Saturday, December 25, 2021

General Comments

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Saturday, April 04, 2015

Rediscoveries of Lost Gems- Larry Coryell

Larry Coryell- Coryell

When I was searching my brain for a record that deserved to be rediscovered, I came up with Larry Coryell's self-titled album from 1969 entitled simply Coryell. While Coryell's official recording debut was on Chico Hamilton's The Dealer, this is the record that would cement his reputation as one of the most sought after lead guitarists during the Jazz-fusion era in the 70's. 

From the beginning of the manic guitar solo on "Sex", you can tell that Coryell is not playing around, eventually filtering his guitar through a copious amount of wah-wah and phaser effects. "Beautiful Woman" starts out unassumingly enough, with a pleasing vocal and mellow tone, but the bottom drops out in the last minute with screaming vocals and an especially biting guitar solo. Then, the urgent rhythm of  "The Jam With Albert" comes rushing out the gates, and the rest of the band masterfully compliment Coryell's magnificent solos with an especially knotty back-beat. At over nine minutes long, this song is clearly the centerpiece of the album that places Coryell's talents on full display.  The title of the next track "Elementary Guitar Solo #5" couldn't be more ironic, as Coryell's guitar effortlessly climbs up and down the frets like a madman on a mission. At just under forty minutes, this record is long enough to engage your mind and soul, but still short enough to digest in one sitting.

I hope you enjoy listening to this record, and I would love to hear what you think of it!

Link is in comments.

Thursday, February 05, 2015

UMO: Unveil Multi-Love Operation

Today, while sifting through my Twitter feed, I noticed a Pitchfork news item that was retweeted by UMO.  I couldn't believe it when the headline of this article read something along the lines of New UMO album and tour dates

As I am not familiar enough with the lead single "Multi-Love" yet, I can only say that the sound of this track is light years away from their last two albums.  The production is practically sumptuous, with crisp drums and synthesizers replacing the requisite psychedelic guitars and reverb.  It's too early to say what my take is on their new direction, but the melodies of this song are already circling through my brain waves.

Have a listen for yourself on their soundcloud page.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hallelujah for Hail Mary

If you live in Portland OR, you have no excuse for missing the Hail Mary Mallon show tonight at the Hawthorne Theatre. Hail Mary Mallon is the culmination of two top-tier MC's from the Rhymesayers stable: Aesop Rock and Rob Sonic. The duo's latest long player was one of my most-played records from 2014, and continues to stay on repeat in 2015. Aesop Rock has been one of my favorite MC's ever since the lyrically and verbally dense Labor Days has graced my ears with its presence, and Rob has been Aesop's partner in crime ever since the glory days of the now defunct Definitive Jux label.

For my review of their latest record Bestiary, click here, and go to #11 on the list.

And for the uninitiated, check out the following YouTube video of their album complete with one of the best  Donkey Kong games ever played. You'll thank me later!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A Little Taste of Fuzz

A couple weeks ago I was talking to a friend while we waited for our pizza when a song from the short-lived 90's band Filter played on the restaurant's PA. This lead us into a discussion where I admitted to liking them at one point, but going on to say that I don't really listen to aggressive, angst-filled music at this point in my life. He asked me what kind of music I did listen to these days, and I literally drew a blank.This is probably due to the fact that I listen to so much music that eventually it all starts to run together in an endless stream of chords and notes. Such is the life of a music junkie.

I realized that it wasn't accurate to say that I didn't like angst-filled music anymore, just not the same type that fueled my teenage years. The answer that I was able to come up with is that I am currently digging music that has a funky groove or rhythm with unexpected drum breaks, and copious amounts of fuzz-guitar laced with wah-wah. Of course, he wanted to know some examples of music that fall under this umbrella, and the only thing that came to mind was afro-rock like Chrissy Zebby Tembo and Amanaz.

During one of my latest YouTube binges, I uncovered a treasure trove of songs and bands that mix a steady groove with loads of fuzz and wah-wah that don't fall under the afro-rock label.

I hope that you enjoy the links below, and I would love to hear about more bands that sound like this.