How many hip-hop albums have you listened to recently that contained freestyle performed in French - or that combined heavy bass-drop with samples of birdsong?
Before you can begin to address the album "Things That Go Bump In the Dark" by IsWhat?!, you must first throw away any preconceived notions of what a hip-hop album is or what 'urban' music is -- because the aesthetic of this album lies somewhere between beatnik coffee-house poetry-jams and late-night dance club after-parties.
Hot off the presses from Cincinnati label Phratry Records is a 4-band, 7" that features the groups Joe 4 from Zagreb, Croatia, Aperiodic - who have roots in Dayton - as well as Cincinnati's own Mala In Se and Knife The Symphony.
When it comes to supporting the music scene in the Greater Cincinnati area, few people do it with more conviction than Scott Beseler with The Lodge in Dayton, KY.
Beseler, whose day job is as a professional photographer for Soapbox Cincinnati, has partnered with physician Dr. John Wirick (stage name: Johnny Walker) to develop what can best be described as a rock-n-roll bed & breakfast.
I love that the album cover for ShowYrTeeth shows a person immersed in a bathtub of glittering sludge inside a dilapidated room that looks like an abandoned industrial warehouse somewhere. It is this combination of glitzy and gritty that exemplifies the sound and style of The Kickaways. ShowYrTeeth is a tantalizing mixture of glam with a touch of 'the ultra-violence.'