RIP to one of the jazz greats, Dave Brubeck. When I listen to this, I think of my days at KU playing jazz in the quartets and ensembles. Dave Brubeck’s style was one of a kind and real inspiration to me as a young musician.  

I can’t get enough of Sebastien Schuller these days. I’m digging the imagery of this video. I call it mellow nostalgia. Check it out. 

Sébastian Schuller - Nightlife. This is where it’s at for me at the moment. 

For all you Pandora fans, there’s a new sheriff in town.  His name is Songza, and he is the Wyatt Earp of streaming music.  I’ve been listening to a healthy amount of Songza for the last couple of days, and it’s been great. They have more customized playlists for all sorts of activities throughout the day. Their playlists are better suited for younger listeners, while still maintaining a diverse music library. On top of all that, there’s no commercials! I hope it lasts, because songza is becoming my go to music source in the morning. Check it out below. 

www.songza.com 

Jeff Lynne, the perfectionist, decided to re-record some old ELO songs because they weren’t as good as they could have been. I must say the new recordings sound pretty good! 

I’m very much looking forward to Crystal Castles new album. Release date November 15, 2012. 

Movie poster in the London Tube. The Sugar Man.

A couple of days ago, I saw the documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, about a musician from Detroit named Rodriguez. He recorded two albums in the early 70’s, which when released completely flopped in the United States.  Little did he know, his music became very popular in South Africa.  His style of protest songs became part of the soundtrack for the anti-apartheid movement at the time.  Rumors spread that he had died, and his fans in South Africa never bothered to follow up.  The documentary chronicles the search for Rodriguez and his story.  The music is great, and the story is almost unbelievable.  I highly recommend seeing it. 

Searching for Sugar Man trailer. 

My newest favorite band at the moment. Django Django. Their self-titled debut album just came out a few weeks ago. I’ve had it on repeat for the last couple of days. They’re making these dreary London days look a little bit better. Dig!