By Catherine Wagley
By Catherine Wagley
By Wendy Gilmartin
By Jennifer Swann
By Claire de Dobay Rifelj
By L.A. Weekly critics
By Catherine Wagley
By Zachary Pincus-Roth
GREG BURK’S EMOTIONAL 10
Tomata du Plenty’s interment (10/8) and wake (11/5). Love.
Charles Lloyd at the Knitting Factory (10/2) and The Water Is Wide (ECM). Peace.
Brad Mehldau, Places (Warner Bros.) and at Homeless Health Care Benefit (6/11). Meditation.
Listen to :
Real Audio Format "Heaven" - Charles Lloyd "Airport Sadness" - Brad Meldhau "Foundation #1" - William Parker Trio "Oceans Once Deserts" - Cline/Gauthier/Stinson "Big Time" - Medeski, Martin & Wood "Screwdriver" - The Bell Rays
William Parker Trio, Painter’s Springand Matthew Shipp Quartet, Pastoral Composure (Thirsty Ear). Welcome.
Carla Bozulich’s Fake Party at Schindler House (8/27). Inspiration.
Medeski Martin and Wood, The Dropper (Blue Note). Elevation.
Halford, Resurrection (Metal Is). Resurrection.
The BellRays, Grand Fury (Vital Gesture/ Upper Cut). Fury.
CARLOS NIÑO’S 10 TO ZEN
1. Wild Flowers: The Hour of the Season, February 19. Lives were changed when Joseph Jarman (woodwinds and movement), Adam Rudolph (hand drums and percussion) and Oguri (butoh) made a true association for the advancement of creative beings.
2. Adam Rudolph’s Moving Pictures, September 29. Hamid Drake took the trap kit, bata and def to the outerspheres. Wow. Ralph Jones (woodwinds), Rudolph (percussion and composition) and Oguri (butoh) made their ascent from the floor of the Electric Lodge in Venice to the skies of mind and spirit.
3. The Unavailable. When they get around to releasing ’em, seek out Tortoise’s Standards (Thrill Jockey), Sonic Sum’s Human’s Here EP (Ozone Music), Tri Pinnacle’s Diagnol Ryme Garganchula EP (Anti Pop), Saul Williams’ Amethyst Rock Star (American), Yesterday’s New Quintet, (no title yet) (Stones Throw).
4. Los Angeles producers. Daedelus is flyin’ high. Damn. (See firstname.lastname@example.org.) Dntel has new music forthcoming on Plug Research — electro, acoustical love musics. Adlib is only 22 and he’s already made five records. The Global Phlowtations spearhead is freakin’ the chop something wonderful. Sach has me lookin’ out for more than just mixtapes. John Tejada’s latest, The Matrix of Us (De:Focus), is amazing. Is that really techno? — Languis’ Unithematic (www.simballrec.com); Nobody is the best unsung DJ in L.A.
5. Divine Styler. The lyrical bizarre ain’t back; he’s been here from the beginning, and now you can buy what you slept on two years ago, Word Power 2: Directrix (Mo Wax/Beggars Banquet).
6. Mike Ladd, Welcome to the Afterfuture (Ozone Music).
7. Mice Parade, Collaborations (Bubble Core).
8. Nobukazu Takemura, Sign (Thrill Jockey).
9. Plaid, Trainer (Warp).
10. Yusef Lateef & Adam Rudolph, Beyond the Sky (YAL/Meta).
DAN EPSTEIN’S LIFE-AFFIRMING 13
1. The Delta 72, 000 (Touch & Go). Humble Pie jams with the Stooges at James Brown’s backyard barbecue.
3. James Brown, etc., Funky People, Part 3 (Polydor). Another jaw-dropping compilation of rare grooves from the Godfather’s funkiest period.
4. Blue States, Nothing Changes Under the Sun (Eighteenth Street Lounge). Greco-British DJ Andy Dragazis out-Airs Air; an amazing debut album.
5. Smokey Robinson’s radio show on WCMG-FM 92.3, Monday–Thursday, 8–10 p.m.Four nights a week, soul music’s poet laureate dishes out romantic advice and Motown trivia in a voice that’ll melt your blood into butter cream.
6. David Holmes, Bow Down to the Exit Sign (1500). Memo to Moby: Bow down to David Holmes!
7. Rhapsodies in Black: Music and Words From the Harlem Renaissance (Rhino). A magical four-CD time machine that revisits the East Coast roots of hip-hop and rock & roll.
8. High Llamas, Buzzle Bee (Drag City). Bye-bye Beach Boys, buon giorno Roma!
9. The BellRays, Grand Fury (Vital Gesture/Upper Cut). The flaming middle finger on the front cover says it all.
12. Robert Belfour, What’s Wrong With You (Fat Possum/Epitaph). Impossibly deep acoustic blues from another remarkable Fat Possum discovery.
13. The Jupiter Affect, Instructions for the Two Ways of Becoming Alice (Eggbert). Sure, I played on this and co-wrote two of the songs. But the still-potent combination of Michael Quercio and Earle Mankey should be reason enough for you fuckers to buy a copy . . .
DERRICK MATHIS’ DEN OF 10
1. Bare Essentials, Volume One (Naked Music)
2. David Alvarado, Soundscapes Live From London (Phatt Phunk)
3. Glenn Underground, Lounge Excursions (Guidance)
4. Ian Pooley, Since Then (V2)
6. Masters at Work, The Album (Cutting Records)
7. Dzihan & Kamien, Freaks & Icons (Six Degrees)
8. Marques Wyatt, Sound Design Vol. 1(Om)
10. Various Artists, Live @ Melodic: Three-Year Anniversary (mixtape of Melodic’s annual party).
ERIK HIMMELSBACH’S 10 FROM THE PEN
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