Ben Nichols: Tobin

In my opinion Ben Nichols is one of the most underrated singer-songwriter of his generation. He has continuously made music filled with deep feeling and reflection. There hasn’t been a Lucero song that I haven’t liked. Ben Nichols solo album “The Last Pale Light in the West” is definitely a masterpiece and one of the…

The Marketts: Here Comes the Ho-Dads

I recently watched “Inherent Vice” which wa not only a great movie but also had a tremendous soundtrack.  I’ve been steadily listening to the soundtrack over the past few days and one of the best songs is “Here Comes the Ho-Dads” from The Marketts.  This 60’s surf rock/soul song is quite catchy with its vibrant…

A Tribe Called Quest: Buggin Out

Lately I’ve been on this 90’s trip where everything from hip hop to grunge rock has been playing in my house. With De La Soul coming through the speakers I had to eventually get to A Tribe Called Quest. I did not know how much projects and songs Q-Tip produced and made guest appearances on…

De La Soul: Stakes is High

I have been slowly listening to all of De La Soul’s music after many years of stating that I am going to really check them out. I feel like I am decades late on discovering just how amazing this trio is. Their music is deeply lyrical and understated in the messages they are trying to…

Miles Davis: Just Squeeze Me

Here’s a gem by the incomparable Miles Davis which is both light and easy called “Just Squeeze Me”. This is one of my favorite tracks by Miles with its very relaxed vibe that is fitting for this hot spring day. Check it out.

Tyler, the Creator: F*cking Young

I became a fan of Tyler, the Creator last year when I really started to listen to his music. Yes, it is both offensive and ridiculous but also catchy and interesting. I have seen many interviews by him and he truly is a smart kid that is involved with a lot of different things including:…

Charles Mingus: Haitian Fight Song

I recently watched Chris Rock’s “Top Five” which is his best film to date and Charles Mingus’ ‘Haitian Fight Song” played constantly throughout it and I felt like I had to post it on this site. This song has one of the best sax sound and playing in jazz. The song creates a feeling of…

Death Cab for Cutie: Good Help (Is So Hard to Find)

So I have been listening to Death Cab for Cutie’s new album “Kintsugi” and I have to say I am tremendously impressed. Their previous album “Codes and Keys” did not grab me as this album has. The songs are in that typical melancholy but hopeful sound that the band has become known for. This album…

Bobby Timmons Trio: Dat Dere

Bobby Timmons was one of the best pianist that jazz has ever had. He created many standards such as “Moanin” and “This Here”. His greatness was cut short when he died at the age of 38. His music lives on especially for jazz enthusiasts and collectors. One of Timmons’ best songs is “Dat Dere” with…

John Coltrane: Summertime

I have listened to several different interpretations of “Summertime” by jazz musicians and many have been quite excellent including  those by Chris Botti, Miles Davis, Paul Desmond and Charlie Parker. Each one has their own different style and sound. I just re-discovered John Coltrane’s rendition of “Summertime” and I am amazed that I missed catching…