Daily Archives: June 6, 2011

Cotton Jones “Tall Hours In The Glowstream” [ALBUM REVIEW]

After a week off from writing this blog I wanted to come back with a bang.  I wanted to come back with something new, fresh, fast and awesome.  I definitely got the fresh, new and awesome parts down, but the fast I guess is debatable and ok fine maybe not totally new, sue me.  Cotton Jones has been on my radar for years now and as we all know bands find there ways out of our thoughts no matter how good they were/ are.  I was reintroduced to them on a brief trip to Boston last week.  The musical heavens parted and I was reunited with a cool band with a mellow sound to reintroduce myself to on a laid back trip.  Doesn’t get any better.  This is Cotton Jones.

Sail of The Silver Morning – Cotton Jones

Cotton Jones is the brainchild of lead singer Michael Nau.  I was introduced to him as the lead singer of the band Page France in Boston and soon after he started Cotton Jones.  Since 2005 Cotton Jones, a solo moniker for Nau, has released either an EP or a full length offering.  Their most recent full legnth release is called “Tall Hours In The Glowstream”.  Released in 2010 “Glowstream” features the soothing harmonies and great atmosphere I have come to appreciate from Cotton Jones.  This folk record has all the elements I like to hear when I want to sit down, listen and relax.

A Place At The End Of The Street – Cotton Jones

I love the drums on this record.  Nice and loose with limited low end.  I’m addicted to the rattle of the loose snares.  They compliment the twang of the spacey guitars and the twangy drawl of Michael Nau’s voice.  The effects on this record in my opinion are very appropriate.  I sometimes hate when the vocals are flooded with reverb and delay is added to give spacey texture or they sound like your in a closet or oversized bathroom, but in this case it adds to the music instead of take away, which for my taste is really rare.

Most of this music tends to be mellow, which is awesome. However this is one great track on “Glowstream” which I do believe it a Cotton Jones jam.  The song is called “Goethe Nayburs.”  It’s completely instrumental and it features the horns that are kept quiet on the rest of the record.  It’s a great little driving song and after listening to this record a number of times now I think it’s starting to grow on my as my favorite because I didn’t expect it.

Goethe Nayburs – Cotton Jones

I don’t think I need to sell you on Cotton Jones any more.  They have an amazingly mellow sound and they are my personal choice for easy listening on a hot California day.  There’s just one problem…  They are on tour and they aren’t coming to California!  There tour page is here and they have a bunch of dates coming up so obviously I must insist you see them live.

Cotton Jones recently released a short 4 song EP in February of 2011 .  The EP is called “Sit Beside Your Vegetables” and I can’t find it on their site, but I was able to buy it on iTunes.  He’s my favorite song from it.

Egg On A Sea – Cotton Jones

Of course I wouldn’t leave you hangin’ without the last tune from “Tall Hours In The Glowstream” as well.

No Things I Need (Like Some Time Ago) – Cotton Jones

Buy all their music HERE.  Seriously do it.

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Leon Botha – South African DJ passed away yesterday (June 5, 2011) [VIDEO] [MUSIC NEWS]

Leon Botha

Leon Botha, best known as the opening DJ for Die Antwoord and inspiring painter, passed away yesterday ultimately from heart failure.  He had progeria, a rare medical condition that produces rapid aging from childhood.  Leon’s work was heavily influenced by the Samurai tradition, which he studied.  He died the day after his 26th birthday, making him one of the oldest people to live with the disease.  Check out this video from Spindle mag highlighting his DJ skills.

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

 

 

Black Uhuru Live at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO [Photos]

Black Uhuru Live at Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom, Denver, CO

Black Uhuru – “Sponji Reggae”

Black Uhuru

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Tyler The Creator – She (feat. Frank Ocean) [MUSIC VIDEO]

Narrative:  Tyler falls in love with the girl next door and tries to woo her away from her boyfriend. Performance: Tyler raps as he moves through the video – on a bike, at a creek, sniffing his paramour’s panties. Frank Ocean hovers in the backyard.

Song: One of the less brutal tracks from Bastard. Ostensibly a love song.

Why You Should Watch It: Tyler’s made it known that he wants to be known for directing more than he wants to be known for his music, and the kid’s off to a good start.  Though it’s difficult to draw a consistent stylistic line between this and “Yonkers,” it’s clear he has an eye for visuals that compliment the music he and the rest of the collective produce. It’s especially obvious when you take into account the Golf Wang videos, the promotional spots for Bastard, and even the “Sandwiches” performance on Fallon – with its wandering hospital-gown zombie girl, garden gnomes and green ski masks.

While I can’t say for sure, I’d suspect the hand-drawn upside-down crosses and rounded, jaunty font used consistently across anything Odd Future is Tyler’s version of branding as well. If this is all the product of the same mind, it’s hard to argue against a consistent vision.

It’s impossible to say if Tyler’s developed a cinematic style to go with this content, but the sure-footed use of a tilt-shift lens in  “Yonkers,” and “She”s use of Steadicam in the bedroom sequences display an understanding of visual grammar. In terms of their pacing, the Golf Wang videos and promotional piece below seem to borrow liberally from an unlikely source.

I couldn’t place it at first, but after a couple views it clicked: they look like early millenia MTV promos. The cutting, the canned sound effects, the sketch-like content – an MTV tag could’ve come up on the end of any of those clips and I wouldn’t have been surprised.

This is part of what works so well in “She” – how it takes elements of music videos almost everyone of a certain age will recognize and puts them into an otherwise bat-shit crazy narrative. Of course the boyfriend character is a shirtless, Uzi-wielding punk, of course the adults are played by members in wigs, of course the object of Tyler’s affection meets him at the lake (even though whoever left her that instruction was clearly a creep). These things are all foregone conclusions drawn from dozens of gangster rap, Beastie Boys and cheesy pop videos, the way Tarantino knows from years of obscure Seventies films that dirty cops are named Scagnetti. It’s a reflection of the music: “here’s what I’ve been fed, isn’t it awful?” Is it a stretch to point out that his Twitter profile picture was one of him displaying a mouthful of chewed up food? It’s like he’s showing us the deranged, evil kid all these influences should have made him, but didn’t. Instead, he’s content to just rub our faces in it.

Of course, compiling references does not make a good video:

– but Tyler and crew just use the references as dressing, not the content. The content is all black-eyed obsession and suggested murder. Instead of casting himself as a hero (which, given the lyrics would be unlikely), Tyler is a grade-A creeper. Everything around him seems to be operating at various Lynchian levels of insanity and surreality.

No one here is redeemable, and considering the video ends with Tyler about to kill a girl watching the video on TV, it would seem that goes for the audience too.

By: Chris Cullari | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @ChriswithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

Arsonist & Dot The One – “Let My Tape Rock” [Music Video]

This is the newest from Philly rapper Arsonist feat. Dot The One and Jimmy Konway. The Biggie sample on this beat is dope. Off of Arsonist’s new mixtape Human Torch Swagger hosted by Dj R to the Izza, this is “Let My Tape Rock”:

Dot The One has really been gettin busy lately, readying up for his new mixtape Above. Ground. Level., to be released on July 6th. This will be the must-have underground hip hop mixtape of the year, if you want my opinion. Here’s a little preview of what you can expect on A.G.L.:

Download the full song here

Here’s a sick freestyle a cappella from Dot The One too. This mixtape is looking promising.

Stay tuned for more on Dot. I’ve been sayin it for a while, but really, it’s just a matter of time with this dude. Crazy talent.

– Dante Cullari CEO Beat-Play, LLC