After many weeks of the same ol' thing, I guess that it was about time for a surprise...and the blues chart for the week ending October 6, 2012 certainly has a real shocker. I'm referring to 12 Bit Blues by Canadian DJ and "turntablist" Kid Koala, which debuts at number six this week. According to press materials for the record, Koala "revives the unworldly oddness of blues music before it became a staple of beer adverts and the jam fantasies of middle aged marketing executives."
What Koala does is take vintage blues tunes and, using electronic technology, stretches and distresses and changes the music, transforming the original musical expressions into something entirely different altogether. While the Reverend is certainly no blues purist, neither am I ready to welcome anything with "blues" in its title into what is an otherwise rather large tent. I enjoyed Moby's incorporation of old blues and gospel samples into his electronic-based music, and the shots of techno that producer Tom Rothrock added to R.L. Burnside's Come On In album mostly enhanced the power of the blues legend's vocal performances. But I have my doubts about taking blues music and electronically altering it and calling it a hit blues album. What do you readers think? Share your opinion by voting in the poll below.
Here are this week's Billboard Top Ten blues albums, ranked by sales:
10. Dr. John - Locked Down (Nonesuch Records)
9. Rev. Peyton's Big Damn Band - Between The Ditches (Side One Dummy)
8. Hugh Laurie - Let Them Talk (Warner Brothers)
7. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator (Sony Masterworks)
6. Kid Koala - 12 Bit Blues (Ninja Tune)
5. Gary Clark, Jr. - The Bright Lights EP (Warner Brothers)
4. Robert Cray - Nothin But Love (Provogue Records)
3. Joe Bonamassa - Driving Towards The Daylight (J&R Adventures)
2. Tedeschi Trucks Band - Everybody's Talkin' (Sony Masterworks)
1. Bonnie Raitt - Slipstream (Redwing Records)
New releases this week: David Hildago, Mato Nanji & Luther Dickinson's 3 Skulls and the Truth (Blues Bureau International); Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones' What's It Gonna Take (Vizztone Records); Eric Gales' Live (Blues Bureau International)
Photo of Doug Deming & the Jewel Tones' What's It Gonna Take courtesy Vizztone Records