Odd Future

I realize I’m late to the party  — one sure sign that I’m getting old and in the way is that the NYT actually gets to things before I do — but I find these chaps awfully exciting, in the way I found Bad Brains, NWA, Wu-Tang, and Eminem exciting. Something about the combustible mix of innocence, arrogance, ignorance, and raw genius only a 20 year-old can mobilize. (And it just has to be easier if you’ve got a baritone to rival Lee Marvin.)


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Neil “on” Blu-Ray

Dig the bizarro homemade video…

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the other white album

“I can say without too much hesitation that Gilberto’s White Album is the best Bossa Nova album ever recorded. I spent countless hours listening to it and sincerely  I can’t get tired. It simply gets better each time I play it. This  masterpiece starts with the most beautiful interpretation of the greatest brazilian song of all times “Águas de Março”. Whispering the lyric and slowing the samba rhythm down with his minimalistic guitar style, João turns Tom Jobim’s song in to a magical happiness formula. It ‘s a must have! “                                                                                                                                                                                                                       – Matias Corral – photographer

“Among the hundreds of Brazilian records that I own,  Joao Gilberto’s 1973 “Aguas de Marco”  (a.k.a The White Album) is the one that I always go back to.  I think I love everything he’s ever recorded but this one seems to capture a little something extra.  Just guitar, voice, and hihat for the bulk of the record.  What’s not to love?  There’s a rumor that the hihat is played by a “drunk American” (Sonny Carr)  that he found on the beach right before the recording session.  Though I doubt it’s veracity it certainly makes for a good story.”
Robert DiPietro – drummer/musician

Goodbye Ghost

Israel Nash Gripka’s second LP ‘Barn Doors and Concrete Floors’ – co-produced by Steve Shelley, engineer Ted Young + Israel,  is out now. 

Murky Murky Site

We’re blown away and humbled by this most excellent blog Murky Recess. We suggest we all spend some time here.

The Future with Leonard Cohen


Just saw this incredible Leonard Cohen on the Open Culture site: http://www.openculture.com/2011/03/leonard_cohen_reads_the_future.html

Congratulations to Tom Waits

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One of our favorite singer/songwriter/performer and all-around-unique artists was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recently.

Much love and respect to Tom Waits for all the joy and beauty he’s brought to our world with his music + words.

Here’s his gorgeous cover of the Ramones’ ‘Danny Says’ 

Go buy a Tom Waits record, any of ’em!


XL Recordings and the Future of Music

The Guardian recently published an illuminating — and encouraging — article about XL Recordings head and Gil Scott-Heron collaborator Richard Russell.

(His guidelines are hardly revolutionary: have a profound admiration for the artist and always put out good records.)

The video for his rave-era “The Bouncer,” by Kicks Like a Mule:

One of the videos from the latest Gil Scott-Heron album:


The State of Digital Music

Pretty interesting, for anyone who cares…

Amy Winehouse in Dubai

3:02 is particularly choice (“How many more songs are left?”).