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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