A Blog Supreme
4:58 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Around The Jazz Internet: May 18, 2012

Which 10 albums would you give to a jazz neophyte?

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 6:07 pm

Among the notable musician deaths of this week was go-go pioneer Chuck Brown. As prelude to this week's links, I find it fascinating how jazz so directly led into something that could be called an original musical style.

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Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!
4:25 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Gass And Black Of Tenacious D Play Not My Job

Kyle Gass (left) and Jack Black of Tenacious D.
Paul McConnell Getty Images

Originally published on Sat May 19, 2012 4:37 pm

There are good bands, there are great bands, and then there is the most amazingly great band ever in the history of bands: Tenacious D, also known as Kyle Gass and Jack Black. They've just released a new album called Rize of the Fenix.

We've invited Gass and Black to play a game called "Tenacious D, Meet Tenacious P." We tried to think of the singer who was the diametrical opposite of Tenacious D, and who better than Pat Boone? We'll ask three questions about the cleanest cut guy who ever cut a record.

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All Songs Considered Blog
3:39 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

YACHT, 'Beam Me Up': A Laser Tag Apocalypse

Courtesy of the artist

Maybe YACHT wouldn't be that sad if the complete and total annihilation of the human race happened tomorrow. The video for their song "Beam Me Up," off their recent album Shangri-La, finds the band playing around with the upsides of doomsday in a laser tag arena. Think of a future where cyber-soldiers fight each other in the smouldering metallic ruins of society, except with children shooting fake lasers.

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Music Interviews
3:22 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

JD McPherson: When A Punk Goes Vintage

"There is a certain heaviness that you can get from just the right groove," says JD McPherson. "Even if it's not a really fast groove."
Jim Herrington

Originally published on Fri May 18, 2012 5:34 pm

How does a former punk rocker raised on an Oklahoma cattle ranch end up sounding like a classic rockabilly singer? JD McPherson found his groove in the style of 1950s rhythm and blues, rock and rockabilly. To help create that vintage sound on his debut album, Signs and Signifers, he used vintage mics, old amplifiers and a Berlant reel-to-reel recorder from the '60s — all analog. McPherson's love for this classic sound all goes back to a record store in McAlester, Okla.

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A Blog Supreme
1:44 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

The Harmonica-Playing Baron Of Belgium

Toots Thielemans performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands in July 2005. He's celebrating his 90th birthday with a series of concerts throughout his native Belgium.
Rick Nederstigt AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 5:00 pm

People throughout Belgium are currently celebrating the harmonica player and guitarist Jean-Baptiste "Toots" Thielemans, born in Brussels on April 29, 1922. That puts the NEA Jazz Master, also made a Baron by the King of Belgium in 2001, just a few days past 90.

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