(Reblogged from chipsprites)

August 30, 2014. Brunch in Santa Monica.
Blazer: H&M - $69 (similar, 2, 3, 4)Shirt: J. Crew Factory - $22Pants: Slim Straight Khaki - American Eagle Outlet - $14 (similar)Pocket Square: PC491 - The Tie Bar - $8 (similar)Shoes: Charlie - J. Shoes - JackThreads - $80Belt: J. Crew Factory - $22Watch: Stillwell in Chocolate - Jack Spade (c/o)Sunglasses: Ray Ban Clubmaster - $89 (EZContactsUSA) (cheaper)

I would wear the shit out of this outfit


August 30, 2014. Brunch in Santa Monica.

Blazer: H&M - $69 (similar234)
Shirt: J. Crew Factory - $22
Slim Straight Khaki - American Eagle Outlet - $14 (similar)
Pocket Square: PC491 - 
The Tie Bar - $8 (similar)
Shoes: Charlie - J. Shoes - JackThreads - $80
Belt: J. Crew Factory - $22
Watch: Stillwell in Chocolate - Jack Spade (c/o)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban Clubmaster - $89 (EZContactsUSA) (cheaper)

I would wear the shit out of this outfit

(Reblogged from stayclassic)

Well, Tumblr, I done lost my job.  I don’t talk about my personal life on this blog as much these days, and even when I mentioned it more I rarely mentioned my job, but I had a job working at a personal injury law firm, and they really liked me there, but unfortunately, I wasn’t working out.  I’m disappointed in myself, but I’m not going to beat myself up about it, especially considering the turnover rate there.  It was a high turnover rate, is what I’m getting at. 

Now, I’m not telling y’all this for sympathy, because I’m already on the move to find another job, and I know I’ve got a good resume and good people skills and all of that stuff.  I’m not too worried about finding employment again (yet; if I’m still jobless in two or three weeks I’ll probably start getting worried).  The real reason I’m talking about this is, until I’m getting paid to do something again, I’m probably going to be cutting down very heavily on the music posts.  The reason is that everything I post is something I own on CD, if it exists on CD, and I can’t afford to be buying 4-5 CDs a week with no income.  The fact that I won’t be able to do this probably disappoints me more than you all, but there’ll be a few more before I run out for a while. 

Anyway, thanks for reading my blog.  Hopefully there won’t be a whole lot of time before I can start posting original content again.

That was a strange way of saying ‘hopefully I get another job soon’.

Sufjan Stevens | All Delighted People EP

Sufjan Stevens, this is an hour long.  This is not an EP.

Although it’s not really an album, either.  This is a collection of odds and ends centered around two versions of the title track, which borrows elements from Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound Of Silence, which you may know as ‘the song it plays when GOB does something stupid in the fourth season of Arrested Development’.  Also included are some quiet folksy Stevensisms and the 17-minute long (read: too fucking long) Djohariah, which has almost no lyrics outside the word ‘djohariah’ and not very much more structure.  The title track’s probably worth hearing but a lot of this stuff is, in my opinion, not his best.

snowboe said: The only album of hers that I have is her greatest hits, but it has quite a bit of variety in regards to some jazz standards and other songs that were popular when they were released. If you can't find that then I can definitely recommend just youtubing "Sinnerman". Great great great song. Was used in the movie The Thomas Crown Affair (I think that's the name at least). A lot of her albums are live recordings, so they can be hard to really listen to but great to compare to studio albums.

I’ll have to look into it!  I’m not huge on Best Of albums.  I believe I’ve heard ‘Sinnerman’ before though!

snowboe said: Have you ever listened to Nina Simone? She's a jazz vocalist, but her voice is really haunting and seeing your latest album review pop up on my dash just made me think of asking you that.

I’m familiar with Nina, but I don’t have any of her albums yet!  For all my love of jazz, the vocalists in my collection are few and far between, but Nina is definitely on my list of people to check out.  When I’m digging through the proverbial crates where I find a lot of my jazz albums, my first impulses are usually towards pianists, or people I know really well already, or Blue Note Records (especially if the album art is cool).  The other thing is that, with many artists, I know which albums are good and which ones aren’t, but I don’t know Nina’s like that, and I generally hesitate to buy something if I don’t know anything at all about it.  I need to research her some more.  Do you have any recommendations?

The Underachievers | Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium

The Underachievers are an underground hip-hop duo signed to Flying Lotus’s Brainfeeder records whose debut mixtape Indigoism was probably one of the best mixtapes of 2012.  As new as this album is, Indigoism still gets more plays on their page on Last.fm, which I think is kind of telling.  This isn’t a bad album but it’s not a huge change from their sound on mixtapes.  They’re still rapping about the whole ‘third eye’ thing, and being indigo and having gold souls and a bunch of weird, quasi-religious cultlike imagery.  Their beats are weirdly catchy, like they generally are, although there are some bigger names around this time (Ryan Hemsworth, Statik Selektah, Portugal. The Man, The Ruby Suns) (I’m not kidding, Portugal. The Man is on this album), and their rapping is deft and generally flows well, but the fact is there’s just not a ton to separate this from the great, possibly better music they’ve already released for free. 

Weather Report | Mysterious Traveler

First off, that’s some cool artwork, if you ask me.

This is my second album by Weather Report, the jazz fusion group of Joe Zawinul and Wayne Shorter, among others.  The other one I have is Heavy Weather, the album with far and away the band’s most famous tune, Birdland.  This one doesn’t have any big singles like that.  From the names of the tracks (Nubian Sundance, American Tango, Jungle Book, Cucumber Slumber) it’s obvious that this band identifies heavily with world music, especially the music of Africa.  Many of their tunes involve repetition of a simple melody with various embellishments, and a few ‘world instruments’ here and there as well.  It’s quite different from, say, Return to Forever or Mahavishnu Orchestra.  

Lee Morgan | The Sidewinder

Lee Morgan (whom I always confuse with Lee Jordan, the Harry Potter character) was a jazz trumpet player who often played in the ‘soul jazz’ style, this album being one of his more well-known soul jazz recordings.  Apparently the title track was even popular enough to be on the radio.  Unfortunately, Lee Morgan died pretty young, but his style was strong and articulate, with catchy melodies.  The rest of the band here does well, especially Joe Henderson.  I’m not super familiar with Barry Harris.

Album Artwork | Jazz Pianists 1

1.  Oscar Peterson - Oscar Peterson Plays The Cole Porter Songbook (1959)
2.  Bill Evans - Sunday At The Village Vanguard (1961)
3.  Herbie Hancock - Takin’ Off (1962)
4.  Bud Powell - The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (1951)
5.  Thelonious Monk - Monk’s Dream (1963)
6.  Keith Jarrett - The Köln Concert (1975)
7.  Ahmad Jamal - At The Pershing: But Not For Me (1958)
8.  Andrew Hill - Black Fire (1964)
9.  Duke Ellington - Money Jungle (1963)
10.  Erroll Garner - Concert By The Sea (1955)

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