Old Muruch readers may recall my obsession with Luminescent Orchestrii. Since their last album (which I hope wasn’t really their last), Sxip Shirley has gone solo. His new album, A Bottle of Whiskey and a Handful of Bees, was just released. It’s as weird and wonderful as I’ve come to expect from any Sxip project.
The standout track is “Grandpa Charlie,” which dives into that funky churn of genres Sxip perfected with Luminescent Orchestrii.
My other favorite tracks are “Just Drive By, Firefly,” “Woman of Constant Sorrow,” and “Bach, Stevie Wonder & Janelle Monae,” all featuring the exquisite voice of Rhiannon Giddens (formerly of Carolina Chocolate Drops and currently on Nashville). If you like those songs, check out the 2010 Luminescent Orchestration/Carolina Chocolate Drops collaboration.
Amanda Palmer’s live, annual #ninjaTED show in Vancouver tonight will be webcast for free – with a preshow email registration at this link. The show will benefit the Greater Vancouver Food Bank and feature a long list of surprises and special guests, including Rhiannon Giddens, Jill Sobule, Jason Webley and Amanda’s recent Bowie tribute collaborator, Jherek Bischoff (so here’s hoping for some Bowie tunes). The show starts at 10:30pm EST (7:30pm PT).