Mixtapes are a Cincinatti, Ohio band who are about to release a 6-song 7″ EP on Animal Style Records called A Short Collection Of Short Songs. If you want to download a free MP3 from the 7″, you can obtain one by re-Tweeting the message found on this page.
The group have also done a split 7″ with Direct Hit, which will be released on November 9th. You can order your copy from King of Like Records.
Will this be the next trend of 2011: creating a fisting motion before you play keyboards? Get some sanitizer and start fisting to this nice pop song by Punches. Now if they go on tour with a band called Fisting, that’s a must-have ticket.
Anyway, go watch and listen, and start a new sense of fist-banging mania.
You don’t have to be a bassist to understand how well Harvie S plays, but on the albums I’ve heard him on, the man plays the instrument as if it was the air he breathed. Now with an album under his own name, Cocolamus Bridge (Blue Bamboo Music) takes you on a journey that is not like any other. In other words, his music is damn good.
With help from Joel Fulgham (drums), Jose Miguel Yamal (piano), Woody Witt (tenor and soprano saxophones), Chris Cortez (guitar), and James Metcalfe (percussion), Cocolamus Bridge comes off like a jazz army troop with the kind of ammo meant to kill people with sound, but to bless them in a nice way before winning them over. Each song is over five minutes in length, with four of them surpassing the seven minute mark, and each of those tracks have the same kind of trusted feeling that one would get after hearing an ECM album. In other words, it’s a trusted brand with a trusted sound, and you take that going in and just listen for the save of being overwhelmed. With that said, will the music overwhelm you? Maybe that’s a big-headed claim but S is a musician who just takes command of the bass and turns it into his voice, it is how he speaks musicially but without flash. There’s a bit of confidence in that playing, but that comes from years of knowing what he is playing, and how he wants to play it. His cover of Wayne Shorter‘s “Night Dreamer” (from the 1964 album of the same name) is proof of how well S and friends perform individually and as a group, it’s just moving stuff.
If you are a fan of the piano, especially jazz piano with occasional classical touches, you will enjoy First Melancholy, Then The Night Stretch (New Dude) by musician Rick Cutler. The entire 18-song album is solo, so the listener gets a chance to hear each song executed beautifully from start to finish without interruption or interference. To be able to hear a musician play like this, adding subtle touches to his audio painting the way he does, is great. While I am not a pianist, I have always admired the sound of the piano and the way it’s played, and hearing this makes me wish I could play the instrument more than “by ear”, so to imagine his (or any musician’s) approach in songs like “Who Needs Words”, “Charlotte’s Roads Before Her”, or “Thank You (For McCoy Tyner)” is part of the listening experience.
While he is a musician that plays jazz, this isn’t just a jazz album, and I think most pianists will go into this album knowing and accepting this, since it’s about the power of the musician and the instrument chosen, not the style of music (s)he performs. It’s a stand-out album, and definitely worth picking up. With 18 songs (all Cutler originals), there’s enough to feast on for a long time.
(First Melancholy, Then The Night Stretch will not be released until January 2011. You can pre-order the MP3’s through Dig Station, CD’s to be made available at a later time.)
From the new J-Live EP (review forthcoming), here’s a video for a song he did with Boog Brown.
SHIT YEAH!!! Get your fucking asses in gear, because this is brand new Valient Thorr for you, you don’t mess around with these gents, oh no. These guys are the truth, and they just released a new album called Stranger (Volcom), which reminds me,I have to get their new album on the supreme vinyl format.