Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekly Playlist: 2/24/17:

T. Rex - Mambo Sun
Songhoy Blues - Sobour
Delicate Steve - Winners
David Bowie - Telling Lies
Adam Ant - Crackpot History And The Right To Lie
Lou Reed - The Last Great American Whale
Sun Kil Moon - Lone Star
Gene Loves Jezebel - Shower Me With Brittle Punches
Depeche Mode - Dressed In Black
Destroyer - Hey, Snow White

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981 Some Bizarre/Sire/Vertigo/Mercury)

Soft Cell - Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret (1981 Some Bizarre/Sire/Vertigo/Mercury)

Ross Allison

Pen/ink and marker  6 x 6

Friday, February 17, 2017

Swain - Howl (2013 Self-Released)

Swain - Howl (2013 Self-Released)

Ross Allison

Both are 4 x 4   Pen/ink and marker

Monday, February 13, 2017

Friday, February 10, 2017

The xx - I See You (2017 Young Turks)

The xx - I See You (2017 Young Turks)

Ross Allison

Pen/ink and marker on paper  8 x 6

Weekly Playlist: 2/10/17:

Mary Margaret O'Hara - Body's In Trouble
Tau-9 - Ed
A Winged Victory For The Sullen - Atomos VI
Cluster - Halwa
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Jubilee Street
Richard Hawley - Don't Get Hung Up In Your Soul
Elvis Costello - Tokyo Storm Warning
The Magnetic Fields - Strange Powers
Joan As Police Woman - Real Life
Nite Jewel - Running Out Of Time

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Hidden Talent: The Pablo Collective - "The Death Of Pablo"

A group of independent, experimental musicians band together to make a conceptual music project inspired by the concept and mentality behind Kanye West's controversial "The Life Of Pablo".  How do you continue talking about such a concept?

This four-track album (the shortest track length is about 14 minutes), believe it or not, does not sound like a barrage of incomprehensible hip-hop beats; instead, it's more ethereal, intriguing, and in some cases, startling and terrifying.

The first track ends with a spoken-word message insisting that the album "really matters, and in a sense, it really doesn't matter", just as long as it sparks creativity and motivation from those who listen to it, even from people who hate it.  The entire album, besides being a bizarre dissection of Kanye's troubled mentality, death, the purpose of art and music, and anything else you want to attach to the album, is a radical piece of art and sound collage that definitely deserves all of the attention it hopefully gets.  There's no other album that has sounded like this so far this decade.  That's something.

Listen to the album here:

And check out all of the musicians and artists who helped piece this album together: Tau-9, BPhax, Install A Friend, Nimnohi, Weird Drum Patterns, Lil Pacha, Kami Sutra, Human12, Ultima, Choof, and Riceball Jones.

These guys are going places (hopefully).

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Hidden Talent: tristaƱo - "sasquatch tape"

Imagine if Zero 7 released a collaborative beat tape with Air, and you'll have a pretty good understanding what separates this St. Louis beat producer from his countless, and I mean countless, other peers on Bandcamp.

These 21 tracks are short, sweet, and somehow perfectly reach an instrumental chillwave vibe that doesn't sound too much like lounge and remains strictly urban.  If you're an instrumental hip-hop fan, or even a jazz fan, there's definitely a lot in this debut to enjoy.  The fact that this is the very first project shows countless potential; it already sounds so focused and mature.

Listen to the beat-tape here:

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Weekly Playlist: 2/2/17:

Sam Amidon - How Come That Blood
Tom Waits - Dirt In The Ground
Oliver Nelson - Hoe Down
Elliot Smith - Clementine
Spinning Coin - Albany
Allison Crutchfield - Charlie
Moses Sumney - Man On The Moon
serpentwithfeet - Four Ethers
Jeff Wootton - Sea Of Sound
Frank Ocean featuring Earl Sweatshirt - Super Rich Kids

CAN - Monster Movie (1969 Sound Factory/United Artists)

CAN - Monster Movie (1969 Sound Factory/United Artists)

Ross Allison

Watercolor on paper  10.5 x 7.5