Archive for August, 2010

Eden Brent – Ain't Got No Troubles (2010)

Eden Brent – Ain't Got No Troubles (2010)

by Mark Saleski I wish I had a cool story about where I learned about the blues. I never had an older brother who gave me his Howlin’ Wolf records. There was no cousin who pointed out the line that runs backwards from Jimmy Page. Despite the early appearance of my inner music nerd, I doubt that I was curiousRead More

One Track Mind: Little River Band "It's A Long Way There" (1975)

One Track Mind: Little River Band "It's A Long Way There" (1975)

by Pico Lush strings, rich three part vocal harmonies, blending acoustic guitars and an almost non-stop lead guitar, all stretched out to nearly nine minutes. That’s a hell of a way of a band to introduce themselves on the radio, but the then-infant Australian troupe The Little River Band did just that to break into the American market with “It’sRead More

Vijay Iyer – Solo (2010)

Vijay Iyer – Solo (2010)

photo: Jimmy Katz by S. Victor Aaron When a great, small combo jazz pianist makes a solo record, it usually doesn’t signal that pianist’s arrival, it means he’s solidifying his legacy. We witnessed this with Art Tatum’s Solo Masterpieces recordings made at the end of his life. The same goes with Bill Evans’ Alone recorded several years after his VillageRead More

Hurricane Katrina’s musical journey

Hurricane Katrina’s musical journey

This site’s ties to Louisiana have provided a rich vein of musical delights over the years, but also a moment of staggering loss when Hurricane Katrina swept ashore near New Orleans five years ago today. A legacy of recovery for the city, and the wider Gulf Coast, subsequently found voice in songs from across the spectrum, and helped many sortRead More

An Italian Twofer: Neo – Water Resistance/Tribraco – Glue (2009, 2010)

An Italian Twofer: Neo – Water Resistance/Tribraco – Glue (2009, 2010)

by S. Victor Aron As I write this, two very talented bands from Italy specializing in the jazz of the whack variety are traversing the fruited plains looking to collect fans from the USA. The trio Neo and the quartet Tribraco are criss-crossing the country from August 23 to October 6, covering 37 cities, including Chicago, Philly, New York, Houston,Read More

The Friday Morning Listen: John Mellencamp – No Better Than This (2010)

I had intended for this essay to start out something like this: OK, I’ll come right out and say it. I used to hate John Mellencamp. Back then he was known as John Cougar. All of my friends had their copies of American Fool, and I had to put up with that freaking “Jack and Diane” thing. Too bad myRead More

David Bazan – Curse Your Branches (2009)

David Bazan – Curse Your Branches (2009)

by Tom Johnson I have two amazing young daughters who constantly remind me of the distance in age between them and me. The youngest is too young to ask much, but is plenty busy with toys and books, and being the family comedian. My older daughter, however, she is full of questions and I, while not necessarily full of answers,Read More

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up – Actionspeak (2010)

Tomas Fujiwara & The Hook Up – Actionspeak (2010)

By Mark Saleski Many years ago, while stuck in traffic during the evening commute, I heard a radio segment on microtonal composer Easely Blackwood. I had read about things like microtones, 24-note equal tunings, and the like, but somehow none of the music had ever made it’s way into my ears. Some of the pieces played that evening were soRead More

Peter Brötzmann – Machine Gun (1968)

Peter Brötzmann – Machine Gun (1968)

by S. Victor Aaron Note: This is a slightly abridged version of the inaugural article in the long-running “Whack Jazz” series, first appearing on July 11, 2006 in the forerunner site to Something Else Reviews, Da Blog by Daslob. Machine Gun remains to me the gold standard for all thrash-jazz records, one that all other such albums are measured against.Read More

Mercury Falls – Quadrangle (2010)

Mercury Falls – Quadrangle (2010)

by S. Victor Aaron There’s been a quiet trend of the last fifteen or so years that seems to be picking up steam lately. That is, to approach jazz from the dreamy and sometimes rough textures of alt rock and electronics. There’s even a name for this: post-rock. Tortoise was one of the first groups to attempt this, and remainsRead More