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Mon, Sep. 17th, 2007, 01:16 am
glazomaniac: loosely defined

what is your favorite pop song?

(forgive me if this is unwanted here)

Thu, Aug. 16th, 2007, 04:59 pm
goethe_re_scape: a few songs I've been enjoying

I'm a bit sick and going down for a nap so no descriptions sorry.

Les Classels - Exodus

Sonia Santos - Poema Ritmico Do Malandro

Piero Umiliani - Cinque Bambole (Vers. Coro)
Piero Piccioni

Sat, Aug. 4th, 2007, 01:09 pm
touch_me_tomato: Art Davis, double bassist, dies at 73.

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Art Davis, the renowned double bassist who played with John Coltrane and other jazz greats, has died. He was 73.

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Davis died of a heart attack Sunday at his home in Long Beach, his son Kimaili Davis told the Los Angeles Times for a story in Saturday's editions.

Davis was blacklisted in the 1970s for speaking up about racism in the music industry, then later earned a doctorate in clinical psychology and balanced performance dates with appointments to see patients.

"He was adventurous with his approach to playing music," said pianist Nate Morgan, who played with the elder Davis intermittently over the last 10 years. "It takes a certain amount of integrity to step outside the box and say, 'I like it here and I'm going to hang here for a while.'"

Known for his stunning and complete mastery of the instrument, Davis was able to jump between genres. He played classical music with the New York Philharmonic, was a member of the NBC, Westinghouse and CBS orchestras, and played for Broadway shows.

The most enriching experience of his career was collaborating with John Coltrane. Described by jazz critic Nat Hentoff as Coltrane's favorite bassist, Davis performed on the saxophonist's albums including "Ascension," Volumes 1 and 2 of "The Africa/Brass Sessions" and "Ole Coltrane."

The two musicians met one night in the late 1950s at Small's Paradise, a jazz club in Harlem.

Davis viewed his instrument as "the backbone of the band," one that should "inspire the group by proposing harmonic information with a certain sound quality and rhythmic impulses," Davis said in an excerpt from So What magazine posted on his Web site.

By following his own advice, Davis' career flourished. He played with a long and varied list of artists: Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Louis Armstrong, Judy Garland, John Denver, the trio Peter, Paul and Mary and Bob Dylan.

Davis began studying piano at age 5 in Harrisburg, Pa., where he was born in 1933. By sixth grade Davis studied the tuba in school because it was the only instrument available, he said.

By 1951 he decided to make music his career. He chose the double bass, believing it would allow more opportunities to make a living. At age 17 he studied with the principal double bassist at the Philadelphia Orchestra. But when he auditioned for his hometown's symphony, the audition committee was so unduly harsh and demanding that the conductor Edwin MacArthur questioned their objectivity.

"The answer was, 'Well, he's colored,' and there was silence," Davis recalled in a 2002 article in Double Bassist magazine. "Finally MacArthur burst out, 'If you don't want him, then you don't want me.' So they quickly got together and accepted me."

After high school, Davis studied classical music on scholarship at the Manhattan School of Music and the Juilliard School of Music. At night he played jazz in New York clubs.

In the 1970s, his fortunes waned after he filed an unsuccessful discrimination lawsuit against the New York Philharmonic. Like other black musicians who challenged job hiring practices, he lost work and industry connections.

With less work coming his way, Davis returned to school and in 1981 earned a doctorate in clinical psychology from New York University. For many years he was a practicing psychologist while also working as a musician.

As a result of his lawsuit and protest, Davis played a key role in the increased use of the so-called blind audition, in which musicians are heard but not seen by those evaluating them, Hentoff said.

The accomplished musician also pioneered a fingering technique for the bass and wrote "The Arthur Davis System for Double Bass."

Davis also wore the hat of university professor. He taught at UC Irvine for two years. Most recently Davis was a part-time music instructor at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa.

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Besides his son Kimaili, Davis is survived by another son and a daughter.

Thu, Dec. 14th, 2006, 12:55 am
trocadero: the three bells

Anyone know of a compilation that has "The Three Bells" by the Browns? I heard it on an episode of the Sopranos the other day and it absolutely floored me. Apparently, their stuff is kind of hard to find. Haven't tried iTunes yet (my home internet signal is temporarily down).

Wed, Dec. 13th, 2006, 03:00 pm
glazomaniac: tis the season: happy holidays from the mildly concussed individuals in sound rationale

merry christmas

01. marcel - god rest ye merry gentlemen
02. the mormon tabernacle choir - hark! the herald angel sings
03. bing crosby - good king wenceslas
04. dean martin - silver bells
05. the royal guardsmen - snoopy's christmas
06. jimmy buffett - mele kalikimaka
07. roger miller - old toy trains
08. johnny & june carter cash - xmas with you
09. margo guryan - i don't intend to spend christmas without you
10. cocteau twins - winter wonderland
11. cranes - happy xmas (war is over)
12. darlene love - marshmallow world
13. the temptations - silent night
14. handel - hallelujah
15. wham! - last christmas
16. prince - another lonely christmas
17. james brown - santa claus go straight to the ghetto
18. kurtis blow - christmas rappin'
19. eazy e - merry muthafuckin' xmas
20. the fall - no xmas for john quays
21. the sonics - santa clause
22. twisted sister - let it snow

tis the season for sharing! so what you, YES YOU need to do is to spread this around as much as possible. to everyone, everywhere.

Thu, Nov. 16th, 2006, 04:15 am
goethe_re_scape: (no subject)

You may have heard on the radio (or god forbid your own music library!) Gwen Stefani besmirch the good name of pop yodeling with her two-bit Fergie impression that is Wind It Up; a waste of a perfectly fun Sound of Music sample.

So I submit to you my two current favorite pop/country songs with some nice understated little yodels.

Slim Whitman* - Indian Love Call

Johnny Western - Cowpoke

*my user icon

Wed, Dec. 6th, 2006, 04:30 pm
jared667: Darlings - experimental music tonight

Hello everyone.

There is a show at New World Brewery, and my band Darlings is playing.

All sounds are improv but tasteful.


Fri, Oct. 20th, 2006, 02:09 pm
lone_concertina: What a treat!

Come Together: Motown Sings The Beatles

01. Diana Ross & the Supremes - A Hard Day's Night
02. Four Tops - Eleanor Rigby
03. Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out
04. The Temptations - Hey Jude
05. Marvin Gaye - Yesterday
06. Diana Ross - The Long And Winding Road
07. The Supremes - Come Togethter
08. Syreeta - She's Leaving Home
09. Diana Ross & The Supremes - You Can't Do That
10. Four Tops - The Fool On The Hill
11. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - You've Really Got A Hold On Me
12. The Marvelettes - Please Mr Postman
13. Four Tops - Michelle
14. Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - And I Love Her
15. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas - Something
16. Gladys Night & The Pips - Let It Be
17. Diana Ross - Imagine
18. Jr. Walker - My Love
19. Edwin Starr - My Sweet Lord
20. Barret Strong - Money ( Thats What I Want)
(Tracklisting from a Dutch site. I tried to fix it, but don't hate me if I missed something.)

I uploaded the full album for you guys. I normally wouldn't do that, but I haven't found a place to buy it besides Amazon.co.uk and it's over $100 there, which is ridiculous.

Mon, Oct. 16th, 2006, 04:45 pm
__agentorange: (no subject)

Need some more rap.

any recs along the lines of old Boot Camp Clik (Black Moon, Smif n Wessun, etc.)

just anything New York.

Fri, Sep. 29th, 2006, 02:22 pm
nowaitbutlisten: Brenda Holloway

Brenda Holloway

I was going to make a post about some of the songs I've been feeling lately but when I realized I wanted to post four Brenda Holloway songs I figured might as well just devote this whole damn post to my newest obsession. I am damn near in LOVE with this woman right now!

Essentially the story with Brenda Holloway is full of what ifs and might have beens. Berry Gordy signed her to Motown but she never really had a hit. And it kinda makes sense because she certainly wasn't Motown. She was born and raised in Watts, not Detroit. And she was full of spit and fire and not smooth and sweet like Mary Wells or Diana Ross. She wrote her own songs! Plus, she was sexy as hell. Definitely, definitely not Motown!

Sadly, Motown waited to release her second album and she retired before they got around to releasing it. She hasn't done much since. Too bad because this is the lady responsible for "You've Made Me So Very Happy" and damn if that ain't a brilliant song. In fact, she was so good the Beatles handpicked her to open up their 1965 US tour! How are you not gonna end up famous after that? It's a damn shame. I mean honestly, imagine if this woman had recorded in Muscle Shoals or Memphis! Man!

You've Made Me So Very Happy
Every Lit Bit Hurts
Just Look What You've Done
When I'm Gone

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