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The newish hit movie La La Land is creating quite the tempest in a teapot in the jazz world these days, and even a few ripples of jazz-related commentary out side of it. The prospects for an awards bonanza are quite strong, starting with the recent Golden Globes and perhaps continuing to the Oscars. Which…

Another annual obsession to add to the list, along with the listings of best science books? Look like it, if last year and this year are anything to judge by. This particular post collects lists of “best of the year” jazz albums I’ve found across various websites. For the purposes of this project, I’m not…

Magma, the strangest rock band of all time, needs you to help finance a documentary film about their life and work. So here goes. Up until a year or so ago I’d never heard of the French prog rock band Magma, or at least their music had never penetrated my consciousness. But last year while…

(OK, Music Monday one day late…) Science books are an abiding, long term passion, one which has been reflected here on the blog by my compulsive listing of the Best Science Books of the year, 2015 included. This year I’m expanding the obsessive listing franchise to include another abiding passion, jazz music. But I won’t…

It’s been a while since I posted one of these lists, that’s for sure. A couple of weeks ago someone on Twitter posted a link to the Tool version of led Zeppelin’s No Quarter. “No that’s cool!” I thought to myself. Wouldn’t it be fun to add that to a bunch of other great cover…

It’s been a very long time since I did a Music Monday of any variety, never mind of the Five songs I really love variety. So it’s fun to check in again and share what I’ve been obsessing over on my iPod and on Youtube lately. And oddly, some of these are repeats from earlier…

I’m a huge Eric Clapton fan, particularly of his blues output, always have been, always will be. There’s only one artist I’ve seen in concert more time that EC, but more on that later. One of the things I’ve always found interesting and admirable about him is his desire to collaborate with other artists, to…

Here’s a list worth giving a listen to: 10 Scientist Rock Stars. Let’s take a look, starting with by far the most famous: Brian May. Brian May is the guitarist for a little band called Queen. He is consistently ranked as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. And he has a Ph.D. in…

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…

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these, so I thought I’d highlight some of my more recent musical discoveries. Long Way Home by Kelley Hunt. So. A month or so ago I’m browsing on the second floor in a local used bookstore and some really cool bluesy music is on their sound…

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