Thursday, June 29, 2006
Wednesday, June 28, 2006
Friday, June 23, 2006
This week's Anti-Lawrence Welk/Anti BET on J (also known as the Anti Tony Mowad jazz show)
Black Forest" by Vanessa Daou"Sunrain" LTJ Bukem"Bright Size Life" Pat Metheny and Richard Bona"Airborne" by Jaga Jazzist"Sanctuary" by Wayne Shorter (explorer only)"Summer Sun" KoopRemixed Jazzy Bjork TuneAmateur Esthero Tune"Scarlet Woman" by Weather report"A Song" from the Coryell, Assad, and Abercrombie live DVD, which a station which allegedly promotes jazz should play. (explorer only)
The Fourth Installment of the Anti Lawrence Welk/Anti VH1 Soul Jazz Show. Real Music. Real musicians. Must now mock Bet on J.
"The Magician" by Return to Forever(Features their best lineup: Clarke, Corea, Dimeola and White. Check out Lenny's standup at the end. Yeah we get it. Its called the "Romantic Warrior)St. Germain live (very intense from the first bar. If you really wanted to sell jazz to the young people, this is what you would play. Not fuzak, not 60s Miles Davis...)"Shadow of Ourselves " by the Thievery Corporation (Live track"Black Market" by the Zawinul Syndicate (Features narada walton on drums...!)Al Jarreau Medley With Miki Howard Sly Stone's "Everybody is a Star" and Beatles "Hey Jude"Massive Attack "Protection" Features Everything but the Girl Singer.Classic James Brown tuneMad Lib "All Caps" (jazzy hip hop tune. Imaginative video. Again, if you were making an effort to attract younger audiencesMad Lib (jazz instrumental which features jazz album covers)Pretzel Logic (Steely Dan classic.)Broadcast, bonus Broadcast (White Brits who were signed by a black hip hop label. They're the find of the Internet. Nobody played their video "Papercuts".Sun Ra (anime fan likes Sun Ra)The Jackson 5 Blame it on the Boogie (Mixed with imagery of mob scenes)Bensen "BreezinMalone "MugshotEntirety of Cinematic Orchestra 1 hour
May 7th Edition of the Anti Lawrence Welk/Anti VH1 Soul Jazz Show
This is a special Jimi Hendrix Edition. Must now mock Bet on J. Here in Pittsburgh, this is also known as the Anti Tony Mowad jazz show.
Cinematic OrchestraCharlie HunterNERDColtrane AlabamaLady Day "Fine and Mellow" "He's the lowest man..."Amel Larrieux LivePortishead double playCrazy Azz Buckethead Does Hendrix!Paladium by Weather Report (not a good vid but it's Weather Report! And its one of my favorite tunes...)Sergio Mendez 66 features two hot Brazilian chicks and no annoying rap over"Advice for the Young at Heart" Tears for FearsHope Sandoval (very Norah Jonesy)Victor Wooten Amazing GraceTunnels (Features Percy Jones, Brit bassist who's still alive who I always thought was as good as jaco...)Ego Wrappin' (Japanese ska jazz...again: don't know the words, but I think I get what she's sayin'"Little Wing Clapton and CrowHey Joe Jimi Hendrix.....you still pay blues right?
Richard Dawkins BBC Documentary: The Root of All EvilHis answer: competing and irrational fundamentalist strains of Christianity and Islam and Judaism. You just don't ever see this kind of thing in the United States. Check out the teapot analogy at the end of Part 3. Part Two of the show. Part Three of the show.
And gorgeous Sun Ra video.
This show, about 2 and a half hours long if you listen to everything (hey, no commercials), features two very rare performances by Mahavishnu Orchestra. There's an excellent chance that you won't see any of these songs on VH1 Classic, VH1 Soul, MTV Hits, or BET on J. It's a nice mix of old and new. So enjoy. This is the second installment of the Anti Lawrence Welk/Anti VH1 Soul Jazz show. And, quite frankly, it features better performances, song writing and outright talent than you will ever see on those aforementioned stations.
Nina Simone's "Feelin' Good"Nikka Costa "Suger in My Bowl"Cowboy Bebop ThemeCowboy Bebop Theme Live (Female Composer)Mahavishnu Orchestra "You Know You Know"
Joni Mitchell and Jaco Pastorius "Pork Pie Hat""Africa" by obscure tapping Genius Brazilian Guy"Pyramids" Sun Ra (video not great, but that gorgeous song. You will be transported to another world...)Telepopmusick (If you like Portishead...)Jaga Jazzist's "Oslo Skyline" Well Directed video. So well directed and frenetic that you're not immediately made aware that its about sex...Mr Scruff's "Honeydew"French "Bonoboo" I don't understand French but I think I know what he's saying"Beautiful Lili" Tim Hagens"Swing Shift" Cinderella by Legendary Cartoonist Tex AveryRoyal Crown ReviewGo Team "Lady flash"Classic ArethaDave's True Story New Video (Okay, only video)Portishead "All Mine""Naima" John ColtraneStina (She rips off Horace Silver's "Song for my Father", just as Steely Dan did with "Rikki Don't Lose that Number")"Zoot Allures" Frank ZappaRemixed BjorkLouis Jordan "Honey Chile"D angelo "Chicken Grease"Pick Two from Carlos Santana. Either "Samba Pa Ti" or Europa with the Playboy ModelsMahavishnu Orchestra "Lotus on Irish Streams". I think this is one of the most beautiful jazz performances that I have ever seen. It's a good ending for this weekend's show. Real music. Real musicians
Funny Dave Cross on Your Pals in Heaven (Frankly, both Riverworld and Where Dreams May Come offer a cooler afterlife than the Bible with its burning lakes and Mimi Rogers standing outside the golden castle forever and ever.. (in the very scary movie called the "The Rapture"--Actually, the Christian concept of the afterlife is both terrifying and cruel. It features a clearly defined Hell and and a nebulous never really clarified "Heaven" ("Do I get a vote, on anything, O King of Kings...? You're going to throw the entirety of Taoist China into the Lake of Fire and you're the Nice One....?")
New Wired I have yet to read. Features Al Gore, who runs Current, which has no agenda in a world with Fox News. Sure, why not run again. Its not like its worth fighting for. We don't want to be like those bad French kids, who won and who can only be fired for cause and who get six week mandatory vacations. ...Wouldn't want to be like them gosh knows...
More Info on Net Neutrality. Related: I could be doing jailtime for distributing some YouTube videos and/or owning a porn page. Thanks O Tolerant Christian America.
Let's all be adults and not look at the Playboy Models struttin' around to Santana's classic Europa. Show some discipline people. Come on.
By the way, The Big Telcos are deathly afraid of viral vids like this, this and this. It's just better than what you're getting from your news channels.
By the way, one reason why net neutrality is important is that the current Internets kind of allow you to control and create your own programming. As you may know, you being my one or two faithful readers, I'm really pissed off that Bet on Jazz has turned into Bet on J, which right now looks to be a weak impersonation of VH1 Soul, which isn't a great channel.
With these new tools, I can bring you a better show than Bet On J. So, here's my jazz show. It's wide ranging and it features traditional, triphop, and there's even a real jazz rock tune thrown in there. It's Phil Music Television or as I also call it the Anti Tony Mowad/Bet On J Jazz show. It's jazz that you can't see on VH1 Soul and that has ideas that extend beyond 1964. It's meant not to draw in the Lawrence Welk audience. Ever.
"Bellisomo" by Ilya"Bahia" by Larry Coryell"Eleanor Rigby" by Stanley Jordan"My Baby Just Cares For Me" by Nina Simone"Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Herbaliser "Only You" by PortisheadJoe Pass Tune"Pretty Pink Noise" by Mutant Girl Guitarist Kaki King"Break in" by Skalpel"Baby" by Koop"Chase the Blues Away" by Terranova"Animal Chin" by Jaga JazzistCharles Mingus "Flowers for a Lady""Six Days" by DJ ShadowTribe Called QuestChaka Khan Singing "Night in Tunisia"Chaka Khan As A Funky Jazz Drummer! (Needs work on the drum technique there...)"Footprints" with Miles Davis, Shorter, teen Tony Williams, Carter and Hancock"Bright Size Life" by Pat Metheny and Richard BonaFrank Zappa's "Alien Oriface""Pixeleen" by Steely Dan (hated their last album but this sounds good with those pics...)
Try out this video.
Tunes to Catch at Youtube. Yes, there's probably some violation here of copyright law. On the other hand, the music channels don't seem very interested in playing music, especially jazz. So I hope these artists understand that this is exposure that they wouldn't otherwise be getting. Ever.:
Larry Coryell (snippet from Bahia concert)
Sinead O Connor "Black Boys on Mopeds" (or nine year old black boys running away in Pittsburgh...)
And two songs you've heard on commercials because music channels don't play good music anymore: here (Portishead) and here (Hooverphonic).
Kevin Shields "City Girl"
And two from CNET (?) which now downloads vids apparently. Beautiful tune by Dave's True Story and the Electric Miles at the Isle of Wight Festival in 69. Features Keith Jarrett (looks to be high and/or distracted) and Chick Corea on electric keyboards, Airto on percussion, Dejohnette on drums, great sax player but don't know his name. Guessing the bassist is Dave Holland. Shortlist for white bassists playing in Miles band at that time is very small...Scary Bitches Brew type tune that goes on for 18 minutes. Kind of feels like Free Jazz. Not my fave tune but it catches Miles before he lost his lip. Intense.
Pretty Joe Pass Tune
Your song picks at YouTube: Try two from Jamiroquai here and here.
First, the evildoers at BET on Jazz transformed themselves into BET on J, where the only time I'll be hearing jazz will be on commercials or the station promos. Yet I at least had Ovation, which would show one or two interesting concerts per week. Not much. But something if you're over 14 and like tunes. Today, they got rid of Ovation--its in my luxury tier and they didn't even bother to ask me if this was something I wanted--and replaced it with movie channels (Update: They just moved Ovation. Thanks evil cable company...). That gives me about 40 or so movie channels. Nothing for jazz. Thanks fellas.
On the other hand, I just discovered YouTube and its virtually a mecca for music fans.
Here's what I've been able to find so far.
Zero 7 (Take Me Home)Zero 7 (Somersault) Features corny dancing.Zero 7 "End Theme"Zero 7 "Destiny"Three Cat Power Vids: here, here and here (This is Rockets. It features war footage that you won't be seeing on MTV, ever.)Rare Esthero and finally "That Girl" and "Heaven Sent" Vids.Massive Attack "Protection" and "Be Thankful for What You've Got" (with full frontal nudity)Mahavishnu Orchestra "Celestial Terrestial Commuters" (where it looks like they almost lose that tricky time signature...)Koop Anime VidCowboy Bebop ThemeDevo "Uncontrollable Urge" (Check out the choreography at the end. Very cool.)Jamiriquai "Alright"And You Will Know Us By Our Trail of Dead "Mistakes and Regrets"Nice streamlined Bjork tune here and funny Bjork parody here and here.Nirvana "Pennyroyal Tea"http://youtube.com/watch?v=vwjMoO5gzdU&search=nirvanaBig Benefit Song Featuring Classic Soul Singers (not bad..)Classic Chaka Khan and Rufus (wow)ELP "From the Beginning" and Yes "Roundabout"King Crimson (old lineup) Court of the Crimson Ki ing ah aaa ahReturn to Forever "Hymn of the Seventh Galaxy"DJ Shadow "Six Days" and faster dance version here.Stunning Hancock, Clarke Shorter and Hakim. Stunning.Portishead "Only You" and "Glorybox Live"Weather Report "Teen Town"Frank Zappa "Alien Oriface" (a real jazz rock tune.) Tons more Zappa. Frank: I miss you...Big Audio Dynamite "E=MC2"XTC "Making Plans for Nigel"John McLaughlin and Jonas Hellborg "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat"John McLaughlin, Trilok Gurtu, LeBeque SistersAllan Holdsworth "Proto Cosmos"PJ Harvey "Who the Fuck" and "The Letter"John Scofield "Loud Jazz"John Scofield, with the late Don Pullen "Funk"Jimi Hendrix "Little Wing" (with NASA slideshow? (Rocket scientists have good taste in music...)Pat Martino and John Scofield "Sunny" with Joey D on keys...Astrud Gilberto "Girl from Ipanema"David Bowie "John I'm Only Dancing" and "Jump They Say"Beatles "Revolution"Beatles "Don't Let Me Down" and from the Beatles toon "Tomorrow Never Knows"Kaki King "Pretty Pink Noise"Bill Evans "If You Could See Me Now"
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
Attack of the Gifted Jewish Lesbian Guitarists. First up is Mimi Fox above, with a very butch cut but I held out hope that one day she would be mine. She's incredible in this clip by the way. I wish she would just cut a dvd with this band. Dumbass BET on J won't release her concert on DVD. And here's Kaki King. I think its her best live performance. She looks relaxed.
Of course, it you're such a great lesbian Mimi then why are you sitting on Steve Vai's lap? Probably because he's just produced your two cd straight ahead jazz album, one in a group setting and one all solo pieces. I think I understand. So, when my 40 million dollar lotto ticket comes in: "Yes, is this Kaki King? I understand that you need a producer for your possibly not commercial acoustic Hawaiian marching music. I think I can help, but first: there's a lap I know that yearns and yearns for happiness, delivered with a big exuberant smile...."
Monday, June 12, 2006
Monday, June 05, 2006
Our series this week: People more qualified to do Bond music than Madonna. This is Portishead, who openly sample from the Bond Soundtracks, and yet they picked "Madonna". Note the Bond guitar. And here's a scene from "You Only Live Twice".. Stuff gets blow'd up.