Music Revolution 2011: May Releases – Week 2
Good morn’ or evening, friends. Today marks the second of two installments highlighting the month of May and its excellent album releases. Indeed, we are in the midst of a revolutionary harvest in music in 2011. Perhaps the most satisfying aspect of this occurrence is that the great music is coming from well-known artists with success in popular music. During a time when people get a hit record and want to play it safe to maintain their fame, fortune and lifestyle, we have those who’ve been to the mountain top and continue to develop as artists, willfully taking the risk of rejection from a fickle audience, and they shine as a result. Last week, Well-Dressed Headphone Addict previewed personal for amazing releases for May 3rd, and now it’s time to preview this weeks hot picks.
Goblin, Tyler, The Creator
So much has been said about this 20-year-old and his maniacal hip hop ensemble, Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All, (Odd Future). From their hilarious youtube posts, their TV debut on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and preceding self-released mixtapes, Tyler and gang has forced themselves and their engagingly disgusting ways and rhymes into the mainstream. Goblin, Tyler second LP and major label debut, is just as people expected: nasty, offensive and undeniably charismatic.
The Road From Memphis, Booker T. Jones
In 2009, Rock and Roll hall of famer Booker T. Jones released Potato Hole, and its southern rock sound helped it earn a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental Recording. His new album, The Road from Memphis, makes Potato Hole sound like Ice Ice Baby. Featuring a new backing band, The Legendary Roots Crew, co-produced by Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, and engineered by Daptone guru Gabriel Roth, The Road From Memphis is funky, gritty and perfect. Ten of the 12 tracks are amazing originals, but the highlight is a cover of Lauryn Hill’s “Everything is Everything.”
Stone Rollin‘, Raphael Saadiq
Raphael Saadiq dabbled in old school R&B, blues and even country-western back in his Tony Toni Tone days with hits like “If I Had No Loot” and “Thinking of You.” Underneath the rock/blues surface of Stone Rollin’, his fourth studio release, is actually an amalgamation of all his solo albums. It included Blaxploitation, neo-soul, Motown flavored rhythms and rockabilly. Stone Rollin’s opus is “Good Man.” The tale of a righteous man exploited by his lover, “Good Man’s” brooding violins, catchy bass hook and instantly memorable lyrics are typical Saadiq.
Next week, a special highlight of a long-awaited album.
Thank you for listening, and remember, African-Americans may only take up one tenth of the population, but that tenth is talented.