ARTIST: various artists
TITLE: For Whom The Cowbell Tolls
LABEL: Electric Cowbell
Here’s the second commercially released compilation of 45s issued by Brooklyn-based, vinyl-only (except for these compilations, that is) Electric Cowbell Records, run by ex-Richmonder Jim Thomson. Electric Cowbell is focused when it comes to physical product, but it’s musically very eclectic -- the top tracks here include the Malian sounds of long-time VA/DC/MD resident Cheick Hamala Diabate (track 5); midtempo Afro/crime jazz a la Budos Band by Seattle’s Polyrhythmics (6); Richmond’s No BS! Brass’ revision of one of the signposts of big-hair 80’s music, A-ha’s “Take On Me” (7); and Os Magrelos’ (another Richmond band) trippy way with Brazilian samba (17). I’ve previously reviewed a number of these singles: search for “Electric Cowbell Fall 2011 45 Releases” on my blog or in WRIR’s world music library for more information. Vinyl is groovy but it’s not for everybody -- if you want to hear what Electric Cowbell is up to (and I recommend that you do) without springing for a new turntable, then this CD or digital download is for you.
TOP TRACKS: 5 6 7 17
ALSO RECOMMENDED: 1 3 9 10 12 14