Intricate compositions, rockin' guitars, hip-hop instrumentals, fusion, power pop, Goth chamber rock… Phew! There's a lot going on this week. To be completely honest, I could be happy stopping after the first three entries. Music like that takes a long time to digest.
To be completely honest, I can't remember one single instance of cutting short the CD troll because of that "rational" idea.
John Zorn - From Silence to Sorcery (Tzadik)/Avntg
Tuned drums, strings, and clavichord. Zorn has some very interesting compositions on this one.
Borbetomagus - Both Noises End Burning (Victo)/Avntg
Allow me to quote the Grinch: "…All of the noise, noise, NOISE!!" Or something like that.
Marc Ribot - Asmodeus: The Book of Angels, Vol. 7 (Tzadik)/Avntg
Guitarist Marc Ribot is joined by Trevor Dunn (bass) and the great G. Calvin Weston on drums for this trip to Zorn's Masada by way of rock trio. Dang, I just love the Tsadik label.
Duke Robillard - Duke Robillard's World Full of Blues (Stony Plain)/Blues
Robillard revisits the blues styles he revelled in back in his Roomful of Blues days. I'm dying to hear his version of Tom Waits' "Low Side of the Road."
Trio of Doom - The Trio of Doom Live (Columbia/Legacy)/Jazz
Holy pile of fusion Batman! This is a reissue of a live recording from the 1979 Havana Jazz Festival. John McLaughlin, Jaco Pastorious, Tony Williams. That combination has a serious chance of faltering with the "too many notes" phenomenon. I'll take my chances.
Beastie Boys - The Mix Up (Capitol)/Rap
A record full of instrumentals from the Beasties? Yea, why not.
Bad Brains - Build a Nation (Megaforce)/Rock
Wow, these guys have been around forever. Bad Brains has always deserved much more recognition. I mean, reggae mixed with hardcore? What's not to love? This one is produced by the Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch.
Nick Lowe - At My Age (Yep Roc)/Rock
Wow, this guy's been around forever. Is there an echo in here? Anyway, Lowe has always been a great songwriter. Any of his releases are worth a listen.
Rasputina - Oh Perlious World (Filthy Bonnet)/Rock
Goth chicks wielding cellos. That and super-quirky songwriting.
Steve Vai - Sound Theories I and II (Red Ink/Epic)/Rock
You know, at first glance a description like "songs performed with guitar and orchestra" might be enough to scare a person off. I have to admit to only enjoying Vai's work with Zappa and his early Flexible material. For some reason though, I'm drawn to a record that starts off with a song named "Kill The Guy With The Ball."