Thelonious Monk – It’s Monk’s Time (1964)

“The loss in articulation can be ascribed to the notions I am at pains to express.” (original liner note) After being shamed by a friend for my rock philistinism (“you should like, you know, listen to more jazz, man”) I wisely took the known path back to Monk. (My revisitation caused a minor panic which … More Thelonious Monk – It’s Monk’s Time (1964)

Hölderlin – Hölderlins Traum (1972)

“Have we not been here once before in this wonderland?” This isn’t the first time I’ve got myself into trouble puttering around Discogs, but still a rare occasion that I take an algorithmically-generated “recommendation” and run with it. No doubt I was browsing some Krautrock thing, took a listen to this first Hölderlin album, and … More Hölderlin – Hölderlins Traum (1972)

Jackson C. Frank – The Complete Recordings (2015)

“There is a man who probably will choke / on the words that sound so violently sincere.” Normally my attention span stalls out at a double album at best, but having some holiday time off makes possible a long-planned challenge of a single sitting deep dive into this 6LP set. The tragic life of Jackson … More Jackson C. Frank – The Complete Recordings (2015)

Clarence Williams – Jug & Washboard Bands [1927-1933] (1971)

“I know a colored piano man / he plays the tune which I think is grand” I’m not going to review this record. Because it’s atrocious. But it’s also inspired me to celebrate Clarence Williams in my own way. I picked up this handsomely packaged LP (tip-on sleeve and all that jazz) when I wanted … More Clarence Williams – Jug & Washboard Bands [1927-1933] (1971)

The Baroques (1967)

“When will I ever know, the meaning of what I now see?” Despite my self-imposed moratorium on new acquisitions, this lone Record Store Day score from a couple weeks ago did squeak through. I’ve been waiting years for The Baroques LP to get a legitimate reissue, which I came to know from the slipshod (and … More The Baroques (1967)