Wednesday, June 06, 2007

AKRON/FAMILY @ CLUB METRONOME TOMORROW


Wow, it's been nearly a week since my last post....I've really been slacking. Sorry, it's just been tough with not being able to blog from 8-6 since I've started the new job. I'll do my best to start posting again more regularly; we'll call it my Mid-Year's Resolution.

I really should have been posting more this past week because I've had a lot of music & film-related experiences. Here's a rundown:

* JB & I went to the Flynn Theater last Saturday evening to see the Kenny Garrett Quartet, featuring the great Pharaoh Sanders on tenor sax. The show was amazing and gave me a newfound respect for Kenny Garrett ("newfound" only because I'd never heard him before) and an even deeper respect for Mr. Sanders.

* Speaking of the Pharaoh, I've been listening to "Jewels of Thought" quite a bit lately. In fact, I think JB has kind of passed on his free-jazz virus to me, because I've been listening to a lot of it lately. My other favorite two albums this week are Anthony Braxton's "3 Compositions of New Jazz" and The Mahavishnu Orchestra/John McLaughlin's "INNER MOUNTING FLAME". The first is sparse, chimy and delicate and the second is, uh, completely the opposite. (Oh, and by the way, I put the album links to Amazon not because I'm encouraging you to buy there, but just because the reviews are usually decent and well-rounded. Support your local indie music store and buy it there. Or have them order it if they don't have it in stock. Fuck Amazon.)

* In film news, I watched quite a few movies this past week. I revisited the beautiful classic C.T. Dreyer film "The Passion of Joan of Arc", saw a newer film called "Old Joy", featuring the charming and talented Will Oldham as well as the beautiful camera work of one of my favorite cinematographers/directors Peter Sillen , and I watched "The Devil's Backbone" (an earlier film by "Pan's Labyrinth" director Guillermo Del Toro). All three were brilliant, highly original works and I would recommend them highly.

Oh, and the reason I originally started this entry...the tragically underappreciated band Akron/Family will be playing at Club Metronome tomorrow evening at 9pm with Burlington's "King of the Drone" Greg Davis opening along with a band I don't know about named the Lexie Mountain Boys (who apparently all girls....I'm confused...). Tickets are $15/$20 day of show & let's thank the wonderful folks at Tick Tick for bringing this great band to our humble little town!

5 comments:

the le duo said...

i've never heard 'jewels of thought' but i'd like to- i'm not the biggest fan of leon thomas but I love roy haynes & idris muhammed- great drummers both

casey said...

"Inner Mounting flame" is suer fun. I remember when I was going through my McLaughliin phase on guitar. Learned a lot from that record. Ultimately, it's the only Mahavishnu album I can still stand to listen to.

"Devil's Backbone" is far superior to "Pan's" IMO. It's more complex, sad and the characters are just a lot richer.

I got soooooooooo drunk last night (they actually refused me entry at Nectars!) so I don't know if I've got the fortitude to make it to Akron/Family. I'd love to see all you guys one last time, though, so who knows...

greg davis said...

jay, JB, casey, tanner!
missed all you guys at the show the other night, it was a great night. thought for sure y'all would be there....

jay said...

Yeah, I know...and this was one of the shows that I really wanted to see this year. Allergies were kicking my ass though so I ended up taking Benedryl and passing out around 8pm. Really sorry I missed it.

Augustine said...

What exactly you're writing is a horrible mistake.
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