There is a web site called Africanjazz. I had never visited it because I didn’t know it was ‘out there.’ But, as often happens when I am in my emusic account and dealing with the chaotic sprawl of its offerings looking to bring some new music into my world, I leaned into Google, and, discovered a page of brand new recommendations at AfricanJazz about jazz from South Africa.
There I discovered bassist Herbie Tsoaeli‘s new recording African Time Quartet in Concert (Live.) Went back to emusic and downloaded it. It is a strong statement of the people’s music, as Abdullah Ibrahim would call it.
I had seen Tsoaeli’s name on recordings by SA greats Zim Ngqawana and Winston Mankunku Ngozi, but I had not noted a year ago that his debut recording African Time had been named the South African Jazz Record of the Year for 2013.
Legendary bassist Johnny Dyani, who notably played with The Blue Notes and Abdullah Ibrahim, was, stature-wise, his continent’s Charles Mingus. This post remembers with fondness the flame of Dyani fervor that inflected my musical friends during the Vermont years. You know who you are.
Late last week one of my go-to iPad music app developers, Igor Vasiliev, released Soundscaper. I have recently being using his Altispace Reverb a bunch–after plugging into its library 325 convolution wave files from my own vast collection. Nowadays, I don’t pull the trigger on every intriguing music making app that gets released. Soundscaper had already earned a preview from Doug at The Soundtest Room. I’m not a big fan of the 8 bit, lo-fi ethos and even though I am an ambient-oriented, deep listening, slow music, (sure) soundscaper, I held off on Igor’s new app.
The review at musicappblog turned a phrase, And, like the difference between a blindfold, inexperienced potter with some lumps of clay and a spinning wheel, and an expert pot maker who can craft something beautiful with their eyes closed, mastering SoundScaper’s control set is going to take a little time…, and I pulled the trigger.
I started out with one of my raw drones in the first oscillator slot and approached Soundscaper as a performance interface. Instead of hearing its goal to be the result of the oscillator, instead I intuited that its goal is to perform the sample using manipulations of its interface. Soundscaper is not a synth, it’s a multi faceted means for manipulating a sample in real time.
I’ve been experimenting with an oddball iPad app called In C, that renders Riley’s iconic piece, but, as well, can be used as a programmable midi controller oriented to a minimalist pattern-making capability.
1 FKA Twigs-Weak Spot 3:43
2 Gene Watson-It’s Not Love (But It’s Not Bad) 3:37
3 Yvette Landry-Misery Loves Company 6:11
4 Catherine MacLellan-The Raven’s Sun 3:18
5 Jenny Queen-Mother’s Son 3:34
6 Emma Ruth Rundle-Some Heavy Ocean 1:41
7 Bill Patton-I Broke Your Toy 3:19
8 The Civil Wars-Poison & Wine 4:02
9 Rosanne Cash-Tell Heaven 2:40
10 Leonard Cohen-I’m Your Man 5:58
11 Secret Sisters-Good Luck, Good Night, Goodbye 3:34
12 Jeff Tweedy-I’m Only Sleeping 3:36
13 Stone Coyotes-Let The Wild Horse Run 3:37
14 Ariel Pink-Four Shadows 3:40
15 Ex Hex-You Fell Apart 2:45
16 The Greyhounds-I Remember 3:36
17 Chrissie Hynde-Everyday Is Like Sunday 3:34
18 Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin-You’ve Changed 3:12
19 Richard Thompson-Wall Of Death 3:23
20 Wussy-Home 3:41
21 The Flaming Lips-Within You Without You (Featuring Birdflower & Morgan Delt) 4:39
Another take on some of my favorite pop music from, mostly, 2014. I compiled this for KW “who needs some pop and sonic angst” for last year. Special note: thank you Barbara Keith of Stone Coyotes for keeping your flame burning.
I was really happy to see the fine actress Alicia Witt take a character role in last year’s season of Justified. It wasn’t the best season of my favorite TV show, but it did bring Ms. Witt back onto my screen as the non-sociopathic sibling of a Florida crime family. She acquitted herself excellently and even got to exact revenge on her crime boss bro.
She’s a good singer/songwriter too. I recently learned this and so now can you.
1 MARY GAUTHIER I Feel The Same 4:16
2 THE SELDOM SCENE It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue 3:20
3 STURGILL SIMPSON Living The Dream 3:51
4 FLECK & WASHBURN Bye Bye Baby Blues 3:26
5 AMY LAVERE Self Made Orphan 3:57
6 LEONARD COHEN My Oh My 3:36
7 THE BOTH No Sir 3:46
8 RYAN ADAMS Stay with Me 3:06
9 ALISON MAY Ophelia 4:00
10 THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Wide Eyes 2:56
11 ROSANNE CASH World of Strange Design 3:24
12 SLOAN You Don’t Need Excuses to Be Good 3:42
13 JON DEE GRAHAM Look Up 3:15
14 ARIEL PINK One Summer Night 3:57
15 PARQUET COURTS Black and White 3:04
16 THE WAR ON DRUGS The Haunting Idle 3:08
17 THE WAR ON DRUGS Lost In The Dream 5:25
18 WUSSY Acetylene 3:53
19 WUSSY Teenage Wasteland 4:39
20 STONE COYOTES Let The Wild Horse Run 3:37
21 MICHAEL NESMITH Grand Ennui 4:48
Taster of some favorite 2014 folk/country/pop/rock. Enjoy the mp3 on your ‘device.’
1. Release lots of music,
2. Conquer your backyard.
3. Skip the middleman.
4. Work with people who ‘get it.’
6. Own your publishing.
7. Learn the skills people want to rent to you.
8. Use the internet
9. Seed interest with freebees
10. Get everybody’s name/email and give them something free in return.
11. Use your artistry to educate.
13. Have fun; if you’re not having fun you’re not fully honoring your blessed talents and good fortune.
14. Plan and Be Attentive to Lucky Moments
15. Three decade + long careers almost always require one to be healthy