Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Cibo Matto - 1999 - Stereo Type A

Cibo Matto's "Stereo Type A" is a funky blend of hip hop, jazz and R&B. Imagine the Beastie Boys if they were Japanese girls. Standout tracks include genre hopping "Lint of Love", slow jam "Moonchild" the rowdy hip hop of "Sci-Fi Wasabi" and the heavy metal flavored "Blue Train". There's variety here! As a bonus, Sean Lennon is all over this album. Great music for driving with the windows down on a warm day.

Have a listen!

Here's a video of them performing "Working for Vacation":

Thursday, March 12, 2009

James Chance & The Contortions - 1979 - Buy

The Contortions' sound lies somewhere between free jazz, funk and punk. Jerky slide guitar, funky bass lines, wild honky saxophone and frantic yelped vocals. Trashy and exciting. I can see the club-goers from Liquid Sky dancing to this. "Contort Yourself" is awesome.

Have a listen!

Here's some old live footage:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Snakefinger - 1982 - Manual of Errors

Longtime Residents contributor, Philip Charles Lithman aka Snakefinger cooks up a schizophrenic mix of jams on his "Manual of Errors" album. Surreal lyrics paint an even weirder picture - and the music matches! Standouts include "Beatnik Party" and "Bring Back Reality". For fans of Frank Zappa & Mr. Bungle.

Have a listen!

Sorry no video.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 - 1966 - Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66

Sergio Mendes & Brasil '66 serve up covers of hits from around the world in a bossa nova Brazilian jazz style. Nice piano work. Pretty English/Portuguese singing. Lush, elegant and exotic. Standouts include "The Joker" and "Day Tripper". Great for patio lounging with a cocktail and a lady friend.

Have a listen!

Here's a video of them performing "Day Tripper":