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January 2012 Performer Magazine print edition featuring record reviews by yours truly.

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Free track from Wale’s new Album!

Over the last few years Wale has released three mixtapes and today his full album Attention Deficit is dropping today. I think Wale’s all right; I dug his song with Lady Gaga and I think he is pretty creative. Kinda flashy. I guess time will tell how long he’ll be around.

This song features Somalian MC K’naan and was produced by TV On the Radio’s Dave Sitek. Enjoy this new track!

Tv In the Radio” – Wale featuring K’naan

Get It While It’s Hot.

Check your pocketbooks – some cool albums are being released in the next couple weeks that you might want to try listening to.

MYSPACE | POLYVINYL RECORD CO.

Suzanne”  – Asobi Seksu from Rewolf

Asobi Seksu means “playful sex” in colloquial Japanese and it’s also the name of a boy-girl duet on indie label Polyvinyl Record Co. Polyvinyl’s been around for awhile and can boast about once being home to artists like Braid, Rainer Maria, Owen, Cap’n Jazz and currently hosting bands Aloha, Architecture in Helsinki, Joan of Arc, of Montreal and 31 Knots.

The duo is made up of James Hanna on guitar and vocals and Yuki Chikudate on keyboards and vocals. They make songs with soft textures and delicate vocals. “Suzanne” is a track from their forthcoming album Rewolf coming out on November 10th. It is a dreamy lullabye of a track with wavering flutes, tinkering chimes and almost whispery vocals.

Listen to clips from the album at Juno Records

Killer Funk Disco Allstars are a mystery to me. There are no bios, no discographies, no pictures of the band, no videos. All that’s here is this funky, rocking 12″ being released on November 16th with four tracks. “Going Back to My Boots [Because I Can’t Find My Shoes]” is a Diana Ross meets Kool and the Gang jam with ahh-ing background vocals. “Indecision [I Used To Be Decisive, But Now I’m Not So Sure]” sounds like an early Aretha Franklin groove. The other two tracks are equally as jamming. The collection is definitely worth checking out.

Buddy Miles was not only just a great drummer, he was Jimi Hendrix’s drummer – that makes him at least two times as awesome in my book.  He also played with other classic acts like the Delfonics, Wilson Pickett, Ruby & the Romantics and the Ink Spots. He released some of his own records starting with 1968’s Expressway to Your Skull, A Message to the People and All the Faces of Buddy Miles which is being re-released on November 10th by Wounded Bird Records. 

Also dropping on November 10th, 2009:

Wale, The Cribs, Mastedon, Echo & the Bunnymen and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

Myspace Mondays: Suzi Analogue.

I hear from a lot of different artists on Myspace. Sometimes [just sometimes] their music is great, but most of the time it’s quite terrible. I’ve been mulling it over in my head and I’ve decided that I’d like to spotlight some of the singers, songwriters, producers and musicians that I enjoy.

MYSPACE | DOPENESS GALORE

So, I’d like to introduce Suzi Analogue, my latest Myspace discovery. The self-proclaimed Brown Girl Wonder describes herself as a singer [she’s a soprano], songwriter and soul slanger.

Go listen to some of her tunes.

Friday Favorites!

Best tracks:

Karen O and The Kids

Capsize” [Imeem]

This track is from the “Where the Wild Things Are” soundtrack and is probably my favorite song on the album. I love how angular Karen O’s vocals sound over all the lush layers of fuzzy chimes, acoustic guitars, handclaps, tambourines and bass drums. Let it sink in.

The Cinematic Orchestra

 

Channel 1 Suite

Music for a stuttering dream sequence.

Nosaj Thing

Quest

A song for the other side of the mirror with some groove to it. A lullabye with snap that could’ve been on the Edward Scissorhands soundtrack if it had been produced by Flying Lotus. Much too short.

 

Better Than the Rest?

 I stumbled upon this group on accident and proceeded with caution. I love Afro-beat, Afro-rock, etc but I’ve mentioned before my feelings towards the minimal range and uniformity of sound in some of the compilations and newer albums I’ve heard. However, these three men have combined modern electronic sounds and some thumping beats to create a  fresh world music interpretation that even the most narrow listener can give a chance.

MYSPACE | GREEN OWL RECORDS

Julia – The Very Best

The Very Best is Malawi-born vocalist Esau Mwamwaya paired with the French and Swedish duo Radioclit. This is my favorite track from their album, The Warm Heart of Africa. Fairly minimal but still awesome, it opens with a sick synth loop that snakes it ways throughout the chorus, adds in a compressed snare and then layers in the vocals. It’s a great song to start with to ease yourself into the rest of the album.

Also, check out the Javelin Re-Do of “Julia” on the Etta Strange Imeem playlist.

Grizzly Bear vs. The Flaming Lips: The Conan Editon

The Flaming Lips performed “Watching the Planets” from their album Embryonic on the Conan O’Brien show last night.   I was playing a game of Uno when they came on and I kept playing, taking frequent glaces at the television. Super artsy, etc – but I didn’t think it sounded that great. My favorite part was the motion sensor gong.

“Watching the Planets” [live] – The Flaming Lips

 

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I must say that I preferred the performance from the night before. Grizzly Bear and Beach House’s Victoria Legrand sang a beautiful, melodic song from their album Veckatimest that got my full attention.

“Two Weeks” [live] – Grizzly Bear

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And also check out the bizarre video directed by Patrick Daughters:

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