Bachata Roja/Vijana Jazz Band
Oldies but Goodies, Pained and Jocose
This introduction to Dominican son was "recorded live to 2-track," sniffs the same label's co-released Bachata Legends, in which the original artists re-record decades-old classics smoothly and even beautifully but seldom enthrallingly. What the original vocals lacked in accomplished ease they made up and then some in quirky intensity, and they weren't anything like amateurish. With more at stake professionally and personally, these young singers grabbed onto the "bitterness" at the heart of their barrio-bohemian genre so as to dramatize not only the pain of thwarted love but the hunger for public identity that eats at a people after half a century of tyranny. Sometimes it's almost like they're crying. A MINUS
Vijana Jazz Band: The Koka Koka Sex Battalion: Rumba, Koka Koka & Kamata Sukuma: Music From Tanzania 1975-1980 (Sterns)
One band with two names so it could record over quota when it managed the journey to the studio in Nairobi, Vijana Jazz Band and its Koka Koka Sex Battalion doppelganger favored the typical East African iteration of soukous's rippling guitars. Sometimes this approach is compared to country music, but that's a metaphor, not a musical analogy‑-these guys aren't true soloists, and rarely is Nashville guitar so ramshackle. In East African rumba, guitars provide atmosphere more than content. The content's in the jocosely hectoring vocals and single-line saxophone interjections, which with this enjoyable little band are numerous and various enough to engage non-Swahili speakers who find some of the melodies warm and others tepid. B PLUS
the Clown DJ 4 oughta start a band
Hahahahahhaaa. Yes. We made a really hald-a$$ed non-attempt. I spent most of my time thinking about what I would wear and Jock just thought every drunk utterance he made was the core of our next great song. :) :) ClownDJ was the only one with any musical instruments....
Early "Can't Hardly Wait"
Early "Can't Hardly Wait": goo.gl/d2Lji
Re-reading The Great Gatsby and listening to Tim tonight
Forget the singularity, grad school is the ticket to avoiding employment--and building up the debt that makes employment a necessity. Oops.
EDIT: Man, my weirdo internet made it so I typed up the fort story a million years before Jock posted it but NOW I'VE BEEN BEATEN TO THE PUNCH.
And for a (slightly) less insular comment, I'd like to join the people who, a while back, were listing their favorite musical moments/song appreciated of 2011:
- Crying to "Cruisin'" by Smokey Robinson during the false start breakup w/ ClownDJ
- A really, really good tape made by that guy ^^ (& a couple other would-be really, really good tapes that didn't record quite right)
- Watching Die Antwoord's catalog of videos in wonderment
- Realizing I knew how to rhumba to "Three Girl Rhumba" and could cha-cha to "Who Loves the Sun"
- Marianne Faithfull's "Hold On Hold On" and subsequent discovery of original by Neko Case
- Various tunes: "Erotic City," Prince; "Lipstick," Imperial Teen; "The Word Girl," Scritti Politti; "Big Thighs, NJ," Low Cut Connie; "Having an Average Weekend," Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet; Patti Smith's cover of "Midnight Rider;" "That's Not My Name," Ting Tings; "Everybody is a Star," Sly and the Family Stone; "Moves Like Jagger," Maroon 5; Present Tense about 1000 times (ClownDJ)
- Cleaning the house/jogging while taking (prescribed) amphetamines and listening to Girl Talk
- Blasting "Don't Talk to Me About Work" while doing errands for my shitty ex-job
- Everything played during the Great Double Move-Out of 2011 (http://goo.gl/NfNdZ,)
- Rediscovering Britney Spears and what a perfectly glittering concept she is
For about one month in college, we listened to Tusk all day every day in a fort we made out of a ping pong table and a blanket.So that's why my students don't turn their homework in on time...
Is there a rewards program for EW referrals?
When I started reading Xgau, it was pre-EW. Please at least give me the small bit of credit I deserve, Clown.
"you only don't like it cuz Xgau doesn't!"
Fairly sure this analysis of Clown's (not) listening is accurate. However, Irene and I did convince him "Moves Like Jagger" is good even though, as far as I know, Xgau hasn't said anything about it. Clown is more pious than I, though, so it's possible he found a Xgau rec of the song on some other blog.
For about one month in college, we listened to Tusk all day every day in a fort we made out of a ping pong table and a blanket. That is true.
There are better places to declare one's heretical break with Xgau dogma
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.