Moonstarr’s Dada No Wave “Climax”

Trippeth forth with the blippertronic sexbot bleepisms of Moonstarr. “Climax” is an ironic title for this, for it slithers along without going up or down, suggesting a sort of luxurious carrying on indoors on a rainy day with no hurry and no plan. Decadent sort of Berlin drug den music. Approval.

“Climax” (download mp3)
from “Instrumentals Forever”
“Climax” (play)
(Public Transit Recordings)
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MarchFourth Marching Band Gets DelhiBelly-Full

Te bells, the bells. They serve me well. Here’s some jazzbo gypsy eastern-leaning brass fun for your medicine. Fishbone meets Jazz Mafia in a alleyway in Delhi for some spicy fried drum skins. Brilliant instrumental goodness that u don’t wanna sleep on. Mmm, that’s some fine playin’. Extra crispy.

MarchFourth Marching Band
“Delhi Belly” (download mp3)
from “Magnificent Beast”
“Delhi Belly” (play)
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Fighting Kites Pay Musical Tribute To “Wojtek the Bear”

Bears are good. Indie rock bands and song titles with “bear” in them are extra good. Songs about a Syrian brown bear cub found in Iran and adopted by soldiers of the 22nd Artillery Supply Company of the Polish II Corps are extra super good. And that’s what we have here, by the Fighting Kites. Proggy fab instrumental weirdness, with guitars reminiscent of Tom Verlaine and Robert Fripp. Snuggly, but dangerous.

Fighting Kites
“Wojtek the Bear” (download mp3)
from “Split EP”
“Wojtek The Bear” (play)
(Audio Antihero)
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En schizofrens dagbok! En schizofrens dagbok, I tell you! Listen to this!

It’s Jam Band Saturday. More specifically, it’s Swedish Jam Band Saturday. Let’s break it down, it’s really Swedish Jam Bands Discovered By Frank Zappa Saturday. But Dorothy, how many Swedish Jam Bands can claim they were discovered by Frank Zappa? Just one, dear, the Mats/Morgan Band. They kick ass all over most fusion-y prog-rockers and dude has like, three kick drums. Reminds of King Crimson and Zappa himself at their wildest, with an added nod to the sonic brain-bending of modern electronic club music. Truly excellent.

Mats/Morgan Band
“En schizofrens dagbok” (download mp3)
from “Mats/Morgan Band Live”
“En schizofrens dagbok”
(Cuneiform Records)

Fonkmasters Ease On Down To “Chilled Funk Blvd”

Where we goin? Down to Chilled Funk Blvd, yo. It’s like rocking down to Electric Avenue but mo’ chill. On “Funky Urban Nights” LP by the Fonkmasters baby. This music makes me very, very happy. Echos of Heatwave, Brothers Johnson, and other superior 1970’s silk shirt sh!t. Smoooove.

“Chilled Funk Blvd” (download mp3)
from “Funky Urban Nights”
“Chilled Funk Blvd” (play)
(Ton 4 Music)
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Flash Mob’s “Blind Faith” Is Jazz With A “J”

Jazzit tup, kats. Flash Mob bends the time signatures and seduces the key changes all up down and sideways. Guitarist Ryan Williams leads the able bodied troupe through exotic corners of postmodern instrumental mental institutions. Yes.

“Blind Faith” (download mp3)
from “Generals”
“Blind Faith” (play)
(F-IRE Recorded Music Ltd.)

Vassily Primakov Plays Mozart

Young Moscow born pianist Vassily Primakov is quite the rising star in the US and on the world classical stage. Here’s a live recording with the Odense Symphony Orchestra in Denmark, expertly conducted by American Scott Yoo. This is the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, an epic piece of great humor and wit, plus an air of impending tragedy. Primakov’s approach is pure and direct – this is not a player who puts himself in front of the composition. Rather he gets on it, goes where it leads, and enjoys the ride. It’s a joy to listen to a work like this played so naturally and vitally. Super clean recording, too. The whole marvelous concert is available from the iTunewebs.

Vassily Primakov: Mozart Piano Concertos
“Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491: I. Allegro” (download mp3)
from “Mozart Piano Concertos, Vol. 1”
“Piano Concerto No. 24 in C Minor, K. 491: I. Allegro” (play)
(Bridge Records, Inc.)
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One Nation Under A Groove: Funky Instrumental Version

Sense a theme for my weekend posts? Funky instrumentals, kittins. Yes. And here we have one of our gr8 unofficial national anthems, delivered in jazzy funk style by Gordon James and his crew of virtuoso players. Gettin’ down just for the funk of it.

Gordon James
“One Nation Under a Groove” (download mp3)
from “In Joy”
“One Nation Under A Groove” (play)
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The Headhunters Page Mr. Wesley And It Is All Kinda Funky

This unabashedly funkay joint from New Orleans’ unabashedly funkay Headhunters is the medicine. Some folks still make music for music’s sake and that’s something to celebrate. This rises above the noise. K, I’ma catch up now.

The Headhunters
“Paging Mr. Wesley” (download mp3)
from “Platinum”
“Paging Mr. Wesley” (play)
(Owl Studios)
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