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Doubleshot Tuesday: Them Crooked Vultures /Blakroc

9 February 2010

[Today: New releases Tuesday...]


In the late-60’s, Cream introduced the idea of the “super group” but that phenomenon has been overexposed recently as bands regularly break up and splinter off into new all-star lineups (like Audioslave and Velvet Revolver) that I’m supposed to care about but can’t muster up much enthusiasm for. Them Crooked Vultures, though, are worth all their hype and hip-hip-hoorays. Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) and John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) are the Vultures in question, and they sound like they’ve been jamming together for years. Homme’s lead vocals lend the album a QOTSA feel, but Jones adds textures and Grohl provides thump that rounds that sound into arena-ready rock. A welcome addition to my music collection…

“May you live in interesting times” is a Chinese curse, but musically these are very interesting times, and I’m happy as a clam to be a part of them. One of the many surpassing wonders of music these days is how genres are starting to imperceptibly blend into one another. Blues + Soul + R&B + Funk + Rock + Hip-Hop + Electronica are sharing many more taxis to the dance than they did even ten years ago. It’s gotten to the point where the idea of a pure-ish durty blues band backing a bunch of hip-hop artists hardly causes a ripple. Yeah, so what? Throw in an accordian and some tap dancing and I’ll be impressed. Dayton, OH’s Black Keys provide the slurring, slightly psychedelic blues, while MCs like RZA, Mos Def, Ludacris and the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard drop the rhymes. Intoxicating…

Weekend Playlist

11 January 2010

“What is a soul? It’s like electricity – we don’t really know what it is, but it’s a force that can light a room.” ~ Ray Charles


Hot Tuna | Burgers


Rolling Stones | Sticky Fingers


Dirty Three | Horse Stories


Blakroc | Blakroc


Dr. Feelgood | Down By The Jetty


Dr. John | Desitively Bonnaroo


The Four Tops | Anthology


Van Halen | Van Halen II


Louis XIV | The Best Little Secrets Are Kept


Various Artists | Ghana Soundz Volume 2


King Crimson | In The Court Of The Crimson King


Various Artists | Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era


The White Stripes | The White Stripes


Cream | Disraeli Gears


The Byrds | Sweetheart Of The Rodeo


Stevie Wonder | Forgivingness’ First Finale


Ray Charles | A Message From The People


Earl Hines & Roy Eldridge | At The Village Vanguard
[Album cover not pictured]


Miles Davis Quintet | Steamin’ With The Miles Davis Quintet


Nazareth | Hair Of The Dog


Thin Lizzy | Fighting


Brian Eno-David Byrne | My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts


Captain Beyond | Captain Beyond


City Boy | Book Early


Various Artists | Westbound Funk

Weekend Playlist

4 January 2010

“I couldn’t talk to people face to face, so I got on stage and started screaming and squealing and twitching.” ~ David Byrne


The Black Crowes | Before The Frost…


Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers | The Live Anthology


Kings Of Convenience | Quiet Is The New Loud


Beck | Modern Guilt


Peace Orchestra | Peace Orchestra


Erlend Øye | Unrest


Little Feat | The Last Record Album


Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force | Planet Rock: The Album


Moby Grape | Moby Grape


Blakroc | Blakroc


Blitzen Trapper | Furr


Bobby Womack | The Poet


Traffic | John Barleycorn Must Die


David Byrne | Rei Momo


Bonzo Dog Band | Tadpoles


The Headhunters | Survival Of The Fittest


Soundgarden | Down On The Upside


Neil Young | Time Fades Away


MGMT | Oracular Spectacular


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