I had a chance to see Chicago-based Scattered Trees recently at Brooklyn Bowl. I was very impressed by the five-piece ensemble. They just wrapped up a summer tour so you will have to keep an eye on their web site for future tour dates.
About 30 minutes before he's set to take the stage, Reggie Watts saunters into Public Assembly in Brooklyn, with his folding bicycle and a small gym bag, presumably holding his loop pedal and small mixing console. He sets up his own gear on stage, does a few mic checks, says hello, all casually and un-assuming, and then BAM, he smacks you in the face with his insanely creative... what is it? Rap? Music? Comedy? Art?
Whatever it is, Watts does it well, and makes it all seem so easy. I'm not sure if the songs we heard that night were original or if he made them up on the spot, but he sure makes it seem like improvisation. No two songs are alike, in genre or tempo or mood. One song he's playing the keyboard, slur-singing words that don't make sense, the next minute he's doing stand-up with an English accent.
Comedian, musician, or whatever you call him, one thing is for sure: Reggie Watts is a renaissance man.
As per Siena Reese...
This is Jeff Turner. He was the focus of a documentary called I Think We're Alone Now about a man stalking Tiffany. He is the star of the upcoming Teddybears video for "Cho-Cha". The song feat Cee-Lo and The B-52s. He wanted to put out a couple of behind the scenes rants. Feel free to share his message.
This past Saturday at Santos Party House (great venue) was the official CD release and Label launch for Bill Laswell’s: Method of Defiance. Bill has a knack for putting together a sound group of musicians and creating awesome music. This current project consists of himself, Bernie Worrell (Parliament/Funkadelic, Talking Heads), DJ Krush (Producer, 20 year veteran, Mo’ Wax), Toshinori Kondo (Jazz fusion trumpeter), Hideo Yamaki (Drums), with Hawk and Doctor Israel providing lyrics.
The amount of talent and dynamic on stage was quite uncanny. The group delivers a nice mix of drum and bass accompanied by dub, hardcore, and hip-hop elements. Bernie Worrell is a warrior on the keys bringing the right amount of funk to the table as well. On the other side of the stage was Billy Laswell lurking in the shadows, laying down bass heavy grooves for the group. Then we have DJ Krush who is without question a show in his own. On top of that is Toshinori who is a mad man on the trumpet, blowing like he was trying to bust a gasket and back on the kit Yamaki keeps the beats in line. I gotta tell ya these cats are serious.
Our master’s of ceremony were Hawk and Doctor Israel who hit you with a range of passion in their lyrics. There’s a well-rounded delivery of hip-hop, dub, reggae and hardcore vocals to keep the heady crowd engaged. By the way this crowd was a definite group of for those who know and appreciate amazing musicians. If these dudes come around yo way I urge you to buck up and go to the show. It’s refreshing to see that there’s still some truth in music these days.
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