Weekend Outburst 1

Welcome to our new weekly roundup of various & sundry cool sounds we've come across, presented in 50 words or less…

The Donkeys: Living On The Other Side (Dead Oceans)
This California coastal charmer renovates the juju of the Eagles and Poco, stirring up a bittersweet breeziness that's nearly irresistible. Killer harmonies, strong melodies, balmy production and a patient attention to detail ("Dolphin Center" is a Crosby-Stills-Nash-esque marvel) create a happily absorbing atmosphere to get lost in. Aces all around. (Dennis Cook)

Joe Zawinul & Zawinul Syndicate: 75 (Telarc)
75 showcases the late Zawinul's band from 2007, which defies genres with ample world grooves and jazz chops to spare. Zawinul's spacious synths, which defined Weather Report 's sound, blend beautifully with traditional African instruments like kalimba (thumb piano). Sounds like: Late '70s Weather Report goes to Africa. Highlight: Wayne Shorter guests on "In A Silent Way."(Eric Podolsky)

7 Come 11: 7 Come 11 (self-released)
"Hammond Organ Trio" appears on this EP's cover, and there's a classic purity to their B3-guitar-drums structure, but their originals and choice of covers (Dr. Lonnie Smith, Zeppelin, Babatunde Olatunji) show they've had their ears to the ground through MMW, Scofield and other modern outfits. Tight, muscular, quite groovy stuff. (DC)

Spindrift: The West (Beat The World Records)
Like a circus cabaret run by jam savvy spies, this 12-pack curves and crunches in a most Claypool way, obeying only the chattering muses in their heads. Sharp playing and strong flavors predominate. If you dig Les, Secret Chiefs 3 or Sun City Girls you've got a new addiction waiting. (DC)

BeauSoleil Avec Michael Doucet: Alligator Purse (Yep Roc)
Forget zydeco/Cajun, this is a terrific album in ANY genre. This 34-year-old band play with abundant charm and skill, and the mix of traditionals & contemporary material pops immediately. Guests include John Sebastian, Bill Keith and Garth Hudson. Mostly set to boil, Alligator Purse is strong candidate for Best of 2009 lists.(DC)

[Published on: 3/29/09]

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Comments

gmoo Sun 3/29/2009 11:50AM
+1 Votes Thumbs down! Thumbs up!

gmoo

These all look great! I've listened to the Joe Z. album and its fantastic.

charlienelson Mon 3/30/2009 01:05PM
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The Donkeys, in my opinion, are a pretty pathetic excuse for a band.

I bought one of their albums earlier this year, liked it, and was excited about seeing them play in my home town.

They put on one of the sloppiest / least heartfelt performances I've ever seen... for a whopping 25 minutes. They were supposed to be the headliner for the night.

I'm sure Birmingham, Alabama isn't their favorite place to be... but the venue (The Bottle Tree) is great and loved by everyone that comes through (Dr. Dog has been through 3 times in the past year).

As a guy who has played music, I understand that everyone has a bad night... but to completely blow a show that people paid money to see is a good way to get a bad name. The very least they could have done would have been to play a full set.