July 17, 2019 Playlist

"Electric Bath" by The Don Ellis Orchestra
The Don Ellis Orchestra "Electric Bath"  1967 (USA)
Don Ellis was at the forefront of "progressive jazz" and fusion in the late 1960's and early 1970's, but he died in 1978 when he was just 44 years old and seems to be largely forgotten today. Ellis was a pioneer in several ways: he wrote lots of songs in bizarre time signatures, played a "microtonal trumpet", utilized psychedlic electronic effects on his instrument (years before Miles did), and put together a unique "big band prog" orchestra which at various times included three drum kits (one drummer was Ralph Humphrey, later of a classic Zappa band) and a string quartet. Electric Bath won the Downbeat magazine reader's poll for album of the year and was nominated for a Grammy, though his commercial peak was scoring the hit film The French Connection in the early 1970's.
Meanwhile over in Japan, my latest fascinations are the crazy "denpa" style of the wacky pop idol band Dempagumi.inc and a charming rap duo of . . . office ladies, called . But the big news lately is BABYMETAL has announced that their next album Metal Galaxy is coming in October, and have been on tour in Europe playing some cool new songs.
(N) = New Release
Artist Song Album Year Country
Dempagumi.incOtsukare Summer! ("Good Job, Summer!")GOGO DEMPA2016Japan
Charisma.comOtubone Rock ("Workstation Rock" - sic?)CHARISMA.BEST (compilation)2017Japan
Tricot Good MorningRepeat EP (N)2019 (Bakuretsu)Japan
Ty Segall RadioFirst Taste (N)2019 (Drag City)USA
POW! Free The FloorShift (N)2019 (Castle Face)USA
Prince Make-up (songwriting demo for Vanity 6)Originals (N)rec. 1982 (2019 NPG/Warner Bros)USA
Poppy MeatChoke EP (N)2019 (Mad Decent/I'm Poppy)USA
The Mystery Lights Can't Get Through To My Head
   / Someone Else Is In Control
Too Much Tension! (N)2019 (Daptone)USA
Clinic Ferryboat Of The MindWheeltappers And Shunters (N)2019 (Domino)UK
Chris Forsyth Mystic MountainAll Time Present (N)2019 (No Quarter)USA
75 Dollar Bill WZN4I Was Real (N)2019 (Thin Wrist)USA
Meat Puppets NightcapDusty Notes (N)2019 (Megaforce)USA
Black Sabbath
Today is Geezer Butler's 70th birthday!
Bassically / N.I.B.Black Sabbath1970UK
The Black Keys Shine A Little LightLet's Rock (N)2019 (Nonesuch)USA
Wand AirplaneLaughing Matter (N)2019 (Drag City)USA
Black Mountain Closer To The Edge
   --> High Rise
Destroyer (N)2019 (Jagjaguwar)Canada
Oh Sees HenchlockFace Stabber (N - forthcoming album)2019 (Castle Face)USA
Ty Segall Freedom Band Love Fuzz (live)Deforming Lobes (N)2019 (Drag City)USA
Don EllisRoundabout (Yes)Connection1972USA
Miles DavisAli (take 4)The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (box set)rec. 1971USA
The Don Ellis OrchestraOpen BeautyElectric Bath
The Don Ellis OrchestraNew HorizonsElectric Bath
The Don Ellis OrchestraHey Jude (The Beatles - live)Don Ellis At Fillmore1970USA
SantanaSinging Winds, Crying BeastsAbraxas1970USA/Mexico
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