• This week at the Record Store

    3 Jul 2006, 07:00 by Televiper

    Ah... another nice sunny Sunday after noon, and a perfect day to spend a sizeable portion of my disposable income on my first love... music. If that's sad, it's a confused sort of sad cause I'm actually quite happy. I should also note that I just completed my own personal The Legendary Pink Dots marathon. I'm not sure how many albums I have, but there was around 200 tracks played.

    Monster Movie
    This is the proper album by Can and has Malcolm Mooney on vocals. The first half the album is a lot rawer with more of a garage/psyche feel with some hints of the heights they would reach with Damo Suzuki. Mooney manages the healm well with this stream of conscious vocals style but, there are times when the guy sounds like he could really use a glass of water. The highlight for me on this album is probably the drumming of Jacki Liebezeit. He has an amazing uncapped back alley sound in his drums with lots of odd fills, and sounds to be heard. He's very easily one of my top five favorite drummers right now.
  • Top 10 Artists

    30 Jun 2006, 21:39 by djjazzpants

    Recently when i was roaming around Last.fm, i saw a "my top 10 favorite artists" journal entry and it made me think who are mine...and well i decided to give it a shot...besides the top 3, the order routinely changes but i think i have a some what solid order. Now, i'm not going to say these are the top 10 best artists...not by a long shot...so here it is.

    1. Miles Davis
    Easy number 1, an incredible talent, and a huge variety of styles. You can either go with a straight forward jazz such as "Kind of Blue" or the hard rocking "Jack Johnson", or some funk, "On the Corner" or even a lil hip hop "Doo-bop" not to mention the vast number of live recordings that will leave you wanting more.

    2. Art Ensemble Of Chicago
    The second i heard "A Tribute to Lester" when i was a jazz dj in college i knew i needed to hear more of the AEC's unique sound. 20 or so albums later i still get blown away each time i hear any one of them. …
  • The State of Music

    19 Jun 2006, 05:08 by djjazzpants

    I hear people talking and read posts here and everywhere on the sad state of music today. How so much of it is horrible and pointless and music died 10,20, 30, 40 or 50 years ago. I hear this a lot from jazz and rock n roll fans. Music ended when Miles Davis died, or when the Beatles broke up, etc etc. My belief...you are all wrong.
    Now...first let me say that i love Miles Davis and the Beatles...and jazz is probably my favorite kind of music but think and listen, or read.
    Music has always sucked as well as always been incredible. At the same time Miles Davis was creating music he had to open for the Steve Miller Band...not that the steve miller band is horrible, but COME ON...theyre nothing special.
    What I'm saying is during the "golden age of jazz" there was shitty music too.
    But in defense of today's music, let me start with hip hop/rap, a genre i find myself needing to constantly defend.
    Yes...there are Mike Jones', there are Young Jeezys' etc. …
  • The music of chance and the chance to hear music

    27 May 2006, 15:32 by talking_animal

    Quoth beelzbubba here:
    While I'm not concerned with manipulating my listening to get my favorites to the top of my charts, I am concerned that if I recommend music to someone and they look at my top 50 that they have some basis by which to judge whether my recommendations are worthwhile.Check that! I find myself recommending music that is not on my top 300 artist charts from time to time, but I agree, it is good to offer some kind of context to your recommendations.

    To jump off from beelzbubba's take on the aleatory nature of modern music, I listened to Rhythm Science at the library last week and although I didn't particularly like it, I thought it had some interesting ideas (along the lines of what you've already described, Jay; you know this already so you can skip to the end) in it.

    If you haven't listened, it's a pretty simple concept. He takes spoken word tracks and layers them on top of found music from other sources. It's not dance music, it's more reflective…
  • Rather partial emusic recommendations

    16 May 2006, 03:08 by talking_animal

    Let's assume you are exactly like me and have both an http://www.emusic.com account and a last.fm account. Furthermore, you are blessed with a last.fm friend who has really good taste, more toward the out-jazz end of things (or shouldn't that be toward the out-jazz beginning of things?), someone like beelzbubba, for instance. You'd probably make some recommendations to your friend.

    Just as part of being friendly, and because I like to fuss over charts and tables and live links to albums and artists and whatnot (enlist in the BBCode Brigade to learn more about this particular hangup), I made a nice list today of stuff I'd downloaded from emusic in the past and liked in order to recommend it to him.

    It turned out that we had both independently found this gem: Comme A La Radio, which features Brigitte Fontaine and the Art Ensemble Of Chicago together. (emusic download) So I wasn't going to recommend that one.

    But here are 13 other good albums on emusic. …
  • I am worried for the world

    4 May 2006, 23:58 by beelzbubba

    I just took a look at the last.fm charts for the last available time period. I think it was week ending 30 April. I scanned in vain to find anything but pop and rock on the top 100 artists.

    Ideally, I was looking for someone iconic, such as Miles Davis, John Coltrane or, since it was his birthday last week, Duke Ellington. I'm not an idiot--I didn't expect to find Archie Sheppor the Art Ensemble Of Chicago(though for the life of me, I can't understand why not one of these five is not more popular than James Blount, who, until I saw him on CBS Sunday Morning News, I thought was a girl-singer, maybe a comeback for the career of Janis Ian.

    Some of you out there are mathematicians or statisticians (or both--how the heck should I know?). 'Splain to me why--is it neophilia--why Coltrane nor Ellington can crack the Top 100 artists.

    No, on second thought don't. I do not need a rational explanation for what I know must simply be either: lack of familiarity, or...lack of wattage.
  • new records 3/29/06

    30 Mar 2006, 01:03 by tokyoknifefight


    picked up a few Actuel BYG series...

    Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Great Black Music, A Jackson In Your House

    Archie Shepp - Poem for Malcolm