Zeena Parkins is a quintessential 21st century musician, equally adept as a performer (her custom harp is augmented with a whammy bar) composer, and bandleader. She takes on a remarkably diverse array of roles, including touring with Björk, composing for dance troupes, improvising with electronic a ... More >>
Shabazz Palaces at Yoshi's last night.
Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012
Better than: Expecting a Digable Planets reunion.
I won't lie: if I wasn't sure what to expect of Shabazz Palaces. I secretly hoped I might witness a Digable Planets revival at the very least.
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Listen to this while high: Sea Lions' Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to Ask.Behind the buzz:
These D.I.Y. brats outta Oxnard with a nice line in spirited tunefulness impressive enough for the reliably tasteful people at Oakland's Slumberland Records ... More >>
We've all been on bad dates, but this one is pretty twisted.
That's the new hotness from local DJ, producer, and house music magnate Salva -- it has nothing to do with the Clipse song of the same name, but we'd argue it's equally disturbing. Probably more so, in fact.
Def SoundJ*DaveyBluDef Soul@ 330 RitchThursday, March 10, 2011Better than: A late-night spelling bee.
San Francisco came out last night to party in good faith -- to get down, make noise, say Yeeaaayyuh, the usual -- but the partying spirit was damped, at least in my case, by an hour and fifteen ... More >>
Salva's new album, Complex Housing, is pretty damn good. And to go along with the album, he's dropped his first video in the form of "Weeeird Science," which is over three minutes of Salva's lithe and futuristic productions set to rearranged and augmented clips from Sun Ra's Space Is The Place.
Listen to this while high: High Time by MC5.
Behind the buzz: Our recent visit to the Detroit retro-rock showroom sends us straight to the Cadillac of crunk rock, the Motor City Five. Elektra Records' overweening lust for a piece of the huge Midwestern rock LP market led to its short-lived assoc ... More >>
Scary!Maybe it's just us, but this trippy first video from jazzy San Francisco experimental outfit Beep looks very much like the nightmares we used to get as a kid after staring for too long at the posters on our doctor's wall. Weird hip-bone bubbles, pulsating human organs, 19th-century medical ... More >>
Flying LotusI've always maintained that, more than hip-hop or techno or IDM, Flying Lotus' Cosmogramma is an avant-jazz album. You can hear shades of Eric Dolphy, Sun Ra, Andrew Hill, and John Coltrane (naturally -- that's Steven Ellison's great uncle) all over the 45-minute gem. Apparently Elli ... More >>
The Art of Eating, Ed Behr's prescient preoccupation.If Art of Eating editor and publisher Ed Behr were the subject of a feature film, Taste is the Place wouldn't ― with apologies to Sun Ra ― be a bad title. Since launching his quarterly 24 years ago, the former carpenter has made the con ... More >>
Nicholas Dawson has been hard at work for over five years on the musical project Bookworms. In that time, Dawson has churned out a couple of EPs and the full-length LP The Hidden Staircase on Solos Records, in addition to remixing local favorites Mi Ami and Lemonade. His style is hard t ... More >>
New York's Vulture blog recently posted a link to the music Carl Sagan helped provide for robotic probes Voyager 1 and 2 back in the early days of space exploration. According to Lapham's Quarterly, Sagan was part of a curatorial crew that etched a soundtrack perfect for galaxy viewing into a "12-in ... More >>
One secret ingredient in the elephantine new Sunn O))) record, Monoliths & Dimensions, is Julian Priester. The murky, dirgey album's coda comes from the trombonist, who adds free jazz to "Alice" after a record's worth of metal, drone, and other bone-compressing free for alls. (He also plays a ... More >>
Pharaoh SandersYoshi's OaklandJan. 3, 2009Review by Eric K. Arnold
Better Than: Watching Kenny G on Craig Kilborn.
Pharaoh Sanders has an impeccable jazz pedigree. One of the titans of the way-out, dissonant style known as free jazz, the tenor saxophonist emerged in the mid-'60s as a counterpart ... More >>
Oh man do I love Utrillo Kushner's piano jams. Comets on Fire's drummer takes a breather from pounding out the thunder with his ivories-tickling side project, Colossal Yes. The band released an excellent debut, Acapulco Roughs, in 2006, an album that cut the difference between the Band and Row ... More >>