Lucky Bosmic Otim, a popular musician from northern Uganda, is practically impossible to reach by phone. He has one, but its always turned off.
The band of the year is Los Campesinos!, a crew of seven enthusiastic Welsh college kidsfour guys and three girls, each with a Ramones-esque pseudonym (Harriet Campesinos!, Aleksandra Campesinos!, Ollie Campesinos!, etc.)
1. NEW YORK Im sitting here listening to my favorite Monk LP, Alone in San Francisco, while I write this, rejoicing in the fact that the revelatory and possibly most important and moving jazz chronicle, Three Wishes: An Intimate Look at Jazz Greats, by the Baroness Pannonica De Koenigswarter, an abstract painter and authentic Rothschild, has finally made it to where it belongs: America, and more specifically the New York/New Jersey area, where most of its story takes place.
Ive been a fan of Chad and Jeremys The Ark for some time. I discovered the album after hearing Rest in Peace, from their previous release (1967s Of Cabbages and Kings), on the radio.
Downtown Chicago is quiet on the weekends, but the three hundredseat theater in the Cultural Center was comfortably filled on a cold Sunday afternoon in early November, where experimental music fans and curious listeners assembled for a free performance by sound sculptor Olivia Block and instrument maker Hal Rammel.
If you somehow havent found your way to a Giraffes show, make the time. This Brooklyn band is all about rock n roll like it should be: loud, unruly, drunk, and heart-attack-inducing (literally). And this new album shows them fully in control of their seamy, riff-laden ways. Prime Motivator is a dirty, down-in-the-gutter record.
With a year of sobriety behind him, Ryan Adams recently released his tenth full-length solo album, Cardinology. Featuring his backing band the Cardinals, the disc once again displays Adamss easy command of a broad range of musical styles, from alt-country to rock n roll to acoustic singer-songwriter tunes.
Dr. Atomic, the opera composed by that dynamic duo John Adams and Peter Sellars and premiered in 2005 in San Francisco, has been reworked for its premier at the Met. A whopping three hours and twenty-five minutes long, it enacts the creation of the mother of all weaponsthe A-bomb, the reason Japan surrendered to the Allies and the world got stuck with plutonium fallout and radiation sickness.