Thank Jah!!! It's Friday. Seriously. Long week. Need weekend. Sweet, glorious weekend.
Any band would get a stiffy to be able to post reviews like the ones in the "about" section on Future Clouds And Radar's myspace page. Pretty impressive....and to think the music is really good too. So you ask what the hell does this have to do with reggae Friday? On the band's most recent self titled double album there is a cover of Bob Marley and the Wailers track "Wake Up and Live." The album has even been named in some "Best Albums of 2007" lists. Check both versions below:
Sometimes I keep songs in my itunes "just in case" I'll post them "at some point." Songs that I don't play that often despite their quality. Ones I look to delete when I run out of space on my truly outdated PC.
Case in point, an acoustic version of the Breeders classic tune "Cannonball" from 1993. Now is definitely the time to bring it back into rotation...because....they're baaaaaaaaaack! (via Brooklyn Vegan).
A new album and tour:
It's an album which captures all the
bittersweet electricity of classic Breeders records like Pod and Last
Splash, and which breaks new ground at the same time; classic sounding,
yet as relevant and exciting as ever.
Mountain Battles was recorded by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in
Chicago, Erika Larson at Stagg Street, Manny Nieto at Manny's Studio,
at Refraze in Dayton and by Ben Mumphrey in the Basement.
The Breeders are : Kelley Deal, Kim Deal, Jose Medeles and Mando
Lopez; Jose and Mando are both veterans of the Title TK campaign.
The Breeders will be playing live all over the world in 2008. Their
schedule includes performances at Canadian Music Week and SxSW and
Coachella, plus full tours in the USA and in Europe.
The Breeders are also set to play a full UK tour in April to mark the release of the album.
I just noticed one of my favorite bands from this past CMJ, The Most Serene Republic, is playing two shows this week in the city. Frontman / Trombonist Adrian Jewett and company played an extremely fun set at Brooklyn Vegan's Bowery CMJ Showcase in October. CMJ fell right after the release of their most recent LP, Population, an album full of jazzy / proggy / poppy goodness. Try listening to the opening track "Humble Peasants" and not digging this band. Do it[/Stiller from Starsky & Hutch]:
Bucking my trend of not Pitchfork-linking tonight because there are just so many sweet photos over there. P4k posted its Year In Photos special end of last week. There are some fine works of art capturing many of 2007's best live concert moments. One of my favorite photographers, Kathryn Yu, has 11 of 40 photos to her credit (like the one above). Fantastic. Check it out.