1. Miles Davis (jazz musician)
2. The nautical mile (unit of measure)
3. Miles, Joel Goodson’s pal (character in the 1983 film “Risky Business”)
4. Miles City (town in Montana, population 8,410)
5. Buddy Miles (jazz/R&B drummer, played with Jimi Hendrix)
6. Miles Standish (military officer at Plymouth colony, sailed on the Mayflower with my 14-generations-removed relative Edward Doty)
1. Why In The Hell Would You Say It Is Dukish
2. I Can’t Believe It’s Not Dukish
3. Guys, Check Out This Cigarette
4. Does This Tune Make My Ass Look Dukish
5. Totes Not Dukish
The inimitable alto saxophone player Johnny Hodges played in Duke Ellington’s band from 1928-1970 (except for a hiatus from 1951-1955). His solo recordings were his chance to set himself apart from that tenure. Hence the title of this one, “Not So Dukish.”
1. Dakota Maryland
2. Virginia Maine
3. Georgia Washington
4. Montana Michigan
5. Illinois Wisconsin
6. Pennsylvania Massachusetts-Hampshire
1. momentary cheese – brief
2. we are weird
3. piece of pie
4. friends to the end
5. believe no lie
6. achieve the highest
1. Not my bag of tea
2. You’re talking to the choir
3. Throw down the hammer
4. Goodbye Irene
5. How do you like that apple
6. The food chain of life
1. Emptyset – “Medium” Recorded in an abandoned, unfinished 19th century British mansion. Huge, oppresive, and delightful. Brings together my love of history, recording, and abstraction.
2. Oneohtrix Point Never – “Rifts” Five LPs of mind-melting synthesizer experimentation. This cat would have been at home with the Germans making this type of music in 1972. Hypnotic, texturally lush, and possibly self-indulgent (in the best way, of course.)
3. Andy Stott – “Luxury Problems” Mr. Stott keeps making music that sounds quite unlike anything else before it. Imagine if someone produced a Sade record under the influence of Bauhaus architecture and codeine. Unsettling and inviting at the same time. Time stands still when you play it.
4. Death Grips – “The Money Store” Parts of this record still scare the hell out of me. It’s so intense that I can only liken it to standing in front of a blast furnace. NSFW in a number of ways. Sonically and lyrically. These cats would have Lil’ Wayne weeping in the corner.
5. CAN – “Lost Tapes” Where do I turn when I wish to hear a man chant the lyric “Are you waiting for the streetcar” for ten minutes? This amazing set of outtakes and non-album cuts from these German giants of weird rock, of course.
6. Josh Berman and His Gang – “There Now” Mr. Berman helped me with a question about a Gerry Mulligan record at the Jazz Record Mart in 2011. In 2012, he released this thoughtful and exciting record of jazz music. It’s lighthearted at times, freely exploratory at others. Just what I needed, actually.
I even made a YouTube playlist with a track from each record.
1. Sun Ra and his Arkestra
2. Sun Ra and his Myth Science Arkestra
3. Sun Ra and his Astro Infinity Arkestra
4. Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Arkestra
5. Sun Ra and his Intergalactic Research Arkestra
6. Sun Ra and his Outer Space Arkestra
(Sun Ra was a jazz big-band leader noted for his unusual dress, Afro-Futurism, and wide-reaching music.)