Friday, September 23, 2016

Wadada Leo Smith - America's National Parks

This full-length tribute to the National Park system from legendary composer/musician Wadada Leo Smith comes out mid-October on Cuneiform Records. Thanks to the wonderful folks at the label, I've got an advance copy of the record and will be airing "Yosemite: The Glaciers, the Falls, the Wells and the Valley of Goodwill 1890" in its entirety on TGIFR tonight around 7:30PM CT. There's only a small taste of the record up on the Bandcamp page, but if you want to hear more, tune in to Expansive Prairie Skies next Thursday night for a deep-dive listen.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Klô Pelgag - "Samedi soir à la violence"

The lead-off track to the latest album from Montreal's Klô Pelgag, "Samedi soir à la violence" promises great things from the rest of L'Étoile thoracique. Piano AND glockenspiel? Yes, please.

Money Chicha - "Ponte Loca"

Leave it to the geniuses behind Wax Poetics to unearth a cover of Prince's "Let's Go Crazy" done as a cumbia. While the guitarist of Austin band Money Chicha isn't a transcendent player like the Purple One was, he wrings the living hell out of his axe and fuzzes it up but good. I'm back after a baby break so expect more posts in the coming days.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Thundercat - "Bus In These Streets"

NEW THUNDERCAT!!!! OUT TOMORROW! BUT YOU CAN HEAR IT TODAY!! Shout out to all my fellow Winnipeg Transit riders who are dealing with the clusterf**k that is the conversion to Peggo.

Jimetta Rose - "Rhythm Of Life"

Rose just dropped her new album The Light Bearer last Friday. Lead-off track "Rhythm of Life" is an insistently shuffling tune that marches onward the way time does - but with a little bit of a swagger-step that you'd expect from something produced by the Goddess Georgia Anne Muldrow.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Adult Karate - "LXII"

I hadn't heard of Adult Karate (other than assuming it was something offered at the YMCA) before a half-hour ago, but thanks to following Plug Research on Soundcloud, AK's new EP LXII came up in my feed. Trusting the Plug-people to always bring the goodness, I clicked 'play' and boy am I glad I did. "LXII" is a slow-burner that takes a good two minutes before the drums even kick in and when they do it's at a loping pace that is mostly propelled by the bassline. I have listened to this track three times in a row, and at the moment that accounts for roughly 10% of the 29 plays it's had so far (when I'm posting this). Go check it out and raise that total!