Thursday, April 23, 2009

Casual Listening - Art Brut, Camalion, Allen Toussaint

Casual Listening

a review of cool new music

by Jeff Pinzino

April 24, 2009

! Art Brut – Art Brut vs. Satan (rock)

Irrational exuberance personified. Art Brut’s singsong-shouted lyrics share enormous enthusiasm about everyday things like public transportation. Add tight punk-pop guitar and drums and you can’t help but giggle every time you hear them.

Listen to Art Brut “The Replacements

Camalion – De Las Cenizas (Latin)

“Old-school” Reggaeton is the reggae-rap fusion that comes from the Puerto Rican underground of the 1990’s. Camalion was part of that scene, and is on a crusade to bring these sound back into circulation. Camalion remakes classic tracks, keeping the distinctive, heavy beat that made Reggaeton a dance favorite, but which new artists have increasingly put aside.

Listen to Camalion “Rebel Music

Allen Toussaint – The Bright Mississippi (jazz)

A loving tribute to New Orleans style traditional jazz. Old favorites like St. James Infirmary and West End Blues live again in the hands of a crackerjack ensemble of piano, clarinet, trumpet, guitar, bass and drums.

Listen to Allen Toussaint “Bright Mississippi

Mamane Barka – Introducing Mamane Barka (world)

Barka is the last living master of the Biram, a harp from Niger that looks like a small boat. Zig-zag baritone string melodies ride alongside galloping drums and call-and-response vocals.

Listen to Mamane Barka “Alhadj

The Boxmasters – Modbilly (country)

Classic honkytonk and rockabilly from a new band with attitude and serious talent. Twenty-four tracks on a double album, and you’re still left wanting more.

Listen to Boxmasters “Heartbreakin’ Wreck

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – How Big Can You Get? The Music of Cab Calloway (jazz)

BBVD have expanded to a full big band for this album of swing-era greats. Although it’s impossible to match Calloway’s vocal style, their reproduction of the huge sound of classic swing makes this a satisfying listen.

Listen to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy “Hey Now, Hey Now

* highly recommended

! highest recommendation

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