Christopher Bell - You Can Call Me Al (Paul Simon cover)
What the hell: it’s charming, you know? I dig.
Source: SoundCloud / thechrisbell
Released on July 25, 1989: 25 years ago today.
Lest we forget: this album was a huge commercial disappointment for Capitol Records. At first.
Rather than cashing in with a quick Licensed to Ill 2, the Beastie Boys and Dust Brothers created a ridiculously dense, complex record that sounded like virtually nothing that we had heard before. Critics were generally okay with that, but the larger record-buying public didn’t seem to know what to do with this thing.
Given a little time we all came around, but it’s worth remembering that in 1989 this album was basically from another planet entirely.
Putting aside its place in establishing what it was possible to do with sampling as a compositional tool, the lyrical delivery and content was mind-blowing. I spent hours picking through just the three minutes of Johnny Ryall to piece together all the references and wordplay, and then days thinking about the story that it tells. And then I spent weeks mulling over how the former fit into the latter.
Painted Palms - Spinning Signs
Thursday is my Friday this week, so let’s get this going with a little Painted Palms.
Source: SoundCloud / Polyvinyl Records
King Friday - One Track Mind
Dug this up this morning rummaging through the stuff I’d saved for later on Soundcloud. If you’re the person who pointed Kind Friday out to me, thanks.