A sublime compilation of Cuban funk from the '70s and '80s, "Si, Para Usted: The Funky Beats of Revolutionary Cuba, Vol. 1" is being released on the small label Waxing Deep, also the title of a weekly radio show and podcast devoted to jazz, funk, Latin and other music. Listen to the wah-wah guitar playing against Cuban percussion in Irakere's first big hit, as if Isaac Hayes took Shaft to the Caribbean. Hear the unison guitar-organ lines that sound like the Mothership landed with both George Clinton and Frank Zappa on board. Marvel at the psychedelic organ solo that would not be out of place on a Doors album. This is just an mp3 and not downloadable, but the compilation promises many more such gems.
Eddie Argos, the Bournemouth Blatherer, is like an Oxbridge undergrad taking the mickey out of everyone in the local snog, daft and fluthered on the local brew. Few frontmen today possess such a charming mixture of the soapbox rants of Mark E. Smith and the early Robyn Hitchcock's half-swallowed vocals. Argos is a true gem and backed by one of the most enthusiastically fun bands around. Crispy guitars and a pumping rhythm section make "Direct Hit" instantly appealing. Listen to the "woo-woo-hoos" on the chorus, a nod to XTC, who were themselves nodding to the Beach Boys. Art Brut graces the Troubadour stage tonight.