I just got word that the old MOG.com site is being mothballed. I have some music posts there that I'd like to save, so, lucky reader - here's new old content for you! This was originally posted 9/22/06.
Either "man", like the Almond Brothers (heh...joke) or like Steve Martin.
I was just thinking, seeing that Louis Armstrong has a "Definitive" out, that he's kind of like a "gateway" jazz artist for me. I really like Louis Armstrong, but seeing that collection just out, I was about to click and see what was on it. I don't have a lot of Satchmo, a couple of collections. But I then thought "you know what, I don't really want any more. I wanna be challenged." Meaning about Jazz. Like Miles or Coltrane or something. After years of liking the most accessible jazz (Armstrong, Dixieland, Louis Prima, etc), I feel the need to expand my listening.Dovetailing off of that, as an early fan of rap (Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, Sugarhill Gang, Run-DMC, and especially Public Enemy), I was thrilled to see an interview with Hank Shocklee in the latest issue of TapeOp (Thanks, blinder!). It's a good, long article, talking about how PE got started and the recording of some of the earlier albums. I need to go back and take some more listens, but it's great to see a broader scope of music in that magazine. I always wondered how they did some of that early stuff, and I love hearing from everyone in a group, not just the leaders & mouthpieces, although Chuck D is kind of a hero of mine.Also saw that Pansy Division has a greatest hits out. Very cool. Another great, fun band. Check out the "clean" version of their song He Whipped My Ass In Tennis, Then I Fucked His Ass In Bed. :D Bonnie Prince Billy might be a good artist, but I can't get past the name.