Archives of June 2012 (4)
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POWER STRUGGLE - Arson at the Petting Factory
One day, people will discover Oddjobs again. Because, through the 5 years of their existence, they delivered quite regularly good quality albums. Because they ran alongside some indie heavyweights, like Cannibal Ox, Aesop Rock, Atmosphere and Eyedea, and that, consequently, crate-diggers of the future will have no difficulty tracking them. For these reasons, they won't be dropped into the dustbin of history. They deserve better than that.
BUSDRIVER - Temporary Forever
This is a natural phenomenon. Each time we understand that an artist with a tremendous talent and potential will never take off, once we see that he will stay a well-kept secret for the happy few, that he will forever release imperfect albums and miss his appointment with fame, we also realize that his greatest record, in the absence of the expected masterpiece, may finally be the first that generated a buzz. As far as Busdriver is concerned, this record was Temporary Forever.
ALL NATURAL - No Additives, No Preservatives
The story of All Natural is the same as for many other indie rappers. There we had, by the end of the 1990's, a promising band coming from a place, Chicago, by then mostly known for one single rapper, Common. These guys had started negotiating a contract with the excellent Wild Pitch records, until the closure of the label obliged them to manage their career by themselves. Consequently, while taking the head of a local collective, the Family Tree, the duo launched its own facility, All Natural Inc. And by the beginning of the 2000's, they got the interest of two indie institutions, their neighbors Tortoise's Thrill Jockey on the rock side, and the Fat Beats shop's label on the rap side, the former releasing their records as CDs, the latter as vinyl.