April 29, 2012 § Leave a comment
What’s been your favorite album this spring? If you missed Open Your Heart by the Men, join Carly Lewis on its stylistic tour.
“On “Ex-Dreams,” Open Your Heart wraps with one last tease of the Brooklyn band’s forté: it is an unabashedly rowdy punk rock odyssey, with militant percussion and urgent everything else…”
—Carly Lewis, Issue 4 p50
April 28, 2012 § Leave a comment
Last issue’s Q/A profiled Bronx rap comer MaG, who’s chiseling his next album and fighting to keep the soul in his sound:
“I write for myself. I write for the hip-hop head. But I want my music to have a broader reach… I don’t like that feeling of hearing a project and it not sounding complete, not being cohesive. The Roots’ undun: that’s the barometer. I’m a fan first. If it doesn’t sound right, I don’t want to hear it—so why would anyone else?”
April 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
Get your daily dose of attitude, via Royal Baths. We caught the duo in Brooklyn last month:
” …The group specializes in funereally warped psychedelia, a tenor cooked around the open-tuned filigree of principal guitarist Jeremy Cox and the murky intonations of co-guitarist and usual vocalist Jigmae Baer. It drips atmosphere, and when Royal Baths arrived at Knitting Factory earlier this month they underlined its dependence upon authoritative thrust.”
April 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
“So we’re just gonna keep bumming you out.” It could have been a snatch of dialogue or interior monologue from any of the songs he sang before or after, but this was Kurt Wagner’s way of introducing “N.O.,” a song by his band Lambchop, from one of its earlier incarnations. Though older than most of the material that brought the band—a come-and-go collective since the early ‘90s—to the Bell House in Brooklyn last Friday, the song merged unflinchingly with its surrounding pieces.
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April 19, 2012 § Leave a comment
The Angelenos drop their first LP this summer and hit Lollapalooza not long afterward. Keep an eye and ear out for them right here in the coming weeks!
April 18, 2012 § Leave a comment
Christian Scott announced today that Christian aTunde Adjuah, the trumpeter-bandleader-composer’s second album, will drop July 31st on Concord Jazz. Scott sums the forthcoming record as “a stretching of jazz, not a replacement.” The expansive double album follows last year’s afro-cuban excursion with Stefon Harris and David Sánchez, and is the New York native’s follow-up to Yesterday You Said Tomorrow (2010), which featured Thom Yorke’s “Eraser”: playing above and reviewed in our last issue’s Hash Tracks:
April 15, 2012 § Leave a comment