(We’re hard at work in the war room, making the big executive decisions, but we’re going to be back and better than ever in not time at all. Keep your eyes pealed.)
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Some ‘transnational dubstep’ to get you in the mood for the dirty wub wub wub tonight from Inspector Dubplate and Co.
Really reminds you how fast the genre is changing.
If you go to McGill like us Midday Procrastinators, you’re probably in the thick of midterm hell right now. If there is a time when procrastinating just can’t happen it’s got to be now, but no need to despair because I’ve hit on the best thing for studying since the discovery of caffeine: jazz.
For your long, hard-fought battles with the books over the next couple weeks:
1. NPR’s ‘Take Five’ weekly jazz sampler. If you don’t know much about jazz besides ‘it sounds pretty cool’ or you just want to revisit some of the classics put this on. I really couldn’t say enough about how much NPR has stepped up their selection in the past year or so, and jazz is no exception. The tunes are interesting enough to hold your attention if the situation is right, but when you really need to work they can just sort of melt into the background and provide some much needed rhythm to keep you moving through your notes.
and the epic cram sessions. Club D’Elf is a dub-psych-jazz band (whatever that means) from Boston that has had a seemingly endless (the link is to their 10th anniversary show) residency at the Lizard Lounge. A combination of progressive instrumentation, funky drumming, and masterful improvisation make Club D’Elf a great listen for any day. Even though I’ve been listening to them for years, I have yet to find a band that is able to groove as well as they do. The thing that makes them great to study to though is that when they get into it, they really just keep going forever. With runtimes of well over two hours of rambley, shifting rhythms and melodies, you really can’t beat Club D’Elf when it comes to keeping you company on a long library trip.
Not much from me recently, but when I got the tip on this one I thought that all of y’all would enjoy this. What we have here is an unreleased recording of Miles Davis live from Birdland (NYC) on Armed Forces Day. Aside from the fact that it grooves like nothing else, this recording is notable because after the show that night Miles Davis was beaten, arrested, and had his cabaret license for New York City revoked.
Get it now, then read from his autobiography Miles below…
I had just finished doing an Armed Forces Day broadcast, you know, Voice of America and all that bullshit. I had just walked this pretty white girl named Judy out to get a cab. She got in the cab, and I’m standing there in front of Birdland wringing wet because it’s a hot, steaming, muggy night in August.
Gotta give a shout for Allston (that’s Boston-ish for those of you not from Massachusetts) band Four Eyes. I’ve been listening to the songs on their new 7″ for a little while and each time I do I get a little more excited about it. They have a bit of the sound of an early Teenage Cool Kids, fast, a little dirty, and always coming at you with a sweet melody line.
Check out their muxtape to give ’em a quick listen, and if you like, pick up the 7″.
If you are in the Boston area you can catch them in Cambridge pretty regularly so keep your eyes peeled.
If you’re into breakcore you have to check this out. If you can appreciate film making and like lots of sharp, perfectly timed cuts you have to check this out. If you like sharks, you have to check this out. If you have any sort of appreciation for exciting things at all, you are likely to enjoy this.
Brought to you by V-Atak Audio-Visual Label (who have a few artists appearing at an SIGHTandSOUND 2 at Eastern Bloc) and Tasman Richardson, what we have here is the audio-visual album ‘Pirates of Breakcore Island‘ (warning there is a little blood in places here). Now an ‘audio-visual album’ is a concept I am not immediately familiar with, but it is one that I realize I can absolutely dig after less than a minute of this. Enough though.
Just click the picture to follow the link and watch the video.
If you visited middayprocrastination yesterday using Google Chrome, you were probably warned that we appeared to link to a site that hosts maleware. Just thought I would post a note to say that even though we can’t quite figure out why the site in the link was flagged by google as a malware distributer, the link is now gone.
Sorry for that and I just want to make it absolutely clear that we are just trying to spread great music, not malware.
Have you ever heard jazz and thought, ‘I would absolutely mosh to this’? I didn’t think so, and until this morning, I hadn’t either. That is when Acoustic Ladyland came into my life. Acoustic Ladyland is a self described punk-jazz band, not so much redefining the boundaries of genres as tearing them to shreds and then stomping all over them. Together with label mates Led Bib, brothers in arms Polar Bear, and the rest of an intriguing up and coming London jazz scene, Acoustic Ladyland is making people all over question why they even try to attach genres to music at all anymore.
Check out the new album, Living with the Tiger. Although there are times when it seems a little repetitive and uninteresting compared to what a jazz afficionado might be used to, it is undeniably a great blend between the fun energy of punk and the seriousness of jazz.