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Mutant Jazz: CD Concept

Mutant Jazz (Jazz Butcher + Split Enz): CD concept (From a series of CD compilation concepts I am creating for my blog)

Concept, Selection, Design, Copywriting: Robert Kramberger

Jazz Butcher:

Think of garage punk, Lou Reed’s Velvet Underground, a smattering of Pop, Blues, Country, New Age – seasoned with Lounge Jazz. That’s the JBC.

Pat Fish (A.K.A. The Jazz Butcher) and original partner in crime, Max Eider are back together after a 15 year split! Mr. Fish has been kicking around with a whole slew of musicians (some have actually been bonafide, talented Jazz folks) since the early eighties.

All this time, our pals, Pat and Max have been drinking way too much. Please enjoy the collateral damage.

 

Split Enz:

This is the original lineup(s) of Split Enz from the mid to late seventies. Most people only know the New Zealand/Australian band from their poppish incarnation in the eighties –

I Got You – through the Finn brothers (Neil and the original Split Enz founder, Tim) other musical outfit, Crowded House.

This stuff is really out there. Influenced by pioneers like David Bowie and Genesis (avec Peter Gabriel), these odd boys combine Pop, Classical, Traditional, and Jazz (particularly, 20’s Ragtime) with a style that defies classification. This is music that needs to be studied.

– Robert Kramberger 2015

XTC: CD Concept

XTC: CD concept (From a series of CD compilation concepts I am creating for my blog)

Concept, Selection, Design, Copywriting: Robert Kramberger

Andy Partridge – resident genius and stage shy Pagan.

XTC are:
Andy Partridge – resident genius and stage shy Pagan.
Colin Moulding – musician extraordinaire and balance.

Together, they are the core of XTC (other musicians/members have come and gone over the last 25 years).

This collection of songs covers a period from 1986 to their most release Apple Venus 2. As usual the music is quite eclectic: Classical, Jazz, Pop – and a whole lot of that special XTC sound. And yes, this is the original version of Peter Pumpkinhead (The Crash Test Dummies did a fine cover). The songs are acerbic, caustic, and occasionally controversial (Dear God got them a bit too much attention), but always with tongue firmly set in cheek.

Mr. Partridge is certainly not be a big fan of religion, marriage or touring, and for that we are most grateful. Where else would the inspiration for such superb music come from?

– Robert Kramberger 2015

 

The The (Matt Johnson): CD concept

The The (Matt Johnson): CD concept (From a series of CD compilation concepts I am creating for my blog)

Concept, Selection, Design, Copywriting: Robert Kramberger

I have been waiting for tomorrow (all of my life)

Matt Johnson was still a scrawny teenager when he released his first album Burning Blue Soul, in 1981. Critically acclaimed, commercially paralyzed, it was a brave, pionneering effort in Tech., Electronica, Soul and Blues. Odd mix? You bet. Plus he played every instrument! Very brave, indeed.

Over 20 years later, Mr. Johnson (A.K.A. The The) continues to explore new musical textures and genres – including an entire album of Hank Williams Sr. covers. Unlike his very early efforts, Matt now works with exceptional musicians, including the likes of Guitarist, Johnny Marr.

Regardless of the actual mucical style he tackles, Matt describes his work collectively as “Blue Soul” (hence the name of the first album). His songs “mine the soul” to discover “all of life’s little ironies.”

This music will stir your soul, or make you feel blue – but it’s all good. Good for the soul that is. So, dim the lights, crank the volume, and spend a little quality time with yourself. The effect is cleansing.

– Robert Kramberger 2015