Jimi Plays Monterey / Shake! Otis at Monterey

Another one of my Criterion Collections’ 50% off purchases was “Jimi Plays Monterey / Shake! Otis at Monterey” which documents each artists’ performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967. This is directed by D.A. Pennebaker – for the most part, straight concert footage is used, a credit to Pennebaker’s taste. One point where this…

14 Favorite 2010 Albums

I’m finding that I’m enjoying R&B more as I grow older. I continue to enjoy alternative country, americana, folk, roots, or whatever you want to call it. There continues to be a wealth of world music out there that I need to take pains to explore – the same goes for jazz. Great music continues…

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! I feel like starting off the New Year with a blog post to get my brain’s RPMs up a little this morning. I’m trying to catch up on all the music releases in 2010 that I missed and there’s quite a few. This was inspired by my friend’s “Best of 2010” list.…

The Ecstasy of Gold

I found this on the LAist blog, and I’ll just wholesale quote from them – sums up my feelings nicely: Here’s a little something to help wash out the taint of Celine Dion’s “tribute” to Ennio Morricone at last night’s Oscars. Sure, Celine has a great set of pipes. No one will argue that. But…