Roomful of Teeth: Putting Music Where Their Mouths Are

“It’s all about the voice,” says Brad Wells, founder of Grammy Award-winning Roomful of Teeth, a nine-person modern classical vocal ensemble dedicated to “min[ing] the expressive potential of the human voice.” Through use of a wide array of supremely challenging and/or obscure vocal techniques, the group creates a sound like nothing else. “Pretty much all

New Jazz Archival Titles from Resonance/Elemental, Part 2

Continued from Part One… Stan Getz Quartet – Moments in Time The first of two releases chronicling tenor saxophonist Stan Getz’s May 1976 residency at San Francisco’s Keystone Korner, this is a thrilling single-disc collection of live music by Getz and his three sidepeople (Joanne Brackeen, piano; Clint Houston, bass; Billy Hart, drums). Superb song

New Jazz Archival Titles from Resonance/Elemental, Part 1

Lovers of the classic era in jazz and/or modern jazz owe a debt of gratitude to Zev Feldman. The head of a pair of modern-day jazz labels (Resonance and Elemental) has been exceedingly busy of late, rescuing heretofore unheard recordings of great historical import. Kicking off with a bang a mere four years ago, Feldman

Album Mini-review: Bob Mould — Patch the Sky

File next to: Hüsker Dü, Sugar, Dinosaur Jr. Bob Mould is that rarest of creatures: a songwriter who can write impassioned, heartfelt lyrics, wrap them inside ear-candy melodies, and deliver them with the instrumental force of hardcore punk. The former Hüsker Dü frontman’s skillful merging of those disparate qualities has led to his status as

Album Mini-review: Japanese Breakfast — Psychopomp

File next to: The Dream Academy, Prefab Sprout, My Bloody Valentine Though the title of this Eugene, Oregon outfit’s full-length might evoke thoughts of the debut album from The Jesus and Mary Chain, 80s UK dream-pop is a more useful reference point. Originally available as a limited-run cassette, *Psychopomp is chock full of infectious melodies,

Album Mini-review: Suuns – Hold/Still

File Next to: Cocteau Twins, Clan of Xymox, Depeche Mode Though there’s a dark and doomy undercurrent to the songs on Hold/Still, the group adheres to the basic tenets of melody. Suuns (pronounced “soons”) are clearly aiming for a krautrock-ish vibe on the eleven tracks, and that hypnotic aesthetic comes through loud and clear. But

Album Mini-review: Charles Bradley — Changes

File next to: James Brown, Sharon Jones & the Dap-kings, Eli Paperboy Reed On Charles Bradley‘s third full length, the “screaming eagle of soul” shows himself to be a fascinating interpreter of diverse material, as evidenced in his soulful reading of Black Sabbath‘s “Changes.” Bradley mines a sense of pathos that Ozzy’s vocal merely hinted

Margaret Glaspy Moves Up to the Majors

“I think that human experience is pretty universal,” says guitarist Margaret Glaspy. “So whether I’m writing objectively or writing from my own point of view, it applies to pretty much everyone. As humans, I think we just inject our lives into whatever we’re working on. But as a songwriter, I like to write pretty objectively,

Explorers Club Refine Their Strategy for Third Album

This is the second of my two recent features on Explorers Club. Hey kids: collect ’em all! — bk Jason Brewer, leader and songwriter of Explorers Club, explains the challenges of making music by way of a musical reference: “Have you heard that old soul song ‘Love is Like a Baseball Game’ by the Intruders?”

On Third Album, Explorers Club Gets it ‘Together’

Recently I interviewed Explorers Club’s Jason Brewer for a pair of features, one in Atlanta’s Creatve Loafing and the other in Athens GA’s Flagpole. While both interviews focused on the group’s new album Together, I covered it from different angles in each feature. Here’s the first of the two interview features. — bk When Explorers