History of DJ Krush
History of DJ Krush is a collectorâ€™s set of 3DVDs of Japanâ€™s leading DJ Krush who has elevated the art of turntablism, live collaboration with singers and musicians, as well as inspired mixing bringing his cosmically surreal and so-hip-it-hurts programming together into a full overview of a gifted artist. Playing with layering, minimalistic treatments, loops, computer programs and all forms of musical experimentation he has built a worldwide audience for his unique trance-like compositions often collaborating with rappers and vocalists. from funky full stops to dark, low, sensitive and deep sonic soundscapes heâ€™s fearless and letâ€™s the audienceâ€™s own heartbeats fill in the texture for a thrilling and cerebral experience. Included are live concert footage, videos and documentary interviews as well as full discography, words, gig almanac and history from producer Noriko Asano. Gig alerts! DJ Krush travels the human condition Oct 26 @ San Franciscoâ€™s Mighty and Oct 29 @ Pomonaâ€™s Glass House.
Twenty-something singer-songwriter Matthew Duffy is moist and ready to take on the aural pleasure needs of a seductive nation. With electronica kissed compositions and poetic lyrics his sultry delivery belies that they actually are good building blocks for a dance set. Literally singing the soundtrack for an evening of naughty good times and introspective soulful realness he should be bursting on the Pride circuit any day now. From Healing Machine - â€śMake me a witness/ i Can see it in your eyes/ I can feel it in your hands/ Even though I canâ€™t tell why/ The healing machine can/ Deep down inside, I know I tried/ There has to be more to life than this/ Deep down inside, I know I tried/ I was meant to live for so much more.â€ť My picks: â€śRide It,â€ť â€śDonâ€™t Speakâ€ť featuring Q-Boy â€śPretty,â€ť â€ś#1 Enemy,â€ť â€śRopeâ€™s Endâ€ť and â€śHealing Machine.â€ť
Raised in Austrailia the uber hunky trio of brothers, the Bee Gees, were the poster children of the very best of non-queer disco. Fill in your own joke here. No one could make polyester look good but they came close and easy could have been hair models for menâ€™s magazines as they simply oozed macho rugged looks while being soft enough as to not threaten. Pile on their soaring R&B falsetto in three part harmony and you have the birth of elevator music. I actually do like them, in light doses, but disco was not the best period for pop music and culturally it rolled over so much other stuff in its wake that i probably hold a grudge, who knows. Maurice, Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb defined soft rock and disco for generations and remain one of the most recognizable music groups ever. give credit where itâ€™s due. For you youngster consider renting the movie â€śSaturday Night Feverâ€ť to see the promise of sexuality that disco had. My picks: â€śTragedy,â€ť â€śYou Should Be Dancing,â€ť â€śStayinâ€™ Alive,â€ť â€śToo Much Heaven,â€ť â€śStayinâ€™ Alive,â€ť â€śRest Your Love On Me,â€ť â€śNights on Broadway, â€ś â€śSpirits (Having Flown),â€ť â€śWind Of Changeâ€ť and â€śIf I Canâ€™t Have You Remix.â€ť
Americana alt-rock groovesters Luca breeze in and swell music into a soft roar subtle charming the weary and confusing the wicked. Based in Tucson, Arizona they have a tight musicianship probably from their former life as a trio but they are toe-tapping with rock orchestrations and lay out a near-triipt cover of Lou Reedâ€™s â€śWalk On the Wildsideâ€ť. My picks: â€śBitten,â€ť â€śItâ€™s Not Over Yet,â€ť â€śWalk On the Wildside,â€ť â€śDown,â€ť â€śWas It a Dream,â€ť â€śI Still Believeâ€ť and â€śFires Burning.â€ť Gig alerts! Luca washes ashore with full agenda Oct 20 @ San Franciscoâ€™s The Rite Spot and Oct 21 @ San Franciscoâ€™s Hemlock Tavern.
Concerto em Lisboa w/Bonus DVD
World music chanteuse Mariza brings forth the Portuguese song-form known as fado; part flamenco, part African and some art song â€“ some call it Portuguese blues. I think of it more as world torch for the hyper drama and wizened timelessness amongst us all. Some liken it to the songs of sadness, sorrow and yearning when a person isnÂ´t near you and you miss them but also are happy for the memories and wish they were with you again. It is characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics. And Mariza is one of the worldâ€™s best divaâ€™s of the torchy fado tradition. The 2 disc set includes a bonus DVD of her live in concert. Gig alert! Mariza names the hurt and sings through it Oct 23 @ Berkeleyâ€™s University of California Zellerbach Hall.
Oliver â€śTukuâ€ť Mtukudzi
Zimbabweâ€™s Oliver â€śTukuâ€ť Mtukudzi is not only an exceptional singer he also acts as an an ambassador for the country and music appearing in numerous movies such as â€śJit,â€ť â€śNeria,â€ť â€śUnder African Skiesâ€ť and â€śThe Soul Of The Mbiraâ€ť and his music has launched him up the Afro-pop charts worldwide. World-famous for his socially conscious African jazz and seasoned voice his upbeat songs are delightful comfort in any language. Tsimba Itsoka means â€śno foot, no footprintâ€ťand the entire album challenges listeners to think what oneâ€™s legacy will be when nothing of us but our spirit is still alive. Tuku has also composed soundtracks for documentaries about Africaâ€™s ongoing struggle against AIDS. My picks: â€śMerey Mathay,â€ť â€śMhinduro,â€ť â€śHapana Kuti Mbijana,â€ť â€śNjuga,â€ť â€śMasimba Mashomaâ€ť and â€śMbiri Hurimbo.â€ť Gig alerts! Oliver Mtukudzi brings the goodness of our motherland Oct 25 @ Santa Cruzâ€™s Kumbwaa Jazz Center and Oct 26-28 @ Oaklandâ€™s Yoshiâ€™s Jazz Club.q
Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy Â Â Â
Icelandic experimental band Mumâ€™s Go Go Smear the Poison Ivy is a massive treat of quirky whispy folk-pop, electronica-kissed disorienting beauty with plenty of hazy experimental flourishes. Beautifully bizarre, sensual and magically morose all at the same time. â€śBless the weeds that grow beyond/Just like rain and dust appear/ Go, go smear the poison ivy/Let your crooked hands be holy.â€ť Well OK, I just might! My picks: â€śBlessed Brambles,â€ť â€śA Little Bit, Sometimes,â€ť â€śMoon Pulls,â€ť â€śDancing Behind My Eyelids,â€ť â€śGuilty Rocksâ€ť and â€śWinter (What We Never Were After All).â€ť Gig alert! MĂşmâ€™s otherworldly enchantments will burn the chills Oct 25 @ San Franciscoâ€™s The Grand.
If you like Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, the Velvet Underground or Black Sabbath youâ€™ll likely love the psychedelic-bluesy Canadian rockers Black Mountain and their debut of the same name. Classic and reworked brooding rock nâ€™ roll complete with graspy raspy, angsty vocals and walls of guitar mayhem. My picks: â€śDonâ€™t Run Our Hearts Around,â€ť â€śDruganaut,â€ť â€śSet Us Free,â€ť â€śNo Hits,â€ť â€śHeart of Snowâ€ť and â€śFaulty Times.â€ť Gig alert! Black Mountain timewarps the innocence away Oct 24 @ San Franciscoâ€™s The Independent.