Monday, December 18, 2006

The Bad Plus DO THE MATH Questionnaire

GIVE US AN EXAMPLE OR TWO OF AN ESPECIALLY GOOD OR INTERESTING:

1. Movie score. "Brick" by Nathan Johnson (plus a great modern day noir-ish piece - highly recommended [both the score and the film])
2. TV theme. "Quantum Leap" by the ubiquitous Mike Post (gets stuck in your head for years), "Six Feet Under" by Thomas Newman
3. Melody. Seasonal answer: "Christmastime is Here" - Vince Guraldi/Lee Mendelson
4. Harmonic language. Frank Zappa - "Peaches En Regalia," The Band - "The Weight"
5. Rhythmic feel. Tom Waits - "16 Shells From a Thirty-Ought-Six," Minutemen - "Swing to the Right"
6. Hip-hop track. "What's Up Fatlip?" by Fatlip
7. Classical piece. Shostakovich String Quartet #4
8. Smash hit. "Take on Me" - A-Ha, "In Dreams" - Roy Orbison, "Kiss" - Prince
9. Jazz album. "Mingus Ah Um" - Mingus, "Turning Point" - Bley/Gilmore/Motian/Peacock, "A Love Supreme" - Coltrane, "Believe" - Scott Amendola Band
10. Non-American folkloric group. Bembeya Jazz National (Guinea), Mamadou Diabate (Mali)
11. Book on music. "Our Band Can Be Your Life" - Michael Azzerad, "Chronicles, Vol. 1" - Bob Dylan, "The Beatles Complete Recording Sessions"

BONUS QUESTIONS:

A) Name an surprising album (or albums) you loved when you were developing as a musician: something that really informs your sound but that we would never guess in a million years: "Rocks" by Aerosmith

B) Name a practitioner (or a few) who play your instrument that you think is underrated: Nate Mendel/Sunny Day Real Estate

C) Name a rock or pop album that you wish had been a smash commercial hit (but wasn’t, not really): Mike Watt's "Ballhog or Tugboat?"

D) Name a favorite drummer, and an album to hear why you love that drummer: Tim "Herb" Alexander, "Frizzle Fry" by Primus

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Back later this week with my "Brian's Guide to Christmas" Podcast...

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