Saturday, September 18, 2004

Now i remember my favourite jazz style...

So i mentioned previously that i had purchased some Miles and Coltrane cds, sort of re-entering the world of jazz after some hiatus. I must say I do admire the atmosphere of cool jazz, but i always preferred the business and tight construction of bop. Then i picked up this Thievery Corporation jazz compilation today and i realised...my favourite type of jazz is bossa nova. I've always loved the brazillian rythms, evidenced by my love of the movie "Black Orpheus" and its soundtrack. Plus, I was always drawn to the salsa influenced songs we performed in my dad's jazz ensemble. Also, i always enjoyed the bossa nova stuff that Stan Getz did.

So anyways, if you enjoy the cool relaxed nature of 'cool jazz', but find it too free form, and enjoy a little latin spice, go straight to bossa nova. I'm going to pick up some more Stan Getz next chance i get.

"Love is a poverty you couldn't sell" - Beck

Monday, September 13, 2004

Libertines

The new LIbertines album came out late last month and it's very good, as I had hoped. It's not quite as good as their first album "Up the Bracket" which is one of my favourite LPs all-time. I must say that the first track on their self-titled release, "Can't stand me now" is an outstanding track. Probably the best new track since Outkast's "Roses". Perfect for listening to after about 10 beers. The Libertines are called the Cockney Strokes, but they're much more rowdier. They have that fantastic quality of sounding wildly out of control, but never in danger of losing it. They know when to reign in their raw energy and it results in fine stuff. Beautiful melodies covered in a wash of drunken guitars, pounding drums and slurred singing.

Anyway, the new Libertines album "the Libertines" is sitting at about a 4 or 4.5 out of 5. I reccomend it to almost anyone, but maybe try "Up the Bracket" first.

"Even now there's something to be proud about" - Pete Doherty

Sunday, September 05, 2004

Post Birthday

It's post birthday time right now. Thought i'd report what i purchased with my Bday money.

My first purchase was a distortion pedal, using my gift certificates from Mother's Music. Now i can finally kick out the jams with a little more intensity than on previous occasions.

Today I picked up the Martin Scorsese Collection. He's long been one of my favourite directors, seeing as Taxi Driver, his 1976 classic, is my all-time favourite movie. The set includes Goodfellas, Mean Streets, Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore, After Hours, and Who's that Knocking at my door. I've never seen the latter two, but the former 3 are among my favourites. The set cost 50 bucks, not bad considering i get 5 movies that cost 20 dollars individually.

I also grabbed some cds:
Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
Miles Davis - Sketches of Spain
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
John Coltrane - A Love Supreme
Lauryn Hill - the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
The Notorious B.I.G. - Ready to die

All black artists...i guess i'm searching for some soul. I initially set out to buy some good sort of garagey/new wave stuff to help my own song writing, but they didn't have the elvis costello i wanted and other stuff was too much. All of these were in the 7-11 dollar range. I do enjoy cool jazz and was impressed with the Coltrane i've heard in the past. Lauryn Hill has been recommended to me as has the Biggy album. Looking forward to much listening in the next few days.

"Every Girl is Wearing a Frown" - the Ampersands