#13 Goat Girl
Today's artist in the Lights-Camera-30 countdown of my Top-30 favorite songs of 2018 is a band I first learned-of late last year: Goat Girl. The first single I heard, "Cracker Drool" was very oddly catchy and as I began to learn more about these four young women from South London, the more interesting all of it became.
Featuring Lottie "Clottie Cream" on guitar & vocals, Ellie "L.E.D." on guitar, Naima Jelly on bass, and Rosey Bones on drums, they hit the road with Parquet Courts and in April dropped their eponymous debut album. Goat Girl's brand of rough-hewn Gothic country indie-rock, starts & stops, lurches left & right, and speeds-up again like a drunken wagon-train driver set loose in the streets of London and I mean that adoringly. Don't get too settled-in: Only two of the 19-tracks on this record clock-in at over three-minutes. Despite some of its dark topics this is still a fun album and I'm going with a song entitled, "The Man." It's #13 on the Lights-Camera-Music countdown!
When I originally named this feature, "Lights-Camera-Music" I thought I might end-up posting more photos of holiday lighting than I actually have so far. I'll try to correct that a bit with this photo of a very unique tree-lighting idea. Rather than decorate an evergreen they have instead completely wrapped the trunk and branches of a tree that lost all of its leaves earlier in the Fall. You can visit this for yourself out in front of the Seaport Grille in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
This year marked the 25th anniversary of the album "Jazzmatazz Vol.1" by rapper, Guru. Born in Boston as Keith Edward Elam in 1966, he earned a degree in business administration before founding the hip hop group, Gang Starr in 1987. Gang Starr would go on to release six albums.
In 1993 Guru began a solo career that would run side-by-side with Gang Starr. "Jazzmatazz Vol.1" was his solo debut and featured a fusion of hip hop and jazz, that was recorded with a live jazz band and a host of guest collaborators, including trumpeter Donald Byrd.
I was first introduced to this album a few years after its release by a very talented singer-songwriter-drummer friend of mine following a discussion about hip hop and jazz. Earlier this year I featured the track, "No Time to Play" on my "Mixed-Up Memories" feature. Today I'm opting for a tune featuring trumpet and spoken-word from Donald Byrd. It's called "Loungin" and it's waiting for you now on the Anniversary-30 playlist. Happy listening! -Kristen