A survey from nine albums that Marshall has appeared on in the last decade. A nice pleasant romp through jazz, bluegrass & Brazilian music w/Mike on the mandolin. Cuts #13 & 15, he plays the guitar. Cut #17 is a duet w/Bela Fleck.
Archive for October, 2010
Mr. Ho's Orchestroticareview by LJPalardy
This 23 piece space age pop big band revisits some popular music of the 1950s which I still like(I’m probably the only one old enough to hear this music at the peak of its popularity). Juan Garcia Esquivel had a busy career in the 50s, 60s & 70s until he abruptly returned to Mexico never to be heard of again. This recording will eventually be filed in the cocktail/drek section underneath old World CDs.
Comprised entirely of tunes by The Beatles, this jam band gets right to the heart with not a whit of self-consciousness. No track exceeds five minutes in length as in the original work. Appeared at Higher Ground 10/29/10.
Solo six string acoustic guitarist on a release of 5 jazz standards & 5 standards that he has reworked & renamed.
Bonilla(trb) born in CA of Costa Rican heritage now playing & teaching in NYC leads his ensemble in a recording which reminds me of the West Coast jazz sound. It seems to be a battle between the elegant & the rough. Luis gives members plenty of room to solo. All cuts are original compositions by Luis & other members of the ensemble. Post bop.
Acclaimed Brazilian pianist in a 2-CD release. CD#1 are duets recorded in US w/some of his favorite American musicians. CD#2 are duets recorded in Brazil w/some of his favorite Brazilian musicians. Check booklet inside for identifying muscians on each cut.
Viking Skull- Heavy Metal Thunder
Release date: 26Oct2010
Label: Restricted Release
Viking Skull is a heavy metal band from the U.K that originated as a spoof backup band for Raging Speedhorn. They have seen a few lineup changes, most notably taking on Jess Margera (CKY) on drums. In fact, I figured that with their connection to Bam Margera (their song “Skull Heaven” appeared on the compilation, Viva La Bands), that they would be nothing more than a spoof of heavy metal. The song titles seem clichéd. I must ask, how does their sound stack up against metal juggernauts such as Black Sabbath, Thin Lizzy and Orange Goblin (all mentioned as influences in their bio) ? “Beers, Drugs and Bitches” gets things pouring with profanity-laced heavy metal that would make the chairman of the FCC blush. If one of your influences is Black Sabbath, it is mandatory that you rip some of their riffs and this song is no exception. “Wizard’s Sleeve” is more blatant in the way it rips off Iommi and Butler. It is slightly friendlier lyric-wise. Rather than drone on and on about each song, I would recommend the following tracks: “Rape, Pillage and Burn” (riffs are excellent but try and ignore the idiotic chanting), “Red Hot Woman” (think Motley Crue with a southern accent), “Seedealer”, “Heavy Metal Thunder” (I think I hear a bit of Blue Cheer in the guitars, unless my mind is playing tricks) and “Baby Let Me Know” (AC/DC anyone?). Personally, I feel that there are too many songs here and this results in a jumbled mess of unoriginal music. I also take issue with the fact that Roddy Stone tries too hard to be Lemmy and fails miserably throughout this album. In conclusion, this CD is great if you’re looking for background noise for a night of drunken partying and unprotected sex. You won’t remember much of it the morning after but it will compliment the sound of vomit splattering the inside of your toilet.
FCC: 1 (2-6 are clean, check rest for profanities)
Try: 1, 2, 9, 10, 11, 16
1. Beers, Drugs And Bitches
2. Wizard’s Sleeve
4. Rape Pillage And Burn
5. Crazy Trucker
6. Skull Heaven
7. Born In Hell
8. Crank The Volume
9. Red Hot Woman
11. Heavy Metal Thunder
12. Saddle Up
13. Double Or Quits (demo version)
14. Rock And Roll Suicide
15. Conquer The World
16. Baby Let Me Know
17. Skulls & Whiskey
18. Dirty Dirty Hole
19. Inject My Woman (With Love)
20. You Can’t Kill Rock & Roll
North Hills starts off as a slow, lumbering folk rock album with not a lot of depth. However, as the album progresses, elements of Americana and Soul resonate and show through with some tinges of Country. Many tracks have some great vocal harmonies that are flawlessly executed. The album ranges from mid to upbeat Folk rock/Americana toe-tappers to drawn out folk ballads. Though some songs feel a bit slow and drawn out, at their best, they can evoke a lot of feeling and emotion. North Hills, ultimately comes together as a very solid folk/country album which can be enjoyed by many.
RIYD: Dr. Dog, The Band, The Eagles
FCC - Clean Recommend: 2,4,5*,9,
Another Goner Records gem straight outta Austin, TX. If you pause and look out your right window you will see a silly group of men, playing those rock and roll stripped down instruments with a high pitched Hunx style, singing about basketball, his friend Dan, druuuugs, his brain, and those crazy Christians. Whoa, what a sight it is! Get yr groove thang moving ever so slightly up and down following the one two cha cha cha and dance with them, lazy baby.
RIYD: King Tuff, Hunx and his Punx
PUHLAY! 3, 2, 6, 9
Release date: 15Oct2010
Label: Ván Records
The press release that came with this album describes Vanderbuyst as an unabashed tribute to NWOBHM/80s hair metal. It lists influences such as UFO, Rainbow, Thin Lizzy and Deep Purple among others. Vanderbuyst is comprised of Willem Verbuyst (guitar), Jochem Jonkman (vocals, bass) and Barry van Esbroek (drums). “To Last Forever” starts off this cd with a sound that seems like a heavier version of The Eagles and/or The Alan Parsons Project. Not quite what I expected but hey, it’s a start. “Tiger” is more like it with an obvious NWOBHM feel (perhaps early Iron Maiden), as Jochem makes good use of the Guild bass, flowing along well with Barry on drums. Half-way through the track, they switch gears and their sound turns into what seems to be a rip-off of Kill ‘Em All-era Metallica. “Stealing Your Thunder” sounds like KISS if they had actual talent, borrowing a bit here and there from The Scorpions and AC/DC as well. As much as I’d like to find something original about this music, it is a debut album and there’s plenty of time for Vanderbuyst to find a niche and develop their own licks, etc. I want to add that “Rock Bottom” is a cover of the UFO classic, true to form and longer in nature due to the insistence of the band in stretching it out via drum solos and extended playing. A fitting tribute. “From Pillar To Post” is another live track that isn’t much different from the other tracks sound-wise. Overall, this is an interesting album from an interesting group. Other than the KISS dig (which I’m sure some will give me flack for, despite the fact that I actually like them), I’ve pretty much summarized what Vanderbuyst is all about. Is this a great album? Not quite. But, is it a great tribute album? It most certainly is! I look forward to future output from Vanderbuyst.
Try: 2, 3,5, 6
1. To Last Forever
3. New Orleans
4. Traci Lords
5. Stealing Your Thunder
6. Rock Bottom (Live) - UFO cover
7. From Pillar To Post (Live)