Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Trombone Shorty: Backatown (Verve Forecast) - Troy 'Trombone Shorty' Andrews' verve debut takes it's name from the locals' term for the area of New Orleans' 6th Ward where Troy was born and raised. His older brother gave him the nickname when he was four years old – as he marched with a trombone twice as long as he was high. With a New Orleans flair, he mixes jazz, funk, rock, and soul into a high-energy "supafunkrock". [Note: Featured in four episodes of the HBO series Tremé] Recommended.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Various Artists: Absolute Belter (Finders Keepers/B-Music) - Finders Keepers continue their magical journey into leftfield psychedelia with tracks from Barcelona's Belter Progressiva records. Heady covers and reworkings of Stones, Bowie, Quincy Jones and others coalesce in a heady stoner funk rock and freaked out cosmic pop. Its crate digging made easy - with 20-page color booklet 45/LP art and notes. Nearly Highly Recommended.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Mi Ami: Steal Your Face (Thrill Jockey) – The sophomore release from San Francisco trio Mi Ami melds joyful noise into a tribal experience. Lacerated guitars, mammoth basslines, shifting drum patterns, and shrieking vocals are hallmarks of their driving sonic stew. Yes, the album title was lifted from the Grateful Dead and that’s a fractured Bob Marley on the cover. They even lovingly blend in some lyrics from Tom Tom Club and Bruce Springsteen. Recommended.