Bobby – Bobby

June 30, 2011

The members of Bobby are from Bennington College via Western Massachusetts.

And although their band’s name is completely uninformative, their self-titled lp is excellent.

Filled with music that evokes, as this reviewer puts it so nicely, “that drowsy space between wakefulness and sleep.”

“Nap Champ” (Live at Old South Church, Boston)

“Sore Spores”


Lee “Scratch” Perry: born in 1936, still going strong in 2011.

“Rise Again,” produced by Bill Laswell and released by M.O.D. Technologies.

Help from Sly Dunbar, Bernie Worrell, Ejigayehu Gigi Shibabaw, among others.


jj – You Know

June 16, 2011

“You Know,” from no 3, Secretly Canadian 2010.

Only one band in the world right now could blast nonstop through a 75-minute “rock opera” and still leave you wanting more. And that band would be Fucked Up.

With “David Comes to Life,” moving one step closer to the circle that includes the Clash, the Gang of Four, Mission of Burma, and not too many others.

“Queen of Hearts”

Album Promo, Matador Records

Battles – Gloss Drop

June 11, 2011

Battles‘ new lp, “Gloss Drop,” features vocal performances by Matias Aguayo, Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead, Yamantaka Eye of Boredoms, and Gary Numan.

And John Stanier on drums, of course. Superb as always.


“Ice Cream,” with Matias Aguayo



Mountains - Air Museum - Thrill Jockey (2011)

Sounds of summer ….


This album — a wonderful collaboration between the Japanese ensemble Minamo and the Australian electronic/ambient artist Lawrence English — came out last year, but I heard it for the first time today.

Excerpts from a live performance, below.

Minamo + Lawrence English, Live 2010