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End of Year Lists: Shameless Self-Promotion

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

Btw, you guyz, if you liked my end-of-year post, I just posted an essay about the soul musician Syl Johnson and a bad Pitchfork Review (and Jay-Z's autobiography, and the RZA, among other things) up on a group blog I contribute to, Like Them That Dream. So if you like my thoughts on music and stuff, check it out.

The Intern: My Year In Music

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

It's the time for year-end roundups here on the KWUR blog. You can read Klax's here.

As written in the KWUR Constitution, it is the responsibility of every former GM to write a year end “best of” post for the blog. Believe me, I wish I didn't have to do it. I wish that I didn't have to bear this terrible burden of posting my thoughts on the Internet. But to paraphrase Spiderman, the main character of Spiderman: Turn Off The Dark, with 10 watts of power comes moderate responsibility. So, here goes nothing. As past readers of my year end posts know, I have a philosophy behind it:

-No rankings, more or less ordered by when in the year I listened to them

-Not limited to this year's releases; really, it's the year in music as I experienced it

-If I didn't really get around to it, I didn't get around to it, no matter how excellent it probably is (sorry Wavves and Janelle Monae)

For a longer, more boring discussion of this philosophy and why I have it, you can read my old year end posts here and here. As a heads-up for the tl; dr crowd, this will probably be too long, and you will probably not read it. Sorry, read it in chunks or go sext and play with your Tamagotchis while I drone on and on about music.

 

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Album Review: Various Artists, "Afro-Rock"

Monday, April 26th, 2010


’60s/’70s afro-funk from all over the continent. Not exactly new territory, a lot of overlap with other comps, but still solid stuff. What distinguishes this comp from others is a slight focus on the more psychedelic jams. Play all, but especially:

1+++ and 2+++ (funky!), 3++ (love this flute), 5++ (12 min long jam), 8+(gitdown!), 10+++(funky harmonica? Oh yes.)

Album Review: Kings Go Forth, "The Outsiders Are Back"

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010


Vintage soul sounds from Milwaukee, but don’t think Daptone. These guys have a lush early 70s Chicago Curtis Mayfield sound, occasionally venturing into a mid 70s Harold Melvin float or even freaky “Here My Dear”/Shuggie Otis experimentation. This percussion section is the best I’ve heard in a long time. Definitely give this a listen.

Play: 1+++ and 2+++(wow, driving!), 5++ (nice Philly feel), 6+(neat cover), 7++ (downright disco), 8+ (ska horns)

P.S. Artwork by Mingering Mike! (the art on the actual cover, that is)

Album Review: Mark Sultan, "$"

Thursday, April 8th, 2010


Forget the Black Lips, forget even King Khan–Mark Sultan (aka The BBQ Show) is the unsung hero of the gritty garage-soul sound. This album, which deftly combines messy, distorted steel guitar sounds (straddling the same border between Jesus and Mary Chain + garage as The Raveonettes) with Sultan’s distinct, plaintive doo-wop wail, may be that sound’s best manifestation yet. This album sounds like finally making out with the best friend you’ve always had a crush on. PLAY ALL!

Especially: 2+++(yah! yah!), 3+++(gorgeous doo-wop), 4++, 6+++(awesome, rockin’), 9+++(better version of King Khan and BBQ Show song)