Archive for June, 2011

One Track Mind: Tony! Toni! Toné!, "Anniversary" (1993)

Do you know what today is? It’s our anniversary. R&B songs from the 1990s don’t come a lot in the rotation in that endless soundtrack running in my head, but this sweet, jazzy little Philly soul-cum-New Jack Swing slow jam stands out in my book

Steely Dan Sunday, “Show Biz Kids” (1973)

Steely Dan Sunday, “Show Biz Kids” (1973)

Rick Derringer’s gloriously greasy slide guitar assured that “Show Biz Kids” would stand as one of Steely Dan’s better deep cuts.

Jacky Terrasson – Mirror (2007)

by Mark Saleski How many times have you heard somebody say that they were never able to get into jazz because “I don’t understand it?” Maybe you are that person? Well, I want to let you in on a little secret

Half Notes: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus (2004)

by Tom Johnson Nick Cave seemed to have found his lighter side on this double-release (packaged in the same box), shunning a bit of the dark murder themes he’s been known for. In fact, this is a downright uplifting album, a complete anamoly in his catalog, full of gospel choirs and upbeat, energetic songs that verge on Christian in subjectRead More

One Track Mind: Mongorama, "Tin Marin" (2011)

Inspired by an early Cachao album, “Tin Marin” is the rousing closer on Mongorama’s new self-titled project on California-based Saungu Records. A thrilling exposion of classic charanga-jazz, the album features a nine-piece all-star band

Half Notes: Bill Evans and Jim Hall – Intermodulation (1966)

by Mark Saleski Firstly, credit must be tossed in the direction of my former guitar teacher. Jerry Adams turned me on to piles of great jazz (and loaned me actual LPs). Jerry’s favorite guitarist was Jim Hall. I’m not sure I’d use the word “obsessive,” though Jerry did relate a story about how he got tickets to attend a tapingRead More

One Track Mind: Churchwood, "Vendidi Fumar (I Sell Smoke)" (2011)

Guitarists Bill Anderson and Billysteve (yep, one word) Kopri turn the blues inside out on Churchwood’s “Vendidi Fumar,” then wear it around like Lady Gaga’s meat dress. Theirs is a sound — sudden, bright and menacing — not unlike a car crash

Half Notes: Tom Waits – Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards (2006)

by Mark Saleski Good gawd, the man is a veritable Fort Knox of ideas. From barroom stompers to pensive ballads to clattering percussion to spoken word oddities. Waits reciting Bukowski? Yes, please! Waits is the weird uncle you’re fascinated by and scared of at the same time. You still love him though. ‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music fromRead More

Richard Pinhas and Merzbow – Rhizome (2011)

Last fall, we saluted the arrival of a new Richard Pinhas CD, Metal/Crystal, one that supplemented his trio with fellow experimentalist warriors Merzbow and Wolf Eyes.

Forgotten series: Infectious Grooves – The Plague That Makes Your Booty Move (1991)

by Fred Phillips Converting a huge CD collection to digital as I’ve been doing slowly for the past couple of weeks can be tedious, but it also has its rewards: Namely, stumbling across very cool records that you haven’t spent any quality time with in years.