Archive for November 26th, 2011

Tony Jones – Pitch, Rhythm and Consciousness (2011)

I’m a sucker for odd instrumentations, which is one of the reasons why I’m drawn to progressive and whack jazz. Listening to strange timbres that come from instruments coming together that aren’t usually combined tends to perk my ears up, trying to solve the puzzle of the sonic conundrum. It helps when the players put it together in a stimulatingRead More

Metallica – St. Anger (2003): On Second Thought

Metallica – St. Anger (2003): On Second Thought

At first, I was lamenting the death of a band I grew up with, reeling from hearing that horrible snare Lars is using, making fun of James Hetfield’s weak singing, poking at the plodding rhythms and overlong songs.

Bill Dixon – Bill Dixon with the Exploding Star Orchestra (2008)

I had this discussion about jazz with a friend of mine once. He really couldn’t deal the sound of a full-bore, large-scale ensemble