Archive for the ‘prog’ Category

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Lebofsky shooteth. (and unrelated youtubular rockery)

May 20, 2008

Direct YT link. Mo b’lo.

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A few recent aquisitions.

May 8, 2008

Foamy Lather by Ultralash.  MP3 samples at link.  Arty folk rock that incorporates electro-techno sounds in an organic way that does niether interferes with the folkiness nor brings annoying club music to mind.  It is a sad comment on our times that it’s taken civilization this long to come up with “World of Suck, ” now that Karry has it seems so obvious.  

Sings by Patty Walker.  She somehow marries the Miles/Gil Evans vibe with the Ayler/Ornette/Sun Ra vibe, and her piano playing uses alot of Hindemith/Milhaud kinda colors (in a good way).  Wikipedia, AAJ, Perfect Sound Forever.  Here’s a tune.

Ersen Post-psych almost-prog vaguely folksy rock from Turkey, 1971. Good stuff, lotsa oud ‘n’ saz, etc. Info at label’s site, order page with mp3 samples.  More info over here.  It was on when I walked into Amoeba, that’s the only reason I know about it.

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In a world – of bloated corporate Tune Pimps…

February 29, 2008

Matt Lebofsky is Free Music Guy.

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Daddy Long Legs by miRthkon on YouTube

February 29, 2008

Direct YT link.

Their YouTube channel (many more tunes), website, MySpace.

My previous post about how great they are.

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Listening diary: highlights from this month’s emusic take.

January 31, 2008

Sexotica by Sex Mob– This one is really really fun.

Beat Reader by the Vandermark 5– Great rock-infused improv. I was a big fan of the Vandermark Quartet back before I fell off the edge of the earth.

Betty Davis by Betty Davis Stanky funk that’ll stain your underwear, one way or another. Sly Stone via Captain Beefheart (except, you know, a chick), with an massively gutsy band that includes Larry Graham, Neal Schon, and dudes from Sly’s band, Graham Central Station, and Tower of Power. Thanks for the hot tip, Dren.

Live, Love, Larf, and Loaf by French, Frith, Kaiser, Thompson. 4 exceptionally talented (!) droogies hang out and make a record. What’s not to like?

Funky Donkey by Luther Thomas Party music from the 1973, AACM stylie. Lester Bowie, Bobo Taylor, JD Parran, and Joe Bowie! Why didn’t I have this record in 1986 when I listened to nothing but Defunkt (self link)? As much as I like it, the Amazon listmaker who writes “if the hole in the middle of the disc was bigger i’d have sex with it” may actually like it marginally more.

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Linkfest re: the volume wars

November 10, 2007

Avant Music News has blogged a post from Bob Drake to a prog listserv with a bunch of links to articles and videos about the disappearance of dynamic range from commercial recordings. You can read that post, but my quote of his quote of Drake’s email has hyperlinks:

The Loudness War. Very good YouTube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gmex_4hreQ

IEEE article on the loudness war:
http://spectrum.ieee.org/aug07/5429

Over The Limit: excellent, classic article about the volume war:
http://www.prorec.com/prorec/articles.nsf/files/8A133F52D0FD71AB86256C2E005DAF1C

Short Term Gain/Long Term Pain:
http://gboers.xs4all.nl/daisy/home/g3/139/loudnesswar.html

Death of Dynamic Range:
http://www.mindspring.com/~mrichter/dynamics/dynamics.htm

I Want to Break Free of the Volume War. Another good Youtube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkkqsN69Jac

Here is my own little example:
http://www.bdrak.com/other/mastering/examples.htm

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Tyft, Camisetas, and Limousine- these look interesting.

September 20, 2007

A Free Jazz post about three “rock-influenced jazz albums.” (1, 2, 3) by Hilmar Jensson, Camisetas (no website AFAICT, link is to Jim Black), and Limousine (ditto, link to Maxime Delpierre).