Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Evolutionary Jass Band Re-up

I have been hibernating over the last four days, as the temperatures have been reaching the 100's in the Pacific Northwest. Since a recent visitor by the name of Capt Evil 1 has requested a re-up of the Evolutionary Jass Band, I figured that today was the perfect day for a quick re-up post.

I hope the rest of you are dealing well with the heat, and/or having a fantastic summer basking in the sun.

Here is a link to the original review I wrote about Evolutionary Jass Band's debut record Change of Scene.

Evolutionary Jass Band:
Change of Scene and Devotion
From: Change of Scene [Community Library, 2006]

I promise that I will be back soon to share some more gems, but for now I will be enduring the unbearable heat with fans and ice packs. See you soon!

Monday, July 20, 2009

July In July

July- S/T

Before I reveal the artist from last week's Plain Brown Wrappers, I would like to talk about today's psychedelic relic culled from the archives of Eclectic Grooves. July's contagious mix of catchy refrains, experimental sonic trickery and expansive dynamics first landed on Eclectic Grooves in October of 2007. Specific tracks have been popping up on my Zen Touch lately, so I was eager to repost this amazing record. I thought that I could find some basic information about this band (like record label and year of release) but to no avail. If any of you have any insight, please don't hesitate to give me a shout.

Here is a review of the record that I posted back in October of 2007.

Download here

Now on to the answer to last week's Plain Brown Wrappers. Drum roll please.....

Icastico hit the nail right on the head when he guessed that it was the fiery Brazilian singer Silvinha Araujo. You never would have guessed it from the lackluster cover, but this album contains some of the most intensely passionate vocals ever pressed on vinyl. The only thing that I was able to find out about this self-titled record is that it was released in 1971. Anyway, I'm glad you guys enjoyed this one, and thanks for putting in your two cents.

I'll be back soon with more grooves that make you move and sounds to make you get down.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Plain Brown Wrappers #4

I hope you guys enjoyed the latest I Hear a New World podcast that I posted last week. I would love to hear more of your thoughts about the music played throughout the show, as well as what you think of the format of the show.

Today's episode of Plain Brown Wrappers features the primal screams of a sexy siren who has the funkiest backing band since the Jb's. I came across this album when my Zen Touch was on shuffle the other day, and I immediately checked to see who the artist was. Since you don't have the luxury of immediate gratification with these posts, you will have to trust my judgement.

This is the sound of pop music if one of your ears was clogged, and the other one wasn't able to discern between melody and dissonance. It is chock-full of groovy basslines, stinging fuzz guitars and soulful vocals that recall the divas from the heyday of Motown soul. Just when you think that one of these songs is intent on sticking to a formulaic sound , it switches gears quickly and pummels you with blistering vocals and guitars that buzz fervently in your ear.

This is perfect music for cranking up in the middle of your next summer barbecue. Trust me... your friends will be impressed that you have music like this in your collection. I will warn you that the utter intensity of the vocals on this record could quite possibly burn your nose hairs if you're not careful.

I would love it if you ventured a guess as to who the artist is from today's Plain Brown Wrappers.

I will reveal the artist and album exactly one week from today.

Plain Brown Wrappers #4

Monday, July 06, 2009

I Hear a New World- Podcast #12- Stacks O'Wax

For those of you have been eagerly anticipating the answer to last week's Plain Brown Wrappers, I have to say that you guys should really give yourself a pat on the back fro figuring this one out. Nathan Nothin from the blog Nothin' Sez Somethin' was the first one to guess, and he tried to keep it on the down low, but FroggyDew and No-Head weren't too far behind with the correct answer. The name of the band was Moving Gelatine Plates and the title of the record was The World of Genius Hans. It was released in 1972 on the Musea label, and is yet to receive a reissue as far as I know.

Even though the Plain Brown Wrappers series has gotten fewer comments each time, I'm going to keep crankin' em out because I am enjoying myself. Stay tuned for the next one as it drops within the next week or so.

The twelfth episode of I Hear a New World is available to be downloaded at:


This is the second all-vinyl episode of I Hear a New World where I have taped the show in my living room with a digital recorder. This was a spontaneous show, much like the very first epsiode of I Hear a New World recorded in September of 2008. I was listening to a stack of records in my living room, when suddenly the urge to record a new podcast hit me. While I don't have the widest range of records, I felt that the songs I played this night were an accurate representation of my eclectic taste in music. The artists in this episode include Art Ensemble of Chicago, Gong, Yo La Tengo, David Bowie and Matmos I hope you enjoy this episode, and I would love to hear what you think of it. For those of you who would like a copy of the tracklist for this show, please drop me a line.