September 12, 2018 Playlist

"Romantic Warrior" by Return To Forever (1976)
Return To Forever "Romantic Warrior"  1976 (USA)
RTF was one of the top fusion groups of the fusion era, right up there with Mahavishnu Orchestra and Weather Report. Founded by keyboardist Chick Corea (who, like all famous jazz guys, played with Miles Davis), arguably the most legendary lineup of the group was the quartet that recorded this week's CAOTW. Joining Corea are legendary bassist Stanley Clarke and unsung great drummer Lenny White, plus 21 year-old phenom Al Di Meola on guitar. The four of them together make an enormous sound and the music is almost absurdly complex: this is one of those jazz fusion records which fits right into the progressive rock world. In fact, parts of it (in particular Di Meola's tune "Majestic Dance") sound a lot like Frank Zappa's extremely complex small band arrangements of the 70's.
Also on the show this week: the roots of my favorite new Japanese rock singer/rapper, Haru Nemuri! "Inochine Natte" was her first "breakthrough" song (though at only about 80,000 youtube views globally in a little over a year it's not exactly what you'd call a hit), and "HELLO @ NEW WORLD" is a non-album single from later in 2017. On the opposite end of the musical spectrum, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu's happy new album Japamyu is due later this month and is sure to sell billions of copies.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
HawkwindSpace Is Deep / Electronic No. 1 (live)Space Ritual1973UK
Talking HeadsThe Great Curve (live)The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads1981USA
Parquet Courts Wide Awake!Wide Awake! (N)2018 (Rough Trade)USA
Guerilla Toss Green AppleTwisted Crystal (N - preview single from forthcoming album)2018 (DFA)USA
Kurt Vile Loading ZonesBottle It In (N - preview single from forthcoming album)2018 (Matador)USA
Courtney Barnett CharityTell Me How You Really Feel (N)2018 (Mom & Pop)Australia
Ty Segall & White Fence She Is GoldJoy (N)2018 (Drag City)USA
Speedy Ortiz VillainTwerp Verse (N)2018 (Carpark)USA
U.S. Girls Velvet 4 SaleIn A Poem Unlimited (N)2018 (4AD)USA
Out Of My Headnon-album single (N)2018 (Virgin)UK (Scotland)
Haru NemuriInochini Natte ("Becoming Life")Atom Heart Mother EP2017Japan
Haru NemuriHELLO @ NEW WORLDnon-album single2017Japan
Haru Nemuri Yoru Wo Oyoideta ("It Was Long")Haru To Shura (N)2018 (Perfect)Japan
Haru Nemuri Kick In The Worldnon-album single (N)2018 (Perfect)Japan
eX-GirlDodoEndangered Species2004Japan
Tsu Shi Mi Ma ReCamaboco - Fish Cakes
   / Pregnant Fantasy
Pregnant Fantasy2005Japan
Ariel Pink
At Least The Sky Is Blueo (N)2018 (DERO Arcade)USA
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Difficulties - Let Them Eat VowelsSparkle Hard (N)2018 (Matador)USA
PavementBox ElderWesting (By Musket And Sextant)rec. 1989-1992, rel. 1993USA
Royal TruxOld YankB-side (Waterpark single)1999USA
Death Grips Streaky / DilemmaYear Of The Snitch (N)2018 (Third Worlds)USA
Run The JewelsLegend Has It / Call TicketronRun The Jewels 32016USA
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu Harajuku Iyahoi (extended dance mix)
("Harajuku Hooray!")
single (N - also to appear on  forthcoming album "JAPAMYU")2017 (Warner Japan)Japan
Return To ForeverMedieval OvertureRomantic Warrior
Return To ForeverDuel Of The Jester And The Tyrant, parts I & IIRomantic Warrior
Al Di MeolaSuite Golden DawnLand Of The Midnight Sun1976USA
Frank ZappaSt. Etienne (live)Jazz From Hell1986USA
Andrew Wholf Careful With A FoolForever Is So EP (N)2018 (self release)USA
Kyary Pamyu PamyuChodo Iino ("Just Fine")Moshi Moshi Harajuku EP2011Japan
Kyary Pamyu PamyuNo No Nonon-album B-side (Best KPP compilation)2016Japan
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