I have to give a lot of credit to Elvis Costello. His collaborations always surprise me. And in this case, both he and guitarist Bill Frisell do wonders to an already avant-romantic work in Charles Mingus’ staple, Weird Nightmare. Lyrics Weird nightmare You haunt my every dream Weird nightmare Tell me what’s your scheme? Can […]
Living in China, one can see that, despite the façade of wealth, this is a land of missed opportunities, even when it comes to music. Excepting the underground music scene in places like Shanghai, Dalian, Hong Kong, and here in Beijing, to a point, thanks to Fruity Shop and other amazing record stores, pop music […]
During the 1970s, Japan was home to an amazing jazz and funk scene which has been poorly documented in the West. Thankfully, some amazing crate-diggers are putting a few lost gems into the forefront of the reissue market. This album is by drummer Akira Ishikawa, and the album blends funk, jazz and his love of […]
Very sad news today. Andrew Brough, guitarist of one of New Zealand’s coolest indie bands, Straightjacket Fits, passed away today. His guitar work can be heard on She Speeds, perhaps the band’s masterpiece. Flying Nun Records announced his passing on their Twitter feed. We’re shocked and saddened to learn of the passing of Andrew Brough. […]
Merry Gregorian Christmas!
In 1995, I was approached by the owner of MA Recordings (a kind man whose name I have since forgotten) to sell some of his CDs on consignment. Among the releases was an album performed by Bulgarian pianist Milcho Leviev. He had several releases on this imprint because he was living in Los Angeles at […]
A legend has departed. Ginger Baker passed away at age 80 today, October 6. He performed with some of rock’s (and fusion’s) greatest bands such as Cream, Blind Faith and even Public Image Ltd., while leading his own bands like Air Force (shown in the video) and collaborating with maestros like Nigeria’s Fela Kuti. RIP.