Hard-rocking desert pickers for peace and justice
Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni ba: Jama Ko (Out Here)
Bombino: Nomad (Nonesuch)
Producer Dan Auerbach joins in only as the bassist on "Niamey Jam." But with an American bassist on half the tracks and a German drummer doubling Bombino's own guy half the time too, this is the hardest-rocking of the hard-traveling Tuareg guitarist's three distinct albums. It does sweeten as it proceeds, as befits the "nostalgia" two first-ever translations cite‑-a nostalgia anybody whose homeland is a war zone has earned. The lyrics are very simple. My favorite, in its entirety: "This era/The era of young girls/Their way of loving/Works in a different way/Prayers to you, my brothers/Better to be sensitive/For our girls/Those of this era." A MINUS
From Chaz Ebert's statement on her late husband's website:
"We were getting ready to go home today for hospice care, when he looked at us, smiled, and passed away. No struggle, no pain, just a quiet, dignified transition."
Siskel and Ebert were my first critics. Eventually music and music critics meant more to me, but your first ones always have that special place.
R.I.P. Roger Ebert
Yes, and I was shocked after having read that very blog entry to get the news of his death. Sad.
Is my understanding.
Before this entry passes into history I've checked out a finished copy and agree with Bob's grade all the way: feel that the last collection included songs a bit catchier and more captivating than the new one, but the sound here has a clout and depth you could only imagine before. Also a welcome confirmation that American producers have dropped the notion (always incorrect) that foreign performers weren't chart-climbers because they weren't familiar-sounding enough. About the most admirable this process got was "7 Seconds," and that's a low bar.
- mostly I'm just jealous of Timberlake. He makes all of that effort and work look effortless. Everything I read says he's a funny down to earth guy...hard working too. Too bad I don't like this album all that much.
- Live stones ? I'll pass and go see Waxahatchee or Wire instead. My fondest live document of the Stones - The Brussels Affair is an A+ for me personally. A Mick Taylor era document of the band at their peak. I'd rather remember them live at that time frozen in amber and not the distended diseased belly on Keef of today.
-Wire is coming to town...July 17th...anyone care to join me? Beachland Ballroom, that's in Cleveland, Ohio not Texas.
- I'm really enjoying the Nomad and Jama Ko but not as much as Light Up Gold.
- Did I already mention that Wire is coming to town?
- I guess I'll fold up my penis and go home now.
I like him more than I like John Sebastian, that's for sure. I mean, the man wrote "Some of Shelly's Blues" for crying out loud...
The Stones shows I've seen: Ft. Collins '75, Boulder '78, LA '81, San Diego '81, SLC '94, PDX '98, SLC '99, LA '02, Las Vegas '02 (The Joint), Las Vegas '02 (MGM Grand), LV '03, PDX '05, and SLC in 2005. They never gave a bad show. The only tour I skipped was the Steel Wheels tour. I'm not sure I'll be willing to pay the price to see them this year, though with Mick Taylor along, I'm sorely tempted.
about the blogger
Starting in 1967, Robert Christgau has covered popular music for The Village Voice, Esquire, Blender, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and many other publications. He teaches in New York University's Clive Davis Department of Recorded Music, maintains a comprehensive website at robertchristgau.com, and has published five books based on his journalism. He has written for MSN Music since 2006.
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