I won't be confined.
Jon Brion - Walking Through Walls - Jon Brion is well known as the genius behind soundtracks for such films as Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia, and the upcoming I <3 Huckabees. Less well known is his work as a singer/songwriter, gorgeous psychedelic pop that easily recalls the sunny Beatles/Beach Boys sound, without the cloying cuteness of some Elephant 6 acts. 'Walking Through Walls' is packed to the gills with bouncy Sgt. Peppers-esque guitars, and a decidedly unbeatles vocal harmony of "motherfuckers". The slight touches of guitar fuzz on the chorus, the honkytonk pianos, the hints of something more dangerous, just waiting to explode in a live show, are everywhere in this song.
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J.U.F. - Last Wish of the Bride - I posted about Gogol Bordello a few months back, and people really did like what they've heard. Well, they're in Chicago right now, recording their 3rd proper album, with none other than Steve Albini at the boards. In the meantime, this is from a release from Gogol Bordello side project "Jewish-Ukrainishe Freundschaft" entitled Gogol Bordello Vs. Tamir Muskrat. Borne of Eugene Hutz's longtime DJing gigs @ Mehanata, the JUF is a DJ based take on the gogol sound, expanding the Gogol Bordello sonic pallette to take in elements of Rai, Reggae, Hiphop, and just about anything else Hutz manages to find interesting. Th is particular song is built around singer Eugene Hutz's storyteller persona as the band plays frantic party music, with the horns more dominating than in past Gogol music, and the rest of the band exploring a more global influence - especially in the rhythym. When the flutes solos kick in, it's clear that this is just a band having as good a time as it can, and showing off just how global they are. And when Gogol Bordello is the band in question, thats no sin.
J.U.F. - Gypsy Part of Town - What's this though? Have Hutz & Company decided to take on hip-hop? Eastern European Horn fills, and funny accents aside, the dynamics of this song scream hip hop to me. Hutz's vocals are definitely going for that vibe, and the breakbeats and female Rai vocal hook all scream that thats what they're trying for. So, it's Gypsy-folk-punk-rapper now? I'm down with that. And this is making me REALLY excited for the Gogol proper album. EXCELLENT stuff.
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