Monday, June 17, 2013
Album Review: Kanye West- Yeezus
Yeezus, the relentlessly jarring new album by Kanye "I Am a God" West, is brilliantly profane and alarmingly vulgar. And I love it.
The album sounds as if the tapes from all of Rick Rubin's productions were put into a blender and reassembled randomly in order to provide West with something interesting to rap over. A constant barrage of sonic shards reminiscent of Danzig, LL Cool J, Lords of Acid, American Head Charge, Johnny Cash and the Mars Volta make Yeezus an avant-garde art project. Needless to say, I don't hear a single.
Not only is West angry, he seems to be inspired by intoxicants. A dizzying drug album, Yeezus could be considered an angry response to Frank Ocean's equally groundbreaking Channel Orange. Yeezus is the next logical step in West's nearly unprecedented artistic quest. The album affirms his status as the most vital artist in popular music of the last ten years.
Mary J. Blige and Kem are the recipients of the most positive concert review I've ever written.
There Stands the Glass reader Gary Shindler wrote an accurate review of Blue Öyster Cult's appearance at Old Shawnee Days.
The Kansas City Dance Festival is June 28-29 at the Spencer Theater.
Here's a 78-minute performance by Don Byron's New Gospel Quartet. RIYL: Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Steve Coleman, Duke Ellington.
The disturbing video for Poliça's "Tiff" is almost unwatchable. I don't want to hear anyone wonder why Poliça isn't more popular.
I just got around to listening to Jimmy Herring's impressive 2012 instrumental album Subject To Change Without Notice. RIYL: John McLaughlin, Steve Morse, Widespread Panic.
The kids in internet sensation Unlocking the Truth are delightful.
In addition to Yeezus, this week's new releases include albums from Billy Bang (his final session), Kenny Barron, Beady Eye, Bester Quartet, J. Cole, Donna the Buffalo, Bill Frisell, High On Fire (two live albums), Locash Cowboys, Maysa, Delbert McClinton and Glen Clark, Mac Miller, Kelly Rowland, Sigor Ros, Wadada Leo Smith, Eddie Spaghetti and Valient Thorr.
Kansas City Click: The Czar Bar hosts Steady Breather on Monday.
The Tedeschi Trucks Band plays Crossroads KC on Tuesday.
Duke Robillard appears at Knuckleheads on Wednesday.
Gloriana entertain in the Power & Light district on Thursday.
Matt Otto returns to the Blue Room on Friday.
(Original image by There Stands the Glass.)