Monday, November 29, 2010

Solo show recordings

Live set from a recent solo show in the neighborhood. Thanks to Kelly + Paul, David, and Ben! Let me know what you think . . .

1. Cluj

A tune I originally wrote after going on tour to Italy, Greece, and France in 1995 with Ben Lapidus and Friends a/k/a Baldheaded Stepchildren. We met these crazy guys from Romania and I kept wondering about this one guy Virgil's hometown, Cluj-Napoca. Since then I recorded it with Companion Trio and Krill and I used it the other day as a little warm-up number.

2. Tasnifi Buzruk / Pilgrimage to a Distant Jewish Cemetery

Inspired by my recent trip to Uzbekistan. The opening motive is from the very beginning of the Shashmaqom Bukharan classical repertoire.

3. Spider Web (I am Chiasmus, Chiasmus am I)

4. He's Our Little Son / Alice is a Beautiful Person

Three improvisations for my two kids...

5. The Roadrunner (For Jonathan Richman)

Another "oldiebutgoodie" as my old upstairs neighbor Rod would say. This was a Companion Trio jam (on Our Customs) cum solo joint (on The Destruction of Evan Rapport).

6. I Looked at the Moon in Blue

"Moon in Blue" (née "Vernon-Jackson") is a ditty I wrote for my wife years ago. Me and Jerry used to jam on it a lot. The beginning has some new ideas inspired by Jonathan Kane's take on Fred McDowell's "I Looked at the Sun."

Friday, November 19, 2010


"We don't like this bird. We don't like his voice." --from A Magpie in Tashkent

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

New Dimlite mix

Rocking Residents, Sun Ra, crazy prog rock ... !

Lit Paper Hats Forever

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Will we see Juanma - Gamboa next year?!?
and all hail Glen Johnson.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Become enthusiastic! (TGIN)

Thank God It's November. (That's right, I didn't hyphenate it. Will I suffer the wrath of an angry deity? I hope not. On the other hand, internet posts seem to be eternal, so maybe I'm in the clear. Only time will tell. (It's OK to say "on the other hand" without "on the one hand" first, right?)) We--spectators of the sweetest of all sciences--finally have a few weeks to look forward to. Really, really look forward to. Huzzah!!! Lopez-Marquez. JMM-Katsidis. Khan-Maidana. Even Judah-Matthysse. The Ghost, Berto, Caballero, more Super Six, Canelo, Ricky Burns, Chavez Jr... Even some boxers that are older than me, and still great: Glen Johnson (will he school Allan Green?) and Bernard Hopkins (will he school Jean Pascal?). Hey guys, how about spreading it out a little bit? Could have used one of these back in October (shudder).

Oh, yeah! And what's-his-name, that congressman, I think he's fighting in there somewhere. Not sure about that. Help me out here.

Just want to take a minute to thank Sergio Martinez and Paul Williams. Got to hand it to these guys. First of all, fighting again within a year. Second, both unbelievably passionate, brilliant athletes who are willing to go to war, without compromise, for our entertainment. Third, a fight that matters, between pound-for-pounders, and not on PPV. In the current state of the sport, a bout like this is a real gift. Am I right?!? So thanks, guys.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Start with Springsteen...

The Paul F. Tompkast just keeps getting better and better, and my commute gets easier and easier. Paul's stream-of-consciousness monologues are some of the funniest things I've ever heard.

In this episode: how to get your song about the usage of "sunder" from Springsteen to the Black Eyed Peas, through Bob Seger and Bruce Cockburn ...