Sonos Blue Note PLAY:1
We've long been supporters of Sonos, watching their evolution over the past 10 years—we even teamed up with lighting designer Lindsey Adelman to create a one-off Soundalier during NYCxDESIGN week in 2012. That said, the HiFi audio-obsessed brand...
Word of Mouth: Addis Ababa
by Jenny Miller Addis Ababa is a capital on the up-and-up. As the gateway to the rest of Ethiopia and its beguiling landscape, Addis is a city of almost constant sunshine and, in recent years, construction dust. Countless hotels, a light rail system...
BADBADNOTGOOD + Ghostface Killah: Ray Gun ft. DOOM
On paper, a partnership between a Toronto-based jazz trio, a prominent member of Wu Tang Clan and one of hip-hop's more mysterious MCs might not sound like the most natural of unions. However "Ray Gun" sees Ghostface Killah and DOOM spitting verses...
Re/ly: Hold On, We're Going Home (Drake cover)
The debut album Bilateral from modern jazz duo Re/ly demonstrates not only the technical skills of keyboardist and vocalist Bryn Bliska and drummer Jamie Fried, but their ear for original composition. The two met while playing in various jazz combos...
Kind of Blue Signed LP
In two studio sessions in the spring of 1959 Miles Davis recorded Kind of Blue, which would quickly solidify itself as the best jazz album of all time. A year later, in 1960, he signed a copy of the record for a fan—something he evidently never did...
Playing for the Benefit of the Band
Lee Friedlander's seminole 1992 monograph, "The Jazz People of New Orleans, Playing for the Benefit of the Band," has been re-released in an expanded edition available through Fraenkel Gallery. With more than 200 photographs in the new version, some...
Small Black feat. Frankie Rose: Lines of Latitude
Brooklyn-based band Small Black add a little more sombreness to their dreamy synth-pop sound with their new track "Lines of Latitude," from of their upcoming EP Real People. Harmonies with fellow Brooklynite Frankie Rose's ethereal voice gives this...
Molly Ringwald's Jazz Favorites
In honor of the '80s teen star's birthday and recent interview, AnOther Magazine featured an unlikely rundown of Molly Ringwald's favorite jazz tracks. As the interview implies, Ringwald hasn't exactly followed the traditional post-Hollywood path;...
Ajukaja & Andrevski: Rare Birds The Estonians have infiltrated the realm of deep house—duo Raul “Ajukaja” Saaremets ("Aju" meaning brain and "Kaja" meaning echo) and longtime friend Andrevski composed analog jams on hand-built equipment in their...
In light of Cape Town's Design Indaba, this week's #PrivateJam comes from Craig Durrant, drummer of South African indie-rock outfit Desmond and the Tutus. Calling on hectic tour experiences in Japan, Durrant opted for the electro ballad "Borderline...
Beaty Heart: Kanute's Comin' Round
Colorful, theatrical and existing in a minimal psychedelic world all its own, the video for Beaty Heart's latest release is new ground even for this experimental South London outfit. "Kanute's Comin' Round," finds two masked and costumed dancers drawing...
Ajukaja & Andrevski: Rare Birds
The Estonians have infiltrated the realm of deep house—duo Raul “Ajukaja” Saaremets ("Aju" meaning brain and "Kaja" meaning echo) and longtime friend Andrevski composed analog jams on hand-built equipment in their studio located in the country's capital...
A never-before-released audio recording of Thelonious Monk's late-career concert at Paris' Salle Pleyel is finally available from Blue Note Records. Monk, a self-taught musician, was 52 years old at the time but balanced the quartet with two new young...
Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972
At first glance, this art book looks out-of-date with its 1970s desaturated colors, as if salvaged from a garage sale. Co-published this year by PictureBox and art gallery Corbett vs. Dempsey to offer a glimpse into the hazy world of radical and...
Shaken or Stirred
Advertorial content: As we reach the final days of summer the breeze picks up and the air cools down, making it the perfect time to unwind with a group of friends with a well-deserved Tanqueray cocktail in hand. No party is complete without some...
Cool Hunting's Harvest Playlist
Fall is all about motivation, preparing for the season ahead by taking stock of summer's bounty. While melancholy at times—Bon Iver's childhood memory "Michicant," "Harvest Breed by Nick Drake—there's plenty here to get you going too...
Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology
Seven years in the making, Smithsonian Folkways' new edition, Jazz: The Smithsonian Anthology represents the new standard, a long-overdue update to Martin Williams' out-of-print compilation The Smithsonian Collection of Classic Jazz. While some...
"Dirty Baby," a music project joining guitarist and composer Nels Cline (of Wilco fame) and poet David Breskin, "recontextualizes" American artist Ed Ruscha's "censor strips" (artworks that depict the black marks used to censor documents). The resulting...
To help motivate Britons who might've indulged a little too heavily over winter, we rounded up three London gyms that make fitness more fun with dance-inspired classes—geared toward anyone who's ever had jazz-hands fantasies. Frame Aware...
February 2008 Playlist
This time of year brings a surplus of album releases and, for us, along with the fresh tunes comes a desire to do little more than stay home and listen to music while watching surf videos. The result is a collection of new faves and old jams, both...
Hess is More NYC Workshops
Coming off the heels of touring in Istanbul, London and Copenhagen and in anticipation of his upcoming studio release, Danish electronica virtuoso Hess is More (née Mikkel Hess) will be in Manhattan to offer a five-day workshop that includes...
The Cinematic Orchestra: Ma Fleur
"To Build A Home," which opens the new album from The Cinematic Orchestra, is extraordinary. A piano signature already heavy with melancholy provides the bed on which Patrick Watson's even more achingly beautiful singing voice lies...
Robert Glasper: In My Element
Artists as disparate as Radiohead and Dilla donâ€™t often have the mutual and well-deserved honor of sharing writing credits on the same album, let alone on a jazz piano trio release like In My Element. It's taken an adventurous...
The Bird And The Bee
Having won the favor of indie and dance music critics alike, Iâ€™m going to have to coin a new genre just for The Bird And The Bee. Ready? Retro-futurama-faux-bubblegum-pop. Like it? I do, like totally. The Bird And The Beeâ...
Without a commercial recording or even a live gigâ€”at last count their newest song on Myspace has only logged seven plays, at least three of which I can personally take responsibility forâ€”The Lions are newly signed...