BT- This Binary Universe

In late summer 2006 all I was listening to was ( ), Roman Candle, and Kid A so in retrospect I guess I should have known that whole moving to Boston with my girlfriend thing wasn’t really going to work out. I was also, if my aging ego driven memory serves me right, discovering the beauty of…

Jorge Ben’s Samba Esquema Novo

Jorge Ben’s masterpiece is somewhere between the soft sophistication of Bossa Nova and the hard, complicated, and cosmic debris of the Tropicália movement. Samba Esquema Novo  may lack the grit and conceptualism of Tom Ze or the fuzz and fury of Os Mutantes but is driven by complex rhythmic structures and the beautiful voice and changes of Jorge Ben. Ben’s playing…

Ravi Shankar’s Improvisations

David Fricke, senior writer at the lumbering archaic beast Rolling Stone, commemorated the life of Ravi Shankar last week with a terrific survey of the Indian musician’s prolific career. I’ll save any pointless rehashing for a more talented writer and recommend this wonderful 1968 interview from the same magazine. I’ll add only that Shankar’s music represents the vision…

These Three Kings

Some people just accept B.B. King unquestioningly. As if to say: “Yes, I understand the blues is a thing, and yes I understand this man is playing something that qualifies as that, you say he’s the best? Sure, why not” Well, as Jay-Z once pointed out in his ode ’99 problems’ you don’t get from the…

Guru Guru- UFO

Recently I was lent Nikos Kotsopoulos’ wonderful collection of essays entitled Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and it’s Legacy due to my increasingly rejuvenated interest in Can, since the release of their powerfully great Lost Tapes boxset  this summer. The book, to say the least, has had me digging out records I haven’t touched since 11th grade. If you look…