J Larsen

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  1. how the fuck so, Guy & respectfully, how well do you really know the history of the American record biz? we can name a handful of exceptions-- Dylan's evolution on Columbia, the Ramones on Sire (which had been indie)... & what else? distribution deals do NOT count!!! Prince? fine, keep going. (& don't tell me Duke on Victor or any such hogwash... the assimilation of the record biz into greater pop cult machine is the worst godamn thing that ever happened, then & now. edc knows it, you should know it too. MG's original statement (which you deleted) said: This is quite clearly false. As you stated yourself, Dylan on Columbia and Duke on Victor (and Columbia) are major exceptions. Sticking to jazz, two of the most important jazz innovators in the past half century (perhaps THE MOST IMPORTANT) did much of their most important work for major labels -- John Coltrane on Impulse!, Miles Davis on Columbia. I'm sure we can come up with other, less significant innovative recordings by other artists for major labels. (Was Decca a major label when they recorded the Basie band?) If we're going to talk about rock, besides Dylan (already mentioned) we have the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Santana, the Band, the Velvet Underground, and Frank Zappa. I'm sure there are other examples. Guy Impulse wasn't a major label. In the sixties, the criterion for major label status was that the firm had to own its own distribution network. ABC didn't. I'm not an expert on Davis. The story I heard was that Columbia did Prestige's manufacturing and the boss of the pressing plant told his boss about how many Miles Davis records he was manufacturing, so Columbia hired him. Sounds to me like Prestige did the legwork, Columbia took over a ready made star. Prior to WWII it's quite difficult to tell which were the major labels. From 1926 to 1938, for example, Columbia clearly wasn't. It went bust in 1926, after nearly 2 decades of financial problems during which it had continually had to sell off bits to keep going. It was then acquired by its former UK subsidiary, then sold to an engineering firm called Grisby-Gronow or something like that, then sold to ARC, who closed it down in 1934. It wasn't reopened until CBS bought ARC in 1938, shut down Brunswick and Vocalion and restarted Columbia and OkeH. Nor am I an expert on rock. However, Zappa (and Velvet Underground?) started up on Verve. As for ABC, MGM, the owner of Verve, wasn't a major. Not sure how innovative these other bands you refer to were but in any case, we're talking about black music here. MG Even if Miles was already a star when Columbia signed him, and that's most likely true, Prestige had nothing to do with the major artistic innovations that Miles achieved while with Columbia. That seems to me to be patently obvious to jazz fans who are not experts on Davis. I don't know that I would give Columbia credit for that, either... at that point in his career, my impression is that Miles did WTF Miles wanted to do.
  2. Jazz Kat turns 18

    Happy birthday!
  3. Happy Birthday, Guy!

    Happy birthday!
  4. I've been to Parisi's and walk by it all the time (usually on the way to a restaurant or wine shop), but I didn't even know they made pizza. Below Houston in that area there is still definitely a LOT of mob activity. Not necessarily in the form of public violence, but there is a lot of shadey business activity down there.
  5. Have you got jazz loving neighbours?

    One set of next door neighbors are a pair of rich 19 year olds going through their ironic 80s phase = nothing but Michael Jackson's Thriller album. The other set are an older couple who primarily reside in France and, on the rare occassions that they are home, play Otis Redding. Upstairs I have a guy who very occassionally plays techno that I can only hear if I really try. The guy across the hall doesn't seem to listen to any music, but smokes so much weed that my living room occassionally reeks of it. I'm definitely the loudest person on my floor between my stereo and my electric guitar, but the neighbors seem to be very tolerant.
  6. they only put meat on the pizza if you ask for it. True, but most cheese contains meat (rennet, made from the stomachs of calves). I'm pretty sure fresh mozzarella is typically rennet-free (though a quick web search revealed that this is not always the case...), but if you are vegan I guess that is a non-issue - the pizza thing just isn't going to happen. I was a vegan for a while and found that the worst vegan food was the stuff trying to emulate inherently non-vegan food. The one vegan pizza I had was really depressing. I was making pizza a couple of weeks ago and forgot to get a non-dairy cheese substitute for a neighbor who's breast feeding baby's intestinal track doesn't like it when mama eats dairy. I made a pie with red sauce, lots of roasted garlic and some fresh basil, it was very tasty. That's the way to do it. The path to misery and despair is paved with "vegan cheese".
  7. they only put meat on the pizza if you ask for it. True, but most cheese contains meat (rennet, made from the stomachs of calves). I'm pretty sure fresh mozzarella is typically rennet-free (though a quick web search revealed that this is not always the case...), but if you are vegan I guess that is a non-issue - the pizza thing just isn't going to happen. I was a vegan for a while and found that the worst vegan food was the stuff trying to emulate inherently non-vegan food. The one vegan pizza I had was really depressing.
  8. lombardi's is your "neighborhood delivery" place? g_d what a life of oppulence you must live.... I used to live around the corner, now I'm a few blocks up. They haven't been nearly as consistent since the character-killing expansion, but the pies are still often great and never worse than pretty good. This may be a fluke, but in my experience you tend to do much better with delivery than with in-store pies, almost as if they are more careful with orders from regular customers vs. the tourists who constantly mob the restaurant. Overall they still make a nice pizza, but I won't go in anymore unless I'm with a friend of mine that knows the management. Otherwise the high school age hostesses sit you in the back with all the tourist riff-raff. That certainly resonates. You know what I don't get? It was much easier to get a table before they expanded to like six times the size! You always had to wait for a table at dinner, but it wasn't like the line wrapped around the corner or anything. And you used to always be able to walk right in and take any table for lunch during the week. Forget about it now.
  9. lombardi's is your "neighborhood delivery" place? g_d what a life of oppulence you must live.... I used to live around the corner, now I'm a few blocks up. They haven't been nearly as consistent since the character-killing expansion, but the pies are still often great and never worse than pretty good. This may be a fluke, but in my experience you tend to do much better with delivery than with in-store pies, almost as if they are more careful with orders from regular customers vs. the tourists who constantly mob the restaurant.
  10. what are you drinking right now?

    Robusto is just a size, isn't it? One size smaller than a Churchill? I think they do have several lines, with several sizes within each line.
  11. what are you drinking right now?

    That's a pretty damn good price for a Cuban Cohiba if you're in the states...
  12. what are you drinking right now?

    Do you have a Whole Foods near you? The one by my apartment stocks Adam and Fred, two of their flagships brews (and two of the best I've had from the states). They are NOT beers for the faint of heart - they are very, very bold. I slighlty prefer Adam, a darkish, bock-like beer, to Fred, which is a very strong amber-ish Belgian style beer.
  13. Lee Morgan: THE RAJAH

    Better than The Sidewinder. Guy Yes, that really is a disappointing record for me. I was really bummed when I got that one home.
  14. Lee Morgan: THE RAJAH

    Wild... I love Cornbread and am always baffled when people inclined to like that type of jazz at all aren't into it (though that is what makes us human...), but I've always found Dippin' to be a little weak. Taste is a funny thing.
  15. What's for Dinner?

    The lady made a damn fine Morrocan coucous with lamb tonight.
  16. pitchfork music festival

    I saw Cat Power last night... with her new band there is a certain "professionalism" to her sound that I'm not so into. I know this is kind of a messed up thing to say, but as an audience member I truthfully prefered her more eratic/raw phase.
  17. what are you drinking right now?

    I had Atwater once and thought it was total crap. The Brown ale is the best thing Brooklyn Brewery sells in a bottle. If you ever want to try something REALLY gross, grab a bottle of their chocolate stout if you ever see it in a store. You know where they make really good beer in the US? Portland, OR. No lie. You are hard pressed to find most of the best Portland beers outside of the NW, though - in fact many of the best breweries out there only sell their beers on site.
  18. what are you drinking right now?

    I was drinking that last night, out of neccesity. I'm not a big fan of their beers (they all tend to have this sour note to them), but the brewery in Williamsburg is worth a visit if you're ever in town. They actually have a couple varities there that they don't bottle or distribute that are muh better than the varities they make commercially available, which I've always found to be quite odd. I'm currently finishing off a bottle of Domaine des 2 Anes Corbieres. Pretty good for an organically produced, no-sulfite wine. A little musty, but I guess that is unavoidable (or so it seems).
  19. My neighborhood delivery place, Lombardi's, is pretty good. Grimaldi's in Brooklyn (right over the bridge) is also very good. John's on Bleecker is often very good. This is somewhat controversial, but I also really like the Patsy's on the UES. I haven't had pizza outside the city that compared to the best pizzas in NYC. I'm not saying it doesn't exist (in fact I bet it does), but I haven't had it.
  20. Aug. & Sep. 2007 - US Blue Note RVG CD Reissues

    Lost Sessions was a Conn and has not been readily available in quite a long time.
  21. Aug. & Sep. 2007 - US Blue Note RVG CD Reissues

    I used to know more about this from a project I was working on, but I'm fuzzy on it now. As I recall their purpose is to reconcile the fact that various category-specific coding schemes use different formats (e.g. ISBNs are X digits long, the analogous codes for cds are Y digits long, etc.) This would clearly be important for mega-retailers with huge inventories who sell many types of products. I'm sure Kevin can clear this up.
  22. Do teams generally own their stadiums in England? Here the norm is for the hosting city to pay for the stadium and lease it to the team, typically at a rate far below market. Yes, I think so. Many of the football clubs have been around since the late 19th C. MG Right, I knew that, but I thought that they were playing in modern stadiums.
  23. Aug. & Sep. 2007 - US Blue Note RVG CD Reissues

    They are unique identifiers for products like books, cds, etc.
  24. Do teams generally own their stadiums in England? Here the norm is for the hosting city to pay for the stadium and lease it to the team, typically at a rate far below market.
  25. Happy Birthday Randissimo!

    Happy birthday!