Bobby Womack – The Making of “The Bravest Man In The Universe”

If you read what I wrote about Bobby Womack’s single, “Please Forgive My Heart” off of his upcoming album The Bravest Man In The Universe, you know that I have already been really excited for this album.  Now, XL Records has just released this mini-documentary showing the making of the LP and I’m more excited than ever.  Its one thing for the music on an LP to be good (which I’m almost positive it will be), but most truly great albums are released in some type of interesting context, and this documentary shows the context of Bobby Womack’s current position in his life.  It’s truly incredible to see Bobby Womack pick up a guitar for the first time in 20 years and feel so comfortable playing and singing over fairly harsh electronic back up instrumentation with people 30 and 40 years younger than him.  I hate building up this much anticipation for an album, but no one else on the internets seems to be doing so enough and I genuinely can’t help myself, so just prepare yourselves to listen in June.

-TC

Stream: Animal Collective – Transverse Temporal Gyrus LP

You may remember back in 2010 when Animal Collective hosted an extremely avant-garde and psychedelic art exhibit at New York’s Guggenheim museum, now, for Record Store Day 2012, Animal Collective have released the soundtrack to the exhibit.  As expected, Transverse Temporal Gyrus is very abstract and atmospheric.  This isn’t the first time Animal Collective has released something like this, the soundtrack to their movie ODDSAC is very ambient as well, but whereas ODDSAC had more classically structured songs like “Tantrum Barb” sprinkled throughout, Transverse Temporal Gyrus almost completely leaves that out.  Although its interesting to see what sounds go through Animal Collectives’ heads when they aren’t recording a normal LP, I can’t see myself going back and listening to this very frequently, and I’m just anticipating their upcoming followup to Merriweather Post Pavilion even more now.  Click the jump below to listen to the LP.

-TC

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mp3: AlunaGeorge- Just A Touch

Tracks like this make me wonder how I ever dug any other type of music.  AlunaGeorge are a buzzing duo that gained a lot of hype for their fantastic single ‘You Know You Like It’ and are now signed to Tri Angle Records.  Their newest track is the crystalline and dynamic ‘Just A Touch’ which serves as a perfect introduction to the duo’s blend of bass-music and experimental r&b.  If you weren’t already on the AlunaGeorge bandwagon, welcome aboard this is a nice place to be.

-PK

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Mixtape: Miró Belle- Kiss This (Vol. 00)

This EP has been floating around for a minute now but just got officially released by Bad Panda Records earlier today.  It’s clear from the opener, ‘In Fielder’, that Kiss This (Vol. 00) is typical Miró Belle material with the notable exception of being far more refined and well put together than anything he’s put out so far (which has all been pretty great anyway).  The organ sounds on ‘In Fielder’ definitely give the track a summertime baseball game feel, which I can safely say is a unique vibe that I don’t get from your typical soundcloud beatsmith.  The beats on this mixtape wouldn’t feel very out of place on a TV Girl release and after listening I’m actually really wishing the two artists would collaborate together.  Stream and download Kiss This (Vol. 00) below…

-PK