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Jazz improvisation recordings, 2014

This page contains my jazz improvisation recordings from 2014. As you'll hear below, these jazz recordings feature such highlights as cracked notes, poor note choice, unsteady rhythm, and meandering phrases! And that's why recording myself is so important. Show More Summary

Chance the Rapper and the Social Experiment Remix Jeremih's "Planes"

Earlier this year, Jeremih released his single "Planes", which features a guest spot from J. Cole. Now, Chance the Rapper has teamed with his band the Social Experiment (Lido, Peter Cottontale, and Donnie Trumpet) to remix the song.Show More Summary

Guillaume Tell - more than complete

Rossini Guillaume Tell; Michael Spyres, Judith Howarth, Andrew Foster-Williams, Virtuosi Brunensis, Antonino Fogliani; Naxos Reviewed by Robert Hugill on Apr 13 2015 Star rating: 4.0 Striking new live version of Rossini's last opera,...Show More Summary

Thinking and playing - My encounter with violinist Eric Silberger

Multi-layered Pagannini Caprices, playing in a volcano and writing modern baroque music, all this and Mozart with the Philharmonia Orchestra. My encounter with violinist Eric Silberger. The young American violinist Eric Silberger has just made his debut with the Philharmonia Orchestra (18,19 April 2015) performing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. Show More Summary

Staff Picks and Good Shit for the Week of April 24

tfw the molly kicks in Yo, when was the last time you watched this Céline Dion video? Like really watched it? We’ve been playing it non-stop here. Shit is t-i-i-i-ght. Like, who are those dusty dudes? Why is that umbrella so damn big? Why does this woman just float away? Who knows, man. Show More Summary

Scarborough's Superwoman Shows You How to Make it on the Internet

Photo courtesy of Lilly Singh. Scarborough-native and YouTube celebrity, Superwoman a.k.a. Lilly Singh just released a music video for "IVIVI," a grimy tribute to the 416 with famed rapper Humble the Poet over a thumbi -infused dancehall beat produced by Sikh Knowledge. Show More Summary

blink-182's Mark Hoppus working on the new PAWS album

by Andrew Sacher photo: PAWS at CMJ 2014 (more by Chris La Putt) There's a known mutual admiration between blink-182 and a handful of indie rock bands. Best Coast and Colleen Green have covered them. DIIV talked about learning their...

Gacha – “Let Me Love You” & “Waterfalls” (Feat. TBA)

Berlin producer Gacha’s pearly, electronic comedowns are soothing above all. In advance of releasing his debut full-length Send Two Sunsets, we premiered the title track, and now he’s shared two others. “Let Me Love You” is not a Ne-Yo cover, but a lingering command that’s far more meditative than demanding. On “Waterfalls,” he’s once again […]

Premiere: Alex Menzies - Order & Disorder

A plaintive piano melody escapes from a tiny speaker into an empty warehouse. A classical quartet tries to work out an arrangement for “Strings of Life,” locking together as four voices to pound out those battering block chords. TheShow More Summary

Premiere: 12z - Streams Of Rising Air [mixtape]

12z (pronounced “onetwozed”) is a Hungarian electro-acoustic duo and member of SHAPE that has released albums on Farbwechsel and, most recently, Nicolas Jaar’s Other People imprint. In their music, Bálint Szabó and Márton Kristóf channel...Show More Summary

Dax Riggs touring this spring (dates & new live video)

photo: Dax Riggs in Austin in 2012 (more by Tim Griffin) Dax Riggs (of '90s sludge band Acid Bath and several other projects) will be playing some shows this spring. He's yet to announce a full tour, but a handful...

Meet Whitest Taino Alive, the Dominican Republic's Funniest Hip-Hop Trio

Photos courtesy of Whitest Taino Alive In the last decade, hip-hop’s regional and national distinctions have crumbled. From A$AP Rocky's love affair with Southern rap to the worldwide commercial rise of trap music, examples of the internet’s role in generating styles of hip-hop that upend expectations abound. Show More Summary

Meet the Trendees, the Weird Pop Kings of Oamaru, New Zealand

It’s refreshing in 2015 to come across a band with little to no web presence. The Trendees have a Bandcamp page, but besides their scrappy pop about the only information gleaned is that they are from Oamaru, New Zealand, one of themShow More Summary

King Cyst – “Chinese Wind”

Remember in Anchorman when Will Ferrell starts talking about playing the “yazz flute”? Your reaction to that scene will probably determine how you’ll feel about King Cyst. The Brooklyn group started out as a mostly instrumental Doors tribute band, and their first album was called Real Pussy, so none of their sardonic posturing on “Chinese […]

Sau Poler – JUUN (video)

SAU POLER 'JUUN' from Joan Guasch on Vimeo. Barcelona based producer Sau Poler unveils the Joan Guasch directed video for his single track “Junn”.

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