One of the best songs to come out in the last several years.
Morning Teleportation - Crystalline
This band is astounding. They are from Bowling Green, Kentucky. They are a little bit ska, and a little bit folk, but mostly they are just wildly infectious psychedelic rock. They would have fit right in along side even the trippiest of the head bands of the 60s and 70s (and yet, the music is accessible. It is challenging, but not offensive. All around, just some great stuff. )
These guys are amazing. There is one obvious comparison that springs to mind (The Black Keys) but I think that it is really unfair to both bands to lean to heavily on it. There are some stylistic similarities between the music these guys play, and the music played by The Black Keys. The attitude is all different, though. (I think you’d be surprised how much of a difference attitude can make with this kind of music.)
It appears that not many people have been enjoying their music on youtube. Let’s fix that?
There isn’t much else to say. It’s good stuff, listen to it.
Their second album, Real Women, is available for download now. Physical copies go on sale on March 6th. Their first album is self titled. Both are available from a couple of dozen sources.
Thee American Revolution are Robert Schneider (Apples in Stereo) and brother in law Craig Morris. “Buddha Electrostorm”
This is an amazing song, from an amazing band, fronted by a member of the Elephant 6 collective (the Athens, GA based group of musicians that, in the mid 90s, spawned such indie rock darlings as Neutral Milk Hotel and The Apples In Stereo.)
Here we have fuzzed out, semi-psychedelic, Hendrix style guitar, with a bit of modern rock sensibilities on the vocals. It’s dirty, almost grungy, and it’s enthralling. (It sounds a lot like what The Apples were, in the beginning. A far cry from where they are today.)
Here we have 5-piece British Alt-Folk band Dry The River.
This song starts out slowly and sweetly. It reminds me, in the beginning, of something from “For Emma, Forever Ago.” (Except, you know, there are five people here. Each of them bringing something different, and impressive, to the mix. IMO that makes it better, or at least more impressive, than Bon Iver. [Not that I don’t love Bon Iver! For Emma, Forever Ago is still one of the albums I listen to the most often. I compare this band to Bon Iver, and Bon Iver to this band as a form of high praise in each direction.] so, yeah.)
Somewhere around the two minute mark, without sounding forced, without attracting any unnecessary attention, that slow, sweet, melodic music begins to build, ultimately forming into an anthemic, chaotic, gigantic wall of music. This is a Good Thing.
It’s quite a thing to listen to. I’m amazed that 5 people can make that much noise.
I’ve been led to believe that their album will come out soon. I’ll be back with more when it does.
This is one of my favorite pieces from my personal collection. Pressed into a remarkably brittle clay, this is the quintessential song of early rock and R&B.
I’ve been sitting on this one for a while. I picked it up a few years ago at an estate sale, because it was too awesome to pass up, but I’ve never owned a record player that was designed for playing 78s.
I’ve still got it. I’ve only listened to it twice, the first time shortly after I purchased it, the second time last night as I recorded audio samples using a friends turntable. To be frank, it was amazing. 78s sound… just different. What they lack in fidelity they make up for in character, in force. They transform familiar songs into something wholly other.
On the table we used it played through without skipping. It was a bit noisy, but that is the way of these things. As I said, I’ve recorded some audio samples, and I will post them soon.
I honestly don’t want to get rid of it. I’m even less inclined to upon hearing it again, but I can’t justify keeping it without the ability to listen to it.
I’m planning on selling it, but I’d like to avoid eBay and the like. It’s a really cool, and rather obscure find, and I thought I’d give the folks here at tumblr the first crack at it.
I’m asking $50 for the record, plus shipping. We can handle payment through paypal or google checkout.
More photos (and an audio sample) available upon request.
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I am firmly of the opinion that John Mayall is the greatest curator of Rock Guitarists of all time. The man himself was never exceptionally famous. If it wasn’t for the people he played with, I might not even know he of him. (Which is a shame, he is a fantastic musician that frequently played with some kickass bands) He has discovered, groomed, and let go, more rock musicians than anyone else that I know of.
I found this “Family tree” in an album that I purchased today (John Mayall and Some Memorable Men—Back to the Roots.) I thought it too perfect not to share.
The text on the left reads:
This genealogical tree purports to show, by way of its branches, the musicians who played in the various Mayall bands over a period of seven years. Below is a list of their names and where their individual careers led them. Due to the ever-changing movement of musicians from group to group this tree is only up to date to the beginning of 1971. The roots and the tree remain stable, but the branches will always be growing, spreading, and producing new offshoots.
Larry Taylor & Harvey Mandel (1971) – with the current Mayall band Sugarcane Harris (1971) – Solo career Jon Mark & Johnny Almond (1970) – a band called Mark-Almond Steve Thompson (1970) – open for business at this time Alex Dmochowsky (1970) – with Peter Green Colin Allen (1969) – Stone The Crows Mick Taylor (1969) – The Rolling Stones Jon Hiseman (1968) – leader of Collosseum Tony Reeves (1968) – Collosseum Dick Heckstall-Smith (1968) – Collosseum Andy Fraser (1968) – The Free Keef Hartley (1968) – leader of the Keef Hartley Band Henry Lowther (1968) – Keef Hartley Band Chris Mercer (1968) – Juicy Lucy Peter Green (1967) – a wandering minstrel John McVie (1967) – Fleetwood Mac Mick Fleetwood (1967) – Fleetwood Mac Aynsley Dunbar (1966) – The Mothers Of Invention Eric Clapton (1965) – Derek And The Dominos Jack Bruce (1965) – Tony Williams’ Lifetime Roger Dean (1965) – Whereabouts unknown Hughie Flint (1964) – McGuinness-Flint
Musicians who played in the earlier bands during the pre-1964 period included Bernie Watson, John Werder, Jeff Kirbit, Martin Hart, Peter Ward, Brian Mayall…
I’ve been listening to rock albums for the last several hours and the first song to make me actually FEEL anything today was this:
There are few pieces of music that I can listen to as tirelessly as The Dave Brubeck Quartet’s Time Out. It is, through and through, a masterpiece (and quite possibly the greatest jazz album of all time.)
This is the kind of music that makes me want to make more music. This song, the whole album, really, but this song (it’s opening track) and ‘Take 5’ especially manage to transcend traditional genre definitions.
It’s jazz, yes. It could have been (could be) a rock song, a folk song, dub-step, pop, blues, ballad, whatever. It is music. Music at it’s finest, expressing that ever important ability to evict emotion from nowhere, from nothing. There is a power in this music that is as real today as it was in 1959 when it was recorded. This is kind the kind of power the drives people to make music. And it is elusive.
When people tell me they don’t like jazz, this is what I make them listen to. Again and again and again.