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The Friday Morning Listen: Pink Martini – Joy To The World (2010)

The Friday Morning Listen: Pink Martini – Joy To The World (2010)

Photo by Autumn de Wilde by Mark Saleski It’s that time of year again. The time when you’re afraid to go into that store, afraid to watch the television, afraid to turn on the radio — for fear of hearing “Jingle Bell Rock.” Or “The Christmas Song.” Or “Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer.” Take your pick, because everybodyRead More

Erwilian – Midwinter's Night (2010)

Erwilian – Midwinter's Night (2010)

By Nick DeRiso At once neo-renaissance, new age and something akin to blissed-out bluegrass, Erwilian’s holiday-themed concert recording Midwinter’s Night neatly sidesteps the pre-conceived notion of sickly sweet Yuletide fare. Midwinter’s Night, instead, is a concert souvenir from warm night of remembrance, affection and camaraderie – sparked by these friendly-as-family band members, who frequently interact. This cozy framework, coupled withRead More

One Track Mind: The Jazz Crusaders, "Thank You Fallettinme Be Mice Elf Again" (1970)

Today is a day for giving thanks for something or another, and everyone knows what Sly Stone is grateful for. And believe me, I was intent on making this One Track Mind about a 1969 hit for the Family Stone that pretty much set the template for ’70’s funk, but then I got to thinking about another nifty cover thatRead More

One Track Mind: Kermit Ruffins – "A Saints Christmas" (2009)

One Track Mind: Kermit Ruffins – "A Saints Christmas" (2009)

by Pico Since the New Orleans Saints is the Official™ NFL Team of Something Else, we were most bummed about the end of the team’s incredible winning streak last Saturday in the ‘Dome at the hands of the Dallas Cowboys. But we still remain hopeful that our boys in the Black and Gold will achieve the ultimate goal at theRead More

One Track Mind: Ethan Keller "Emmanuel" (2008)

One Track Mind: Ethan Keller "Emmanuel" (2008)

by Pico Now with Thanksgiving and and that bloody shopping ritual called Black Friday behind us, the Christian season of Advent has begun. For the Catholic faith at least, it starts this Sunday, and lasts until Christmas Eve. This observation of the impending birth of Christ (and his second coming) has it’s own subset of Christmas carols and probably theRead More

Movies: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops (2008)

Movies: Frank Zappa – The Torture Never Stops (2008)

What better way to spend Halloween than with (as it’s lovingly referred to in the liner notes) “this thing“? “The Torture Never Stops” — a 24-song, two-hour blast of almost indescribably brilliant/crazy rock from an Oct. 31, 1981 concert by the equally brilliant/crazy Frank Zappa — affords us a unique opportunity to experience one of popular music’s most original guitarists,Read More

One Track Mind: Joe McPhee "Give Them Flowers While They're Here" (1992)

by Pico Tribute records to living icons don’t occur nearly as frequently as the salutes to fallen musical heroes, but they do happen here and there. I was reminded of that occurrence when I covered Jeff Richman’s celebration of Jeff Beck’s music last year. Similarly, avant garde saxophone player Joe McPhee didn’t wait until one of his progressive jazz heroesRead More

Joe Pass – Six String Santa (1992)

by Pico From my earliest years, before I even developed a strong affinity for jazz, I always felt that jazz and Christmas went together hand in hand. Blame it on Vince Guaraldi and those annually broadcasted Charlie Brown Christmas specials on TV, but the relaxed, comforting tone of mainstream jazz seems to be a natural fit for the warm andRead More

Something Else! Guide: Mardi Gras in New Orleans

NICK DERISO: As Mardi Gras dawns in a reborn New Orleans, we provide your cool-rocking road map to some recommended local hot spots. Now, most will say Preservation Hall, next to Pat O’s. But that’s overrated, and too crowded for our tastes. A sampling from elsewhere — though the list is by no means complete: 1: DONNA’S BAR AND GRILL.Read More

One Track Mind: Koko Taylor, "Merry, Merry Christmas" (1992)

by Pico This week’s choice for OTM was dictated by two considerations: it needed to have a holiday theme and if it could augment the spirit of Something Else’s blues side, so much the better. With potentially so many Christmas albums to comb through, I soon honed in on Alligator Record’s fine 1992 blues-themed holiday compilation The Alligator Records ChristmasRead More

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