Man, I can’t stand it when college kids or cynical 40-somethings say things like “really creative and experimental music just isn’t made anymore.” No, this isn’t the 60s or 70s with amazing stuff on the FM radio, but Jesus, open your minds… BOLD, EXPERIMENTAL MUSIC LIVES ONLINE. A zombie of music’s past????
As much of a joke the Grammys seem sometimes, this year’s nominations show that some sense prevailed: a lot of creative and brave music came out of L.A. and is getting this attention. Flying Lotus’s epic electrojazz You’re Dead has a nom for its lead single “Never Catch Me,” while FlyLo’s label Brainfeeder put out a lot of exciting music that, according to the L.A. Times, was circulating around the academy. I’m talking about Kamasi Washington’s breakthrough The Epic and Thundercat’s The Beyond/Where Giants Roam; the spectre over all these is of course Kendrick’s To Pimp a Butterfly, which Kamasi played sax on and FlyLo wrote and produced a track of (“Wesley’s Theory”).
I was lucky enough to catch FlyLo’s show at Coachella 2015 during the second weekend (not my youtube account btw, but that’s a good sample of the show); his singular “sound” from albums totally works in live shows. He’s such a talented guy, and came out onstage to thank all the audience at the end… Honestly, he could’ve been an asshole and I still would’ve liked the show. But a good attitude doesn’t hurt, and neither would a Grammy.
I’m hoping Butterfly wins that Album of the Year Grammy not just because it IS the year’s best, but also for those cynics… Yeah, quality bold material does come out, you’ve gotta bother yourself to find it.