To kickoff the Celebrate Brooklyn! series, The Roots are playing Prospect Park bandshell in Brooklyn this week! Supported by My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James, whose recent performance on Jimmy Fallon in support of the new “Regions of Light and Sound of God” LP was worthy of a full concert-length collaboration. For your chance to win free tickets to the show, just email your name to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Celebrate Brooklyn!” as the subject. For those of you who live in New York and don’t win tickets to the show tuesday, they are still available via Ticketmaster.
Many moons ago, URB was treated to a late-night private drunken live performance of some new vocal-driven tunes that IDM boffin Jamie Lidell was working on in Christian Vogel’s Barcelona practice space. It was rambunctious to say the least, and sadly, we long ago lost our video clips from that exceptionally wild night. But several months later, when Lidell’s Multiply album dropped, we were shocked at how the spastic beats and vocal freakouts had been harnessed into the stunningly creative techno-soul tunes that have been Lidell’s calling card ever since.
Years later, Lidell is still riding that blue-eyed wave with 2010′s Compass album. And now he’s scoring what we’re pretty sure is Beck‘s first ever remix. The version of “Completely Exposed” is brief, and the drums are heavy. And it makes us wonder what ever happened to the …
Jamie Lidell has made a career for himself by singing whatever the hell kind of music he wants to, from his electronic days with Super_Collider to the various shades of funk, disco, and soul he’s explored on his solo releases. Now, with Compass, his fourth full-length, Lidell takes things a step further, moving more into indie rock territory. The blue-eyed soul hasn’t gone away, don’t worry: it’s featured heavily in slow jams “It’s A Kiss” and “She Needs Me,” and is never far anywhere else, even in the heavier, ...
Josiah Wolf steps out of the long shadow cast by WHY? band mate (and younger brother) Yoni Wolf with Jet Lag, an emotive and catchy solo debut. Wolf eschews the stream-of-consciousness vérité of his brother for a more straight-forward approach en route to what is an early contender for album of the year. An expansive canvas of guitar, kalimba, bass, Hammond organ, bells and drums crescendo and fall over twelve brilliantly-arranged tracks.
Many wondered if the release would sound like another WHY? album with a different frontman, but multi-instrumentalist Wolf clearly has his own auteristic approach outside of the band. Songs like "Is The Body Hung" and "In The Seam" excel through excellent writing and understated psychedelia. Though it is a great departure from the WHY? sound, Jet Lag certainly shares the mellow, melancholy aesthetic of last year's Eskimo Snow. Themes of love, death, and failure lurk behind every autumnal note on the album.
Jamie gives an intimate talk about what went into the making of his new record, Compass, due May 18th on WARP. As we leave 2008′s Jim, a few famous friends like Leslie Feist, Chris Taylor and Beck join the project… Check it out below: