14 October 2006

New CD: Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah!

clap_your_hands.jpgAmazon.com: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: Music: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

I know, the album was released in 2005, but, sometimes things just slip by you, you know? Holly and I were in Albina Press having some great Stumptown coffee together (without children!) as part of our 9th anniversary celebration. There's always great music being played at the North Mississippi/Albina hipster hangout, and this album was being played that morning.

Sheepishly, I shyly walked up to the counter and asked one of the baristas what band they were playing (I hate doing that - it's a really hard thing for me to do. I don't mind asking a stranger for directions, but asking a stranger to tell me what music they're playing, I have a hard time with. I guess, I don't have any bones about admitting I'm lost, but I can't stand to admit there's music that I'm not familiar with).

Well, enough of my psyche. This album weathers many repeat plays. The opening track is sort of annoying - a circus type announcer saying "Clap Your Hands" etc. Fortunately, it only lasts 1 minute 48 seconds (way too long, however, for any kind of album intro, I think). However, the rest of the CD, especially the indie "hit" The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth, makes up for it by a long shot.

Check it out. It's a fun CD. The singer's voice takes some getting used to, but for those of us who grew up with the Violent Femmes, you'll find his voice very familiar. Kind of like comfort food.

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08 October 2006

New CD: A Rough Guide to Dub

Rough Guide to DubThe Rough Guide to Dub: Various Artists

I just found this disc. This series is is fantastic. It's a great way to find out more about world music genres (they've got just about everything from Chinese to South African Gospel, to bluegrass). I particularly enjoy the opening track by ET Randy's All Stars "Ordinary Version Chapter 3." There's just something relaxing about a good dub groove. Those echoing drums and sound effects really sound other-worldly almost. Speaking of those echos, the second track, Keith Hudson's "Satia" comes to mind. Perfectly placed steel drum rolls. Pop, pop, pop! Crunchy guitar riffs on the up-beat. Love it.

There's even a great track (#3), "Conquering Dub", from the dub innovator himself, King Tubby.

"What is dub music?" you might ask. Good question. Bascially, it's a form of instrumental music birthed from reggae and ska music. It's usually an instrumental "version" of a song already recorded, with added sound effects, primarily heavy echo and reverb.

For more information, check out the dub wiki.

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