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AfghanWhigs

The staff doesn’t always agree on music, art, politics or life in general here, but one thing everyone can agree on is the Afghan Whigs. The band from Cincinnati, Ohio has been churning out albums since 1988’s Big Top Halloween.  The group didn’t hit national success until they released Congregation back in 1992. The third album by the band proved to be pivotal in its success, scoring hits like “Turn On The Water” and “Conjure Me.”  The band is set to release In Spades,  it’s eighth album, this year. The Afghan Whigs attempt to stay topical and on top of mind has worked.  The Whigs shared it’s new video “Demon In Profile” earlier this month and it’s been on repeat. Here’s a look back at band.

Another TBT, an interview with Greg Dulli,  November 2014:

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Chicago Hip-Hop really is something that you can’t mess with or deny. Throughout the years there has been a surge of quality music you’ve probably never heard. Everyone knows of Common, Lupe Fiasco, Chance The Rapper, Rhymefest and Kanye but artists like Longshot, Psalm One, Copperpot, and Modill; these are artists who released amazing albums. One such notable artist is Thaione Davis. I first discovered his music based off of an E.P. in 2004 entitled Situation Renaissance which blew my mind. How was it that his cadence always brought me back to the same tracks over and over. The cuts were rough, with production by longtime collaborators like Kenny Keys and others but it was hypnotic.

It wasn’t until 2009 when he released Still Hear that it was game over. Obviously the title was a play on words but it’s the 15 tracks that would mark this album as possibly one of the greatest albums most people have never heard. It’s a gritty album, with production handled completely by Rashid Hadee, and flows in one direction: higher and higher. In all honesty, the album is beautifully scripted, dealing with love, heartbreak, money (or lack of), inner-city life, and teaching youth. It’s everything you want to hear from someone that has something to say. The album may have been released in 2009 but after listening to “Confessions Of An Adolescent” which Hadee begins with news clips of shooting deaths in Chicago set to a soulful backdrop one could imagine Marvin Gaye singing on, the relevance in 2017 still makes it strong. When Thaione begins his story, life just gets completely twisted. Sad but amazing.

This isn’t where Thaione Davis’ music begins and ends, he has a heavy repertoire of releases which come highly recommended. And just know one thing, Thaione Davis continues to release music, baring his soul. He has a purpose.

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Thaione Davis

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If you thought the “Shoegaze” genre died at the tail end of the 90’s you’d be dead wrong. The relatively unknown Jaguwar creates music that…well, literally blisters through sensors with walls of guitar, deep rhythms and gorgeous melodies. The group’s own biography is short, straight to the point and leaves off where influences ceased to exist:

“Three people fell in love over noisy soundscapes and purple stars. Influenced by too many coffee and cigarettes while listening to My Bloody Valentine Vinyls in the dark they put together fuzzy reverb guitars with punk rock attitude. In 2014 the first EP came out to show the world how sugar noise can be.”

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Jaguwar is from Germany and includes band members Lemmy Fischer, Oyemi Noize and Chris K. The group’s II EP was released a year ago (Prospect Records) with little fanfare here in the States. It’s a shame because it wrecks havoc on just about every level. The group hasn’t had many releases, only the I and II EPs but they’re well worth it. While most groups that followed were a pale comparison of the first few  bands like My Bloody Valentine and their ilk, Jaguwar continues where the forerunners of the genre began. The music is apologetic in its approach and that’s a good thing. I’m sure it overruns even the band members’ attempts to control it. They simply let the music…go.

Currently getting ready for a European trek:

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Jaguwar: I EP

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