The Budos Band - The Budos Band II

From looking at thumbnails, I figured this scorpion was illustrated. Unfortunately, it is a photo. A little disappointing, but it still works. I can envision being stranded in the Sahara, being stung by a scorpion and having the bands music racing through my mind while the hot sun beats down.

The Budos Band is an afro-funk group(ala Fela Kuti) out of Staten Island, New York. They're similar to the Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, but with a grungier, dirtier and more vintage sound and no vocals. Their style fits right alongside the rest of their label, Daptone Records, who is known for supporting music that sounds vintage but really isn't. The same applies to their album artwork. Sharon Jones & The Daptones are the best example, I think. She's somewhat of a figurehead on the label, but I'll get to her later. She has a new album being released in October. (!!!)

I don't know much about the designers and artists behind Daptone albums, but they are well done. Nice throwbacks to the 60's and 70's. Check out the cover to The Budos Band's first album. I've been bad and have neglected to pick it up. Either way, the volcano shows exactly how eruptive Budos' sound is.

If you want to know more about The Budos Band, check out their website. Look at their MySpace page for samples.
For more on Daptone Records, check out their website as well.

Bonus: A cool music video using their music and clips from the old Superman cartoon.

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