Hello, friends. I've set up this blog for the sole purpose of providing some notes to accompany my best of 2006 mix (paper doesn't grow on trees you know. Wait...nevermind). I may utilize it as a running music blog, but we'll see. No promises.
Nevertheless, here we are at the end of 2006. What do we have to show for it? Some pretty fucking good music, that's what. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I've often bemoaned the fact that without working at WPTS, I'm very out of the musical loop. Now, three years later, the Internet has come to the rescue. Although the majority of music still comes to me through the suggestion of friends (three cheers for peer pressure!), the abundance of music blogs on the Internet has provided a new means for exposing me to music both old and new. So I feel slightly back in the loop with new music these days, and it feels pretty good. This mix is not comprehensive, but merely a collection of artists and songs that gotten heavy play here at the Zackcave. Hopefully there are some things that tickle your fancy, and perhaps further your own musical journeys. Hope 2007 treats you well.
don't fake the funk,
1. Nino Moschella - "Are You For Real" (The Fix, Ubiquity)
A particularly good music blog that I frequent is Ick Music. The guy likes Prince, Springsteen and The Clash. We get along famously. Earlier this year, he posted this track from Nino Moschella’s debut album. I loved it instantly, and followed up with the rest of the album. It’s very good. His influences are clear – echoes of Prince and Stevie are prevalent. But he does a good job of combining his influences into something all his own. Perhaps this is what Lenny Kravitz would be doing if he hadn’t fallen into a pit of blah roundabouts 1999. Anyhow, it’s a great disc, low fi, funky, good stuff. Recommended.
4. Zombi – “Digitalis” (Surface to Air, Relapse)
5. The Raconteurs – “Store Bought Bones” (from Broken Boy Soldiers V2 Records)
6. Koop - "Koop Island Blues" (Koop Island, K7)
This was a very last minute entry. Some of you are getting this on 12/9, and I discovered it on 12/8. This is another find from the excellent IckMusic blog. The band sells themselves as “the swing of the 1930s, the exoticism of forgotten orchestras and entertainers performing on late 40s yacht cruises to Jamaica" in their bio. Very breezy, jazz tinged melodies here. A few of the tracks remind me of Broadcast. The disc alternates between male and female lead vocals, with a few instrumntals thrown in for good measure. I could see this being the soundtrack to my summer. To bad we're rapidly heading toward the midwest winter.
15. The Bird and The Bee - "Fucking Boyfriend" (again and again and again and again, Blue Note)
Working on revisions for a paper near 3am one night in recent history, I took a breather to poke around online for some music. Pitchfork had a review of the title track to this EP. I did some research. Somewhere, a reviewer made comparisons to Bjork and Portishead. This, coupled with the fact that they're on Blue Note piqued my curiosity. I visited their myspace page and gave a listen. It's much poppier than anything Portishead ever did, but it does have that sort of airy quality to it. (Actually, there's a track on their myspace page that is even better than the songs on the EP - go check out "Because.") They have a full length coming out in early 2007, which is definitely on my 'to buy' list already. The EP also has a Peaches remix of this track. I'm convinced that if Studio 13 actually played good music, that remix would be in heavy rotation. They're probably playing some shitty club mix of "Sexyback" instead.
A few disappointments
The Black Keys – Magic Potion
Highly anticipated, but pales in comparison to its predecessor. Magic Potion feels generally uninspired, - glad I downloaded it before running out to buy it. Perhaps this is the result of the band’s exit from the great Fat Possum label.
Kool Keith- The Return of Dr. Octagon
Not that I expected it to be good. The concept alone screams “attempt to reclaim cred.”
Gwen Stefani – The Sweet Escape
It’s ok, but it ain’t no “Hollaback Girl.”
These titles have been omitted solely because I haven’t heard them yet:
-Beck The Information
-Johnny Cash American V
-Jucifer If Thine Enemy Hunger
-Sonic Youth Rather Ripped