Friday, September 16, 2011

You Got Me Hummin'

I Just Want to Make Love to You

Songs of The Day

You Got Me Hummin':  I dig this tune, it's got a nice, solid soul/rock groove.  Oh man, these horns have been doin me so nice so far, and I am loving it.  Dig the organ.  Lydia has such a solid rock voice, and a great tamber - I really like it.  Love the hook "you got me hummin'" - it's such a sexy phrase, but so simple.  Organ solo is super sweet.  Great build at the end, but I think the song goes on a little long after that.  Aside from length, super solid tune. 

I Just Want to Make Love to You:  I really like the length of this intro - it gives you a nice opening build and sets up the groove perfectly.  The drum/bass start up is great, and I love how it continues to layer and builds with the horns and organ.  Dig how low key this funk groove is - it's nice and mellow but still so dirty.  Love how the groove comes down when Lydia enters.  This song is more sultry than "If You Will," whereas that tune has a lot more sex punch to it, and I dig what they're both saying.  Great build with a crazy horn solo over it into the third verse - very cool.  They're really big on the builds - I dig it.  Super solid.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free

Great way to start the album!  Listen here!

If You Will

You definitely want to get down on this sexy grime right here!!!!

Songs of The Day

I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free:  What a sweet introduction to this album.  Lydia does a great job with the a cappella opening.  This is an old spiritual, and she definitely holds her own.  I dig her rock tone.  I do wish she'd tone down on the vibrato some, but it's part of her style.  This is actually the second time I'm reviewing this tune, the first being week two on John Legend & The Roots Wake Up!  I'm going to have to listen to that one again and see which I like better.  The band sounds great when they get in, but I think they could have been a little more present.  That absence is made up later with their great build.  Organ solo is sweet.  I love the return to a cappella for the ending, she really gives it her all.  Solid.

If You Will:  Man, oh man is this song sexy.  I'm slightly addicted.  Just a standard blues, but it's played with so much grit and grime, and Lydia's voice is perfect for it.  And those horns!  They are a great addition.  So much sex in this song.  So, so much.  This is definitely going to be on repeat.  Great build.  So foxy.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Album Factoids

Cold Blood

Released: 1969
Genre: Rock
Label: Atlantic

what a funky lookin bunch!

Week 50: Cold Blood

HOLY FUCKING SHIT, I'VE MADE IT TO THE HALF-WAY POINT!!! WOOOOO!! Damn, 50 weeks is a long ass time, and I've still got another 50 to go.  I only get a short pat on the back, the bigger being when I finish.  Anyway, this week's suggestion is one from my parents, and considering that they're 2 of the funkiest people I know, I'm gonna go ahead and take their advice.  My mother was the first one to mention Cold Blood, and she was mainly talking about their lead singer, Lydia Pense, whose vocal stylings reminds her of myself.  Plus, Cold Blood is from the bay area, which is where my family took residence the longest.  I don't know anything about the band and haven't heard anything of theirs, so I've got fresh ears on this one.  Looking forward to it!

This Weeks Album...

shout out to the bay!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Final Grade: D

I did not enjoy this.  There were pockets of enlightenment only to be destroyed with overly loud drums or crazily unnecessary feedback.  I feel like under all of the weight and loud deconstructed stuff they've got going on here, there is actually potential for interesting ideas.  I'm intrigued enough to see what their most recent stuff sounds like.  This is their first album, so I can't really get down on them too, too much.  This randomness is just not my kind of thing.

No songs because...

I know I wont be able to find them, and to be honest, I don't think they're worth posting.

Songs of The Day

Kneil (Live):  Short song.  Can kind of understand what they're saying.  Something about "buckets" and then random drum stuff and more feedback.  Confused.

Gore in Crown (Live):  This is live "Gore in Rut," but it doesn't sound nearly as cool.  I don't think I would have enjoyed watching/listening this album live.

Carriage (Live):  High fucking note, which does not mix well with the crazy feedback going on.  This is not pleasant to my ears.  Goes on for way to long.  Takes way too long to calm down.  So random.  I did not like this at all.

The Mausker (Live):  I just wish this didn't sound so sloppy.  That's my problem.  They're not tight and I like tight grooves.  It sounds like they have no sense of time.  This chicks voice freaks me out.  I am not into this either.

Gold on Black (Live):  This is self-explanatory.

Sunday, September 11, 2011


listen here

Itchy P-Pads

listen here

The Pickup Bear

listen here

The Comedian Flavorists

listen here

Queen of the Mole People

listen here

Songs of The Day

Bendinin:  I dig the mellowness of this tune, it's a nice change from the super heaviness of everything else.  It's also nice to hear Satomi's voice more present, even though it's very meek and subdued.  There's definitely a random feel to the groove, but it's a little more structured than those of the past, which is mainly thanks to her melody.

Itchy P-Pads:  And back to the loud randomness we go.  I just wish there was more structure to their grooves so that I had something to follow.  Well, the title of this song is hilarious, so I can definitely get down with that. 

The Pickup Bear:  I wish the guitars weren't so muddled, because I think I would actually enjoy this song if it were just normal.  And if there was no feedback.  I dig that "the pickup bear" (whatever that's supposed to mean) is the only line in the song.  It is so difficult to critic these tunes.

The Comedian Flavorists:  See, I like when I can hear the guitar.  Much more enjoyable than all the muddled nonsense, in my opinion.  Not that it lasts for very long, but it's nice to hear it for a little bit.  It's still so random though.

Queen of the Mole People:  Yay for another mellow tune!  Probably the best way to end the the studio portion of the album out (the remaining are live).  It's also nice to hear a male voice.  And structure.  There's actually a recognizable groove to this, and I am very happy for that.  If only they all sounded like this...