Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Best Reissues of 2010, Part 1: Various Artist Collections

Over the last couple of weeks just about every man, woman, child and dog with a blog has been publishing their lists of the best and worst music of 2010. Yet despite the alarming growth of self-styled music critics and the incredible wealth of amazing music of the past being excavated and re-released over the past year, relatively few of this year's truly awesome archival releases have been properly acknowledged.
To help redress the problem, I've put together a list of my own favourite reissues split into two parts – the first dealing with thematic compilations involving various artists (below) and the second covering album reissues and single artist retrospectives will follow in the coming days.

Top 100 Various Artist Collections of 2010

1. Next Stop... Soweto, Volumes 1 to 3 Box (Strut)
2. Afro-Beat Airways - West African Shockwaves: Ghana & Togo 1972-1979 (Analog Africa)
3. To Scratch Your Heart: Early Recordings From Istanbul (Honest Jon's Records)
4. The World Is A Monster: Columbia Hillbilly 1948-58 (Omni)
5. Lagos Disco Inferno (Academy)
6. Luk Thung! The Roots Of Thai Funk Vol. 3 (ZudRangMa)
7. Blue Flamingo: Congo Jazz (Excelsior)
8. Black Man's Cry: The Inspiration of Fela Kuti (Now Again)
9. Cumbia Beat Vol. 1: Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds from Perú 1966-76 (Vampi Soul)
10. Angola Soundtrack (Analog Africa)
11. Saigon Rock & Soul: Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968-1974 (Sublime Frequencies)
12. Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas (World Psychedelic)
13. Good God! Born Again Funk (Numero Group)
14. Peoples Potential Family Album (Peoples Potential Unlimited)
15. Waking Up Scheherzade Vol. 2 (Ali Baba & His 40... Records)
16. Quantic Presents Tropical Funk Experience – Cumbia, Salsa, Palenque & Other Funky Tropical Sounds From 1970's Colombia & Panama (Nascente)
17. Deutsche Elektronische Musik - Experimental German Rock And Electronic Music 1972-83 (Soul Jazz)
18. Ivory Coast Soul – Afrofunk In Abidjan From 1972 to 1982 (Hot Casa)
19. Si Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, Vol. 2 (Waxing Deep)
20. California Funk - Rare Funk 45s From The Golden State (Now Again)
21. Said I Had A Vision: The Songs & Labels Of David Lee (Paradise of Bachelors)
22. The Afro Sound of Colombia, Vol. 1 (Vampi Soul)
23. Cool-Aid Benefit Album: 40th Anniversary Edition (Regenerator)
24. A Real Cool Time Revisited: Swedish Punk, Pop and Garage Rock 1982-89 (Amigo)
25. Excavated Shellac: Strings (Parlortone)
26. Chocolate Soup For Diabetics Vol. 1 to Vol. 5 (Past & Present)
27. The Loud Minority: Deep & Spiritual Jazz From Mainstream Records 1970-73 (BGP)
28. Wasa Wasa – Fabulous Rhythm N Blues Shakers On The Dancefloor 1952 to 1968 (Sub Rosa)
29. Noah Found Grace (Social Music Records Club) 
30. Minimal Wave Tapes, Volume One (Stones Throw)
31. Zulu Stomp!! South Africa Garage Beats!! (No Smoke)
32. Horo: A Jazz Portrait (DejaVu Records)
33. The Gospel Truth: The Gospel Soul of Stax Records (BGP)
34. Pop A La Catalana: Jazzy, Bossa & Groovy Sounds From Catalunya [1963-1971] (Vadim)
35. Jazz – A Collection Of Progressive & Independent Spiritual Jazz 45s 1968 to 1975 (Jazzman)
36. Atenshion! Refleshion! Spanish Psychedelic Grooves 1967-1976 (Hundergrum) 
37. Nigerian Afrobeat Special – The New Explosive Sound In 1970s Nigeria (Soundway)
38. Groove Club 2: Cambodia Rock Spectacular (Lion)
39. The Message Soul, Funk and Jazzy Grooves From Mainstream Records (BGP)
40. Baby, How Can It Be? Songs of Love, Lust and Contempt from the 1920s and 1930s (Dust-To-Digital)
41. Black Hole: Jon Savage Presents California Punk 1977-1980 (Domino)
42. The World Ends: Afro Rock & Psychedelia in 1970's Nigeria (Soundway)
43. Groovy Indeed! Trio Records 1971-1981 (Art Union/Trio)
44. R&B Hipshakers Vol. 1: Teach Me To Monkey (Vampi Soul)
45. Psych Funk Sa-Re-Ga! Aesthetic Expressions of Psychedelic Funk Music In India 1970-1983 (World Psychedelic Funk Classics)
46. Cold Waves and Minimal Electronics Vol. 1 (Angular)
47. Kid Loco Presents: French Funk Experience (Nascente)
48. The Sound of Siam: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz and Molam from Thailand 1964 -1975 (Soundway)
49. Nippon Girls: Japanese Pop, Beat & Bossa Nova 1966-70 (Big Beat)
50. Cloud Cuckcooland (Finders Keepers)
51. Something Is Wrong: Songs From East Africa 1952-7 (Honest Jon's)
52. Palenque Palenque: Champeta Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia 1975-91 (Soundway)
53. Tropical Funk Experience: Island Jump Up – Caribbean Funk, Soul, Reggae, Calypso & Afro Grooves 1968 to 1975 (Nascente)
54. T.O. Hardcore '83 (NRK)
55. Groove Merchant Turns 20 - 14 Selections From Behind The Counter (Ubiquity)
56. Vanity Records: Finest Selection 1978-81 (Save Music Before Lose It)
57. Pomegranates: Persian Pop, Funk, Folk and Psych of the 60's and 70s (Finders Keepers)
58. Ghana Funk From The 70s (Hippo Records)
59. Music For Jazz Dancers (Freestyle)
60. King Tubby's Dub Box: 14 Killer Dubs From The Dubmaster (Jamaican Recordings)
61. Gospel Truth: The Gospel Soul & Funk Of Stax Records (BGP)
62. Rap Nuggets – Documenting The Golden Era of 1990-1994 (Rap Nuggets)
63. Dub Treasures From The Black Ark – Rare Dubs 1976 - 1978 (Jamaican Recordings)
64. Calfia: The Songs Of Lee Hazlewood (ACE)
65. You Tore My Brain: Unissued Sixties Garage Acetates Vol. 5 (Norton)
66. Nigeria Special: Volume 2 – Modern Highlife, Afro Sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76 (Soundway)
67. Walter Gibbons - Jungle Music: Essential & Unreleased Remixes 1976-1986 (Strut)
68. Denge Fever Presents Electric Cambodia (Minky)
69. Local Customs: Lone Star Lowlands (Numero Group)
70. Java Java: Indonesia Screaming Fuzz, Garage Stomp, Indo Rock & Beat Surf Vol. 1 (No Smoke)
71. South African Funk Experience: Zulu, Funky Disco, Shebeen Jive, Jo 'Burg Funk, Spiritual Jazz Dance , Shangaan & More (Nascente)
72. Ecstatic Music of the Jemaa El Fna (Sublime Frequencies)
73. More Andergraun Vibrations: Spanish Psychotronic Brain Damage 1967-1975 (Hundergrum)
74. The Rain Don't Fall On Me: Country Blues 1927-1952 (Mississippi Records)
75. Le Beat Bespoké 4 (Circle)
76. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies: A Treasury Of Caucasian-American Gospel (Social Music Records)
77. Strange Games & Funky Things 5 compiled by DJ Spinna & BBE Soundsystem (BBE)
78. Turkish Freakout: Psych-Folk 1969-1980 (Bouzouki Joe)
79. Diggin' Down Argentina: Nuggets From The Rioplatense Scene 1969-1975 (Crazy Apple Boutique)
80. Kon & Amir Present Off Track Volume III: Brooklyn – Rare Ghetto Disco, Funk and African Boogie (Strut)
81. Colors Of Funk 2 - More From The German Sound Library Of Golden Ring & Happy Records 1975-82 (Sonorama)
82. Mag All Stars Vol 3 – The Best Peruvian Orchestras Of The 50s & 60s (Repsychled)
83. Psychedelic Disaster Whirl: 16 Rare & Wyld 45's (Past & Present)
84. Turk Jerk (Fat City)
85. Glimpses Vol. 1 and 2 (Past & Present)
86. Compendium Records: Norway's First Progressive Record Store & Label 1974 to 1977 (Plastic Strip)
87. Groove Club 3: Cambodia Rock Intensified (Lion)
88. Flipper Psychout - Original Italian Library Music From The Vaults of Flipper (Vampi Soul)
89. Traveling With My Portable Electric Phonograph, Volume 1 (Monk)
90. Rick Wilhite - Vibes: New & Rare Music (Rush Hour)
91. Steppin' Stone: The Sounds Of Memphis / XL Records Story Vol. 3 (Kent)
92. Radiogram: 24 Songs That Inspired The Teenage Gram Parsons (Righteous)
93. Street and Gangland Rhythms, Beats and Improvisations by Six Boys in Trouble (Smithsonian Folkways)
94. Persian Underground – Garage Rock, Beat, & Psychedelic Sounds From The Iranian 60s & 70s Scene (Persianna)
95. Wolf's At The Door (Sutro Park)
96. The Pitch/Gusman Records Story (Fat Possum)
97. Mixed-Up-Minds Part One [Obscure Rock And Pop From The British Isles 1970-1973] (Past & Present)
98. Gospel Funk (Secret Stash)
99. Been Here All My Days: Selections From the George Mitchell Archive (Mississippi Records)
100. Boddie Acetate Box (Numero Group)

Next Stop... Soweto Vol. 1 

Next Stop... Soweto Vol. 2 

Next Stop... Soweto Vol. 3 

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Remembering Captain Beefheart

Sadly, innovative musician, prolific painter and artful prankster Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart passed away in Arcata, California on Friday (December 17) after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was 69.
If you haven't already succumbed to the spell of Captain Beefheart's incredible music, I suggest you investigate the the essential albums Safe As Milk (1967), Trout Mask  Replica (1969), Lick My Decals Off, Baby (1970), Clear Spot (1972), Unconditionally Guaranteed (1974), Shiny Beast (1978) and Ice Cream For Crow (1982) and Grow Fins: Rarities [1965-1982] (1999) – right after watching the 1997 BBC documentary The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart narrated by John Peel (below).

The Artist Formerly Known As Captain Beefheart, Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Friday, December 17, 2010

One For The Weekend: Charles Bradley

Here's the new video clip for Charles Bradley's stellar single The World (Is Going Up In Flames) backed by the Menahan Street Band. As previously noted, Bradley's ridiculously overdue debut album No Time For Dreaming is slated for release January 25 on Daptone's Dunham imprint.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The Perlich Post's top albums of 2010...

1. AfroCubism - AfroCubism (World CIrcuit)
2. Lloyd Miller / The Heliocentrics - OST (Strut)
3. Mochilla Presents Timeless: Mulatu Astatke (Mochilla)
4. Lobi Traore - Rainy Season Blues (Glitterhouse)
5. The Black Keys - Brothers (Warner)
6. Nat Birchall - Guiding Spirit (Gondwana)
7. Lisa O Piu - Behind The Bend (Subliminal Sounds)
8. Rudresh Mahanthappa & Bunky Green - Apex (Pi Recordings)
9. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma (Warp)
10. David Murray - Plays Nat King Cole en Español (Universal Jazz)
11. Chucho Valdes & The Afro-Cuban Messengers - Chucho's Steps (Four Quarters)
12. Fern Knight - Castings (vhf)
13. MIA - /\/\/\Y/\ (N.E.E.T./XL)
14. Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabate - Ali and Toumani (World Circuit)
15. Phosphorescent - Here's To Taking It Easy (Dead Oceans)
16. Franck Biyong & Massak - Voodoolectric Ground (Colored-Inc)
17. Jussi Lampela Nonet featuring Jukka Eskola - Lampela x Eskola (Ricky-Tick)
18. Rusty Willoughby - Cobirds Unite (Local 638 Records)
19. Limiñanas — Limiñanas (Trouble In Mind)
20. Elizabeth Shepherd - Heavy Falls The Night (Do Right!)
21. Neil Young - Le Noise (Reprise) 
22. Seu Jorge and Almaz (Stones Throw)
23. Endless Boogie - Full House Head (No Quarter)
24. Kelly Haigh - Country Western Star (Darling Music)
25. Smoke Fairies - Through Low Light And Trees (V2)
26. Khaira Arby - Timbuktu Tarab (Clermont Music)
27. Peter Case - Wig! (Yep Roc)
28. Skeletons - Smile (Impossible Ark)
29. Voice Of The Seven Thunders - Voice Of The Seven Thunders (Tchantinler)
30. Dean & Britta - 13 Most Beautiful: Songs For Andy Warhol's Screen Tests (Double Feature)
31. Howe Gelb & A Band Of Gypsies - Alegrias (Eureka)
32. Myelin Sheaths - Get On Your Nerves (Southpaw)
33. Mulatu Astatke - Mulatu Steps Ahead (Strut)
34. Pantha du Prince - Black Noise (Rough Trade)
35. Roky Erickson & Okkervil River - True Love Cast Out All Evil (Anti)
36. Tindersticks - Falling Down A Mountain (4AD)
37. Mostly Other People Do The Killing - Forty Fort (Hot Cup)
38. Dungen - Skit I Allt (Subliminal Sounds)
39. Christian Prommer's Drumlesson — Drumlesson Zwei (!K7)
40. Henry Threadgill Zooid - This Brings Us To, Vol. 2 (Pi Recordings)
41. We Are All One, In The Sun: A Tribute To Robbie Basho (Important)
42. Michael Weston King - I Didn't Raise My Boy To Be A Soldier (Valve)
43. Black Milk - Album of The Year (Decon/Fat Beats)
44. Dylan LeBlanc - Paupers Field (Rough Trade)
45. First Aid Kit - The Big Black and The Blue (Wichita)
46. Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 - Propeller Time (Yep Roc)
47. The Souljazz Orchestra - Rising Sun (Strut)
48. Norma Winstone - Stories Yet To Tell (ECM)
49. The Rizdales - How The Marriage Ended (TNT)
50. Pop. 1280 - The Grid (Sacred Bones)
51. The Ex - Catch My Shoe (Ex Records)
52. The Budos Band - III (Daptone)
53. Wounded Lion - Wounded Lion (In The Red)
54. Beach House - Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
55. Drive-By Truckers - The Big To-Do (ATO)
56. Woima Collective - Tezeta (Kindred Spirits)
57. Marcos Valle - Estática (Far Out)
58. Laura Veirs - July Flame (Raven Marching Band)
59. Johnny Dowd - Wake Up The Snakes (Munich)
60. Dusko Goykovich - 5ive Horns & Rhythm (Enja)
61. C'mon - Beyond The Pale Horse (Blown Speaker/Yeah Right!)
62. LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (DFA/Virgin)
63. Black Twig Pickers - Ironto Special (Thrill Jockey)
64. Wendy Bird - Natural Wonder (Beaumont Classic)
65. Last Electro-Acoustic Space Jazz Ensemble — Miles Away (Stones Throw)
66. Ebo Taylor - Love and Death (Strut)
67. The Fall - Your Future Our Clutter (Domino)
68. Lower Dens - Twin-Hand Movement (Gnomonsong)
69. William Parker - I Plan To Stay A Believer: The Inside Songs of Curtis Mayfield (AUM Fidelity)
70. Charlie Parr - When The Devil Goes Blind (Nero's Neptune)
71. Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rivers (Leaf)
72. Secret Sisters - Secret Sisters (Universal Republic)
73. The Parting Gifts - Strychnine Dandelion (In The Red)
74. Huron - Huron (Latent)
75. Earl Sweatshirt - Earl (OFWGKTA)
76. Doug Paisley - Constant Companion (No Quarter)
77. Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 - Northern Aggression (Yep Roc)
78. Caribou - Caribou Vibration Ensemble featuring Marshall Allen
79. Ty Segall - Melted (Goner)
80. John Zorn - Interzone (Tzadik)
81. Kyra & Tully - Wildlife [In and Out of The City] (Buster)
82. OFF! - The First Four EPs (Vice)
83. Pernice Brothers - Goodbye, Killer (Ashmount)
84. Indigo Jam Unit - Roots (basis)
85. Orgone - Killion Vaults (Ubiquity)
86. The Sadies - Darker Circles (Outside)
87. Azar Lawrence — Mystic Journey (Furthermore)
88. Junip - Fields (Mute)
89. Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now (Rough Trade)
90. Jane Weaver - The Fallen By Watch Bird (Bird/B-Music)
91. Asmara All Stars - Eritrea's Got Soul (Out Here)
92. Greenhornes - **** (Third Man)
93. Nottz - You Need This Music (Traffic)
94. Holy Fuck - Latin (Young Turks)
95. Hacienda - Big Red & Barbacoa (Alive)
96. Vowls - In Consonance, Pt. 1 (Polyphasic)
97. Lazer Sword - Lazer Sword (Innovative Leisure)
98. Calibro 35 - Ritornano Quelli Di... (Ghost)
99. Clutchy Hopkins - Storyteller (Ubiquity)
100. Bill Elm & Woody Jackson - Red Dead Redemption (Wax Poetics)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

John Grant @ The Music Gallery Monday!

Chicken Bones by John Grant

Friday, December 3, 2010

One For The Weekend: Plush

A sharply attired Liam Hayes and his fellow Plush-mates got into the songs from last year's unjustly overlooked Bright Penny (Broken Horse) album during a three-night stand in Chicago at my favourite North Side nightspot, The Hideout back in June. Yes, Tim Tuten rules.
As you can see from their fantastic version of Bright Penny's awesome closer O Street in the clip below, legendary Chess session drummer Morris Jennings (see Curtis Mayfield's Superfly) and Pieces Of Peace bassist Bernard Reed provide just as soulfully swank support on stage as they do in the studio.   

O Street by Plush live at the Hideout

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Blue Flamingo turns back the clock

One of the more entertaining mixes I've come across this year is the Congo Jazz (Excelsior) CD assembled by Rotterdam-based record collector Ziya Ertekin aka DJ Blue Flamingo from his own sizable stash of rare 78s. The title of his second release, the follow-up to Blue Flamingo - 78 rpm, is a bit misleading as the disc is similarly split into three separate thematic sets only one of which deals with vintage jazz recorded in Central Africa during the 1950s.
Not that I'm complaining, however, since the 17 minutes of swinging Congolese rumba tracks by Tino Baroza, Ochestre African Jazz and Marola & Oliveira Tchade comes bookended with a well-chosen set of hot jazz (including contributions from bands led by Red Nichols, Clarence Williams and Winnipeg's own Hartzell "Tiny" Parham) and a lengthy dip into jubilee and hard gospel which boasts a super rare Thomas A. Dorsey demo recording of Hide Me In Thy Bosom from the early 30s that predates Sister Rosetta Tharpe's popular version of 1937. Clearly it's not the sorta stuff you encounter every day so the Congo Jazz selection is well-worth tracking down. And vinyl fiends should grab the double LP version of Congo Jazz which includes a bonus mix of West African highlife and calypso recorded for the Senafone label on the fourth side.

Congo Jazz (Excelsior)
Jungle Crawl [Hot Jazz and Exotica from the 20s and 30s]
1     Jungle Expedition        
2     Leon Rene's Orchestra  -  I'm Mister African
3     Tiny Parham & His Musicians  -  Jungle Crawl
4     Frankie Trumbauer & His Orchestra  -  Borneo
5     Red Nichols & His World Famous Pennies  -  Jungle Fever
6     Clarence Williams & His Orchestra  -  Jungle Crawl
7     Phillips' Louisville Jug Band  -  Tiger Rag
Congo Jazz [Congolese Rumba from the 50s]

8     Congo Dances Are Very Gay Affairs
9     Tino Baroza  -  La Fiesta Cubana        
10     Orchestre African Jazz  -  Bolingo E Gagne
11     Kaba Joseph & Le Groupe Rhythmique Ngoma  -  Bana T'atomic Jazz
12     Mariola & Oliveira Tchade -  Canta Del Negro
13     Orchestre African Jazz  -  Elie Violette   
14     Orchestre Rock A Mambo  -  El Rico Cuban Mambo
That Old Time Religion [Jubilee, Gospel & Hard Gospel from the 30s - 50s] 
15     Daniel In The Lion's Den    
16     Professor Johnson & His Gospel Singers  -  That Old Time Religion
17     Happyland Singers  -  I'll Fly Away
18     Mahalia Jackson  -  I'm On My Way To Canaan
19     Mary Deloach  -  Our Father Loves His Son
20     Alex Bradford & The Bradford Specials  - Lord, Lord, Lord
21     Rev. Crum & The Mighty Golden Keys  -  Don't You Know Me Thomas
22     Thomas A. Dorsey  -  Hide Me In Thy Bosom 

Blue Flamingo http://www.ziya.nl/
Congo Jazz CD
Congo Jazz 2 LP

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Charles Bradley roars back with new single

In advance of Charles Bradley's long overdue debut album No Time For Dreaming (now scheduled for release January 25, 2011), Daptone's dependable Dunham subsidiary is putting out the motivational Joe Quarterman-penned title track as seven-inch single with the charging Farfisa-fired Golden Rule on the flip.
As with Bradley's previous Dunham scorcher The World (Is Going Up In Flames), both sides are produced by Dap-Kings guitarist Thomas "TNT" Brenneck featuring the instrumental support of his stone-solid Menahan Street Band with vocal enhancement provided by Daptone's own sweet singing Gospel Queens on loan from Naomi Shelton.
Before heading over to Daptone's online store to grab a copy for yourself, check out Mr. Bradley belting out No Time For Dreaming with the Menhan crew at Het Depot in Leuven, Belgium back in February. Some time-saving advice to diggers: Don't bother trying to track down Joe Quarterman's original recording of No Time For Dreaming – it was never issued.

No Time For Dreaming by Charles Bradley

Sunday, November 28, 2010

David Murray does Nat King Cole

Few musicians in jazz history have proven more vigorously productive and resourceful than David Murray. During the past 35 years, from the moment he first visited New York as a 20-year-old student, playing in a walkup loft, in 1975, David has careened forward in a cool, collected, rocket-fueled streak. He has released over 150 albums under his own name. Yet more impressive than the numbers is the constancy of two abiding achievements: as a tenor saxophonist, he has perfected an instantly recognizable approach to improvisation that even in its freest flights acknowledges the gravity of a tradition he honors more than most; and he has altered the context for his improvisations as an infinite mosaic of musical challenges and explorations.

With this new album, we hear the fruit of one of David Murray’s most improbable and effective projects: an interpretation of two albums that Nat King Cole recorded in Spanish and Portuguese in 1958 and 1962, performing melodies from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rio de Janeiro, and Buenos Aires.

The result is one of Murray’s most purely pleasurable albums. It demonstrates a tremendous leap in his approach to a world of music that has long fascinated him. The arrangements are imaginative, compelling, and wily, especially in the integration between winds and stings. The band is as tight as a fist. And there is a stunning feature for David Murray the improviser, a sensational tour de force and high spot in his massive discography.

The Cuban songwriter and flutist (known as “la flauta magica”) Richard Egues wrote the enduring “El Bodeguero” (the Grocer’s Cha Cha), which inspired Murray to take a more Ellingtonian approach, using an expansive swing rhythm that underplays the cha-cha-cha beat emphasized by Cole. It concludes with his own signature approach to counterpoint, a frequent joy throughout the album. David’s solo is exceptional, at times echoing the mellow strength of Ben Webster, especially in the middle section. There are also telling solos by trombonist Denis Cuni Rodriguez, a graduate of the National School of Music in Havana and an educator in his own right, and pianist Jose “Pepe” Rivero, a composer with an accomplished classical piano technique.

Quizas, Quizas, Quizas, one of two selections by Cuban songwriter Osvaldo Farrés, is perhaps the best remembered of Cole’s interpretations, complete with Romeu’s lovely strings. Composed in the 1940s, it was much covered and memorably revived in Wong Kar-Wai’s film In the Mood for Love. After the tenor and trumpet split the theme chorus, shadowed by the ensemble, we hear the insinuating, whisky-stained, darker than pitch voice (Tom Waits squared) of Daniel Melingo, a veteran of Buenos Aires rock who went to Spain to score films for Pedro Almodovar, and, in the late 1990s, returned to Argentina to spearhead a tango revival. For most Americans, this will be the first encounter with an artist who has garnered much attention throughout Latin America.

From the 1962 album, More Cole Español, the second Osvaldo Farrés classic, “Tres Palabras,” here given a deeper emotional cast than Cole’s version by the trumpet playing of Mario Felix Hernandez Morejon, who is at home with Mozart as well as jazz. This selection features one of Murray’s most lyrical arrangements, in the way he frames the solos; it finishes with a climax that entwines Murray, Filiu, and Ruiz in an episode that might be called Tres Saxofonistas.

“Piel Canela” is the best known song by Bobby Capó, the Puerto Rican entertainer and songwriter who came to New York to work with Xavier Cugat, and soon became a Latin American celebrity in his own right. Murray replaces Ralph Carmichael’s vamp with a contrapuntal intro to a performance that includes another inspired alto solo and a fierce Murray wrap-up solo.

Yet Murray’s solo triumph on this session is, as noted, the remarkable “No me platiques,” a serenade by the Mexican composer Vicente Garrido, known as The Master. This is all Murray and strings—an eight-minute, superbly paced cri de coeur, combining romance and drollery before attaining a deep, persuasive resolution. Murray original, “Black Nat,” uses riffs to build an intricate ensemble backing for the soloists, including tenor saxophonist Ariel Bringuez Ruiz, though it is Murray who unmistakably claims the climax.
From the 1958 Cole Espanol. “Cachito,” Cole’s first venture in Spanish was recorded entirely in Hollywood, with a Dave Cavanaugh arrangement and an orchestra made up of Latino musicians in Los Angeles. The song, written by Mexican pianist and composer Consuelo Velázquez, best known for her imperishable standard “Besame Mucho,” has three eight-bar melodies. Murray’s written obbligato for winds and the strings gives the illusion of spontaneous invention, especially during the C section—whirling in double-time responses to the melody statement by tenor saxophone. We are also introduced to the bebop radiance of the alto saxophonist. Roman Filiu, who worked with Irakere and recorded with David on his excellent rhythm-and-strings album Waltz Again.

Edgardo Donato’s legendary 1920s tango, “A media luz,” generated a delightful Cole performance, smooth and sure, but in this version, it reclaims its tango roots in a performance featuring Daniel Melingo, himself a musical descendant of Carlos Gardel, who helped make it a standard. Murray turns to the bass clarinet, choosing his notes with care and sustaining the rare sense of accomplishment when two musical worlds discover they have more in common than is generally acknowledges or celebrated. Murray Plays Cole in Español is all celebration.

“Aqui se habla en amor” was the ringer in the Cole repertory, as it was composed by Jack Keller, a prolific writer of mostly forgotten Top-40 tunes (his clients ran the gamut from Perry Como to Frankie Avalon), and his mentor Noel Sherman, who had written the Cole hit, “To the Ends of the Earth.” Murray takes the tempo up and employs divergent melodies to recreate the piece as a cool, modern jazz theme—the layered themes indicating an Eastern quality as well.
by Gary Giddins

No me platiques by David Murray

Friday, November 26, 2010

One For The Weekend: Fern Knight

Here's an intriguing gothic fairytale filmed by Derek Moench to go with song The Poisoner from Fern Knight's superb new Castings (vhf) album, their fourth and best yet.
Once again it's the bewitching voice of cellist Margaret Ayre that draws you in but Castings is a considerably less fussy affair for the Philadelphia/D.C. crew, moving further away from the chamber folk precision of their previous work towards headier prog-psych territory.
It seems like some Sourdeline may have seeped into Ayre's songwriting while listening back to the songs from their La Reine Blanche album while she was putting together the liner notes for Guersson's reissue. And the influence of King Crimson clearly weighs heavy as can be heard from the Fern-ized version of Epitaph and Ayre's own companion piece From Zero To Infinity.
Incidentally, along with shooting the group's video clips, Moench is also responsible for sweet cover art for the Castings album available now on vinyl and  digipak CD. Even though the CD comes with the bonus track Cave Of Swords, the limited-run RTI audiophile pressing housed in heavy old-school gatefold "tip-on" sleeve is hard to pass up. Either way, Castings is on my 2010 best-of list. 

The Poisoner by Fern Knight

Fern Knight:  "The Poisoner" from Derek Moench on Vimeo.

Fern Knight http://www.fernknight.com/
vhf http://www.vhfrecords.com/catalog/122.htm

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Garage Rock 101

The clever marketing team behind Toyota's Scion brand – in conjunction with the culture vultures at Vice – has finally decided to let people see it's first attempt at feature-length documentary making, New Garage Explosion!!: In Love With These Times.
The 75-minute overview of contemporary garage rock – which you can view on the Vice site (see link below) – is essentially a series of superficial artist profiles strung together to make the case that these eruptions of three-chord scorch arising from San Francisco, Oakland, Detroit, Memphis, Brooklyn, Detroit, Atlanta and Portland are actually all part of a much larger movement.
Using a steady stream of talking head style interviews intercut with brief performance clips, directors Joseph Patel and Aaron Brown with guidance from Yeti Magazine's resident rock expert Mike McGonigal attempt to explain how this groundswell of politically incorrect and musically inept activity known as "garage" grew in the absence of mainstream media attention while pointing out the links between the attitudes, motivation and output of Jay Reatard, the Black Lips, Oblivians, Gories, The Oh Sees, Clone Defects, Vivian Girls, Magic Kids, Pierced Arrows, Smith Westerns, No Bunny, Golden Triangle and others.  

After at least a year in the making, they've hit on three revelations:
1) kids will do what they want
2) garage rock is more about feel and energy than virtuosity
3) it's fun to make people dance even if it doesn't make you rich

While New Garage Explosion!! does a good job of spotlighting the work of a few key artists, it never gets up close and personal enough with the characters involved or the fans who love them to make for a truly compelling study. Ultimately, the film fails to convey the true excitement of the music – the nutty thrills, spills and ridiculous hilarity of it all. The end product could've greatly been improved by collecting bizarre and enlightening anecdotes from club bookers – in fact, one interview with Dan Burke at the Silver Dollar probably would've sufficed – but perhaps that may have made it a little too real.
Of course, if the whole film venture was merely a cynical marketing ploy to drive consumers to Scion and Vice websites in hopes of selling corny cube-shaped cars and cheesy club wear, then perhaps filmmakers Patel and Brown have done exactly what they set out to accomplish.

Watch New Garage Explosion!! right here

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Paulo Superfly goes all in for Angola

Diggers around the globe know that If you're after tropical grooves, the Superfly Records store and website is where it's at. Deep digging collector Paulo "Superfly" Gonçalves runs the Paris-based operation when he isn't jet-setting around to hoover up rare vinyl in other countries or spinning some of his latest finds. Like many trend-conscious celebrity selectas who were all about old school Colombian cumbia joints a minute ago, the Superfly man has now turned his attention to south central Africa's funky Lusophonics as can be heard on his latest podcast Angola Dancefloor Shaker Mix which you can download free right here. If you like what you hear, you'll definitely need to grab a copy of Analog Africa's hot new archival compilation Angola Soundtrack - The Unique Sound Of Luanda (1968-1976).
Expect to be served up a heaping helping of those highly addictive rebita, kazukuta and semba rhythms when Paulo "Superfly" Gonçalves tears up the Turning Point party with A Man Called Warwick at The Garrison (1197 Dundas West) tonight (Saturday, November 20).

Angola Soundtrack http://analogafrica.blogspot.com/2010/10/blog-post.html
Superfly Records http://www.superflyrecords.com/
Turning Point presents Paulo Superfly http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=168929159791329

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Boss takes over Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Whip My Hair by Jimmy Fallon as Neil Young

Bruce Springsteen interview part one

Bruce Springsteen interview part two

Because The Night by Bruce Springsteen

Born To Run by Jimmy Fallon & the cast of Glee

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Os Mutantes @ The Opera House Wednesday!

Interview with Sérgio Dias of Os Mutantes

Os Mutantes Live @ Amoeba Music

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Gord Cumming & Scott B are Massey-Harris

Despite what tractor-riding farmers might tell you, Massey-Harris isn't just about plowing, it's about picking too. The always entertaining Gord Cumming (of The Lawn and numerous other Toronto combos) has reunited with fellow singer/songwriter Scott Bradshaw from the Scott B Sympathy days in a dynamic guitar duo format called Massey-Harris.
For the past few months, Gord and Scott have embarked on a stealthy swing through local drinking establishments, delighting surprised patrons who wound up getting a lot more than sloshed. They'll be rummaging through their vast combined catalog of tuneful curios to delight the crowd on hand at the Duke Of Gloucester (649 Yonge, 2nd Floor) tonight (Sunday, November 14) starting at 9 pm. Why don't you join 'em – it beats watching football highlights.    

Massey-Harris @ Reposado, Toronto August 22, 2010

Friday, November 12, 2010

One For The Weekend: Sleigh Bells

Riot Rhythm by Sleigh Bells directed by Bo Mirosseni

Sleigh Bells "Riot Rhythm" from on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Record Store Day 2010, Part II: Black Friday

While it's not officially designated as a Record Store Day, Friday, November 26 – the day after Thanksgiving in the US – will see a similar sort of hubbub at independent record retailers as some labels are taking advantage of the post-turkey shopping frenzy by issuing special limited-edition singles, LPs, CDs and DVDs available only on Black Friday.
The big difference here is that it isn't a holiday in Canada so expect a crush of frantic vinyl junkies at Rotate This, Soundscapes, Vortex and Sunrise during the lunch hour with a second wave starting around 5 pm. Incidentally, Rotate This kicks off their annual pre-inventory "There Goes The Neighbourhood" weekend sale today with 15% off all new and used vinyl and CDs and on Saturday and Sunday used vinyl will be 40% off.  

Here are a few of the more interesting Black Friday exclusives up for grabs:  

Black Keys - Brothers Double box including the album released as 45 rpm double vinyl set along with a limited-run poster and 6-song 10" LP with previously unreleased live versions of Everlasting Light, Next Girl, Tighten Up, Howlin’ For You, She’s Long Gone and Too Afraid to Love You

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - I Learned The Hard Way: Singles Collection includes the album released as 11 seven-inch singles with 10 bonus songs and 8 instrumental versions. 

Bruce Springsteen - Save My Love b/w Because The Night seven-inch with both tracks taken from The Promise album
Metallica - Live At Grimey's CD and 10" double vinyl LP release of Metallica's insanely intimate secret show at The Basement below Nashville record store Grimey's in June 2008

Dr. Dog - Double: four previously unreleased songs Take Me Into Town, Black-Red, Nobody Knows Who You Are, The Sound released as a double pack seven-inch

Drive-By Truckers -  The Thanksgiving Filter b/w Used to Be A Cop seven-inch of two tracks from their forthcoming Go-Go Boots album due out February 15, 2011

Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin b/w Like A Rolling Stone (Mono) seven-inch taken from the Whitmark Demos and the Legacy Mono Box releases

Roky Erickson - Night of the Vampire DVD and 180g vinyl LP of a selection of songs from the 13th Floor Elevators catalog performed on Halloween night 2008 by Roky Erickson backed by the Black Angels at the El Ray Theatre in Los Angeles.

Jimi Hendrix - Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 10" green vinyl single
featuring Little Drummer Boy b/w Silent Night/Auld Lang Syne

Freddie Hubbard - Red Clay 180g vinyl LP remastered from the original two-track analog tape

Iron & Wine - Walking Far From Home 12" EP with the title track b/w Summer In Savannah and Biting Your Tail

Cee-Lo Green - Fuck You 12" Original uncensored track Fuck You with the otherwise unavailable instrumental version on the flip

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

New Grinderman video for Worm Tamer

In advance of the November 22 release of Grinderman's Worm Tamer single, a new performance video  has appeared in which a Nick Cave shows off his growing Telecaster slashing and pedal stomping skills inside the converted Victorian schoolhouse that is London's legendary RAK Studios. The 12" version of Worm Tamer comes backed with two additional remixes courtesy of UNKLE and A Place To Bury Strangers. Grinderman will be in Toronto to play a sold-out show at The Phoenix on Thursday (November 11).

Worm Tamer by Grinderman

Monday, November 8, 2010

Feist documentary hits Toronto and DVD shelves

Whether due to public demand or the fact that Feist simply had a day off in Toronto between gigs, Anthony Seck's documentary Look At What The Light Did Now – a behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Reminder album and the aftermath – will finally get a public screening in Toronto at The Royal Ontario Museum on November 21 beginning at 8 pm. Check out the film trailer and Feist's charming rendition of the title song with Little Wings which I previously posted right here.
For some reason, the presentation will be hosted CBC poster boy George Stroumboulopoulos – evidently both Ron MacLean and Linden Macintyre were busy that night – who'll no doubt heap praise upon La Feist and director Seck for a full 15 minutes before giving way to some thoughtful questions from the audience for another 10 minutes and it'll be all over by 10:15 pm.
Those who aren't quick enough to score tickets to the ROM event should note that Look At What The Light Did Now will be issued as a DVD on December 7 and yes, there's extra material that won't be seen at the ROM. What exactly do you get? Well, there are five single shot, unedited live performances (Limit To Your Love, Secret Heart, Help Is On It's Way and So Sorry) from The Reminder tour; footage from The Living Lantern – a performance at the Cameron House; archival footage of Feist and record producer Chilly Gonzales on the Presidential Suite Tour 2002; two short films (The Water directed by Kevin Drew and Departures co-starring Kevin Drew), along with music videos for I Feel It All, 1234, My Moon My Man and Honey Honey. 
The 13-track bonus CD includes solo and duet versions of the title track of the film, rare and unique live performances, and just what everyone in Berlin was waiting to hear – solo piano reinterpretations of Feist's songs Intuition, The Water, Sea Lion Woman and 1234 by maestro Gonzales!
Unfortunately, the DVD doesn't feature any live footage of Feist fronting the Calgary grunge band Placebo from the early 90s prior to moving to Toronto or what has proven to be her most popular television appearance ever – Sesame Street. So for anyone who can't get enough Feist, I've included a couple of entertaining clips below. You're welcome. 

Double Run by Placebo (w/Feist)


Back Down The Same Way by Placebo (w/Feist)

Lazy Bermuda by Placebo (w/ Feist)

Feist on Sesame Street

Friday, November 5, 2010

Ray Davies reworks the tribute concept

There have been a couple of tribute albums celebrating the music of the Kinks and their chief songwriter Ray Davies which despite the good intentions of all involved have been patchy affairs. Selecting a slate of worthy participants whose personalized submissions will make sense when sequenced together on a single album is every bit as big a challenge as choosing the appropriate song for each to cover. Even hugely gifted artists don't always make great interpretive stylists.
Perhaps to take some of the guesswork out of the whole tribute process or maybe simply to exert more control over the choices of who would be involved, what songs they'd sing and how they'd sing them, Davies decided to assemble See My Friends (Universal) himself not unlike Van Morrison did with 1994's No Prima Donna. Unfortunately, Davies' auto-tribute gambit hasn't worked out much better and his decision to one-up Van by contributing vocals and guitar to most tracks doesn't seem to have helped.
Whereas Morrison's self-produced homage suffered from overly reverential renditions by people Morrison wanted to hear interpreting his stuff (i.e. Liam Neeson, Brian Kennedy, Phil Coulter, Marianne Faithfull, etc) rather than refreshing new takes by rising stars of the day who might've helped bring Morrison's music to a whole different audience, Davies' version suffers from the competing selection criteria of inviting artists he admires (Alex Chilton, Lucinda Williams, Paloma Faith, Frank Black) while not offending celebrity acquaintances asking to be involved (Metallica, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi & Ritchie Sambora, Jackson Browne) and placating the label brass by including a few younger names who might help goose sales with the under-50 demographic (Billy Corgan, Amy Macdonald, Spoon, Mumford & Sons).
It wouldn't be at all surprising to learn that a number of Davies' ideas for collaborative pairings came about by mere coincidence – a meeting in a coffee shop, a festival billing, a shared hair stylist – whatever. That would make more sense than Davies' seeking out Snow Patrol's Gary Lightbody in hopes of convincing him to remake Tired Of Waiting as it really should be done or pleading with 23-year-old Amy Macdonald to use her life experience to bring some realism to Dead End Street.
If Davies had any prior experience with Lucinda Williams, who isn't overly comfortable in a studio setting when recording her own songs, he probably would've known better than to ask her to sing something she was unfamiliar with like Long Way From Home. Hearing her performance – apparently the best of four takes after having learned the lyrics the night before – it's painfully obvious that she's out of her element.
The head-scratching cast of characters on See My Friends naturally leads to a confusing hodge-podge of an album which veers from full-on metal onslaught one moment to a somber vocal duet backed by gently strummed acoustic guitars the next. Incidentally, the beautifully understated acoustic version of Waterloo Sunset sung by Jackson Browne with Davies on backing vocals is easily the best thing here. Why anyone thought Springsteen growling Better Things or Bon Jovi bellowing Celluloid Heroes would be a better idea when hamfistedly backed by Paul Shaffer and the rest of David Letterman's Late Show Band is beyond me.
In retrospect, Davies would've saved lots of time and money – and likely gotten more enjoyable results – if he'd have simply taken his acoustic guitar to the home of each artist and recorded right there in their kitchen.    
While it could be argued that the drastic stylistic variation from track to track on See My Friends offers an accurate representation of the multi-faceted nature of Davies' writing, nevertheless, it doesn't make for a coherent listen. But then again, in the iTunes era, who listens to albums anyway? 

See My Friends (Universal)
1.  Better Things – Ray Davies & Bruce Springsteen w/ The Late Show Band
2.  Celluloid Heroes – Ray Davies, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora w/ The Late Show Band
3.  Days/This Time Tomorrow – Ray Davies & Mumford & Sons
4.  Long Way From Home – Ray Davies & Lucinda Williams
5.  You Really Got Me – Ray Davies & Metallica
6.  Lola – Ray Davies & Paloma Faith
7.  Waterloo Sunset – Ray Davies & Jackson Browne
8.  ‘Til The End of The Day – Ray Davies, Alex Chilton 
9.  Dead End Street – Ray Davies & Amy Macdonald
10.  See My Friends – Ray Davies & Spoon
11.  This Is Where I Belong – Ray Davies & Black Francis
12.  David Watts – Ray Davies & The 88
13.  Tired Of Waiting – Ray Davies & Gary Lightbody
14.  All Day And All Of The Night/Destroyer – Ray Davies & Billy Corgan

Ray Davies pitches See My Friends

Days / This Time Tomorrow by Ray Davies with Mumford & Sons

Monday, November 1, 2010

Baseball Project salutes magnificent misfit Giants

Congratulations to the World Series champs San Francisco Giants whose formidable pitching staff made the highly-touted offense of the Texas Rangers look like bush leaguers in the batters box. Joining in the celebration is Bay Area native Scott McCaughey who persevered through years of Giants torture has come up with a winning Baseball Project tune Panda & the Freak in honour of the Bad News Beards' fan faves, husky switch hitter Pablo Sandoval and lanky longhaired starting pitcher Tim Lincecum.
Although the badly slumping Sandoval was not a factor in the Rangers series, Lincecum's killer changeup, untouchable slider and whiff-inducing splitter had the Rangers thoroughly bamboozled, allowing just one run and three hits over eight solid innings during the 3-1 win in Game Five to finally end the Giants' 56-year World Series drought. Shortstop Edgar Renteria's brilliant defensive play and surprising run production – his three-run homer was all the Giants needed to take Game Five and clinch the series – made him a unanimous choice for MVP but unfortunately it wasn't enough to earn him a mention in Panda & the Freak which will be released as part of the Baseball Project's second album Vol. 2: High and Inside (Yep Roc) due in February. I'm sure he's content with the MVP hardware and a second huge diamond-encrusted ring. Check out the song in the live clip below or stream the studio version for free right here.

Panda & the Freak

You heard about the Mudcat, Catfish and the Georgia Peach
The Kitten and the Cobra, the Spaceman and the Beast
Goose, Bird, Rooster, Penguin, Vulture, and your bird can sing
And the greatest nickname of all time: Death To Flying Things

In old New York it was Turkey Mike, Muggsy and the Big Six
In San Francisco Baby Bull, Stretch and the Say Hey Kid
Then came the Count, the Hac km an, Jack the Ripper and Will the Thrill
Barry and Jeff Kent, but a dearth of nicknames, that is, until

The Giants got the Panda, the Giants got the Freak
The Panda’s smoking line drives, the Freak is throwing heat
Panda and the Freak, Panda and the Freak.

When it comes to kung fu fighting, he’s no better than Hong Chi Quo
He’s kind of like Bruce Lee if you cross Bruce Lee with a buffalo
He barrels round the bases, he scrambles for ground balls
Zito named him Kung Fu Panda, that’s our Pablo Sandoval

They said he wasn’t built to last, they said he was too small
The Mariners passed him right by, now that was a bad call
Two Cy Youngs, two strike-out crowns, in his first full two seasons
That's why they call Tim the Freak, because he defies all reason

Panda & the Freak

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Hits & Misses and Frantic City cozy up to Rotate This on Queen West

Just in time for Halloween, top-notch Toronto punk vinyl vendor Hits and Misses have relocated their shop (formerly at 860 Bloor West) to 799 Queen West. And right above the new locale – which opens today at 12 noon – Tim Hanna has moved the 60s garage, R&B and psych records from Frantic City's Ossington head office to the vacant room on the 2nd Floor to create a swank new upstairs boutique for all your freakishly fuzzed-out needs.
As every record hound in town should know, that choice piece of real estate on which those two retailers now sit is right next door to the venerable Rotate This (801 Queen West) and just down the street from Cosmos and Neurotica, making for the highest concentration of cool records in the city. Right on!

Friday, October 29, 2010

One For The Weekend: Feist & Little Wings

In conjunction with the Seattle premiere of the new Feist documentary Look At What The Light Did Now, a video of Feist and Little Wings horizontally duetting on the title song has magically appeared. Those Feist fans who don't already have tickets for tonight's screening of Anthony Seck's feature-length chronicle (Super 8 & HDSR) of the making of Feist's 2007 album The Reminder at Seattle's Henry Art Gallery will have to be content with the laidback song clip and the film trailer below.
So far there are no scheduled Toronto screenings but if you happen to be anywhere near the lovely German resort town of Weissenhäuser Strand, you can see Look At What The Light Did Now during the Rolling Stone Weekender on November 13. Check the current list of dates following the clips.

Look At What The Light Did Now by Feist & Little Wings

Look At What The Light Did Now film trailer

Upcoming Screenings

Tuesday, November 9 - 7:15 pm PST - Pacific Film Archives Theatre - Berkeley, CA (LAWTLDN Screening + Q&A with director Anthony Seck and special guests)

Wednesday, November 10 - 6:20 pm GMT - Curzon Soho Cinema - London, UK (LAWTLDN Screening + live via Skype Q&A with director Anthony Seck - Curzon Soho, Screen 3)

Saturday, November 13 - 1 pm CET - Rolling Stone Weekender - Ferienpark Baltic Sea, Weissenhäuser Strand, DE

Tuesday, November 16 - 8:15 pm PST - Vancity Theatre - Vancouver, BC 

Wednesday, November 17 - 8:30 pm GMT - Picture House at FACT - Liverpool, UK

Thursday, November 18 - 8:15 pm CET - Smart Cinema - Amsterdam, NLD

Wednesday, November 24 - 7:30 pm MST - Cantos Music Foundation - Calgary, AB

Friday, December 3 - 6:30 pm GMT - Institute of Contemporary Art - London, UK

Saturday, December 11 - 6:30 pm GMT - Arnolfini - Bristol, UK

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Hear the new Lazer Sword album!

The highly anticipated self-titled Lazer Sword debut album from the electro-crunk duo of Antaeus Roy (aka Lando Kal) and Bryant Rutledge (aka Low Limit) will be officially released on November 2 by Innovative Leisure, a new boutique label launched by Stones Throw employee Nate Nelson. But thanks to the FACT music and art magazine, you won't have to wait any longer to hear what future blap is all about.
FACT – who circulated Lando Kal's enjoyable Lazer Sword drank sippin' mixtape a few months back (see below) – is currently streaming the entire 15-track Lazer Sword album that Roy and Rutledge recorded in the land of the Giants, San Francisco where they both once lived before moving to Berlin and Los Angeles respectively.
Unfortunately there are no crazy cameos by any of the now infamous Bad News Beards but it does feature some stoopid wild contributions from Anti-Pop Consortium’s M. Sayyid, Freestyle Fellowship’s Myka 9, Zackey Force Funk and Bay Area hyphy holdout Turf Talk.
Check out the Lazer Sword album for yourself right here and then head over to the Stones Throw site and grab a copy of the limited-run double vinyl edition.

Lazer Sword (Innovative Leisure)
2. Agrokrag
3. Surf News
4. I’m Gone ft. Turf Talk
5. Batman
6. Topflights ft. M Sayyid
7. 4Loko
8. Machine ft. Zackey Force Funk
9. Web Swag
10. Skybox
11. Def Work
12. FUBU
13. Owl Tats
14. Cosmic Ride ft. Myka Nyne
15. Beast’s Reprise

Lazer Sword FACT mix
Stones Throw Records http://www.stonesthrow.com/news/2010/10/lazer-sword