• Last Week's Listening

    25 Dec 2007, 18:30 by beelzbubba

    Artist and # of Plays
    Miles Davis 35
    The Bonzo Dog Band 22
    Juicy Lucy 18
    Lil Johnson 17
    Curley Weaver 16
    Pink Floyd 16
    Beastie Boys 13
    The Flaming Lips 14
    The Roots 12
    Labradford 12

    Last week was a time to listen to recent acquisitions and some old favorites. I just got Miles's Complete Jack Johnson sessions and reloaded On the Corner. I've always thought that Jack Johnson was an underrated masterpiece of Nasty Funk, and the "complete sessions" show just how much of that found its way into Big Fun and Get Up With It. The liner notes also show that much of Live-Evil & Directions also came from these sessions. I wouldn't call this box set essential for any but Miles-Electric fans because of the sheer number of alternate takes, but some of these takes burn with such an intensity that Miles claim that he could assemble the nastiest rock band is more than justified. For me, "Go Ahead John," "Right Off" and the Sharrock-slide version…
  • Jelly Roll Blues

    30 Jul 2007, 23:49 by Ainurel

    My Jazz Age comic project Goldenbird belongs to a little collective of creators on both sides of the Atlantic, who regularly publish their work in the Sugarskull Livejournal community. Now, we're planning a little promo publication with short stories, offering a taste of our work as well as delicious dessert recipes (genius sales pitch, huh?).

    For a prewar blues nut, the dessert of choice is naturally the good old-fashioned jelly roll. Besides being the title of the "Originator of Jazz", Jelly Roll Morton, and his (and the world's) first Jazz composition from 1915, Jelly Roll Blues, the jelly roll is a piece of sexual innuendo. But more about that in this Van Morrison website's glossary entry; I will concentrate on the actual, edible dessert in question (kind of hard to describe the difference without any innuendo whatsoever; what's the deal with human beings and food?)...

    The jelly roll is also known as "Swiss roll" and ought to be familiar not only to most English-speakers. …