Herräng report part 3: favourites and ‘safety’ songs (and some stuff about canons, power and recreationism)

[edit]Warning: this post is too long, rambles too much, and is generally quiet confusing. YOLO![/] I talk and write a lot about ‘favourites’ and ‘safety songs’ in DJing, so I thought it was worth putting together a post about them. I’ll try to add some notes about musical style while I’m at it. Let’s define … Continue reading “Herräng report part 3: favourites and ‘safety’ songs (and some stuff about canons, power and recreationism)”

‘Historical Recreation’: Fat Suits, Blackface and Dance

I’m just doing some housekeeping over here in the blog (hence the somewhat dodgy CSS), and have been looking back through unpublished drafts. This is a post that I wrote back in July. I put off publishing it then because I was getting a bit more attention than I felt comfortable with. So I just … Continue reading “‘Historical Recreation’: Fat Suits, Blackface and Dance”

contemporary 20s jazz recreationists – rough ideas

Listening to a new CD by the Charleston Chasers, I was struck by the short musical step between British brass bands and the earliest jazz and ragtime. The story goes: Afro-American slaves took up the instruments abandoned by fleeing southern American soldiers at the end of the 19th century and invented ragtime. Ragtime moved to … Continue reading “contemporary 20s jazz recreationists – rough ideas”

Some notes to bands about playing for dancers

I work with bands quite a bit for dance events. The type of music you play and how you play it will depend on the dancers. Are they dancing balboa? Blues? Lindy hop? If the organiser has just said ‘swing dance’, then they usually mean lindy hop, with a sprinkling of balboa. There are really … Continue reading “Some notes to bands about playing for dancers”

Lost post: the trouble with linear jazz narratives + more

Here’s a post I’ve just discovered, that may have fallen off my database somehow. MAY 4, 2009 In the earliest parts of my researching into jazz history, I tried to set up a sort of ‘time line’ or map* of musicians and cities and bands. Who played with which band in what city at what … Continue reading “Lost post: the trouble with linear jazz narratives + more”

New Music: Doyle and Gamble

      Jonathan Doyle Swingtet – Too Hot For Socks and Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders – Michael Gamble and the Rhythm Serenaders Disclaimer: Books Primo approached me to review the Doyle album, offering me a free download. I chose to pay for it (to support the band), but i took him up … Continue reading “New Music: Doyle and Gamble”

I dunno, I’m not convinced

Look, I don’t think I’m all that excited about dancing to careful 3 minute transcriptions of recorded big bands. I like a little more chaos with my historical recreation. I’ve been listening to some live and radio recordings from the 30s and 40s, and some modern stuff like this video from the Kansas City soundtrack, … Continue reading “I dunno, I’m not convinced”

Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven: album review

Hello! This is a post about music! I was approached by Glenn Crytzer a couple of weeks months ago, saying “I’d love to have you do a piece on our new record. Please let me know if that’s something you’d be interested in. Here’s a digital copy of the album for you.” And there was … Continue reading “Glenn Crytzer’s Savoy Seven: album review”

Milenberg Joys

Here are four bands playing Milenberg Joys. They all have quite different styles. This is an interesting set of bands because they include some of the bigger name/most popular musicians of the moment, but each version has a distinct style, even though the bands have some members in common. The Hot Jazz Alliance The ‘Hot … Continue reading “Milenberg Joys”

How not to write a review, or anything really.

This review of Pokey Lafarge’s show in the SMH is the worst review ever written by anyone about anything. It’s completely useless, and doesn’t offer any helpful information about the band or the gig. The first three paragraphs are poorly written rambling messes using every cliche ever (and inaccurate when it comes to Lafarge’s music … Continue reading “How not to write a review, or anything really.”