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  1. I know this have been done a few times, and I read some of the previous threads, but I'll still ask. I've never really gotten into any classical music, mainly because of the pompousness of much of it (or atleast of the listeners.) For the most part, happy or major classical just isnt doing it for me. So I was wondering if you guys had any reccomendations for dark sounding works by major (but in minor key, if you will) composers. My jazz tastes tend towards the out (not totally free, but stuff like late period trane, sam rivers, ornette etc...) if that helps. Thanks.
  2. march madness

    Checkin in to say GO BLUE!!!!
  3. Headphone Suggestions

    Anyone have suggestion for good ear bud headphone that is in the 25-40 range? Obviously good will be a relative term here. I have heard quite a bit about Sony EX71/51 but im not sure about the sound or the cords.
  4. Yes, but that does not make it proper. Everyone knows what "LOL" means. Is it now part of the lexicon? I can guarantee you that one will get further in life by effectively communicating in a cogent manner. Opening up a cover letter, for instance, with "Hey Yo, I googled your company and...." will get you nowhere 100 out of 100 times. Please, everybody stop the bullshit. I would imagine that 'Dear Sir, I learned about your company from an internet search utilizing Google" would merit the same response. You are arguing the spoken vernacular should not be substituted for 'proper' written English. OK, fine. But that hardly negates the development of new words as essential for effective communication in a quickly changing and complex society. I can't imagine anyone at this point opposing the verb google.
  5. Happy Birthday md655321

    Now that I am an old man at 30 its hard for me to see the screen, and of course arthritis makes it hard to type. Sometimes I have my day nurse read threads to me though. Thanks for the wishes y'all.
  6. Jazz Heritage Society

    The Jazz Heritage Society looks like a jazz oriented BMG, but there intro offer is 7 cds for .99 but with no additional purchases necessary. Not sure how annoying there "selection of the month" stuff will be, but it looks like a nice deal. Anyone else?
  7. This was a thread on another message board (much more indie-rock based) and I found it an absolutely fascinating read. I'm sure many of you have some great examples as well. The basic point is to list and explain not your favorite albums, but the albums that changed your definition of music, or even maybe your definition of yourself or the world. Try to stick to five, but I know I had a helluva time doing that. 1. The Doors - "Touch Me." Don't need no album here (Waiting for the Sun if you need to know, but I started with the Greatest Hits double disc.) One song was all it took, I heard the song playing on the radio coming from my sister's stereo one afternoon. I NEEDED to hear more. I when I finally did I understood for the first time, at 12 years old, what it actually meant to be alive. Zep, Beatles, Hendrix, a Guitar, Pink Floyd, and obsession with lyrics and rebellion, even the desire to read books all came from Jim Morrison and the Doors. This didn't change how I listen to music, this was the single most important event in my life. 2-5 is nothing compared to his. 2. Joe Satriani - Surfing with the Alien. Ok ok, so the album is cheesy, the music is lame, and no one needs to play that many notes. But it was part of my general approach to learning guitar and really excelling. I have played for about 12 years, and have been teaching for almost 8. I figure I've made a lot of money (and friends) off of this instrument. Joe helped me get there. 3. Radiohead - OK Computer. This album help me realized a few things about music. For one, living musicians were creating great songs (who knew?) Also, I was no longer interested in evolutionary or revolutionary music (in the sense of adding to the rock vocabulary), or people with great technical skills, or anything like that. I realized that innovation was frankly overrated and rock had become a language of personal expression. It was simply about saying who you were. No fancy chords, no fancy solos, no fancy lyrics. While all that is fine and dandy, it only mattered if it served the emotional expression. While Radiohead certainly wasn't the first band to do this, they did it very well, and it was the first album I fell in love with that helped me come to this realization. It might me THE key to my enjoyment of current rock music. 4. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue. Perhaps you have heard of it? Oddly enough, it wasn't even the album that did it. My guitar teacher taught me this nifty little chord progression called 'Freddie Freeloader.' Even though it was a very simple 12 bar blues with a twist, I couldn't stop playing it. I figured I might as well go out and buy it. And so begins jazz. The next two Miles discs I picked up were Bitches Brew and Sketches of Spain. Suffice to say this 17 year old was very very confused by this Miles Davis guy. But I loved all three of them. Bring on Bill Evans, and Cannonball, and Wes with Wynton Kelly's trio, and who is that guy on tenor?? 5. John Coltrane - My Favorite Things. I don't even need a whole song on this one, I just need 10 seconds of Elvin Jones' opening cymbal hit and a few notes of Coltrane's soprano. Oh I knew I liked jazz, I just wasn't quite aware yet that it would be how I define my life. If the Doors made my brain what it is, Coltrane made my soul what it is.
  8. Tom Waits Corner

    I tried seraching for a Tom Waits corner, and unless I am blind or stupid or both, I could not find one. No doubt there are many rabid Waits fans on this site, and I certainly consider myself part of that group. I could go on for hours on what I love about Tom Waits, so I will just start with a nifty quote I just came across. "Here's something i stumbled upon at my daughter's birthday party: I rubbed the outside of a large tight balloon and obtained the familiar screaming warble you hear when clowns are making balloon animals. I found that if you put cornstarch on your hands and "play" it, it sounds very much like an Eric Dolphy solo, or a monkey with its hair on fire." - Tom Waits I would say the pretty well encapsulates many of the aspects that makes me love the man and his music. Additionally I will be playing in a jazz duo (2 guitars) on friday where we will be covering an instrumental version of the classic 'In the Neighborhood." Should be fun.
  9. Happy Birthday md655321

    Thanks again y'all! Haven't been around these parts much. I need to rectify that. And Darko still has a chance.
  10. New Jason Moran Trio on Blue Note

    Agreed on best since Black Stars. A simply breathtaking record with some incredible interplay.
  11. Teaching Jazz

    Ive done it a few times already, but I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions. I teach US History at a magnet school for arts (musicians, writers, visual arts, dance) and Im getting to about the jazz age again. Preferably we'd spend a month straight on the importance of jazz, but I suppose I should cover WWII and Vietnam eventually too. I usually show videos of Louis and Duke, and listen to a bit of pre-jazz pop music fluff. I focus on swing, improvisation, and, most importantly, African-Americans use of art to hold on to their humanity during the Jim Crow era. Especially easy to do with the celebratory nature of Louis' music. Anything else that you might think is a good idea? Any other teachers who have done this? P.S. Darko still has a shot with the Wolves. Gonna be his year, I swear.
  12. Beatles Remasters coming! 09/09/09

    Loving most of the stereo stuff so far. Kinda surprised how muffled the mono stuff sounds, though. Its been a fun weekend.
  13. Beatles Remasters coming! 09/09/09

    Loving most of the stereo stuff so far. Kinda surprised how muffled the mono stuff sounds, though. Its been a fun weekend.
  14. Last Chance Blue Notes

    Because its his only chance to be on a good record!
  15. The Holy Grail of Jazz

    Think of how many Monk, Coltrane, Diz, and Bird records we've all heard. Still, those Town Hall and Carnegie Hall records were spectacular, and still quite revelatory. Would love to hear Trane and Wes, but I seriously doubt it exists.
  16. While watching it the other night: Me: Wynton is the most famous "jazz musician" on earth. Music, but not jazz, inclined lady friend: He sure acts like it. Smart girl.
  17. Kid Rock on illegal downloading

    Why did they ask a non-musician about this? He completely misses the point though, as usual. (And yes, I know its supposed to be satire/sarcastic)
  18. So what is your first keg gonna be? I think a kegerator would be pretty dangerous at my place, but i'm gonna get one eventually anyways.
  19. Sports: 2008 NBA Playoffs

    Stons up ten. No way they keep up this style of play. It would be nice though.
  20. Sports: NBA 2007-2008

    C-webb is easily a hall of famer. Those numbers are ridicuous, and dont forget college career counts. he had two fantastic season at michigan.
  21. Well, after about 2 years off, due to the constraints of college, I'm finally getting back into learning jazz. Ive always played alot, and I teach alot, but I haven't been practicing alot, if you know what I mean. A problem I'm having now is how to get past the mechanics of playing into really playing. I know my modes and scales and chords and arpeggios, but I find it impossible not to think about them while playing. So for those of you who are advanced, do you still think about note choices when you play? How do you approach new tunes? Can you play a newer tune without thinking about notes and scales while you play? Another problem is that I am guitar problem. All these scale patterns have ruined me, and constantly find myself playing patterns and not music. But I still cant think quick enough to focus on just chord tones or whatever else. I know how I approach blues, and that is so much more simple, and I dont think about root notes of scales at all when I play, is that what advanced players do when playing jazz? I find the complexity of it almost suffocating. With all the options available, what goes on in one's brain when tackling hard tunes? Hopefully this makes some sense, I have a feeling alot of jazz musicians have gone through what I;m going through. Any thoughts would be GREATLY appreciated.
  22. Sports: NBA 2007-2008

    Stons are dominating. Their bench looks massively improved, with Maxiell improving, Stuckey proving to be very good, and Aflalo and Hayes doing well enough. The starters are getting rest too. I figure the Celtics will be fully worn out by the ECF, so the Pistons have a good chance at losing in 5 games in the finals.
  23. Radiohead's new album

    Why convert the mp3 files to AAC? Doesn't ipod handle mp3? yeah but the bigger files sound better! Um, no they don't. Not when converted from smaller files. You can not regain that lost information, in fact you are just losing more information.
  24. Miles - On the Corner and Beyond

    Me too, but I take what I can get. I kind of like the lack of liner notes for awhile, makes me focus on just the music. Plus, all the track info is available online.
  25. Miles - On the Corner and Beyond

    Thanks to the lovely internets, im giving this a spin right now. 'Minnie' really is a weird one, very much a discoish tune. Im familiar with most of the previously released material. The unedited stuff is great. I'd imagine it will take a while to sink in. Of course, I have loved all electric (up to 75) Miles, so this is no different. Im digging the subdued vibe of Peace/Mr. Foster. Definitely not an 'On the Corner' feel, but fairly revelatory compared to most (all?) other Miles from that period.