Explosions in the Sky - Human Qualities (Take Care, Take Care, Take Care)
A common complaint in recent years about meticulous thundergods Explosions in the Sky is that of stagnation, of mining the same cinematic crescendo-core that the rest of the old-guard of that most nebulous of genres ‘post-rock’ got bored with sometime around Mr. Beast and Takk… (to an even greater amount of complaints of course)
They may have not experimented a whole lot with their sound over their decade-and-change of existence, but close inspection will reveal a definite, if subtle, variety. Certainly the fuzzed out skittering going on up there is a thing I’ve not noticed before.
In the end, EiTS are one of those rare bands whose sound would probably suffer if they did mess about with it. Their intricate, monolithic sonic constructions sound timeless, if not positively ancient, from the second you hear them. Of course the drums are going to go “BOOM” a third of the way through. When you have a drummer as peerless at going “BOOM” as Chris Hrasky, you bloody well let him go “BOOM” every chance you get.
Without any exaggeration, as a kid, when I first got into punk, I was listening to all these male voices singing, and being the only girl in the school with the thick black eyeliner and political opinions, I was desperate for some iconic woman for me to look up to.
Poly Styrene became that woman.
Now as I grew up, I stopped listening to those punk bands as much, and moved onto other sounds and styles.
Through each genre, the women always stood out to me, and they still do.
This is The Carolina Chocolate Drops covering “Hit ‘Em Up Style,” from their 2010 album, Genuine Negro Jig. It is my favorite of the Carolina Chocolate Drops’ albums, although if you are into old time music, their other two offerings are definitely worth listening to.
I enjoy this album most because it has the broadest range of music. Not only do they cover Blu Cantrell, but there’s also a version of Tom Waits’s “Trampled Rose,” which is equally successful at changing the sound of a song without changing its purpose. Besides the covers, there is a terrific version of jug standard “Your Baby Ain’t Sweet Like Mine,” and plenty of fiddle tunes.
I admit, I don’t listen to the Carolina Chocolate Drops for their fiddle tunes, but that has more to do with my taste than with the quality of their music. They deliver on grade-A old time stuff, I’m just not that wild about fiddle tunes these days.
Okay, I have been gleefully re-blogging posts from the Beastie Boys for the past few days now, so I thought I’d take a break and post a track by a group that heavily influenced the Beasties. Supposedly, back in their hardcore punk days, the Beastie Boys would wear wigs that looked like dreadlocks and they’d play reggae. I only know this because of an interview I read years ago, where HR of the Bad Brains said they’d do it at shows opening for the Bad Brains, and HR thought they had huge balls to do that.
Anyways, till this day, both the Beastie Boys and the Bad Brains, remain both one of my favorite groups and my favorite acts I’ve seen live. Though, I am more of a Beastie Boys fan, I got to give the edge to the Bad Brains, when it comes to live shows! If you’ve ever seen the Bad Brains play, you might agree. Later.