Butcher Brown made a beat tape. Their new album, Grown Folk is twenty short, tight songs, most of them between a minute and two in length, that has that fuzy, funky sound that has quickly become their signature. However, this latest mix from Richmond, VA's Jellowstone Studios seems to go knee deep in these guys' classic ethos-- they literally made a beat tape. And they're damn good beats, like the seeds of ideas with just a little bit of flavor on them that are easy to hear and easier to hear on repeat. They just dropped the first single, "Bailar", as a taste before they drop the tape (and download) at the Thrash Flow store on Cassette Store Day on October 17 (That's a thing? Eh, I guess that's a thing). Give it a spin after the jump.
I once again had to hurriedly make a show this week in advance since I was in Austin last weekend for the Austin City Limits Festival. Thus, once again the show is full of hurriedly assembled newness that's still pretty damn good.
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The Line-Up for 9 October 2015
Seb and I were in New York City last weekend to catch Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah's Harlem Stage shows in support of his new album on Ropeadope, Stretch Music, among other experiences we had in the jazz mecca. It's always a fun time hanging with this band and immersing ourselves in this music. While I personally work through my experiences of those four days in Manhattan to present it to you all, WBGO captured the group live at the Berklee College of Music for an episode of The Checkout Live. Check out the hour video of the band after the jump (and get ready for our account of the hang and other details some time next week).
One of the amazing things about Stephen Colbert taking over The Late Show is how it has cleverly kept much of the same format of his old show, The Colbert Report. However, the steady integration of Jon Batiste and Stay Human (it's a great show, but one can tell they're still kinda working an on camera dynamic out) is what really changes things up, particularly in moments like Monday night's show where Yo-Yo Ma was guest and performed a couple songs with Batiste and the band-- Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns's "The Swan" and George Gershwin's "Prelude No. 1". It's totally charming. Things swing. Check out the videos after the jump.
Guitarist Matt Gold and drummer Nate Friedman have spread out some. The Chicago duo's new EP, a five-song collection that sounds more weathered than their previous foray, Light Blue Light. Friedman's drums don't sound as chipper. Gold's guitars seem to be searching for something. The songs crafted from the seeds of extended improvisations formed in two weeks of sessions in the woods of New Hampshire feel restless. Even the focused moment feel off and the off moments feel like some of the most riling improvisation of the modern-day masters.