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Joseph Vella: The Art of a Bad Ass

The Miles Davis Podcast at, recently posted one of the most intriguing things I’ve seen. It makes total sense, and as the author says, “Miles wouldn’t have it any other way.” Judge for yourself: “I never would have imagined that posting the recent installment of the Miles Davis podcast on  would set off […]

Things We Like: Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society

Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society isn’t just any jazz big band. The music is informed by the science-fiction subgenre called Steampunk, which envisions a future where steam power is still the day’s dominant technology. “For me, the core of it — like, the essence of what was in steampunk was this kind of creative referencing […]

Nothing New Under The Sun

Brilliance from years ago. Think Lady Ga-Ga is original? That she invented artifice in music? Hell, no! Ladies and Gentlemen, the great Grace Jones, at the height of her powers, in one of the most imaginative and original music videos.To this day…

Things We Like: I Can Change

Every Summer needs an anthem. THAT song which perfectly captures, freezes a moment in one’s life. And for me, Summer is the time of year that’s most memorable. And requires an anthem. This year I felt it would be a tall order. Music right now, popular music, I should be quick to point out, is […]

Hüsker Dü, Live in London

One of my fondest memories of living in the D.C. area, was seeing Hüsker Dü at the 9:30 Club‘s original location. Hot, crowded and loud. Smoke clogging the air. And Hüsker Dü in all their glory. Here’s some concert footage I found on YouTube, that conveys some sense of the greatness of this Minneapolis trio.

Things We Like: Junior Murvin’s “Police And Thieves”

Over the weekend I purchased a deluxe CD edition of Junior Murvin’s “Police And Thieves” at the new ear X-tacy location in Louisville. Though many know Junior Murvin’s landmark title song through its cover by The Clash, the original recording, featured here along the album’s nine other cuts, each equally worthy tracks, shows just why […]

Things We Like: Go-Go Music

Was talking to my friend Suki, here in Louisville, the other day. I asked if she liked Go-Go Music. “Oh yeah,” she replied, but I could tell she was thinking white boots, mod chick dancers, with that whipped up blond hair. Hullabaloo. Shindig. Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. Not what I was referring to, though. My […]

Hoopaholics Anonymous

My name is Mark, and I’m a Hoopaholic. Big time. I love basketball, both collegiate and professional, but these are bad times for folks like me. To quote my friend, the wonderful c.d. kaplan, “it’s a fallow period in sports.” (Unless you think Bill James is a demigod. Nothing against baseball, other than I am […]

Brasilian Jazz Great & Latin Grammy Winner Paulo Moura Has Died

One of Brazil’s most celebrated instrumentalists, Paulo Moura, has died. After a long battle with cancer, Moura passed away on Monday night (July 12) at 77 in Rio De Janeiro. Mr. Moura, a saxophonist and clarinetist, was a boundary breaker. In his teens, he began performing as a soloist in the Brasilian Symphony Orchestra. Another […]

Things We Like: “So What”

A perfect song, from a perfect record, by a flawed, but at the time, perfect artist, Mr. Miles Davis. From a 1959 TV broadcast with Robert Herridge. Man, it doesn’t get any better. So dig.