Go see Nils Frahm. Last night's show at the Monument National in Montreal was absolutely beautiful, uplifting, intimate, shimmering, and just plain cool. Later in the evening I went to see Andy Stott and a guy called Deadbeat twisting knobs on a table that, if you were so inclined, you could kinda sorta dance to. [...]
Every week the NY Times mag lists things that they view being neither good nor bad, but "Meh". Add the Emmylou Harris - Rodney Crowell - Richard Thompson concert last night at Massey Hall to the list. All 3 performers are on my "B" list - i.e. worth listening to from time to time, but [...]
I do this every year, but don't always broadcast my favourites. I think the new music released this year was outstanding. I definitely listened to more ambient/electronic music than I have in the past, but Joan Osborne is on the list, and that's just a great straight-ahead blues recording, and some of my favourite tracks [...]
A (very minor) milestone
27 May 2006 was a Saturday. I remember sitting in the back-yard and reading a story in the paper about internet music sharing services: Pandora, last.fm and others. I signed up for both Pandora and Last.fm, but Pandora's Canadian availability was short-lived. I have, however, stuck with Last.fm for the past 6.5 years and [...]
The birth of cool. In Oakville?
Oakville has a jazz festival. I knew that. But I always thought it was a third-rate affair, at best. Could be that I just wasn't paying attention. This year they had some pretty good shows. Yesterday Heidi and I caught performances by Allen Toussaint, and then John Hammond. Showed up to both about 10 minutes [...]