Daily Listen-The Veldt-CCCP

I'm going to start featuring more classic "shoegaze" music on here, since I'm on record saying that it's the only music worth listening to. Exaggeration, but I do love me some swirling thunderclouds of distorted guitar. The Veldt (now known as Apollo Heights) are a criminally underrated band from North Carolina that likely suffered early … Continue reading Daily Listen-The Veldt-CCCP

Daily Listen-Alice Coltrane-Atomic Peace

Here's the song I meant to post Wednesday night (I chose Sum 41 at the last minute). "Atomic Peace" is a track from Alice Coltrane's 1968 solo debut A Monastic Trio. Released as a tribute to her recently deceased husband, it featured Coltrane herself on piano and harp, Jimmy Garrison on bass, and Rashied Ali … Continue reading Daily Listen-Alice Coltrane-Atomic Peace

Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010, Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella) Before I even get into the music talk, I just want to say, for the record, that I was as disappointed as anyone when Kanye hitched his wagon to the deluded, wheezing horse that is Donald Trump. That being said, it is worth noting that Kanye … Continue reading Kanye West-My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Daily Listen-Flying Saucer Attack-My Dreaming Hill

The tale of my quest to obtain Flying Saucer Attack's 1993 self-titled debut could fill the pages of a mighty, leather-bound tome. Well, not really, but it definitely wasn't an easy journey. I had wanted to buy the CD for a while; I knew that the English "rural psychedelia" band's first album was considered an … Continue reading Daily Listen-Flying Saucer Attack-My Dreaming Hill

Daily Listen-John Coltrane-Psalm

I listened to today's song while speedwalking back from the office to my apartment, trying to make it home before I got caught in a massive downpour like I did yesterday. In a way, the moody "Psalm," the closing track from saxophonist John Coltrane's 1965 classic A Love Supreme, mirrored the Pittsburgh weather. Elvin Jones's … Continue reading Daily Listen-John Coltrane-Psalm

Daily Listen–Charles Mingus–Self-Portrait In Three Colors

Today's listen, "Self-Portrait In Three Colors" by the legendary Charles Mingus, is one of my favorite jazz pieces, and I'm not really sure why. It's certainly not the most virtuosic or technically impressive song on 1959's classic Mingus Ah Um, nor is it the most well known. I honestly think the song may only hold … Continue reading Daily Listen–Charles Mingus–Self-Portrait In Three Colors