Ikebe Shakedown delivers cinematic instrumental funk

Ikebe Shakedown is another Bandcamp discovery. The band specializes in cinematic soul, an instrumental brand of soul/funk that feels like it should be straight out of a 70s cop or heist movie or a Tarantino soundtrack. The band does burning jams and introspective cuts that feel like instant classics. If you aren't moved by their … Continue reading Ikebe Shakedown delivers cinematic instrumental funk

Underground Chamber is a ride deep into the mind of Buckethead

Buckethead's Underground Chamber is the fourth release in his "Pikes" series, and something like his 33rd studio release overall. Underground Chamber is too good to be dismissed, but nowhere near the top of the pile in the expansive Buckethead discography. Sliced into 10 tracks for digital download, or a single continuous track for CD, the … Continue reading Underground Chamber is a ride deep into the mind of Buckethead

One from the vaults: World Destruction by Time Zone

Needed a bit of adrenaline on top of my caffeine today, pulled this one out of the vaults for a quick boost. "World Destruction" is a single from Time Zone, a collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa, John Lydon, and Bill Laswell. The track also features frequent Laswell collaborators Aiyb Deng (percussion), Bernie Worrell (synths), and Nicky … Continue reading One from the vaults: World Destruction by Time Zone

té’s “Therefore, the fantasy of density fails, and the world that you see is “forgetting” tomorrow.”

If you'd enjoy some hard rock without screamy vocals (or, any, for that matter) then I have a great recommendation for you. Check out té's Therefore, the fantasy of density fails, and the world that you see is "forgetting" tomorrow. Or ゆえに、密度の幻想は綻び、蹌踉めく世界は明日を『忘却』す。in the original Japanese. Google claims that the original translates to Therefore, the illusion … Continue reading té’s “Therefore, the fantasy of density fails, and the world that you see is “forgetting” tomorrow.”

Nicky Skopelitis & Raoul Björkenheim: Revelator

Bill Laswell has been a busy fellow lately, pushing out a lot of stuff on his label (I guess?) to Bandcamp that's been out for years or even decades but no longer in print. I'm really enjoying Revelator, a collaboration with Nicky Skopelitis and Raoul Björkenheim. I'd never heard of Raoul before, but I've picked … Continue reading Nicky Skopelitis & Raoul Björkenheim: Revelator

Today’s album pick: Dynamics by Secret Drum Band

This is another Bandcamp win, Secret Drum Band's Dynamics. Based in Portland, Oregon the band describes the album thusly: "Dynamics sees composers Lisa Schonberg, Allan Wilson, and Heather Treadway delving headway into creating living, breathing soundscapes, rich in rhythmic textures. Driven by five drummers, each song also employs an array of affected vocals, guitar, and … Continue reading Today’s album pick: Dynamics by Secret Drum Band