The Rough Guide to African Disco/Fela Kuti
Afrobeat, Afrobeat, who's got the Afrobeat?
The Rough Guide to African Disco (World Music Network)
Fela Kuti: The Best of the Black President 2 (Knitting Factory)
Compiled by U.K. Afropop advocate turned Fela specialist Chris May, this follow-up to the first volume (which adds naught but a DVD to MCA's essential 2000 Best Best of Fela Kuti) sets itself to showcasing the hero's stylistic range and political significance‑-rather than, for example, selecting another dozen slightly less compelling jams to spread over another two slightly less compelling CDs. There's a soulful slow track, a hoarse late track, a longer version of the first volume's "Sorrow Tears and Blood," and not one but two Ginger Baker features, the earlier of which is, by the artist's very high standard, untogether groovewise. Fela's striking clarity reflects an arrogance his singing progeny Femi and Seul can't duplicate. His power to project like the rebel son of a politically prestigious mother he was lends authority to his ideas whether right-minded or wrong-headed. Most righteous by me is the song May can't resist repeating, an attack on state repression where Fela repeats "Sorrow tears and blood" again and again and a council of men and women chants back "Dem regular trademark." Why shouldn't it go on for 17 minutes? A MINUS
(ninnies are people, right? I'll take that one)
GT - sorry to hear you are leaving. I used to lurk quite a bit before posting, and I think some Alex guy left the same way.
In other news, just got the Rhino release of "Nowhere" by Ride, and it is everything I hoped for in a remaster. Superb sonics, with just the perfect kick to Colbert's manic drumming. Awesome second live disc too. Anybody into pop shoegaze it is worth a look. And they did one even better on "Going Blank Again".
Of course, still heavily playing the Vampire Weekend album. It ebbs and flows perfectly, with just the right change in mood at the right moment. Haven't felt this satisfied in an album since maybe Nostalgia, Ultra.
Very excited to hear that you're writing something on Sylvester. When/where is it going to be published?
The only other people worth understanding are those that make it impossible to not understand them.
That shroud of negativity, which I know as well, is depressing, no question.
But you stuck up for me at a couple points when I felt damn near everybody else was mindlessly kickin' me, and it helped.
So ya know, sometimes the mob of pinheads don't agree with ya. You don't get into noisy music and lewd art expecting to win popularity contests. And if I thought it mattered a whit what anybody else thought (even if you hear from more and more of them as time goes on), I'd have been in the ground when Ford was President, if not earlier.
Too much negativity surrounding my posts.
I'm going to part ways with this blog.
I'm too old to "hang out."
Will continue to check out RC's reviews of the
music that interests me. Should be able to come up with 15- 20 cds a year or so. I'll supplement that with others sources.
That's more than enough.
PS Taking my 5 year old grandaughter to see the Yankees Wednesday night.
Who was the male '70s R&B/soul singer (leader of a group, really) who performed in full female makeup -- lipstick, eyeshadow, etc.? Had a pretty falsetto, but very uneven material ... can't remember to save my neck ...
(Not Sylvester, that's who I'm writing about and I wanted to make a comparison with this other performer.)
EDIT: Bang -- see that's how these things work. All I had to do was frame the question in print and I remembered instantly --- it's Tony Washington and the Dynamic Superiors.
Diggin' the playlists. Another classic father's day tunes: "Daddy Frank (The Guitar Man)" by Merle Haggard.
Actually, I'm about to leave for quick trip back home to Arkansas where I'll be taking my dad to see Mr. Haggard (a favorite of both of ours) as a belated father's day present. We're gonna have a great time. Unfortunately, he doesn't have internet access at his house, so I've arranged for a friend to text me the contents of any "Yeezus" review that gets posted here, should one emerge.
Plus, the most outrageous photo of a pop star playing ping-pong ever!
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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