Tuesday, January 31, 2006

What Ya Listen To

As I have stated before, music is pretty important to me. I know that anyone who knows me will find that shocking. Well its been a long time sense I have subjected the world to my thoughts on the music I am actually listening to. So I figured why not!!!

The Burnside Exploration - "The Record"
I just want to put the White Stripes on noitce this is how a Guitar and Drum blues duos should be done. The group is made up of Gary and Cedric Burnside. Gary is the son of recently deseased blues legend R.L. Burnside and Cedric is R.L.'s grandson. The album also features James "Jimbo" Mathus on guitar and was recorded in his studio in Clarksdale. But this is not a cover album or imitation of the elder Burnside.
They do what all good next generation artist need to do, they push the music forward while holding on to the roots. They definitely pay homage to their north Mississippi hill roots but are not shackled to it. You can hear everything from Chicago style blues, to piano blues, to some elements of modern rock and of course some of that Burnside/Kimbrough style that made this family famous in the first place.
It is a good modern take on the blues.
Just listening to this album makes me want to go see them perform live and that is the hallmark of any good ablum, to me anyway. And I will, I found out today they are playing at The Thirsty Hippo next Thursday.

Broken Social Scene - Self Titled
Alot like The Polyphonic Spree but without the head full of acid, so it sound nothing like the Polyphonic Spree(PS). But Broken Social Scene(BSS), do create grand and rich soundscapes like the Polyphonic Spree, but holding a harder modern rock edge to them. Probably a better comparison can be made to Mars Volta , but with out the overarcing theme to their album. This is one of those bands/albums that is hard to explain in writing. But is definitely worth listening to.

Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask
Finally, a rap album for late night cartoon watching comic book fanboys. Created by MF Doom, who actually performs in a Doctor Doom mask, and DJ Danger Mouse who is most famous for mixing Jay-Z's Black Album and The Beatles White Ablum to make the The Gray Album. Get it? Black and White make Gray! Anyway this album is written about the character of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. The album feature characters from Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Sealab 2021, Harvey Birdman: Attnory at Law, and Aqua Teen Hungery Force. If you are a fan of those show this is a must have, even if it is just to hear Meatwad rap! Be warned it is a novality CD and after a few listen you will want to forget about it for awhile. Check out the video for A.T.H.F. on the homepage.

The Detroit Cobras - Baby
There is jsut something really cool about this band. Is it the incredible hot lead singer, who can actually sing? Maybe. It is that their songs have the sound of being covers of Motown songs, but with a rock twist? Maybe. I don't know! There is jsut something very cool about this group. Wish I was getting to go to NOLA to see them on the sixth. You really should do yourself a favor and go out to hear something from this band.

John Mayer Trio - Try!
I know what you are thinking, I can't have just read the words "John Mayer" on this website. While John Mayer maybe a commerical radio friendly popster, this album isn't. The man has always had skill, you just have to hear the break down on "Your Body is a Wondeland" to know that. But this album is something new.
I give John credit for trying to spread his love of the blues to an audience of screaming teenage girls. It is something of a rarity to see a mellow popster like Mayer really bring some gritty blues rock. He cover both Hendrix's "Wait till Tomorrow" (my personal favorite Hendrix song) and Ray Charles's "I got a Woman"(Thanks the movie "Ray" and Kanya West's "Gold digger" this is a bit played out, but at least Mayer attacks the song with conviction), and does both well. Plus showcase a few new songs in this new gritty style. If it wasn't for the presence of the song "Daughter" you might not even know who this album was by. The album isn't flawless, but it is an interesting move and will keep people like me watching out for what comes next from mister Mayer.


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