The Needle 045: Melt-Banana #rock on, "Nobody Speak, music from the Sahara and more

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For the week of April 10, 2016

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#rock is where you can find a few gems from this past week and latest one belongs to a group called Melt-Banana straight outta Tokyo, Japan. Their “noise rock” sound found the tastebuds of KK Null and eventually Steve Albini and Skin Graft Records. They’ve been at it since 1992, but still working hard; their latest tours were in support of the headliners, Napalm Death and Melvins. If there’s anything that doesn’t need debate, it’s the fact that they’ll bring energy to any venue they touch. Here’s their version of a Devo original called “Uncontrollable Urge”. #rock on:

Melt-Banana - Uncontrollable Urge

On the other side of the spectrum, there was some #hiphop that turned heads this past week and that sound belongs to DJ Shadow and Run The Jewels. Instead of talking about how the pair came together on this, I’ll let DJ Shadow explain: "Occasionally, I make a beat that demands a specific vocal treatment and attitude. In the case of 'Nobody Speak,' I wasn't going to settle for anyone other than Run The Jewels; in my mind, it was them or no one. Fortunately, they agreed, and they took the track to a place I could never get to on my own. That's the definition of a rewarding collaboration." DJ Shadow drops his next album The Mountain Will Fall via Mass Appeal Records on June 24th. S/O to @davehawkins for the post:

"Nobody Speak" feat. Run The Jewels - DJ Shadow (The Mountain Will Fall) [HQ Audio]

What else is going on?


Some more music copyright politics. Kind of interesting this time around though. Here’s the quick rundown. A band from the 60’s called Spirit claims that the melody in “Stairway to Heaven” was theirs first. So, a jury assembled to decide on whether or not Led Zeppelin was required to pay millions in royalties to them. In the process, folks were finding other examples of music that could possibly be the root for the “Stairway to Heaven” melody which weakened Spirit’s case. The potential nail in the coffin, though, dates back to the 1600’s and is quite good listening apart from the familiar melody we hear @ 0:32. Enjoy:

There's actually a video here ^

Don’t sleep on…


Music from Niger. Dan Auerbach (Black Keys) didn’t and nor should you. Real recognize real can’t be more true in this case as this week's artists, Bombino, can truly shred...Saharan style. He’s been the subject of more than one documentary as his story and path to (and in) musicianship differs from most. Being from one of the continuously lowest ranked countries by the UN’s Human Development Index, Bombino’s success confirms that music knows no boundaries. From an appearance at Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and being invited to open for Robert Plant, the dude is sure to be an inspiration for others who wish to follow in his footsteps. S/O to @velvor for the drop:
BOMBINO -  Amidine       - Niger
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