Jan. 13th, 2009

when_i_go_deaf: (Yoda & His iPod)
Not only are we going to see a new Clem Snide record next month, but a new M. Ward is just around the bend too!(!!!)

The new Asobi Seksu album was leaked yesterday! Yay!

The new Andrew Bird is helping me realize I'm not entirely jaded. Now onto the new Franz and Antony albums...

Nina Persson from the Cardigans has a new project out called A Camp. I haven't listened to it yet, but I've always liked her voice.

I had no idea Bon Iver was from Eau Claire, Wisconsin until recently. Very chill, very lo-fi stuff. His LP was all over the 2008 "best of" lists and now he has a new EP out in a couple of weeks. Gotta root for the home state. ;)
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Jimi Hendrix - Band Of Gypsys (1970)

It took me a long time to get into Hendrix's Band Of Gypsys, but not because it isn't good. This album, though only six tracks long, is fantastic. The problem was I got into Hendrix via the Ultimate Experience compilation, which highlighted tracks from all of his other albums EXCEPT BoG. When I did finally get this album... WOW. A collaboration with Jimi's old Army pal Billy Cox on bass (who, in my opinion, is far superior to the Experience's Noel Redding) and drummer Buddy Miles for a two-night stand at New York's Fillmore Auditorium yielded a bevy of airtight grooves and solid musicianship. Jimi is, well, Jimi at his best, Cox never lets down and while Miles' vocals could grate (the latter half of "Who Knows" comes to mind), they could also equal Jimi's as well (his original tune "Changes" being a highlight). "Power To Love" and "Message Of Love" would go on to be staples in Hendrix's later shows, but the centerpiece of this set is the 12-minute "Machine Gun", which has one of the best openings to any song I've ever heard. The soloing gets a bit old halfway through before the band brings the whole back together, but as far as political statement songs go few can question the power of the track. All in all, few bands can pull off a live album like this, and leave it to Hendrix to help set the standard.

Give it a try:
"Machine Gun"
"Message Of Love"

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