Tag Archives: Jazz.

BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME Bassist Working On 1930′s Inspired Project

Dan Briggs has got Between the Buried and Me, Orbs and Trioscapes to keep him busy but he is still has some awesome ideas in his head. He recently told Mirovia that he is working on a project that is “largely influenced by music from the 30′s”. Jazz, ragtime, swing and Big Band was very popular during this era and I am sure that is the kind of music he is aiming for. I actually enjoy some of that kind of music so I am anxious to see what he will do. How about you?

-Lane Oliver

Jazz Freak Out!: FONTANELLE Release New Material

Experimental jazz fusion outfit Fontanelle has returned after a ten year silence for the release of a brand new record. The record in question is entitled Vitamin F and will be released through Southern Lord on October 23rd. Spin.com has the first taste of the record in the form of the LSD laden “When the Fire Hits the Forest”. The song begins with an oscillating array of absinthe inspired effects and groovy baseline that walks confidently into a full blown avant jazz swagger full of noisy guitar leads and a dizzying display of complex instrumentation. I personally have never heard of this band before today but I can tell you they impress the hell out of me. I am a sucker for jazz and weird music and Fontanelle combines both of these in a nice saccharine package. Check out that track and tell me it is not awesome.

-Lane Oliver

THE FACELESS Post New Song Snippet

The Faceless are an anomaly. While containing similar elements between releases, each release nevertheless remains unique in standing. Starting as an interesting meld of technical death metal, prog, jazz, and deathcore, the band grasped my attention and quickly took hold of my ears with their debut, Akeldama. While seemingly held back by some minor chains of the contemporary sound at the time with their debut, The Faceless came into their own with their sophomore release, Planetary Duality, having solidified their status as one of the tech death god greats. Planetary Duality saw the band in their own light, containing mind-melting technical and progressive guitars, blaring vocals, and precise yet flowing drum work that rivaled and perhaps surpassed many of their contemporaries. Come August 14th, it seems The Faceless will have yet more titles attributed to their myriad of genre descriptions. Running for less than a minute, the new sample contains vocals reminiscent of Opeth, riffs reminiscent of Extol yet a sound that can only be described as The Faceless. Be sure to pre-order the album on CD, on vinyl, or digital here, here, and here respectively. Also, be sure to catch the band on any of the remaining Summer Slaughter dates below. Continue reading

Review: BADBADNOTGOOD-”BBNG2″

By Lane Oliver

BadBadNotGood made a name for themselves last year with the release of their stellar album BBNG as well as the surfacing of footage of them playing with Odd Future’s Tyler, the Creator. The hip-hop influenced jazz trio has released the follow up to BBNG, aptly named BBNG2, early last week. If you couldn’t get into BBNG then BBNG2 may convert you into a BadBadNotGood fanboy in no time.

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Review: T.R.A.M.-”Lingua Franca”

By Lane Oliver

What do you get when you combine Animals as Leaders guitarists Tosin Abasi and Javier Reyes with The Mars Volta saxophonist Adrian Terrazas and Suicidal Tendencies’ drummer Eric Moore? You get the progressive rock/jazz fusion hybrid T.R.A.M. (Terrazas. Reyes. Abasi. Moore). When this project was first announced early last year, naturally as an AAL fan I became excited. But when footage and songs start surfacing on the web I was very surprised at the band’s sound. In February of this year, T.R.A.M. gave us their debut EP Lingua Franca. I suspect hardcore fans of Animals as Leaders and the other bands mentioned would be disappointed in this release. I, however, was not.

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Check Out BADBADNOTGOOD’s New Single

Toronto jazz masters have released a new single entitled “Rotten Decay”. The track is ominous and very slow building at first. But soon explodes into this ultra syncopated, complex monster of hip hop infused jazz that these guys are masters. The track mostly varies between these two extremes until the end. The single also has a b-side, which is a cover of Wacka Flocka Flame’s “Hard in the Paint”. Yes, they covered that terrible song, jazzed it up, and now it is listenable! Needles to say, I am highly impressed with these guys. Apparently they will be releasing more singles in the future and well as another mixtape. So, be on the look out for that and check out BBNGSINGLE below.

-Lane Oliver

Watch BADBADNOTGOOD Perform With TYLER, THE CREATOR!

Instrumental hip hop infused jazz outfit, BADBADNOTGOOD posted a video on their Facebook of the band performing the song “Seven” with Tyler, the Creator. All I have to say is, wow! You just need to watch it!

If you guys like jazz, you should totally check out BADBADNOTGOOD’s new album! It is beyond amazing!

-Lane Oliver

Review: STEVEN WILSON-”Grace for Drowning”

By Lane Oliver

Steven Wilson has been a pretty busy man this year. He mixed Opeth’s new album, Heritage, His Blackfield project released a new album in March, He quietly worked on his project with Mikael Akerfeldt, and he just released his new solo album last month. The solo album in question is the dual disc progressive rock beast, Grace for Drowning. The Porcupine Tree frontman sure did have a lot on his hands this year. You might question if his involvement in other projects would cause him to neglect his solo work, causing it to suffer in quality. Well, this album is proof that that did not happen.

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New BLOTTED SCIENCE Music

Instrumental technical metal enthusiasts, Blotted Science have released an edit of a new song “Omitted Eyes” from their upcoming album, The Animation of Entomology. It’s one minute and twenty-six seconds of jazzy, tech metal goodness that will leave you salivating and hungry for more. The new album will feature twenty four minutes of new music over the span of seven tracks. It will be released October 4th! Check out “Omitted Eyes” below!

-Lane Oliver

Album Of The Week: THE NUMBER TWELVE LOOKS LIKE YOU’s “Mongrel”

It’s an unruly beast of jazzy, technical riffs and erratic vocals. The majority of the music is spastic and unpredictable and will make you dizzy. The Number Twelve Looks Like You really out did themselves on their third full length album, Mongrel. It’s thirty seven minutes of  chaotic music that will leave you begging for more after the final track ends. It’s honestly the band’s best work. If you have never heard it, due yourself a favor and check it out. I have posted a few of my favorite songs from it below.

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Are You As Bad As TOM WAITS?

I sincerely hope that there other Tom Waits fans out there besides me that browse American Aftermath. But regardless, I am posting this. Mr. Waits is preparing to release his first album in seven years. The upcoming album is entitled Bad As Me and is slated to be released on October 25th. I am a HUGE Tom Waits fan and seriously cannot wait for this album to drop. This is what was said about the upcoming album on his official website:

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