what I’m listening to now – playlist

Right now playing Shakti ‘What need have I for this…’ which is John McLaughlin from the 70’s in his Indian raga mode.  These cuts are really nice, especially with the violin played off against the guitar and tabla.  Although it is a different era, works well with the chillout stuff.

Other favourite recently is Bonobo’s album ‘Animal Magic’ which I still haven’t been able to acquire but which has several cuts on the playlist.  They often play this album at the Orangery, which is where I first heard it.  Very nice, especially while working or something.  I’m often listening with the headphones at the office these days. Fila Brazillia is also sounding good in the electronica vein.

Added the only track available on last.fm from Victor Wooten, almost had the chance to see him in Towson MD but it didn’t work out.  Nevermind.  Having seen the Flecktones on a number of occasions, it would have been nice.  Check out his track on last.fm ‘Liz and Opie’ it is good. Percussive bass.

Nothing else is in particular high rotation at the moment.  Sometimes dipping into the bebop still.  I like the way most of the jazz usually fits in with most of the electronica and other stuff on the playlist, which is always evolving. 

last.fm playlist – revised

New additions – cuts from Herbie Hancock’s “River: the Joni Letters”, which won album of the year in the Grammy’s.

I’ve been listening to last.fm lately and building up/revising the playlist.  It is a rather eclectic mix, with musical styles and periods from bebop to trip hop with some folk and unclassifiable acoustic and electronic blends. 

It is evolving with both new and old material being added.  At the moment I am pretty happy that it is playable, even with an odd mix the tracks seem to work together pretty well.

If you happen to listen, tell me what you think.  http://www.last.fm/user/msjaco/

what I’m listening to now – lateral drift

I’ll work backwards from the present moment: 

Listen to Toumani Diabate on All Things Considered 28 Feb 2008 new music – http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=87760956 Mali kora (harp). He has a new solo album out and the cut featured on this program is lovely – rippling arpeggios in turns sad and uplifting with some oddly familiar melodic fragments.  I was first aware of him a few years back when he did an album with Taj Mahal Kulanjan that was a joint exploration of African music and the roots of blues, basically Taj finds his deeper roots. 

Found NPR music when looking for more Jose Gonzalez. http://www.npr.org/music/ It features live streams and a searchable compilation of NPR music-related programs across the US, with audio and video clips as well as transcripts and articles, podcasts etc.  A full range of music is featured from jazz and blues through to indie etc. What is great is that syndicated and local programs are all there.

Jose Gonzalez on NPR Music, this article features two videos of him performing in that Blanton art museum in Austin Texas as part of KUT’s Retread Sessions: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=18917069

Lately a number of strands have come together drawing my attention away from jazz to genres (how I hate labels!) known as ‘chillout’ ‘trip hop’ ‘electronica’ etc. I’ve been picking up related tags in Last.fm and have rebuilt my playlist although it is still a bit of an odd mix ranging from John Coltrane and John McLaughlin including some Bert Jansch still through to Bonobo, Massive Attack, Air and Morcheeba.

Swedish indies The Perishers ‘Come out of the Shade’ was stuck in my head for about two weeks. Listen on YouTube (the video is lame but the music is resonant for some reason) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sI-22tQxPFY Other cuts from their most recent album, Victorious, are also quite good.

Found them by looking at other music videos produced by Andreas Nilsson who made some of Jose Gonzalez’ music videos. http://www.nixonnoxin.com/

Links up back to Jose, doesn’t it?  Lateral drift to African kora…the soundtrack of my life at the moment.

Internet radio – updated 3 Jan 2008

Here are some internet radio channels I’ve been listening to (new ones and some from previous posts).  Thought it would be nice to collect them in one place.

My current favourite – KJAZZ Cal State Long Beach brings you a range of classic and contemporary jazz also with a California accent. I like the ‘public radio’ culture. Programmes and announcers I like include Bob Parlocha, Brad Williams, Nick Tyler.  http://www.jazzandblues.org/index.aspx

  • Blues Radio UK – classic blues up through contemporary, automated programming (no announcer): http://www.bluesradio.co.uk/
  • Belly Up 4 Blues – more emphasis on blues rock: http://www.bellyup4blues.com/
  • Dig Jazz – from Australia, mostly contemporary and bebop, highlights Australian artist but not exclusively. ‘Fly-casting’ type programming, so no announcers and sometimes strange jumps from one tune to another http://www.abc.net.au/dig/jazz/default.htm 
  • KCSM public radio from San Mateo, California, jazz, this is their regular broadcast with that lovely northern California accent and membership radio culture: http://www.kcsm.org/jazz91/listen.php (playlist at  http://www.jazzlist.org/) Every time I hear their announcements about gigs, I think “I want to go to Yoshi’s (in Oakland)!” It is a bit weird to hear about “Morning cup o’ jazz” when it is afternoon here, though. Latin jazz with Jesse Varela is nice. Chris Cortez and Clifford Brown (son of the famous) are good too.
  • KXJZ Capital Public Radio, Sacramento – this is what we used to listen to in Davis.  They have NPR talk programmes, some jazz (used to be more) and the great Mick Martin’s Blues Party on Saturday afternoons as well a Prairie Home Companion.  You have to listen live, so check the schedule: http://www.capradio.org/ 
  • Lagniappe Jazz (from N’orlins) – a wide range of jazz, with some broad programming but often just a mix with a little Dixieland and classic jazz thrown in with modern and contemporary http://www.lagniappe.la/stations.asp?stationid=noradiojazz
  • Scottish Radio Blues Connection is a nice blues and blues-rock programme with announcer and archives so you can listen anytime: http://www.internetradio.co.uk/blues.html
  • WKCR Columbia University radio station, wide range of programming, includes jazz:  http://www.columbia.edu/cu/wkcr/ recommended by Dan B.