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BSP are fab.

 

still one of my fave ROCK albums of '08

 

 

I wouldn't go so far as to use fab...or any outdated Beatles superlative, like "gear" or"smashing". It is quite good though. :thumbup

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Parliament - Osmium

The first Parliament album as such was a mixed-up mess of an affair -- but would anyone expect anything less? The overall sound is much more Funkadelic than later Parliament, if with a somewhat more accessible feel. Things get going with an appropriately leering start, thanks to "I Call My Baby Pussycat," which makes something like "What's New, Pussycat?" seem like innocent, chaste conversation. After a stripped-down start, things explode into a full-on funk strut with heavy-duty guitar and slamming drums setting the way, while the singers sound like they're tripping without losing the soul -- sudden music dropouts, vocal cut-ins, volume level tweaks, and more add to the off-kilter feeling. Osmium's sound progresses from there -- it's funk's fire combined with a studio freedom that feels like a blueprint for the future. Bernie Worrell's keyboard abilities are already clear, whether he's trying for hotel lounge jams or full freakiness; similarly, Eddie Hazel is clearly finding his own epic stoned zone to peel out some amazing solos at the drop of a hat. As for the subject matter and end results -- who else but this crew could have come up with the trash-talking, yodeling twang of "Little Ol' Country Boy" in 1970 and still made it funky with all the steel guitar? Other fun times include the piano and vocal-into-full-band goofy romantic romp of "My Automobile" and "Funky Woman," where over a heavy groove (and goofy Worrell break) the titular character lives with the consequence of her stank: "She hung them in the air/The air said this ain't fair!" Amidst all the nuttiness, there are some perhaps surprising depths -- consider "Oh Lord, Why Lord/Prayer," which might almost be too pretty for its own good (Worrell's harpsichord almost verges on the sickly sweet) but still has some lovely gospel choir singing and heartfelt lyrics.
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Ray Davies - Live Off-Broadway (Jane St. Theater, Aug., 2000)

(Featuring several songs backed by Yo La Tengo.)

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Parliament - Osmium

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I've always liked that one.

 

 

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I wish you were my mom. Except for that whole "not putting The Wooden Sky on the ipod" thing...

 

my bad. It's actually best not to let me near an ipod. I tend to laugh at the guilty pleasure type of playlists.

 

Looks like Medave and the Rationals have the band booked for Boston on Nov 23rd and then possibly down to NYC for THE Martin Rivas to take a look.

 

Sometimes message boards are a good thing.

 

NP - Blitzen Trapper's Myspace.

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