Friday, November 29, 2013

KBYD November 29, 2013


Mediocre Poetry - Skeleton Suite
Comencemos (Let's Start) - Jungle Fire
Head Spins - Dead Beat Band
Hey You - The Hairem
Cruel Summer - Black Marble
Visions and Lights - Buzz Kull
Look Away - 2 of Clubs
Shadows - Honeyfeet
Blood Fever - The Chitticks
Time Machine - She Drew The Gun
Fire - 12 Dirty Bullets
Stars - Andy Whitaker
City Lights - DeLix
Panther Dash - The Go! Team
Bob N Weave - The Joint
Switchblade - The Ventriloquists
In Your Brain - Monophonics
Nostalgia - The Chameleons
Dover - Loli Jackson
Silky Filter - The Moods
Hit - The Sugarcubes
Firewalker - Jungle Fire
Sun Shines Underwater - Jo Bywater
Push Me On - Doves

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Review: Jungle Fire at the Echoplex

On November 9, three bands came together to play at the Echoplex in Los Angeles. The latter two, Monophonics and Orgone, were powerfully impressive bands in their own right. The first, Jungle Fire, has been making waves in Southern California for two years with their latin afro-beat jazz funk reggae dance soul nigh-indescribable sound.

What is this band that almost accidentally occurred when several musicians with strange auditory tastes got into the same room back in 2011 just for a one-off, but now is about to tour the United Kingdom? Well there's a lot of things that they are not. Despite the perfection of their horn section and the clear influence of African and South American musical traditions, this is not by any means what one would call "world music." And further, there's no fusion about it. This is not a novelty, not a niche, not a cunningly orchestrated repackaging of some hidden gem from some exotic part of the world (although clearly these musicians have done their homework and have in their souls and their skin and their bones rhythms from far away places).

So what is it? It seems the difficulty in giving Jungle Fire's music an accurate description is caused at least in part by the fact that this really is a genuinely new kind of music.

Immediately after seeing them for the first time last January at this same venue when they opened for Budos Band, I wrote a review in my almost inarticulable awe at their tangible power.  Having seen them several times in the LA areas--twice at the Del Monte Speakeasy, once at the Echo, and now twice at the Echoplex--I think they're just now finding their sound. This recent show on November 9 had a power, an easy strength unseen in earlier shows, although all their performances have given evidence of musical prowess and a firm precision among the band members. The addition of a nearly-psychadelic guitar background to the funk afro/latin beat percussion and bass has completed the sonorous structure and promises to be a rock upon which future composers and musical minds seeking for influences will anchor their own creations.  The band is terribly tight, and not only are they superb musicians, but their enjoyment of what they are doing captures an audience instantly. All these musicians show sprezzatura, an effortless precision, a freedom of musical movement that has the underpinnings of studied excellence. The sound is infectious, and it's not overstating the case to say that everyone who has seen them live has the sense of witnessing a change in the future of music.

"Comencemos," a cover of Fela Kuti's "Let's Start," has made the rounds among noted djs in LA clubs. Media attention steadily grows. My personal favorite is without question Firewalker; when I first heard them play this at the Echoplex my jaw dropped at the powerful funk-disco bassline under the latin-flavored guitar, percussion and horns. Already this tune has had some play in the UK on radio stations, featured on Canadian music blogger's well-perused page, and has raised some clamorous response from some knowledgeable people in the overseas music crowd. And recordings aside, this band's live shows have been gathering a following that has been visibly increasing in numbers, exuberance, and influence.

With two 7" single releases out on Colemine ("Comencemos" and "Firewalker"), Jungle Fire is working on a full length LP, but in the meantime is headed to the UK this week to play the following dates:

November 29 - Bangor, UK - Hendre Hall
November 30 - Manchester, UK - Band On The Wall
December 1 - Birmingham, UK - Hare & Hounds
December 3 - Colchester, UK - Colchester Arts Centre
December 4 - London, UK - 229 The Venue
December 5 - Bristol, UK - Fiddlers Club
December 6 - Newcastle, UK - Hoochie Coochie
December 7 - Leeds, UK - The Wardrobe

Tour details can be found at the Jungle Fire website. If you are in the UK and can make any of these dates, I strongly encourage you to go see them. It is a new sound, it is an impossibly, irrepressibly danceable show to see, it is an evening you will brag about for decades. Jungle Fire are going to change the planet.

Friday, November 22, 2013

KBYD November 22, 2013


Tears of a Savage Master - Dirty Freud
Ghost in the Rain - Shawn Lee Ping Pong Orchestra
Commiserations - Hot Vestry
Harlequin - Honeyfeet
South Carolina - Tennis
Garsore Waa Ilaah - Dur-Dur Band
No Application - Silverclub
Wandering Star - The Laurels
Going Once Going Twice - Ramona Falls
Every Single Night - Fiona Apple
Afuera - Jaguares
Heart's Content - Sugar Army
When I'm Dead - The Dead Heads
Commencemos (Let's Start) - Jungle Fire
Unrecognizable Blues - Designer Mutts
Salamander Man - Phil Judd
Oulie Ouliye - Sir William Charles
Sum Space - Jez Kerr
Cecilia - Thomas Dybdahl
She's Going Down - Balcony Stars
Garlon on the Yarra - Claws and Organs
Zafari - Ethio-cali

Friday, November 15, 2013

KBYD November 15, 2013


Mirage - Monophonics
Do Your Thing - Orgone
Boom - Taser Puppets
Stand - The Woggles
Swampland - The Scientists
Did You Pay Cash For That Panic Attack? - Royal Chant
Tokuta - Jungle Fire
Californyeah - !!! (Chk Chk Chk)
I Can Tell - Bo Diddley
Lone Ranger - Orgone
Your Conversations Lack Any Substance (Whale Song) - The Dead Heads
Buried My Husband - Honeyfeet
Cemetery Polka - Tom Waits
Suicidal Vampires - Lunatics on Pogosticks
This Garden - Jo Bywater
Heal - Shoot The Rabbit
Dreaming - Dead Saints
Love Yourself - John Lever
Bambi - Suuns
In Your Brain - Monophonics
Firewalker - Jungle Fire

Friday, November 8, 2013

KBYD November 8, 2013


Burgundy Blues - Breakestra
Firewalker - Jungle Fire
Be In Here - Orgone
Numb - Hey Bulldog
Spooky House - Kittentank
What A Shame - The Strypes
Just Waiting For You To Come - The Wild Reeds
Sun Shines Underwater - Jo Bywater
Sloth - Skeleton Suite
Circuits - The Ventriloquists
Haunting at 1300 McKinley - The Black Angels
Help You Be Yourself - The Good Morrows
Bellevue (Live) - Royal Chant
Blood Clot - Lunatics on Pogosticks
The Vigilance - Orgone
There's A Riot Going On - Monophonics
Boom - Taser Puppets
You Asked For The Moon And You Got It - Suzuki Method
Bad For My Body - Deap Vally
Regret - Fiona Apple
You Invented Horror - The Relays
Breakfast At Sylvia's - Skint And Demoralized
The Last Fool - Orgone

Friday, November 1, 2013

Friday show canceled this week

Sadly this week's regular live Friday KBYD show has to be canceled. . . but we'll be back next week! How about you check out last week's playlist and listen to the recording instead?