Madlib (2003) Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note (LP) Blue Note Records 

Madlib

Shades of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note 

2003

Blue Note Records

*** noteworthy


Hip-hop influenced “invasion” of the Blue Note catalog, hopefully angering some purists but more likely giving Blue Note fans something fresh to enjoy with the catalog, likely turning some jazz fans on to hip hop, and introducing old jazz to some young hip hop fans.


Highly recommended for fans of Mr. Madlib and his band of aliases.

— winch

 

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Porch Ghouls (2003) Bluff City Ruckus (LP) Roman/Columbia (CK 87033)

Porch Ghouls

Bluff City Ruckus

2003

Roman/Columbia (CK 87033)

Produced by Greg Cartwright and the Porch Ghouls

Executive producer: Joe Perry


Debut (and apparently only) long player from this Florida/Memphis outfit, garage blues and back-porch electric Memphis stomp, letting the Tennessee hillbilly come through without sounding like rockabilly.  Unlike their previous EP of mostly covers, all these songs are credited to band members.

It’s not a great album, just a good one, noteworthy 21st Century garage, produced by Greg Cartwright (Oblivions, Reigning Sound), released on Joe Perry’s Roman label . (The Aerosmith / Reigning Sound connection!)

— winch

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The Growlers (2010 -2014)

This California outfit has managed to keep their oddball signature stew in tact while offering enough spice and variety to the recipe to keep it interesting.

Growlers. Hot Tropics. 2010. Everloving Records.  Second set from this California beach-goth band…surf garage hillbilly rhythm and blues…exotica Polynesian waves washing up on campfire meeting of cowboys, the Cramps, Hank Williams, Beefheart, Link Wray, Love and the Doors…more acoustic and less frantic than most California bands in a somewhat similar mode…more for driving through the desert or sitting around the bonfire than dancing the boogaloo at the dancehall…noteworthy 21st century garage.


Gilded Pleasures. 2013. Everloving Records.  This catches the beach-goth band in transition between the more raw sound of previous releases and the more polished sound of Chinese Fountain, the waves of surf, Asian and Polynesian washing over their cowboy hillbilly campfire.  This is a good place to start.

Chinese Fountain. 2014. Everloving Records. This California pull their signature sound into a tighter ball of yarn for a more clear-eyed pop version of their beach-goth garage rock, here an 80s influence showing, likely keeping most of their fans, losing a few and likely picking up some new ones who found the early work a bit too raw.

— winch (author of

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