The 3rd LP from Indie favorites Beach House demonstrates a more refined sound and stronger songwriting than their previous efforts. The quality holds strong throughout all ten tracks. The single, "Norway," follows the bands signature sound (simple drum machine, guitar line, and Victoria's smooth vocals) but creates a fuller sounds than other tracks. I haven't given the album enough of a listen to give a full review, but this is definitely a CD to check out. They unfortunately won't make it out to Philly or NY until May, but at least we'll have some new material until then.
Have no fear y'all, a new crime-fighting frenchman is on the loose. The world no longer needs to fear a lack of pumping bass and catchy electro. Danger is that hero. This guy is truly a stand out on his newest release EP III. I'm definitely going to keep and eye on this guy.
Ernie K. Doe (born Ernest Kador) was a staple of early soul from New Orleans, who eventually blended into obscurity, and back out via eccentricity. Before his death in 2001, he was known to tramp about the bustling music scene in a green cape and a crown, trumpeting his title as Emperor of the Universe. His daughter still runs his old night club down in Louisiana, and his jams still rock. This track, "Mother-In-Law," made K-Doe the first artist to ever produce a #1 chart-topping single from the depths of The Big Easy. 1961. I'm posting it with another song off his album Here Come the Girls! to show he's worth his weight in gold. Not capes.
If you're looking for some funk that HASN'T been sampled a thousand times over, Jean-Claude Pelletier's 1974 Streaking! album is a diamond in the rough. It's got some unique and punchy baselines, but the large rhythm section is what makes the album stick. He backs off where more popular artists from this period of blaxploitation sounds would lay on the horns. I'm a huge brass fan, myself, but there are so many unmistakable hooks coming out of the grind-organ alone. So why is it so rare? God knows. Probably because it's French. Since Streaking! was never released on CD format, the vinyls fetch exorbitant fees wherever you can find them. Basically, if you want some virgin tracks with an extremely raunchy soul, dig through this guy; because, in the end, aren't we all looking for a virgin with some grit?
To be honest Joe was the one to recommend this amazing album but he's been too lazy to post it and I couldn't let that happen. Anyway 25 year-old Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson is great artist from Brooklyn. He has just released his second album called Summer of Fear on Saddle Creek Records with the help of Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio), Chris Taylor & Christopher Bear (Grizzly Bear) and Say Hey Records. Its some incredible songwriting by a talented young guy. Buriedfed, The Debtor, and Woodfriend start off his self-titled debut album and really give you the best idea of his material. Most impressive for me is Buriedfed.
Dark Night of the Soul is a great compilation album and illustrated book put together by DJ Danger Mouse, Sparklehorse, and for an extra dap of weirdness they threw in David Lynch. In addition to the hardcover book, the album includes vocals from the Flaming Lips, Julian Casablancas, Frank Black, Iggy Pop, Nina Persson of The Cardigans, Suzanne Vega and Gruff Rhys. Its very good. Standouts include Little Girl which is in classic Casablancas style. Also the contributions by the Flaming Lips, and Gruff Rays are very solid definitely give it a listen.
Little Girl (feat. Julian Casablancas) - Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (YSI)
Revenge (feat. the Flaming Lips) - Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (YSI)
Just War (feat. Gruff Rhys - Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse (YSI)