• 01-24-2008, 05:23 AM
    noddin0ff
    Medeski, Martin & Wood : Let's Go Everywhere
    Ok, I got suckered, but in a good way.

    I was in my local CD store last night and saw a new Medeski, Martin & Wood album. What caught my eyes was the unusually colorful and goofy album art. “Cool,” I thought! AUTO-PURCHASE MODE activated. I can’t help myself. I glanced at the track titles, and they’re unusual. Cat Creeps, Pat A Cake, Pirates Don’t Take Baths. Not exactly your typical MMW title, but what the heck. Purchase complete.

    I get ready to upload it at home and I look at some more titles…Hickory Dickory Dock, The Train Song. One of the tracks comes up incorrectly on in iTunes as Everybody Poops…I look at the cover…this is a KIDS ALBUM!

    Actually, it’s pretty good…really good. And, by fortunate coincidence, I have a 4 year old. The kid connection is probably an important one for fully enjoying the album. There’s a good mix of straightforward and not so straightforward in the MMW vein. But all are kid accessible. Uptempo, gentle, odd, funny and a little noodley are all represented. Lot’s of good Kid vocals, a rap version of Pat A Cake, e.g., and a terrific spoken word bit about pocket lint and the creature whose fur it comes from (The Squalb), by John Lurie (of the Lounge Lizards whom I also dig)

    The album is certainly more musically challenging than, say, Raffi. That’s a good thing in my opinion, start ‘em early.

    Two sample tracks for you to download in lossless, flac-y goodness. The careful reader will know to click the links. The first, Let’s Go Everywhere owes an obvious debt to Johnny Cash. The second, Where’s the music? to show that MMW are still here.

    I don't think I'd recommending having kids so you could buy the album. If you have kid's, however, I'd recommend looking into it.
  • 01-24-2008, 06:20 AM
    johnny p
    I didn't know they put out something like this.... I love MMW. Do you listen to any Steve Kimock??????
  • 01-24-2008, 06:51 AM
    noddin0ff
    Hey Johnny, no I haven't heard any Kimock. Any samples? I'm curious!
  • 01-24-2008, 10:04 AM
    johnny p
    errr.... I don't know how to upload stuff (I'm not tech savvy)

    here's a good listing of them ; http://www.archive.org/search.php?qu...etadata%2Fdate

    or here's one that lets you stream and listen without downloading (instant gratification!)

    http://www.archive.org/details/skf20...dpa402x.flac16

    He's a pretty respectable Guitarist...
  • 01-24-2008, 10:18 AM
    Finch Platte
    Wow, this sounds great!

    I'm gonna go out & make me some kids! :cool:

    fp
  • 01-24-2008, 11:43 AM
    johnny p
    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Finch Platte
    Wow, this sounds great!

    I'm gonna go out & make me some kids! :cool:

    fp

    haha! My 3 month old likes pretty much all music, as long as you're willing to dance around the room with him!!!!!
  • 01-25-2008, 05:36 PM
    noddin0ff
    OK, the albums been family tested. 4 year old likes it. More than I thought she would. Some songs might require an adult to tell them what the song is about. Cat Creeps is on where its instrumental but sounds like sneaky cats and just telling her that when we heard it for the first time totally got her imagination going.

    More importantly, Mom likes it. Mom gets very annoyed by MMW, very. I am not allowed to listen to MMW when she is home. Not that Mom is uncool. She's very cool, she doesn't appreciate the noodley jam thing. But, she likes this album. So, much so that she almost took it to her lab to play in the presence of other adults.

    3 for 3.

    FP, if you don't want to wait to make your own kids, you can have mine on loan. Take your time.