No need to gush over this, as Ostinato Records’ Bandcamp site tells the story beautifully: In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing leveled the …
Slovakia’s Adam Kvasnica produces my favorite serious of podcasts. He’s a crate diver par excellence. Consider following him if you want to be exposed to all sorts of strange finds.
Gregg Allman, singer of the legendary Allman Brothers Band, passed away due to complications from liver cancer. Too much rock and roll can, indeed, kill you, but he leaves an exceptional body of work behind, especially this smoking track from a Fillmore East performance in 1970. Thanks to Orlando Greenhill, who shared this originally.
Vice’s Dangerous Minds proves to be the only credible thing worth viewing, especially when it comes to finding counter-culture music gems like this. Go here to listen to The Monks in rare form.
Cezary Lerski lived in Los Angeles last I remember, and his label should be sainted for providing so many re-releases of classic Polish Jazz. This new series is being handled by Languidity Records, and they also do amazing work. Liza Premiyak of The Calvert Journal has more here.
Larry Coryell, one of the founders of fusion, passed away last week. We post this video to give a taste of what was lost by his departure. RIP.
It’s amazing to think that this album, which sold pitifully when it was first released, influenced almost everyone who bought it to form a band, so the legend goes. I’m very happy to hear John Cale himself had a hand in preparing this seminal release by The Velvet Underground & Nico. I simply hope the …
Julian “Cannonball” Adderley was under the influence of North African music during this time period, and one of the musicians featured in this recording, Joe Zawinul, would go on to play with both Miles Davis and Weather Report, a band he formed in the 1970s.
“The fiddling Viking,” Svend Asmussen, passed away yesterday at age 100. He’s shown here playing the Russian standard, “Dark Eyes.”
Little Jimmy Scott suffered from Kallmann Syndrome, but he turned this into a benefit, developing one of jazz’s most unique voices.