19 fév. 2011, 17h44mJust stumbled upon a compilation called "Love, Peace & Poetry: African Psychedelic Music", which pretty much says it all. Except they left out the "pure, mind-blowing awesomeness!" part. This is an amazing compilation of obscure bands so far underground they were incinerated by the heat of the Earth's core! The only disappointment was the over representation of white South African bands (from an era when apartheid was still flourishing.) But the fuzzed out contributions from the rest of the Motherland more than made up for it. Highlights were BLO, Ofege, and Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family, all of whom are connected to the group African Fuzz Rock , which has links to even more African Psychedelic goodness. Must check out if you want to discover raw African psychedelia or the most obscure bands ever (kinda redundant, that.)
5 fév. 2011, 2h07mDescribe a mystery artist by combining the attributes of two or more disparate artists.
Q1. David Bowie + Antonio Carlos Jobim = ?
Q2. (Allen Toussaint + Dr. John) x 2 = ?
Q3. Mose Allison x Charlie Parker = ?
Q4. Black Sabbath / Oscar Peterson Trio = ?
A1. Seu Jorge
A2. James Booker
A3. Eddie Jefferson
A4. The Bad Plus (specifically the song "Iron Man")
2 fév. 2011, 21h53mMy latest obscure musical genius discovery is Mr. Arthur Russell. According to the AllMusic Guide, Russell literally dropped out of society for a while, joined a monastery and did nothing but intensely study the cello for several years. He left only when the monks threatened to take his cello away. Somehow, he ended up at the center of the infamous New York art scene of the late '70s-early 80s and used his immense classical cello skills to make avant-garde electronic pieces and experimental disco! (I know! What?!?) But much of his music sounds simply incredible. Yes, it's odd and rambling and sometimes completely nutty, but it's that quality of never knowing what to expect that makes his music so fascinating. And because he was using all analog equipment back then, he managed to be experimental, but still sound organic, unlike the twitchy, annoying stuff they call avant-garde nowadays. Russell only released three albums during his too short lifetime, but supposedly recorded enough to fill dozens more. If you're reading this then do yourself a favor and check him out. Maybe if there is enough interest, more of his amazing music will be let loose.