The video for bassist Thundercat's "Tron Song", from his sophomore release of last year, Apocalypse, makes no damn sense. This is, of course, to be expected considering the madcap antics of Steven Bruner and the even more insanity that comes from the video's director, the certainly off-kilter Eric Andre. The video which includes Bruner as his cat, Tron, Bruner getting beat up by a cop before both he and the cop fall in love with Tron, cat poop turning into a handgun, and effects right out of the 1980s. It's pretty crazy. Check it out after the jump.
Bassist Owen Biddle and drummer Zach Danzinger have never been afraid to jam. The pair have their duo, Edit Bunker, jamming together in 70s-era Rob Reiner wigs over clips of All in the Family projected in the background, and their trio, Mister Barrington (alongside vocalist & keyboardist Oli Rockberger), have been a pretty spectacular modern fusion band for the last few years with their third release set to release soon (and it's just as good as their last two albums). However, Biddle has been dropping hints over the last couple weeks of a new project, Aerobe, recorded in Antwerp, Belgium. Aerobe features keyboardist and electronic musician Adriaan Van de Velde and saxophonist Andrew Claes. This group gets really spacey in all the best ways. Tune out for a bit with some of the samples the group have released on their SoundCloud and check out a video of a session they recorded last month after the jump.
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With new thoughts constantly coursing through his head and the many tangents resulting from seemingly foreign but actually quite astute connections, conversation with Chicago bassist and "editor of ideas" (composer) Matt Ulery can sometimes feel like you’re being drawn into entirely different levels of consciousness. Though I do highly recommend it, sitting with him at a bar in Chicago’s Wicker Park is not required to get that feeling. You can be drawn into Ulery’s unique plane of existence just by listening to his upcoming jazz-classical crossover1 double-album, In The Ivory.
I've had a bit of an odd week where my phone has been oddly crippled so I had to circulate my commute around maybe three or four albums. That's been the driving force for this week's show in addition to playing through some new arrivals that had just come in. I'm steadily getting back to normal now but the same four albums are still staying in rotation for a while.
The Line-Up for 5 September 2014
Brad Mehldau is certainly one of the most influential pianists, and probably one of the most influential musicians on any instrument, of his generation. His solo piano and piano trio work is some of the most consistently mind-blowing stuff out there from any generation, and he’s also put together many interesting collaborations with other pianists, vocalists, guitarists, horns, strings, and electronics. In this column, I’ll look at some side-by-side comparisons of a few tunes by, or featuring, Brad Mehldau’s piano playing.