Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Music Library: Galactic, Childish Gambino, Game Theory, Ghost, Girls, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Goodie Mob, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, Gothic Archies, Grateful Dead, Gravediggaz


Rollin' with the catch-up posts.

Galactic - Crazyhorse Mongoose (1998). The white Meters bring the New Orleans funk.

Childish Gambino - I AM JUST A RAPPER (2010), I AM JUST A RAPPER 2 (2010), Culdesac (2010), and EP (2011). The alter ego of Donald Glover shows that Glover is not just a great comic actor but quite the talented musician with pretty incredible flow.

Game Theory - Distortion Of Glory (compilation, 1982-83), 2 Steps From The Middle Ages (1988), Tinker To Evers To Chance (compilation, 1990). R.I.P., Scott Miller, power-pop literary genius.

Ghost - Ghost (1990), Second Time Around (1992), Lama Rabi Rabi (1996), Snuffbox Immanence (1999), Tune In, Turn On, Free Tibet (1999), Hypnotic Underground (2004), In Stormy Nights (2007). Searched these down because of my love for Michio Kurihara, the guitar genius who is sort of a fourth member of Boris now. This psych band improves album by album until it hits a peak with Hypnotic Underground.

Girls - Album (2009), Broken Dreams Club EP (2010), Father, Son, Holy Ghost (2011). Brilliant retro-futuristic psych-folk-rock band.

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - f#a#infinity (1998) and Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP (1999). GY!BE's first album and only EP. The first is good but not as great as the band would be on the next albums and the EP is extraordinary.

Goodie Mob - Still Standing (1998). Southern-fried hip-hop featuring Cee-Lo Green's first forays into singing.

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - Spanish Dance Troupe (1999). Quite good Welsh psych-folk-indie rock.

The Gothic Archies - The Tragic Treasury (2006). Stephin Merritt's electro-goth side project's series of songs about Lemony Snicket's Series of Unfortunate Events.

Grateful Dead - Live Dead (1969). Considered by some to be the Dead's greatest live album, this is a not-bad document of the late 60s Dead chugga-chugga jams. And it's the only one I ever want to hear again.

Gravediggaz - 6 Feet Deep (1994). With both Prince Paul and the RZA involved, this is some truly kick-ass old school horror rap.


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