Robert J

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    Excellent news and a great idea to dive right into the music.
  2. RIP Ron Asheton

    THE ASSOCIATED PRESS ANN ARBOR, MICH. – Punk guitarist Ron Asheton of The Stooges has been found dead in his Ann Arbor home. He was 60. City police Sgt. Brad Hill says officers discovered Asheton early Tuesday after they were called to his home around midnight by an associate who had not heard from him in several days. Hill says there were no signs of foul play, and the death appeared to be of natural causes. Asheton was an original member of The Stooges, the influential protopunk band founded in Ann Arbor in 1967. Asheton's brother, Scott, was the band's drummer. Asheton's distorted guitar was a hallmark of the Iggy Pop-led group's late-1960s and early-1970s sound. He was named the 29th greatest guitarist of all time in 2003 by Rolling Stone.
  3. subwoofer recommendations?

  4. RIP Ron Asheton

    Classics chicago tribune story The godfather of punk guitar, Ron Asheton of the Stooges, was found dead Tuesday in his Ann Arbor, Mich., home. Asheton, 60, had not been heard from for a few days, and police were called to the guitarist’s house by his personal assistant to check on him. An investigation continues, but police do not suspect foul play..........
  5. Hey Nate - congrats for getting to 35 unscathed. Congrats too on The Ultimate Frog.
  6. No special Xmas brews, other than regular Canadian winter bocks. But I usually buy 4 half-liter cans of OSH for $9.70 CDN every Friday
  7. subwoofer recommendations?

    I recently picked up a sub from SVS after hearing so many good things about them. I went with the second from entry-level (PB12NSD) and it easily competes with subs 3x the price that I demo-ed. Because of its unique design, they are massive. You will impress everyone who hears and sees it Last night I started watching the 3+ hour director's cut of "Das Boot" and my 14 year old son kept coming down to tell me to please turn it lower (scenes when the depth charges went off). I explained it wasn't just the volume, but the fact that it goes as low as 14hz! SVS - American site They also have a UK dealer - in your £500 range
  8. HELL YEAH! I can't believe Don was not the first to come to mind. I have many of his recordings and I have seen him play bass and piano and vibes. A former band mate of mine even bought a bass amp from him But maybe Don doesn't count - for the purposes of this thread - as "primary instrument" for him is hard to define.
  9. Arturo Sandoval on piano instead of trumpet. And doing a fine job.
  10. Bill Carrothers

    I bought this after reading many great reviews. A very unique "suite" covering a period between 2 young lovers whose lives are split up because of WWI. It is a little challenging at first but is very moving - a great use of poetry, traditional songs, voice/dialogue and instruments. He's also got a great sense of humour! From his MySpace entry: Sounds Like Chicken. No wait...tastes like chicken. Smells like victory. Sounds like wind in tall grass or rat's feet over broken glass in my dry cellar. At least that's what T.S. Eliot said. He also was a guest on the AAJ site series "Catching up with", so lots here re bio and his funny mind:
  11. Joe - Re, Toronto... no international acts - Wayne Shorter is next week. The best bet would be this great collection of "local" players. You probably know Kirk is a fellow Nova Scotian. Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra Saturday, November 29 2008, 8:00pm - 10:45pm Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra plays the music of Kirk MacDonald, with Lorne Lofsky (guitar), Nancy Walker (piano), Neil Swainson (bass), Barry Romberg (drums) Saxophones: P.J. Perry, Don Palmer, Alex Dean, Dave Neill, Perry White Trumpets: Joe Sullivan, Rob Smith, Kevin Turcotte, Brian O'Kane, Jason Logue Trombones: Terry Promane, Kelsley Grant, William Carn, Gord Meyers Venue / Location: Humber College Auditorium, Lakeshore Campus, 3199 Lakeshore Blvd. W., Toronto Contact: Christina Takaoka - 416 675-6622 ext 3361 - Tickets: $20, Students & Seniors $10 _________________________________________ If you want to be in Massey Hall again, then: Toronto Blues Society Women's Blues Revue The stunning Women's Blues Revue celebrates its fifth anniversary at Massey Hall, having begun 22 years ago in the small clubs of Toronto. The annual event has evolved into the city's most popular blues showcase consistently delivering the most eclectic and exciting mix of women in blues, from new faces to established artists, representing a diverse array of backgrounds and embracing a wide range of styles. Nov. 29 @ 8:00 PM Massey Hall, 178 Victoria St. | Tickets: $35 - $45 Phone: 416 872-4255
  12. James P. Johnson

    I grabbed a copy of the Smithsonian recordings when I visited Chicago last year. Love it! Also have various Bessie Smith discs with him as the accompanist. The Red Hot Jazz site includes quite a few real audio files to check out as well as being a good discography source (see the band links above the solo links)
  13. Mitch Mitchell

    I always dug the drum-work on Axis Bold as Love She's so fine - and so is Mitch Castles made of sand - great groove! Little Miss Lover - funk that puts the Chili Peppers to shame
  14. Mitch Mitchell

    Agreed, very sad. One of the best rock drummers during '66-'70.
  15. it's a sad, sad day -

    Lonely Hearts Club
  16. *** Frank Zappa ***

    Agreed on the violin. Maybe Zappa was worried about being another Mahavishnu? However, I did get to see Ponty's keyboard player - Allan Zavod - on Zappa's 1984 tour. ------------------- "Alan Zavod, our 1984 keyboard player... ...would end his solo with this thing that everybody called 'The Volcano.' He held the sustain pedal down and churned and smashed away to get a big blur going, and then topped it off at the end with a flourish. It worked every time, but it got to be a band joke. In fact, Alan really is a great pianist (and film composer). It's just that maybe -- because he was working in a rock and roll band -- he thought that type of solo was the appropriate vehicle to project his aura across vast continental areas." — Frank Zappa, The Real Frank Zappa Book
  17. Agreed - saw them in Toronto about 3 weeks ago - reported on this already. I was quite prepared with plugs and ear protectors. 130 dB baby!
  18. Goofy stuff on the web

    Lethal gas leak in West Virginia
  19. organissimo #1!

    Excellent news guys! Now you can stop bragging about making the Smooth Jazz list.
  20. Is that really Paul Anka?????

    Yeah we know but he did give the world this:
  21. I know I've heard it a few times... must sleep on it to place it.
  22. George Shearing

    The first Shearing vinyl I got was a used copy of The Shearing Piano (Capitol Jazz) It made me realize the harmonic possibilities of the left hand with his unique arpeggios and of course his signature block chords. Live at the Cafe Carlyle with Don Thompson (Concord) An amazing duo recording. Don is a great Toronto performer on the bass, vibes and piano.
  23. Downsizing the collection

    Yes - agreed about the spine/visibility, a nice bonus feature. They are perfectly shaped for the spine cardboard and I actually had fun replacing my jewel box collection. Worked even with double CDs. Most of my CD collection are in a couple of entertainment unit drawers and I can easily flip through them. Probably better if you have them upright in a tower display. I had to build some small dividers in the drawers, like a kitchen utensil drawer. They tend to slide a bit as a group if held in a longish area. But still, you can see the spines quite easily with these guys. I understand there are cheaper alternatives, but I’d get more if I acquire a few more hundred CDs.