Friday, November 19, 2010

Happy Birthday Yoshihiro Okino + Argel Cota!!! These Two Sonic Gods Sharing a Birthday? DAMN......

Had to take a moment to wish a BOUNDLESSLY HAPPY + LOVELY birthday to the godly exquisitely BEAUTIFUL/perennially STUNNING Yoshihiro Okino (don of my favorite label, Especial, + 1/2 of the mightiest of the mighty, Kyoto Jazz Massive (love to Shuya as well!!!)), + to my also lovely friend Argel Cota (arKhota, the GREATEST DRUMMER ALIVE + part of the legendary Niño Astronauta + Kobol)! This Yoshi tribute is so blissfully joyous, w/ a matchless coming together of my idols....... + Alex Barck looks FINE!!!! (Sorry, just had to say it........) Happy birthday to my cousin Ben as well! xxoo, B.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Sonic Loveliness for the Morning via My Facebook Homegirl Gigi Lau: Ahmad Jamal + Richard Evans Make Like Tjader + Schifrin

Once again I've been guilty of neglecting to write anything w/ my blog postings but that's about to change. In the meantime I'll say that I have to give my Facebook homegirl Gigi Lau a MIGHTY thanks for turning me onto this EPIC Ahmad Jamal piece arranged by the inimitably brilliant Richard Evans on Argo c. 1963—the same year that the gods Cal Tjader + Lalo Schifrin made their archetypal COLOSSAL + ETERNALLY SUBLIME Asian jaunt on Several Shades of Jade. Ahmad + Richard just followed Afro-Colombian suit in MAGNIFICENTLY MASSIVE fashion!!! The way a big band should sound—like they're LEVELING a city when they're truthfully just ELEVATING it to boundless new heights............ xo, B.!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Far from Random Aesthetic Loveliness: A Brief Dose of Inhabitat @ Its Most Lustrously Flawless

Hello all,

I've been feeling perennially rather guilty for months that my Facebook page has become my shorthand blog updated countless times daily while these pages haven't been tended nearly as much as they should, and the area where that's most glaringly obvious is in the volumes + volumes of blissfully opulent + vibrant posts I've shared from the site that's become my aesthetic bible, Inhabitat. Yes, Inhabitat is largely a site about green design, + yes, in that respect it ceaselessly comes correct with the most blindingly, awe-inspiringly epic innovations, but it also indefatigably orchestrates + conveys them via a barrage of equally staggeringly luxurious + miraculously hued aesthetics that's bafflingly briliant + absolutely unparalleled. As such I've become an unapologetic junkie in need of a constant fix of their vertigo-inducing brew of future-is-now-50s-sci-fi-dusted—as in that can't possibly finally be a reality, but it FUCKING IS!!!!!—technology (@ which point you realize that it's also purely in the service of eco-innovation + sustainable design, + your disbelief grows even more in the loveliest way....) + psychotropically, bow-to-your-knees-in-stupid-unintelligible-reverence all-encompassing Technicolor sublimity.

Here then is the first of many to come bits of Inhabitat loveliness: a piece on "Shanghai's River Cooled International Cruise Terminal." Now, I'm close enough to senility (I know, I'm not even 38 yet but I've been through the ringer a thousand times over, I'll leave it @ that) that I make no pretenses that I understand a fraction of their scientific jargon, but it looks shiny/immaculately shimmering—+ I know it's all in the most noble vein of unrelenting environmental innovation, so I just nod, smile, + pass on the eye-searing beauty.

And to that I'll add one last caveat—while an ineffable amount of Inhabitat posts are of this peerless quality, there are also many on a more banal bent, so if anyone thinks I'm not editing or filtering these (as I suspect some of my Facebook peops might occasionally), rest assured that I'm only passing on the best. xo, B.!

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Sonic Loveliness for the Afternoon via My Facebook Brother (One of a Few!) Andrea Quarteri: Cubano Flavor!

Sonic Loveliness for the Morning via My Facebook Homegirl Gigi Lau: Not a Bossa Nova

Something I should do a lot more often, share the wealth from my ineffably brilliant and lovely Facebook community—a.k.a. this immaculately polished jewel via my homegirl/sonic guru Gigi Lau! If this one gets neglected it's because my FB page is my shorthand blog, the one I use just for sharing links and quick non-sequiturs at a rapid pace, but this is where the supreme distillation comes together—only the best!!! Dig! xo, B.

Sunday, January 03, 2010

Happy New Year from the Liquidator: My 50 Best Discs of the Last 10 Yrs.

Hello all,

I couldn't decide on an order apart from the two on top, but here are my 50 best discs of the last 10 años.... And to all my friends that contributed to the BEAUTIFUL albums on this list THANK YOU BOUNDLESSLY for all your brilliant work + magnificent CONSTANT INSPIRATION!!!!! Everyone enjoy! Happy new year + best + xxoo to all! B.

Swing Out Sister, Somewhere Deep in the Night
Jazztronik, Nana-Iro
Rosalia de Souza, Garota Diferente
Louie Vega, Elements of Life
Incognito, Love x Love Remixes
Jazztronik, Cannibal Rock
Gotan Project, La Revancha del Tango
RSL, Every Preston Guild
M-Flo, Astromantic
Robi Draco Rosa, Draco (my best for 09)
MJ Cole, Sincere
Inspiration Exclusives (comp)
Troubleman, Time Out of Mind
Sharleen Spiteri, Melody
Silent Poets, To Come
Tom + Joyce (s/t)
Monareta, Picotero
Dignan, The Guest
St. Germain, Tourist
Gustavo Cerati, 11 Episodios Sinfonicos
Dimitri from Paris, Cruising Attitude
Los Amigos Invisibles, Venezuelan Zingason
Mondo Grosso, MG4
Kyoto Jazz Massive, Spirit of the Sun
Sabrina Malheiros, Equilibria
Jazztronik, Grand Blue
Swing Out Sister, Beautiful Mess
Reel People, Second Guess
2 Banks of 4, 3 Street Worlds
Nortec Collective, Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1
Kinky, Atlas
Acida, La Vida Real
London Elektricity, Live @ the Scala
Jazztronik, En: Code
Roisin Murphy, Overpowered
Mark Ronson, Version
Dee Dee Bridgewater, Live @ Yoshi's
Mo' Horizons, Remember Tomorrow
Anjali, The World of Lady A
Bebel Gilberto, Tanto Tempo
Robi Draco Rosa, Mad Love
Mr. Hermano, Free as the Morning Sun
Mitchell + Dewbury, Beyond the Rains
Pete Philly + Perquisite, Mystery Repeats
Maria Rita, Segundo
Joy Jones, Godchild
Jody Watley, Saturday Night Experience
Nortec Collective, Tijuana Sessions Vol. 3
Saint Etienne, Tales from Turnpike House
Re:Jazz, Point of View