April 28, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-04-26

Spinning Vinyl 2013-01-12

* J.S. Bach: Mass In B Minor (Collegium Vocale Gent/Herreweghe) (Harmonia Mundi 2CD)
* Penderecki: Penderecki Conducts Penderecki (Angel 2LP)
* Miles Davis: Panthalassa: Reconstruction & Mix Translation (Columbia/Legacy CD)
* Miles Davis: Panthalassa: The Re-Mixes (Columbia/Legacy CD)
* Jackie McLean: One Step Beyond (Blue Note CD)
* Cecil McBee: Flying Out (India Navigation LP)
* Grachan Moncur III: Evolution (Blue Note CD)
* Larry Coryell: The Real Great Escape (Vanguard LP)
* Billy Cobham: Total Eclipse (Atlantic LP)
* Simon & Bard Group: The Enormous Radio (Flying Fish LP)
* Matthew Shipp: Nu Bop (Thirsty Ear CD)†
* Love’s A Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa (Luaka Bop 2LP)
* William Onyeabor: Who Is William Onyeabor? (Luaka Bop 2LP)†
* Nas: Illmatic (Columbia/Legacy LP)(†)
* Thievery Corporation: Saudade (ESL LP)
* Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live At Monterey (Experience Hendrix/Columbia LP)
* Grateful Dead: Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA 1984-04-19 (selections) (SBD 3CDR)
* Grateful Dead: Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA 1984-04-20 (selections) (SBD 3CDR)
* Comus: First Utterance (Castle/Abraxas LP+12”)
* Placebo: Ball Of Eyes (Parlophone/Music on Vinyl LP)
* Placebo: 1973 (Parlophone/Music on Vinyl LP)
* Placebo: Placebo (Parlophone/Music on Vinyl LP)
* Skeleton Crew (Fred Frith & Tom Cora): Learn To Talk (Rift LP)
* Dereck Higgins: Flyover (DVH LP)
* Andreas Vollenweider: White Winds (Seeker’s Journey) (CBS LP)
* Off!: Wasted Years (Vice LP)
* Off!: Learn To Obey (Vice 7”)
* Minutemen: Double Nickels On The Dime (SST 2LP)
* Guided By Voices: Authoritarian Zoo (GBV, Inc. 7”)
* Guided By Voices: Males Of Wormwood Mars (GBV, Inc. 7”)
* Guided By Voices: Table At Fool’s Tooth (GBV, Inc. 7”)
* Guided By Voices: All American Boy (GBV, Inc. 7”)
* Spiritualized: Pure Phase (Dedicated CD)
* Steven Wilson: Cover Version (KScope 2LP)
* Steven Wilson: Insurgentes (KScope CD/DVD)
* Opeth: Watershed (Roadrunner 2LP)
* Intronaut: Habitual Levitations (Instilling Words With Tones) (Century Media 2LP)
* Blut Aus Nord: 777: Sect(s) (Debemur Morti CD)
* Blut Aus Nord: 777: The Desanctification (Debemur Morti CD)
* Blut Aus Nord: 777: Cosmosophy (Debemur Morti CD)†
* Broken Bells: After The Disco (Columbia LP)
* Broken Bells: Holding On For Life (Columbia EP)


April 20, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-04-19

Re-cutting Side B

* Bartok: Music For Strings, Percussion & Celesta (Chicago/Reiner) (RCA-Victor LP)
* Messiaen: Catalogue d’oiseaux (Ugorski) (DG 3CD)
* Charles Wuorinen: Time’s Encomium (Nonesuch LP)
* Anthony Braxton: Willisau (Quartet) 1991 (hat ART 4CD)
* Charlie Haden & Pat Metheny: Beyond The Missouri Sky (Short Stories) (Verve CD)
* Pat Martino: Joyous Lake (Warner Bros. LP)
* Arcana: Arc Of The Testimony (Axiom/Island CD)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies (reference lacquers)
* Marvin Gaye: What’s Going On (Tamla/Mobile Fidelity SACD)
* Marvin Gaye: Let’s Get It On (Tamla/Mobile Fidelity SACD)
* George Duke: The Aura Will Prevail (MPS/BASF LP)
* Automatic Man: Automatic Man (Island LP)
* Automatic Man: Visitors (Island LP)
* Cypress Hill: Black Sunday (Columbia/Legacy 2LP)
* Gram Parsons: GP (Warner Bros./Mobile Fidelity SACD)
* Gram Parsons: 180 Gram: Alternate Takes (Rhino 2LP)
* Martina McBride: Everlasting (Vinyl Recorings LP)
* Grateful Dead: The Centrum, Worcester, MA 1984-10-09 (selections) (SBD 3CDR)
* Cream: Disreali Gears (Deluxe Edition) (d.2) (Polydor/Universal 2CD)
* Hawkwind: Hawkwind (United Arists LP)
* Hawkwind: In Search Of Space (Liberty/EMI LP)
* Hawkwind: Hall Of The Mountain Grill (United Artists LP)
* Budgie: Squawk (MCA/EMI LP)
* Placebo: Ball Of Eyes (Parlophone/Music On Vinyl LP)
* Placebo: 1973 (Parlophone/Music On Vinyl LP)
* Placebo: Placebo (Parlophone/Music On Vinyl LP)
* Camel: I Can See Your House From Here (Arista LP)
* Bad Brains: Youth Are Getting Restless: Live At The Paradiso, Amsterdam 1987 (Caroline LP)
* Die Kreuzen: Cows And Beer (Beer City 7”)
* Meat Puppets: Up On The Sun (SST LP)
* Flaming Lips: 7 Skies H3 (Warner Bros. LP)
* Guided By Voices: Motivational Jumpsuit (GBV, Inc. LP)
* OM: Pilgrimage (Southern Lord LP)
* Ensemble Pearl: (Ensemble Pearl) (Drag City 2LP)
* The Black Keys: Attack & Release (Nonesuch LP)
* Lower Dens: Nootropics (Ribbon Music 2-45RPM LP)



I am pleased to announce that Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: "Cosmologies" is now available on Bandcamp as a free (or pay what you want - hey, every little bit helps!) digital download. You can also pre-order the limited edition vinyl edition of the album, which is due to be pressed at the end of June. The response has already been way beyond my expectations!

Reference lacquers were cut on Tuesday at Welcome to 1979, a local studio facility that is fanatically devoted to analog, with all kinds of vintage keyboards, synthesizers and reel-to-reel tape machines everywhere you look. They recently obtained a vintage Neumann cutting lathe so they can do everything in-house except press the actual LPs. Cameron Henry, the cutting engineer, was a really cool guy and great to work with. While the initial lacquers sounded good, there was some inner-groove distortion at the end of side B that bothered me. Knowing that the actual pressings would only exacerbate the problem, Cameron was totally game for making it just exactly perfect (an impossibility, of course, in the vinyl world). I returned on Friday and, together, we came up with very creative - almost radical - solution - and it now sounds freaking fantastic. Cutting vinyl is an art in itself and Cameron did an amazing job, spending over an hour on three seconds of music. As you can see, every effort has been made to make this LP sound as good as it possibly can.

I hope you all dig it!

April 13, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-04-12

Me and legendary engineer, Richard Dodd

* Veracini: Sonatas (Holloway/ter Linden/Mortensen) (ECM CD)
* LeClair: Sonatas (Holloway/ter Linden/Mortensen) (ECM CD)
* Thelonious Monk: Monk’s Dream (Columbia/Legacy CD)
* Ornette Coleman: Chappaqua Suite (Columbia/Sony 2CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Native Dancer (Columbia LP)
* Tony Williams: Life Time (Blue Note CD)
* John Abercrombie: 39 Steps (ECM CD)
* Don Sebesky: The Rape of El Morrow (CTI LP)
* Hubert Laws: In The Beginning (CTI 2LP)
* Pat Martino: Joyous Lake (Warner Bros. LP)
* Pat Martino: Starbright (Warner Bros. LP)
* Pat Martino: Exit (Muse LP)
* Steve Khan: The Blue Man (Columbia LP)
* Steve Khan: Arrows (Columbia LP)
* Alte Leidenschaften: Alte Leidenschaften Special Guest Ray Anderson (Carsten Hormes LP)
* DJ Wally: Nothing Stays The Same (Thirsty Ear CD)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies (LP master) (24-bit WAV)
* V/A: Love’s A Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa (Luaka Bop 2LP)
* Frank Ocean: Channel Orange (Island/Def Jam CD)
* Martina McBride: Everlasting (Vinyl Records LP)
* Grateful Dead: Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO 1984-06-14 (d.2) (SBD 3CDR)
* Grateful Dead: Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD 1984-06-27 (selections) (SBD 3CDR)
* Crosby Stills & Nash: Crosby Stills & Nash (Atlantic/Audio Fidelity CD)
* Crosby Stills & Nash: CSN (Atlantic/Audio Fidelity CD)
* Derek & The Dominoes: Layla And Other Love Songs (Atlantic/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Love: Love (Elektra/Sundazed LP)
* Love: Da Capo (Elektra/Sundazed LP)
* Love: Forever Changes (Elektra/Rhino LP+7”)
* Love: Four Sail (Elektra/Sundazed LP)
* Love: Black Beauty (High Moon LP)
* Ten Years After: Stonedhenge (Deram LP)
* Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here (EMI/Analogue Productions SACD)
* Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything? (Bearsville 2LP)
* Todd Rundgren’s Utopia: Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (Bearsville LP)
* Todd Rundgren’s Utopia: Another Live (Bearsville LP)
* Rodriguez: Searching For Sugar Man (Columbia/Legacy/Light In The Attic 2LP)
* Mandrill: Mandrilland (Polydor 2LP)
* Mandrill: New Worlds (Arista LP)
* Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light I (Southern Lord 2LP)
* Earth: Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II (Southern Lord 2-45RPM LP)
* Opeth: Watershed (Roadrunner CD+DVD)
* Ensemble Pearl: (ensemble pearl) (Drag City 2LP)
* London Grammar: If You Wait (Columbia 2LP)


The LP project, entitled Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd - Cosmologies, is coming along nicely and was mastered this week by the legendary engineer, Richard Dodd (who also mastered my CD). This time, I actually got meet him! It was all I could do not to badger him with questions about Robert Wyatt, Pete Sinfeld, George Harrison, Tom Petty, et al.  He was a terrifically nice guy, a perfect English gentleman and very funny. I was able to listen to a bit of the music in his mastering suite, which was an amazing experience.  He was actually complementary of the sound of my home recording and said it took less time than he expected to complete the mastering. That made me feel really good!

Lacquers are being cut next week at Welcome to 1979 and will be delivered to United Record Pressing shortly after that. Unfortunately, Record Store Day has overwhelmed every vinyl pressing plant in the world, and there will be a significant delay (up to eight weeks) before my record will be completed. However, I am planning to make the music available online via Bandcamp soon. Stay tuned!


If you are interested in my music, please visit my website, Nuvoid Jazz Records, or click on the link below to order a copy of my CD, Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd - Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano And Drums). Thank you for your support!

Rodger Coleman: Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano and Drums)

April 6, 2014

Playlist Week of 2014-04-05

Bluebirds 2014-04-06c

* Gemimiani: Concerti Grossi (After Correlli, Op.5) (AAM/Manze) (Harmonia Mundi 2CD)
* Miles Davis: The Bootleg Series Vol.3: At The Fillmore East, June 1970 (Columbia/Legacy 4CD)
* Herbie Hancock: Feets Don’t Fail Me Now (Columbia LP)
* Herbie Hancock: Monster (Columbia LP)
* Miroslav Vitous: Magical Shepherd (Warner Bros. LP)
* Billy Cobham: Total Eclipse (Atlantic LP)
* Marion Brown: Vista (Impulse! LP)
* Paul Winter Consort: Icarus (Epic LP)
* Gateway: Schaulburg, Bremen, W. Germany 1983-06-21 (FM 2CDR)
* David Torn Prezens: The Vortex, London 2008-01-14 (FM CDR)
* Schematics For A Blank Stare: Acid Rain (LP)
* Schematics For A Blanks Stare: Kiss Of Death (LP)
* Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies (LP mix) (WAV)
* Rodger Coleman & Andrew Dickson: 2014-04-03 (rough mix) (WAV)
* Grateful Dead: County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA 1984-07-21 (selections) (SBD 2CDR)
* Grateful Dead: County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA 1984-07-22 (d.1) (SBD 3CDR)
* Fleetwood Mac: Penguin (Warner Bros. LP)
* Fleetwood Mac: Mystery To My (Reprise LP)
* Camel: Nude (Decca LP)
* Camel: The Single Factor (Passport LP)
* Happy The Man: Happy The Man (Arista LP)
* Happy The Man: Crafty Hands (Arista LP)
* Happy The Man: 3rd/Better Late… (Azimuth LP)
* Boston: Boston (Epic LP)
* Lucinda Williams: Blessed (Lost Highway CD)
* Beck: Sea Change (Geffen/Mobile Fidelity CD)
* Beck Morning Phase (The Vinyl Experience) (Universal MP3)†
* ISIS: Celestial (Ipecac CD)
* ISIS: Oceanic (Ipecac CD)
* YOB: The Great Cessation (Southern Lord 2LP)
* YOB: Atma (Twenty-Buck Spin 2LP)
* Mike Scheidt: Stay Awake (Thrill Jockey LP)
* The Sword: Apocryphon (Razor & Tie LP)
* Kadavar: Abra Kadavar (Nuclear Blast LP)
* Alabama Shakes: Boys & Girls (ATO LP)
* London Grammar: If You Wait (Columbia 2LP)



Spring is here!