Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Music Library: Catch Up Brought To You By The Letter A! with AC/DC, Akron/Family, Sam Amidon, and Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra

A few more A artists I found with careful scrutiny of the section of my iTunes where the artists' names begin with the letter A!

AC/DC - Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap. Man, to be sixteen years old and own a stupid muscle car.

Akron/Family and Angels of Light - Angels of Light and Akron/Family. A split EP with the two bands. Which are both comprised of the pretty much same people but led by different ones. The Akron/Family stuff is ok, but only ok. There's some great moments and a few baffling ones. The Angels of Light covering "I Pity The Poor Immigrant" is fun, but only because I love the original so much.

Sam Amidon - All Is Well. Actually I don't know why this is in the As. Most solo artists go under the first letter of their given name, and a search of Allmusic indicates that this isn't "Sam Amidon" but "Samamidon," a collaboration between young Sam and another guy. Anyway, these are all traditional folk tunes with lots and lots of ornamentation. I like it. It draws that Azure Ray album into stark contrast. Both albums have lots of gauzy, pretty sounds, but the Azure Ray chose not to anchor those sounds to much of anything, whereas this one has real songs and melodies.

Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra - Liberation Afro Beat, Vol. 1 and Talkatif. Aw, yeah! I love Fela-style afrobeat, even when its made by New York-based musicians. These albums murder me dead with the funk-jazz rhythms and counterrhythms.


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