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Ten Great World Music Reissues & Previously Unreleased Archival Gems of 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 20, 2017 05:10pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

Baba Zulu

10. Baba Zula - XX (Glitterbeat)

Excellent compilation of psychedelic bellydance dub jams from Turkey. If you need more reasons to check this out despite reading that description, then perhaps the fact that Mad Professor produced some of this record will help convince you to investigate. Comes as a 2-CD set (2nd disc is of dub versions) or with the material from the first CD spread out over a nice 2-LP set, plus a CD of the dub versions. Truly innovative global fusion of the highest order, these folks should be way more popular than they are here in the USA, and here's your chance to help remedy that.
The Photographs of Charles Duvelle

9. Charles Duvelle & Hisham Mayet - The Photgraphs of Charles Duvelle - Disques OCORA and Collection PROPHET (Sublime Frequencies)

Top Ten Posthumous Releases of 2017

Posted by Billyjam, December 19, 2017 11:45pm | Post a Comment


10: The upcoming year-end December 23rd 2017 release of King Capital is the most anticipated of
the year among Pro Era hip-hop fans. Avid followers of the Brooklyn hip-hop collective's late founder, who committed suicide half a decade ago while still in his teens, have been patiently awaiting Capital STEEZ's posthumous debut studio album since the Brooklyn artist born Courtney Jamal Dewar, Jr.'s tragic 2012 self-inflicted death seven months before his 20th birthday. And now thanks to such friends as Joey Bada$$, who announced the release during the third annual STEEZ Day Festival, the late artist's long overdue album is finally going to drop.


9: Easystreet
Into The Stars (no label). A little over exactly one year ago the Bay Area underground arts/music scene suffered a devastating blow with the deadly fire at Oakland’s Ghost Ship warehouse that took the lives of 36 people: most local artists who died from smoke inhalation. These included Chelsea Faith Dolan (aka KALX DJ and Not Not Fun record label artist Cherushii) and Travis Hough, aka the electronic dance duo of Velvet Chang and Michael Blitzen, whom together made up the Italodisco act Easystreet. Since the December 2016 deadly inferno, good friend and frequent music collaborator of Dolan and Hough’s, Eric Bateman painstakingly produced the posthumous seven song Easystreet mini LP Into The Stars. This he meticulously did by culling various digital media sound file components uncovered in the two late artists’ archives of demos, rough takes, and live concert recordings. Additionally for the duo’s unfinished piano balled “Places (I Will Never Go),” Bateman assembled about a dozen singing friends of the artists who, dubbing themselves the “Easystreet Choir,” held a successful recording session at Berkeley’s Fantasy Studios. That session completed Bateman’s posthumous production of Easystreet’s Into The Stars which was released last month as a lovingly made, albeit very underground, release with no label and only 100 copies pressed up.

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Ten Great New International Music Releases from 2017

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 19, 2017 07:15pm | Post a Comment

By Michael Henning

Tony Allen, The Source

10. Tony Allen - The Source (Blue Note)

Now 77 years old, Allen still plays with the vigor of someone 50 years younger, managing to sound both extremely tight and also suitably loose on this new record. He doesn't miss a beat, carrying the eclectic array of compositions with his fantastically funky rhythms. On top of that, he somehow manages to make his extraordinary playing sound effortless, like he is barely trying. The tunes themselves range from Afrobeat stompers to more laid back, jazzy grooves.

 

antibalas, where the gods are in peace

9. Antibalas - Where The Gods Are In Peace (Daptone)

Brooklyn's now legendary Antibalas are probably the best known and most successful of the modern crop of Afrobeat bands, and for good reason. They've been at it for almost 20 years now, and have released six excellent studio albums along the way. Their new one, on the always reliable Daptone label, is another high mark for them, with some of their most impassioned playing yet, and their politically and socially conscious lyrics resound even more in these troubling times.

 

The Top 20 Soundtracks of 2017

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2017 06:58pm | Post a Comment

The Top 20 soundtracks of 2017

2017 has been one wild and weird year but fortunately, there's one thing we can all agree on: we got a bumper crop of amazing soundtracks. Works of art in their own right, the year's best soundtracks are atmospheric and evocative, heart-stirring and haunting. (Of course, some of 'em are also chock full of with non-stop-action party jams!) There really are some very strong mixes represented in our Top 20 picks that will appeal not only to fans of the films but to music heads looking for a well-curated collection of tunes. Read on to rediscover some recently-remastered and revitalized classics and to encounter some new and intriguing favorites, just in time for the holidays.

Read all of our Best of 2017 lists.

Fight Club

20. Fight Club (OST) - The Dust Brothers

Available on wax for the first time in fifteen years, the Fight Club soundtrack features legendary production duo The Dust Brothers serving up bleak industrial and dark techno. Available on pink vinyl.

New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Waxahatchee and Allison Crutchfield

Posted by Amoebite, December 19, 2017 06:25pm | Post a Comment

Waxahatchee & Allison Crutchfield What's In My Bag? Amoeba Music

Though twin sisters and ex-bandmates Allison Crutchfield and Katie Crutchfield (aka Waxahatchee) have gone their own ways musically, the two are still on the same wavelength when it comes to buying records. During a recent visit to Amoeba Hollywood, the two musicians had a lot to say about both their own selections and the albums the other one picked. Holding up the self-titled album by Lucinda Williams, Katie calls it "the greatest record cover of all time." The album art features a black and white photo of Williams, who is clad in a black biker jacket, and the album title written in red cursive. "Lucinda Williams is a whole thing for Allison and I," Katie continues. "She's probably my favorite songwriter of all time."

Tourist In Town Amoeba MusicAllison and Katie Crutchfield began playing music together in their early teens before developing their own flourishing solo careers. Allison makes synth-led indie rock while Katie's band, Waxahatchee, performs indie rock with a folksier bent. Allison has contributed keys and percussion to some of Waxahatchee's recorded output while Katie has contributed vocals to Allison's solo debut, 2017's Tourist in this Town.

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