Ghost to ghost
The one time I saw Ocean Ghosts in concert, I hated it. But I have to give J. Rhodes and Scotty Boombox credit: Nobody delivers comical, controversy-baiting, sample-delic party jams with more conviction. At least their music demands some sort of reaction, which is more than most bands can muster these days. Their latest, American Pride, blends soul samples, unison rap-singing and mechanized beats into a strange but welcoming pastiche that channels everything from Beck to Paula Abdul to Gil Mantera's Party Dream. It's actually lots of fun, especially compared to the scantily clad live show that drove me away. Ocean Ghosts will celebrate the album's release Saturday at Skully's, but you can download it for free now at OceanGhosts.com.