Forcefully.mp3

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
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With Adam Lutz on bass.

Desert Lavender.mp3

Posted: February 20, 2013 in Uncategorized
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With Adam Lutz on bass.

Flow.mp3

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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With Adam Lutz on bass.

Blameless.mp3

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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With Adam Lutz on bass.

4 New Tracks

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I know it’s been forever since I’ve posted but I wanted to share 4 new tracks that I have finished working on. At least I think I’m finished with them :).

I will post them individually through Soundcloud, but you can also listen and download them off the Box.net side bar of this page.

The four new tracks are: Forcefully, Desert Lavender, Flow, and Blameless.

Special thanks to this guy for laying down some great bass on all of these tracks:

Mr. Adam Lutz on bass

Mega City Four – Magic Bullets

Posted: February 18, 2013 in Uncategorized

If you are one of those who is into some great Shoegazer/Brit-Rock from the early 90′s I recommend checking out Mega City Four, and the album Magic Bullets. Great songwriting and melodies. The album is pretty hard to find, but definitely worth checking out.

 

SAMSARA

Posted: July 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Very much looking forward to this!

An interesting article for Jonny Greenwood fans. The guy is a genius. I’m a big fan.

Crossing over: John Cage and Jonny Greenwood

  • BY Chris Baker and LEAH HARRISON
    Special to The Post and Courier
  • Posted: Saturday, June 2, 2012 12:19 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, June 2, 2012 12:22 a.m.
Orchestra Uncaged features music by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, as well as the U.S. debut of pioneering composer John Cage’s orchestral trilogy.
photo by William StruhsOrchestra Uncaged features music by Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood, as well as the U.S. debut of pioneering composer John Cage’s orchestral trilogy.
In 1952 John Cage made musical history when he programmed 4 minutes and 33 seconds of silence into a concert. The now famous piece is just one example of the composer’s avant-garde approach to classical music.

Spoleto resident conductor John Kennedy programmed Sunday’s Orchestra Uncaged concert to celebrate the centenary of Cage’s birth.

The Orchestra Uncaged concert will be performed at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sottile Theater.

The Orchestra Uncaged concert will be performed at 8 p.m. Sunday at the Sottile Theater.

When looking for a composer to accompany the late eccentric, he wanted someone as far removed from the classical mainstream as Cage. He found that someone in Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood.

“It’s not easy to pair something with Cage,” Kennedy said. “I wanted a young composer who embodies his spirit as an outsider. Jonny Greenwood immediately came to mind.”

Orchestra Uncaged features music by both groundbreaking artists: Greenwood’s “Doghouse” and “48 Responses to Polymorphia,” and the U.S. debut of Cage’s orchestral trilogy, “Twenty-Six,” “Twenty-Eight,” and “Twenty-Nine.”

“Cage was a pioneer,” Kennedy said. “He was one of the first composers outside of mainstream classical music to still have a deep influence on it.”

Cage approached classical music from a somewhat radical position. Sunday’s trilogy, for example, uses a method called time bracketing, which replaces the conductor with stopwatches. The stopwatches will synchronize the performers while Kennedy looks on from a seat in the audience.

Greenwood trained as a violist in his youth and studied classical music (briefly) at Oxford Brookes University. Since erupting onto the alternative rock scene with Radiohead in the early 1990s, he has been patiently redefining his role as a musician.

In March, Greenwood released an album with 89-year-old Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, whose 1961 piece “Polymorphia” inspired Greenwood’s “48 Responses.” Prior to that, Greenwood’s most recognizable solo work was the Grammy-nominated score for the 2007 film “There Will Be Blood.”

Greenwood is best known for his work with Radiohead — a three-time Grammy winner for best alternative album and one of the most influential bands of the 21st century. Rolling Stone ranks Greenwood No. 48 on its list of 100 greatest guitarists, ahead of icons like John Lennon (No. 55) and Slash (No. 65).

Rock stardom, however, seldom translates to respect in the classical music community.

Pop artists from Deep Purple to Yes to Metallica have dabbled in the classical realm, but few have navigated its waters as successfully as Greenwood. Typically, the orchestra serves as mere background music for wailing guitars and charismatic front men. When Paul McCartney tried his hand at orchestral composition with the 1991 “Liverpool Oratorio,” critics trashed his efforts.

“Frankly, it could make you punch a hole in a pew,” wrote a critic with The Guardian regarding McCartney’s classical work. Even Entertainment Weekly called the album “only occasionally embarrassing.”

So what does Greenwood have that Sir Paul and so many others lack?

“He understands that making an orchestral composition is very different from writing a song,” Kennedy said. “And he doesn’t take composition lightly. He’s a serious student of music.”

Greenwood’s education has taken place outside the classroom. His collegiate music studies were interrupted after only three weeks when Radiohead signed a record deal. Like Cage, Greenwood approaches classical music from the fringes. Where Cage pushed the boundaries of what the genre was capable of, Greenwood has pushed the boundaries of genre itself, having spent most of his career in alternative rock.

Greenwood’s genre-blending style appeals to classical musicians and pop music fans alike.

“It’s intriguing to study Greenwood’s personal compositional style, and then observe how it’s synthesized into Radiohead,” said Kayleigh Miller, a violist playing in Sunday’s concert. “His contributions to (Radiohead) are often textural and timbral, such as the textures of ‘Arpeggi’ or the old-timey instrumentation of ‘Life in a Glass House.’ ”

Despite spending three decades working in pop music, Greenwood has found ways to weave classical music and orchestral instruments into songs he’s written for Radiohead.

His “Life In A Glass House,” from Radiohead’s album “Amnesiac,” features drawling clarinet and a horn ensemble. He strokes his electric guitar with a violin bow on Thom Yorke’s “Pyramid Song.” And his “Motion Picture Soundtrack,” the closing track on the platinum disc “Kid A,” opens with a dissonant organ, reminiscent of the clashing chords of “48 Responses.”

“The range of color and the different types of sound he uses are very sophisticated,” Kennedy said. “Because of the way he’s worked with Radiohead and the way he thinks about sound — orchestrating all the different sonic possibilities in a band — he can apply a unique approach to the acoustic orchestra.”

Chris Baker and Leah Harrison are Newhouse School graduate students.

New Music!

Posted: May 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

Some very good music coming out soon and I thought I’d share a few albums I am looking forward to hearing.

5/29/2012 (today!)

Sigur Ros – Valtari

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The recently redesigned AllMusic.com gives Valtari a pretty solid review. I, for one, am looking looking forward to the return to the darker, more personal Sigur Ros sound. From the little I’ve heard of the album, it sounds pretty epic .

Update! Not sure for how much longer, but Valtari is now available for $5 on Amazon! (It is $10 on iTunes)

6/19/2012

Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania

Who knows if it will be good, but there has been a lot of hype about Oceania and there has been a lot of positive buzz about their recent live shows. I am one of those who still misses Jimmy’s drums, but at the same time, I will always be interested to see what Billy is up to.

Also of Note:

6-5-2012
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Americana
Sun Kil Moon – Among The Leaves
1. Bibio – Mind Bokeh (2011)

This album takes a few listens to get into but it is one that is definitely worth sticking with. There are some great moments in here. The creativity just flows on this album.

2. Washed Out – Within and Without (2011)

Everyone loves Life of Leisure EP I know. But if you are dismissing this as a second rate album I think you are wrong. Great sounds and moods on this album. One thing I have noticed about Ernest is that he has a knack for great melodies. To me that is why Washed Out is so successful at what they do.

3. Phish – Slip Stitch & Pass (1997)

Love this live album from Phish. Wolfman’s Brother is so funky, especially the 2nd half after Trey’s solo. Listen how the four of them come together to play some super tight funk that only these guys could pull off. I’ve been dancing with my daughter on this one. :)

4. Gomez – Five Men In A Hut: A’s, B’s & Rarities 1998-2004 (2006)

Love love Gomez. Great springtime and summer music. If you are a Gomez fan I highly recommend this album. The B-sides and other unreleased tracks are just as good as what is on their albums. Actually I’d say some are even better in certain cases, something that Gomez would likely agree with since they admit that some songs, though they knew they were great, just didn’t fit the vibe of the album. Great stuff to explore on here.

5. Mew – Frengers (2003)

AllMusic lists this early mew album as their pick for their favorite Mew album. I haven’t given it enough listens to come to that conclusion, but I am loving what I hear so far. Love the creativity and love the different song structures and chord changes they use. Like all Mew albums, it is a fun uplifting album.