Wolf People

25 02 2010

The London based band, Wolf People, just released their first album since signing with the US indie label Jagjaguwar. It’s called Tidings and is made up of a bunch of early recordings member, Jack Sharp, made in Bedord, EN from ’05 – ’07. This is a period that actually pre-exists the band in it’s current formation. Which is kind of strange considering I had first heard about these guys as a great live band. When I heard this album was coming out I thought it be a good opportunity to check them out, little did I know it’s more like a solo album. But, I dig all the same. It’s not as cohesive and fluid as I first thought it would be but the real tunes mixed in with all the field recordings, whistling tape and outtakes are really cool. I don’t even really mind the short bits between songs as it’s the dirty sound of these recordings that I especially like. There’s a lot of feedback and ambient noise mixed in with crackling tape and hissing amplifiers… it’s great. The music and the sound really compliment each other too. The sound of the band is very British classic rock. The label describes this group of songs in particular as being “based on updated versions of classic blues structures and half-remembered English folk songs”, which is a very apt description. Overall, I really enjoy it. At times, the instrumentals reminds me of Blind Faith or Traffic, both of which I love (uh oh, I think I’ve developed a weird obsession with young Steve Winwood). Plus, the analog, somewhat LoFi aesthetic is something I really appreciate after years of  hearing mostly sterile sounding digital recordings from the ProTools era.  That being said, the fact remains that this is more of a prehistory to the actual band that is currently storming the UK. Needless to say, I am eagerly looking forward to a US tour. In the meantime, there are some videos to wet the whistle.

The gear on this cool album cover is actually available as full size print/cut/fold projects that you can make yourself. I can’t see myself doing this but I like the idea. You can find the printable images here. Tidings only comes on vinyl or MP3, which I’m a fan of… get them here.

The band at Mosley Folk Festival 2009… minus a flautist though. I was bummed, but pretty cool regardless.

Other Videos:

This seems like a basement jam but I think it’s probably the closest I can find to seeing them live in their truest form… not sure yet.

Great song called Village Strollin’ from visual artist, Pete Fowler’s,  A Guide to Monsterism Island soundtrack.

Playing “Tiny Circles” live at the Tapestry in London.

Follow the band:

The band’s official site: Wolf People

Wolf People UK Blog

Wolf People on Facebook

Wolf People on MySpace

Jagjaguwar Site


Pure Soul

20 01 2010

I just got done setting up the What I’m Diggin’ page and thought this was a good way to introduce, well… what I’m digging. Here’s some Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings doing it right. Amy Winehouse used The Dap Kings for her Back to Black album. I never could quite get into that album and then when I heard Sharon I  knew why. It just lacked authenticity… which, once you watch, you will see that Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings are dripping with the stuff. It truly is pure soul, you just can’t fake that.  The first one is an original while the second is a really good cover of an old First Edition hit you definitely know.  Yes, that First Edition, the one with Kenny Rogers.  Check it out.

Also check them out live from a French performance.  Good tune… great bass line. You got to see them live.

Here’s a cool rehearsal video from Daptone Studios too. Who knew she could play the keys like that?

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