Ziggy Comes Alive

 Ziggy Stardust  grabs you on the first line and doesn’t let go until it hits its ending refrain- reminding you that “you’re not alone!”  My copy of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars wasn’t in the best condition when I bought it, and high school and college didn’t leave it in any better shape.  That…

The Quine Tapes

I’ve always loved those two first Velvet Underground records, obviously, I mean I am, like, a human. But, there is something to be said for the power of the band playing relatively straight rock and roll.  There’s just something on these tapes that isn’t on the others, not even the other live albums from 69….

No One Cares

Sinatra had a brilliant stream of album covers in the 50’s, man.  No One Cares is his final installment. The Chairman and his arrangers, Gordon Jenkins and Nelson Riddle, crafted a thematic journey that began in ’55  with the incomparable In the Wee Small Hours, and guided us by streetlamp – cigarette by cigarette –  through every…

Mingus Mingus Mingus

  Enjoy this wonderful 1964 set from Mingus and his cohorts above, and read about it here.  Then, I promise you’ll want to check out this documentary about his 1966 eviction.

Monk’s Modern Music Movie Time

If the last decade and a half has taught us anything, its that if a jazz legend was doing something in the first half of the 20th century, chances are pretty high that some one was recording it. And shit – we ought to feel pretty lucky for that. The above documentary, Straight, No Chaser, from…