Austin City Limits Music Festival 2011 – Saturday

On Saturday, I started the day with the cosmic cowboys vibes of Phosphorescent. I especially liked the song “Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)” off their album Here’s To Taking It Easy. Alex Ebert of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros performed songs from this new solo release Alexander. As Alexander the hippy guru brings folksy grooves like the opener “Awake My Body.”

Alison Kraus with the voice of an angel and bluegrass band from heaven performed a sweet set of classics. The band Union Station includes the fantastic pickers Jerry Douglas and Dan Tyminski.  Tyminski sang the crowd please “I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow,” the hit track from the Cohen Brothers film O Brother, Where Art Thou?. Alison Krauss and Union Station’s set list also included my favorites “When You Say Nothing At All,” “The Lucky One,” and “Let Me Touch You for Awhile.”

From the soft bluegrass of Alison Kraus to the ear crushing dubstep of Skrillex was a nice juxtaposition. Skrillex’s wobbling sounds and remixes included samples from Damian Marley and Major Lazer. This was the youngest and most energetic crowd I have seen in a long time. It reminded me of the grunge rock shows of the 1990s in an odd way. Skrillex has a punky feel in a in your face type of way. The music literally fucks with your brain. The crowd responded with gusto to the hit single “Scary Monsters And Nice Sprites.” 

Cee-Lo followed Skrillex with a poppy soul set that included the summer banger and middle finger to the world jam “Fuck You.” He also performed the Gnarlz Barkley smash hit “Crazy.” The real musicianship though was under the tent where the Del McCoury Band joined forces with the Preservation Jazz Hall Band playing songs like “I’ll Fly Away” and “Jambalaya from their album American Legacies.

The evening concluded with a magnificent set by the king of Motown Stevie Wonder. “Superstition,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I’m Yours),” “Sir Duke,” “For Once In My Life” and “My Cherie Amour” were all on the set list.  The funky politicized jam “Living For The City” rocked the park while the reggaefied funk of Master Blaster (Jammin’) brought people to their feet. My favorite song of the day was Stevie’s high powered “Higher Ground.”

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2011 – Saturday

The Top Albums of June 2010

Big Red And Barbacoa

The Top 40 Albums of June 2010

This month has offered a wide variety of musical formats. The selector dug into Navajo, Reggae, Rap, Rock, Roots, Electronica, Dancehall, and Jam Band music. June’s selection of reggae music includes the smooth dancehall vibes of Tippa Irie & The Far East Band,  Jamaican sensation Rootz Underground, the positive message laden Mishka, the one drop oriented Romain Virgo, and the prolific singjay Capleton. Plus there has been recently released a reggae celebration of The Who called Out Here in the Fields – Legends of Reggae Celebrate the Who featuring artists like Chalice, Toots & The Maytals, The Mighty Diamonds, Luciano, and Gregory Isaacs.

From San Antonio, Texas Hacienda makes original music on their summer friendly Big Red And Barbacoa. The Houston-based Geto Boys member Scarface dropped another hard hitting gangsta rap album. And the Texas country artists Jason Boland & The Stragglers released the full length LP High In The Rockies and  Cory Morrowreleased an EP entitled Ramblin’ Man.

The psychadelic country rock of Phosphorescent recalls the best of The Flying Burrito Brothers and The Byrds. While jam-band staple Widespread Panic released another listener friendly studio album titled Dirty Side Down, which is a rare feet among jam bands. And on a side note this June the selector heard for the first time the amazing vocal stylings of Navajo musical artist Radmilla Cody. Cody should be an American legend!

Finally for some rap check out the female Baltimore duo the Get ‘Em Mamis and Atlanta-based Outkast sensation Big Boi‘s new single Shutterbugg. Take a wild ride with the dub reggae infused electronica of Heyoka and feel the rollicking  jazz of drummer Mike Reed’s People Places & Things. And just in time for summer flip-flop rockers Jack Johnson, Xavier Rudd, and Citizen Cope all released new albums

  1. Rootz UndergroundGravity [M’A Prod 2010]
  2. HaciendaBig Red And Barbacoa [Alive Naturalsound 2010]
  3. Various ArtistsOut Here in the Fields – Legends of Reggae Celebrate the Who [Red Hillz Music 2010]
  4. Big BoiShutterbugg [Def Jam 2010]
  5. MishkaTalk About [J.K. Livin Records 2010]
  6. PhosphorescentHere’s To Taking It Easy [Dead Oceans 2010]
  7. Widespread PanicDirty Side Down [ATO 2010]
  8. Truth and Salvage Co. – Truth & Salvage Co. [Silver Arrow/Megaforce 2010]
  9. HeyokaMarklar [Muti Music 2010]
  10. Romain VirgoRomain Virgo [VP Records 2010]
  11. Jack JohnsonTo The Sea [Jack Johnson 2010]
  12. Radmilla CodySeed Of Life: Traditional Songs Of The Navajo[Canyon 2002]
  13. CapletonI-Ternal Fire [VP Records 2010]
  14. Xavier RuddKoonyum Sun [Xavier Rudd 2010]
  15. Citizen CopeThe Rainwater LP [Rainwater Recordings 2010]
  16. ScarfaceDopeman Music [Facemob Music 2010]
  17. The Get ‘Em Mamis Pop Rocks and Soda [2010]
  18. Mike Reed’s People Places & ThingsStories and Negotiations [482 Music 2010]
  19. Tippa Irie & The Far East Band Stick to my Roots [Lockdown Productions 2010]
  20. Jason Boland & The StragglersHigh In The Rockies [Apex Music 2010]
  21. Talib Kweli & Hi-TekRevolutions Per Minute [Warner Brothers 2010]
  22. Robert Randolph & The Family Band We Walk This Road [Warner Brothers 2010]
  23. John Butler TrioApril Uprising [ATO Records 2010]
  24. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers Mojo [Reprise 2010]
  25. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid [Atlantic 2010]
  26. Super Chron Fly Brothers – Cape Verde [Backwoodz Studioz 2010]
  27. JavelinNo Más [Luaka Pop 2010]
  28. The Glitch MobDrink The Sea [Glass Air 2010]
  29. ApproachAloe Park [Clear Label 2010]
  30. ShigetoSemi Circle EP [Ghostly International 2010]
  31. Ja PrawnEverybody [vosotros 2010]
  32. PeasClarity Lost [Kanpai Records 2010]
  33. RJD2The Colossus [RJ’s Electrical Connections 2010]
  34. David Karsten Daniels and Fight the Big BullI Mean to Live Here Still [Fat Cat Records 2010]
  35. Homeboy SandmanThe Good Sun [High Water Music 2010]
  36. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles ( II ) [Polydor 2010]
  37. Steve Miller BandBingo! [Roadrunner 2010]
  38. RhymefestEl Che [Rosehip Records 2010]
  39. KuruptStreetlights [Penagon 2010]
  40. Stone Temple PilotsStone Temple Pilots [Atlantic 2010]
  41. Macy GrayThe Sellout [Concord 2010]
  42. Dirty Side Down

Out Here in the Fields - Legends of Reggae Celebrate the Who
The Top Albums of June 2010