Author Archives: Adam

Go Dig!

Here are the albums I can’t stop spinning: An intricate suite of compositions revolving around a modern indie rock fusion with leanings towards the work of David Binney, Alas No Axis and the Bad Plus. A must listen! Continuing my … Continue reading

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In Celebration of Drums

There’s been a ton of good music this year, but for the last month or so, the music scene has felt slow. So rather than plug recent records, I think I’ll take inspiration from my Summer obsession – learning drum … Continue reading

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Recent Music Reviews: Ultraísta, Wires Under Tension and Soundgarden

There’s been a ton of great music being released recently…enough that I’ve nearly burned through my credit it Zia, one of our local CD stores. I’m going to hit a few highlights I recommend here. Ultraísta, by Ultraísta (8/10) Nigel Godrich, best … Continue reading

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Riffing On Audio Quality…

I’ve been ripping my CD collection to my computer for (oh, what…like) 2 years or so. I chose to use 258kbps aac files, the Apple standard for lossy encoding (meaning audio data is lost). It sounds good and yields small … Continue reading

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Chris Potter plays Pat Metheny’s “New Year”

Pat Metheny has always been one of my heroes. With Michael Brecker as a saxophone hero in the 90s, you really couldn’t miss Pat, as he was on many of Brecker’s albums, and vice versa. Well, as I’m sure most … Continue reading

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New St. Vincent, Now with Avant-Garde Master David Byrne and a Brass Band

The new David Byrne / St. Vincent record dropped today via email. Its pop, hook laden, but as odd as you’d expect from these two playful weirdos. Here’s the video for “Who”, the 1st track in the collection: I’m going … Continue reading

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Tom Waits, “Hell Broke Luce”

The wait is over! Tom teased this for a few days in a row with stills and odd slogans, only to release a fantastically odd video. It seems to be a hardened, roughneck soldier dealing with the horrors of war.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes…

These graphics have been creeping onto Facebook all week. Looks like Tom Waits has something in the pot. And that always means good things for the rest of us. I’ll give you the scoop tomorrow, once I know.

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Fiona Apple and Another Excessively Long Title…

Fiona Apple has just released a new record for the art-minded. As is her bent, she’s given it a really long title… The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than … Continue reading

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The value of one life

Radiohead’s stage collapsed last night in Toronto, killing drum tech Scott Johnson. While I don’t know anyone involved, let me add my voice to the collective expression of sympathy for the family and friends of this person. I know I … Continue reading

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