Archive for the ‘jazz’ Category


Kill Ugly Radio Episode 02.01.11

February 2, 2011

Marvin RainwaterECC

Tonight, I played a generous chunk of The Evolution Control Committee’s brand spankin’ new album All Rights Reserved, on heavy orange vinyl. I strongly suggest picking up a copy. It’s available from Seeland Records.
I then proceeded to cruise through a fairly mellow set, with Bill Horist’s lovely album Covalent Lodge, from 2010 and some Sun Ra.
The rest was a blur of insane sounds and children’s records.


Lalo Schifrin – What’s Wrong? – THX-1138 OST

The Evolution Control Committee – Listener License Agreement – All Rights Reserved
The Evolution Control Committee – What Would You Think If I Sang AutoTune – All Rights Reserved
The Evolution Control Committee – Pertaining to the Beat – All Rights Reserved
The Evolution Control Committee – The Shakes – All Rights Reserved
The Evolution Control Committee – Don’t Let The Devil Blow Your Mind – All Rights Reserved
The Evolution Control Committee – Machine Love – All Rights Reserved
The Evolution Control Committee – Pwn Monkey – All Rights Reserved

Bill Horist – In The House Of The Specious Phylum – Covalent Lodge
Bill Horist – The Breath-Width Isthmus – Covalent Lodge
Bill Horist – Smeared Slate Gales Warped In Oozing Windows – Covalent Lodge
Bill Horist – Glenn / Ganges – Covalent Lodge

Sun Ra – A Fireside Chat With Lucifer – A Fireside Chat With Lucifer
Brian Routh – Bob and Babs – SoundCloud
Rachel Taylor Brown – Abide With Me – Half Hours With the Lower Creatures Outtakes
Rachel Taylor Brown – Frances Farming – Half Hours With the Lower Creatures Outtakes
Steve Reich/Kronos Quartet – Different Trains – Different Trains
Dominique – Sambre Et Meuse – The Singing Nun’s Song
A Holiday In Oregon – Side Two – A Holiday In Oregon 7″
Bran(…)Pos -Ocean Fish – Chriphuis (Chitah! Chitah! Soundcrack)
Bran(…)Pos -Pancar Sou – Chriphuis
Bran(…)Pos -Rhinostometry – Chriphuis
Bran(…)Pos -Wig Petter Spots Mugger – Chriphuis
Bran(…)Pos -Szou Malou – Chriphuis
Bran(…)Pos -Quistine Chapel – Chriphuis
Bran(…)Pos -Falsetto Alarmado – Chriphuis
Marvin Rainwater – You Think That You Got Trouble (Flipside to Gonna Find Me a Bluebird)
Trooper Dick Curtis – Well, Now… – Well, Now…
Agapeland Character Builders – Gentleness 7″
Georgina Liccione Stewart – Shapes in Action
Milton Babbit – Composition for Synthesizer – Columbia Princeton Electronic Music Center

Children’s Starlight Chorus – E.T., I Love You – E.T., I Love You and Other Extraterrestrial Songs


Steve Beresford

March 8, 2009

Eleven Songs for Doris Day
Chabada (France) 1985

Here’s one of some strange records I found in a package mysteriously addressed to me and left in my mailbox at the station.
It was one of three odd, French label 10″ records, all of which featured pianist and horn-player Steve Beresford. This one is a hommage to Doris Day.
It’s also much more straightforward and much less goofy than I had anticipated, once I dropped the needle on it. I was expecting one of those albums where an avant-garde guy lets his hair down and camps it up on something they are sentimental about or perhaps something that is an indulgent guilty pleasure. But then, I have to admit that I am pretty unfamiliar with Beresford’s work.
This is actually a nice record, albeit a little strange and rough but in a restrained kind of way.


1. I Was There (3:16)
2. Secret Love (2:53)
3. Let It Ring (3:57)
4. Serenade In Blue (4:28)
5. Sentimental Journey (3:27)
6. The Black Hills Of Dakota (2:23)
7. It’s Magic (3:06)
8. Que Sera, Sera (0:58)
9. At Last (3:53)
10. I’m Beginning To See the Light (2:02)
11. Back In Cincinnati (3:53)



Air Modern

February 16, 2008

Reader Bryan Chandler sends me the following message:

Check out my historical Blog of Fresh Air Progressive Rock Program on WKSU BEFORE terry gross stole the name…

I strongly advise that you drop what you’re doing a go visit his amazing blog. He has compiled an amazing array of  interviews with artists from the golden age of when Prog rock collided with New Wave. Some highlights:

  • Peter Hammill
  • Laurie Anderson
  • Bob Mothersbaugh of DEVO
  • Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk

and many, many more!

Go there now. 


every king of cheese needs his queen

August 24, 2007

One of the things I love most about having a blog (and blog readers) is some of the self-made art and music that people have forwarded me.
One such thing recently was Every King of Cheese Needs His Queen, a song by The Stanley Zappa Quartet .
It’s delightfully jazz-damaged.

Personnel: Mark Leonard, bass; Nick Skrowaczewski, drums and percussion; Stanley Zappa, saxophones; Wyatt Doyle, voice.


Be sure to check them out.


Bill Laswell, Otomo Yoshihide, Yoshigaki Yasuhiro (repost)

May 30, 2007


P-Vine Japan

Four lengthy, fairly dirgey jams from Laswell, Yoshihide and Yasuhiro. Otomo’s an amazing guitar player! Who knew? I always assumed he was more of a turntablist/manipulator, but as an axe-grinder he’s no slouch.
Sometimes the tunes take on a dub-like quality – a Laswell trait.
This sounds like music made while coming off of a bad acid trip in Yokohama, Tokyo or a sushi joint in New York.

Download:Right here

(5/29/07) This is a repost for someone who wandered into my old blogger incarnation – and a timely one, too. I just recently accidentally deleted everything from my iPod, which wouldn’t have been such a big deal if I didn’t have lots of stuff on it exclusively. This album is one that I thought perished forever (along with more than one un-backed up album*) until I remembered that I burned it onto a CD. Crap! – When do I EVER make CDs anymore? So, luckily for us, here it is.

*The others I’ve noticed so far (inasmuch as I miss them): Peter Hammill – Nadir’s Big Chance; The Orb – Auntie Aubrey’s Excursions Beyond the Call of Duty pt. 1, and lots and lots of single tracks.


Tom Waits

January 13, 2007

Nighthawks at the Diner


Nice live in the studio by album by seventies-era singer/songwriter Tom Waits. This is long before Waits became the hoarse, surreal croaker he is now; equal parts Howlin’ Wolf (vocally), Charles Bukowski and Jack Kerouac (lyrically) and Harry Partch (instrumentally). Tom had recorded three critically acclaimed, yet obscure albums for Asylum. His style was that of a beer-soaked piano man or a jazzbo, bebop speaking grifter or even a sensitive guitar playing singer.
Here – backed by a top-notch minimal jazz unit – he spins yarns about long-lost loves, the virtues of single life, eggs and sausage, phantom truck drivers and the goings-on of a fictitious county that would prefigure Garrison Keillor’s schtick by a year or two.
Waits really knows how to engage an audience and his between song banter takes up nearly half of the album. His portrayal of his stage persona and the characters he introduces us to are closer to a tragic, yet beautiful Diane Arbus photograph than Edward Hopper’s Nighthawks , the album’s namesake. After this album Waits became artier and more surreal, fianlly leaving Asylum for Island records where he continued to explore more fertile grounds artistically and lyrically with his wife, playwrite Kathleen Brennan.
This is probably my favorite Tom Waits album from his early career.