. I think THEESatifaction mangles, plays with, and reinvents R&B and neo-soul in the same way that Shabazz tackles rap and Hip Hop. So when we get the honor of hearing them collaborate, we get the honor of genius at work. THEESatisfaction is diving deep into less charted territory. So get down.

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Enjoy today’s jam.

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Monday’s Jam of The Day: Sales


Hello world. It’s been some time since I last posted but I’m changing that now!

Jam of the Day is back.

This gorgeous debut EP from Sales hit the shelves and interwebs today. Frankly, SALES might be one of the more simplistic but endearing jams of the year thus far. There is a dark but pleasant innocence to their music. Hear their jams and make a point of digesting the stunning but devastating track “Getting It On“ in its entirety below, Also check them on mp3 or limited CD here. I’m hopeful Sales will get the acclaim they deserve on this release.

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Friday’s Cosmic Awesomeness Jam of The Day: Prodigy vs. Enya


Yep.
This post is the truth. The gospel of awesome. The holy grail of mash-ups. The king of thunder. The gravity to earth. The water to life. The sugar to candy. The arrow to cupid. The sun to flowers. The genie to Aladdin. The wand to willow. The Ziggy Stardust to David Bowie. The Ragnarok to the Vikings. Pasta to itlaians. The can opener to the closed can. The cheese to the mouse. This mash-up is the golden fleece of cosmic awesomeness that was brought to this planet on an intergalactic 90’s new wave time-travelling wagon of love destruction covered in glitter gems filled with gushers and ethereal mind fruit roll-ups of destruction!!!

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Friday’s WooHa Jam of The Day: tUnE-yArDs


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.

 

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Enjoy today’s super hot tUnE-yArDs jam!!!!

Thursday’s Technicolor Jam of The Day: Thee Oh Sees


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.

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Enjoy today’s hot jam.

Friday’s amazingly hot jam of the day: John Wizards


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.

Monday’s Strong Jam of The Day: The Troggs


 

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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Thursday’s Jam of the Day: Dum Dum Girls


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.

 

 

Wednesday’s Jam of The Day: DeerHoof


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”dhBut 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.

Dig today’s jamz!

“Mario’s Flaming Whiskers”:

and the classic (one of my favorites) Fresh Born””: