Monthly Archives: May 2009

Thieves Like Us, Play Music

Thieves Like Us Play Music Shelf life/fantasy memory   Electro Pop-ish, male vox. trancey blips and beats, good snyths, building athem like beats… kinda Euro. Try: 1, 2, 3, 8, 10

Thieves Like Us, Play Music

Thieves Like Us Play Music Shelf life/fantasy memory   Electro Pop-ish, male vox. trancey blips and beats, good snyths, building athem like beats… kinda Euro. Try: 1, 2, 3, 8, 10

Jan Wayne vs. Raindrop, Numb the mixes

Jan Wayne vs. Raindrop Numb, the Mixes CAPP Sounds like the guy from Coldplay or similar “sensitive male rock” ahhem… Sounds like a movie soundtrack. Some of the beats on the mixes are good, but the voice… always the voice.

Jan Wayne vs. Raindrop, Numb the mixes

Jan Wayne vs. Raindrop Numb, the Mixes CAPP Sounds like the guy from Coldplay or similar “sensitive male rock” ahhem… Sounds like a movie soundtrack. Some of the beats on the mixes are good, but the voice… always the voice.

Don Diablo, Life is a Festival

Don Diablo, Life is a Festival Sony Records Kinda like Outcast or a heavy Justin Timberlake. Fun and danceable!

Sylvain Chauveau: The Black Book of Capitalism

Mellow, relaxed European electronica & solo piano. First release from this French composer, originally published in 2000. This is the remastered 2009 release. I think my former neighbors are heard on track #10.

Dengue Fever: Sleepwalking Through the Mekong

Original movie soundtrack features a variety of genres (Afro-pop, surf rock, J-Pop) with Southeast Asian vocals and stylings.  FCC clean  Try 1,5,7,8,16

Nickodemus: Sun People

This talented  DJ & Producer draws heavily from World musical traditions here. Individual tracks feature African, Latin, Gypsy, Middle Eastern, and Indian artists and themes.

Playing For Change: Songs Around The World

Live recordings of musicians from five continents were combined to produce covers of 10 well-known songs. Videos featured on YouTube were very well received.

21st Century Breakdown

This album came into the station and though it’s likely that it won’t be played on the air, I feel that it at least deserves a review as it’s too good of an album to simply ignore. Green Day has made another album that harkens to more of a rock opera with the main characters […]

Nuance

Recorded in front of audience in Bennett Studio w/veteran players including Randy Brecker. Lynne(p) is an arranger, composer & leader in the best way. Much musical cooperation between all.

Nuance

Recorded in front of audience in Bennett Studio w/veteran players including Randy Brecker. Lynne(p) is an arranger, composer & leader in the best way. Much musical cooperation between all.

Kelenia

Afro-pop meets jazz. Born in Israel, now living in NYC, Etkin’s ensemble is a mix of Malian & US musicians. Lionel Loueke(g) guest. Recommended for world DJs.     PLAY

Tide

Accompanied by veteran musicians, this jazz diva, born in Brazil, now living in NYC, veers slightly away from her old samba style. Here her compositions are mostly in English.

Without A Song

Previously unreleased live recordings(except #5) from an European tour in 1969. Hubbard was(d.2008) one of the great trumpeters of his time. Known for his big fat sound & great runs.

En Este Momento

Living in US since 1995, this singer, composer & arranger reaffirms her jazz chops. Previous recordings focused more on standards & sung in English. Mostly in Spanish here. Worth a listen.

Cries From Tha Ghetto

29 y.o. graduate of Berklee, born & raised in the Chicago area. This release reflects his Chicago musical upbringing. Blues, R&B, Soul, Funk & adventurous jazz. Was selected to fill Lester Bowie’s(d.1999)trumpet seat in the Art Ensemble Of Chicago.

Sensible Shoes

British quintet on originals w/punk & anthem rock attitude delivered w/sophisticated harmonies & searing solos. Review by Eric Leff

It’s Clear

Pianist leads quartet on engaging & accessible Latin jazz. Mostly Brazilian feel w/soft edges. Review by Eric Leff

Eddy Loves Frank

Big band jazz does justice to the knotty, quirky, polyglot tunes of Zappa. Review by Eric Leff

Garabatos Vol.1

Large avant ensemble with unusual instrumentation & skewed poly rhythms. Sun Ra & Latin influences w/some vox.     FCC #9. Review by Eric Leff

The Art Of Improvisation

Bassist w/monster chops has interesting compositional idea marred by his “listen to what I can do playing”. some good music informed by Arabic scales, po-jazz, fusion.. Review by Eric Leff

Suddenly, Sound

Two Danes collaborate on minimalist instrumentation, sparse piano and elliptical softly recited poetry. Review by Eric Leff

The People Or The Gun

Anti-Flag has been making 3-chord, 77 style punk rock since the late 90s. I started listening to them when I was 16 and they’ve always stuck to a formula of politically-charged punk rock, eventually starting their own grassroats record label and causes, mainly on the political Left. This is a cd of songs from their […]

Blood and Sunshine EP

San Francisco based producer/singer-songwriter. Mellower croony vocals over some digital type hip-hopish beats. I liked the piano addition in there. RIYL like mellower Niggy Tardust minus the overt political messages. FCC Clean. Play 1, 3, 5

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