Mar 16 2008, 18h08Albums recorded late in an artist's career sometimes, frankly, suck. But Milt Hinton's album Old Man Time on Chiaroscuro is quite spry despite the title. I particularly like his playing on Now's The Time, which is a nice take on the Charlie Parker classic. It's surprisingly good for dancing, given that Hinton trades fours with the drummer for a while in the middle. And check out the way his playing changes underneath each soloist.
Dez 6 2007, 0h32Which is more embarrassing to admit? That you watched the Victoria's Secret fashion show? Or that it made you rush to your computer to listen to the Spice Girls?
Nov 10 2007, 0h54Something telutci said reminded me of this installment of my favorite webcomic, xkcd:
Nov 1 2007, 13h35So I'm going through some of the lesser-played music in my collection, desperately trying to make room for new music on this almost-full 300 GB drive. You know, those random songs you downloaded a year ago and listened to once? Surely we can delete some of those, right?
Well, I have deleted some. But as I've rediscovered good stuff I should be listening to more often, I've wound up downloading just as many new songs from among last.fm's free tracks.
Luckily there aren't any free downloads for Architecture in Helsinki, who clearly I should also be listening to more often... I think I've pulled ahead by a few MB here at the end of the A's...
Out 26 2007, 18h18Q: How many times in a row can someone listen to The Gonk before going insane?
A: At current count, at least fifteen!
Out 20 2007, 20h47Trying to avoid cleaning the house, so I'll play, too...
1 Count Basie
2 Duke Ellington
3 Bruce Cockburn
5 They Might Be Giants
6 Vigilantes Of Love
7 Brian Eno
8 Louis Armstrong
9 Paul Simon
10 Frank Zappa
11 The Firesign Theatre
12 Daniel Amos
13 Bruce Springsteen
14 Belle and Sebastian
15 Ray Charles
16 Liz Phair
17 Laurie Anderson
17 Mark Heard
19 Einst\xfcrzende Neubauten
19 The Beatles
21 Nina Simone
22 Blossom Dearie
24 Sam Phillips
25 King Crimson
26 The Postal Service
26 John Pizzarelli
29 Gene Harris
29 Oscar Brown Jr.
31 Thomas Dolby
32 of Montreal
34 Jimmie Lunceford
35 Fletcher Henderson
35 Aimee Mann
37 Natacha Atlas
38 The Clash
39 Ernestine Anderson
40 Barenaked Ladies
41 Matthew Sweet
43 Imogen Heap
45 Lily Allen
46 Harry Connick, Jr.
47 T-Bone Burnett
48 Cab Calloway
49 Etta James
49 Prefab Sprout
1. How did you get into 31?
Read a review of The Flat Earth when it came out and decided to give it a try. (Of course, I already loved his big hit.)
2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
Heard Doop-Doo-De-Doop (A Doodlin' Song) at a dance.
3. What's your favourite lyric by 41?
That's a tough one. But I love the alliteration in "Confusion with our coffee /
Fear and frosted flakes".
4. What is your favourite album by 49?
I'm going with Jordan: The Comeback, since it's the only Prefab Sprout CD I own.
5. How many albums by 13 do you own?
Eight on CD; a few more on vinyl.
6. What is your favourite song by 50?
I'm going with All The World Loves Lovers.
7. Is there a song by 4 that makes you sad?
8. What is your least favourite song by 15?
Pick almost any one of those early sides where he's trying to sound like Charles Brown...
9. What is your favourite song by 5?
Oh, man. That's impossible. Let's say Don't Let's Start.
10. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
11. What is your favourite album by 40?
Maybe You Should Drive, hands down!
12. What is your favourite song by 10?
The Adventures Of Greggery Peccary
13. What is a good memory you have involving 33?
Playing canasta and drinking tea while listening to Yello for hours.
14. What is your favourite song by 37?
Her cover of Screamin' Jay's "I Put a Spell on You".
15. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
Lots and lots (if we go with The Beatles).
16. How many times have you seen 24 live?
Sam Phillips once; I saw King Crimson doing a sound check but I had a terrible headache and my girlfriend wasn't keen on staying for the show anyway. :(
17. What is the first song you heard by 23?
Probably something from Mummer or English Settlement.
18. What is your favourite album by 11?
Everything You Know Is Wrong
19. Who is your favourite member of 1?
If we're talking about Basie's orchestra, I'm gonna go with Freddie Green for sheer staying power.
20. How many times have you seen 14 live?
Never. They need to come to Connecticut soon.
21. What is a good memory you have involving 45?
Being happy to finally discover something really good on myspace. ;)
22. What is your favourite song by 16?
Used to be Divorce Song, but now it's probably Alice Springs.
23. What is the first song you heard by 47?
Something off Proof Through the Night.
24. What is your favourite album by 3?
Either Humans or Inner City Front.
25. What is your favourite song by 18?
Going with Mark Heard, I'd say probably Orphans of God, but mainly because of Buddy & Julie Miller's great cover.
26. What is the first song you heard by 38?
Probably Death or Glory or something else on London Calling.
27. What is your favourite lyric that 21 has sung?
Going with Nina Simone, I'd say that she sings the line "I want a little sugar in my bowl" better than anyone, even Bessie Smith!
28. What is your favourite song by 2?
Since Ellington is the most prolific American composer, that is an impossible question. Let's just say Rockin' in Rhythm.
29. What is the first song you heard by 32?
Something someone posted to a blog. Don't remember which song.
30. What is your favourite song by 8?
Another tough one. But nobody does "I'm Crazy 'Bout My Baby" better than Armstrong.
31. How many times have you seen 17 live?
Haven't seen either of them live, and sadly Heard is dead.
32. Is there a song by 44 that makes you happy?
I don't know about happy, exactly, but many of them make me chortle with delight.
33. What is your favourite album by 12?
34. What is the worst song by 29?
Gene Harris has no bad songs. I'm not keen on Oscar Brown Jr.'s ballads, but I wouldn't call any of them bad, either.
35. What was the first song you heard by 34?
Probably For Dancers Only, same as everyone else under 60 or so. ;)
36. What is your favourite album by 42?
For Matthew Sweet, definitely Girlfriend.
37. How many times have you seen 39 live?
38. What is your favourite album by 36?
Going with Aimee Mann, I'm With Stupid.
39. What is the first song you heard by 28?
Your Ex-Lover Is Dead, which is so amazing that everything else was a disappointment after that one.
40. What is your favourite album by 7?
Before and After Science
Nov 22 2005, 15h34FYI, there are actually two artists (both blues harp players) who used the name Sonny Boy Williamson!
John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson
Aleck "Sonny Boy Williamson" Miller
The Allmusic guide lists them as "Sonny Boy Williamson I" and "Sonny Boy Williamson II", respectively.
They've also been tagged here as follows:
Sonny Boy Williamson I
Sonny Boy Williamson (I)
Sonny Boy Williamson
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Sonny Boy Williamson (II)
Sonny Boy Williamson [II]