Monday, August 29, 2005

It Came From Detroit...


I've been watching this hurricane coverage off and on today, and without going too much into it, I just want to say that my thoughts and prayers are with you all, and particularly with my friends that are in New Orleans, and have decided to ride this thing out. I got the chance early this morning to instant message with a friend for about an hour, who was hunkered down on the third story of a building in the French Quarter. So awesome to hear from her. She was okay, but concerned about what was to come. I hope that the next few days and weeks bring nothing but safety and well-being.
The song I've decided to feature has nothing to do with hurricanes, or bad weather in general. It's just a good rock n roll song. Based in Detroit, and featuring ex-members of Gore Gore Girls, Dirtbombs, and Soledad Brothers, The Come-Ons are more then willing and able to fly the flag for the Motor City in the midst of the garage-rock revival that area is currently known for. Blending soul-inspired grooves with a direction that has 21st century written all over it, The Come-Ons show that you can be influenced by the past, and still move forward. The song "Dollar In My Pocket" is from 2001's Hip Check!, the group's second release on Sympathy For The Record Industry. It's a departure from the rest of the rave-ups on the album, instead showcasing singer Deanne Iovan's amazing voice with minimal accompaniment.
Hope you dig it.


The Come-Ons - Dollar In My Pocket

Sunday, August 28, 2005

The Shape of Jazz To Come



It's Sunday afternoon, and that means one thing here at Casa de NoWork: it's jazz time! One of my favorite things to do on Sundays is make a pot of coffee, settle down with my papers, and listen to some amazing jazz. Today I'll be working on my Art History studies, but the music will remain unchanged. Ornette Coleman has got to be one of the best jazz musicians I've heard. The interplay between his groups are what makes his music so interesting to me. The files I'm posting today are from his first two albums, what some have called his most accessible. "Angel Voice" from 1958's Something Else: The Music of Ornette Coleman, shows the stunning group work of Coleman, with Don Cherry, Walter Norris, Don Payne, and Billy Higgins. Starts off rather uptempo, but then draws back to an almost sultry pace. Around this time, Coleman was quoted as saying that "music will be a lot freer. The pattern for a tune, for instance, will be forgotten and the tune itself will be the pattern." Nowhere is this more evident than in the next selection, "Rejoicing", from Tomorrow Is The Question. Recorded in 1959, it again features the pairing of Coleman/Cherry, but there is a new rhythm section in Percy Heath, Red Mitchell, and Shelly Manne. Another fast-paced arrangement, this takes you in and doesn't let go until the very end. One of my favorites.
Hope you enjoy, and take care of yourselves.


Ornette Coleman - Angel Voice
Ornette Coleman - Rejoicing

Saturday, August 27, 2005

T-R-O-U-B-L-E....


Figure I'd start this off with a song from my top ten. "Trouble" by The Music Machine. Raw, primal rock and roll at it's best. Music Machine was arguably the most legendary of sixties garage punk bands, and their songs still stand up to this day. To think this was recorded in 1966 is mind-blowing. For grins and giggles, check out San Diego trash-rock superstars Rocket From The Crypt's version of this song. Enjoy this, and have a good weekend everyone.


The Music Machine - Trouble

Introducing..

Hey folks! I've spent the majority of the afternoon messing with this, and I hope you like what ya see. I've been talking for a good while about starting an mp3 blog, and that is what you see now. I dig alot of random stuff, so this will be my chance to drop some knowledge on you all about what I've been listening to. Hope you dig it.