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Rundown Guide for September 20, 2011

Mick Jagger and Damien Marley team up this week

School sucks. You know it, I know it. But in an unstable economy, where the American dollars doesn’t hold much value anymore, the country being downgraded to AA+ credit rating, you’re going to need all the education you can get. With that in mind, between all the studying and potential plans to save the country and the world, remember to take it easy once in a while. A relaxed mind is a healthy mind, I always say. 

Opeth – ”Heritage” [Roadrunners]

After a three year break from their 2008 album ”Watershed,” Opeth is recharged and bring on the metal with ”Heritage.” However, the album will have a couple of changes: there are no death growls and it will be the last album with keyboardist Per Wiberg. That aside, ”Heritage” should prove to give fans what they want.

Thrice – ”Major/Minor” [Vagrant]

Thrice has always been that one band that gets recognition, but not enough. They seem to be skirting the bank of stardom, but a towering wall is blocking their way. Hopefully, ”Major/Minor” will be the dynamite that will blow the wall away. Already the critics’ darling, Thrice took only a few months of jam sessions to come up with what you’re about to sample. Check out “Yellow Belly” below.

Tori Amos – ”Night of Hunters” [Deutsche Grammaphon]

When it comes to piano playing, vocals, and songwriting, Tori Amos is always on top. Her songs can make hard men weep and contemplate their deeds. It’s that powerful. ”Night of Hunters” marks a shift in direction for Tori, as she opts for an orchestral backing this time. Woodwinds, violins, and her piano will be her guide throughout the album: a story about a woman who goes through an reinvention in one night as she endures a failing relationship.

Superheavy – ”Superheavy” [Universal Republic Records]

Here is a grouping that will blow your mind: Rolling Stones front man Mick Jagger, singer Joss Stone, reggae superstar Damien Marley and Eurythmics founder Dave Stewart. Impossible? Well, that’s what they said about Aerosmith and Run DMC joining forces. So, with these musical legends congregating, they form Superheavy. And what, you may ask, do they sound like?  Well, like this…

By the way, this isn’t a stretch for Mick Jagger. In 1978, he sang the Temptations’ cover of “Don’t Look Back” with Peter Tosh.

Rundown Guide for September 13, 2011

Anthrax, Primus and Staind all come out with new albums this week

This week, the old pros have come out to show us why they managed to stay around for so long. If you’ve never heard of these bands, please take some time and look into their discographies and take a listen. You might learn something. I don’t know what that something will be, but it will be a something.

Primus – ”Green Naugahyde” [ATO Records]

How long has it been since Primus’ last album? Twelve years? Damn, that’s a long time since they released a full album. But that doesn’t mean Les Claypool was sitting on his ass the whole time. With numerous side projects like Colonel Les Claypool’s Flying Frog Bridage, Oysterhead and probably curing cancer, Les Claypool managed to put back Primus and bust out a new full-length album of funky, weirdness that will make fans chant “Primus Sucks” (that’s their slogan, by the way). Peep “Lee Van Cleef” if you dare. 

Anthrax – ”Worship Music” [Megaforce]

Speaking of folks we haven’t heard in a while, here’s Anthrax. Since ”We’ve Come For You All” dropped in 2003, the group has been busy touring, releasing a few live albums along the way. Now, they went back to the studio, brought back former vocalist Joey Belladonna, and are now ready to shred and melt faces with ”Worship Music.” Don’t believe me?  Check out “Fight ‘Em Till You Can’t.”

Staind – ”Staind” [Alantic]

Being the band’s seventh album, Staind has apparently a level of badassitude so high that giving their album a title wasn’t neccesary. The new album has Aaron Lewis grafting all his emotions onto every word he sings. “Not Again” and “Wannabe” are evidence of this. 

Qwazaar and Batsauce – ”Bat Meets Blaine” [Galapagos 4 Records]

I figure I give the underground a little shine. What you are about to hear is a collaboration between Chicago MC Qwazaar and Berlin-born producer extraordinaire Batsauce. Together they came up with some tasty mixtures of funky beats and machine-gun rhymes for all the heads out there. As evidence, dig into “I Know”. 

Rundown Guide for September 9, 2011

Two of three Hank III’s releases are here, along with a re-issue of a Muddy Water’s classic

School is here. I know, I know. You want to do anything besides go to class. You want to go to the beach, play sports. If you’re like me, you spend all day drinking PBR and play old Sega Genesis games. Since hauling a video game console to class is a no-no for some ungodly reason, we’ll have to settle for sneaking a few listens on our iPods. Check these albums and see which one is to your liking.

Hank Williams III – ”Cattle Callin” [Hank 3 Records/Megaforce Records]

There comes a point in an artist’s career where he takes his audience’s perceptions and expectations, balls it up, chops it up, puts it through a meat grinder and feeds it to his dogs, who then shit it out on the pavement to dry up and wither away. This is that week. With three releases on Tuesday — “Attention Deficit Domination,” ”Cattle Callin” and “Ghost to a Ghost/Gutter Town” — you can be sure Hank has some offerings that will put dents in the sparkly cage of mainstream country music. First off, ”Cattle Callin.” The concept: Use recordings of a fast talking auctioneer against a background of thrashing drums, guitars and bass. And that’s it. It’s about as experimental as Hank III can get. Take a gander at “Branded” to see what I’m talking about. 

Hank Williams III – ”Attention Deficit Domination” {Hank 3 Records/Megaforce Records]

After having your mind twisted and blown by ”Cattle Callin,” take a nice break with ”Attention Deficit Domination.” While the former is…whatever that was, ”ADD” is packed with the most drudgy doom metal to ever come out of Hank’s brain. A few of these songs go past the eight minute mark. Where “Cattle Callin” is the first hit, “ADD” will be the calm down afterwards. Sit back and light up with “Living Beyond Doom”. 

Muddy Waters – ”After the Rain” [Get On Down Records]

In the late 1960s, blues legend Muddy Waters released the experimental “Electric Mud.” Experimental, due to its use of psychedelic elements, such as fuzzy guitars, reverbs and echoes that would make Waters fans scratch their heads in confusion. Mudd took this to heart when he made ”After the Rain.” This time all that psychedelic shit was toned down, making room for Mudd to shine on guitar and vocals. Also, he kept the same musicians from the “Electric Mud” sessions too. After being out of print, Get On Down Records dug up the old master recordings, cleaned it up and put it up for the public to enjoy. 

Mr. Chop – ”Switched On” [Five Day Weekend]

We close out this week with something that will provide the last blow to your skull after listening to all this madness from the article. Mr. Chop does just that: chopping up beats, basslines, synths, samples and everything else and throws it at you with the precision of knife-wielding line cook. The closet thing I can compare this album to would be El-P’s ”Fantastic Damage,” but not as riled up and spastic.

Rundown Guide for August 17, 2011

Sly Stone makes a comeback and The Cool Kids released their much anticipated new album.

Hello again, people! I’m back to let you guys know what’s out there in the music world this week. I know school is just around the corner and I know you’re not wanting to go back to class, but these selections will help ease your transition. 

The Cool Kids — ”When Fish Ride Bicycles” [Green Label Sound]

After being written off as the one of those “hipster rappers” by so-called old school hip-hoppers, The Cool Kids are at it again. This is – gasp! – ironic, due to Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah dropping some lyrics on the track “Penny Hardaway”. Some tracks that stick out are “Rush Hour Traffic,”  “Bundle Up” and “Roll Call.” The synthesized keyboards and the hard-knocking beats should be enough to satisfy new and old fans alike.

Sly Stone – “I’m Back Family and Friends” [Cleopatra]

I know what you’re thinking and, yes, Sly Stone is still alive. The last time the man put out an album, most of you weren’t even born. Yet, whenever you go to the grocery store, watch TV or listen to the radio, you can still hear cuts like “Dance to the Music” and “Everyday People”. ”I’m Back Family and Friends” is more of a remix album, featuring the likes of Bootsy Collins, The Doors’ Ray Manzarek and guitarist Jeff Beck. You can find all the classics here, like the above mentioned along with “Thank You” and “Higher”. Hell, there’s even a Dubstep mix of “Family Affair”. Dubstep! 

Rockabye Baby! — ”Lullaby Renditions of Madonna” [Rockabye Baby]

It’s been a minute since I looked at this.

For those who don’t know, Rockabye Baby is a label that puts out lullaby version of popular artists. So far, they’ve turned Nirvana, Metallica and Guns N’ Roses into soothing renditions that will put your little tykes to sleep. Yeah, babies putting to sleep by Nirvana. That’s a comforting thought. But Madonna is the more cheerful of the Rockabye repertoire. “Lucky Star,” “Like a Prayer,” “Express Yourself” and, of course, “Material Girl” are all here. In fact, you can calm your nerves with “Lucky Star” right now. 

Brass Knuckles Bullies — ”BKB” [Customary Music]

While we’re on the subject of smoothness, here’s the something from hip-hop duo, Brass Knuckles Bullies. The group consists of producer/artist Customary and folk artist Dominique Berho. When these two forces combined, they concocted an album rife with emotion that’s on the level with Atmosphere. Such examples of this are “Sinking Ship” and “The Statement.”  Check this one out if you like your hip-hop with a little soul.

Rundown Guide for July 20, 2011

This week brings the latest from 3 Doors Down, They Might Be Giants, 311 and Tom Morello

Even though I’m fighting a cold and a Chicago heatwave (seriously, it’s suppose to be 97 degrees on Thursday!) I was able to find you a few choices that you might want to gander at. This week proved to be a versatile one, with all sounds represented here for your enjoyment. Hope you like it.

They Might Be Giants – ”Join Us” [Rounder]

Let us start off with something for you indie rock fans. For decades, TMBG have been the staple of the quirky, whimsical music that will please the most hardcore of hipsters. Hell, I still remember songs like “Istanbul” and “Particle Man” to this day. Now with ”Join Us” they continue the trend, with songs like ”Cloisonne” and “Can’t Keep Johnny Down.” Surely, fans will certainly enjoy this bit of off-the-wall goodness.

3 Doors Down – ”Time of My Life” [Republic]

And here’s yet another band that can whip up a catchy-ass song or two. After a self-titled 2008 album, the Mississippi band is at it again with this album of intense and listenable tunes. By now, you’ve heard the single “When You’re Young” and can’t get out of your head even if you had brain surgery. “Young” and “Heaven” will forever be stuck in your head as well. You’ve been warned.

311 – ”Universal Pulse” [ATO Records/Red]

Well the catchiness keeps rolling in with 311. I’m sorry, but I’m a sucker for a good bassline. That’s just me and I can’t help it.  It’s my crack. That being said, 311’s ”Universal Pulse” has some sweet basslines that will satisfy any lover of the low end. For example, “Trouble” features the reggae/rock hybrid that made 311 so unforgettable. “Time Bomb” starts off the album with a rockin’ and bouncy sound that get people jumping up and down until their feet are blistered.

Tom Morello and the Nightwatchman – ”Union Town” [New West Records]

Since I know some of you need a Tom Morello fix, here is something from his solo project, The Nightwatchman. ”Union Town” is an EP of pro-union songs because, well, it’s Tom Morello and that’s how he rolls. All the proceeds from the record will go to The America Votes Labor Unity Fund. If you’re looking for the guitar wizardary that Morello’s known for, you’ll be disappointed. Instead, the EP consists of eight songs of his left wing politics. Fencewalkers need not apply. Check out the video for “Union Town” below. 

Rundown Guide for July 13, 2011

With a new album from Incubus and Theory of a Deadman, this week is shaping up nicely

As most of us are still digesting the barbecue we had over the 4th, here’s something to keep your mind occupied while the pork and potato salad is slowly mixing with the acid in your stomach (how’s that for imagery, huh?).

Incubus – ”If Not Now, When?” [Epic]

By now, you’ve heard Incubus’s single “Adolescents” so much that it actually changed your DNA. The driving, pulsating bass, the bombastic vocal, the loud, grandiose guitar work — the single is a testament to modern rock. Funny thing is, the rest of the album is way more subdued. Songs like “Friends and Lovers” are in tune with the sound of the rest of the album, with a laid back, almost hypnotic feel to it. 

Theory of a Deadman – ”The Truth Is…”  [Roadrunner]

The truth is…this album ain’t nothing like Incubus. At all. Whereas Incubus is the gentle mother cooing you to beddy time, Theory of a Deadman is the drunk dad crashing through the front door with a pint of Jack, stumbling about, knocking over chairs as he bitches about how his boss is a total prick. Ex-girlfriends (“Bitch Came Back”, “The Truth Is..”) and deadbeat boyfriends are prime targets for the band’s armada of guitars and drums. If that’s not enough, there is a special edition with six extra tracks.

Megadeth – ”Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying” [Capitol Records]

Now we’re going to take a gander at Megadeth because I can.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of Dave Mustaine and company’s  metal classic, ”Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying.” For those of you who were too young to remember, Megadeth is headed by singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine, who was the guitarist for this little no-named band called Metallica (wondered what ever happened to them.) After getting kicked out, Dave went on and formed Megadeth, eventually earning the spot among the “Big Four” in metal along with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer. Wonder how? Pick up the album and check out its remastered tracks and live cuts and find out.

Willie Evans Jr. – ”Introducin’” [High Water Music]

So far, throughout my career here at Collegenews.com, I’ve managed to avoid using the word “eargasm.”  I don’t like it. Whenever I heard the word, I’m raped with images of…well…let’s just say it involves ears, seminal fluids and leave it at that. Anyway, there is a dude named Willie Evans Jr., and his album ”Introducin’” might be the closest I will ever come to saying that word. Thing is, I was only able to get one song, “Fisbawdup” which you can find here. But from that one track, I’m already hankering for more.

Rundown Guide for July 6, 2011

This week, aside from the Damned, will feature artists that you’ve probably never heard of

It’s been a slow week, with this being the week after July 4th and all. But, as you can see, I’ve managed to pick up a few things that are worth checking out. So take a look-see, will you?

Vakill – ”Armour of God” [Molemen Records]

In recent years, Chicago has been getting some shine in the hip-hop game. With rappers like Common and…um…Crucial Conflict? Does anymore remember them? Okay, so Common is the only recognizable star, but Chicago always had a thriving underground hip-hop scene; its major contributors being a group of beatmakers called the Molemen. The beat collective cut tracks for several artists, like Rhymefest, freestyle legend Juice and this cat, Vakill.  Hearing Vakill spit rhymes is like watching a contortionist bend her back so her feet are in front of her face — you’re amazed at the spectacle, while simultaneously saying to yourself, “Damn that’s nasty.”  That’s Vakill’s wordage: nasty tapestry of similes and metaphors weaving in and out, making a beautifully creative quilt of rhymes. So, with ”Armour of God,” hopefully people will be able to see what I’m talking about and give this man the exposure he needs. 

Samiyam – ”Sam Baker’s Album” [Brainfeeder]

There’s more to Ann Arbor, Michigan than Kid Rock, Eminem and The White Stripes. They have people that make good music too. Hailing from Ann Arbor Samiyam went to L.A. back in 2006 and made a big splash in the hip-hop scene with his funky, electronic beats. Think Dubstep with some soul,if you will. ”Sam Baker’s Album” is a contender with DJ Shadow’s ”Entroducing” in regards to an album with a complexity and realization that brings it up from being a bunch of tracks strung together to make an album. But you can see for yourself in the video below.  

The Damned – ”Machine Gun Etiquette Anniversary Live Set” [Audio Visual Fidelit]

The year The Damned released their second and classic album ”Machine Gun Etiquette” was 1979. The album was an instant success, with songs like “Noise Noise Noise”, “Smash it Up” and “Melody Lee” becoming punk staples throughout the years. To celebrate, the band went on a tour performing the album, along with several other classics like “New Rose” and “Neat Neat Neat” at a show in Manchester where it was all recorded for the album. Where most bands of their longevity phone it in, their performance was on point, exuding the energy of horny teenagers at the audience. One of the few live albums that I can stand.

Dayglo Abortions – ”Feed Us a Fetus” [God Records]

This week sees the reissue of Dayglo Abortions’s ”Feed Us a Fetus.” Now, if you like you’re punk crude — and I mean really crude — then you’re in the right place. Want to hear how lead singer The Cretin steals his guitar solos from the Rolling Stones and is inspired by Spiderman? Come on down. But underneath the crudeness is some pretty awesome music. Fast-paced and never devoid of energy. From what I can tell the album contains no new bells and whistles, just good ol’fashioned, in-your-face punk. That’s it.

Rundown Guide for June 29, 2011

New Orleans rapper Curren$y drops his album this week, along with hip-hop producer extraordinaire Pete Rock

Okay, when you read this article, you may notice something missing. And before you post comments about how lame I am for not putting this band here and how I’m not up on my music, yes, I know Limp Bitzkit has a new album out. I know it’s called “Gold Cobra”. The thing is, I’ve got love hate-hate relationship with this band. I can’t stand them. I can’t stand their frat-brat mentality. I can’t stand their insipid lyrics. I can’t stand that Fred Durst is a millionaire and still talks about the “hood.” Even as I’m typing this, a stream of vomit is slowly rising up in my throat. They’re the type of cats that would talk shit and beat up my friends.

So, yeah, I know Limp Bizkit’s “Gold Cobra” is out. Go buy it or whatever. Hell, download it, since Fred Durst doesn’t mind. Ya know, because he’s such a rebel!

Curren$y – ”Weekend at Burnies” [Warner Bros]

New Orleans rapper Curren$y is channeling his inner Snoop Dogg for this album. With some bass heavy production that’s reminiscent of Dr. Dre’s “G-Funk” era in the 1990s, Curren$y rhymes are delivered with a slow drawl that will make every one of your muscles relax. With tracks like “She Don’t Want A Man,” about a promiscuous female, dude’s flow isn’t so much a flow as it is a Buddhist Om that change pitches. Though there aren’t any tracks that will pump your fist, it will definitely get your head nodding.

Teena Marie – ”Lady T” [Motown Records]

This is something for all you Motown aficionados and hipsters. When Teena Marie passed away in December 2010, the world lost another Motown legend. Now, newcomers and fans alike can feast their ears on this reprinting of her 1980 classic. Would you believe this album, which contain the funk-disco classic “Behind the Groove” was out of print? Well, it was, but now it’s back. Along with the original tracklist, there are three versions of “Groove,” which will surely accommodate any party where dancing is required.

Jenny and the Deelinquents – ”Keeping Time” [O-Dee]

While we’re rediscovering old classics, let’s take a look at a group that are taking old sounds and making it their own. Jenny Dee of the Downbeat 5 and the Dents have been really busy writing new songs that fit the mold of girl groups from the ‘60s. As with most youngbucks that immerse themselves in the sounds of Motown, Stax and Blue Note, Jenny explored its sounds and came up with Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents. With a sound that reminds me of the Supremes in their heyday, it’s apparent Jenny really did her homework, especially with the title track and “Big Ol’ Heart” with its exciting keyboard and driving basslines. 

Pete Rock and Smif-n-Wessun – ”Momumental” [Duck Down Records]

Now here’s a collaboration you thought you’ll never see, huh? The innovative production genius that is Pete Rock, known for his work with C. L. Smooth, has teamed up with other hip-hop veterans Smif-n-Wessun to create this ”Momumental” album. See, even they know they made auditory greatness. Remember when I said Curren$y’s joint was good to chill to? Well, you can’t do that here. This is headbanger music, as evident with tracks like “I’m Hard” and “Prevail” featuring Raekwon. It will be in your best interest to not sleep on this album.

Wu-Tang Clan – “Legendary Weapons” [Entertainment One]

Since we’re on the subject of hip-hop vets, Wu-Tang is back. Following up their 2009 “Chamber Music”, the group is hitting you hard with production by Noah Rubin. Sorry, RZA is not on board for this album. However, Noah Rubin can make beats, providing driving basslines and samples that was obviously influenced by RZA. Tracks like “Only the Rugged Survive” and “225 Rounds” showcase Rubin’s talent, while cats like Cappadonna, U-God and Bronze Nazareth put down the rhymes.

Rundown Guide for June 22, 2011

While you’re checking out Jill Scott’s latest, some B-Girls and funksters from the past have something to say

With two weeks left until Independence Day (or to the students not from the states, the day drunk idiots blow shit up in their backyards), I figured it was time to get the mood right and provide albums that have a independent spirit to them. And I don’t mean that in a patriotic sense, but independent in the way you’re liberated from any constraints, self-imposed or otherwise. Hopefully, these songs will set your mind to do what you want to do.

Jill Scott – ”The Light of the Sun” [Blues Babe Records]

If you want your Neo-Soul with a dash of funk, then Jill Scott’s newest release will definitely satisfy your appetite. If you’re hankering for a something a bit out there like, say, Jill singing over a beatbox by Doug E. Fresh, then you got it on the track “All Cried Out Redux”. The funkiness is quantified by the single “So In Love” featuring Anthony Hamiliton. Thus an album with a blend of uptempo tracks and familiar slow jams for you Neo-Soul fans love.

I Set My Friends On Fire – ”Astral Rejection” [Epitaph]

If you haven’t heard of the Miami band I Set My Friends On Fire (cute name, huh?), don’t worry. They formed in 2007 and have released one album, the just as creatively titled ”You Can’t Spell Slaughter Without Laughter.”  The new album, well, it can be best described as what the Locust would have been if they went pop-punk. You still have the snappy hooks and choruses, but it’s interspersed with growls and electronic keys that make this band a little more interesting than their peers. 

Voivod – ”Warriors of Ice” [Sonic Uyon]

Ah yes, Voivod. The Canadian metal gods. With eleven albums under their belts, these guys have stormed through the corridors of rock for nearly three decades. For those fans unfortunate enough to not experience the band on stage, ”Warriors Of Ice” provides the prefect substitute. The disc showcased their career, from “Voivod” and “Warriors Of Ice” off their first album to “Global Warming” off their 2009 ”Infini.”

B-Girls – ”Live and Kicking” [B-Boy Records]

Do you know your hip-hop? You do? Okay, do you know female emcees like L.A. Star, Five Star Moet and Sparky D? No, then you need to get schooled because ”Live and Kicking” is out. After being long out of print and on CD for the first time, hip-hop historians and lovers can get a hold of a piece of history. With tracks such as “You Can’t Break” and the Salt N’ Pepa diss “Write That Rhyme,” you can feel how it was back in the day.

Father’s Children – ”Who’s Gonna Save the World” [Numero Group]

And we’ll end this thing on some funk. But the not the glossy productions that you’re accustomed to. Nope. This brand of funk, coming from Washington D.C., is a gritty, down on the gutter type. The funk that’s been through tough times and spent nights crying over its surroundings. With songs like “Everybody’s Got a Problem” and “Dirt and Grime,” there’s no mistaking these cats for some sequin-coated jumpsuit wearing douche. Since this is the Numero Group, you know that A) this album is being released for the first time after decades in the vault and B) it comes with a ton of liner notes and pictures.

Rundown Guide for June 8, 2011

All Time Low’s new album drops this week, along with the debut of Aesop Rock’s group, Hail Mary Mallon

Just want to time to offer my condolences to poet, singer and musician Gil Scott Heron who died last week. Though the brother had a prolific music career, he’s best known for the song “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”, which every wannabe rebel spouts off but never knew where it came from. Thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

All Time Low – ”Dirty Work” [Interscope]

Well, it finally arrived, people! All Time Low’s new album is hitting shelves this week. If you gush over catchy, poppy, punk goodness, then you’re in for a treat. With songs like “Feel Like Dancin” and “Time Bomb,”  the album will unequivocally make you rock out and dance around in your underwear…in public…with the cops watching nearby with handcuffs at the ready. ”Dirty Work” is so dance-able, it’s criminal.

Kool Moe Dee – ”Kool Moe Dee” [Jive Records]

Back in the day when battle rapping only consisted of two MCs, a microphone or no mentioning of killing their their lips, Kool Moe Dee was one of the rise with his feud with the then up-and-coming rapper, LL Cool J. The battle will go down as one of the most recognized feuds in hip-hop EVER!!!  And I don’t use all caps and exclamation points likely. Before the battle, Kool Moe Dee was just another hungry New York rapper trying to make due. His 1986 debut release is a window into the genius that would come later in his career. Tracks like “Do You Know What Time it is?” and “Rock Steady” serve as a sample of this man’s legacy and hip-hop history.

Hail Mary Mallon – ”Are You Gonna Eat That?” [Rhymesayers]

It’s a simple equation: Aesop Rock + Rob Sonic = the most funky, witty, lyric-spitting boombap that has ever come through the speakers and into your eardrums. Both cats have collaborated for their Rhymesayers debut and, man, it’s something to take a gander at. Check out their video for “Smock”.

Ikebe Shakedown – ”Ikebe Shakedown” [Ubiquity Records]

This is a funky album for a bunch of white guys from Brooklyn. Ikebe Shakedown combines the styles of funk, afro-beat, disco and, well, damn near any music genre that can induce the moving of asses. It is all put together in a funky, soulful stew to enjoy. All tracks have a nice smooth, almost cinematic feel to it. But you can check it out for yourself below.