Music of the week #2

Hi everyone! Happy new year! It’s been a while, once again. Any way, I’m back with a new Music of the week post. Since last week, I found myself reading the autobiography of the one and only Miles Davis. I’ve listened to his music before, but now that I’m actually learning about how he got into playing the trumpet and learning more about how the bebop jazz movement started, I started listening more to that sort of stuff lately. So this Music of the week could be a jazz special of my favourite jazz tracks at the moment. It is quite hard for me to set a list of my most favourite one on that, as one song is as powerful as the other. So here are the tracks, in no specific order.

MOANIN’ BY ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS

This live version is awesome! Simply because it is about 4 minutes longer than the original recording. The solos are great and you get to see what it was like back then. For some reason, since I’m a kid, I’ve always loved to look at black jazz players. Mainly because they had that very hip and sort classy look/stance while on stage.

TAKE FIVE BY THE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET

This track here is a jazz classic! I’ve loved it since I’m a kid and even though it takes me back to my childhood, every time that I listen to it, I realise how great that tune is. Mainly because of the piano chords in the background that help the bass and support extremely well the drums and the sax! Just great! And that version has a few moments that make giggle and laugh during solo parts.

DON’T BE THAT WAY BY BENNY GOODMAN

A few weeks back, Emilie and I went to visit her family in Saint-Jean de Monts (France) to celebrate Christmas. Her dad got his brother a few jazz CD’s and this track was the one that we all enjoyed together. Either when prepping meals, playing dice games or waking up. Not only it reminds of that great time spent with them, it represents what I enjoy the most in jazz: big bands!

UNE PETITE LAITUE BY ROY ELDRIDGE

This track happened to be on the same jazz CD that my father in law gave to his brother as a gift for Christmas. Now, what I really like about that track, is that, not only the song is in French, but the song is about food. More specically about salad. Yes. The whole song is about a small lettuce. Which is fun, naive, and a great song to listen to at any time of the day.

ASCENSEUR POUR L’ECHAFAUD BY MILES DAVIS

Here is Miles Davis improvising during the record sessions of the soundtrack for Louis Balle’s movie Ascenseur pour l’echafaud. Although we only here Miles playing for a few minutes, the first time I saw that footage, I knew that I needed to learn more about him. One of my favourite musicians of all times.

What song/track/album/video did you listened to/watched most the last few weeks? Let me know what you think of that selection and if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

Have a sound day!

Colourful greatness!

Hi everyone. So like I said in my thank you post, I will talk more about illustration. Because I want to get involved in it and try to find illustrators that I feel close to by their style or stories that they draw. So today I will be writing a few things about Jack Teagle.

This is the first image that I’ll post because, this is how I discovered him. My girlfriend got me a gift 2 years ago that was wrap in that amazing “Heroes and Villains” wrapping paper. Because I kind of ripped it and that she knew that was going to happen, she also got me the card.

Jack Teagle lives in the South West of England and uses a lot of paint tubes for his illustrations. It makes them extremely analogue and great to look at. I must say, I really enjoy his comic book references and his heroes/villains portraits.

They’re just great! Super colourful, childish but not really and simply brilliant! Also, I have to add that his work for Anorak is awesome!

So all I just said is just my opinion and point of view on Jack’s work. Like I said before, all I do is share things I love so… Just go and check him out here and buy his comics/zines/posters here!

Have a sound day!

Music of the week

Good evening everyone! Hope that you are well? So I decided that I will post at least twice a week. So for this week’s second post, let’s focus a bit on music. As I work in the same agency as my girlfriend and that we share a Spotify account, we can’t use it at the same time and one of us ends using other great online services to listen to music. So here is my top 5 tracks that I’ve been listening the last few weeks.

#5 – UNCLE TONA BY DREW HOWARD

Drew Howard – AKA 88 Camino – is a Canadian rapper and member of GET HOME SAFE from Toronto. I discovered him through a Noisey interview. The track is really slow, chill and pretty easy to listen to when focusing on something important.

#4 – SET FIRE BY JAZZ CARTIER

Jazz Cartier – AKA Jacuzzi La Fleur – is another Canadian rapper and… Also member of GET HOME SAFE. I discovered him through the previously mentioned Noisey interview. I realised that I really listened to that track when in a rush to finish something. Really intense and energetic, it kept me going when I was slowing down.

#3 – LIVE @ FESTIVAL HAUTS DE GARONNE BY SHIGETO

Compared to the 4 other music videos of this TOP 5 tracks I listened to lately, this live by Shigeto is awesome! I’m a huge fan of Shigeto and his music really talks to me. But I must say that while working, I like to listen to something with a lot of drums and/or bass. Which is why this live comes in third place. It’s really good to focus for a long period and if you want to put your eyes on something else, seeing Shigeto in action is simply brilliant. Since I’ve haven’t got the chance to see him live, this video is perfect!

#2 – KING OF MY CASTLE BY BOOM BAPTIST

Here is another live performance. This time we are listening to American beatmaker and MC Boom Baptist. Their are actually 2 songs in this video. “Are and Bee” and “King Of My Castle”. Both songs will be featured on his new forthcoming album. I didn’t have a particular moment to listen to that track, apart that once I did, it got stuck in my head and didn’t want to leave it. This is why I ended up listening to it over and over again last Thursday (all day long)! Listening to it is a great pleasure, specially when the lyrics come in… Not going to spoil it for you!

#1 – XMAS IN PADOVA BY TACTEEL

In first position comes French producer Tacteel. This song is most definitely one of my favourite french electronic songs! I remember buying the CD at the Lazy Dog in Paris, when they had their second shop at the Citadium. It is one of the rare albums that I’ve never downloaded and possess in both CD and vinyl. Now this song is number one for a simple reason. The first time that I ever listened to it, I’ve notice a small hint to another of my favourite songs (again, I’m not going to spoil it). That song also made me understand that making music is all about fun and what you enjoy the most and helped me a lot one I “released” my very first EP. This is just one of these tracks that I would like to “hear” at my funeral or save if we ever needed to before the Apocalypse.

What song/track/album/video did you listened to/watched most the last few weeks? Let me know what you think of that selection and if you have any suggestions, I’m all ears.

Have a sound day!