Friday, September 18, 2009

Abstract Index Playlist - September 16/09

Asthmatic Kitty's Library Music Series is everywhere you want to be. The website claims that this album is to be used for "accompaniment to cooking, eating, sculpting, exercising, high stakes poker, soaking, panoramic landscapes, cuddling, car chases, drawing, knitting, bandaging, romance, playing chess, or planning the rest of your life, of which this is the first day."

One thing's for sure, Volume 3: Music For Drums, composed and performed by Casey Foubert and James McAllister brings the funk. It also brings the Partch, but definitely this week's selection is more conventionally grooving.

As with so much library music, it's recorded in a most awesome manner - believe me if I'd had my Incredible Bongo Band disc with me at the time I'd have continued with the theme of immaculately slamming drum sounds.

Fortunately there is a real sense of flow and composition to the album as well as being a collection of wonderful noises. Foubert and McAllister are great players who maintain a balance between individual personal style and utility for a variety of different (licensing) purposes. In this age where sales from CDs bring diminishing returns, it's cool to see people reviving the idea of creating music for licensing first - arguably the single most lucrative area of music today - and retail second.

There are two other volumes in the series: Music for Lubbock (1980) and Music For Measuremtents (also featuring Foubert). I haven't heard either of them, but understand the latter also has the funk.

Asthmatic Kitty continues to surprise!


whatever - rob clutton (rat drifting)
walk tall - hiroshi suzuki (columbia)
there in, theatre - on ka'a davis (live wired)
i'd advise you not to miss your train - bobby previte & the new bump (palmetto)
neva hicaz gazel - ayda sonmez (kein & aber)
lelita floare - dona dumitru siminica (asphalt tango)
give you action - dunklebunt (piranha)
eyes of mine - shantel (essay)
holidays in congo - rainbow arabia rmx by myd (no label)
alaniaris - alaniaris (no label)
eastside pride - casey foubert/james mcallister (asthmatic kitty)
devil dub - chezidek (tabou)
give thanks and praises - dubmatix rmx by citizen sound (vx)
sod's law - noiseshaper (cat and roof)
from the foundation - dubkasm feat ras judah (dubkasm)
down town - the dynamics (pressure sounds)
ayatollah - jackie mittoo (basic replay)

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