21 Aug 2006, 08:54 by android_cherry
26 May 2006, 18:53 by beelzbubbaI 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. …
19 Feb 2006, 17:24 by tenderbranson69I 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. …
16 Jan 2006, 13:12 by tenderbranson69I 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
5 Dec 2005, 03:21 by noiseconSo 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…