For the past 13 years, percussionist Craig Myers has been exploring the world of West African music, venturing to places like Mali, Senegal, Guinea and The Ivory Coast in search of his sound. Performing on a traditional African West instrument called the Kamel N’goni, Myers plays with Afro-inspired Brooklyn band Rubblebucket, as well as in Phish bass player Mike Gordon’s solo group. But recently, the percussion virtuoso has also turned his attention to a new seven-piece ensemble called Barika (pronounced body-kah), hailing from Burlington, VT. Inspired by the sounds of Mali’s Wassoulou region, the groups churns out psychy poly-rhythmic afro-grooves driven by Myers playing on the Kamel N’goni. It is difficult to describe the otherworldly sounds Myers conjures from the traditional African harp, but, at times, it sounds as though he has an entire African tribe playing along with him. Remember, the group’s debut album and the result of two-years of experiments and recording sessions, is now available from their website.
Brooklyn’s underground afro-jamband Superhuman Happiness have unveiled a new video for the song “Needles and Pins,” featured on the group’s The Physical EP available now at iTunes, Royal Potato Family, or your local record store. Superhuman Happiness also play this Friday at Zebulon and then again on 12.30 Post-Phish for a special Dog Gone Blog New Years event at the Cakeshop. Also announced, the group will be opening for DGB favs Rubblebucket at New York’s Bowery Ballroom on January 28, 2012. Check out the new video below and be sure to RSVP for the DGB Post-Phish event here.
Earlier today, Rubblebucket unrelieved a new Halloween-themed video for “Down In The Yards.” The song comes off Omega La La, which was released earlier this year on Sin Duda records. Also, be sure to check out my recent interview with Rubblebucket singer Kalmia Traver over at Jambands.com.
Another one of our favorite Brooklyn bands (by way of Burlington)—Rubblebucket—have released a new video for “Silly Fathers” off their upcoming album Omega La La. It captures the band’s “march from the city into never never land,” and was shot on Super 8 film through the streets and bridges of Brooklyn. Guitarist Ian Hershey’s punchy funk riffs paired with the afro-beat style horn lines make this an easy candidate for ‘song of the summer.’ The album will see its official release on June 21, but you can download it right now for free by heading to the band’s website. You can watch the new video and download the mp3 for “Silly Fathers” below.
In other Rubblebucket news, the band also kicked off its tour last night in Colorado and will be traveling all through the country this summer. See the full list of tour dates below and check them out live!