316: “Back To My Old Tricks” by Diesler (featuring Linda Bloemhard)

What I see over there is profoundly profound.Some people sneeze like a kitten. Some people sneeze like an ambush. Some people sneeze like a teapot. Some people sneeze like a string of firecrackers. Some people sneeze like a pile of sandbags on a grenade.

I sneeze like I am trying to pressure wash strangers. I am kidding unless you’re afraid of germs, in which case, not only am I serious, I am looking for you in malls and public spaces. And you should also know that your body contains 10 times more bacterial cells than human cells, you are so rife with them!*

Also, toilets sneeze booty germs into the air every time you flush, yet we all seem to avoid massive infection and make do. Pun intended (and a fist bump, right?!?).

I am, as they say, just sayin’.

Of course, there is no substitute for good hygiene, but for all you germ freaks out there, I want you to know that eating road kill most certainly is a viable alternative lifestyle, just like being a hippie or a hand model. It ain’t right you judge me.

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Let’s see, where was I?… Oh yeah, music so funky it’d make you wipe your hands across unsanitized surfaces! Because this cat, Diesler, gots some contagious and funky tendencies. So without further ado, I present a song sopping with organic ooze, “Back To My Old Tricks” from Tie Breakers (2010).

Enjoy.

*Dr. Carolyn Bohach, University of Idaho microbiologist – ScientificAmerican.com

Song: Back To My Old Tricks
Artist: Diesler
Album: Tie Breakers
Label: Unique Records
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310: “Voice Of The Lobster” by Clothesline Revival

The shirts say California.There is a pond, under a sliver of moon, with croaking frogs in numbers verging on the fantastic lining its edges. The sound is profoundly noisy. But the pond (inwardly) smiles. For the pond sits in delightful anticipation of a disturbance in the night, perhaps a swooping owl or ambling possum, to shut off the cacophony in an instant and send all the frogs jumping into itself. The pond relishes this experience each and every time.

Clothesline Revival (Conrad Praetzel along with Robert Powell and others) splash together in synchrony primarily in and around Santa Rosa, CA. “Voice of the Lobster” is on They Came From Somewhere (2010), and it sounds more like swamp music than Californey music.

The pond is not enthusiastic about cows, by the way. It is all too keenly aware that it is indeed partially composed of the beasts’ fluids. The pond has not lived an unexamined life. It deals with the nuanced psychology of pond life in stoic, gravitational surrender. Rippling when there’s cause, but mostly listening and watching, trying to match and readjust its own inner account of Reality against the stream of experiential data it collects on its existential transit.

Lobsters and stars and frogs and rain. Music.

Enjoy.

Song: Voice of the Lobster
Artist: Clothesline Revival
Album: They Came From Somewhere
Label: Paleo Music
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257: “St James Infirmary” by Anat Cohen

Anat Cohen can eat the clarinet like no other clarinautist out there.[fist bump] for John Habel, Todd Steed, Paul Parris, and Chris Woodhull who put on Improvisations, a show that is local (to me) on radio station WUOT in Knoxville, TN. I can hear an hour and a half of badass jazz every weeknight on a technological horseshoe crab called “the radio” (or on the Internet, if you’re outside of tower-sight!).

I heard recently for the first time, clarinetist and more, Anat Cohen, on Improvisations, and I now pass the reference on to you. This is a live recording from Cohen’s Clarinetwork Live At The Village Vanguard (2010), a cover of the old blues staple “St James Infirmary.” That’s a folk song voiced by a man standing over the dead body of his only love. Blues blues with a white sheet on top.

If you dig what you hear, then it’s like we just connected some kind of meta-cognitive, cyber-synapse that makes us like hippie siblings reaching out to fist bump musical tastes across cyberspace.

Making connections like Chuck Woolery.

Enjoy.

Song: St James Infirmary
Artist: Anat Cohen
Album: Clarinetwork Live At The Village Vanguard
Label: Anzic
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Listen: MOG
Watch: YouTube

238: “Chich” and “Reverse” by The Whitefield Brothers

White trash, or white recyclable?The Whitefield Brothers, a German duo (plus guests), take Africa (the continent), and they use it as a savory stuffing inside a pastry composed strictly of the ripest American funkbatter. They sprinkle in a few other styles and even topped two tracks off with rappers like Percee P and Mr. Lif. It goes well. I type in direct reference to Earthology (2010), their latest offering.

I’ll sample you an oddball track that tickles my ears near the holidays. It’s called “Chich” and it sounds like it’s from a Tim Burton soundtrack. But the album is diverse, and worth a full listen or seven. I also submit as evidence the video below of “Reverse Feat. Percee P And Med” which is a different thing from other things.

I suppose I can word word word you here for a few more paragraphs but it’s straw.

Listen to the music, and enjoy.

Song: Chich
Artist: The Whitefield Brothers
Album: Earthology
Label: Now Again Records
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Song: Reverse Feat. Percee P and Med
Artist: The Whitefield Brothers
Album: Earthology
Buy from
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224: “A Few Good Words (Featuring Njimole)” by DJ Center

Ghost hunters should analyze this photo.Find your center. Breathe deeply. In with the good, and out with the bad. Count down from 10 slowly. Then take one full, deep breath inward… And scream toward the sky the name of your least favorite Republican presidential nominee candidate. Like Kirk in Wrath of Shatner’s Line.

It will do you good. (“JUSTIN BIEBERRRRRR!!!” is a highly suitable improvisation.)

DJ Center may also help you find peace in your life. Check out “A Few Good Words (Featuring Njimole),” from Everything in Time (2010).

Breathe. And enjoy.

Song: Center’s Groove
Artist: DJ Center
Album: Everything in Time
Label: Push the Fader
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211: “Kupanda” by Mice Parade

Airbrush out my neck and chin.An amazing range of sounds comes out of this NYC-based band, led by percussionist and founding father Adam Pierce. Mice Parade is an anagram of his name.

Caroline Lufkin is the beautiful Okinawan-American singer who prominently portrays the feminine on most of the tracks on Mice Parade’s latest album, What It Means To Be Left-Handed (2010). The album is diverse, delicately sculpted, and every track is a unique experience.

You have to listen closely to understand lyrics, and sometimes I wish they’d speak up, but I guess being partially legible is part of the color they’re painting.

This one, “Kupanda,” can be enjoyed without one word being understood, mama way.

Song: Kupanda
Artist: Mice Parade
Album: This Is What It Means To Be Left-Handed
Label: FatCat Records
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Watch: YouTube

209: “Song Up In Her Head” by Sarah Jarosz

The weeds always inspire me to my best picture-readyness.17 when she recorded her debut album Song Up In Her Head (2009), Sarah Jarosz is young, and fresh as the dew on a newly blossomed lily, glistening in the enchanted moonlight of a sweetly-scented Texas mid-summer night… and so on.

Here’s the title track of that debut, from a live recording from the 2010 Americana Music Festival in Nashville.

Enjoy.

Song: Song Up In Her Head
Artist: Sarah Jarosz
Album: Song Up In Her Head
Label: Sugar Hill
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192: “Flax” by Fredrik

Hands like the Swedish Chef's.With the help of NPR, I’ve come upon the Swedish band, Fredrik. This beautiful song is called “Flax,” from their album Trilogi (2010).

Sweet, supple, and sideways.

And like extra-terrestrials, this Swedish band sings in English. No umlauts necessary.

Enjöy.

Song: Flax
Artist: Fredrik
Album: Trilogi
Label: The Kora Records
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Watch: YouTube

184: “I Wanna Feel It” by ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)

Our powers are strongest when are craniums are in contact.Crank up the speakers, homecheese.  Animal Liberation Orchestra want to commune with you, dude.

No, they’re not affiliated with PETA. They simply want to liberate the animal inside you.

So here’s a slow-rock, acoustic ballad to release your inner beast.  Grrr.

Enjoy. Before I pounce.

Song: I Wanna Feel It
Artist: ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Album: Man of the World
Label: Brushfire Records
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Watch: YouTube

154: “I Only Know (What I Know Now)” by James Blake

Normal Joe, Otherworldly Sounds.Here’s some wild new music from a young man named James Blake.

This is not the U.S. tennis player, but a British electronic composer.  His debut studio album is dropping in the UK this month.

And in unrelated, supplemental news: Learn about an effect you’ve likely never heard of, even though you can probably name several people, perhaps even individuals just feet away from you now, who illustrate the effect quite well, from Wikipedia:

The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled people make poor decisions and reach erroneous conclusions, but their incompetence denies them the metacognitive ability to appreciate their mistakes. The unskilled therefore suffer from illusory superiority, rating their ability as above average, much higher than it actually is, while the highly skilled underrate their own abilities, suffering from illusory inferiority. This leads to the situation in which less competent people rate their own ability higher than more competent people. It also explains why actual competence may weaken self-confidence. Competent individuals falsely assume that others have an equivalent understanding.

Constantly re-evaluate your perception of reality.  But be sure to enjoy.

Song: I Only Know (What I Know Now)
Artist: James Blake
Album: Klavierwerke EP
Label: R&S Records
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