Hiromi Uehara

Just discovered Hiromi Uehara, a truly gifted pianist from Japan.

She’s playing here with bassist Anthony Jackson (Paul Simon, The O’Jays, Steely Dan, Chick Corea) and drummer Simon Phillips (Toto, The Who, Judas Priest, David Gilmour, Jack Bruce).

Like some of the comments say, she “completely took me off world” with this performance.

Wow! I gotta find out more about this girl and her music!

Find out more at HIROMIMUSIC.COM.

Blackstrap Molasses and Wheatgerm Bread and Plan 9

“Blackstrap molasses and wheatgerm bread, makes you  live so long you’ll wish you were dead. You add some yoghurt and you’ll be well fed.”

Ha, I love it!

Check out this classic ditty from Grouch Marx et. al.

The original is over at archive.org, but WordPress won’t let me embed the audio, hence the strange singing face in the video.

Another great tune from Groucho is “I’m against it!

And I just have to add this clip from Groucho’s own TV show.

Check out archive.org for a whole heap of classic music, books, audio books, movies and other stuff.

For example, here you can view the classic stinker “Plan 9 from Outer Space”

The first review for Plan 9 has this to say:

5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars – October 9, 2011
Subject: Great Horrible Movie
A fine example of terrible acting writing and production.

Plan 9 has been called the “Worst Movie Ever”, so it has to be worth a viewing, surely.

Especially with the following comments from the Wikipedia listing of the worst films ever made:

“In fact, the film has become so famous for its own badness that it’s now beyond criticism.”

“Some things are best watched at 3am, wrapped in the warm glow of drunkenness… Plan 9 From Outer Space is one of them”.

“White Owl” by Josh Garrels

For the second morning in a row, I’ve heard this song on the local Christian radio station on my way to work.

It’s by the Christian musician Josh Garrels whose musical style is described as ” a genre-blending mix of folk and hip hop” with “a voice that is sometimes beatific, sometimes brazen. Garrels’ songs explore themes of compassion, hope, longing, and liberation.”

My musical taste is somewhat esoteric, I guess, so to my ears a lot of contemporary Christian music is very bland and samey, merely imitating secular music, rather than rising above it.

For me, though, Josh Garrels’ music soars above a lot of both the secular and Christian music I come across.

Josh has made a new fan in me.

Have listen to White Owl below and form your own opinion.

I also love Slip Away below:

Dance Like Nobody’s Watching

Angela Trimbur likes to dance, and she’s really good at it (in my opinion anyway).

She’s posted a few videos online of her dancing in public places – dancing like nobody is watching.

I can’t dance in any way that people would admire or be impressed by, but I make my kids laugh and that’s good enough for me.

Check out Angela dancing in a laundromat:

At an airport:

and in a shopping mall:

Go Angela!

Beautiful Bicycles – Chiaki’s White Hart City from Tomii Cycles

Nao Tomii moved from Japan to Massachusetts in the U.S.A. to study art.

From there he started scultping and eventually fused his love of sculpture with his love of cycling to form Tomii Cycles, where he creates utilitarian sculptures in the form of beautiful custom-built bicycles.

The city bike he built for Chiaki is testament to his skill as a designer and builder of beautiful things made of steel.

Chiaki's City Bike

Browse more photos from Tomii’s Flickr Photostream while listening to the soothing tune below from his blog:

Tomii Cycles – Beautiful bicycles with oversized attitude.

Tigran Hamasyan – Phenomenal Jazz Pianist

I just discovered Tigran Hamasyan, a truly phenomenal musician from Armenia.

From a brief search on YouTube, you see him performing with people like Dhafer Youssef, Trilok Gurtu, Lars Danielsson and Nguyen Le. In a few clips he’s joined on drums by Marc Giuliano, who I know as Erik Trufazz’s drummer.

This guy is incredible!

On the video below his Trio is joined by Nguyen Le, a very good jazz guitarist. To me Nguyen has a 70’s Jazz Fusion sound – so nice.

Be patient and stick with the intro or skip ahead to about 3:30 for the instruments to kick in.

A few of Tigran’s other songs I’ve loved so far are:

Vardavar

and Red Hail Part 1:Serpentine

Just Wow!

Nils Petter Molvaer – Jazz Baltica 1998

Another Scandinavian Jazz Great.

Nils Petter Molvaer – Jazz Baltica 1998.

You’ll notice Eivind Aarset on guitars here. He often teams up with NPM on his music.

This is a long video and has some great musical moments.

I love the funky introductory rhythm especially, but the whole set is a good representation of NPM’s sometimes acid style.

His music can be quite intense, so if, like me, your wife prefers Barbra Streisand, you might have to wait ’til she goes out on her Bible study night before you crank up your amp and burst the neighbour’s eardrums.

Enjoy!