Archive for August 5th, 2011

Quintus McCormick – Put It On Me! (2011)

Quintus McCormick doesn’t quibble with genre on this new project from Delmark Records. Instead, he sings with a remarkable facility, at once bright and sweet then hard and accusatory, sounding at times like some after-midnight deep bluesman and then like a spit-shined mainstream soulster

Half Notes: 101 Runners, Mardi Gras Indian Funk (2011)

Percussionist Chris Jones leads a relentlessly groovy ensemble through a series of songs as rhythmic as they are spiritual on Mardi Gras Indian Funk, issued recently by Mardi Gras Records. For the uninitiated, “Old Black Johnny” details the history and passion of the Mardi Gras Indian tradition, in the person of an early mentor to Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (ofRead More

Guilty pleasures: Skinny Puppy – The Greater Wrong Of The Right (2004)

by Tom Johnson It’s not so difficult to imagine Skinny Puppy continuing to exist through the mid-90s – most of the solo output of the members over that period actually sounded more like Skinny Puppy than the band’s own “final” album

Half Notes: Teddy Presberg – Outcries From A Sea Of Red (2010)

Teddy Presberg is the kind of jazz guitarist whose greatest appeal likely to come from those music fans where the closest they come to jazz might be Booker T. And the MG’s, early Meters or Harvey Mandel: bluesy and soulful funk instrumentals. And to be sure, Presberg’s songs on Outcries From A Sea Of Red are heavier on the grooveRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: NRBQ – Keep This Love Goin' (2011)

So, what’s it like renting instead of owning? A friend of mine asked me this question, knowing that I’d been piggishly consuming a bunch of new (and old) music since signing up for Spotify.