Monday, May 25, 2009
Kramer - The Greenberg Variations - Chamber music suite about Hank Greenberg, a power hitter for the Detroit Tigers in the late 30's that gained national fame for refusing to play on Yom Kippur. The mostly placid pieces record are all named for different pitches: "The Spit Ball," "The Knuckle Ball," "The Ephus Ball", a slow pitch used to catch a hitter off-guard, demonstrate a mastery of sound hinted at in the sprawling lo-fi punk and psychedelic-revival albums Kramer helmed for his Shimmy-Disc label in the early 90's.
Jay Bennett - The Magnificent Defeat - R.I.P., cracked pop genius.
The Detroit Cobras - Mink, Rat, or Rabbit (listen) Girl group gone band, or girl-gone-bad group, whatever. Retro-nificent stuff. Ther are playing here in town this coming Monday.
Medeski, Martin & Wood - The Dropper (listen) One of the techs here at works came by and asked if I'd ever heard of the Wood Brothers and in the explanation turned them on to Medeski, Martin and Wood, and in return, they brought me some new computer speakers with a sub-woofer. Turns out there is this aspect of music called bass...
Charlie Hunter - Baboon Strength (listen) Macho downtown jazz-funk all starts to sound the same after a while, even through proper speakers.
and just to fray any thread possibly running through this selection... Bulent Arel's Mimiana I, II, and III all from ANAblog. It gives me a huge new music nerd thrill to hear this early electronic music beamed directly into my phone as I peruse pretentious books at the very library where I would camp out and listen to this arcana two decades ago.