Archive for April, 2011
I like this album. I really like it. I’m not in the loop on Indie music and I rarely listen to the genre but this album is great. It features a wide range of sounds and not one note sounds cliché. Thao & Mirah and their co-producer, Merill, sound great together and the other musicians [...]
Time To Kill Gentle Giant Free Hand I’m particularly fond of the vocals on this track; Derek Shulman has (or had) a very distinctive voice that I really enjoy listening to. I don’t have much to say about this track other than that I encourage everyone to listen to it.
Faith SS Kyle Gann Gann is one of my favorite composers and musicologists (I follow his blog). I like the composition but I have two pet peeves about the recording. The first is the dynamic range (it’s too wide to set your speakers at a comfortable level and leave it there) and the second is the [...]
The above piece was written by Leonard Bernstein in 1943. The songs are based on melodies his flatmate, Edys Merril, sang while covering her ears in response to his work; the song cycle is dedicated to her. Bernstein leaves an interesting note to the singer at the begining of the score: In the performance of [...]
In A Sentimental Mood Duke Ellington and John Coltrane Duke Ellington and John Coltrane I am very happy to be writing about this song (they get chosen at random). Duke opens by singing through the piano and Coltrane replies with a heartfelt and bluesy interpretation of the melody. What happens after that goes far, far [...]
Don’t Ease Me In Grateful Dead 1985-04-14 – Irvine Meadows I’ve got a squeaky clean SBD of this show so yay for me. Instrumentally this is a good performance, Brent plays the same solo he does on Go To Heaven but he puts some soul into it and makes it sing; the same goes for [...]