Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Speaking of Sun Ra, here is a really well done documentary on him from the BBC in 2005. Sun Ra was about many things but at the core but, to me, it was music, knowledge and change.
Interesting mini film about Jazz. The beginning is filled with terrible acting and a canned situation but once you get past that it is a really interesting, informative piece on Jazz. The band featured here is the Sun Ra and his original Arkestra. It is the only known video footage of them as a group in existence.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Ravi Shankar has left this world. He lived a long, amazing life and left behind a ton of music, inspiration and changed the face of world and pop music. We here at MadChange salute you sir. Enjoy this amazing 1967 performance at Monterey Pop. R.I.P. Ravi Shankar 1920-2012.
P.S. Can I marry one of your daughters?
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Credit for the following words about Brubeck go to Paul Gallagher at the blog www.Dangerousminds.net :
Dave Brubeck claimed he had 2 ambitions when he first started out as a Jazz musician - “to play polytonally and polyrhythmically.”
He also said his inspiration for rhythm was the heart beat, for this was what we heard first, and last.
Brubeck was a giant of Jazz, whose passing at the age of 91, brings an end to one of the greatest eras of American Jazz.
He popularized Jazz like few other composers/musicians of his day, becoming a household name and the first million-selling Jazz musician, who also made the cover of Time magazine in 1954. The purists didn’t like him, and many classed his brand of Jazz as “easy listening”, but this is to do him and his music a great disservice.
Take a listen to the Dave Brubeck Quartet (Brubeck - Piano, Paul Desmond - Alto Saxophone, Joe Morello - Drums, Gene Wright - Bass), filmed in concert in Germany, November 6th, 1966.
01. “Take the ‘A’ Train”02. “Forty Days”
03. “I’m in a Dancing Mood”
04. “Koto Song”
05. “Take Five”
R.I.P. Dave Brubeck 1920-2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
The main reason I chose that last Smokey Robinson track that I posted is that killer guitar lick that sounds like the last bit of rain as the sun is coming back out. Onra & Quetzal sample it and Smokey beautifully right here. Shame so few people will ever hear this magic. Kick back and enjoy being one of the chosen few.
Smokey Robinson is one of the most prolific Soul artists of the 20th century and on many levels raised the bar for anyone who was in the Soul realm. Respect due for the MadChange delivered by this musical wizard.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Enjoy an hour of Tinariwen, a 30 year old band who just won a Grammy last year for best World music album. Like some of the best musicians in history they have taken the blues (war, strife, struggle and homelessness) and turned it into groovy music for all to enjoy. MadChange. Tinariwen is a band ofTuareg-Berber musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali. The band was formed around 1979 in refugee camps in Libya but returned to Mali after a cease-fire in the 1990s. The group first started to gain a following outside the Sahara region in 2001, with the release of The Radio Tisdas Sessions.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Die Sinfonie der Großstadt - 1927 German silent film directed by Walter Ruttmann
I have discovered that on top of this movie being a masterpiece it also goes with a ton of good soundtracks of your choosing. Apparently it is 12 seconds off from Phillip Glass's piece presented here. I found psychedelic music works with it best.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 1, 2012
Sometimes nothing in the world is better to my ears than John Fahey's fingers on guitar strings.
Take a long, funky ride on a railroad trail with Bill WIthers, one of the best ever voices in soul music.
One of the best Cumbia tracks ever if you ask me. One of the most compelling songs on Black Man's Cry is the cover of Fela's 1972 "Shakara," recorded by Colombia's Cumbia Moderna de Soledad and re-titled "Shacalao." With its sparse but powerful percussive push and chanting chorus, "Shacalao" strips Fela's more groove-laden "Shakara" down to rhythmic studs, pushing it forward with the two-step beat that lies at the heart of cumbia (Colombia's most popular Latin music export). Yet, while Cumbia Moderna remakes Fela, it also gestures to the deep tradition that bonds eastern Colombia with western Africa.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
This is one of the most beautiful songs I've ever heard. It comes from Columbia. It comes from long ago, it manifests itself now and echos the future. I can hear so much of humanity/the world's different cultures in it. What comes to mind metaphorically is the fact that there was once a super continent that scientists call "Columbia", which seems fitting. Here is wikipedia's entry, it's your job to hear/see where I coming from or to dismiss my thoughts as that of a crazy man washing his cat with a sponge whilst listening to world music:
"Columbia is estimated to have been about 12,900 kilometres from North to South, and about 4,800 km across at its broadest part. The east coast of India was attached to western North America, with southern Australia against western Canada. Most of South America spun so that the western edge of modern-day Brazil lined up with easternNorth America, forming a continental margin that extended into the southern edge of Scandinavia."
Fantastic marimba playing from Groupo Gualajo de Columbia. Columbia has such a rich musical history, it's a shame the rest of the world hardly takes notice.
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Really lovely sitar duo between father and son. I highly recommend Ustad Vilayat Khan's album: The Supreme Genius... It is great for meditating or just simply relaxing. You can download it in great audio quality over at the wonderful blog Ghost Capital.
Monday, August 20, 2012
Fantastic version of Heard It Through The Grapevine by a fantastic punk band called The Slits. That bassline! That breakdown!
Really crazy good throat singer/accordion player from Mongolia. Tuvan throat singing is a really amazing style of music that is relatively unknown. The masters of this form of music are able to sing up to four notes at a time, in effect allowing them to harmonize with themselves. If you would like to hear more/know more about Tuvan throat singing look up my good friend Db Pedersen, he is one of the best in the midwest. Also, there is a great documentary called Genghis blues which is an enjoyable watch and centers around Tuvan throat singing. Whole film here: Genghis Blues
Sun Ra is one of my all time favorite jazz artists and this is one of my favorite tracks from him. Someone in the comments section says it well: "If you keep listening to Sun Ra, over time, many of his tracks seem to grow and change in mysterious ways."
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
Friday, June 22, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
Love the old time jazz sound coupled with heavy hitting bass/snare and electronic production/influences. Gramatik's production is amazing on all his tracks, I was instantly a fan. Make sure you check out all his tracks because they range widely in sound.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Kid Koala is simply great at what he does and what he does isn't quite like anything anyone else does. Here is his New Orleans Jazz inspired track called Basin St. Blues set to genius animation. Kid Koala has always been full of change and it's long past due that he get a post on my blog. *tips hat to a Koala
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
The documentary Dub Echoes explores Jamaican dub and its influence on electronic music and hip hop via interviews with some of the music’s leading practitioners. If nothing else, this documentary will help you to get to know/understand your taste's roots.
Directed by Bruno Natal and featuring reggae legends and dub pioneers King Jammy, Sly and Robbie, U-Roy and Lee “Scratch” Perry, as well as beat experimentalists like Bill Laswell, DJ Spooky, Mad Professor and Basement Jaxx, Dub Echoes gets deep into the groove and takes you inside the echo chamber. Top notch stuff here.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Since I posted the underrated Joe Maphis I have to post some Wanda Jackson. Girl finally made the rock and roll hall of fame in 2009 but people still don't much recognize her name. She is definitely one the most under appreciated American singers of all time. She had a huge influence on early rock and even dated/toured with Elvis but it is said that he couldn't keep up with her wildness. Female that rocked the stage far better and sooner than most men and and almost all other women rockers = mad change. Keepon Wanda!
Dude could shred on anything with strings. He is rather unknown outside of musicians but his style of play influenced many great string players in American history. Joe Maphis influenced mad change so I tip my hat to this innovator while your favorite guitarist humbly accepts defeat.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
The Italian music maestro Giorgio Moroder turns 72 today. He was way ahead of his time, set a standard of excellence and was full of mad change. He was one of the first people using such quality production and electronics to make post-disco electronic dance music (though I think he was approaching it as pushing disco forward). All this piss poor electro that is coming out today must make him want to cry.
In a career that spans well over forty years, Moroder has a strong claim to being one of the most influential producers ever. His ground-breaking work with Donna Summer brought electronic music to the masses with the smash “I Feel Love” in 1977, while the duo’s earlier collaboration on “Love To Love You Baby” set in stone the template for the extended, orgasmic disco mix.
Then there are his seminal pop productions for the likes of Blondie, David Bowie, Sparks and the Human League’s Phil Oakey, plus his revolutionary synthesiser scores for Scarface, American Gigolo and Midnight Express (which bagged Moroder an Oscar for Best Score in 1978.)
Often written out of “serious” musical history because of his poppy tendencies, Moroder’s incredible legacy speaks for itself and has defiantly stood the test of time.
Here’s one of my favourite Moroder tracks, The Chase.
Mooondog's music was hardly appreciated in his time and is very rarely appreciated these days. He was ahead of his time and produced many simple and complex masterpieces in jazz and experimental genres. The man deserves far more recognition and influence that he has ever gotten. He is a man of Mad Change long after he has left the planet and I personally continue to draw influence from his work. His wikipedia page: Moondog
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Here’s a quick montage from filmmaker Sam Fleischner. Sam, director of Wah Do Dem, was recently in Mexico City. DJ Rupture was there and ended up gaving him some tips, and he ended up using “Soy Sonidero” from Mudd Up! to cut his footage to. It’s a kind of a meditation on state power vs the power of the people’s daily rhythms.
Monday, April 16, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Thursday, March 15, 2012
Friday, March 9, 2012
Friday, February 17, 2012
Been a minute since I posted some modern rock. That is simply because most of it does not rock. Pepe Deluxe on the other hand does. Sick ass bass line and a break beak fuse with the vocals, moog and breakdowns to create some effective rock. Pepe Deluxe also has a great track called Pussy Cat Rock you should be sure to check out if you like this sound.
Friday, January 27, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
The upload work/rip, download and the following info courtesy of a great man over at Ghostcapital Blog:
Another finely compiled cassette of crackly African gold brought to you by the good folks at Domino Sound.
Mediafire Download Link: V/A- The Eyo Beats: 60 Africa 70 (Domino Sound 31 *Cassette)
Wanajiita Sisi Wahuni- Jim Lasco (Nairobi)
Janja Yako- NUTA Jazz Band (Tanzania)
Bqna Conga Baleli Liwa ya Sinatra- Jean Bokelo (Zaire)
Eyo Beats- Tunde Nightingale (Nigeria)
Kosowa Loda- Victor Oleiya (Nigeria)
Ikoro Special- Dan Satch- (Nigeria)
Seeri Koko- Orchestra Baobab (Senegal)
Pakora Ibo- Andre Pierre & L’Ivoiro Star (Ivory Coast)
Jolly Papa- Cardinal Rex Lawson (Nigeria)
Hamadi- Eli Wamala (Uganda)
Batumanbe- Orchestra Regional de Segou (Mali)
???????- Steven Amechi- (Nigeria)
Ewa- Dr. Victor Olaiya (Nigeria)
Western Shilo- David Kabaka & George Agade (Nairobi)
Adelina- Mamadou (Congo)
Fiuga Mama Muni- Mujos w/ Orch. OK Jazz (Zaire)
Ladji- Kante Manfila & Sorry Bamba (Ivory Coast)
Oyo Mobali Tape- Orchestre OK Jazz (Zaire)
Namuliranga- Charles & Frida Sonko (Uganda)
Osalobua Rekpama- Sir Victor Uwaifo (Nigeria)
Igede- Celestine Ukwu & His Philosophers National (Nigeria)
My Lovely Elizabeth- S.E. Rogie (Sierra Leone)
Na Ye Na Lisano- RIKKY (Congo)
Nora- National Jazz band (Tanzania)
Saturday, January 21, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
So this is one of those serendipitous situations where I was recently checking out the Reggae artist Otis Gayle's track "I'll Be Around" and saw he also did a track called "What You Won't Do For Love"(which is a cover of Bobby Cadwell's original 1978 What You Won't Do For Love). Pac had serious knowledge (of music) and continues to prove it to me even 15 years after he has been gone. I first heard his version in the mid 90s, went on to research and listen to a ton of Hip Hop and Reggae and it still took me 15 years to find Otis Gayle and then figure out this track was essentially a cover of Bobby Caldwell. Respect the roots.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
Jaw dropper of a song that was relatively unknown to most until the movie Death Proof came out. This one will get under into your soul and stay there. And that breakdown, good god! Possibly the greatest breakdown of 60s American music if you ask me. Everything about this song is perfection.
I have a feeling we will be hearing a lot more from Lianne La Havas in the future. What a songwriter, what a beautiful talent.
Sunday, January 8, 2012
BEN CAPLAN - Stranger from Mitch Fillion (southernsouls.ca) on Vimeo.
This type of music isn't what you probably expect from this blog but I do throw you some curveballs every once in a while to keep your ears on their toes. Ears on toes. This guy has a Tom Waitsish sounding voice and intensity. It is a rare sound in this age of poor songwriting and electronic everything. #proudtosoundoldindefenseofgoodmusic
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Nice unique electric kalimba and steel drum beat produced by the great Shawn Lee. Is it just me or does NOMO seem greatly influenced by Sun Ra (this track is kind of an exception to their usual sound tho)? This collaboration came about almost by accident. NOMO's Elliot Bergman had spent the better part of the summer building and recording electric kalimbas in Brooklyn, when label-mate Shawn Lee asked him to send over a kalimba track for his new album. Lee, based in London, added some funky drums, bass and a smattering of steel drums, and sent it back to Bergman. When Bergman's sister, Natalie, heard the instrumental track destined for Shawn's album, she decided that she had to add some vocals.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
"Ain't My Fault" Gulf Aid Allstars (Nickodemus & PJT's REMIX) by NickodemusNYC
This shit is SLAMMIN. I love the original and I love what they have done with the remix here. ps I still hate BP
This shit is SLAMMIN. I love the original and I love what they have done with the remix here. ps I still hate BP