Archive for August, 2011

26
Aug
11

Phish – live bait vol. 6!

Phish will be playing a 3-day run in Colorado during Labor Day weekend, and the generous folks at livephish.com have decided to celebrate by releasing Live Bait Vol. 6, a collection of fantastic Phish performances in Colorado over the last 20 years or so. Click here to get the FREE download – almost 3 hours of music. Enjoy!

 

 

 

23
Aug
11

New Primus Song!

For those of us eagerly anticipating the release of Primus’ first studio album in 12 years, we can now get a taste of what “Green Naugahyde” will have to offer. Click on the video below to hear “Tragedy’s A’ Comin'” – you will not be disappointed. Les Claypool is slapping the funk out of his bass while guitarist Larry Lalonde lays down an awesome groove, and original Primus drummer Jay Lane is back in the fold, hammering away. The album comes out on September 13th, and their tour kicks off shortly thereafter including a stop in little ol’ Albany, as I mentioned a couple of weeks ago. Enjoy!

22
Aug
11

Thievery Corporation – Culture of Fear: Free Stream

Thievery Corporation has been around for a while and they have a strong underground following; their beats are infectious and clever; it was not until recently that I actually learned about them and felt it was worth sharing with HiFi readers.  

Theivery Corporations music historically has been a culmination of electronica and root beats that offer a variety of auditory twists and turns that provides a very pleasing listening experience; rarely have vocals been introduced that have overshadowed the beats, but this new album offers something different with vocals being much more in the mix.  This new album named Culture of Fear offers an excellent assortment of crisp, clean, and sharp rhythms that break away from the mundane dated instrumental albums of the past;  it has the feel of an album that has a timeless sound that can be well kept in a collection for years to come. If you are familiar with the Beastie Boys instrumental album “The Insound from Way Out” this is an excellent addition and complimentary type album, again, this album provides a excellent addition to an existing collection of  instrumental beat albums.

The founders of Thievery Corporation were interviewed on NPR this past weekend.  Both founding artists  were surprisingly very down to Earth about their success; they were not arrogant, nor self-depricating on how their music has evolved and how they’ve gained success as a lesser known musical act.  The interview mainly focused around what past musicians have influenced them and who they decided to collaborate with on this recent album; especially since it strays from the norm of prior releases.  I’ve been on a bend lately with instrumental beat albums such as those offered by Thievery Corporation, Hooverphonic, Portishead and another group who uses Middle Eastern & South Asian cultural rhythms with modern beats called Balkan Beat Box.   Instrumental beat albums offer a fun exploration and variety of creative groove rhythms, beats, effects, and sounds while keeping a constant tempo.  These albums offer excellent background music at a party, when cooking, or just relaxing around the house.  

Unfortunately the free stream was for a limited time and is no longer available as of 9/8/11

02
Aug
11

Primus at the Palace!

If you know what I mean when I say “Primus sucks!” and you live in the Albany area, then you probably already have tickets for their September 27th show. If not, listen up. Primus has been kicking around since 1989 or so, with virtuostic bass player Les Claypool leading the trio as they bash out tunes that encompass metal, funk, hard rock and even a little jazz. They don’t necessarily fit into one genre or another – their earlier stuff leans toward metal/hard rock, but as they have evolved, the elements of funk and jazz have crept in, and in recent years, Les has become a regular on the jam band scene, and Primus has incorporated more jamming in their live shows, which is wonderful to see. Claypool even directed and starred in the film “Electric Apricot: Quest for Festeroo,” a mockumentary about a band trying to break into the jam band scene (it’s pretty funny and worth seeing if you’re really into music).

But I digress. The point here is that Primus is a band with a truly original sound, and if you have never seen them live, you really must in order to appreciate them in full. This will be my 5th time seeing the San Francisco-based band, and each show has been phenomenal. This tour, as they have done in previous tours, they will be playing two full sets of material, some of which will be from their upcoming album “Green Naugahyde,” due out mid-September. This is their first new full-length album since their 1999 release “Antipop,” and their first studio recording since the 2003 EP “Animals Should Not Try To Act Like People.” This tour will take them around much of the Northeast, with a few stops in the Midwest and the West coast. The Palace is a relatively small place to see this amazing band – it should be fantastic. I heartily recommend you get tickets now!