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MUSIC FROM THE FILM / Playfully Abrasive CD / Self-Released / 2008
Eclectic, minimalist and experimental, mostly instrumental, with home-made instruments and plenty of inventiveness. Like a more laid-back instrumental CAPTAIN BEEFHEART, with structured jams that sound familiar and unfamiliar at the same time. For the more adventurous DJs out there.
SQUIDS, UNREST, JOHN & YOKO
2 â€œScene Oneâ€ (spacey banjo drone)
6 â€œSillybearâ€ (like some of DEVOâ€™s early basement work)
14 â€œConsumeâ€ (hilarious exploration of chain-store manipulation)
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Ceschi “The One Man Band Broke Up”
Review by Salex
I am a major fan of hip hop artists breaking away from the catchy hook and drum machine beat clichÃ©, and producing something that surpasses genre barriers. . His LastFM page quotes that “The One Man Band Broke Up” is a hip hop album for non hip hop listeners. I think he goes farther as he reaches into the hearts and ears of hip hop and non hip hop listeners with no boundaries. Ceschi, a multi-instrument musician has been writing music, playing in several bands and singing since the ’90’s. “The One Man Band Broke Up”, is the one man band, Ceschi, playing most of the instruments, and sampling dialogue from film, and classic soul, 70″s psychedelic rock, jazz, and funk records. This album is a fusion of all those music styles and beyond. Ceschi has a smooth, articulate quality to his voice when he sings, and the rhythmic choices he makes as he spits rhymes is impressive. He weaves from acoustic folk and rock into ‘gangsta rap” seamlessly. He adds strings, horns and pianos into the mix of many of the songs, which adds complexity and depth to the overall feel of the album.Â The tone throughout the record is dark and edgy. Guest musicians and MC’s add extra flavor to the mix as well.
Genres: Hip Hop, Rock, Experimental
For fans of: Aesop Rock, ? ? I was pretty stumped on additional similar artists.It is extremely hard to find artists just like Ceschi, but he is also a member of the band Toca, Anonymous Inc., Dead by Wednesday, Knuck Fest + more
# 1 – The One Man Band Broke Up
# 4 – Half Mast
# 5 – Fallen Famous
# 9 – Bad Jokes
# 12 – Swallowed Salt
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Baths / Ceruleans / Anticon / 
This is some beautiful electronic music. Sometimes the emotionalism is dripping out of the speakers, and it may not be for everyone. The album has clear influences, and it’s constantly making of you think of similar artists. ButÂ Baths makes it all his own just be sheer talent, quality, and depth. The album opens withÂ Apologetic Shoulder Blades, an Aphex Twin like mash up of beats with textured vocals.Â Lovely Bloodflow follows with chill hip hop beats and soft lyrics that’s just so easy to get lost in.Â Maximalist is next, and it really sums up the album for me. Perfectly arranged beats, beautiful chords, and a groove to bob your head to. Another one that stands out isÂ Rafting Starlit Everglades, which hypnotizes you with its minimalism and piano riffs.Â Ceruleans rounds out with more chopped up vocals and warbling basslines, but always maintaining that tangible beauty and ambient sensibility. Highly recommended.
For fans of: Boards of Canada, Aphex Twin, Joris Voorn, Lamb, Zero 7, Brian Eno
02 Lovely Bloodflow
06 Rafting Starlit Everglades
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ADICTS / Life Goes On CD / People Like You Records / 2010
Boy, Iâ€™m glad these guys survived the â€˜80s, â€˜90s, and â€˜00s to bring us this punky pop treat. It sounds as fresh as 1982, with plenty of fist pumping anthems that will stick in your brain for days and days. Great singing, great playing, great lyrics â€“ this is no icky band-past-its-prime thing. They were always one of my faves 25 some years ago, and remain so with this strong release.
RAMONES, BUZZCOCKS, SHAM 69
2 â€œI Love You But Donâ€™t Come Near Meâ€ (super-catchy tribute to ambivalence)
5 â€œOver Thereâ€ (way better than the WWI anthem)
11 â€œTune In, Turn On, Drop Outâ€ (â€œEverybodyâ€™s Happy Nowadaysâ€ updated)
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DEVO / Something For Everybody CD / Warner Brothers Records / 2010
Rock journalists under the age of 30 seem to be unmoved by DEVOâ€™s return to major label popdom after 20 some years away, but Iâ€™m over 30 and Iâ€™m giving it a pretty solid thumbs up. The boys have done a lot of other things in the interim (like scoring Nickelodeon cartoons and managing a NYC art gallery), but this album has them sounding like they never left. Itâ€™s nice to hear guitars once again at the forefront, synths sounding barely updated, and plenty of the offbeat humor that made them more palatable than their British synth-goth followers. Sure itâ€™s not as great as their best moments of the past, but itâ€™s a fair sight better than most of the synth-pop out these days.
GARY NUMAN, SPARKS, AQUABATS
2 â€œWhat We Doâ€ (nods to DEPECHE MODE, but much funnier)
4 â€œDonâ€™t Shoot (Iâ€™m A Man)â€ (repeated â€œdonâ€™t tase me, broâ€ at the end clinches it)
6 â€œHuman Rocketâ€ (when these guys use autotune on vocals it actually works!)
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LERT SOMBOON FESTIVAL OF LOVE / That Was Now, This Is Then CD / Self-Released / 2010
Midwest bad attitude music made in the â€™80s sounding like an underground â€˜70s version of â€˜60s garage-psychedelia. In other words, itâ€™s right up my alley! Weird and raw, heavy and goofy, an unholy spawn of past glories from Cleveland and Detroit more than from their home of Chicago. Relentlessly nerdy and cool!
ROCKET FROM THE TOMBS, ELECTRIC EELS, MC5
1 â€œGotta Wanna Mommaâ€ (like HENRIX recorded in a dingy basement)
3 â€œApples And Onionsâ€ (NEIL YOUNG on a bad acid trip)
10 â€œFreedomâ€ (straight off the NUGGETSâ€™ comps)