Vince Staples - Big Fish Theory.
Interesting record from 2017. It's hiphop but mixed with some dancey, electronic almost British sounding beats. Some good content about racism, Trump, depression, fame, his neighbourhood in long Beach. There's some party tracks here too for the dance clubs but still plenty for rap fans to enjoy (Yeah right with Kendrick, or Big Fish with Juicy J). Only time will tell if other rappers pursue this techno sound into the future.
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band’s ‘Trout Mask Replica’ was released in 1969. I probably don’t need to go into the history of this album since there’s been plenty of write ups recently, so instead I’ll let you in on a couple of things that helped me “get” what is one of the most difficult records to listen to in the history of popular music. First, I think the story behind the creation of this album is essential to understanding & appreciating this record. The band was kept in cult-like conditions, with very little to eat, not enough sleep & plenty of psychological mind games were used to break them down & occasionally turn them against each other. The second thing that helped me realize that this isn’t just some guys making noise was hearing recordings of the songs without Beefheart’s vocals from an earlier session. I first heard these alternate takes on the ‘Grow Fins’ box set & when I listened to the musicians play all of the exact same parts that end up on the record it finally clicked that they weren’t fooling around.
I’m a bit late to the party with this Third Man Records “Vault Package” reissue from last month & was just able to finally give it a spin today. I was glad to see that quite a few people picked this one up. There’s lots of goodies that came with this reissue including “fruitcake fish-scale” 180g vinyl, reprinted lyric sheets with artwork, a tote bag, a reissue of the French only 7” single “Pachuco Cadaver/Wild Life” on white vinyl, a sew-on patch, a replica trout mask & a print of the epitaph written for Don Van Vliet by Jack White that appeared in the March 2011 issue of Mojo Magazine.