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John Zorn The Bribe
One of Zorn's better records, and it's certainly one of his most fun. Lots of genres are covered, and songs often stylistically switch at the drop of a hat (this is quite reminiscent of Naked City). The short songs are fun but don't really develop, the 11-minute "Dreams of the Red Chamber" grinds the record to a halt for a while, and there is just so much here (the record is over 78 minutes long). As aforementioned, it's a ton of fun, though, and overall it's among the Zorn discography's upper echelon.
The Great Kat Beethoven On Speed
Probably Kat's most accomplished record. Beethoven on Speed is less parodical than Worship Me or Die! and features better production and songwriting as well. A couple of the originals ("Gripping Obsession," "Total Tyrant") are actually decent, and the interspersing of classical covers throughout makes for a more interesting listen than the debut. As a guitarist, I find Kat overrated-- she's a little sloppy and I don't care for her tone. However, you won't find her in better form anywhere than Beethoven on Speed, so if you're inclined to check out her material, start here.
No Use for a Name All The Best Songs
You get a bunch of No Use's best/most popular songs on here, and two previously unreleased tracks too. Pretty much as good as a Greatest Hits record can be.
Buckethead Hold Me Forever (In memory of my mom)
A fantastic pike that manages to transmit a feeling of grief despite the rather upbeat and energetic nature of the composition(s) (this is six songs that connect to make one). The last half is essentially one long guitar solo, and Buckethead goes all out; and, while the thirteen-minute shredfest does a get a bit tiresome, it is nonetheless impressive. Hold Me Forever is an excellent release.
John Zorn Alhambra Love Songs
A rather languid collection of straightforward jazz tunes, performed well by a trio of Rob Burger, Greg Cohen, and Ben Perowsky. Each track is a tribute to a different San Francisco Bay-area artist (Mike Patton, Vince Guaraldi, Clint Eastwood, David Lynch, etc.) It's always listenable and it's consistently charming, however it is by no means Zorn's most incisive or essential work.
Estradasphere Passion For Life
I don't have the DVD, but the CD portion of this release is just so much fun. It's an Estradasphere live show mixed with some chiptune, electronic stuff ("Dissatisfactual Contraband," "Bat Cave," etc.) The band is in great form, and the recording quality is pretty good. The last track features a massive troll, which I won't ruin... I'll just say it might make you jump.
Michael Angelo Batio Planet Gemini
This record begins with the typical hyperspeed shredding one expects in an MAB release, but the last six tracks are just all over the place. There is space-y ambience, a Doom-sounding videogame part, two tracks with vocals that come out of nowhere, and even a country section. Of course, this all adds up to one of the more interesting records put out by Batio, though it doesn't all work.

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  • danielcardoso oh thanks buddy :]
    June 11 03:54 PM
  • danielcardoso hey buddy do you know where i can find acoustic shards on the internet? i don't remember it being on youtube last time i looked for it, and i couldn't find a decent download too.
    June 10 02:44 AM
  • Britch2tiger Greetings fellow account! I noticed how you have a high percentage of jazz under your profile. From an account w/ a tuned ear, what are some qualities that differ "good" jazz as opposed to "bad" jazz? Any help would be appreciated. Have a glorious evening!
    February 5 02:13 AM
  • MyNameIsPencil Ohhh okay fair enough then haha
    December 27 12:14 AM
  • MyNameIsPencil Ohh. My mistake then. Although now I have to ask why do that when your main account's soundoffs are still there but whatever I guess
    December 26 12:43 PM

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