Swallowing disc 1 is like slow sipping a 24 oz. Tecate — definitely as back porch-style as Frank Black has ever sounded. Perhaps the Pixies reunion has left him longing and feeling as free as ever to recorded a country record. But, don’t be dissuaded, each cut on Fast Man has the mark of Black’s unique, timeless songcraftsmanship.
Today Ken Rudin at NPR’s Mixed Signals blog wrote a post on the Presidents’ project as mentioned here last February.
Rudin, apparently still in need of a good listen, writes:
The songs seem to take liberty with the truth in some cases, and there is at least one obscenity — that involving William Henry Harrison. But people who have heard the offerings tell me they’re pretty good.
I will post an update on the project soon. Meantime, check out these tracks from the compilation.
Quincy Jones visited China for the first time in his storied career last week. The big story in the press is that Jones offered to compose a theme for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The real news, however, is what’s worth a skim. On May 26, Jones delivered a compelling speech at Beijing University in which he recalled the far-reaching history of jazz as public diplomacy. He expressed his great passion for “4,000 years of awesome Chinese culture” and noted the power of cultural diplomacy as a tool in bring the world together as one.