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Top 10 Albums of ’10

2010 seemed like a good year for music. It had plenty of new artists and a few long-awaited returns. But I feel like my year-end list isn’t as strong as it could have been for a few reasons. This year…

Madlib – Madlib Medicine Show #7: High Jazz

The “Madlib Invazion” has been going on for a long time, but this year Madlib is working extra hard to get as much money from my wallet as possible. The Madlib Medicine Show is a monthly series of albums all…

Top 10 Albums of ’09

Another year, another list. 2009 was strange for me in terms of music. While 2008 seemed to offer a long list of great albums, ’09 felt more subdued. Of course this could be the result of two key music stores…

Miles Davis – Tutu

I have to admit, I’m not a huge fan of Miles Davis’ work during the 80’s. For a long time I’ve been slightly turned off by the overtly synthetic feel of a lot of jazz created at the time, in…

D.C. Record Fair #3

The third DC Record Fair last Sunday at Comet Ping Pong was exciting. Hundreds of vinyl junkies came through. I spent a lot of money. Pizza was eaten. Unfortunately I missed getting a signed poster by Mingering Mike. But I…

CoverCast #4: 9/6

Download: ♪ CoverCast #4: 9/6 [Audio clip: view full post to listen] As I mentioned earlier, my job’s been a little stressful recently. So this week I put together a mix of tracks that are good for keeping me sane…

Washington, D.C. Record Fair

Another D.C. Record Fair is being held on Sunday, October 4th at Comet Ping Pong on Connecticut Avenue. I’m excited about this because I had a lot of fun at the last fair. I also think it’s cool that they…

CoverCast #2: Jazz Epic

Download: ♪ CoverCast #2: Jazz Epic [Audio clip: view full post to listen] Very soon after I put together the first CoverCast, I decided to pull out some of my favorite records and stay up until 5 AM to create…

The Cover Down Update

Updates to The Cover Down (my second blog for posting album cover scans) have been slow recently. This is mostly likely due to me not being happy with the quality of my old HP scanner, the time it takes to…

Triorganico – Convivencia

In the past few years I’ve developed an interest in Brazilian music, digging through the catalogs of artists like Airto Moreira, Milton Nascimento, Lo Borges, Jorge Ben, Hermeto Pascoal and a few others. I’ve only skimmed the surface, I’m sure.…

Wax Poetics – The Brazil Issue

Wax Poetics recently released what could become my favorite issue of their magazine so far, dedicated to the music of Brazil. Highlighting the issue is an interview by photographers Brian Cross (B+) and Eric Coleman with one of my favorite…

The Cover Down Returns

Last year I set up a companion blog to The Cover Up called “The Cover Down”, meant to be a constant stream of good album covers. Eventually it got boring and I stopped updating it. A few days ago I…

Jazz Covers

Vince the Slapchop guy was right. The Germans do make great stuff. For a few years I’ve been a big fan of German publisher Taschen’s selection of books. “Illustration Now!”, “The Golden Age of Advertising – The 70’s” and their…

Santana – Abraxas

It was difficult for me to pick what Mati Klarwein album cover to feature in this post. I chose Santana’s second album, Abraxas, because it seems to be the most recognizable. Ever since I bought this on vinyl, the cover…

Alastair Graham – Impressions

Several years ago, when I was still in high school, I came across some drawings of jazz musicians in JAZZIZ (I think) Magazine at my grandparent’s house. I remember being pretty stunned by them. After that, I had forgotten the…

Obligatory Top 10 Albums of ’08

Every music blog has a end-of-the-year top 10 something. 2008 was a good year for music, I think. This list is a sample of all the great things released in ’08. There may be a slight advantage to music released…

Jackson Conti – Sujinho

Sujinho is a fantastic collaboration between Madlib and Azymuth member Ivan Conti. I actually didn’t expect to see it in the store, but I was very glad I did. Mochilla, who released the album, has a good eye for packaging,…

Andrew Hill – Judgement! / Atmosphere – Overcast!

Atmosphere with a touch of Reid Miles. He was the man… I’ve already talked about him, though.

John McLaughlin – Devotion

An example of unnecessary design. I never saw the original cover (left) of John McLaughlin’s Devotion until today. I was never truly interested in this record because the cover of the reissue (right) always turned me off. If I had…

Miles Davis Nefertiti & Sorcerer

I’ve been on a huge second quintet-era Miles kick lately, so I’d thought I post two of my favorites. I really love these close-up shots, one of Miles and one of then-love interest Cicely Tyson. Ive always felt that they…