It’s Not about Cyrille Aimee’s Eyes and Curls

I recently got a press release for singer Cyrille Aimee's new album that featured the following blurb: "When you see Cyrille Aimée perform, you instantly fall in love with her—her voice, eyes, curls and the joyful spirit she invests in each song." The quote comes from a 2013 interview with Aimee by the singer Roseanna …

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Brief thoughts on the Sonny Rollins/New Yorker/Django Gold Kerfuffle

My S.O. said I couldn't limit my thoughts on last week's Django Gold's satirical piece in the New Yorker about Sonny Rollins to five short sentences. I'm about to prove her wrong. In no particular order: If you thought it was funny (I laughed at the Miles bit), cool; if not, also fine. The response …

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What Ted Gioia Missed, and Absolutely Nailed

You might have read Ted Gioia's recent piece on The Daily Beast entitled "Music Criticism Has Degenerated into Lifestyle Reporting."  Gioia laments the current state of music criticism, arguing that it rarely includes analytical discussions of the music in the way that football commentators often include details of how a particular play or strategy works …

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Record Shopping at Home: Muhal Richard Abrams’ Things to Come From Those Now Gone

Those who know me, or at the least know my writing, know that I buy way too much music. More than I can hope to listen to more than once or twice and get to really know. Jean Baudrillard suggests that we collect things because collecting them represents the free time we hope to have …

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Miles Davis’ The Original Mono Recordings: A Buyer’s Guide

The folks in charge of Miles Davis' estate, along with Columbia/Legacy, are becoming masters of finding new ways to repackage and re-release the Prince of Darkness' catalog.  Or, in the case of the live bootleg series, releasing material for the first time in high quality packaging (Vol. 3 comes out later this month).  This fall …

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OutsideInsideOut’s Top 10 of 2013

In Simulacra and Simulation Jean Baudrillard notes how humans like to stockpile their past as a way to remember it.  Perhaps one of the finest examples of this are the various year end poll, best of lists, recaps, summaries etc.  This year NPR Music hosted the annual jazz critics poll that Francis Davis has been …

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