CACAW is a weird, interesting band that should definitely be on your radar. The trio led by keyboardist Landon Knoblock has a rocky, skronky vibe that rubs against the ear in all the right ways. Their new album, Stellar Power, is one of those complicated works that gets better with each listen as one burrows through the layers. It may be a little difficult to grasp without some warming up, fortunately the group tackled some more familiar material that'll may pique your interest about what this group can pull off. Check out video of CACAW covering Atoms for Peace's "Default" (Thom Yorke's group, because nothing says intro to new jazz like a Thom Yorke cover) after the jump.
Four years ago, Sébastien Hélary and Justin Wee came together to make a website with one real goal-- get young people to listen to jazz music. They contacted whatever musicians they could, and it was a rather impressive roster. They borrowed money from family. They consulted managers and web designers. In one of my many talks with him, Seb says this all just happened, but anyone who has spent any time on this site knows that just couldn't be. Even before I came aboard as editor of the site not long after its formation, it was pretty easy to see Nextbop has always been a labor of love. From day to day with the work put into this site, we here have constantly worked toward our mission to get young people (hell, all people, or at least as many as we can) to listen to jazz music and maybe music just outside that box from all over the world. Even now as a major change happens, the folks involved with this endeavor are still very much focused on that goal.
It's that time once again for the semiannual KRTU membership drive. It's important to note that The Line-Up could only exist because of KRTU, and to a certain degree, Nextbop wouldn't be what it is without KRTU, either. Public radio puts this kind of music out there to be found and it'd be much much harder for folks to discover this music without stations like KRTU. There aren't many radio stations like this one and certainly not many that would allow me to put out a show like this unfettered for the last four years. If you believe in this show and have discovered so many different artists because of it and because of Nextbop, support KRTU and become a member. Besides, every level of membership comes with the KRTU artist shirt designed by J.C. Pagan, who also designed it to look a lot like the art he designed for Robert Glasper's new single, "I Stand Alone" with Common & Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump.
The Line-Up for 4 October 2013
The Brand New Life is a six-piece Afrobeat band based out of Greensboro, NC. Following up on the release of their self-titled album in 2010, the band is releasing a new EP, titled The Brand New Life EP, this week. I had a chance to talk with their drummer, Daniel Yount, about their new album, their writing process, and their live shows.
I must admit in all my time writing about jazz music, when folks suggested them, much like Leonard Washington, I've asked who the hell is Snarky Puppy? The group out of Denton, Texas, has been wowing folks for almost ten years now. I definitely started to come around to them when I heard vocalist Chantee Cann's "Da Da'n Da" with their backing but their video for "Something" featuring the always amazing Lalah Hathaway has taken the internet by storm and make this a group impossible for me to ignore any longer.