Archive for December, 2010

The Friday Morning Listen: Tom Waits – Mule Variations (1999)

The Friday Morning Listen: Tom Waits – Mule Variations (1999)

by Mark Saleski “Every man has inside himself a parasitic being who is acting not at all to his advantage.” -William S. Burroughs.This seem true enough, and mine wants to live in that house. He whispers in my ear to leave almost everything behind. We get into these major fights about what stays and goes. The house is quite small,Read More

Debora Petrina – In Doma (2010)

Debora Petrina – In Doma (2010)

by Mark Saleski After years of writing reviews, I have now stumbled into what must be the most embarrassing way to discover music: via a tumblr photo blog. I can’t even remember what I’d been writing at the time, but I had googled the word “geek” and ended up on a site full of pictures of geeky women. Now ofRead More

2010's top unsigned acts – well, OK, some of them, anyway

2010's top unsigned acts – well, OK, some of them, anyway

by Nick DeRiso Let’s get this admission out of the way: Picking the best of 2010’s unsigned treasures is like trying to determine your favorite grain of sand. There are far too many, really, to make any reasonable guess — and the whole time you’re walking around with a bucket in an attempt to actually decide, you keep finding more,Read More

One Track Mind: Kellylee Evans, "I Loves You Porgy" (2010)

One Track Mind: Kellylee Evans, "I Loves You Porgy" (2010)

by Nick DeRiso Taking on Nina Simone, a singer of dusky persuasiveness, might be foolhardy enough. Remaking this song, a Top 20 pop hit off Simone’s celebrated 1958 debut Little Girl Blue seemed like the worst idea of all. But Canadian singer Kellylee Evans finds a new light, even if it’s only a small sliver, within this dark tale fromRead More

Best of the Best: The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2010

Best of the Best: The Official™ Something Else! Top 10 for 2010

by Something Else Reviews Over the last few weeks, this merry band of music lovers has offered its varied take on the Year That Was. Now, we winnow it all down. First to go were the personal obsessions (Mark: Mary Halvorson; Pico: Greg Ward’s Fitted Shards), and other worthy entries that somehow didn’t gather critical mass (Tom: Field Music; Nick:Read More

Miles Davis with Gil Evans – Miles Ahead (1957)

Miles Davis with Gil Evans – Miles Ahead (1957)

by Nick DeRiso Miles Ahead was initially billed by Columbia Records, in the flatly obvious tone of the day, as “Miles Davis plus 19, with Gil Evans.” Right. Still, it was that last guy, the 20th man, who was the important one. After a burst of creativity in the late 1940s — the clearest result being the very cool butRead More

One Track Mind: Gino Vannelli, "People Gotta Move" (1974)

One Track Mind: Gino Vannelli, "People Gotta Move" (1974)

by S. Victor Aaron “If that guy hits you, I’m not stopping to help you!” “Come on, people, MOVE!!!” “Get your @#$% out of my way!” My wife, God love her, gets a little impatient with her fellow motorists and often has these one-sided conversations with them from behind the wheel. We sometimes joke that she needs some sort ofRead More

Forgotten series: Melvin Taylor – Dirty Pool (1997)

Forgotten series: Melvin Taylor – Dirty Pool (1997)

by S. Victor Aaron Electric blues guitarist Melvin Taylor had been sporadically recording solo albums for 20 years when Dirty Pool arrived — and was somehow just beginning to find fame. Already a hit in Europe, it had taken a steady run of performing in Chicago’s famed blues clubs to slowly earn Taylor a well-deserved reputation as an equal talentRead More

The Best of 2010, Part 5: Whack Jazz

The Best of 2010, Part 5: Whack Jazz

Each of the year’s four Satoko Fujii records made our Best Of 2010 List. by Pico With the more accessible types of jazz out of the way in Part 3 and Part 4, this Best of 2010 series concludes with the least accessible stuff, the experimental and avant garde stuff that I affectionately call whack jazz. With a whole twoRead More

The Friday Morning Listen: Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

The Friday Morning Listen: Vince Guaraldi Trio – A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)

by Mark Saleski Last year, after a couple of trips to the hardware store, it appeared that we had enough hooks to decorate our Christmas tree. True to form, shortly after stocking up we managed to find the “lost” hooks and now have enough to hang stuff on a tree suitable for Rockefeller Center. Also last year, I said thatRead More

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