Katie Crutchfield on Jenny Lewis, Sun Ra's UC Berkeley reading list, and the guilty camp pleasures of Lou Bega, all in this week's round-up of worthy reads from Odyshape.
In the newest Hall of Records, Michael Tatum revisits the first album by Brian Eno, Here Come the Warm Jets.
Wikipedia lists Shabazz Palace’s new LP Lese Majesty exclusively as ‘experimental hip hop.’ Do yourself a solid and learn what that’s supposed to mean - click the Wiki link to experimental hip hop.’ Lese Majesty finds itself situated alongside the work of De La Soul, Mac Miller, MF Doom, Death Grips, Kid Cudi, Chance the Rapper, the entirety of acid jazz (which I thought was its own genre) and everything Anticon’s ever distributed… these among others who have similar amounts of absolutely nothing in common.
Guitar/drum primitivism from duo 75 Dollar Bill, jazz/metal skronk from quartet Haitian Rail, and a big disappointment from hip-hop futurists Shabazz Palaces in this week's Listening Notes from Jason Gubbels.
In the new Hall of Records, Michael Tatum revisits the greatest reggae primer ever waxed: the soundtrack to the 1973 Jamaican crime film The Harder They Come.
If you’re at all like me then before, say, January, you hadn’t thought of this turbulent imp in nigh on a decade, when “Get Low”’s returns diminished back to equilibrium. Sure, he popped up once for Usher or you heard him vaguely sampled amid the mixtape herpes outbreak of the late 2000s - but, real talk, he wasn’t the largest Lil in the game.
In the second of his three part summer series, Jason Gubbels discusses ten more great jazz recordings from an unfairly maligned decade for the music - the 1980s.
Michael Tatum on Rilo Kiley's The Execution of All Things.
Søren Kjærgaard and Andrew Cyrille mesh perfectly, while the Brian Groder Trio look at Archie Shepp looking at Bird. Plus the great Bobby Hutcherson returns to Blue Note, in the latest jazz roundup from Jason Gubbels.
Michael Tatum explores Monk Meets Mulligan, the 1957 summit between two very different jazz titans.
In this week's Listening Notes from Jason Gubbels, L.A. teenage duo Dub Thompson worship the murk, Craig Leon revisits classic computer minimalism, and Sia swings from the chandelier.