Currently Listening – March 2010

Posted by: admin on March 2, 2010 @ 11:39 am
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My A to Z listening project fell by the wayside last week. Not because I wasn’t trying — I assure you, I put my all into it. But I couldn’t make it through the E’s. I was pulling my hair out. I now agree with the commenters who thought it was an ill-conceived project. Glad I tried anyway. And I was able to delete about 20 or so albums that I didn’t even know I had that were just plain bad (how did Metallica’s Load get on my computer?!?)

So back to full album listening. Here are a few records, new and old, that I’ve been listening to recently. Please, pass on anything — again, new or old — that you have been digging (or not digging if you want) in the comments section here.


Gil Scott-HeronI’m New Here [XL]
What a voice. With spoken word and grainy singing, interesting percussion and production elements, I keep coming back to this record for more. And the title track is a cover of a Bill Callahan tune masterfully done here.

Joanna NewsomHave One On Me [Drag City]
The long-awaited — well, at least by some — new album from the folk pixie turned sophisticate long-form songwriter. A sprawling 3 LP (or 3CD) collection of beautifully arranged tunes. My highest of recommendations.

Nels Cline SingersInitiate [forthcoming Cryptogramophone]
Details on this forthcoming double-disc and an advance track preview of “Grow Closer” at Crypto’s website. The release date can’t come soon enough.

CitayDream Get Together [Dead Oceans]
I got turned onto this label last year when Chicago-stalwarts Califone released their last one, and the Gray/Kotche duo On Fillmore did the same. One of their first releases this year was from this band. One thing I love about the album is the guitarist unapologetically goes guitar-hero on the best tracks. Check out the free downloads at the links above.


Abercrombie/Holland/DeJohnetteGateway I
Getting my hands on that $1 set from the new Dave Holland site last month got me going back through his catalog. One of my faves is this one. Still have some of those guitar riffs from “Backwoods Song” written out in my old college notebook somewhere.

Picked this LP up at Laurie’s Planet of Sound in Lincoln Square for $3.99. A steal. Anytime I see Paul Bley’s name on anything, I buy it. Hasn’t failed me yet.

Fleetwood MacThen Play On
Also grabbed this one at the same shop. It’s quickly rising up on my Desert Island list. Don’t let the band name fool you. Quite a different band when Peter Green was leading the troupe.

Also, I’ve have been checking out In The Soul Kitchen from DJ Harry D at 90.3 FM KUSF. Trying to school myself a bit more in R&B. These playlists have been a great start. Keep ’em coming Harry!


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  2. Harry D’s “In The Soul Kitchen” is GREAT listening and highly recommended. His recent show dedicated to producer Willie Mitchell is a classic and is typical of the depth of knowledge Harry D brings to the table. By the way, while Soul, R&B, Blues make up the bulk of his playlists, Harry D also spins some jazz, including Greenleaf’s own Dave Douglas. In fact, while I have yet to hear “Spirit Moves” on any of my local jazz stations, Harry D has played the record and he’s only on once a week. And it’s not the first time he’s played Dave’s music. All to say, the man’s got ears. Greenleaf people should check out Harry D. Thanks Jim for mentioning it.

    Comment by Mike Grimaldi — March 3, 2010 @ 8:29 am

  3. Absolutely. You can find all of our artists on at least one of his playlists. To use the parlance of our times, he’s a real bro.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — March 3, 2010 @ 8:43 am

  4. I too, bought the Joanna Newsum, mostly because Roy Harper told me to listen to her and that in fact he was coming out of semi-retirement to perform some european dates with her at her request.
    Roy said her records were a deep pool and he wasn’t lying, much like his.
    I’ve been listening to Roy’s Bullinamingvase (released here as One of those Days in England) & When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease, the title track and brass arrangement (by David Bedford) made an impression on Newsum me thinks.

    I remember playing Gil Scott-Heron back in one of my old mall shopping centers The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and people would leave the store (the 70’s were NOT that loose in Iowa anyway)….good riddance….if we only had a litmus test that was so effective today. It remains a warhorse to this day and nary a month goes by when it doesn’t spun in my house. I haven’t heard his new one.

    I too got on a Holland kick after you turned me on to the dollar download deal and I started playing Thimar, the record he did with John Surman & Oud player Anouar Brahem, full of middle eastern intrique, that one.

    I’ve also been listening to the Tiny Bell Trio, which always makes me want to hear Dave Douglas with a Guitar more often, how he’s not managed to make a whole record with Bill Frisell is beyond me.

    Comment by david jordan — March 3, 2010 @ 9:59 am

  5. Haven’t heard that Holland record. I’ll keep my eye out for it in the bins.

    Love Roy Harper. Heard Joanna was doing some shows with him. I’ve always loved Return Of The Sophisticated Beggar from ’67. Kind of an Incredible String Band sort of vibe. And furthermore, been into a lot of Bert Jansch and Pentangle. Psych-folk is my bread and butter. Or maybe, the jam for that toast.

    Dave’s doing a gig at I Suoni Delle Dolomiti this June with a trumpet/banjo/bass trio called Trio Sentiero which will surely be an interesting addition to his trio work.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — March 3, 2010 @ 10:35 am

  6. I worked with a guy who couldn’t go a whole day without playing an Incredible String Band record, they are now part of my consciousness.

    Comment by david jordan — March 3, 2010 @ 10:49 am

  7. I saw Robyn Hitchcock play “Chinese White” solo at a panel with Joe Boyd (who produced them and a ton of others) at South by Southwest a few years ago. Blew my mind.

    Comment by Jim Tuerk — March 3, 2010 @ 10:54 am

  8. There is something addictive about Metallica. Kirk really knows his stuff.

    This is a great website guys. Keep it up!

    Comment by SEO guy — March 15, 2010 @ 11:42 pm

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