Localcentric: Feed Your CD
Player These Fine Releases
Camara Fanifan African/World
Getting up and dancing is the first
thought that comes to mind when traveling through this album. Tracks
such as "Mandage,” "Langi" and the title track to start with, will at
the very least have you nodding your head in rhythmic approval.
Abou (for short) is a
Vancouver-based, Guinea, West African born performer.
His music marries more modern electric
instruments (guitar, drums, bass, keys) with traditional African
instruments such as: djembe, balafon, doundoun, and gongoma. His band has included such fine musical cohort
as: Darren Parris (boy, he gets around), Craig McCaul on guitar, and JP
Carter on trumpet.
If you're looking for a more positive,
organic, satisfying, groove induced stew, get on this! "It will make
you happy!" Aboubacar tells no lies!
Mazinaw (self titled) Alt Rock/Pop
This is Stevo and company's second
release. It's best described as rewarding, well-crafted, moody rock and
roll that glides effortlessly from track to track. Steve Wright (DJ
Weave as you may know him on Sunday nights at The Silvertone Tavern)
knows how to effectively mix world-weary lyrics with highly moving, yet
"Rock Sonnet" is made to blast from your
"1/2 Life" sounds like it could be a
lament about losing yourself after falling out of a particularly
draining obsession, but never fear, the melody is catchy and carries it
to considerable heights. "Believe Me" and "Never Do That Again" are
undeniable gems. "Bag Of Skin" offers a reprieve from the mostly
electric set which has enough variation and dynamics to keep your ears
happy. Mazinaw are unique and dynamic performers live. This CD is a
proud representation of what they offer in the clubs minus the visual
aids. You have to see them live and then take this CD home and glide
with it at full volume!
Magic Ass Confessions Of A Rocker Alt Pop/Rock
Here's a band within some Pop smarts.
Sweet harmony vocals, delightful chord changes, intriguing stories,
quirky keyboard fills, playful melodies and some fine linear notes.
Brock Ellis, Luke Gustafson, Scott Watts
and company came to my knowledge at the Joe Strummer tribute I devised
last March. I finally get to hear their original material and I find it
quite delightful. "Jimmy Sunshine" is my Pop song of the summer. The
playful changes and Kim Stewart's (via The Parlour Steps) sweet
harmonies make it so contagious. The boppy "And God Created Woman," the
journalistic opus "Wasteland Of The 5 W's,” and the catchy lament about
modern oppression, "Kit Kat Boogaloo" are other rewarding stops along
the way. Feed your hungry CD player this very satisfying Pop
confection, and look for the inverted heart logo that says Magic Ass at
a club near you!
There You Go.
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