One of the few problems with our otherwise unimpeachable DoveVan is that the sound system is not working. It exists, it works in theory, but it's not all hooked up.
So I've been listening to my iPod. On shuffle. It's a pretty bad DJ, is my iPod, so I skip most of its selections.
A few thoughts:
The Dismemberment Plan would have been a truly great band, not just a really good one, if they had had a drummer up to the standards of the other musicians.
The solos on "All Blues," from "Kind of Blue," which I hadn't listened to in years but used to practically know by heart, and always thought of as being perfectly formed, carved in stone, platonic ideals, yada yada...are actually kind of noodly.
The Keith Jarrett Trio sounds to me like the best jazz being made right now by such a wide margin. Why don't other people hear this? Does everyone really think that Dave Douglas, Jason Moran, whoever else, is really making more exciting music than this?
It will stand as one of the major regrets of my life that I didn't get to make any music with Chris Whitley before he passed away.
Plush (Liam Hayes) writes songs on the level of the pop greats. And he sings better than most of them who could write songs that well. Eventually this will be noticed by some more people.