The former Skull Disco co-founder Shackleton has always been a figure whose music seemed to bubble under the skin as much as rumble along the surface, so soundtracking a series of flies circulating around the studio of German artist Juergen Boettcher aka Strawalde, seems creepily fitting. I’m not particularly flummoxed by the footage, which seems like leftover scraps, but the utilization of a Shackleton soundtrack could mystify even the most mundane scenery.
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Just like Viktor Krauss and Marc Johnson before him, Kermit Driscoll is a versatile veteran jazz bassist making a debut album after many years of service as a session musician. And like the aforementioned musicians, his debut sounds an awful lot like an album made by his sometime-boss Bill Frisell. Is this such a bad thing? Hell no. Besides, it certainly helps that Driscoll’s originals are powerful enough to stand erect with any guitarist at the helm. Kris Davis and Vinnie Colaiuta fill out the ensemble on piano and drums respectively. Davis in particular goes above and beyond her call of duty with rolls and trills, and preparing the piano. And Colaiuta.. .well, Sting doesn’t hire just any old chump.
Reveille won’t drop until April, but it will be worth the wait.
August 2010, the subject of our latest look at the year’s biggest events in music, was a month full of teen talent and TV events.
The Jonas Brothers open their “Live in Concert” tour featuring Demi Lovato and other co-stars from the Camp Rock movies. The tour is considered unsuccessful, as cancellations due to weather and low ticket sales cut into profits.
If hypnagogic’s tape culture has a vinyl-only house-oriented equivalent, it’s Brooklyn-based Future Times Records. Their latest psychedelic pacakage by Protect-U is no exception. It’s one part Stan Brahkage and one part Light Brite. And the music’s pretty great too.
“We expect that Spotify will launch in the United States in the next few months.” Sound familiar? How about, “We are confident that Spotify will launch by the end of the year”? Whether it’s a Daniel Ek keynote speech at South by Southwest or some other Spotify spokesperson speaking to the press, the promise of certain arrival of Spotify in the U.S. has been regurgitated again and again, with few results, much to the chagrin of techies and music lovers in the United States.
For over three years now, U.S. music consumers and fans have been left to salivate while over 16 million European users have been freely enjoying one of the greatest music apps on the planet. As each year passes, devotees in the U.S. silently wonder, “will this be the year that Spotify finally comes to America?” Well, as it is shaping up, 2011 might finally be that year.