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Old 07-27-2010, 07:27 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Albert Ayler-Bells



Play it now: Bells by Albert Ayler

What we have this week is a track from saxophonist Albert Ayler off of his splendid album Love Cry, an uplifting and addictive piece to listen to. Ayler's music has it's grounding in spritual and brass marching band melodies, while combining it with free jazz sensibilities and improvisation. Think Ornette Coleman leading a church choir. Add one hell of a blistering tone on his sax and you have an artist that's not only creative and bursting with feeling, but also catchy and memorable.

oh, and apologies for the lack of a video, but i wasn't able to find anything on youtube and most other sites i went to only had parts of the song. but anyway, enjoy.
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:27 AM   #12 (permalink)
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^ I think I'm going to download the album from your description alone. It will surprise me when I finally have it.
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Old 07-28-2010, 04:26 PM   #13 (permalink)
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^ I think I'm going to download the album from your description alone. It will surprise me when I finally have it.
yeah, it's a great cd. if you enjoy Love Cry, another must have is Spiritual Unity, probably his most well known work.
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Old 08-03-2010, 12:06 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Eyeshine-Here Comes the End Again


This week's song comes from a band that i found through an interview. I was listening to an online interview with veteran Anime voice actor Johnny Yong Bosch(if you don't watch anime, he was also the Black Ranger in the second season of Power Rangers, hehe). When they mentioned how he had a band that he toured with and played at conventions I was naturally intrigued, and while initially i was a bit apprehensive at first with the whole tv star playing music thing, one listen to this song really impressed me. It's straight hard rock, but not in the hokey Nickelback sense. You really get the feeling that these guys want to rock out and rock out HARD. I love the initial hook at the beginning as well as the riffs the guitar and bass throw at you, really catchy and fun.

now, this isn't the most groundbreaking stuff ever and quite honestly i wouldn't be surprised if some people on MB outright hated it, but if you like to rock, this is something i'm sure you'd really get into.

if you enjoy this song, go ahead to their website and download their demo for free.
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Old 08-03-2010, 02:39 AM   #15 (permalink)
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SPOTLIGHT-Nujabes

This artist is one that I’ve gotten into just recently. Nujabes (born Jun Seba in the Nishiazabu district of Minato, Tokyo, Japan) is a Japanese DJ and Hip-Hop producer. His core sound utilizes jazz sampling as well as instruments like flutes and acoustic guitar. He makes instrumental jazz influenced tracks as well as songs where he collaborates with rappers like Cise Starr, Substantial, Shing02, and much more.

Probably his most well known work is for the soundtrack to Samurai Champloo, an anime from Shinichiro Watanabe, the creator of Cowboy Bebop. He, along with fellow electronic artists Tsutchie and Fat Jon, contributed to this show set in feudal Japan, which also blended in several anachronisms that refer to Hip-Hop culture. It’s this soundtrack where I first heard him and really, it was his music most of all that I gravitated to. While the other artists had some very well done tracks and I did enjoy their contributions, Nujabes stuck out to me the most as something really special.

Along with his work in anime, he has released 4 albums, which includes two full lengths utitlizing his beats with jazz styles (Metaphorical Music, Modal Soul) and two releases where he more closely works in the hip hop realm (Hydeout Productions 1st & 2nd Collections).

What I really love about his music is how natural it feels and sounds. Yes, his music is, at its core, beats and samples, but through the way they’re produced you feel as if Mother Nature herself is singing to you through the wind, the rain, and the earth. It all feels so right together and it'd be hard to imagine some of the sounds coming from other songs. At times I have a hard time differing samples of a piece from actual instruments being used and sounds being created. The abstract feel of it, especially in a genre of music where alot is lifted from other songs in a way where it's very recognizable at first listen, is something that you don't come around very often.

It’s also is a prime example of the potential you can reach in the realm of electronic music and hip-hop. In a way, I do believe his music is a grand step for hip-hop and shows that the only limitations are those you set on yourself.

Unfortunately, he left this world in February 2010 when he was involved in a motorcycle accident in Shibuya, Tokyo and passed away in Shibuya Ward a few hours later. In passing he has left a unique and expressive sound as well as his own mark on hip hop today. Even though he’s no longer with us, he will not be forgotten.

So give some of his music a listen, if you will, and free yourself to the soul of nature.

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Old 08-03-2010, 04:38 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Had a first proper listen to Ocean Eyes today (bought it over a couple of weeks ago now, but only just got round to listening :P) and it's fantastic! Thanks for the recommendation
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Old 08-08-2010, 02:32 AM   #18 (permalink)
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from the Weekly Music Trading Post Thread, i offer up a review

ALBUM REVIEW
Christine 23 Onna-Acid Eater


Described to me only as “some really noisy psychedelic from two Japanese people”, I really didn’t know too much what to expect. Christine 23 Onna is a two person instrumental band formed in 1993 by Yamazaki “Maso” Takushi and Toda Fusao. This album could be described as 60’s space psychedelic, with the effects giving you both a retro and otherworldly feel. even with it's abundance of "freak out" moments and tracks, it hardly ever seems to get too jarring or grating, it's that laid back kind of psychedelic that you can have on in the background and at the same time take notice when it kicks in.

Fantastico: Well the first thing I notice with this song is the combination of grounded distorted riffing and experimental soundscapes. It really hooks you into a groove that emulates a 60’s psychedelic bash.

Acid Now: Oh man, HERE’s where sh*t gets crazy. Everything hits you at once and the way that everything gets quiet and loud again melts your face in the minute and a half it goes on.

The Last Hunter: Things calm down in this next song and picks up the 60s vibe again. Has a good amount in common with the first song, but that’s not a bad thing, the fuzzy guitar and ethereal effects stick around.

Acid Eater: A freak out track, as was Acid Now, just this time everything’s a lot more defined and less wonky. While I’m not too big on freakout tracks, this is pretty good in how it’s not too all over the place but can still keep you interested.

Planet Unknown: This has a bit of a different vibe from the previous songs. The fuzz from the guitars isn’t here and is switched up for a more ambient feel. A real way to relax from the onslaught of psychedelic music you just went through.

Space Mondo Topless: Lovingly borrowing the name of this song from one of the works of sexploitation film maker Russ Meyer, this definitely has a carefree, fun in the sun kind of feel. The fuzz is back and in full force but not overbearing

Love Galactic: At this point it seems that the album has blasted off into space. Some more freaking out with a cool bleep-bloop sounding effect that plays off of the drums and other effects.

Top of Spot: The computer overlord feel of the last song gives in to a more subdued and frankly groovy song. You can’t help but move with the guitar lines and mood.

Wild Private: The rhythm guitar takes a decidedly different turn and gives into a clean funk guitar sound, but there’s still another one in fuzz mode. This song has more of a drive than some of the previous ones.

Erotopia (The Climax): The last track ends on a freak note and culminates in the building up of a lot into a blistering white noise that gives in to a fade out.

So in closing, this is a pretty fun romp of effects and trippiness, but a few parts of this album feel like they’d be forgotten immediately after listen. It also gets a bit samey after a couple of songs and doesn’t have too much surprise going for it. Even so, if you’re a fan of psychedelic music and are looking for something to chill out AND freak out to, I recommend this little gem.

Best Tracks: Fantastico, Planet Unknown, Space Mondo Topless, Love Galactic
Worst Tracks: Acid Now, Erotopia (The Climax)

Final Verdict: 6/10
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The Skatalites ft. Jackie Opel-Old Rocking Chair


This week was a bit of a toss up. Really, i was set for some time on putting a Motley Crue song up here, as I was listening to four of their albums in the past week, but i had a change of heart at the last second. I'd then had the urge for some Dinosaur Jr. as well as some other artists i've been wanting on here for a while, but in the end i wasn't feeling these tracks at the time. so, while i was just mucking around on my music player, this song came up, and in the end i was like "eh, what the hell?"

SO...if you're asking if i just drew straws when it came to this week's song, then yes. Yes i did . It doesn't make it any less of a great song, though.

But anyway, this song was one that i've really loved for months, since i first heard it back in April. This song is from (at least from where i got it) The Skatalites' Greatest Hits record, Foundation Ska, and is a nice little piece featuring singer Jackie Opel, who has a damn distinctive voice with plenty of soul to go around. I really love the combination of the vocals with the instruments, especially with the guitar. In a way, with the lines the guitarist pulls, you really want to hear more, not just in this song.

The quality of the vid is a bit wonky, but that's because it's playing directly off of vinyl. still for a really classic song like this, wouldn't you want it that way?
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Old 08-18-2010, 11:34 PM   #20 (permalink)
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Marcy Playground-Poppies


Hey everyone, i know it's been a while since i've posted more than just these weekly segments, but with this being the last week before i start classes and all, there has been a number of loose ends to tie up and things that needed to get done. but don't worry, i'll have some more stuff up in due time. so for now, enjoy the song of the week from Marcy Playground.

I recently got my hands on two of this band's cds, titled Marcy Playground and Shapeshifter, and this song comes from the former. any of you 90's alt-rock fans may recognize these guys as the same band who spawned the hit "Sex and Candy", and while that in itself is a really good song, i'd like to give this week to a lesser heard tune and one that's personally one of my favorites that i've heard. I will also say that for the record both albums are damn good listens and really worth your time if you're interested.

this song's an upbeat little number with some catchy guitar lines and singing that brings you back to that nice little midway point in 90s music between grunge and bubblegum pop where bands weren't afraid to mix a bit of musicality with a pop sensibility and a positive feel. In the end, this song isn't something that you have to over-think or something that feels brainless, it's something in between that goes down smooth.
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