Weekend Outburst 5

50 words or less can still say so much…

Jacques Loussier: Plays Bach – The 50th Anniversary Recording (Telarc)
A breathtaking, utterly classy display of technique, tasty interplay and ceaseless re-invention. Loussier plays with a voluminous command of his instrument touched by sprightly wit and smoky, back room jazz welcome on this piano lover's paradise that makes the classical world come alive. (Dennis Cook)

The Defibulators: Corn Money (self-released)
These Brooklyn cats with hillbilly hearts burn rubber through their foot-stompin' fun-as-hell debut full length, a true scratch of moonshine spit, country-fried swing, rockabilly diesel and lyrics rife with absurdity. Whatever they're drinking, pass the jug this way! Their website informs us they use a '77 Dodge Ambulance as their tour van – win! (Sarah Hagerman)

The Mohawks: The Champ (Vampisoul)
British Library composer and Hammond-hammer Alan Hawkshaw’s studio-only Mohawks project is a long-lost treasure trove of boogie-down dance tracks. With top (though unlisted) session musicians, the band vamps through recognizable covers. Notably, the title track, which has been sampled in hip-hop rocks by everyone from De La Soul to Onyx. (Scott Caffrey)

Speck Mountain: Some Sweet Relief (Carrot Top)
While the shoegazing, Mazzy Star set will love this, it's really very "Gold Dust Woman" Stevie Nicks/Fleetwood Mac in character, which works well for them. Flowing, openly emotional and delivered with focused polish, this is Rumours dappled with "Morning Dew." Very, very nice. (DC)

Akimbo: Jersey Shores (Neurot Recordings)
What compels a hardcore band from Seattle to record an opus about the New Jersey Shore in Louisville, Kentucky? The "mysterious" Great White Shark attacks on the Matawan River in 1916. Half-a-dozen monstrous tracks of prog-punk rage all bleed together and tell an overlooked tale of lore with fantastic precision. (SC)

Scott Pinkmountain and the Golden Bolts of Tone: The Full Sun (Howells Transmitter)
Scott Rosenberg took the moniker of his previous band, Pink Mountain, and with a cast of nearly a thousand, created an epic, sprawling psychedelic opus. Avant-orchestra, folk and jazz swirl into a suite of songs about the arc of a relationship. With so much happening on Sun it's still amazingly coherent. (SC)

[Published on: 5/17/09]

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