Thursday, December 16, 2010

Reel Book

Earlier tonight I was playing some bass and I thought I'd turn to the Reel Book to do some sight reading. These two tunes fall back to back. Eddie Harris's tune, Freedom Jazz Dance here is covered by The Miles Davis Quintet (2nd grouping, Tony Williams on drums is just nasty). The second tune was written by Don Redman and Andy Razaf, here covered by Kenny Burrell.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Weather Report

I started listening to these guys in 7th grade. Does not hurt to have a drummer as a father. Joe Zawinul (keyboards) was one of the grandfathers of electronic music, incorporating samples into his compositions with his armory of synths (see his solo record, Dialects). Shorter (sax) is still to this day one of the most talented jazz players and composers to have lived. Erskine (drums) is tremendous, and Jaco (fretless bass) well, Jaco is still my biggest musical influence.


Friday, November 19, 2010

The Flaming Haunted Pink Graffiti Lips

Front man of the Flaming Lips, Wayne Coyne directs a music video of "Round, and Round" by Ariel Pink...

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Round & Round from Delo Creative on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Dreams in Audio strikes again...

New Fall Mix-tape from the Vintage Afro-Brazilian master (D/L available at DiA).


01. Odyssey – Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love
from Odyssey, 1972

02. The West Coast Pop Experimental Band – Eighteen is Over the Hill
from Vol. 3 – A Child’s Guide to Good & Evil, 1968

03. Pearls Before Swine – I Shall Not Care
from One Nation Underground, 1968

04. Tree People – Space Heater
from The Tree People, 1979

05. John Fahey – Uncloudy Day
from The Legend of Blind Joe Death, 1967

06. Arica – River
from Heaven, 1971

07. Modality Stew – Karmic Strip
from Modality Stew, 1978

08. Musica Dispersa – Anillo-Cromo
from Musica Dispersa, 1970

09. Letta Mbulu – Kukuchi
from Free Soul, 1968

10. Darondo – Listen to My Song
from Let My People Go, 2006

11. Linda Perhacs – Chimacum Rain
from Parallelograms, 1970

12. Relatively Clean Rivers – Journey Through the Valley of O
from Relatively Clean Rivers, 1975

13. Jimi Hendrix – 1983…(A Merman I Should Turn to Be)
from Electric Ladyland, 1968

14. J.K. & Co. – Break of Dawn + Fly
from Suddenly One Summer, 1968

15. Mack Sigis Porter – Till the Fall
from Peace on You, 1972

16. Tomaz Pengov – Cakajoc Nase, Brat
from Potovanja, 1973

Games Mixtape

Games's "Heaven Can Wait" Mix tape (D/L all 3 volumes here)

Vol. I:

Heaven Can Wait Mixtape Vol. I by Games

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Uh Huh

G.W.Bush on decision to initiate the Iraq War in 2003: "I was a dissenting voice. I didn't want to use force"

Key word here: was. He was, then he wasn't and then it happened. So Mr. President you weren't a dissenting voice at all, but instead you the President who flew onto an Aircraft carrier on a fight Jet in full military garb and said it was over and it's still happening.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Sunday, October 17, 2010

For Sunday

Kenneth C. Davis writes at the Smithsonian:

The problem is that this tidy narrative is an American myth. The real story of religion in America’s past is an often awkward, frequently embarrassing and occasionally bloody tale that most civics books and high-school texts either paper over or shunt to the side. And much of the recent conversation about America’s ideal of religious freedom has paid lip service to this comforting tableau.

From the earliest arrival of Europeans on America’s shores, religion has often been a cudgel, used to discriminate, suppress and even kill the foreign, the “heretic” and the “unbeliever”—including the “heathen” natives already here. Moreover, while it is true that the vast majority of early-generation Americans were Christian, the pitched battles between various Protestant sects and, more explosively, between Protestants and Catholics, present an unavoidable contradiction to the widely held notion that America is a “Christian nation.”

Thursday, September 30, 2010

New White Denim record- Free D/L

New Album available for D/L, donations accepted.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Waves+Waves+more Waves =

Tristan Perich's latest: 1-Bit Symphony

Tristan Perich: 1-Bit Symphony (Part 1: Overview) from Tristan Perich on Vimeo.

H/T: The Rest is Noise.

Marc-André Hamelin's Left Hand

Classical pianist/composer Marc-André Hamelin has released a new record, twelve etudes, for which there are a few video performances. I must say that I am not incredibly familiar with Hamelin's work, but what I have heard I have always enjoyed immensely. His recent work is truly remarkable. Etude no. 7 is written solely for the left hand.

Do the Math, the Bad Plus Blog has an interview with the man.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Ann Steel...

where have you been all my life?

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Barthes’s Hand

The New Yorker has published some of literary theorist and critic Roland Barthes's journals on the topic of mourning his mother (behind paywall). Accompanying the magazine piece, the New Yorker has published a few of his journals with original images and translation.

New Bad Plus LP- Never Stop

Streaming at NPR

A follow up interview at the Blog Supreme

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Robert Wright and Frank Wilczek

Here is an interesting discussion between the science writer Robert Wright and Nobel Prize winning physicist and Herman Feshbach Professor of Physics at MIT, Frank Wilczek discuss his new book, The Lightness of Being, metaphysics, and quantum theory. I saw Wilczek speak at the University of Minnesota back in 2006 discussing his Nobel prize work and current research. Very interesting then and very interesting here.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

New Röyksopp Album

Streaming until the release on Sept. 13th 2010

Sunday, September 5, 2010


Antonio Damasio @ Aspen Institute

Damasio is one of the most important neuropsychologists ever and here is a 1 hr+ long interview with David Brooks of the NYTimes at the Aspen Institute.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Downloads and vids.

Seattle based, U.S.F: Branss

House music from 1989 Marshall Jefferson aka Virgo: Do You Know Who You Are?

Minneapolis based, Love Lake: Ghost

Another one from Love Lake: Curses

Italian band, Drink to Me:

New Flying Lotus video:

Ontario, CN based Mathemagic

Mathemagic - Breaststroke from EyeBodega on Vimeo.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ithaca Music

If you have not heard Hank Roberts and his cello then check these out. Old 1988 footage from Berlin with Joey Baron (dr) and Bill Frisell (g) and others.

2007, Chapterhouse, Ithaca, NY

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Savory Jazz Collection

The National Jazz Museum has begun the digitization process of the old Savory collection, named after the 1930s audio engineer, William Savory. The NY Times has a great piece documenting the process. Looks like these recordings had gone unheard for 70 years! Regarding the actual recording technology, money quote:

Part of what makes the Savory collection so alluring and historically important is its unusual format. At the time Savory was recording radio broadcasts for his own pleasure, which was before the introduction of tape, most studio performances were issued on 10-inch 78-r.p.m. shellac discs, which, with their limited capacity, could capture only about three minutes of music.

But Mr. Savory had access to 12- or even 16-inch discs, made of aluminum or acetate, and sometimes recorded at speeds of 33 1/3 r.p.m. That combination of bigger discs, slower speeds and more durable material allowed Mr. Savory to record longer performances in their entirety, including jam sessions at which musicians could stretch out and play extended solos that tested their creative mettle.

“Most of what exists from this era was done at home by young musicians or fans, and so you get really bad-sounding recordings,” Mr. Schoenberg said. “The difference with Bill Savory is that he was both a musician and a technical genius. You hear some of this stuff and you say, ‘This can’t be 70 years old.’ ”

Monday, August 16, 2010

Oscillations and Brain Networks

One of the areas of study in neuroscience which has grown a lot in recent years is the study of brain network oscillations and their role in sensory coding and their behavioral correlates. A recent study in Neuron by Akem and Kullmann (sweet video abstract) suggests that the brain may act like an AM Radio to allow for functional sensory coding. I hope to post more on brain rhythms, sensory coding, and behavioral state, particularly as it relates to my research and to other work being in doing in the lab, in the coming months.

A Historian Remembered

Tony Judt, a Professor of History at NYU and perhaps one of the most important contemporary European historians and political critics passed away earlier this month. I believe the Guardian's obit is most imformative of the major new outlets. Prior to his death from the effects amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, the majority of his writing consisted of a series of essays for the New York Review of Books and which culminated in a new and final book published earlier this year, Ill Fares the Land, which I am currently reading. Here he is on Charlie Rose discussing his 2005 book, Postwar, which I voraciously ingested last summer.

Psychedlic Aliens coming soon!

From Voodoo Funk/Academy Records

End of Summer Music Dump

Haven't posted anything for a while. Let's start this back up right with new music. (Right click the song title to save)

Staight outta Denver,Married in Berdichev: Wait

New Deerhunter: Revival

Two from SLEEP ∞ OVER: Outer Limits and La Rose

This is my favorite. Panda Bear: Untitled (Live at Primavera Sound 2010)

His other new track Benefica, uses a futbol crowd as a sample.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Can't go wrong with the Liberal Media...

NPRMusic has really been excellent lately...

Streaming the New Ratatat album, LP4

and a conversation with Keith Jarrett and Charlie Haden...

Excellent stuff.

Friday, April 23, 2010


"The band were as if you got Franz Ferdinand or The Monochrome Set and gave them a Mormon makeover."

Tony Buzzcock describing Vampire Weekend from Coachella

Saturday, April 10, 2010


DJ Ripley has a huge mix up at Sound Cloud.

Killer set, by Kon and Amir brought to you by the folks over at FutureBoogie