The title Tales From the Grand Bazaar tells you much of what you need to know about Bombay Dub Orchestra, as the bazaar is where cultures meet and intertwine, with Istanbul’s bazaar being the grandest. The band builds that out further, pulling sounds and textures from places as diverse as India, Turkey, Macedonia and Brazil, while blending them into a mellow electronic vibe that can be quite mesmerizing.
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Yet, this music sounds utterly contemporary. Azure Blue’s debut album, Rule of Thirds, received many critical accolades back in 2011 with the culmination being a win for best pop album in the Swedish version of the Grammys last year. Now Isaksson returns with his sophomore album under the Azure moniker, the philosophically titled Beyond the Dreams There’s Infinite Doubt. Matinee Records will release the album next week in the US, but it has released today in Sweden, so here’s your official preview of the new music… that is, unless you live in Sweden.
On his rockin’ new Americana album, High Times, Charlie Robison covers some of his favorite tunes. “Look Out Cleveland”, penned by the Band’s Robbie Robertson, is a surefire highlight, as is Doug Sahm’s “Nuevo Laredo” and Bob Dylan’s “When I Paint My Masterpiece”. He honors his sister as well with takes on a number of Ludwick’s tunes. Great stuff all around that makes you feel like you’re downing Lone Star longnecks at the local Texas roadhouse.
Last year, we caught Brooklyn’s Black Taxi at CMJ Music Marathon and this year, the band will again be a part of CMJ with spots on at least three showcases, the No Shame event on October 18th at 2 pm at Cameo Gallery in Brooklyn, then in Manhattan for two gigs on the 19th, at Madison House event in the morning at Rockwood and to the Mercury Lounge again that night. From the way the band’s sound has developed in the past year (listen to the Chiaroscuro EP stream below), I’d be eager to catch them again. Astheir shows are already explosive, this stronger and more confident core of songs will allow for a larger presence on stage.
Back in 1970, Phillips was signed to Canyon Records by Macon producer Swamp Dogg and this album was meant to follow on the heels of Doris Duke’s hit “I’m a Loser”. Then a funny thing happened on the road to hitsville… the label went belly up and, with it, Phillips recording. Now, Too Many People in One Bed is finally being released by Alive Naturalsound Records on October 1st. Here we premiere the entire record for your listening pleasure.
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