I've been a devoted reader of The Economist for years. I really love it. So I have to link to this great rap (MP3) about my favorite magazine from the group Psikotic. The lyrics sound like they really read it - they talk about the Big Mac Index, the weird ads, their editorial bias, the whole works.
I'm going to hear The Bad Plus tomorrow night when they play the Somerville Theater. They have a website, of course, but they also have a blog. I just wonder what you wear to a jazz concert that plays heavy metal.
If you haven't heard them they're a unique sounding jazz group. Great musicianship and a sense of humor in their music. It's loud too.
I went to the best jazz concert last night. Herbie Hancock (piano), Dave Holland (bass) and Jack DeJohnette (drums) gave a really brilliant performance. They were three old pros, listening to each other and playing great music. You could tell they all respected each other, and contributed as equals. Surprisingly for me, Dave Holland was the standout. I'm not usually a fan of bass, but his solos were as clean and innovative as if he were playing the piano.
I haven't enjoyed a concert that much in years. If you get a chance to see them on tour, go hear them. The Toronto Star has a review in today's paper.
It was interesting to compare them with another jazz trio I heard in London a couple of years ago. That lineup was Keith Jarrett and Gary Peacock, again with Jack DeJohnette. That concert was disappointing. It wasn't from lack of talent, obviously, but Keith Jarrett was as self-indulgent as Herbie Hancock was inclusive.
There is a really nice essay in the New Yorker by Alex Ross. He grew up on classical music, and then became a fan of punk late in life. If you're a geek like me that was raised on classical, you should identify.
Via the very interesting blog aworks, which covers new Amercian classical music. This is what blogs do best ... covering a nitch subject in gory detail.