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Jazz Journeys—Best of 2010

My friend Jason told me how much he enjoys seeing DJ’s set-lists. (He was the motivation for my posting A Christmas Gumbo set-list.) I thought I would post another; this time, it’s the set-list for my radio program, Jazz Journeys, and my Annual Best Jazz Recordings of 2010, which airs 26 December 2010, 1-4 p.m. […]

A Christmas Gumbo, 24 December 2010

Many of you know I produce and host a weekly Jazz program on WFPK, 91.9 FM,Louisville, called Jazz Journeys. This coming Sunday, the 26th, I will be running down my favorite Jazz recordings from 2010, ones listed in the previous post, and a lot more; it was a good year for music. I also love […]

Best Records Of The Year — 2010

Jason Moran — Ten A shockingly gifted pianist with an endless thirst for experimentation, Moran returns to a trio format after recording with guitarist Marvin Sewell for two records, and the results are devastating. Blasting out with “Blue Blocks” built on a driving rhythm from drummer Nasheet Waits and bassist Tarus Mateen, Moran’s keyboard stutters […]

“Archangel” by Burial

Dub Step at its finest. Just a beautiful song. Enjoy.

Things We Like: Deerhunter’s “Halcyon Digest”

Deerhunter used to offer recordings sheathed in noise that hid the group’s melodicism. But there’s no blanket of noise on their latest, Halcyon Digest, no gimmicks. The record leaves me with the impression that the band is ready to embark on a new path, a melodic and lyrical one at that. Effects and reverb are […]

R.I.P. Gregory Isaacs, The Cool Ruler

Gregory Isaacs, 59, the Jamaican-born reggae singer who was known as the “cool ruler” for his smooth, romantic singing style and who popularized the reggae subgenre known as lover’s rock, died of lung cancer Oct. 25 at his home in London. Unlike roots rockers Bob Marley and Burning Spear, who popularized songs that reflected world […]

Nothing But Net Returns

The inaugural post for the Thinking Man’s College Basketball Podcast is available now. If you’re not aware of NBN, or if you’re a fan, it’s available here:

R.I.P.: Ari Up of The Slits

Arianna Foster, aka Ari Up, frontwoman for pioneering English punk band the Slits, has passed away, according to the website of John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd., who was also Up’s stepfather. According to Lydon’s site, Up died “after a serious illness.” She was 48 years old. Ari […]

Seu Jorge & Almaz

The Summer ’10 release, “Seu Jorge e Almaz,” is rapidly becoming one of my favorite recordings of 2010. It is a disc that flat-out sounds unlike anything else you’ll hear this year. It’s raw production values harken to Punk, but think Pil, or something slightly dub-drenched. Listening to this remarkable album for the first time […]

Images From Toronto

Here are some images I snapped around Toronto on Thursday, October 7th, 2010. It was a gorgeous day, with many folks playing hookey to attend the NHL’s Slap Shot event on Yonge Street, celebrating the start of the NHL season, and Toronto’s opening night tilt in the city. They won, too, eh?