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Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
But thinking about all the old links decomposing in the nearly four years' worth of Motherlode posts makes me sad. This column is meant to be a celebration, not a cemetery. To rectify this, I plan to reanimate great old shares from past Motherlodes by finding new blog posts with working links. Of course, these new offerings will go extinct sooner than later, so (referencing Manny Maris' beloved Prince Street record store of yore): Lunge—for your ears!
Kicking off this Frankensteinian effort is our lead item below, a fantastic compilation of Aboriginal country music first featured in the second-ever Mining the Audio Motherlode.
Various ~ Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music
(Blog: Washerman's Dog)
"Buried Country debunks the dominant myth of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as exotic and tied to traditional music. The reality is that many are country people, and like rural and working class white Australians, have long found solace and creative expression in this American musical form. Buried Country shows how indigenous Australians have taken this cultural import and made it uniquely their own." (Description from Pluto Press)
Candy Coated People ~ Time to Love
(Blog: Derek's Daily 45s)
Lot to Swallow
"Latin rhythms, a nearly free jazz sax solo and a female vocal that pins me to the WALL- all the ingredients that make for one SLAMMING record. I'm not sure if the 'Herby' Harris here is the same 'Herbie' Harris that is a prolific keys/percussionist in the reggae scene, but all signs point to yes, it's the same person. Other than that, this is another mystery disc. Seemingly the only release on this record label, and the only release from this band. What I wanna know is WHO is the lead singer?" (Description by Derek See)
Harry Bertoia ~ Bellissima Bellissima Bellissima
(Blog: No Longer Forgotten Music)
"The border between 'experimental' and 'modern composition' is often blurred, and Bertoia seems to fall on both sides. Bertoia created these sculptures of different shapes, length and thickness in order to achieve a range of gentle and sharp sounds. He experimented as a way to seek harmonic balance with the metal, resulting in pure, unique tones. When touched, struck or brushed, these sculptures became abstractions of sound as they sway and knock against one another. The sounds are organic and mysterious, as tones resonate and flow into each other." (Description from an Ebay listing)
John Tchicai's Cadentia Nova Danica ~ Afrodisiaca
(Blog: Poofter's Froth Wyoming)
Something Is Rocking in Denmark
"Cadentia Nova Danica made a couple of albums. This is their second, and it's a mønster. Fulfilling the old and entirely accurate adage that geography is destiny, Afrodisiaca blends Euro big band archness, New York fire, and, picking up on Tchicai's Congolese roots, African rhythmic complexity and polyphonics into a soulful stew. That mix may seem somewhat inevitable in theory, but the band's music still sounds singular. It was seriously forward-looking -- a bold and idiosyncratic assemblage of fiery improv and nuanced composition that found new ways to disassemble and reconfigure the large ensemble. Baffling at the time, today these tunes are a little less strange thanks to later, evolutionary fare such as Braxton's large group work from the Seventies. But CND mapped terrain that's still gone largely unexplored in jazz." (Headline and description from Destination: Out)
Various ~ Some Very Early, Very Rare Recordings
(Blog: . Adventure-Equation . )
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It's the early Yusef Lateef in this collection that really thrills, but that's just me.
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