Brandon Burke

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  1. Now reading...

    every time it occurs to me to look for this, whatever shop i'm in at the time doesn't have any. O'Brien is fantastic!
  2. Now reading...

    me too.
  3. Favorite Solos

    I love that one too. Should also mention... * Mal Waldon on "Warm Canto" (The Quest) * Mary Lou Williams on "It Ain't Necessarily So" (Black Christ of the Andes) * Roland Kirk on "Moonray" (Out of the Afternoon)
  4. Harold Land

    This LP pretty much rules all the way through. As a sidenote, on the day that I brought it home (i.e. the first time I ever played it) my record player was still on 45rpm from the last thing I had listened to earlier in the day. Those of you who are already familiar with this record know that the title track is already a scorcher. Well... imagine it at half-again its original speed! I remember thinking to myself, "son of a b*tch, that's fast!" Then, of course, I went back into the other room, took a peek at the table, and went, "oh..". (I still play it at 45rpm every once in a while.)
  5. Luc Ferrari

    sad news indeed. he will be missed.
  6. Where's Clementine?

    I must admit that I understand hardly anything of what he's saying, just because of his writing style. My not being a native speaker might have something to do with it. ← Clem certainly does write in a specific and highly personalized style. That any one of us would not completely undetstand him is prefectly reasonable, I think. Those of us who do "get it" -- a qualification, it seems, based upon the books we've read -- understand that some concepts are best expressed in short, splatter-shot bursts of thought. I feel it's awfuly shortsighted of some posters to call out Clem's chosen manipulation of Anglo English as anything other than educated and purposeful. We all have our canvases...
  7. Where's Clementine?

    Clem and I share, among other things, a Lawrence/Austin connection. He also sent me a list of 25-30 book recommendations over email once. Good ones, too. Flann O'Brien, David Mathews, etc. So any claims as to his "illiteracy" are...well, I don't even know what...
  8. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Man, I forgot I even had that record! Must reacquaint myself with it soon...
  9. Friends, I will be in Barcelona, Spain from Sept 8-17th for the Int'l Assoc of Sound Archivists conference. Flight was $1,100 and I was told to keep the entire trip "around the $2,000 range". The hotels recommended by the conference are between 88-149 Euro a night, while the ones in the Let's Go/Frommer's/etc guides are closer to 30-60 Euro. Just so we're on the same page here, I have absolutely no problem staying in less-than-luxurious accomodations, so long as I can be assured that the neighborhood is safe. This would allow me to write the entire trip off and set some money aside for a couple of decent meals, a night or two of drinks, and a Spanish pressing of Black Gipsy. The conference is being held at the Institut d'Estudis Catalans, just beside the Biblioteca de Catalunya in what appears to be the Las Ramblas area. Any advice regarding the neighborhood, cheap places to stay, record shops, etc would be greatly appreciated, as I am wholly unfamiliar with Barcelona. thanks, Brandon
  10. Tell me about Barcelona!

    Thanks folks. And believe me, I have every intention of checkng out the Gaudi work. Did some internet research just now and it seems there's a good number of record shops. This one even has a copy of that Shepp record!
  11. Saturday Night Live Best-ofs

    Don't sleep on the Ferrell extras! The unaired "miner" sketch is amazing, as is the footage of his original audition for the show.
  12. Simon: Gentlemen, I'd like you to meet your captain, Captain Oveur. Capt. Clarence Oveur: Gentlemen, welcome aboard. Simon: Captain, your navigator, Mr. Unger, and your first officer, Mr. Dunn. Oveur: Unger. Mr. Unger: Oveur. Mr. Dunn: Oveur. Oveur: Dunn. Gentlemen, let's get to work. Simon: Unger, didn't you serve under Oveur in the Air Force? Unger: Not directly. Technically, Dunn was under Oveur, and I was under Dunn. Dunn: Yep. Simon: So, Dunn, you were under Oveur, and over Unger. Dunn: Yep. Oveur: Uhh, that's right. Dunn was over Unger, and I was over Dunn. Unger: So, you see, both Dunn and I were under Oveur, even though I was under Dunn. Oveur: Dunn was over Unger, and I was over Dunn.
  13. vinyl storage options

    Record spines and books alike can be an attractive addition to a living room. Baffling that so many people hide them while leaving dreadfully ugly plastic boxes (read: television sets) in plain view...
  14. San Francisco jazz spots??

    That's too bad. Unlike Austin, San Francisco is flooded with good used LP shops.
  15. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Bought a silly OJC copy of Pheneas Newborn The Newborn Touch today, mostly because it features Frank Butler on drums. So far, I've played it three times. I clearly need to spend more time with Mr. Newborn...
  16. My friend's paintings.

    Been meaning to post this for a while now and keep forgetting. Tim's work is really great. He mostly does pieces for friends, asks them to name a person whom they admire, and then works from there. He did this King Tubby painting for me over the spring. figured you guys might dig this stuff, Brandon
  17. What vinyl are you spinning right now??

    Don't know that the original press is, but I'm spinning an immaculatly clean copy of Cecil Taylor's Conquistador as I type. Thanks to (our) clifford thornton for bringing it up on the phone just now!
  18. Laser rot, anyone?

    The quick and dirty answer is yes. Environmental conditions (read: heat) are the primary causes of warping. The others are [1] prolonged diagonal storage and [2] prolonged storage in horizontal piles. Basiaclly, storage in situations involving either uneven and prolonged support or uneven and prolonged pressure. Something else to consider, though it's more of an institutional worry: discs should be rotated at regular intervals so as to avoid prolonged pressure on any one point along the perimeter of the disc. Not doing so can result in a kind of warping, rippled in appreance. Under reasonable storage conditions (temp, RH, etc.) both formats should last a very long time. Shellac, I would argue, is better suited to handle heat...the most immediate cause of warping. [EDIT: Of course, that answer only addressed warping. The other thought, as I understand it, is that there are fewer potential chemical reactions in a shellac-based disc than polyvinyl chloride. This is significant when considering the types of degradation that occur when discs are indeed stored under recommended archival conditions.]
  19. Favorite Jazz Drummer(Bop, Hard Bop)

    Is it "Something for Kenny"? The one where he uses fingers and knuckles...
  20. Favorite Jazz Drummer(Bop, Hard Bop)

    Shit man, the only reason I hopped onto this thread was to mention Frank Butler! I find him especially enjoyable on Contemporary dates like Elmo Hope Trio, Harold Land The Fox, and Hampton Hawes For Real. Definitely give him another look. I like Jimmy Cobb and all but find Bulter much more exciting...
  21. Digitize Your Compact Discs...?!

    This was too funny not to pass along... link happy friday, Brandon
  22. Digitize Your Compact Discs...?!

    Okay, perhaps I was a but too subtle in my initial post... I'm not suggesting that this is some new revalation. Quite the opposite. The process he describes is a no-braner in the first place. I seldom hold onto commercially issued CDs. I rip them onto iTunes and sell them almost immediately...unless, of course, they have cool artwork or interesting liners. Otherwise, 4"x4" artwork is nothing I'm worried about keeping. And yes, external drives are imperative...jazz or otherwise. Anyway, the point of the post was not so much the writer's suggestion as it was the very concept of "digitizing" an already inherently digital medium. The title of the piece assumes that CDs are somehow analog.