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January 2, 2008

Ehhhhhh...Is It Over?

Yes. Yes it is. Whew. Okay boys, it's safe to emerge from the dark caves now. We're still scraping the New Year's Day goop from the corner of our eyes. The holidays are gone and we're quite happy about it. Why? Because 2008 marks our TENTH ANNIVERSARY of existence as a small weird-jazz label clinging to the vast underbelly of the Los Angeles Music Golem. We have a lot of cool shite happening to mark it -- as we speak, our Fearless Leader Jeff Gauthier is putting the finishing touches on his extensive liner notes for Assemblage, 1998-2008, our 2-CD retrospective chock full of great memories and recordings from the Crypto famdamily as well as some unreleased goodies from the abandoned-trailer-on-pallets we call "The Vault."

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Accompanying the CD will be "Nothing To Teach" a special 10-minute DVD of a trippy experimental short film from our friend filmmaker Carole Kim, based on a track from The Other Shore, a 2000 Crypto collaboration from percussionist Alex Cline, guitarist G.E. Stinson and Jeff G. (We went to the official screening on Sunday night in Culver City, which was attended by Nels and Alex Cline, Michael Vlatkovitch, Steuart Liebig, David Witham, Susan Allen, G.E., Jeff, Carole and many other friends. Great party! The tequila and veggie Indian fare flowed nicely.)

In the meantime, while we wait for Jeff to dry the ink from his feathered pen, there's some bits of news to take care of: If you haven't seen the bio-doc My Name Is Albert Ayler yet, keep it on your radar. It's fantastic. What's more, it's accompanied by Cuneiform Record's tribute to Ayler featuring some extended Crypto friends Vinny Golia and Henry Kaiser. Also, our friends from "Mipples, Minn" The Bad Plus got themselves written about in The New Yorker magazine over the holiday by writer David Remnick. Congrats boys! (If you haven't checked out Do The Math, the blog by the Plus' pianist Ethan Iverson, it's part of our Blogroll.)

In not so ebullient news, another Crypto friend percussionist/composer/visual artist Dan Morris [pictured] died an entirely untimely death over the holiday at age 37. Composer Alex Shapiro has posted a moving tribute to him on her music blog.

And of course, Mr. Oscar Peterson, Rest in Tempo.

January 5, 2008

Rainy Hour/Day/Week/Month Nuggets

While Los Angeles is being dumped with what looks to be a weeklong rainstorm (at least that's what the weather pundits say -- and what the bleep do they know?), here's a little round-up of things happening and happening things 'round town in the near future:

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[Photo courtesy of Liquid Dirt]

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January 10, 2008

BEST OF 2007: Who Loves Us Baby?

"I haff monitored ze Cryptogramophone und haff decided zey pose no zerious threat."

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January 15, 2008

"...When The Ugly Chord Comes In"

Lord have mercy. We just finished three solid days of recording for House of Return, the new drop from our Fearless Leader Jeff Gauthier and his ensemble, the Goatette (Nels "Zardosh" Cline on guitar, David "Lurch" Witham on keyboards, Joel "The Quiet Beatle" Hamilton on bass and Alex "Man of 1,000 Stories" Cline on drums).

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January 16, 2008

The Reason I Do What I Do

Here at Cryptogramophone we get mail...and phone messages...and demos, lots of demos. We listen to them and always respond as politely as possible. I've been on the other side of this equation, so I try to respond in the manner I would like to be responded to. However, every once in a while something come into our inbox that just needs to be shared.

First, here's a link to a phone message left on our voice mail. Adam, I don't know who you are, but please, call back and leave more messages.

And here's an email sent through our website from an aspiring Italian artist. I'm not sure which translating website he used, but it should be made mandatory in the United Nations.

I believe this says it all:

Expensive Cryptogramophone Records label compliments for you/it Your label of quality. Cheerful to listen Your sapper in musical croups diverge and of excellent artistic thickness, the undersigned, in different musical situations in the launch jazz festival Italian and in study of settings, has not still completed and propagated the exhibition of the Live settings or the works done in study. I would be thankful him/her/it if the Cryptogramophone Records is able think interesting or useful and eventually engrave my music free on behalf of Your label, in different croups and musical situations.

January 28, 2008

There Will Be Blood

New Media Alert! (Kind of boring but kind of important):

From today, feel free to download another 25 million songs - legally

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Urgent Message from NMPA, (National Music Publishers' Association), Regarding Your Rights

January 30, 2008

Let's Get Found

To be sure, Chet Baker is an integral part of the history of West Coast Jazz. Thing is, my mates and I were hard-pressed to understand exactly WHY when we first went to the Uptown Theatre in Minneapolis in 1989 to see Bruce Weber's formaldehyde-soaked documentary Let's Get Lost. By the time of that film, Baker was a toothless emaciated shell of a junkie -- believe me, Amy Winehouse, you have NOTHING on this guy.

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If I can remember correctly, the conversation as we left the show went something like this:

"Who was that walking corpse? He couldn't even sing!"

"What does Elvis Costello see in this guy?"

"Does he actually play that trumpet or just clutch it like a pacificer?"

"Let's go hit Liquor Lyle's. They've got their hot wings happy hour."

"Yeah!"

It's odd when the years go by and the films you've seen on screen fade away and become "out of print." For years I wanted to see Let's Get Lost again, especially after I (re)discovered Baker on The Italian Sessions or the Paris Barclay Sessions with Dick Twardzik. Now apparently, it's been re-released in the theatres in 35mm. Can DVD be far behind? With lots and lots of extras?

Isn't it somewhat ironic that the release has played in New York but not Los Angeles? Oh yes, if you want to see some short clips on You Tube, forget it. They've all been taken down "due to a copyright claim by the Chet Baker Foundation."

January 31, 2008

The Tapscott Sessions

Our friend and repository of L.A. jazz history Kirk Silsbee just published an incisive (and much needed) guide to the available recordings of the late Horace Tapscott. Check it out here.

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