Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Grace Jones // Hurricane Dub

You have to face your fears we are told. I was scared of Grace Jones as a child. Who/What/How is she? “This is my voice… my weapon of choice” – this is the first line uttered by Grace on Hurricane Dub in “This is Life.” She goes on to say “This is what I’m focused on… this is my head on straight.” Grace REWERKED 2008’s Hurricane and it is finally available in the USA. This album has only gotten greater since thawing and sprouting a second disc. Arms and legs. “William’s Blood” is so far the closest to autobiography and openness Grace has become. She seems to be turning the camera inward that was always snapping her. The song is a wonderful collaboration with Wendy & Lisa (Viva La Revolution!). There is almost a gospel energy which touches on her religious upbringing. This is further enforced by the songs ending with “Amazing Grace” backed by her mother. “Corporate Cannibal” is extremely relevant now in an age of “digital criminals.”We see them on the trains multiplying, outnumbering and plaguing the downtown area. There is also a reference to one of her past songs “Slave to The Rhythm” and some nice distorted guitar. In “I’m Crying (Mother’s Tears)” there is the lyric that chokes me up “I was there by her side when my grandmother died.” It’s so potent how she describes the loss they shared. The song “Hurricane” unleashes the mass destruction of “Hurricane Grace” with the help of Tricky. In “The Devil in My Life,” Grace addresses relationships that no longer serve a positive purpose. Some people need to be excised/extracted/exorcised from our lives. This past summer my wisdom teeth were in fact the DEVIL IN MY LIFE! Then there is the DUB disc: There is lots of Grace fading in /out, serenading, searing and scaring. You should bring Grace to your next bashment and drop legs (Jamaican decode)! In the “Hell Dub” Grace gets down in sparkling hat and smoke. Hopefully it won’t be much longer before she appears again!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Mister Fuckhead // 333

Why is it I thought this album would be so rough, so scary? I am mistaking the painstaking detail. There is peace and loveliness within as well, even if it is fleeting (much like life). Such a sophisticated gentleman makes sounds that can be soothing. It’s been done to death by the man himself. The version and reversion revise all the way until satisfaction. I get a broke down barricade of beatific baroque. I love what he did with the viaduct. It was crawling to the other side I most enjoyed. The psyche, this object abducts. 333 stains the brain because we get 3:33 twice each day. We are constantly reminded. The car crash won’t start, wheels burning on overdrive. The fingers have had enough and he’s still got them! Pounding keys, warping through the gash grater / cater to the bea(s)ts. A stompy square dance drops the garter, the strip/teases work even harder. I take it in 1/3 at a time. “Deadbeat Deluxe” (great title!) reminds me slightly of video game music. Only the level consists of boss after boss, a tension that doesn’t stop/drop. This carries over to hurdle after hurdle. I am inspired to sprint and destroy. And I can remember flashbacks all the way through it. At times it was like playing on the metal playground equipment in the dead of summer. We had a burning layer of rocks and dirt to land on, not wood chips. mF likes to do things the hard way. (333 is available @ http://nopartofit.blogspot.com/)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Greatest Improvement in Dance @ Quimby's!

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review by EF:

Amaya's Greatest Improvement in Dance is a thoroughly lovable zine of music fandom, from letting Wordy Rappinghood tickle your toes to letting Bride of No No make you lose your shit. Album and show reviews with a personal flavor and bestest penpal style mixes make this zine part "Dear Diary...", part Roctober, part All-Ages Goth Night. I'm ready to do this time warp again.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Wanda Jackson // The Party Ain't Over

from: http://roctoberreviews.blogspot.com/2011/04/wanda-jackson-party-aint-over.html

My latest review will be published in Roctober #49!

Wanda Jackson is such a bombshell. She’s got the fireworks, sparklers, croon and cackle. “The Queen of Rockabilly” title is very well deserved. She’s a bad bad lady, but gets away with it since she is so damn cute. Who could not love that big hair (hopper!), eyeliner for emphasis, fringe outfits and of course that voice! I was half expecting this album to have her voice sounding so different. What makes the album so great is that her voice is intact. She is doing what she does best and doesn’t fix what is not broken. I have now heard three excellent versions of “Shakin’ All Over.” The other two came from Mae West and Suzi Quatro. This song sets the tone for the album. The horn blasted hostess greets you right away and sways you in many directions. She even offers a “Rum and Coca Cola.” I drank one in her honor when I ROCKED WITH WANDA at Lincoln Hall. She improved and outdid Amy Winehouse’s “You Know I’m No Good.” I especially love the spoken intro where she says “You always gotta push.” I am not a fan of Amy, but this is definitely my favorite song. The same goes for Jack White III (the album’s producer). I have to appreciate how he used his “star power” to bring some attention to the detail that is Wanda. “Rip It Up” is an update that goes great alongside her original take on it from 1963(!). The timing seems better when she mentions her date picking her up “in his ‘88.” “Busted” is the greatest “I’m Broke” anthem. It’s nice to hear when payday seems distant, but still knowing it’s not the worst thing. “Like a Baby” is the story of a spurned lover coping with the sting and fascination of first love. I think she channels that well and possibly reaches into old memories. That’s quite a task for a woman who has been happily married for nearly 50 years. “Blue Yodel #6” is just what is says. This is a very sparse acoustic number with some sweet mournful yodeling. She does not leave Jesus behind with a cute version of “Dust on The Bible.” Wanda should be riding in a Smithsonian limousine for her contributions to Rock and Roll. This album offers a lot of variety and variations on the many moods of Wanda Jackson. It’s a fine place to start for those who haven’t heard.