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Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015
Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015
Price: £9.99

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL GOT THE FLAVOR, 23 Mar. 2015
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JSBE are back with their tenth album and by the sound of it they're re-energized and ready
for another piece of the action. They sound more loose and messy than they have done in a
while, and when it comes to JSBE loose and messy is a good thing.

Tempo shifts, Greasy riffs, twanging licks, unexpected turns and twists and Russel Simins
in full control of the funk sticks. There has always been a funk element to The Blues
Explosion and Russel Simins is one seriously funky drummer. He makes a significant
contribution to these lean, mean hipshakers.

The first three songs, Funeral, Wax Dummy and Do The Get Down, might be the hardest hitting
opening to a JSBE album ever. They're all great songs, especially Wax Dummy, a high-octane
in-yer-face rock n roller.

It runs a bit out of steam halfway through, the quality drops when the ferocity drops, but it
really picks up again from The Ballad Of Joe Buck, and ends in grand style with two of the
best songs on the album, Tales Of New York The Rock Box and Cooking For Television. Spencer
channels the flow of hip-hop on a few songs on the album, and succeeds especially well on The
Ballad Of Joe Buck and Tales Of Old New York: The Rock Box. Faaantastic! Freedom Tower is
JSBE's most rap inspired record to date.

Recommended songs: Funeral, Wax Dummy, Do The Get Down, The Ballad Of Joe Buck, Tales
Of Old New York: The Rock Box and Cooking For Televison.


Burnt Offering
Burnt Offering
Price: £10.62

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Fat Offering from The Budos Band, 23 Oct. 2014
This review is from: Burnt Offering (Audio CD)
Is it Doom metal? Is it Sabbath? Is it in fact a celebration of the dark
side and an open invitation to join Satan for a cup of coffee?
Nooo dude, it's The Budos Band, Staten Island groovemerchants and masters
of funk and afrobeat, going down a fuzzier, more psychedelic path than
before, with a heavy nod to metal of the late 60s and early 70s.

"Burnt Offering" is not a radical departure from previous albums though,
it's built on the same skeleton, but it's a murkier groove, with more
distortion and fuzz.

"Burnt offering" was recorded live in studio and according to Daptone
it's a "wild, booze-fueled ride of hazy riffs, take-no-prisoners horn lines
and relentless percussion." If you're already a fan it should definitely
hit the sweet spot.

Recommended songs: Into the fog, The sticks, Aphasia, Burnt offering,
Magus mountain, Turn and burn.

Shrine on You
Shrine on You
Price: £10.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweeeeet!, 5 Jun. 2014
This review is from: Shrine on You (Audio CD)
This is both a groovalicious treat and a fantastic hommage to the undisputed king
of afrobeat, played by a great Italian chamber orchestra with contributions from
Seun Kuti and Kologbo from Africa 70.

I didn't know what to expect the first time I listened to it. Chamber Orchestra playing
Fela! WTF! Sounds strange!! But it wasn't at all, and made an immediate impact.

The songs they have selected are all among my favourite Fela tracks, and for most parts
they don't stray too far from the original compositions. They add some delicate and
surprising twists and turns, and it's nice to hear how natural the instruments you
don't regulary connect with afrobeat blends in.

Standouts: No Agreement, Mr. Follow Follow, Go Slow and Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am

Wig Out At Jagbags
Wig Out At Jagbags
Price: £7.99

12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He sings, it swings, he's a crook, with hooks!, 9 Jan. 2014
This review is from: Wig Out At Jagbags (Audio CD)
Malkmus & The Jicks return with their sixth album, and maybe their sunniest effort to date.
Produced by the band, togheter with long-time Pavement sound engineer Remko Schouten,
"Wig Out at Jagbags" offers a lot to embrace and contain some of Malkmus's best pop songs
since his Pavement days.

Both "Lariat" and "Cinnamon and Lesbians" sound a bit like Pavement around "Brighten the corners"
and both are ridiculously infectious, the same goes for "Houston Hades" and "J Smoov" .
Beck produced "Mirror Traffic", the preceding album, and maybe I'm mistaken, but to me it sounds like
"J Smoov" comes with a heavy Beck Hansen soul imprint. In any case, it's a beautiful song.
I think all of his earlier albums have been a bit hit or miss, but on Wig Out the hits are plenty
and the misses very few. "Surreal teenagers" and "Shibboleth" are the only songs I don't like too much.

As usual he comes up with quite a few great lines: "Come slam-dancing with some ancient dudes,
we are returning, returning to our roots, no new material, just cowboy boots".
He's always been great with songtitles and lyrics, one of the wittiest around, and according to Malkmus
he also had "Morrissey's Trainwrecked Daughter", "New Yoga for Cleavage Hounds", "Chocolate Euros"
and "Swingers Blowing Freddie" as potential album titles. He he!

Wig Out.

Love's Crushing Diamond
Love's Crushing Diamond
Price: £5.99

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond - Benefits All, 15 Dec. 2013
30 minutes of gorgeous music. Jordan Lee's soft, sincere voice float on top
of wind chimes, sweeping strings, piano and soothing percussion. If there
was a category for most beautiful album of the year, then this would be a
contender for the no.1 spot.

Standouts: Not much to omit, but "Golden wake", "Advanced falconry", "Let's
play/Statue of a man" and "Strong swimmer" are all fantastic.

Regarding categories; I am not sure what to call this. I see the critics have
a fondness for using baroque to describe it; baroque indie-pop, baroque-folk.
I think it has a resemblance to some of Sufjan Stevens music, you can call it
a brighter version of Sparklehorse or compare it to "Deserter's songs" by
Mercury Rev.

Call it whatever you want, categories are never that important, glorious music is.

Singles Collection Three
Singles Collection Three
Price: £12.80

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hit and miss, 28 Nov. 2013
Is there currently a better, more ferocious rock n roll band around than Thee Oh Sees? I'm not so sure.
They are certainly one of the hardest working, if not thee hardest working band in showbizz, releasing
more than one album each year and touring so hard that they're responsible for more than 12% of the
collected roadkill in the states, according to the latest statistics.

Since november 2011 they have dropped three great albums; Carrion Crawler/The Dream, Putrifiers II
and Floating Coffin. These albums contain an insane amount of good songs: Crack in your eye,
Contraption/Soul Desert, Carrion Crawler, Wax face, Hang a picture, So nice, Lupine Dominus,
I come from the mountain, Toe cutter, Tunnel time and Minotaur, to name a few.

This time they're back with a collection of non-album singles and songs pulled from compilations,
spanning the band's 2011-13 output, and the songs included on this collection are(as you would
expect from such a release)not quite up to the high standard of their recent albums. It's
split equally between the good and the bad.

I love "What you need". I could listen to that groove all day. "Wait let's go" is another standout,
a very nice slice of sunshine pop, simple and catchy. Other highlights include "Always flying" and
"Devil again". The rest is pretty indifferent, and "Girls who smile", "Burning spear" and "FBI2"
are crap.

Thee Oh Sees are one of the most exciting, hardest-hitting live acts you'll ever see. Go see a show
or just check out some of the footage available. It's awesome and can keep you occupied for days.

If you're a newcomer to Thee Oh Sees I wouldn't recommend this as an entrance. Then you should
rather get "Carrion Crawler/The Dream" or "Floating Coffin", and if you want to go a bit further back,
then "Help" from 2009 is a good choice.

Too much Oh Sees?
You can never have too much Oh Sees.

Mug Museum
Mug Museum
Price: £14.29

9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yes, I am with you now, 11 Nov. 2013
This review is from: Mug Museum (Audio CD)
I have played Me Oh My, Cyrk and the Cyrk II EP a lot over the last year or so, and even though
all these releases are somewhat uneven, they hold a solid number of brilliant songs that I keep
playing; "Me Oh My", "Sad Sad Feet", "Shoeing The Bones", "Falcon Eyed", "Puts Me To Work", "Cyrk",
"What Is Worse", "The Eiggy Sea" and "That Moon".

The first two songs that was made available from "Mug Museum", the supersweet, flickering "Are You
With Me Now?" and the sad and elegant "I Think I Knew", raised my expectations for the album sky high,
and after listening to it for three days it's still these two songs that stand out the most.

The first half of the album is very good, and in addition to the aforementioned songs, you'll find a few
other great ones, the Stereolab-sounding groove of "I Can't Help You" and the slowburning "No God".
Much have been made about the high notes at the end of "Duke", and a few reviewers even suggested it
ruined an otherwise good song. Oh, did it really? I don't understand what the fuzz is about. A few high
notes at the end, and they go hiding in the grass? Very, very strange behavior.

With the exception of "Sisters", the album loose steam after "I think I knew". There are some nice or
strangely captivating moments on almost every songs, but not enough to hold the weaker songs togheter.

The Anthology 1992-2003
The Anthology 1992-2003
Price: £16.60

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Soul-Saints 1992 - 2003, 18 Oct. 2013
This review is from: The Anthology 1992-2003 (Audio CD)
Drawing inspiration from Funkadelic, James Brown, The Meters and the sounds of New Orleans,
Poet of Rhythm's main players, Bo Baral and JJ Whitefield recorded A LOT of high grade funk
during an eleven year period, from 1992 - 2003.

They got signed by the German label Soulcity Records, who released "Practice what you preach"
in 1992, but disagreements over marketing and accounting made the band decline to record new
songs under the contractually bound name of The Poets Of Rhythm. Instead they recorded an
incredible amount of self-released seven inches under various names; Bus People Express, The
Woo-Woos, The Pan-Atlantics, Soul Saints Orchestra and a few more.

Daptone have collected 18 of these songs, and among them you'll find some reeeal funky chickens.

"More mess on my thing" is a modern funk classic and the funkiest bird on the farm, it's strutting
it's stuff like a rooster in celebration . Other groovers include "Funky Train", "50 yards of soul"
and "Santa's got a bag of soul", the funkiest, hardest hitting Christmas song ever recorded. Lordy Lordy!
Faaantastic! In addition to these songs there are quite a few cool, mellow instrumentals on it, like
"Choking on a piece of meat pt.2", "Ham gallery" and "Discern/Define".

The lyrics are a bit corny, almost verging on the parodic and they get away with murder on a few occasions.
Poets Of Rhythm, most certainly, but no poets.

If you dig this album please check out the Whitefield Brothers fabulous "In the raw". By far the rawest and
funkiest album these cats released. I don't know why Daptone didn't include anything from that album, they
could easily have selected at least 3 outstanding tracks from it; "Thunderbird", "Rampage" and Yakuba".

Tally All The Things That You Broke
Tally All The Things That You Broke
Price: £7.69

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thirst Quencher, 10 Oct. 2013
Another great release from Parquet Courts, and a welcome thirst quencher for everyone
who got their head turned by the excellent "Light up gold". For most parts "Tally all
the things that you broke" follow the same blueprint as the debut, with the exception
of the cool, doped-out "He's seeing paths", a fantastic song that resembles Beck's earliest
hip-hop joints. Keep 'em coming, we'll knock 'em down!

Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983
Afrobeat Airways 2: Return Flight To Ghana 1974-1983
Price: £16.10

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get On The Flight, 29 Sept. 2013
I thought this well of funkalicious goodness would run dry, or that there would be a reasonable lowering
of the quality after a while, but Analog Africa just keep on pulling them in, buckets loaded with high
grade funk, afrobeat and highlife.

Foregoing surveys of Angola, Benin, Ghana, Togo and Nigeria have resulted in an incredible amount of
essential music from these dedicated groovediggers, and on the return flight to Ghana they have found
a few more nuggets. This compilation covers the years from 1974 - 1983, when funk and afrobeat had a
particular strong influence, and gave way to a more percussive style.
The influence of James Brown was huge in Ghana.

"Even if James Brown sang a ballad, you could hear that there's something burning in him, it takes you
back to the north of Ghana...the similarity with James Brown and the people up there - you could feel it.
If he was a politician, he would win all the elections up there"

Ebo Taylor(Taken from the liner notes)

It was also during a visit to Ghana that Fela came up with the term afrobeat. After seeing a show with
Gerald Pino, he said: " We entered this club...the whole place was jumping...after seeing Pino I knew
I had to get my shit togheter. And quick!"

Afrobeat Airways 2 is not as awe-inspiring as African Scream Contest, The Orchestre Poly-Rythmo
compilations or Legends Of Benin, but it's still very good and you'll find four great songs among the
first five tracks. The two numbers with De Frank are fantastic. "Do Your Own Thing" has some great solos,
and "Waiting For My Baby" contains the most infectious horn and rhythm section of all the songs, it sounds
like an afrobeat version of Louie Louie. Childeren Don't Cry by Ebo Taylor Jr. is a great reworking of one
of his fathers best tunes, and The Cutlass Band's "Obiara Wondo" is a fat and greasy cooker.

As always the compilation is extremely well put together, with histories, biographies, interviews, essays and pictures.

I'm down in my basement, stacking firewood for the winter, listening to this amazing music and taking notes.
Bring on the cold and let hell freeze over, because the groove is heating up my house!

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