Monday, April 12, 2004

Feeling Horny?

Taking a ball from The Tofu Hut and running away with it, (in a most childish fashion, seeing as I am one of the Hut's guest reviewers during a week of Kiddy Glisten - go check it out!), I'm going to do a theme this week and try to stick with it.

Theme being, Horns. Brass. Etc.

The forgotten instrument from the original rock combo, we often forget nowadays that a standard early rock 'n' roll band did feature in it's instrumentation not just a guitar and a drum kit and a bass (usually upright), but also a piano, and generally a sax, if not a full horn section.

Sadly, all too many rockers have forgotten the poor horn, even though the keys see occasional revivals - The Rapture's use of a sax notwithstanding. The few that do, often walk the path of bands like Chicago - failing to really rock out with the horn, and instead using it as an excuse to be different. Which is a damned shame. Because the fact of the matter is that horns DO rock.


Giddy Motors - Hit Cap - this London by way of Chicago trio with awesome names (Gaverick De Vis. Manu Ros.*). This song comes and is gone in a whirl of noise and energy, with a sax that intrudes on the cyclone like a knife, cutting in and out at exactly the right points, giving hints of melody, of tone, of a jazziness thats always lurking just around the corner... just down the road, but running, always running, and guarded jealously by the ravings of that screaming homeless guy you always cross the street to avoid. But it's there... oh yes it is - and you won't be able to stop listening until you find it.

The Klezmatics - Shprayz Ikh Mir and
The Klezmatics - Beggars Dance - It would be wrong of me to let Pesach, a post about religous music, AND a week of horn music go by without the Klezmatics showing up there somewhere. The Klezmatics are stylistic chameleons of the first order, mixing up Jazz and funk, and traditional hebrew music and mid-eastern rhythyms and rock and soul and polka and so much else it's not even worth talking about. When people talk about music becoming more global, and cross cultural fusions, this is what they're talking about. Well, this and tomorrows post... These two tracks are both off of 1997's Possessed. Try not singing along to that Dai Dai Dai Dai Dai! on Shprayz Ikh mir.

One last note - can someone please confirm to me whether yesterdays BitTorrent post works? I know it was working yesterday, but I still have it seeded, and I'm getting no peers - which means either nobody wants the archives (in which case I won't do it again at the end of May), or it means that somebody else has a complete copy and is seeding it and I can stop. Or it's just broken.

So, which is it?

* Okay, so Gordon Ashdown isn't so awesome.

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