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Aerial Bombardment

by Free Radicals

Free Radicals is (usually) an instrumental band featuring unsmooth jazz, anarchist funk, old school ska & dub.
Genre: Hip-Hop/Rap: Turntablism
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1. Liberation/I Will Not Move
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2. Afterlife
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3. Trainyard Ska
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4. Last Show With Joe
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5. Eyebrows
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6. R2 Runs The Voodoo Down
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7. Fresh Air
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8. Dub For Besouro
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9. Harry Stops The War
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10. Clowns Never Lie
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11. Dos Madres
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12. We All Inhale
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13. The Ozone Dealer
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14. Mockery
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15. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose/Impressions (J.B. + J.C.)
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16. Fallen
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17. The Brass Band Liberation Front
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18. Fita Dupla Face
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19. Every Beekeeper's Nightmare
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20. Breath Control
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21. Four Stomach Ant Circus
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22. Still Conscious
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23. The Dalang
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24. Red Carpet Bombing
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25. All Alien All Nude All The Time
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26. Xmas 2003
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27. Quilombo Dub
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28. Secretement
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29. Reincarnation
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30. Supreme Order Of The Attention Deficit
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31. Subtertugios Desconhecidos
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32. Deathbed Orgy
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"The horn-heavy, continually evolving collective Free Radicals produces a wildly eclectic fusion that has as many influences as there are items in the Houston, Texas, pawnshop in which they honed their sound during all-night jam sessions." -The New Yorker, 3/27/2000

Free Radicals is (usually) an instrumental band featuring unsmooth jazz, anarchist funk and old school dub. We're into playing free shows, freeing our minds, free-jazz, freestyle rap and political freedom but we're not into the injustices committed in the name of free trade or living near freeways (even though we do). We have opened for the Sun Ra Arkestra, Rebirth Brass Band, and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, among others, and successfully played a 24 hour concert for charity.

Our CDs feature more than 50 musicians collaborating, struggling, jamming, protesting, and celebrating.


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Fez Dispenser

This is it
Aeriel Bombardment is the best arguement for indie music there is. These 50 (no kidding fiv...tea)musicians didn't sit around Houston waiting for anyones permission to release a 32 track instrumental CD about the military industrial complex. They did it and somehow made this revolving ensemble sound cohesive throughout the CD.
Fans of Antibalis, Fela Kuti and 70s era Miles will love this Disc.
The grooves are raw and organic but never fall into noodely drum circle self-indulgence.
The turntable work is reminiscent of early DJ Spooky.
The solos are all ways on point.
viva Radicais Livres!

Houston Press

Best CD by Local Musicians
Houston Press Best CD by Local Musicians Award, 9/23/04
Free Radicals' Aerial Bombardment: This jazzy, funky, hip-hoppity, experimental and dub-centric Houston collective never stays within the boundaries of a particular genre, and that's only one of the things that make them so special. Their third CD, Aerial Bombardment, is a unique masterwork helmed by percussionist Nick Cooper and featuring 50 different musicians and vocalists, mostly from H-tizzle. Though the album is largely instrumental, blues singer Gloria Edwards pops in, as do rappers Zin and Perseph1 and members of the Blackout Poets Collective. Free Radicals introduce some new forms on this one, including capoeira angola-meets-dub remixes and beat collages. With its pulsing angst, it plays like a soundtrack to the revolution.

Max Nova, WMUC FM

This shouldn't work but it does amazingly well.
32 songs, 50 musicians. This shouldn't work but it does amazingly well. This is a fine mix of little bits of various genres. A majority is instrumentals with a nice little groove set by vibes, or keys or gongs.

Laze, ADD Reviews

covering many different fusions with surprising proficiency
"Free"'s the order of the day on this 32 song/50 musician compilation covering many different fusions with surprising proficiency.

Kelly Dean, Jazzhouston

These guys are just plain getting better every day.
Itâ''s far too easy to dismiss Free Radicals. After all, who are these guys----just a buncha left-wing hippies with a tape recorder, right?

Not anymore.

Take a moment to listen to all three Free Radicals CDâ''s chronologically.....well OK, take several moments, because these releases are packed to the gills with music. Each pushes the limit of time available to the breaking point, so all three will take up 3.8 hours of your life. By doing so, however, you will hear a tremendous growth in musicality. These guys are just plain getting better every day. With their newest CD, Aerial Bombardment, drummer Nick Cooper and his cronies eschewed traditional songwriting for more improvisational development, and yet it represents their most cohesive effort yet.

Itâ''s no accident, really. In addition to the core members honing their skills, the band has decreased its use of the horn section, which has consistently been the weak link in the chain. Also, it doesnâ''t hurt to have jazz legend Harry Sheppard, Houston Symphony member Christine Wu, or the late great vibraphonist Joseph Jackson contributing. It seems the rising tide raises all the boats after all.