Archive for the Music Category

Now Playing #37

Posted in Music, Now Playing with tags on November 14, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Though Monk cut many superb records with bands large and small I’ve always loved his solo excursions best and discovering these recordings, particularly the Black Lion sessions from quite late in his performing career, is a great pleasure. Last night I watched a documentary about György Ligeti wherein he spoke of his lifelong quest for a music that would be completely static and “always there”, like the landscape outside a window that is open for the duration of listening. For me Monk’s music has that quality, changeless and hypnotic, revolving slowly forever.

Mr. Russell Jones

Posted in Music with tags , on November 13, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Ten years ago today the untimely death of Ol’ Dirty Bastard robbed hip hop fans of one of the music’s most unique and most beloved artists. With a successful solo career alongside his founding and inimitable role in the legendary Wu-Tang Clan, ODB was one of the freakiest and funniest performers ever to score a top ten album. In a group packed with big personalities ODB’s was XXL: he seemed to be truly deranged. By no means a virtuoso rapper or rhymer, ODB instead cultivated his own style, which as his stage name reflected “had no father”. Groaning and warbling, frequently incoherent, often hilarious, always unmistakable, few rappers have inspired as much affection. He would have celebrated his 46th birthday in two days time.

Russell Tyrone Jones
15 November 1968 – 13 November 2004

The Popular Race Record

Posted in Music, Poster with tags , on November 6, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

The legendary Paramount Records (no relation to the famous film studio) began business as an offshoot of, of all things, a chair manufacturer. The label operated at a loss until it began to tap into the burgeoning African-American market for popular music, launching its series of “race” records in the early 1920′s with recordings of some of the biggest black stars of the era including Ma Rainey and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Though the sound quality of these cheaply produced records is notoriously poor the Paramount catalogue forms an indispensable archive of early blues and jazz and is currently the subject of a comprehensive re-release project by the late John Fahey’s Revenant Records. Dangerous Minds has the story.

Now Playing #36

Posted in Music, Now Playing with tags on November 5, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

This is a collection of outstanding works by the acclaimed Finnish composer and I am particularly enjoying the richly atmospheric Six Japanese Gardens, “a collection of impressions of the gardens I saw in Kyoto during my stay in Japan in the summer of 1993 and my reflections on rhythm at that time,” Saariaho says.

Cosey Fanni Tutti

Posted in Art, Music with tags , , on November 4, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Cosey Fanni Tutti
Cosey Fanni Tutti
Cosey Fanni Tutti, Prostitution Poster, 1976
Cosey Fanni Tutti, Prostitution
Cosey with Throbbing Gristle, Berlin, 1980
Coum Transmissions
Throbbing Gristle
Wishing a happy birthday to Cosey Fanni Tutti, multifarious musician, artist and wrecker of civilization, 63 today. Here is a recent interview with some more images and music.

Now Playing #35

Posted in Album Art, Music, Now Playing with tags , , on October 27, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Some of my earliest rock and roll thrills came from childhood listening to my mother’s Cream records and songs like “White Room”, “Tales of Brave Ulysses”, “Strange Brew” and “SWLABR” have long been part of the musical furnishings of my mind. Indeed so young was I when I first heard this music that I could not interpret the cover of Heavy Cream and, never having seen a guitar amplifier, imagined that the cartoon figures with guitars were performing inside telephone booths. Naturally it was with sadness that I learned of the death on Saturday of Jack Bruce. Here’s a nice picture of the heaviest band in the world, taken by Art Kane for Rolling Stone in 1967, with Bruce at right. Note that the cadaverous Ginger Baker, centre, is still going strong at 75.

Now Playing #34

Posted in Album Art, Music, Now Playing with tags on October 25, 2014 by Dylan Thomas Hayden

Born Salvatore Massaro on this day in 1902, Eddie Lang was the first great guitarist in jazz, and among the earliest guitar heroes in the history of popular music. A virtuoso on his instrument, Lang and his violinist partner brought classical chops to their music and pioneered an influential form of chamber jazz that would be so successfully imitated by Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli as to nearly eclipse their own reputations. Lang died tragically at the age of 30 but fortunately for music lovers he was a prolific recording artist as soloist, sideman and freelance session player and his superb musicianship is well documented. Highlights include his solo recordings, which feature his own charming compositions and extreme virtuosity; his many small group recordings with hot jazz stars like Clarence Williams, Bix Beiderbecke, King Oliver and of course Joe Venuti; and his brilliant duets with Lonnie Johnson, probably his only equal at the time. What he might have accomplished had he lived into the age of bebop and electrification can hardly be imagined.


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