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The fallout of the Great Sonny Rollins Jazz Satire Blowup of 2014 is still reverberating through the jazz community, prompting new uproars and bouncing off a surprising number of new jazz eruptions in the wider culture. Definitely interesting times to be a jazz fan, if not always for the right reasons. Some cool stuff going…

Is jazz satire possible? Can it possibly be funny or even relevant? This question is more immediate and pressing that you would normally imagine in the wake of serial controversies in the jazz world. It all began at the end of July when The New Yorker posted a article in their humour column by Django…

Music critics. Got to love them. Just the right mixture of disdain, hipster arrogance and snobbery to set the teeth on edge. Ooooh, love that band no one has ever heard of. Hate that band that “sold out” and became famous. They were so much more authentic when they were poor and no one heard…

Ok, not really. It’s hard to directly compare the industrial disco-metal stylings of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails with the tango nuevo of Argentina’s Astor Piazzolla. The music itself is very different. Or is it? Both of them — Piazzolla and Reznor — certainly create music that has a propulsive, relentless almost narrative drive…

The Who is pretty well my favourite band of all time. Without a doubt. Way back in the seventies (yes, I’m that old) when everyone else was arguing about whether the Beatles or the Stones were the greatest rock ‘n roll band in the world, I always argued it was The Who. Townshend, Daltry, Moon…

Music Mondays: Five songs I love

Another list of songs I really love, this time leaning a bit on the heavy side. I by Black Sabbath (performed by Heaven & Hell). This is one of my favourite Dio-era Sabbath songs, from the underrated Dehumanizer album (Dio/Sabb box set). This sizzling live version is performed by the reformed Dio-era version of the…

Welcome to the latest feature here at Confessions of a Science Librarian — Music Mondays! My plan is to have a vaguely music-related post here most Mondays, somewhat in the vein of my Friday Fun posts, but probably not quite as regular. I’ll probably mix in short CD reviews, odd bits I’ve found on the…

Here Comes Science by the alt-rock band The Might be Giants is a delightful CD/DVD set of kids music and video about…Science! The set comes with both a CD with all the music and a DVD with all the videos wrapped into a show with animated, light-hearted commentary and introduction by the two Giants, John…

I’m talking about the new-to-me Wolfgang’s Vault! Among other things, it includes a Vault Store, where you can buy prints and other swag; the Concert vault with 2859 concerts, the Crawdaddy magazine & archives. The concerts material can be sliced & diced into playlists and radio shows. The concerts are by, among others: The Allman…

Five Perfect Rock Songs

Apparently inspired by the occasional Five Songs I Love posts I’ve been doing (here, here and here), Ava at Jemsite asked me if I wouldn’t mind coming up with one for their blog. Well, it sounded like a cool idea — so here’s what I came up with. It was a fun experience so I…

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