Sunday, February 17, 2013

I Hear a New World Vol.19

The latest edition of I Hear a New World is available to listen to here, and to listen\download at

On this edition of I Hear a New World, I have deviated from the usual Stacks of Wax format to make way for some of the newer records that I have been listening to lately. My girlfriend and I have been operating with a single income for a couple years now since she was diagnosed with a systemic digestive disorder that has rendered her unable to work at all.  Since times have been hard, I haven't been able to purchase enough new vinyl to keep the podcasts interesting. Until there is a shift in my financial situation, I will be doing podcasts from albums that I have on my hard drive.

For those of you who would like to help, please consider making a small donation to my Paypal page from  Every dollar earned from this will go straight into buying records that will be played on future podcasts, purchasing equipment that will make the shows sound better and ordering a Podomatic Pro package to ensure that I have enough storage space to keep the files up for a longer period of time. So far, there has been one generous person who has donated cash to my PayPal account four times in the past year, but it would be great if more people pitched in to the cause. If you like the podcasts and have the means to donate to my PayPal account, I would greatly appreciate anything that you can do.

Something else that is extremely helpful to me is receiving comments from the readers letting me know what they think of the posts, sharing their own stories about music and offering constructive feedback. This helps to motivate me by letting me know that I'm not just talking to the wall, and that what I am doing here makes a difference.

The following set of songs have a strong psychedelic funk vibe with some garage rock, experimental and jazz rounding out the proceedings.

I Hear a New World Vol.19

1) Los Destellos- Onsta La Yerbita- 6:19
2) Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba- Ne Me Fatigue Pas- 3:48
3) Beauregarde- I Got Something- 3:04
4) Darling Dears- I Don't Think I'll Ever Love Another- 3:53
5) Unknown Mortal Orchestra- One At a Time- 2:27
6) Useless Eaters- Black Night Ultraviolet- 3:32
7) Chad VanGaalen & Xiu Xiu- Your Own Minds End- 3:35
8) The Litter- Whatcha Gonna Do About It- 2:27
9) Idris Ackamoor and the Pyramids- Aomawa- 5:35
10) Meridian Brothers- Desesperanza- 5:29
11) My Bloody Valentine- If I Am- 3:54
12) Thee Oh Sees- Minotaur- 4:53

Please drop me a line, and let me know what you think of this edition of I Hear a New World.

Saturday, February 09, 2013

Choice Cuts Vol.5

It is once again time for me to reach back in the refrigerator for some "choice cuts". Each time, I will be featuring sizzling and succulent morsels that are grabbing my ear right now that range from funk to country, from afro-beat to garage rock, etc. Sometimes there will be a theme to these songs that ties them all together in a nice bow, but other times the songs featured will just be a musical hodgepodge of eclectic delights. Without further ado, lets see what "choice cuts" the vinyl butcher has prepared for us today.

Roy Porter Sound Machine- Funky Twitch
From: Jessica [1974, Chelan Records]

How could you take one look at the cover of this record, and at least not have your curiosity peaked? Clearly this is a private press record that never got its due back in the day, but thanks to technology, Ebay and the advent of music blogs it has experienced a resurgence in popularity 35 years after it's release date.  With copies of this turning up on Popsike for over $2000, suffice it to say that most of us will have to be content with listening to a digital copy of the record.

When I first came across this record on Orgy in Rhythm back in the beginning of 2011, my ears were blessed with one of the funkiest jazz albums since the heyday of Eddie Harris. The song I'm featuring today was featured on my Summer 2012 mix, but I figured that the song deserved to be featured on Choice Cuts. While this track would have been the obvious choice for opening the record, Porter opted to start it off with the more straight-ahead jazz track "Jessica".  From Porter's shuffling drum roll that introduces the track to the guitar and bass interplay that gets things heated up, it is clear from the beginning that your ears are in for an aural treat. Once the horns kick in at the twenty second mark, combining with the spiraling guitar, chunky bass and electric piano, you have to brace yourself for Leslie Hargrove's relentless, effects-heavy guitar solo that comes in at about the 2:20 mark. After Hargrove finishes his solo, the horn melody from the beginning of the track is reintroduced for a few bars before the track subtly fades to black.

Diverse: Certified
From: One A.M. [Chocolate Industries, 2003]

I am constantly being told by friends and family that hip-hop isn't real music, and that's when I think about playing them this stunning track from Diverse to once and for all put this myth to rest.  Diverse is an underground hip-hop artist from Chicago who released this one masterpiece, and then, aside from a few appearances on other records, mysteriously disappeared from the recording industry for almost a decade. I can't explain why someone with this much talent hit the proverbial wall, and has yet to produce a follow-up to their debut record., but I can say that One A.M. is worth picking up for "Certified" alone.

What "Certified" does is solidify hip-hop's place in the world to be one that doesn't revolve around killing people, bragging about how much money one has or mistreating women. To set the stage, "Certified" starts off with a spoken word sample taken from the Wattstax soundtrack (specifically from the beginning of the Bar Kays song "Son of Shaft/Feel It") proclaiming "I don't think you're ready for this. Are you ready for this"?  Undoubtedly, not all of you will be ready for the rapid-fire flow and verbal dexterity on this track, but adventurous listeners will find plenty of rhymes to examine and discuss further.

While the lines themselves aren't necessarily earth-shattering, the way that Diverse delivers the lines is nothing short of astounding. Take for example the following four lines from the second verse:

I verbalize surface ties and merchandise theory
Clearly open their threshold to expose my exposé
Obey your thirst, a simple page of verse, refreshingly dope
Indelibly soaked up on rush confusion
When these lines are read out loud, they might not seem that groundbreaking, but with Diverse's cadence and flow the words are transformed into pure magic.  Diverse is clearly someone who puts his heart and soul into creating thought-provoking rhymes, and we can only hope that a follow-up will surface in the near future. So the next time someone tells you that hip-hop is not "real" music, you can smile at them and politely say "You must have never heard the good stuff".

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Choice Cuts, and would love to hear what you guys think about these tracks.Please drop me a line in the comments, even if it's just to say that you appreciate the blog. I would love to hear what any of you have been listening to lately, so please let me know that as well.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

My Bloody Valentine New Album- The Wait is Over (Sorta)

I was a little late to the party, but apparently it was broadcast on the My Bloody Valentine Facebook and Twitter pages that they were releasing the new album on their website later on today.  Shortly after the announcement was posted that the album was now "live", the servers for the website were instantly overloaded to the point that virtually no one has been able to access the site to purchase the new record. Many have taken to the approach of repetitively pressing F5 to refresh the page to no avail. I do know that the vinyl is limited edition, and is likely already out-of-print. You have to be really quick these days to catch limited edition release before they are gone.

The information I was able to get about the record is included in the picture below with the tracklist of the record provided from a random person on Facebook.

This is information taken from the band's website before the server crashed, also taken from a random person from Facebook: 

The new album is available to buy now.

The album is available in three formats:
180 gram vinyl + CD + digital download of your choice
CD + digital download of your choice
digital download of your choice

The digital download will be available in the following file types:
16bit 44.1 K WAV file (cd quality)
320kbps MP3
24bit 96 K WAV file

The price of the digital download only is the same regardless of the file quality and size.

The vinyl has been recorded, mixed and mastered in analogue. It is manufactured on 180 gram vinyl and comes in a gatefold sleeve with the CD in a card wallet. The vinyl will be limited due to manufacturing restrictions.

The CD comes in a gatefold card sleeve.

The vinyl and CD artwork is currently being finished and each format will have slightly different but similar artwork to the download artwork that will be attached to your download (pictured in main pack-shot on right of screen).

1. she found now
2. only tomorrow
3. who sees you
4. is this and yes
5. if i am
6. new you
7. in another way
8. nothing is