OUTSIDE THE HEARD - NOVEMBER 2012

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Aranda
Stop The World
Wind-Up

 
Listening to Oklahoma City rock band Aranda is something like hearing an explosive hybrid of the atom bomb and all of Woodstock combined. They are an experience. Brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda have been writing, playing, and singing music together since they were kids, and even at a young age, they knew that music was going to be a major part of their lives. Dameon grew up to work with such artists as Jessica Simpson and the Backstreet Boys, as well as Grammy-nominated producers Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, and Mark Ronson. You might know them from “Whyyawannabringmedown,” which the WWE as the official theme song of their event The Bash. Stop the World was made with Grammy Nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Sevendust, Staind, Drowning Pool). The bands first single from the record is called 'Undone" and it’s a scorcher.
 
Alabama Shakes
Boys & Girls
ATO Records

 
It’s rare in this day and age to hear of an overnight success like that of the Alabama Shakes. After over a year-long period of ferociously building buzz after a noteworthy CMJ showcase, the band, who takes their name from their home state, make their world debut with Boys & Girls. With so much attention in such a short time, one might expect self-possessed, swaggering arrogance from the band. Alabama Shakes display nothing of the sort. Self produced and recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, the premier album is a monument to all the music that has influenced the band over the years. The spectre lingering over the album is that of the heyday of Muscle Shoals. Singer Brittany Howard’s soulful voice is as much Tina Turner as it is Bessie Smith, as much Keith Richards as it is Otis Redding, scraping across strains of country and blues driven guitars. In a time when most of the bands taking the world by storm wield laptops and synths, it’s refreshing to see a sincere Southern soul band take their turn in the spotlight. Check out the gospel-tinged rocker “I Found You” as well as the rootsy “Hang Loose” and “Goin’ to the Party.”
Circle Jerks
My Career As A Jerk
MVD Visual
 
From the beginning, LA punk band the Circle Jerks were rooted in controversy. Formed by ex members of Black Flag and Red Cross (now Redd Kross) in late 1979, the band came to encapsulate the image, sound and energy of California Hardcore Punk. Filmmaker David Markey (1991: The Year Punk Broke, The Slog Movie) mixes in-depth interviews, rare live footage and historical perspective to illustrate the story of one of the most influential bands in the American underground. My Career as a Jerk follows the band from their early days and classic debut to navigating the independent label and touring scene of the 80s to the addictions, fights and injuries that forced their break up. Of course the story doesn't quite end there.
 
Boys Noize
Out of the Black
Boys Noize Records

 
The raucous, schizophrenic sound of Out Of The Black - much like previous Boys Noize records - has more to do more with Ridha’s attention span as his choice in gear“I get bored really easily with sounds,” he explains, “The exciting part for me is trying to come up with new sounds, putting new sounds in a new dress. I’m sound obsessed.”The new album nicely bridges the gap between his previous two efforts; providing the requisite in-your-face electro bang of classic Boys Noize on tracks like “What You Want”, “Rocky 2” and “XTC”, or more melodic songs like “Ich R U“ and “Reality“. At a time when mainstream electronic music-particularly the pervasive cultures of EDM and dubstep-have moved dance music out of the clubs and into the stadiums, Ridha is quick to acknowledge the old school house and acid records that shaped him as a DJ; the very same records that continue to bubble up as an influence on Out of the Black.
GARBAREK/GISMONTI/HADEN
Magico - Carta de Amor
Mercury Nashville
 
A fascinating set from three strong and contrasting musical personalities: Norwegian saxophonist, a Brazilian guitarist-pianist, and a U.S. bassist making purposeful and creative music together on this previously unreleased live recording. Carta de Amor documents music captured at Munich’s Amerika Haus in April, 1981. Two years on from the much-loved albums Magico and Folk Songs, the trio’s improvisational empathy and sensibilities were further honed by experiences as a touring group. Repertoire includes five pieces from Gismonti’s pen, with the title track heard in two variations, opening and closing this enthralling double album. Also heard here are Garbarek’s folk song arrangements and an extended, freewheeling version of his composition “Spor.” Charlie Haden brings in “La Pasionaria,” from the repertoire of the Liberation Music Orchestra and All That Is Beautiful, not previously documented on disc. Recorded by Manfred Eicher and Martin Wieland in 1981 and mixed from original analog tapes by Eicher and Jan Erik Kongshaug, Carta de Amor is quite a find.
 
Hundred Waters
Hundred Waters LP
INgrooves
 
Hundred Waters was woven together under the spell of a viscous Floridian summer, from a home on its own in the woods amidst a city. The music sets sail into ancient seas, subtly shifting through worlds of howling silence, borealic tales, and briar-patched exotica, ultimately arriving into the arms of a caring embrace. Nicole Miglis narrates the journey alongside Trayer Tryon, Paul Giese, Zach Tetreault, and Sam Moss, on Hundred Waters’ debut release. The album was composed, recorded, torn apart, reshaped, spat on, shined, and tucked in at their Gainesville home through a method of remote collaboration and thoughtful solitude, reconvening at the helm to gather their threads into rope, and pull. Strong melodies, great beats, and sunny atmosphere abound. Fans of First Aid Kit, Beth Orton, and Stereolab will find much to love here.
Ryan Bingham
Tomorrowland
Axster Bingham Records

 
Grammy, Oscar and Golden Globe winning artist Ryan Bingham is back with his highly-anticipated fourth studio album Tomorrowland – and it’s coming via his own Axster Bingham Records. Known for his Oscar and Grammy winning work with T Bone Burnett on the film Crazy Heart, Tomorrowland (is the long awaited follow up to Bingham's critically acclaimed 2010 release Junky Star and will mark his first independent release. "With this record I tried to take a step back and take more time than I have on any previous albums,” said Bingham about the new album. “The decision to produce it myself with co-producer Justin Stanley was a step into unknown territory at first, but once we started recording it almost felt like it was creating itself. I think the songs can speak for themselves and I'm excited to get out on the road and play them for people." Tomorrowland was recorded in Malibu, CA, and was produced by both Bingham and Justin Stanley (Eric Clapton, Sheryl Crow, The Vines).
 
Candy Hearts
The Best Ways To Disappear
Bridge 9

 
Candy Hearts' style is described by Violently Happy Records founder (and New Found Glory guitarist) Chad Gilbert as "truthful lyrics sung to a sweet, honest melody over a '90s-alt-rock-meets-East-Bay-gritty-punk-rhythm." Best Ways to Disappear follows up their 2011 Louis C.K. referencing full-length, Everything's Amazing & Nobody's Happy, with six new catchy songs produced by Gilbert himself. These songs are true stories bound by perfect pop-punk sheen. Crank it.
Matisyahu
Spark Seeker
Fallen Sparks
 
Since first emerging on the international stage in 2005, Matisyahu has established a reputation for transcending boundaries- from the stripped-down roots reggae of the gold-certified Live at Stubb’s to the trippy ministrations of the Grammy nominated Youth to the polished pop eclecticism of Light. Then, in 2010, he returned to the venerable Austin venue that introduced him for Live at Stubb’s, Vol. II, demonstrating that all of his travels had only strengthened his connection to his musical bedrock. Selling over 2 million albums worldwide, it was a whirlwind half-decade journey, one that earned Matisyahu a place in pop culture at large. Matisyahu’s 4th (and most beardless) album, Spark Seeker, finds the one-of-a-kind vocalist and songwriter exploring uncharted territory with help from an expansive cast of collaborators. “My music is about searching out inspiration wherever it lies,” says Matisyahu. “This album is about seeking that spark within.”
 
Delerium
Music Box Opera
Nettwerk
 
A joint effort by Rhys Fulber and former Front Line Assembly bandmate Bill Leeb, Delerium has produced some of the most unusual sounds to emanate from Vancouver, Canada. With Leeb responsible for finding samples, writing lyrics, creating bass lines, sequencing, and overseeing the project and Fulber handling the sampling and programming, and using a chords/string pad to craft additional melodies and arrangements, the group's sound is a dance-inspiring mix of electronics and post-industrial attitude. Music Box Opera fuses ambient and cinematic production with soaring vocals courtesy of a myriad of guests including Leigh Nash (of Sixpence None the Richer), Leona Naess, Azure Ray and more. As a result, this Opera comes to life vividly and vibrantly.
Manu Katche
Manu Katche
ECM

 
On his fourth ECM disc, Manu Katché’s unique drumming sets the scene and direction, with compositions and arrangements radiating outward from its rhythm-patterns. His strongly propulsive yet relaxed groove is unlike any other drummers, and it lifts up the soloists. Personnel in the ever-changing Katché band currently includes Norwegians Nils Pettter Molvaer and Tore Brunborg -- first heard together on ECM in the band Masqualero in the 1980s, they still play most attractively together. British keyboardist Jim Watson also makes a strong showing with minimalistically-insistent as well as lyrical piano and thick, swirling organ. Recorded March 2012 in the South of France.
 
Hannah Georgas
Hannah Georgas
Dine Alone

 
Hannah Georgas has not stayed still for a moment since releasing two EPs (“The Beat Stuff” and “The Quarter” split 7-inch with Mark Watrous) and This Is Good in the span of a year and a half. She was chosen to represent BC for The Great Canadian Song Quest of 2010 for CBC and This Is Good was met with widespread critical acclaim, including two 2011 JUNO Nominations, a Polaris Music Prize long list nod, and a cover on Exclaim!. to name a few. As for what inspires her to be so prolific, Georgas comments, "I'm pretty open; songs for me are personal and I have no choice but to share them. Somebody else may be going through the same thing as me and you might be helping somebody." Georgas has found a growing eager audience for her heartfelt and pithy pop tunes, and her new self-titled album will no doubt find that audience getting bigger.
Bobo Stenson Trio
Indicum
ECM
 
Four years after Cantando, a new album from the Bobo Stenson Trio has finally arrived. Recorded in Lugano last December, Indicum explores a broad arc of material. Of course, wide-ranging repertoire has become a hallmark of Bobo Stenson recordings -- but its not just the eclecticism that is striking: Bobo Stenson, Anders Jormin and Jon Falt take their far-flung sources and make of them an organic music that sings with its own voice .Here we find: free playing (the trio has its own, fresh approach to collective improvising), tunes by Bill Evans and by George Russell, Danish composer Carl Nielsen’s” Oft Am I Glad”, a Norwegian hymn (in an arrangement by Anders Jormin and folk singer Sinikka Langeland), a contemporary composition by Norways Ola Gjeilo, a Wolf Biermann protest song, a selection from Argentine composer Ariel Ramirez, and more.
 
Blood Raw
Raw Redemption
Big Cat
 
Once in awhile, you will come across someone who has a certain glow. Much like Leroy in the movie, “The Last Dragon,” an aura surrounds them and provides a sense of spiritual strength empowering not only themselves, but others who are blessed to come into their presence. As a result of surviving his tribulations or perhaps the reason why, Blood Raw has developed this magical blessing. Since great power comes with great responsibilities, Blood Raw is enthusiastic to become the shining example. Jay-Z once famously spit, “Hov did that so hopefully you won’t have to go through that.” Similarly, Blood Raw comes from the street and has done or seen everything that the dangerous life provides. Instead of focusing on the negatives, Blood Raw decided to “put the reality of everything I grew up with in the streets in my music and hopefully the fans will use it to overcome. I give you the right and the wrong about it along with the consequences. That’s why I don’t sugar coat or glorify what I’ve done - to help others make better decisions.” Ultimately, that’s what Raw Redemption is all about.
Black Country Communion is a head-on collision between American and British rock influences-a true supergroup that delivers a titanic rock experience. The seed for Black Country Communion was planted when legendary frontman and bass guitarist Glenn Hughes (Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, Trapeze) and master blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa combined forces on stage in Los Angeles in 2009. The brainchild of producer Kevin Shirley (Black Crowes, Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin), the band added to its rock lineage with powerhouse drummer Jason Bonham (Led Zeppelin) and keyboardist Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater, Billy Idol, Alice Cooper). BCC’s latest album, Afterglow, has a slightly different genesis than the two albums that preceded it. “There were six months to write this album, and I’m really excited by the way it came out,” comments Hughes, the man responsible for the bulk of its contents. “I wanted to make a record that stood up to the first two, but not to repeat either of those records. I wanted this album to have more acoustic moments than the previous two. I wanted to hear more of Derek and I wanted the more angelic voice of Glenn as well as the more aggressive one… Above all, I wanted more drama.”

Black Country Communion -
Afterglow

J&R Adventures
Cusses aren’t easy to define. However, whether their guitar driven, fuzzed out brand of music reminds you of The Runaways meets The Ramones or Siouxsie and the Banshees meets Jet, or even Pat Benatar with some heavy handed riot grrrl sass, it is impossible to come away with any other conclusion than this: Cusses are bringing back real, effortless, speaker-blasting rock & roll. A band that would be right at home taking center stage at CBGB. Lead singer Angel Bond was introduced to drummer Brian Lackey through mutual friends, and they have not separated since. The two headed to Savannah, Georgia in 2009, and met up with Brian's long time friend, guitarist and past band mate, Bryan Harder (they opened for post-hardcore legends Fugazi in their last band together!). The three formed Cusses that summer and played their first show in February 2010. And now their debut album, Cusses is finally here.

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