Posts Tagged ‘Thievery Corporation’

Thievery Corporation, Don Cab, and the Broof

Thursday, February 15th, 2001

Re the genrefication of Thievery Corporation: AMG says acid jazz. Josh says downtempo. Meanwhile, on rmp, there’s been mention of IDM (Intelligent Dance Music). Here’s another page about IDM. Pretty interesting stuff.

I picked up Don Caballero’s American Don from the station today after returning The Mirror Conspiracy. I’m quite indifferent to it, but given my general indifference to 80s King Crimson, and the vague comparisons between these two that seem to go on, this probably isn’t too surprising. I mean, I can see that it’s good stuff for certain people, but it’s not stuff that I’m particularly interested in.

I don’t know where Noah Lesgold found this quote that he put in his sig, but it’s great:

I love seeing the whites of an audience’s eyes instead of being stuck in the back and seeing John Wetton’s ass. Life for me is a series of asses that I played behind. Adrian Belew has got a very nice ass, slim. John Wetton’s is a little bigger. Jon Anderson’s is very small. Nice legs, lousy ass. It’s a series of asses.
— Bill Bruford

Thoughts on The Mirror Conspiracy

Wednesday, February 14th, 2001

Okay, some comments on the Thievery Corporation disc: to me, it feels like a mellow, sometimes loungey kind of trip-hop without the hip-hop. It’s a blend of electronic music and much warmer, more acoustic elements such as soft vocals and hand percussion. I am, of course, utterly uneducated in this kind of music, hence my use of genre names that probably don’t apply. But a lot of the instrumental parts, especially those with symphonic-esque keyboard washes and the like, remind me of Air or instrumental Massive Attack or the like. I like the use of various ethnic instruments, most obviously the sitar, to spice up some of the tracks. So, overall, this is pretty cool stuff, and remains interesting throughout. But I find it hard to get really excited by it: in the end, I’d probably buy it if I found it used somewhere, but I don’t think I’d go out and hunt it down.

For some reason it never occurred to me that Sigur Rós‘ vocals - the high-pitched, androgynous vocals that they are - might turn people off. That’s a shame - I think the vocals are one of the main reasons their music is so beautiful. Oh well.

Transatlantic is coming out with a new double-live album, according to the Spock’s Beard mailing list. What the hell? Those guys did like ten shows total last year, many of them beset by technical difficulties. Their show at NEARfest, frankly, sucked. And this warrants not only a live album, but a double? You know, these guys are in the wrong genre of music to be trying to get on a money train.

Free music

Tuesday, February 13th, 2001

Something new: since I can borrow CDs from the radio station one at a time, and they have a pretty big archive of indie-rock type stuff, I’m going to jot down brief thoughts about each one I borrow and deliver a verdict about whether or not I want to buy a copy for myself. Up first is Automator’s A Much Better Tomorrow, which I borrowed last week. It’s a hip-hop album with some pretty cool jazzy instrumental tracks that I really like, and a couple of duff tracks where the rapping just doesn’t work for me. I wasn’t planning on buying a copy, but 75 Ark is selling them for $6.29 new (!), so I did.

This week, I’ve got Thievery Corporation’s The Mirror Conspiracy. It’s nothing particularly exciting. Not bad, though. Obviously I haven’t listened to it enough, or gotten excited enough about it, to say anything interesting yet. Hmph.