Anita O’Day | Anita Sings The Most

Two things.  One, that’s not the most flattering picture they picked, and two, the MOST?  That’s kind of a weird selling point (this album isn’t like, super long or anything; in fact it’s barely 30 minutes).  You couldn’t have said she sings the BEST, or something like that? 

Anyway, this is a jazz singer from the 50s performing with the Oscar Peterson trio and a guitarist named Herb Ellis.  The setlist is all standards, some slow and some quick.  She handles slow and fast with equal poise, although her speedy singing is probably some of the fastest I have in my whole library (not that I have a ton of jazz vocal stuff).  She also starts with a medley of 's Wonderful and They Can’t Take That Away From Me, which is pretty cool.  There’s a bit of scat singing, and there are a few instrumental solos here and there.  All in all this is definitely a lot of fun to listen to, if not necessarily world-changing or the kind of thing you would transcribe.

Frank Sinatra | Sinatra At The Sands

Here’s a live album of Frank Sinatra with the Count Basie orchestra performing at the Sands hotel in Las Vegas.  Sinatra had recently turned 50 at the time of this recording, and the set includes many Sinatra favorites, including Fly Me To The Moon, You Make Me Feel So Young, September Of My Years, and many others.  There are also a couple of instrumental tracks here and there.  The most interesting thing to me aside from the great recordings of classic Sinatra tunes was hearing his stage banter; I never realized exactly how thick his accent is.  There’s an 11-minute track in the middle where he just kind of tells jokes, and it’s pretty funny. 

(Reblogged from chipsprites)

yo whoever it was that asked that PMA question the other night, sorry if I seemed kinda haughty in my answer

i was really drunk when i answered that and in my drunk mind it sounded less like… confrontational or whatever

but yes, i was quite involved in PMA in my undergrad and i enjoyed every minute of it.  i learned things there i would have never learned in my classes and i made some of the most valuable, lasting friendships of my life there.  OAS AAS LLS

Aphex Twin | Selected Ambient Works 85-92

All right, I guess I have to get into this guy now that he has a new album coming out in like, four days.  I’m not going to get to it by the time it comes out, but I’ll get to it eventually. 

Aphex Twin is the stage name of Richard D. James, a guy who makes electronic music that covers a wide variety of genres but is generally rooted in IDM (a pretentious acronym for ‘Intelligent Dance Music’, or the weird left-field cousin of EDM).  His first two albums are his Selected Ambient Works albums, and they do tend to the quieter side (at least this one does, I haven’t heard Volume Two yet).  While it’s not what I think of as ambient (see: Brian Eno, The Caretaker, etc.) it’s definitely considerably more chilled out than, say, Daft Punk.  Many of these tracks are quite lengthy, especially considering that they don’t necessarily vary enormously throughout.  Despite that they’re pretty enjoyable; even the 9-minute ones don’t really get very tiresome. 

I think no matter how you feel, what situation you’re in, someone else has felt what you feel before.  It’s more than likely someone put it in a song; musicians are feely people.  Ben Folds wrote this song in the 90s and it’s how I feel right now.  I poured my heart out, and it evaporated.

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Charles Mingus | The Black Saint And The Sinner Lady

This is one of the BIG Charles Mingus albums in a pretty important artist’s discography, and it’s one long piece in four movements.  If that sounds high-concept and serious, it’s because it is.  Plenty of jazz is fun to listen to, or mood music, or music you can sing along with or dance to, but this isn’t.  That’s not to say it’s bad, but trying to put this on in the background while you cook dinner will probably weird you out more than put you in a good mood. 

I don’t think I had heard this album anywhere before I bought it, but there were definitely parts of it that sounded really familiar.  Maybe it was sampled in something, I dunno.  This piece is also a ballet, and the instrumentation here most closely resembles a big-band.  Sometimes there are licks that would, in another context, be super groovy and swingin’, but here it sounds like they’re telling a story or something.  There’s a part where the band cuts out and suddenly, from nowhere, there’s a flamenco guitar.  I don’t necessarily buy into these high-concept albums in general; I think I’ve remarked before that I’m just not a big fan of rock operas, and this feels kind of like a jazz opera.  That isn’t to take away from the importance of this piece, but as it is I don’t really dig this.

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Anonymous said: Not to seem weird but did you rush PMA?

If by ‘Rush PMA’ you mean was I the vice president and FEO of my chapter, then yes, I rushed PMA

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