#117 – Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

This band came up in conversation the other night when we were discussing the unfortunate career path of Oasis.  It is extra frustrating as a fan when an artist that you love has such a severe internal rift.  There is an argument to be made that their music would never have had the edge thatContinue reading “#117 – Chasing Yesterday by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds”

#116 – Trust Fall (Side B) by Incubus

My Incubus fandom tapered off after Light Grenades, but I was pretty obsessed with them for a while in college.  When I first moved to LA and was going to a lot of random club shows, I used to see Mike Einzinger, the guitarist, sit in with random artists from time to time.  This EPContinue reading “#116 – Trust Fall (Side B) by Incubus”

#115 – Luciferian Towers by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

I had never heard of these guys until I went to the Desert Daze festival a few years ago.  Desert Daze is in Joshua Tree National Park, in California and it is some serious desert.  The main stage is oriented so the moon comes up behind it, hence the name Moon Stage.  Godspeed You! BlackContinue reading “#115 – Luciferian Towers by Godspeed You! Black Emperor”

#114 – Noon by Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon

Noon is the third album by this seemingly unlikely duo and it definitely lives up to the standard set by the other two.  Mike Gordon, the bass player of Phish, has a long history of making music with virtuosic guitarists and Leo is a very unique one indeed.  His playing – and voice – isContinue reading “#114 – Noon by Leo Kottke and Mike Gordon”

#113 – Give The Drummer Some by Travis Barker

This album was recommended by a friend a few days ago and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.  It’s essentially a compilation album with all the beats by Travis Barker and each song features the lyrical styling of some of the biggest names in hip hop.  I have always enjoyed these types of projects,Continue reading “#113 – Give The Drummer Some by Travis Barker”

#112 – The Birthday Concert by Jaco Pastorius

One more jazz one and I’ll move on, at least for a little while.  The selection of the Pat Metheny album from a couple days ago came from an article about Jaco and the story behind his appearance on Bright Size Life.  On a week which has seen renewed demonstrations against yet another unwarranted policeContinue reading “#112 – The Birthday Concert by Jaco Pastorius”

#111 – Lemonade by Beyoncé

In honor of my oldest child, Lennon’s third birthday, I wanted to pick an artist that she requests and the only two that aren’t a family movie soundtrack are selected songs by Beyoncé and Phish (who she calls “yay guys” because of the applause in their live recordings).  We’ve been having Beyoncé dance parties forContinue reading “#111 – Lemonade by Beyoncé”

#110 – Bright Size Life by Pat Metheny

I saw a YouTube video about Jaco Pastorius and learned a little about this album.  They were all so young when it was recorded – Metheny was 21 – but it’s clear from the first song that you are hearing something legendary.  There’s so much great stuff to be discovered once you start listening toContinue reading “#110 – Bright Size Life by Pat Metheny”

#108 – King’s Disease by Nas

Today is the first day I’ve ever written my post while the sun is still up.  I’m not sure if its completely meaningless or an important breakthrough, but it seemed worth mentioning.  I haven’t listened to a Nas album since 2001’s Stillmatic, so when a coworker mentioned his new album having come out today, itContinue reading “#108 – King’s Disease by Nas”