Posts tagged ‘Fusion’

I Am Ready for a Fall

By | February, 9, 2012

To return to the theme that began our week, I am posting a song released back in 2008 by Hot Chip on their third album, Made in the Dark. The band received a Grammy nod for this quirky nugget of dance pop, but as you can assume they did not win the award for Best Dance Recording. Fortunately enough, the recognition was given to the Kings of French House music, Daft Punk, for their hit “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”. Check out the Batman/Joker inspired video for “Ready For The Floor” below. The dancing girls bring to mind memories of Robert Palmer’s iconic 80′s video for “Addicted To Love”. It almost makes perfect sense, since both songs are a fusion of rock and dance music.

Cosmic Funk & Soul at Sounds of Brazil

By | January, 30, 2012

Thundercat is the stage name of 27 year old Los Angeles bass innovator Stephen Bruner. From filling in for departed bassist Robert Trujillo, in Suicidal Tendencies, who went on to play in Metallica, to touring with Snoop Dogg and recording with Erykah Badu, Thundercat has earned his stripes over the last ten years in the music industry. In addition to his own impressive resume, the young musician comes from a pedigree that explains his innate talent and creativity. His father, Ronald Bruner Sr., was a professional drummer working with the likes of Diana Ross, The Temptations and Gladys Knight. His brother, Ronald Bruner Jr., received a Grammy back in 2010 for his drumming on Stanley Clarke‘s last album. Stanley Clarke made his fame in 70s fusion group, Return to Forever, with legendary jazz pianist Chick Corea.

Thundercat has taken his experience on the road and in the studio, combined it with the Afro-Bohemian philosophy he surely has engaged with through Ms. Badu and created something entirely fresh and mind-blowing. A member of the L.A. music collective known as the Brainfeeder crew, he has found kindred spirits, musically and culturally in producers Flying Lotus and Teebs. Check out the trippy music video for “MmmHmm” below to enter the astral plane of this emerging artist and his fellow funk-astronaut, Flying Lotus.

Make sure you head down to SOB’s this Wednesday night to watch Thundercat perform in his second show ever in NYC. Arrive early so you can catch a lively set of psychedelic soul from Cosmolingo. Get your discounted tickets here. For more details on this show, check the event listing here.

Bustle In Your Brooklyn Bowl

By | January, 26, 2012

Here is a clip from Bustle In Your Hedgerow‘s show at Brooklyn Bowl this past August. A special sit in from ?uestlove, drummer of the renowned Hip-Hop innovators The Roots, really kicks this version of Led Zeppelin‘s “Trampled Underfoot” into high gear. Take a look and get yourself down to Brooklyn Bowl tonight(1/26/12) and/or tomorrow night(1/27/12) to catch the band as they get the Led out in New York City’s best live music venue.