I’m one of the two Stuarts who work at Sub Pop. Stuart Fletcher to be exact. A few months ago I started using twitter to make bite-sized reviews of music I’m listening to. Just for kicks, you know?
Also just for kicks, starting this week and (possibly?) continuing on a weekly basis I’m going to post a few reviews from the week’s listening here. We thought that’d be an all right idea.
I warn you subpop.com reader! I am on a serious jazz listening kick right now and have been for months. The kick is serious, not the music. Not necessarily. But I also warn you! This kick won’t last forever. That’s a warning and a promise.
Follow my listenings on twitter if you wish: here. You can also subscribe to an RSS feed of someone’s tweets without becoming a twitter member yourself. Did you know that?
Without further ado:
Henry Threadgill Sextett: Rag, Bush, & All. 1988. Typically wonderful. About what you’d expect. Arrangement-wise sometimes a whiff of Zappa?
Ornette Coleman: At the Golden Circle, Vol. 1. 1965. Unlike the Atlantic stuff. Differently great. Differently abled?
Charles Tolliver and Music Inc: The Ringer. 1969. No joke — incredible. A quartet with trumpet, drums, bass and piano is an intense proposition.
The Woody Shaw Concert Ensemble at the Berliner Jazztage. 1976. Band co-led by Woody Shaw and Louis Hayes. Super great sextet.
Eddie Marshall: Dance of the Sun. 1977. Bobby Hutcherson’s band of the time under the drummer’s leadership. Quintet (including Bobby Hutcherson). Outstanding.
Bobby Hutcherson: Cirrus. 1974. His supposedly lesser 1970s stuff. I don’t know who is supposing because this rules. Octet with Woody Shaw, Harold Land, Ray Drummond, etc.
Keith Jarrett: Nude Ants. 1979 Euro quartet. Bit too “music for a festival”/“theme from Taxi” (it’s the sax… sorta). No offense to Bob James.
Fleet Foxes, everyone’s favorite of 2008, will be appearing on Saturday Night Live one week from tomorrow (that’s January 17th) and they’ll be playing “Mykonos” and “Blue Ridge Mountains”. This is HUGE! And we wish them the best of luck or to break a leg or whatever is appropriate in this situation. Rosario Dawson hosts, and hopefully Justin Timberlake will just show up like he’s been doing lately.
Attention Kentuckians! On Friday, February 6th, Kentucky’s own Daniel Martin Moore will attempt to take Louisville by strategy. The aforementioned strategy is to play WFPK’s popular Live Lunch at 1pm program at 1pm and then perform at Louisville’s record shrine, Ear X-tacy at 6pm.
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2009 is here and we’re starting off the year real slow like, so there are no new records on which to report this month. There’s nothing like looking backward to see how you’re moving forward (?!), so let’s take a walk down Sub Pop employee memory lane via facebook. Thanks for uploading these unwanted embarrassing photos, friends of my coworkers! Keep ‘em coming and I’ll keep sharing! The first person to correctly identify all of these awkward teenagers will receive a prize of my choosing.