Journal

  • Pain Killer Live / Tokyo, Japan / Jan 20, 2006

    21 Aug 2006, 08:54 by android_cherry

  • Variety is the Spice Girls of Life

    26 May 2006, 18:53 by beelzbubba

    I dunno how DontLetsStart's request for vocal jazz got me down this trail, but I guess it might have been bigsexyshaq's warning that bebop+vocals/=pleasing results. I had to agree mostly (that's why I thought Manhattan Transfer would not be a good starting point for DLS).

    But I also thought that a lot of the jive vocals of Slim & Slam and the like are dangerously close to bebop, seeing as bop came out of the same idiom and many of the vocal scatting repertoire of bebop-jazz vocals share the same birth-momma as jive and swing.

    So I started looking at my (non-iTunes-stored) music for instances of jazz vocals that might fit DLS's niche. Which led me to examine my top last.fm artists and a self-reflection that left me dissatisfied with the picture last.fm and I have painted of myself. Five artists in my top 25 are ones that I like, sure, but I am not at all that aware that I play them or even seek them out to play--Gorillaz, Frank Zappa, Painkiller, Skratch Bastid, and Coldcut. …
  • Mysterium

    19 Feb 2006, 17:24 by tenderbranson69

    I just read a review of John Zorn's Mysterium CD on the UK website boomkat.com. This was my first visit to boomkat and I enjoyed reading their opinion of one of my favorite artists and composers. I
    admire the cheeky sense of humor used to describe a sound that many consider difficult listening. I enjoy Zorn's music for strings and have purchased the discs Duras:Duchamp, Angelus Novus, The String Quartets, Redbird, and Elegy. However, my first experiences with Zorn's music were hearing the more aggressive sounds of Naked City and Painkiller. As I became a bigger fan of all types of Jazz I grew to love the bands News For Lulu and Masada. I am an occasional fan of classical music from all eras including modern, romantic, classic, baroque and rennaisance/early music. I downloaded the track ‘Frammenti Del Sappho’ from eMusic because it sounded like something different than most of the Zorn music in my collection. I find it beautiful, and soothing, complex and interesting. …
  • 5000 tracks

    16 Jan 2006, 13:12 by tenderbranson69

    I like these songs because they are not too short and not too long....

    4980 - The Posies - Flood Of Sunshine
    4981 - Dave Douglas - Witness
    4982 - Minstry - So What
    4983 - Supersuckers - Born With A Tail
    4984 - Wilco - Reservations
    4985 - Vic Chesnutt - See You Around
    4986 - Roland Kirk - Rip, Rig, and Panic
    4987 - Fountain of Tears - She Wants To Be (instrumental version)
    4988 - Fountain of Tears - Survive (instrumental version)
    4989 - Pacific Ocean Fire - My Drinking Days Are Done
    4990 - Painkiller - Transport Of Sorcerers
    4991 - Minstry - Cannibal Song
    4992 - Naked City - American Psycho
    4993 - Chris Whitley - Rocket House
    4994 - Joseph Arthur - Favorite Girl
    4995 - Richard Buckner & Jon Langford - Rolling Of The Eyes
    4996 - Wilco - Misunderstood
    4997 - Wilco - Handshake Drugs
    4998 - Umar Bin Hassan - This Is Madness
    4999 - Richard Buckner - Jewelbomb
    5000 - Sonic Youth - Diamond Sea
  • Avant-garde?

    5 Dec 2005, 03:21 by noisecon

    So I've been on a John Zorn binge lately.

    While I was busy eating turkey and working like a maniac on Thanksgiving weekend, eMusic added Tzadik Records' music to their website.

    And I gotta say, wow. Some of the stuff I've heard there is very very good. Some of it is great. Some of it is awesome. Brilliant, even.

    Apart from the usual Zorn I kinda knew already (Naked City, Hemophiliac, Painkiller, among others)the real joy of the whole thing has been discovering some truly inspiring stuff.

    Take Masada, for example. Apart from the whole "redifining jewish music for modern times" thing, it is a great piece of work which I'm anxious to delve into, because it feels exciting, vibrant, refreshing. And it reminds me of why I fell in love with artists that are more left-of-center than others, like Frank Zappa, Mike Patton, King Crimson and others. Because it's expansive, and to me, ultimately rewarding.

    I've been revisiting Kayo Dot and their previous incarnation, Maudlin of the Well