Monday, August 2, 2021

Playlist, Week of 2021-08-01



The Duke at Fargo is one of the greatest live recordings of all time... it's a miracle that it even exists... unlike the several airshots that exist from the Blanton-Webster version of the band, Fargo captures the band while they're stretching out and getting loose (while being tight at the same time!)... it's a joy to hear...   Beyond this playlist, a log of my weekly listening, I also have the Magic Jukebox, which I listen to mostly during my daily walks and while dishwashing... I usually just put it on shuffle, but lately I have alternated between two massive playlists I put together, one for "late" (post-1947) Duke Ellington and one for Guided By Voices and associated Robert Pollard projects... Keeps me going...

Playlist 2021-08-02:

*Beatles: The Beatles (2009 mono remaster) (sides 3, 4)
*Blue Cheer: Vincebus Eruptum
*Taylor Ho Bynum/John Hébert/Gerald Cleaver: Book of Three
*Curlew: Live in Berlin
*Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (side 3)
*Duke Ellington: The Duke at Fargo, 1940: Special 60th Anniversary Edition (disc 1)
*Duke Ellington: Piano in the Foreground
*Duke Ellington: 1899-1974 (sides 7, 8)
*Globe Unity Orchestra: Globe Unity - 50 Years
*Guided By Voices: Styles We Paid For
*Guided By Voices: Earth Man Blues
*Mars Volta: Tremulant
*Mr. Bungle: The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
*Roscoe Mitchell Creative Orchestra: Sketches from Bamboo (side 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell & the Note Factory: Song for My Sister
*Lawrence D. “Butch” Morris: Testament: A Conduction Collection (disc 4)
*New Ting: 2021-07-26 "Insert Tab Space Here" (wav)
*Evan Parker/Matthew Shipp: Rex, Wrecks, & XXX (disc 1)
*Andy Partridge: My Failed Songwriting Career, Vol 1
*Prince: Welcome 2 America
*Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers (disc 1)
*This Heat: Made Available: John Peel Sessions
*Charles Tolliver: Mosaic Select (discs 1, 2)
*McCoy Tyner: Mosaic Select (disc 3)
*Various artists: Ad-Rock & Mike D's Alphabetical Jukebox (CDR compilation) (discs 34, 35, 36)
*Various artists: Miniatures
*Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald: The Complete Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald Decca Sessions (1934-1941) (disc 2)
*XTC: Nonsuch (side 4)

Reading List, Week of 2021-08-01




Reading List 2021-08-02:

*Atkinson, Kate. A God in Ruins (started)
*Atkinson, Kate. Life after Life (started/finished)
*Kepnes, Caroline. You (finished)
*Brooks, Cleanth and Robert Penn Warren. Understanding Poetry (rev. ed.) (in progress)

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Playlist, Week of 2021-07-25



Couple of weeks' gap there while I was on vacation... lots of good listening along the way, mostly Magic Jukebox playlists... lots of Beach Boys, Beatles, Pere Ubu, Elvis Costello, XTC... Over the next couple of weeks I am planning to do a deep dive into Charles Mingus... one logical extension from Duke Ellington... but for now it's just going to be more scattered... 

Playlist 2021-07-26:

*Beatles: Help! (2009 stereo remaster) (side 2)
*Jeff Beck Group: Rough and Ready
*Anthony Braxton/Miya Masaoka: Duo (DCWM) 2013 (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: 12 Comp (ZIM) 2017 (Comp. 419, 420)
*Duke Ellington: 1899-1974 (sides 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6)
*Duke Ellington: All American in Jazz
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Togo Brava Suite (Storyville)
*Fred Frith/René Lussier: Nous Autres
*Jimi Hendrix Experience: Winterland (disc 3)
*High Llamas: Snowbug
*Susie Ibarra Trio: Songbird Suite
*Jethro Tull: Stand Up
*Massacre: Love Me Tender
*Mr. Bungle: The Raging Wrath of the Easter Bunny Demo
*Horace Silver Quintet & Trio: Blowin' the Blues Away
*Leo Smith Creative Orchestra: Budding of a Rose "Harmonium > Mutumishi"
*Art Tatum: The Tatum Group Masterpieces, Vol. 8
*Various artists: Ad-Rock & Mike D's Alphabetical Jukebox (CDR compilation) (disc 33)
*Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald: The Complete Chick Webb & Ella Fitzgerald Decca Sessions (1934-1941) (disc 1)
*XTC: Black Sea (side 1)
*XTC: Skylarking (side 1)

Reading List, Week of 2021-07-25



Beach reading.....

Reading List 2021-07-26:

*Kepnes, Caroline. You (started)
*Smith, Ali. How to Be Both (started/finished)
*Yokoyama, Hideo. Six Four (transl. Jonathan Lloyd-Davies) (started/finished)
*Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea (started/finished)
*Chen, Mike. Here and Now and Then (started/finished)
*James, Marlon. Black Leopard, Red Wolf (finished)
*Brooks, Cleanth and Robert Penn Warren. Understanding Poetry (rev. ed.) (in progress)

Monday, July 5, 2021

Playlist, Week of 2021-07-04



What better way to celebrate July 4th than by this 1962 extravaganza from Duke Ellington?... with All American in Jazz, Ellington and Strayhorn take the music from a Broadway "hit" (was it? I'd never heard of it before this, but then again I don't follow Broadway) and make it their own... typically brilliant, and not as well-known as it should be... I really like Jeff Beck's playing on his first two solo albums, but Rod Stewart just doesn't do it for me... never has... I'll have way more to say about Anthony Braxton's Zim disc in future... 

Playlist 2021-07-05:

*John Abercrombie: Night
*Joshua Abrams' Cloud Script: Cloud Script
*Jeff Beck: Truth
*Jeff Beck: Beck-Ola
*Anthony Braxton/Miya Masaoka: Duo (DCWM) 2013 (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton: 12 Comp (ZIM) 2017 (Comp. 409, 410, 412, 413, 414, 415, 416)
*Curlew: North America
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Midnight in Paris
*Duke Ellington: All American in Jazz
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Togo Brava Suite (Storyville)
*Guided by Voices: Sweating the Plague
*Alexander Hawkins feat. Evan Parker + Riot Ensemble: Togetherness Music (For Sixteen Musicians)
*Jimi Hendrix Experience: Winterland (disc 2)
*Elvin Jones: The Complete Blue Note Elvin Jones Sessions (discs 4, 5, 6)
*John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band: John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band (Ultimate Collection) (disc 2)
*Ikue Mori/Brian Marsella/Sae Hashimoto: Archipelago X
*Muffins: Chronometers
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Mark O'Leary/Mat Maneri/Matthew Shipp: Chamber Trio
*Mario Pavone: Arc Trio
*Matthew Shipp Trio: Harmonic Disorder
*Matthew Shipp: Art of the Improviser (discs 1, 2)
*Skeleton Crew: The Country of Blinds
*Cecil Taylor Orchestra of Two Continents: 1984-10-20 Rubigen, Switzerland (CDR) (disc 2)
*Various artists: Ad-Rock & Mike D's Alphabetical Jukebox (CDR compilation) (disc 29)
*Various artists: 13 Miniatures for Albert Ayler
*Watershed: Watershed

Reading List, Week of 2021-07-04


Ali Smith's seasonal quartet is flat-out amazing... beautifully written, moving me in ways I didn't think "political" novels ever could...

Reading List 2021-07-05:

*Smith, Ali. Summer (started)
*Smith, Ali. Spring (started/finished)
*Smith, Ali. Winter (started/finished)
*Brooks, Cleanth and Robert Penn Warren. Understanding Poetry (rev. ed.) (in progress)

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Playlist, Week of 2021-06-27



Running out of words... lots of great music out there... I know enough to know I could never be a critic... The remastering on Ape of Nonsuch sounds fantastic on vinyl... 

Playlist 2021-06-28:

*Beatles: Please Please Me (2009 stereo remaster) (sides 1, 2)
*Beatles: Help! (2009 stereo remaster) (side 1)
*Beatles: Let It Be (2009 stereo remaster) (side 1)
*Blue Cheer: Outsideinside
*Anthony Braxton: 12 Comp (ZIM) 2017 (Comp. 402, 408)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2014-12-30 Nashville (wav) "No. 1"
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Midnight in Paris
*Tomas Fujiwara: 7 Poets Trio
*Guided by Voices: Down by the Racetrack
*Guided by Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven
*Guided by Voices: Warp and Woof
*Joe Henderson: Black Narcissus
*Henry Cow: Hamburg (Cow Box Redux)
*King Crimson: Starless (disc 11)
*Jackie McLean: Jacknife
*Jackie McLean: Consequence
*Nicole Mitchell & an_ARCHE NewMusic Ensemble: Arc Of O: For Improvisers, Chamber Orchestra & Electronics
*Roscoe Mitchell & the Note Factory: Song for My Sister
*Joe Morris Quartet: Graffiti in Two Parts
*New Ting: 2020-03-02 "Media Scan" (wav)
*Robert Pollard: Coast to Coast Carpet of Love
*Robert Pollard: Honey Locust Honky Tonk
*Bobby Previte/Jamie Saft/Nels Cline: Music from the Early 21st Century
*Psycho and the Birds: All That Is Holy
*Psycho and the Birds: Check Your Zoo
*Archie Shepp: Yasmina, a Black Woman
*Wayne Shorter: Speak No Evil
*Slobber Pup: Black Aces "Accuser"
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Jazz in Silhouette (sides 1, 2)
*Thumbscrew: Never Is Enough
*Various artists: The Birth of the Third Stream (selections)
*Various artists: Ad-Rock & Mike D's Alphabetical Jukebox (CDR compilation) (disc 28)
*Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure (side 1)
*XTC: Nonsuch (sides 1, 2, 3, 4)
*Yardbirds: Roger the Engineer
*John Zorn: Chaos Magick
*John Zorn: Les Maudits