Archive for January 21st, 2014

One Track Mind: Thumbscrew [Mary Halvorson / Michael Formanek / Tomas Fujiwara], “Cheap Knock Off” (2014)

Made up of three highly distinctive voices in the world of jazz and avant-garde music, Thumbscrew should probably collapse under the weight of its star power

On Second Thought: Los Lonely Boys – Revelation (2014)

Today, the Texas blues rocking trio Los Lonely Boys release their latest studio effort Revelation. The three Garza brothers, hailing from San Angelo, Texas, first came to prominence with the release of their 2003 self-titled debut and 2004 hit single, “Heaven.”

Raoul Björkenheim / eCsTaSy – eCsTaSy (2014)

My first encounter with the dazzling whack jazz guitar wizardry of Raoul Björkenheim came via one of his many projects, the Norwegian-Finnish alliance power combo Scorch Trio (Luggumt, 2004).

The John Lurie National Orchestra – The Invention Of Animals (2014)

John Lurie is a musician, a composer, an accomplished painter, and an actor. For good measure, toss in raconteur and all-around Internet wise guy.

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Breakdown” (1976)

Into the Great Wide Open: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Breakdown” (1976)

“‘Breakdown,’ I wrote that, and we cut it. It was really long. Maybe seven or eight minutes … And somewhere near the end, [Mike] played that lick … Dwight Twilley came in, and when that lick came by, he goes, ‘That’s the lick! Oh man, that’s the lick!’

Doug Wieselman – From Water (2014)

For non-musicians, the creative process can be something of a mystery. The composer has all of that training about melody, harmony, scales, time signatures, and chord progressions — and out of that the musical ideas are born…somehow. The truth is that while the process can indeed be opaque (sometimes even to the composer), it’s not necessarily loaded down with music’sRead More

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