Saturday, January 01, 2005

Devendra Banhart - Tit Smoking In The Temple Of Artisan Mimicry
(Rejoicing in The Hands)

awesome folk singer with a voice that sounds much older than it actually is. this song is an instrumental however...instantly catchy and intense, as the playing gets faster you just wait and wait for it to finally climax




number 7 on pitchforks top 50 albums of 04

Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Like Whoa!

Black Rob - Like Whoa!

Summer 2000 jumpoff! You couldn't leave the house without hearing this song. Awesome song from a sub-par rapper, but what can you expect from Bad-Boy (with the obvious exception of Biggie.)




pick a card, any card

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five

One of the all-time essential jazz tunes. Easily recognized by all music listeners, not just fans of jazz. For the select few of you who haven't heard it, a special treat.





Sunday, November 14, 2004

Range Rovin' With The Cinema Stars

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three versions of an amazing song

Pavement - Elevate Me Later (normal Crooked Rain version)
Steve Malkmus - Elevate Me Later (at a recent concert in Argentina)
Pavement - Ell Ess Two ( from the Crooked Rain reissue)



Im sure everyone has heard the regular version of this song but I thought that the recent reissue and the Malkmus Solo bootleg were nice variations of this classic indie tune.


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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Psycho killer, que'st que c'est

Talking Heads - Psycho Killer (Live)
Phish - Psycho Killer (cover)

Live from the soundtrack to "Stop Making Sense." Instead of the funky drums and full band, David Byrne walks out on stage with a boombox playing pre-recorded percussions and his acoustic guitar. A nice change from the regular version.

The phish cover of the song is another nice variation of the regular song. The concert opener was segued straight into this with a nice funky intro to the song. From a great Fall 97' concert (12/07/1997)



We're building a RELIGION!

Cake - Comfort Eagle

One of my favorite cake songs. Not the usual corny horn solos but nice intricate music. Interesting lyrics with a very catchy riff.

Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Non Phixion - Black Helicopters

To be honest, i dont know much about non phixion. I am however getting more into rap and i figured any rap on the same record label as Pavement (Matador) must be pretty goodAwesome beat and nice flow.

I totally forgot about this blog, but now im back with my favorite live grateful dead song ever. Although these two songs are over 20 minutes (not a big deal for "jamband" fans but not the norm for audioblogs), have some patience and listen to this beautiful segue.

Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain

from one of the essential Grateful Dead concerts of all time

(5/08/77)


Wednesday, October 13, 2004

good....can you say it faster

Blackalicious - Alphabet Aerobics (The Cut Chemist 2 1/2 Minute Workout)

Blackalicious - A To G


Both these songs are off the E.P A2G , four of which are on the later-released L.P Nia.
As much as i like his layed back style on tracks like "40 0z for breakfast" (which was featured earleir on cocaineblunts) nothing beats him spitting out words at rapid fire speed in alphabetic order. Listen for yourself, its the jumpoff.




Monday, October 11, 2004

Before A Ghost Is Born / Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

Billy Bragg / Wilco - California Stars

Back in 98' Billy Bragg and Wilco teamed up to put Woodie Guthrie's lyrics to music. Mermaid Avenue (vol. I and II) were the product of their collaboration.




Monday, October 04, 2004

Hold Up....Remix

I don't know where i found the following two songs, but they're both awesome

Carl Douglas - Kung Fu Fighting Remix

Beastie Boys vs. A-Team - Intergalatic remix

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Sunday, October 03, 2004

Let's Push Things Forward

The Streets - Let's Push Things Forward

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Mike Skinner aka The Streets is pretty much the first British rapper to breakthrough into the American Hip-Hop scene. His style is unique and he sometimes speaks his lyrics rather than rapping them. The beats aren't spectacular but they set the right mood for his songs. This particular song is pretty much the single off his album "Original Pirate Material"

Two Organ Inspired Songs

Soulive - Solid
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The song is off their Blue Note debut and second album overall "Doin' Something." They're an organ-based groove-jazz trio that "draw upon hip-hop, soul, funk, and pop to go along with the rump-shaking jazz grooves."


Do you know which NPR show uses this tune in between show segments?




Phish - Also Sprach Zarasthra

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Although this song is very recognizable, the version isn't. This particular live version is relatively short although this song has been known to be twenty or sometimes thirty minutes long.



Saturday, October 02, 2004

Peaches!

Frank Zappa - Peaches en Regalia

From Zappa's first solo album "Hot Rats", most songs are instrumental and filled with long jams between Zappa, Jean-Luc Ponty and Ian Underwood. This is the opening track on the album, and not only is it a great piece of music, but it is also covered by one of my favorite bands- Phish.

(i know i lose all credibility for like ThePhish)

Phish - Peaches en Regalia (cover)

Friday, October 01, 2004

Some spanish here too

Immortal Technique - Peruvian Cocaine

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"Technique and a cast of MC's including C-Ray Walz and Tonedeff each play a different character in the path that cocaine takes from Bolivia to the streets of America."



Thursday, September 30, 2004

Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan

Buena Vista Social Club - Chan Chan

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I first found about Buena Vista Social Club when PBS aired a documentary on them a couple years ago. Their self titled cd is a collaboration of some of the best musicians in cuba. Even if you don't know a word of spanish, the musicianship is great and the lyrics just add to the beauty of the song.









Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Thank you High Fidelity

The Beta Band - Dry The Rain

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There's a scene in High Fidelity where elitist record store owner Cusack proposes that he can get everyone in his store to buy this album by just putting on" Dry The Rain." A minute into the song, everyone in the store is bobbing their head and asking what they're playing.





Tuesday, September 28, 2004

...a word that rhymes with pavement....

Pavement - Harness Your Hopes

(song no longer available)

This song is from their 99' EP "Spit on a Stranger." One of my favorite recordings of one of my favorite bands. The build up to the opening chords, the odd lyrics: this is pavement at their finest.

The E.P also has four other great songs (
Spit on a Stranger, Roll With the Wind, Porpoise and the Hand Grenade, and Rooftop Gambler)

Get it!







Ravi!


Ravi Shanker - Dhun Fast Teental

Ravi Shanker - Tala Tabla Tarang


(songs no longer available)

To be honst, i don't really know much about Shanker besides his involvement with The Beatles.
Both these songs however are pretty cool.

Dhan Fast Teental is more intricate sitar work while Tala-Tabla Tarang is less sitar and more drumming.


Sunday, September 26, 2004

To start things off....

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra - N.E.S.T.A

Medeski Martin and Wood - Your Name is Snake Anthony

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Although I plan on only posting one artist per an entry, I figure I'll do a double-header in celebration of my first post. I chose these artists because I'm seeing them both on Halloween at the Hammerstein Ballroom.

Brooklyn-based Antibalas are a thirteen-member band equipped with "horns, bass, polyrhythmic beats, funky breaks, and furious lyrics in English, Yoruba and Spanish." Many of their politically-charged songs incorporate jazz, funk and African rhythms to make a sound unlike anything you've ever heard before.



Buy the album

Medeski, Martin, and Wood are another NYC-based group. They're a jazz trio consisting of drums, keys, and bass. After seeing them last may I realized that the best way to experience this band is live. They really connect to each other musically and are able to easily sink into a deep funk groove. Another great thing is that the drummer has a whole side table of odd instruments such as pots and pans and all sorts of international percussions. This particular song is the only one on the album with lyrics; It's a spoken word by Col. Bruce Hampton.




Buy The Album

Saturday, September 25, 2004

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