Thursday’s Jam of the Day: Dave Depper and The Ram Project

Well damn,

This is a sort-of hysterical jam of the day… All I can say is cover party 2012, catchy as hell cover party 2012 is more like it.

Of all The Beatles, McCartney probably had the highest expectations by a manic crowd of  devoted followers after the band’s historic break-up–Lennon was known for peace and well, Ringo and George were Ringo and George. McCartney needed to produce music and fast–so he set-out on a solo career and created music that is reminiscent of in-house recorded demos and it sold well. However, he produced a second album titled, “Ram”. “Ram” did not meet the hearts and minds of the zeitgeist and apparently, “Jon Landau in Rolling Stone called it ‘monumentally irrelevant.'” That being said, critics joined his side later on and now regard it as his seminal solo work. This brings us to today–veteran musician Dave Depper, member of numerous Portland crews including Loch Lomond and now the Fruit Bats said, screw it, and recorded a cover album, title, “The Ram Project”  with Joan Hiller on bvox. He then grabbed a group of cohorts to pay tribute to this once befuddled  and catchy album.

Depper set out on this project during a tough time in his own career, “Stuck in a self-described ‘rut.'” However, I think he really does a pretty amazing job of mimicking McCartney word for word and lick for lick. However, Depper does not carry the depth of  McCartney. Herein lies the problem with Depper’s work, it is a direct cover  but not as good as “Ram,”so why listen to this? Why is it a jam of the day? Who cares?

My answer is simple: Depper’s cover album, “The Ram Project” is catchy as hell, a solid cover that deserves some credit, and anyone who has a background in music and decides to be music historical, relevant and on a quest for his new sound in a funny way is good in my book. I think Depper’s “The Ram Project” is hysterical, fun to listen to and relevant. The truth of the matter is that this is a cover, enjoy it for what is– enjoy these jamz and set aside expectations for the morning.

Cheers and all that jazz.


Wednesday’s Hot Portland Hip Hop Jam of the Day: Cloudy October

Cloudy October: “32,000 LBS

Cloudy October: “Wingman (Midlaw )”

Cloudy October: “Play”

Don’t eff with Portland is the name of this Story! Yeah, even though I’m in NYC now, I’m Rose City ’til I die

I think Cloudy October puts it best,

“The Metal Jerk, is named after a rhyme style I am currently employing.

The Metal Jerk is a walking abortion. It is a rhyme style that seems to have an advantage by vocally mimicking and adhering to the instruments inside of a beat. It is inspired by popular piano right hand techniques and improvisational jazz. It is also a rhyme style that is handicapped by my lack of practice, primitive syllable placement within composition and my incessant, desperate use of the punch-in function and delay effect while recording.
This album is dedicated to all you fucks creating safe-hop complaining about other safe-hop artists. Your blood taste terrific and you make my job really easy. My colleagues and I have discussed your plight for many centuries.”

Basically, Cloudy October is a sick nasty Northwest project that will have you dropping head bobs and stomping. This album reminds me of Cool Keith’s Doctor Octagon in all the best ways.

Enjoy and don’t fuck with Portland!

Jam of the day–Typhoon!

Typhoon, \”The Honest Truth\”

Lovely Friends

Hey everyone,

Sorry for dropping the ball this week. I’ve been listening to tons of music but have also been incredibly busy. At any rate, today’s jam of the day comes from a kick ass group and my good friends from Portland, Oregon. Typhoon is a fantastic music collaboration project that is maturing and continuing to carve out a niche unique unto their own.

“The Honest Truth” is off of their most recent album, a new kind of house. Also, come hang with them and me tonight for their Brooklyn show at the littlefield. The show at the Mercury was solid and sold out. Drinks after. Happy jam of the day.