Thursday, March 06, 2008

Steel jazz bebop - my new fave genre
"Still Around by the Rudy Smith Quartet is the first record Rudy Smith made under his own name after the Modern Sound Quartet. Now, if you’re wondering what steel pan music is, you should stop what you’re doing and watch the mindboggling live video here. Rudy Smith apparently recorded this album while living in Denmark with Ole Mathiessen on piano, Niels Prøstholm on bass and the South African Gilbert Matthews on drums. Steel drums are generally used for traditional Afro-Caribbean pan music, but Rudy makes use of them in a bebop & jazz context." Source: Undomondo.

I'm currently listening to Otinku by Modern Sound Quintet (get it here), jazzy 70s biz from Harold Vick on Strata East, the new Erykah Badu album, and Muhsinah, a singer from Washington DC who sounds a hella lot like Georgia Anne Muldrow. It's a funky, jazzy time.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Attention audio snobs.

Do coat hangers sound as good as Monster cables?
By Mark Frauenfelder, Boing Boing

200803031241"The cables made by Monster Cable (the company that enjoys suing other companies that have the word "monster" in their name) sound no better than coat hangers, according to a man who ran a blindfold test to compare the quality of audio running through each. Can you tell the difference between music that passed through a pricey Monster stereo Cable, and a coat hanger?

A reader forwarded us a post from the Audioholics Home Theater Forum and its author says no. He says his brother ran an experiment on him and four other audio aficionados listening to a new CD from a new group blindfolded. Seven different songs were played, each time heard with the speaker hooked up to Monster Cables, and the other time, hooked up to coat hanger wire. Nobody could determine which was the Monster Cable and which was the coat hanger.

The kicker? None of the subjects even knew that coat hangers were going to be used."

Sunday, March 02, 2008

Ring The Alarm playlist, BaseFM, March 1
Restless soul - Turn me out
MIA - 20 dollar
Joe Gibbs - Colour TV
Junior Murvin -Cool out
Joe Gibbs - Heavy duty dub
Sharon Jones and Dapkings - How do I let a good man down? (Live, KEXP)
War -Southern part of Texas
New mastersounds - Witness
Recloose - Solomon's alive
Don Drummond & Skatalites - Man in the street
Chosen few -Do your thing
Buddy Miles - Them changes
Freddie Cruger - I feel quote whatever
Freddi Henchi - Funky to the bone
Beat conductor - Caribbean path
Dr Tree -Eugino D
Chico Hamilton - El toro (Mark de Clive Lowe remix)
KRS One & DJ Premier - Criminal minded 2008
Gorillaz - Feel good inc (Kut Korners reggae remix)
DJ C and Quality Diamond - Let it Billie
Round 4 feat Tikiman - Find a way
Solomonic sound - Children of Israel
Little dragon - Test