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Big Road Blues Show 12/28/14: Mix Show

13 hours agoMusic / Blues : Big Road Blues

 . Show Notes: For our final show of 2014 we have a diverse mix show spanning the 1920's through the 1970's and along the way we pay tribute to two blues ladies who recently passed; we end the year on a somber note with tributes to Detroit singer Alberta Adams and L.A. singer Mickey […]

Dom Solanke ended 2014 with a double as Chelsea’s U21s beat Norwich 5-0 [Videos]

Chelsea’s U21s closed out 2014 last week on a high note, as the young Blues thrashed Norwich U21s 5-0. The headline grabber for the Blues was striker Dom Solanke, who claimed a brace in the whitewash over the Canaries. Alex Kiwomya’s sweet volley gave the hosts the lead midway through the opening half, while Norwich defender Adel […]

Belize's 'Blue Hole' May Hold Secret to Mayan Demise

Everything from overhunting and a peasant uprising to deforestation and an alien invasion has been proposed to explain why the Mayan civilization collapsed, Smithsonian notes. But one theory has been gaining ground in recent years: extreme drought. Now more evidence has surfaced to support the drought postulation—and the proof...

Introducing Kenny Burrell a?' Blue Note 1525

3 days agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

Stymied again! I really like m: Kenny Burrell, and I really want this CD. It's a great record. You just can't buy it easily or cheaply, at least not on Blue Note. First, consider the record and the artist. Kenny Burrell is the quintessential cool jazz guitarist, whether leading his own gr...

Big Road Blues Show 12/21/14: Christmas In Jail (Ain't That A Pain) – Christmas Blues

Show Notes: I've been doing a Christmas blues show for many years and was always frustrated with the lack of a really good collection of early blues Christmas songs. In 2005 I hooked up with the Document label to put together a 2-CD, 52 track collection of blues and gospel songs from the 1920's to […]

Clever student uses red/blue masking to double exam cribsheet

last weekOdd : Boing Boing

Profcyclist told students that they could bring a 3"x5" card to an exam; a clever student wrote overlapping notes in blue and red ink and brought in gels to read them.

Miles Davis's Illustrious Jazz Career Visualized Like A Record

Talk about kind of blue. How do you visualize the decades-long career of a jazz titan? Songs written? Records recorded? Notes played? In this beautiful visualization, which looks almost like a record shot into space, the prolific body of work left behind by jazz great Miles Davis is visualized by the lives of the artists he touched. Read Full Story

Kurt Zouma Injury: Updates on Chelsea Defender's Status and Return

Chelsea center back Kurt Zouma received a hard knock during the club's Capital One Cup clash with Derby County. His status is not immediately known. The Blues noted the injury occurred as goalkeeper Petr Cech punched the ball clear of...Show More Summary

Art Blakey -- 1950s and a?~60s Blue Note a?' Is It All the Same?

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

A few years ago, a reader from California named Charlie F. started a provocative discussion in the All About Jazz forums with the title: "I've decided not to buy any more Blue Note albums." Oh boy. He began, "Recently, I came to notice something about Blue Note albums of the 50s-60s, which was that...

Big Road Blues Show 12/14/14: They Call Me Big Mama – The Life and Music of Big Mama Thornton

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : Big Road Blues

Show Notes: Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton is probably best remembered for two songs that became huge for Elvis and later Janis Joplin. "Hound Dog" held down the top slot on Billboard's R&B charts for seven weeks in 1953 and Elvis had an even bigger hit with it in 1956. Joplin covered "Ball and Chain" […]

Freddy Cole's Singing the Blues

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : In a Blue Mood

There is an appealing weariness in Freddy Cole’s treatment of a Bobby Bland recording “This Time I’m Gone For Good,” that is on his new High Note album, “Singing the Blues,” On this release, Cole handles classic blues themes and some originals that also include mournful ballads. Show More Summary

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes: Don't Leave Me This Way 

2 weeks agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The first week I was in college I had no friends. I went to school in Montreal, where the drinking age was 18, and there was a university-sanctioned and remarkably debauched introduction to campus life called "Frosh Week" where people got hammered, sang songs, and inevitably wound up at a full-contact strip club called Supersexe. Read more...

J.R. Monterose a?' Blue Note 1536

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : All About Jazz

m: J.R. Monterose is that rare bird at Blue Note Records--the guy who got one shot at leading a band, then practically vanished from the face of the earth. It's odd because the history of Blue Note is filled with famous guys (almost never gals) who took up residence and stayed just about...

Big Road Blues Show 12/7/14: Going Down The Road Feeling Good – Kip Lornell's 1970's Field Recordings

3 weeks agoMusic / Blues : Big Road Blues

Show Notes: From the 1960's through the 80's there were folklorists, researchers and dedicated fans such as David Evans, George Mitchell, Sam Charters, Chris Stratwichz, Mack McCormick, Bruce Jackson, Peter B. Lowry, Tary Owens, Art Rosenbaum, Pete Welding, Bengt Olsson, Glenn Hinson, Tim Duffy, Axel Küstner and Kip Lornell who actively sought out and recorded […]

Big Road Blues Show 11/16/14: Mix Show

3 weeks agoMusic / Blues : Big Road Blues

Show Notes: An entertaining mix show for today featuring several tracks by Papa Charlie Jackson who was spotlighted in last week's show on blues banjo. In addition we spina set of sides revolving around the song Jackson made famous, "Salty Dog", a couple of songs revolving around both Sonny Boy's, plus we hear from several […]

A Christmas Scent That’s Too Chic for the Mall

3 weeks agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

At first whiff, I was hooked. Winter has notes of pine and blue spruce and smells like Christmas — but a very sophisticated Christmas. The debut fragrance from perfumer Dasein, Winter’s piquant woody frame is softened by lavender and cardamom, scents that creator Samantha Radar says add an element of... More »

The Versatile Ikea Piece You Need

It's not every day we stumble upon a piece that's affordable and versatile, so when we do, we take note! Enter Ikea's Raskog cart ($50). This multitiered, rollable storage unit comes in a glossy charcoal and robin's egg blue (our favorite option!). Show More Summary

Wu-Tang Clan – “A Better Tomorrow”

(Most of) Wu-Tang Clan performed on Letterman last night and they’ve followed that up by releasing the title track from their forthcoming album A Better Tomorrow. The track samples the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Teddy Pendergrass collaboration “Wake Up Everybody.” It follows a long string of singles that have included “Ron O’Neal,” [...]

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