The Step Kids, can’t beat it

Its hard to pin down this album, but there is one thing that can be said about it confidently…it is great.  I have a hard time not picturing early p-funk albums like osmium, america eats its young, maggot brain, etc…  The grooves on here range from bizarre beck quirkiness, flaming lips fiasco, captain beefheart’s raw grittiness, frank zappa‘s odd concoctions, with a little bit of black key’s brothers thrown in for good measure.  I’m not sure what it is that reminds me of the key’s brothers maybe its the underlying soul!  In fact much of this album has a hauntingly authentic 60s psyched out sound.  I’m not sure how they did it, I can only imagine it was a magical session for the musicians.  So get down and thank Stones Throw for this release by purchasing a copy.  It is best digested as a whole album since it is very diverse musically.  I’ll give ya just a taste to wet your appetite.

The Stepkids-La La

Stones Throw

Overall what I’m saying about this one is just listen to it, enjoy it, don’t judge it just let it seep in.

Also here is some cool concept designs by Annie Nguyen for the Stepkids vinyl.  They weren’t used but they are really cool.   Check out her blog here

…and here is some tunes from those groups I talked about above.  Maybe you too will hear the influences like I do.

Funkadelic-Super Stupid

Funkadelic-Freak of the Week

The Parliaments-All Your Goodies Are Gone

Flaming Lips-Feeling Yourself Disintegrate

Beck-The Golden Age

Beck-Guess I’m Doing Fine

Beck-Lost Cause

Frank Zappa-Montana

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band-Observatory Crest

Captain Beefheart and his Magic Band-Candle Mambo

Captain Beefheart-Lick My Decals Off, Baby

Captain Beefheart-White Jam

Captain Beefheart-Bluejeans & Moonbeams

The Black Keys-Unknown Brother

The Black Keys-Never Gonna Give You Up

By the way I’m sure we all are anxiously awaiting the release of the Keys new one, “el camino,” pre-order it here.


About spinladen

DJ at KWVA University of Oregon campus radio, record collector, artist.
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