We start this week’s Listening Party with local “electroacoustic bluegrass” outfit Brushfire Stankgrass. Actually, their music owes more to the likes of Leftover Salmon and Phish than to Bill Monroe or Earl Scruggs, but that’s not to say that they don’t have some honest mountain twang in their music. The group refers to their hybridized form as “stankgrass,” hence the name. We suggest starting with “Banjo In My Spaceship,” available on the group’s MySpace page.
Next, we have Hendersonville-based hip-hop and R&B trio Don Breed. While there are only two sample tracks posted on the group’s MySpace page, it’s worth noting that they’ve founded their own home studio to record them in. Don Breed’s MySpace bio makes for interesting reading, particularly when compared to the sparse content usually presented by local bands. We suggest starting with the song “Bad Dream.”
Closing out this week, we examine the work of Asheville and Boone-based DJ and turntablist DJ Steezy Wonder. Since this for DJing is it’s own art, analogous to creating a sonic collage out of existing sounds, it’s probably best to approach Steezy Wonder’s works with your ear tuned for how these snippets are stitched together to create something new, rather than focusing the merits of the samples themselves. Listen for a fresh narrative and new musical themes constructed from these snippets of other songs, and for unexpected and surprising combinations of elements. Recalling the works of DJ Spec and The Kleptones, there’s a bit of the mash-up mentality in her work, making for a deeper listening experience than you might expect. We suggest starting with “The beer’s gone bad.”
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