Quarterly Music Report: 2010 Q1

Black Uhuru - Anthem

I want to talk about the music that I’ve been listening to. I’ve always wanted to create entries on new things that amaze me but it seemed like too much work, as I am always finding something extraordinary. Consequently, I’ve decided to condense my musical revelations into “quarterly reports” that will list what I have been listening to or discovered in the previous three months. I’ve compiled these by looking at what I’ve added to iTunes on my computer, what I’ve listed to on Amazon/Google/Spotify/Last.fm/etc., what I’ve checked out from the library, and so on.

Here’s what’s been new and exciting for the first three months of 2010:

  • Digital version of a lot of Black Uhuru albums, including the Jamaican release of “Anthem.” This is the one I had on vinyl (and still do); the UK and US releases had an extremely irritating Kenny G. style soprano saxophone thrown on several tracks that were perfect exactly as they were without it. I pretty much imprinted on Robbie Shakespeare‘s bass from that album: subtle tone, great syncopation and counterpoint. It has always served as my reference point.
  • Got a digital version of “Sun City” by Artists United Against Apartheid, which I had on vinyl (or cassette) back in the day
  • Lots of cheap/free compilations from Amazon
  • Bunch of funky stuff by dancer/vocalist Meredith Monk

 

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