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Rdio launches its answer to Apple’s Beats 1: Stations from XL, DFA, Blue Note and more

Rdio has revealed its response to Apple Music and the buzz-heavy Beats 1. The streaming service has set up a series of new stations curated by record labels and influencers. It says its in-house music team has collaborated directly with...Show More Summary

Big Road Blues Show 7/5/15: Rock The House – Blues From Atlantic Records Pt. 1 1947-1950

Show Notes: My two-part feature on Atlantic Records was partly inspired by a terrific reissue series that was originally issued in the early 1970's. In the early 70's Pete Lowry convinced Atlantic founder Ahmet Ertegun to reissue some classic and previously unissued blues from the vaults. The plan was to issue twelve albums although only […]

Bring It On, Big J

The Women’s World Cup final between Japan and the USA is underway…and this puppeh ALREADY knows who is going to win! [Note: USA already up 2-0. -Ed.] Hmmm..that doesn’t look good for the Red, White and Blue. Maybe we need another goalie. (Paul P.sent in the first video.)Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: Shiba Inu, The Big […]

Manchester United Transfer News: Latest Asmir Begovic, Hugo Lloris Rumours

Manchester United could muscle in on Chelsea’s pursuit of Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, according to reports. As noted by Sami Mokbel of the MailOnline, Blues boss Jose Mourinho had previously cited the Bosnia and Herzegovina international as the man to replace Petr Cech in his squad. Show More Summary

Christopher Atkins Began Stoking Your Fire 35 Years Ago This Weekend, Gets Naked Again

3 days agoLGBT / Gay : Queerty

If for some reason you want to feel really old, take note that Christopher Atkins is now a grandfather. The actor, who instantly became a heartthrob with his film debut The Blue Lagoon was released 35 years ago this weekend, is now 54 years young and still acting on occasion. Atkins costarred opposite Brooke Shields in the 1980 […]

Instaboy of the Week: Tomas Skoloudik

5 days agoLGBT / Gay :

When not shading Kim Kardashian, this Czech import and noted animal lover takes adorable selfies with his dog Ozos or his kitten Pancho, sharing them with his some 43,000 followers. A 10-year veteran at the Blue Steel gaze, Tomas has appeared in campaigns for Armani, Guess and Kenneth Cole, for whom he shot this pro-marriage equality ad back in 2011. Show More Summary

AUDIO: Brandee Younger’s “Dorothy Jeanne”

Supreme Sonacy Vol. 1 is a unique project coming out on August 7th. The album is being presented by REVIVE and Blue Note Records and it combines a wide range of singers and musicians to show the possibilities of jazz, where it is, where it has been, and where it’s headed. Consider it something similar […]

Blue Note Expands With New Venues In Hawaii, China

The Blue Note night club chain is expanding it's brand beyond current outlets in New York City, Japan and Italy, with deals to add venues in Hawaii and China. Blue Note Entertainment Group has partnered with Outrigger Resorts to launch a new live music venue in Hawaii. The Blue Note's...

Blue Note President Don Was on the Future of Jazz

Photo by Gabi Porter This interview first appeared in OffBeat Magazine. Improvisation has always been at the core of jazz music. Collective improvisation--a piano player riffing on a bass line thumping out of an upright following the...Show More Summary

Blue Note Jazz To Expand To China

“Jazz has long had a substantial consumer base in Asia, especially Japan. Blue Note Tokyo opened more than 25 years ago, joined later by Blue Note clubs in Osaka and Nagoya. But given the potential development of a new audience in China, this expansion could radically change the picture for jazz in the region — […]

Kamasi Washington touring, playing 2 nights at the Blue Note

Jazz musician Kamasi Washington, who's on the new Kendrick Lamar album, the new Thundercat album, and has his own new album out now on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder label, has announced a lengthy tour. He'll be in NYC for shows...

Revenge of the Day: Brazilian Man Parks in Handicapped Spot, Finds His Car Covered in Sticky Notes

last weekHumor / odd : The Daily What

Park illegally in Brazil, and you might find yourself in a sticky situation. A man in Maringá recently made this mistake, leaving his car in a handicapped spot and returning to find his vehicle completely covered in blue and white sticky notes. Show More Summary

Blue Note Jazz Club Plans Expansion to China

last weekNews : NYTimes: News

The chain of clubs, already in Japan, sees opportunity in Beijing and will open a club in Hawaii as well.

Memo to Blue Note: What to Expect From Jazz in Beijing

With the news that Blue Note Jazz Club will open an outpost in China, we talked to Nathaniel Gao, a Chinese-American saxophonist who is an integral part of the Beijing jazz scene.

This Might Just Be The Most Weirdly Specific Star Wars Figure Ever Made

last weekGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Star Wars has a noted history for creating toys out of even the most minor character, or the smallest costume change. Guy with an ice cream maker on Bespin? Action figure. Blue George Lucas? Action figure. But this Boba Fett toy being made for Comic-Con is perhaps the most bizarrely specific Star Wars toy of them all. Read more...

Casino Kingpin Steve Wynn Flipping Out in Bel Air

SELLER: Steve Wynn LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $17,450,000 SIZE: 11,027 square feet, 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Multi-billionaire casino tycoon and deep-pocked blue chip art collector Steve Wynn seems to have come down with an extreme case of The Real Estate Fickle and has flipped a Bel Air mansion on the market... Read more »

Artist Moyra Davey Discusses Filmmaking, Identity, and the Color Blue

2 weeks agoArts : Smart

Moyra Davey in a still from her film project Notes on Blue. Moyra Davey is a Canadian artist and writer living in New York whose work deals with daily life through photography, video, and layered textual references and associations.Show More Summary

Big Road Blues Show 6/21/15: Mix Show

2 weeks agoMusic / Blues : Big Road Blues

Show Notes:  Read Liner Notes I originally had a theme show planned for today but found out that the station will be using some of my time for live remotes of the Rochester Jazz Festival. Despite the shortened airtime a good show today including some fine down home blues from the 60's and 70's, several […]

JazzWax Wins JJA Award

2 weeks agoMusic / Jazz : JazzWax

JazzWax yesterday was named the Jazz Journalists Association's 2015 Blog of the Year at the scribe organization's annual awards party at New York's Blue Note jazz club. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend, but jazz writer and professor David Adler...       Related Stories Doug Ramsey on Frank Strazzeri  

Review: Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion – Live

Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion – Live (33 Records: 33WM151) The fourth album from Zoe Schwarz Blue Commotion finds the band captured live – and as the notes explain – a release that was not planned, but came to fruition when the opportunity arose unexpectedly! “Live” captures Zoe and band on fine form, recorded at Richard […]

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