Monthly Archives: June 2014

(June 29, 2014): Bob Mould – Circles

From the 2005 album, Body of Song.  This LP carries forward the welcome electronic influence of Modulate (more on some songs than others), but this time Mould’s guitar is often at the fore.  And, the wail at the end of this … Continue reading

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(June 28, 2014): Henry Thomas – Bull Doze Blues

From the 1928 shellac 10″ 78rpm single, Bull Doze Blues / Old Country Stomp.  Many will recognize this as the melody behind Canned Heat’s “Going Up The Country” off their 1969 double LP, Living the Blues (obviously the lyrics are different). I no … Continue reading

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(June 27, 2014): John Adams – The Dharma at Big Sur (Parts I & II)

From the 2006 two CD set, The Dharma at Big Sur / My Father Knew Charles Ives.  This piece was commissioned for the opening of Los Angeles’s Frank Gehry–designed Disney Hall. It features electric violinist Tracy Silverman.  Part I (A New Day) … Continue reading

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(June 26, 2014): Frank Black – Calistan

From the 1994 double album, Teenager of the Year.  22 songs and almost all you’d want to listen to again (and again …).  The first nine, including Calistan, are some of the best Frank Black ever.

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(June 25, 2014): Herbie Hancock – Wiggle Waggle

From the 1969 album, Fat Albert Rotunda.  Yes, the music for “hey, hey, hey, it’s Fat Albert.” — a TV special that inspires Bill Cosby’s cartoon creation, which was the first I’d heard of Fat Albert (or would hear of him … Continue reading

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(June 24, 2014): William Parker/Raining on the Moon – Old Tears

From the 2007 album, Corn Meal Dance.  If you don’t know about William Parker, you should do some study.  Here he is with his Raining on the Moon sextet.  The focal point is the vocals by Leena Conquest.  This tune appeared on … Continue reading

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(June 23, 2014): Benny Goodman & His Orchestra – Sing, Sing, Sing (Pts. 1 & 2)

From the classic 1937 shellac 12″ 78 rpm long player, Sing, Sing, Sing – Part 1 / Sing, Sing, Sing – Part 2. It clocks in at 8.43.  A shorter version was released by Goodman 1936 as a 1o” 78 rpm single … Continue reading

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