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Song of the Day: The Comet Is Coming – Pyramids

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Photo Credit: Fabrice Bourgelle To say that The Comet Is Coming blew my mind is both a double entendre and a hypothesis, testable whenever I cue their previous album Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery and hit play. On their new full length, even though the space-jazz of prior years lingers, they now venture into space-dance/rock territory. Always with a flair for description (or an inability to stick to 8-bit era computer file name standard), Hyper-Dimensional Expansion Beam …

Song of the Day: Pharoah Sanders – Love is Everywhere (Live In Paris, 1975)

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Pharoah Sanders, a towering spiritual jazz figure who up until last year was still putting out collaborative work, has died. I thought it a fitting tribute to move you, dear readers (or not dear, no matter), to relive the magic from one of his concerts with his quartet in 1975. Just leave the whole album on the background. The set is imbued with so much vibrancy and life, there is little chance it will stay there in the background. And …

Song of the Day: Benedictus, Requiem in D minor (WA Mozart)

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I have not listened to Mozart’s Requiem in full for over a decade. It is an oddly morbid thing to have surfaced randomly… or perhaps it’s just on my shuffled playlist? As it is wont to do, the internets is full of opinions on which is the most “definitive” version. I can’t fathom sitting down and researching, note for note, the different character and performance caliber of modern interpretations from Marriner to Karajan to Celibidache to Herrewghe, while faced with …

Album Review: Feeder -Torpedo (2022, Big Teeth)

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I had heard of, but never heard Feeder. Even though they have been around for a few years, their latest album, Torpedo, released back in March from their pandemic backlog material, is the first to reach my ears. The duo gets right to the point from the get go on this album full of redemptive intentions. Opener “The Healing” calls for people to unite and work towards a better state of affairs. But to be honest, it could have been …