Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oz Noy - Whole Tone Blues

Today's post was brought on by a recommendation. "He plays a mean guitar" they said. "He's original, you'll like him" they said. And while they were right, I think that maybe Oz Noy fell a bit under my expectations.

Now don't get me wrong, I do like the guy. He's got some great technical ability, and you can really tell that he's been working on his style since he was very young. I just think the music plays out a bit too commercial to be a Jazz I really enjoy.

Enjoy yourself a Rock-Blues-Jazz hybrid.


The above video is live, and for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it sounds better. The quality may not be the greatest, but this is definitely music that sounds better live as opposed to studio based.

But more importantly, there wasn't a studio version on Youtube or just about any other site aside from Myspace. Hence the Myspace link will take you to the studio version if you feel so inclined to give it a try.

Now here's the big difference I feel when it comes to live versus studio, it's that when you hear the studio version you hear how much the entire piece relies on his guitar. This isn't so bad, it's his album after all, but I don't think he focuses enough on the development of the other instruments.

Buy: CD | mp3

Twisted Blues Volume 1 has the same issue that all his prior releases have (to different extents) and that's that he decided to produce it all himself.

He's great at what he does, him and his guitar have a strong bond and you can hear that when you press play, but even when the other musicians are given a light to shine it's just not enough to make up for the generic feel the background music is gonna have.

All this being said, he does switch up his act a bit. Compare today's track with a smoother one, Light Blue. While you're at it, notice how great it all sounds when he shares his pieces with greats. I mean come on, Allen Toussaint. That's just delicious, I wish the album had that collaboration.

I wouldn't recommend the album to just anyone, but if you have a thing for guitar it'll definitely be worth a listen.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chico Hamilton - Larry of Arabia

Today I'm feeling for some more Jazz. Something soothing with a nice unpredictable bass line and good drumming. So, Chico Hamilton it is. A great Jazz drummer and band leader.

Even though he's still alive and kicking it, I went for something from '66. If oldies scare you, don't worry. He was way ahead of his time.

Give it a listen.


Now listen to that entrance. That slick guitar up against the dwindling bass and the smooth drums. Don't be impressed if you want, I won't mind. I still think it's expertly played off.

Funnily enough, this is the one of the only songs on the album that isn't even co-written by Chico. This one was nicely crafted together by the guitarist (no one saw this coming, right? Right?!) Larry Coryell. Despite being much more guitar based, it actually slides in nicely with the whole album. It's barely noticeable.

Now, the album does range from the gentler tracks like today to some more hyper ones. If you liked the talent put into today's song, I'd recommend giving The Dealer a look.

Buy: CD | mp3

Just give the title track a listen and you'll see. It's a far from boring Jazz album that often dips and dabbles on the Blues. We have Larry to thank for most of that.

If you haven't had enough, or just need an excuse to listen to more, give the 9 and a half minute track Thoughts a listen. You won't regret that sweet sound because you already have an idea of what you're getting into. That track will just have an abundance in delicious alto-sax.

I can see some people, maybe, not being too fond of how quickly it progresses in style. Though generally, if you enjoyed Thoughts I'm pretty sure the rest of the album will be to your liking.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Officium Triste - In Pouring Rain

Today's Doom Metal is thanks to fellow blogger and follower My 2 Pesos, who at one point figured I'd like this particular band. And I do.

If  you've somehow never heard of Doom Metal, expect deep growls, heavy riffs, and generally slow music. No, it's not for everyone, but it suits that mood where you feel like the son of Satan. Not that I'd know what that feels like or anything.

Give it a listen.


If you're a Doom regular, don't be turned off. This is just the opening song. It's their shortest, and it's a very quick display of what's in store for the album.

The song switches up pretty drastically at several points, it might not be to the average liking, but I find it intriguing. My favorite switch up comes just after the 4 minute mark. Very deep, nice little transition.

I probably chose the wrong album to start with. I got the feeling that even though I was a bit impressed, some other material might showcase their talents a little better. All the same, Reason isn't a bad listen.

Buy: CD | mp3

There's talented musicianship in this album, I'll give it that. I actually dig it, it sounds nice. The guitarist especially has my full respect, and anyone who gives the album a listen will understand why. My one tiny issue is how laughable the lyrics can be sometimes.

Just give it a listen, it has such a depressed school girl vibe to it that I found it pretty hard not to smirk. Maybe I'm just twisted, but hearing this dark demon-growl say things that should only be preceded by 'Dear Diary,' seems like an unusual thought.

This isn't that frequent, so when he's not reciting his diary, all there is is badass sounds. An occasional baby stomping sounding song, but I assure you the lyrics are kindhearted. Messed up as that is.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Booker T. and the M.G.'s - Behave Yourself

I've got a long weekend ahead of me, and it started 4 hours ago. I'm cool right now, but I wanna keep that cool until Monday comes along. A good way to keep everything leveled is with some good old Electric Blues.

Booker T. and the M.G.'s make a lot of covers, especially on today's album, but I made sure to pick an original. It's slow, relaxing, and just Bluesy enough for me.

Give it a listen.


Simple song. Steady bass line, some nice organs, drums and guitars filling in the details that are necessary for the song to work, it's beautiful. It's chill.

Maybe a little too simple for some. I can understand it if you need a little more diversity on the notes, that's fine. Just don't completely rule these guys out if you haven't heard them before.

Of course, a lot of you have. They're classics. Especially classic is today's album, Green Onions, which is a highly influential album that's inspired many artists through the decades.

Buy: CD | mp3 | Vinyl

Some of you might realize/notice that this is the album where the classic Green Onions comes from. Others might not know the song by name, and some more might not know the song at all. Click the link, kids.

The album as a whole isn't for me, though. The more Blues based tracks are awesome, but the truth to these guys is they're not a Blues group, they're an R&B group. And not the modern day R&B you're hearing on BET, I mean the real stuff.

Quite a few covers on quite a few classics, and too many 'happy' songs for my liking (think Twist and Shout). But for songs like today's or the slightly more elaborate tracks like A Woman, A Lover, A Friend, it's all worth it.

Check it out if anything perked your ears.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A. - Master Maqui

It hasn't been too long since I wrote about these guys, but they recently came out with something very fresh and so Rodrigo y Gabriela make it back on here with a slight switch of genre.

And by that I mean that they went from acoustic duo with amazing influences and original technique, to adding C.U.B.A., a thirteen piece Cuban orchestra. The sound is pretty different, but it's still theirs.

Give it a listen.

Master Maqui by Rodrigo y Gabriela and C.U.B.A. on Grooveshark

Any fans of theirs will instantly notice a switch. I'm talking 2 seconds of music and you know something's up. I would  know; it happened to me.

And if you like the drum-work as much as I do, wait it out until at least 3:14 when you hear Gabriela duel/jam with C.U.B.A.'s percussion.

Now you've got to give it to C.U.B.A., they really did wonders here. They worked with and around the original duo, as this was an original song long before this version came into existence. You can find the original on 11:11.

But if you're digging the Latin rhythms a bit more, you can find some amazing Salsa (and other Cuban genre cousins) on Area 52.

Buy: CD/DVD | mp3 | Vinyl

I can find only one con to this album. The only shred of bad news is that Gabriela's usual percussive energy goes a bit unnoticed, when given to the ears. There's still songs in there like today's that make sure she holds her ground with C.U.B.A., but for the most part her sound goes lost and it's a little sad if you're a big fan of the other albums. I'm sure the DVD will be worth the watch, though.

All 9 tracks on the album are re-makes or borderline covers of older songs of theirs. Some people might not like it, but I feel they're completely different. The elements switch up, the layout no longer the same in any of the tracks. The only way you could honestly be disappointed in this is if you don't know what you're getting yourself into, or if you just don't like the Latin-ness.

There's already an official video for the new version of 11:11. If you've liked today's music or have any interest in art, I'd give it a watch.

And if you need some winning over, a few other notable tracks are Hanuman for showcasing a perfect blend which I'm gonna go ahead and call Salsa-Rock. There's also Logos, which features an excellent  piano all throughout, and is a much softer song.

A few fans might notice that these are all songs from 11:11, but there's other albums into this too. Give it a look for yourself, or maybe a listen. Enjoy.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

GZA and U-God - The Wind Cries Mary

A few of you might remember Tom Caruana from a Klondike Kids post a few months back. Those of you who don't remember might want to take a peek at that post real quick so you can see how versatile this guy is.

What we're looking at today is a mash-up. He went ahead and mixed together two members of the Wu-Tang Clan with a Jimi Hendrix classic.. and somehow  made it work.

Now if you're a big Jimi fan, it's possible this is going to sound like nothing but blasphemy to you. I get it, I do. But if you like Hendrix and you can enjoy some grade-A Hip-Hop, I wouldn't turn it down quite yet.

Give it a listen.

The Wind Cries Mary by Wu-Tang & Jimi Hendrix on Grooveshark

He went ahead and mashed together GZA's first verse from Third World with U-God's first verse from Bizarre, and mushed it together with a slightly sped up version of The Wind Cries Mary.

When people change iconic songs, the general response tends to be negative. In this case, even though some oppose what Tom is doing, there are also many who are very happy with the results. Myself included.

Sadly, not everyone can listen to the above shown song. What was once all over youtube and the internet is now illegal and taken down due to copyright infringement or something silly like that. But before greedy labels got hold of it, it was free (legally) to the world as Tom Caruana's Black Gold.


And it's a pity too. You can still find it some places online, but I wouldn't count on them being there for long. How dare people appreciate the genuine talents of a fine craftsman for free? No, we must pay the people who own the songs of other dead people.

I shan't mention names.

If today's track sounded decent at all to you, you might wanna find the album. I provided two currently-listenable links above and I hope that those interested will be able to use them.

All the tracks are Wu-Tang based, but there's a few odd ones out, like Young Dirty Bastard's Burning the Midnight Lamp, or Gab Gotcha's modernized Hey Joe.

Click, enlarge, enjoy

About 90% of the tracks sound fresh. Tom doesn't let things get stale. He won't just put one song over the other, he edits and makes things work. If it's a song like today's, he'll use more than one track to get the job done. A fine example of this is on The Switch Up. Give that a listen.

But another reason to give this one a listen, for the Jimi fans at least (and who isn't?), is because of all the rare audio that Caruana got his hands on. Collector's Material gives a decent idea of recordings to expect, but they're all over the album. They're the details that tie it all together.

Hopefully in the future the labels involved will work things out and leave this to legal light. It deserves more attention.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Los Fabulosos Cadillacs - El Genio del Dub

It's not every day a band remakes their own song. Covers are popular and great ways to either get exposure or expose music they might love. When it comes to re-doing your own music though, you just really hope it works. If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Today's Spanish Ska band take a song that wasn't broken and fixed it. A risky move, but in the end it played well in their favor.

Give it a listen.


There's just something about that funkified bass line that I can't stay away from. The bass should be special though, the song is called The Dub's Genius, after all.

And then again, the original still had its special elements. That version is a bit more natural to Ska and can be found on Yo Te Avisé!

However, if you liked the better developed instrumentation and the funk filled bass, you might wanna take a look at this later album, La Luz Del Ritmo (The Light of Rhythm or The Rhythm's Light).

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The album has 6 re-made songs, 5 originals and 2 covers, making it a decent listen for the new-comer. For old fans though, it might be a slight disappointment. I mean you're taking old songs and covers and re-doing them, what hardcore fan would approve?

The covers are pretty interesting though, there's Should I Stay or Should I Go (The Clash) and Wake Up and Make Love With Me (Ian Dury), both of which are pretty cool given the language switch. Worth a listen.

It's not all funk bass and up beat fun rhymes, but that's the main air of the album. Worth checking out if they're new to you, but otherwise you should know about this album already.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tanghetto - La Deuda Interna

If you're feeling for some Electronically enhanced Tango, today's post is for you.

Granted, Tanghetto do mess with the original structure of Tango as they pioneer through their youth-driven Neo-Tango, and that means that some will find them a bit dull or insulting. But when you get down to it, they're just adding some spice.

Give it a listen.


This is a song with substance. Not something I often hear with this band. The track has a bit of everything, the Tango side, the Electronic feel, the Jazz influences, all of it perfectly mashed together and watered down so that you have a complete but far from over-the-top sound.

And with a title like that (The Internal Debt), well, it's appreciated, guys.

The rest of the album has more of a spread substance. This track alone is great, but the rest of the album kinda needs to be together to get the appreciation it deserves.

Buy: CD | mp3

El miedo a la Libertad (The Fear of Freedom after the book) is full of Jazz-Fusion and Electronic elements, but it's all Tango based and a lot of you will appreciate how obvious they keep it.

I got to give it to Sweet Dreams (their cover of the Eurythmics classic) for reminding me of this album again. It had been a while and it takes something different like that to catch my attention. Of course there's a few other covers worth listening to like of Sting's classic Englishman in New York or Herbie Hancock's Jazz standard Cantaloupe Island.

If between the covers and today's song the sound is too much, you might want to give the Bajofondo a chance. They're a lighter Electrotango and are probably easier to relax with.

Tanghetto can still have their relax moments (El Arte de Amar) but on this album at least, it sounds more like they're trying to delve into the future like in El Testigo. No feeling is ever fixed, if you liked any of what I've said the album is worth checking out. It's very well rounded and it works best together.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Watsky & Mody with Mieka Pauley - Ghost Party (free)

It's been a while since I checked up on Watsky's rhyming talents. Somehow, even when I have time dedicated to listen and write about music, I didn't have time to check it out. This ended up being a good thing, as instead of one gem I found another.

George Watsky recently teamed up with Kush Mody to make sweet southern soaked music. I'm not normally one to to leap at the sounds of the Southern U.S., but Watsky and Mody got something unique through this.

Give it a listen.

Listen/Download at Bandcamp

This collaboration in its entirety is beautiful. First let's give Mary Doodles some more recognition! Her talents made for a video that perfectly blends with the lyric without getting too serious.

Next up we've got to say wonderful things about Mieka Pauley's beautiful voice and talents. The chorus in this song is all thanks to an earlier song of hers called We're All Gonna Die, and if you liked that you should give her a listen before I write about her.

But of course tying it all together is Mody with his great musical direction (when you read this, Kush, know that I like you) and to Watsky for better lyrics than I would've expected from him. That says a lot considering he's one of my current rhyming favorites, if not the favorite.

Free Download/Listen on Bandcamp

Even the album cover is a piece of art. No, seriously. Click it, enlarge, and appreciate how perfect those strokes are.

The EP has a series of youtube videos to go along with the release. The first is pretty much a full display of talent. The guitar, banjo and Watsky's voice all at their peek. Subtitles included. The song is called Mody on the Turnpike, and by the end of it you'll hear Kush himself explain that it's a 6 track Blue Grass, Folk Rock, Hip-Hop EP. Yeah.

The next three seem a bit more pro. We've got today's, a great piece with a take on death that's not cliche'd out of itself. We've got Man of Constant Sorrow, a totally revamped version of the classic American Folk song. And Mrs. Robinson, a song about liking older women. The best part is how well they pull it off.

There might be more in the future, follow Watsky's Youtube Channel to make sure.

All these tracks and a couple more are available for free download at the Bandcamp page. It was made for the fun of collaborating together and with other talented artists. Take advantage of it.

If, however, you want to show some support, the same page that gives you the free download will offer the opportunity to pay a reasonable amount for a bundle that includes the physical release of the CD, a T-shirt, a signed poster-- oh just check it out yourself. It might be worth it to you.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wendy Ho with Galactic Groove - Yes I'm a Ho (Free Funk Me Remix)

We're looking at something a little funky today. You could say it'd make a good pimp-tastic theme song, if need be, and coming from Wendy Ho that'd make it very appropriate.

Today's song may be a remix, but it keeps the Galactic Groove feel, which is gonna sound exactly what you should expect from it.

Give it a listen.


It might get a little repetitive for some, and it might sound a bit exploitative for some others, but this is a comic genre mixed in with a sizable talent. Cough.

If you'd like a less pimpin' (and less free) version of the song, you should really check out the original. You can find that on the album of the same name.

Buy/Listen on Bandcamp

Although her talents might be better appreciated live, not everyone will be as willing to sit and hope that she stops by your local gay bar. It's because of this that the album can be "good enough for me" as it displays the range on both her voice and comedic talents.

She's gross, she's shocking, she's amazing. Songs like Gurl, Putcho Tampon In will show just how far she's willing to go right on the track name. I mean, blood is running down your shin. Wow.

Obviously  not for everyone. She does have a great voice, and she sets herself apart by exploiting her insane and slightly obnoxious feminine side. Check her out, she might be for you. I wouldn't be surprised if she definitely wasn't, though.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Samhain - Birthright

If you're in the mood for something dark and slightly creepy, today's post might make you happy.

Today we're taking a peak at Samhain, the lesser known Siamese twin of Danzig (the band). If this is all new to you, you should expect a creepy opening that'll grow easier to listen to with time. It's like you're presented with something that's not supposed to be, and get used to it.

It can be a nice sensation, give it a try.


I mean it's a short song, it's not like it's gonna give you nightmares tonight. I hope otherwise though, that'd make it a good song.

Today's track is brought to you in part by Banacek. Even though his suggestion was a bit scarier than today's, had it not been for Human Pony Girl I wouldn't have listened to this album.

Oh and I'm pretty pleased with the album too. Listened to it over and over for hours while I completed something. Totally put me in a weird state of focus. I wanted to slaughter a bat.

Buy: CD

Aside from wanting to perform senseless rituals, Samhain III: November-Coming-Fire is an excellent October album. Seriously, put this up for Halloween and you'll realize what a perfect listen it is. Danzig should be proud, since that's what the whole Samhain thing is about.

It's a short listen, just under half an hour, and it's considered by fans to be the best album under the Samhain name. It was where they were turning into something else, something more Danzig-y, and so the album holds a nice sentimental spot with the fans.

But then, some of you already know this, don't you?

If you haven't listened to it and you enjoy yourself music that can be semi-creepy without needing to growl, I would seriously consider giving this a listen.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Whitney Houston - You Give Good Love

I'm getting tired of R.I.P. posts. Death is normal, it's a healthy passing of energy, but it's never nice to see anyone influential to your life just stop being.

For those of you who may not know, Whitney passed of currently unknown reasons yesterday, February 11th of 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


You Give Good Love was her very first single, the first major step into the direction of fame she ultimately achieved. The song isn't a key classic, but it holds its place.

It's because of this successful initial song that she kept climbing. During my youth, her name was not some joke in the music industry, it was a giant name and I'll never forget that. Without having any legitimate information or knowledge on music, I knew that there were a few big names I had to know about.

Her name would make it right after Michael Jackson.

Buy: CD/DVD

I have no doubt that the music industry is going to attempt at making profit out of her death by releasing either a "brand new" best of compilation album, or just something along the line of Whitney Essentials. It's these unnecessary must haves that water down an artists true talent.

The album in its entirety is just a little too 80's for me, but it has its moments of undeniable early talent and greatness.And while it may not have a lot of songs she's truly known for, it still contains a lot of classics.

It's worth a listen if you haven't given it one already.

R.I.P.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Dizzee Rascal and Scufizzer - Guts N' Glory (Free)

I was just watching GGN News a couple of days ago, anchored by Snoop Dogg himself, and held up by some amazing weather experts. The show caught my attention, but what kept me there was an interview with Dizzee Rascal.

Now I remember Dizzee. I remember hearing Jus' A Rascal for the first time and realizing that as far as Rap's involved, an English accent sounds much more street than an American one.

Well at the end of the show we got to see some of his latest work, he's been mixing himself up with Grime. While I tend to prefer to genre untainted by Rap, you gotta give it to the guy for coming at you with a track that sounds like the bad guy in the movie is gonna hurt someone and you're gonna enjoy watching it.


Now a lot of people got confused and started calling this Dubstep. I'll owe this to Snoop Dogg dedicating an episode to a set of genres he knows nothing about, and to Dizzy for not having it in him to correct his idol. Come on, man.

Something a few of you brave ones might notice is the talking that happens over the end of the track. It's not a radio host or anything, it was actually put over the track on purpose to promote the first DirteeTV mixtape. Personally find it a little silly and annoying, but whatever works, right?


I'm not sure how long the download will be so obviously free, but all you gotta do is sign up with Dirtee TV and you get the whole mixtape. Not that it's anything to brag about, but it's free.

It's mainly built up with the talents of Dizzy Rascal, Scrufizzer, D Double E, and Footsie. There's a handful of others in there as well. There's actual talent going on, but they're not saying much. The occasional witty line will come accompanied by having someone let you know that you're listening to a mixtape, that it's free, and that it's just for fun. Great.

It's not very well pieced together either. The files are a mess with just about no info put into them correctly. It's horrendous to anyone who likes to keep their library organized. Like me.

Just the same it's a great source for songs to either beat people up with, or look mean in a car with. I recommend Hollywood give it a listen and pay these guys copious amounts of money, because 90% of the tracks on that thing could turn a good violence scene into a classic.

A few bucks my way for the recommendation won't hurt either, Hollywood.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Big Sir - The Kindest Hour

Just yesterday Big Sir released their third album, and after giving it a listen I'd say they're heading in a different direction. Whether this is good or bad is up to the listener.

My favorite track on the album is very relaxing. It sounds simple, but it's the little details that make it work. A well placed violin, the perfect addition of male vocals over female when necessary, even a break down.

Give it a listen.


It helped that I didn't hear the  song straight on. I was carried to it by the previous tracks which were all laid down in such a way that when this one came on, it sent a chill through the back of my neck.

The song probably suits some moments better than others, but because of that switch at 2:39 I'd consider it well rounded enough to suit a broad range of moods and emotions.

The rest of the album might not be as relaxing as today's track, but it'll feel very natural.


Before Gardens After Gardens is a very fitting name for this album. There's a variety of refreshing sounds from beginning to end. It's hard to get tired of it.

There's awkward ElectrIndie sounds in it like on Ready On The Line, which fit in just as naturally as the simpler songs like today's, and they'll even delve into a more melancholic feel like on Born With A Tear.

There's a whole mess of talent going into this too. We've got the initial duo themselves, bassist Juan Alderete and singer-songwriter Lisa Papineau who are solely responsible for the beautiful music heard, but  backing them up are some big names that have been featured on this very blog. Teri Gender Bender, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, and Deantoni Parks just to name a few.

The only negative shadow I can really find with this release is that nothing is really sticky. I heard the album a few times, and after a minute of silence no song came back to me, nothing yearned to be played again. This also has an upside, and it's that every time I gave it a listen it sounded just as fresh and natural as the first listen.

Maybe it's for you, maybe it isn't, I recommend giving it a listen before the purchase.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Hound Dog Taylor - Sitting Here Alone

Oh the memories this one brings. I remember it clearly, the flickering sign of the Red River Bar, that amazing guitar entrance, the tubby guy, Pink Lenny, trying to act all cool. Gunfire, an escape suitable only to Hollywood, and the game commences. If that rings a bell, you might wanna check this video out.

Nostalgia is beautiful.

Years later, listening to that intro play again as memories shower over me, I also realize that this song is amazing as a whole. This guy shows his emotion so well right through each pluck of his guitar string.

Maybe I'm biased. Give it a listen, find out.


There's a bit of confusion with this song. The date of release, the version released, what album it appears on, even its name. I've decided to clear some things up.

The "original" track is called Sitting at Home Alone, that version can be found on Driver San Francisco, and is found on his debut album Natural Boogie. It's a sweet track, but I prefer how today's opens.

After his death, a live version of the track was released, also as Sitting at Home Alone, for a live compilation album called Release the Hound. Again, decent set of tracks, but this time it's all live. It doesn't matter how well you can digitally enhance it, it's gonna sound a little grainy.

Today's version, the version from Driver 2, was released in 1993 as Sitting Here Alone. It can be found near the end of the fourth disc of the four disc box set Chess Blues.

Buy: CD | mp3

As in Chess Records. If that doesn't ring a bell it's fine, it's not like they've been doing anything recently, but the names you'll find on this set are impressive.

I mean, Hound Dog Taylor for one, an exclusive track right there which is just amazing. But we're talking Sunny Boy Williamson, Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, even Etta James.

The list can go on and on (read it!), there's only 101 tracks on this set, 4 delicious CD's and a vintage sound native to the 60's that just screams emotion. There's some classic songs in there, a dedicated Blues fan should find quite a few of these tracks in their music library, but it's the borderline exclusive tracks like today's that make this set a gem.

Maybe not essential for everybody, maybe not everyone can take so many hours of this ear candy straight. But the quality is top notch and if you're looking to start building on the Blues in your library, or if you like the rarer sounds of the genre, it's worth checking out.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Ana Tijoux with Monica Blaire - Quizás

Some of you may know of today's Spanish Rap artist already, she got a shot of English fame when her music was featured in the latest season of Breaking Bad.

Despite the language barrier, she was a success. I'd owe this to her complete dominance of the Spanish language. Her flow is slick, the music she uses to back her rhymes is far from mediocre, and it all amounts to such a smooth delivery that it doesn't matter what she's saying because she still sounds amazing.

Today's track follows through with her charismatic style. It'll also feature a very nice modernized bass line and the soulful voice of Monica Blaire.

Give it a listen.


Quizás, literally translated to Maybe, is the only track on the album with English lyrics thanks to the lovely Monica Blaire, and I think that may be the song's only downfall. I like Monica, I think she has a great voice, but I also think she outdoes it a little bit on this track. Aside from that tiny moment, her performance suits the song pretty well.

Then we've got the skill. Tijoux is one of the few rappers out there I've heard who have that classy poetry sound to them. She turns her spoken word into an instrument, a difficult task that does nothing but prove her talent.

Her latest album, La Bala, will show her talents beautifully. If you can understand yourself some Spanish, it's definitely worth a listen.

Buy: CD | mp3

Of course, for the English speaking population it could also be a decent listen. Though there are songs here and there that would sound a lot better if you could understand the message, there are also tracks with great musical background.

A good example of a message-over-music is Shock. The video is worth checking out. It's well directed, edited and performed, and is about the recent governmental switch in the public university system in Chile. There'll be subtitles to inform a bit on the situation, and some might notice the music will fit well with the message of disapproval.

But for an English speaking audience, I'd say the album is best left to some other tracks. The two above are great lyric wise, something to be expected of Tijoux, but the musical background she uses on some tracks is just stunning.

We owe this mainly to Andrés Celis who produced most of the album's tracks. He's also the keyboardist and Ana's childhood friend.

Some great musical tracks include Sacar La Voz, which features Jorge Drexler (I should probably write about him in the future) and makes for a beautiful track. Another favorite is Desclasificado, a darker sounding track which is ridiculously well put together.

And I have to mention Volver, which even as a final track is far from what would be expected from a Spanish Rap album. It's easy to listen to, and if no other track did it for you today I'd give it a listen. It's an interesting song to chill with. Violins, bass, drums, and Tijoux's beautiful voice among other talents. It's a great way to end a top notch album.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Deathmole - Ramona

Any other Questionable Content regular should be aware of the new Deathmole album. And of course, if you're not a QC regular, you should be. You're missing out.

For those who don't know, Deathmole (or Deathmøle) are a three piece Post Metal band composed of Marten Reed on the Guitar, Hannelore Ellicott-Chatham on the drums, and Amir Afridi on the bass guitar. It's also a fictional 3 piece band and it's played entirely by the mind behind QC, Jeph Jacques.

Today's track shows some genre bending. There's some excellent guitar work that's a bit more detailed than on your average Post Metal song. Sound layering and overall talent pull it through.

Give it a listen.


I hear this song and I remember the first time I heard a Deathmole track a few years ago. I remember downloading the free legal torrent directly from Jeph himself and pressing play for the first time. I wasn't really impressed, but it was decent music.

Now, years later I hear this. I feel bad for having neglected that Bandcamp page and am realizing that all those past faults have been smoothed away.

The album, much like today's song, will not feature an excess in monotony. It will feature a lot of talent, and unlike past recordings the volume won't fluctuate. It's a pretty good listen, actually.

Buy or Listen on Bandcamp

Named Meade's Army after what 'logically' must be General George Gordon Meade, you'll definitely see some civil war tendencies n the album. Songs like Volley Fire come to mind.

My favorite track is the last one, Sunrise July 3. In my opinion it's the most talented piece, but it's also the best song to finish the album off. If you're interested in this album at all, I'd give it a listen first and wait to get to the Sunrise. It'll be worth it.

The album is also more than fairly priced at just $5, but give the rest of the available albums a listen while you're there. There's 3 more currently, another for $5 and the other two for $1. It's all decent material too, check it out.

Thanks, guys

I'm pretty happy right now. When I set a goal, I tend to tackle it head on. Sure, I've been meaning to do some things here and there, but when I make something a goal it gets taken pretty seriously.

So, about 10 months ago I made it a goal to continue posting music/music related posts on this blog every day for the rest of the year. I was already on the right track, so technically I started before setting the goal.

Well, day number 365 is today and I managed to have one music related post for every day these past 365 days. There was a tiny blogger glitch back in May that almost stood between me and my goal, but I had done a double post on my first month so all was well. I'll spare blogger's life when I'm ruler of the world.


The first few months were hard to maintain, it was thanks to family and friends, and even their friends that I managed to keep going. Of course, this is without anyone ever realizing that I was doing this at all. Since I probably linked this through social mediums, you guys now know what I've been up to. Cool, right?

So thank you, as in whoever is reading, all my followers, past, present, and future, and especially all the Googlers. If I could give my Googlers a handshake each, I would.

And now the big one. I will not be posting daily anymore. I can't do it for several reasons. One being the weekends are terrible days to post. I'd also like the freedom of being able to go away for a weekend or attend a party/event without having to plan several posts in advance.

Posting daily has helped a lot in the development of my posts, I went from this to what I am today. I'd love to keep posting daily and continue to drastically better how I write, but it's just way too uncomfortable.

Also, do any of you know how hard it is to maintain a music blog every day? I've had to avoid listening to music I've already posted about or that is just too popular, and have been scared out of my pants every time that Sub-Radar-Mike or Electric Addict post something on their blogs because it's possible it'll be catchy and will make it that much harder for me to write. It's happened before. It sucks.

I'll use the spare time to better my posts, the blog, and to push forward other projects, ideas, and new goals. I'm feeling confident; I'm feeling happy!

Then, I've been sacrificing a bit post quality in order to post daily. No more. The better the post, the better it will be for me in the long run. If making a decent (or more decent) post means writing it out slowly for two days, I will take those two days to write it.

And lastly, for those of you reading who I follow, I won't be around any less often. I'll post less, but I'll still be there to give an opinion when I have one.

Thanks, guys!

OH ALSO, this was originally gonna be this big awesome celebration where I call out on some of the most ridiculous comments I've gotten over the past year. Since that'd be a bit inappropriate, I've decided to make another blog just for all the inappropriate stuff.  If you're interested, you can find it here.


This post is much longer than I wanted it to be.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Fidel Nadal - Ya No Se Que Mas (+ Free Download)

Got an interesting track for you guys today. It's electronically modified Latin Reggae. Not Dancehall, just modified Reggae. It's different, it can be catchy, it's just interesting.

It's by Fidel Nadal, who was a founding member of the Argentine Rasta-Punk band Todos Tus Muertos (All your Dead). He later joined Manu Chao and his band Mano Negra to record Casa Babylon. All this making for an excellent background.

Today's track is gonna feature an interesting sounding classical guitar riff, an Electronic and fairly heavy bass line, and an auto-tuned voice.

I know, I know, just give it a listen.


If not understanding the lyrics is an issue here, please. Most of you don't understand the lyrics to your average Reggae song anyway. Liars.

But in all honesty, as far as the lyrics go you're not missing anything. He basically says he doesn't know what else to say to get this chick by his side. Simple enough.

As for the song itself, well its alright. I probably would've preferred some more realistic bass. It would've aced the song if the acoustic guitar went off into a solo at some point, too.

It's a decent and catchy song, not really hard to listen to at all, much like the rest of the album. The only problem for me was I expected more. I'm spoiled.

Buy: CD

Forever Together is his 2010 release and is now being re-released in the US. A smart move for some catchy music.

The album in its entirety isn't something I'd go crazy for, but it has its moments. Its hit single Te Robaste Mi Corazón (You Stole My Heart) was nominated for a Latin Grammy. It's not my favorite track, but it's catchy. That one's also free for download, you might wanna check it out below.



There's a few other cool tracks like Llegando al Bar (Arriving at the Bar) or Yuh Don't Know, which have a general chill vibe to them. Makes for a decent  listen.

The album is probably best left to people who can sing along, as it's part of the appeal. I can see a lot of people not really digging it, but I can also see a lot of people having one of the catchy and happy songs on their minds for a while.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Haggard - Origin Of a Crystal Soul

If you haven't heard of Haggard before, I'm not really sure how to prepare you for what's in store gently. You're basically gonna be in the presence of Doom Metal and Classical music. It'll make sense when you hear it.

The track is fun, filled with both of its genres nicely and not too difficult to listen to. Unless you don't like symphonies and/or Doom Metal (think dark riffs and low growls), you should be ok.

It's lengthy, nearly 6 minutes. I can't say that by listening to a little bit you'll get the gist of it, the song switches up into some folk moments even. If you're really not feeling it then it's just not for you.

Give it a listen and find out.


It's different, but not too hard to describe. Just pretty blunt if you ask me. What I really like about them is that they take what would sound seem like oil and water and make an entire piece out of it.

I love the blurry lines where the music and pace change and add up. It can get boring to some, but others will really enjoy the combination of odd joined talents.

Others might just not like the male growl. I get it, don't blame those of you either.

It's from a concept album, so today's track is the first half of chapter 2. The second half is a lot shorter and focuses more on the symphonic sound. If you'd like to give it a listen, search up Requiem in D-Minor.

Buy: CD

Actually, if you listen to the two songs mentioned above, you'll have a pretty good idea of what this album's all about.

By no means is it their best, this was their big break. It was this album that put them anywhere on the map, and  they've really built on that. Later albums would focus more on technical abilities and other sweet little details that'll make the ears happy.

If today's track was so-so but had potential, you might wanna look into those albums. However if you're already interested, I would start here and work my way up to other albums. They'll be worth checking out.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dennis Brown - Malcolm X

Talking Reggae, this guy was one of the best. Dennis Brown is a big name as it is, but it's not big enough, and tracks like today's are what prove it.

He had an honest love towards Rock & Roll that carried his sweet Dubby Reggae to another level, something else you'll be noticing on today's track as it comes deeply inspired by The House of the Rising Sun.

Give it a listen.



This is a bit stronger on the lyrics than usual for this blog, but it's hard to find such a good Dennis Brown track that isn't. The guy wasn't satisfied with your average topic, and that's something to be respected. A lot of people can just make something catchy, but only a select few can teach while they do.

And really, could you not notice that House of the Rising Sun influence? The message is spread well both with his writing talents and his tone, but in addition to that we have this sweet melody? It doesn't matter how many times I hear the track, I'm always glad to hear it.

This track and many other amazing ones can be found on the 1978 genius album, Visions of Dennis Brown.


If you've read this far, are a true Reggae fan, and haven't heard this album before, let me tell you all you need to know. This is a great album and you should go listen to it. I highly recommend it, and I also  recommend you read no further. I will spoil the experience.

No I'm serious. Shoo.

This album has one of my favorite Reggae intros ever. Just those first few seconds on Deliverance Will Come are such a perfect way to get you ready for the album, the bass perfectly set up next to the horns, it's beautiful. Granted, the rest of the song isn't as great as that entrance, but that's not saying much, it's still an awesome listen.

What you can expect from there is a series of great Reggae tracks, some better than others. There's also a wide selection of views and opinions. I myself don't agree with all of them, but listening to them all is a pleasure just the same.

The man was a great. It's albums like these that leave you without a shred of doubt as to why he was Bob Marley's favorite singer. If you get the opportunity, give it a chance.

R.I.P. Don Cornelius

I woke up today and the first bit of news I find out is that Don Cornelius died early this morning, February 1st. The cause of death so far is an apparent self gunshot wound. I'll update this post with any significant information I find later.

I don't care much how he died, whether it was a suicide or not. I was never in the man's shoes, who am I to judge? What I do know is that a big man in music is gone now.


He was the big brain behind Soul Train, which directly influenced the musical taste of my parents and grandparents, their friends and their friends' friends too, until finally reaching me.

The show, and this man,  had an impact on what music this blog features, as a lot of the artists it had pushed forward made the good classic R&B that I feature ever so often.

I can't deny he had his faults too, and I can't forgive him for them either. All the same, it's a little sad to see him gone.

R.I.P.

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