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Radiohead and Rupture: A Moon Shaped Pool, and A Doom Shaped (Labor) Pool

The last time Radiohead released a record it was February 2011 and the Wisconsin protests were taking form, the Arab spring was blossoming, and the undercurrents of the Spanish Indignados movement were flowing. Occupy was soon to follow. In that 2011’s King of Limbs used manic beat programming and digital effects to concoct feelings of […]

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A Week of New Duos: Reviews: Iyer & Smith, Iggy Pop & Homme, Batman & Superman

Vijay Iyer and Wadada Leo Smith’s “A Cosmic Rhythm with Each Stroke” is stunning. Seemingly a duet between Smith’s ethereal trumpet and Iyer’s probing piano, Nasreen Mohamedi’s drawings and poetry as inspiration makes for a trio. A trio vastly different from the Iyer trio. Though Iyer commands a pulse here, the music lacks Iyer’s characteristic […]

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Remembering Ornette Coleman

Ornette Coleman has left us. But we still have him. Listen to ‘The Shape of Jazz to Come’ this evening and keep him with you that much longer. ‘The Shape of Jazz to Come’ is one of my very favorite records, and of that record, the recording of ‘Lonely Woman’ has to go down as […]

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Vijay Iyer and “Reaching” in Jazz Music

A few weeks back I witnessed Vijay Iyer, one of my favorite pianists, play a mesmerizing concert with the Vijay Iyer trio featuring Stephan Crump and Marcus Gilmore. It was without a doubt the most spectacular performance I have ever seen, and I suspect it will be my favorite concert that I will ever see. […]

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Jason Moran’s Tribute to Thelonious Monk: A Review of “Jason Moran’s, In My Mind, Monk at Town Hall, 1959” at the Kennedy Center

Jason Moran, one of the most talented jazz pianists currently working, has created a thoughtful and compelling tribute to the indispensably idiosyncratic Thelonious Monk with his performance of “In My Mind, Monk at Town Hall 1959”, shown March 28th at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Moran converses deeply with Monk, with Moran beginning the […]

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On Abstraction: a Kantian take on Abstract Expressionism and Impressionism, and the Possibility of Abstract Music

What I seek is a different understanding of avant-garde music that will in turn amount to new sonic presentations. Taking as inspiration post-war visual art driven by abstraction, I hope to apply my thoughts on the abstraction in their methods to music. It began with a visit to the Musee d’art Comtemprain de Montreal this […]

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Album Review: Wu Tang Clan’s “A Better Tomorrow”

I am a big fan of Wu Tang Clan, so I feel obligated to share some thoughts about the recently released “A Better Tomorrow”, their sixth full length album, despite my break from ausomeawestin. A Better Tomorrow is a pretty fun hip-hop record that draws inspiration from the cinematic aspects of Wu Tang Forever, even […]

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