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Dork on Dork Dialog with Jackie Kashian. I am interested in whatever dorky thing you want to talk about. Guests speak to their love of books, TV, Movies, Comic books, websites, food, wrestling, cars, action figures and bees. There is room for all in The Dork Forest. This is a safe space. Credits: Music composed and performed by Mike Ruekberg (Sarah Cohen on intro) Audio fixes by Patrick Brady Website design by Vilmos
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Sep 15, 2010

Well - it's a brave new world. Audio… still working on levels.  Me… learning what I’m LIKE in podcasty “conversation.” Huh. Compared to these two I am the coarsest human on the planet. They are ADORABLE!

 

Johnny Pemberton loves JAZZ. Weird. Good to finally meet someone who had reasons. Margie Kment is from Iowa but knows a LOT about Broadway. We scratch the surface but I learn that I don't know what Le Mis is about and “Easy A” is the name of the teen sex romp that uses the Scarlet Letter.

 

It might be too soon to review the new format on iTunes... but I think even BAD reviews count. Also, not sure these notes should go HERE. You are loved. xo, jk

PS and a Correction: It's Ben Acker and Ben Blacker actually, my mind is obviously in Austin, TX in 1996. 

 

5 Comments
  • over seven years ago
    Todd Mason
    I think that if I can misspell "Ellington" under no pressure but a balky MS browser and its constant threat of collapse, you can be forgiven for giving Pepper Adams the corresponding clarinet to his sax on the fly...I think Carney might be the closest to splitting his recording time betwwn the two long horns (insert Texas NCAA joke here), but I'm probably forgetting someone obvious among the ECM Records crowd.

    Davis certainly was in some impressive bands, and played brilliantly when he wanted to and could. It's the idol-worship and the overrating (compared to so many others, though most not as durable) that tend to gnaw at one.
  • over seven years ago
    JohnnyPemberton
    Wow Todd!
    That's the most amazing fact-checked comment I've ever seen. I pretty much agree with you on all the Miles Davis stuff. I'm not a huge fan of him as a musician, more as a bandleader, specifically the plugged nickel era.

    I realized right after we finished recording the podcast that I wrongfully credited Pepper Adams as a bass clarinet player even though I know full well his main instrument was the Baritone Sax. My apologies to all the Jazz heads out there. This is further proof that I do not enough enough fish.
  • over seven years ago
    Todd Mason
    Thanks! And thanks for the typically charming episode. (And it's apparently Garry Kasparov in transliteration...and Shuggie Otis is Johnny's son, says WIKIPEDIA.) Break a leg in Vegas (leaving aside jokes about casomp bpsses of doing it for you)...working with legends, particularly when they're still on top of their game, has to be pretty damned cool.
  • over seven years ago
    JackieKashian
    Hey Todd!! I saw that!! so cool! Thanks for the plug!

    Anthony Braxton... I will check him out.
    I HAVE read Ursula LeGuin... she's amazing. I will look at those other authors!

    NICE NOTES by the way - this is why I miss the chatroom, but this is awesome!

    hiss on the recording... I will look into that... I DID hear it at one point today but I will check it out!!
  • over seven years ago
    Todd Mason
    I will post this at the LibSyn RSS page, as well…dunno who posts stuff for the podcasts there… I’ve noted the big change in my blog’s rundown of comedy podcasts and radio, at least, so my five readers are now informed… http://socialistjazz.blogspot.com/2010/07/more-radio-and-podcast-links-comedy-and.html

    First off, you’re clearly a jazz fan, if you go from Jelly Roll Morton up through John Coltrane The bass clarinet is a great instrument, and while the guy doing the most with it in jazz that I’ve heard much from is Anthony Braxton (as opposed to such late exponents as Dolphy and Harry Carney of the Ellinton Orch), there’s still great work to be done. (BTW, if you’re looking for Really Bad People, you need look no farther than Miles Davis, who enjoyed punching around his womenfriends and wife Cicely Tyson, when not abusing his cult status to try to destroy the careers of jazz musicians he didn’t like, including Coltrane after Coltrane left his band and started to play free jazz, the great avant-garde style of the ‘60s that had been pioneered by Ornette Coleman and Cecil Taylor and Sun Ra….the first two being particular targets of Davis and his sycophantic followers. There are enough people, including such ancient giants as Toshiko Akiyoshi, Dave Brubeck, and Sonny Rollins, still performing vital music to help keep jazz magazines afloat, albeit as you can guess instrument ads certainly are even more prevalent there than the recording ads are, certainly from what used to be the major labels. (I was a terrible trombonist, myself. I’m still a mediocre singer.)

    I’ve not slogged through much of Weis and Hickman, but they are not the folks I’d recommend going to after Tolkien…I hope you’ve read some of Fritz Leiber, Jack Vance, Phyllis Eisenstein, Joanna Russ, Janet Fox (though her relevant work has been hard to find), Avram Davidson, and others doing the good work in sophisticated adventurous fantasy…can’t imagine you haven’t read any of Ursula K. Le Guin’s work in that mode, and maybe Peter Beagle’s. (And Richard Adams’s and Mervyn Peake’s and all…).

    Ossie Davis was the co-star of the film of I’M NOT RAPPAORT with Matthau. Murray Head, the singer on “One Night in Bangkok” from CHESS, is Anthony Michael Head, BUFFY and Taster’s Choice and much else guy’s brother. Johnny Otis is, I think, indeed Shuggie Otis’s father, but might be his uncle (I should go confirm). Gary Kasparov is the Russian grandmaster who was playing the IBM chessplaying programs/hardware Deep Thought and Deep Blue, and who also briefly politically opposed Vladimir Putin’s vaguely fascist-flavored government, inasmuch as chess stars can be megastars in Russa…and can also be shot to death in the middle of the night like anyone else.

    It is lovely to hear you in good fidelity, even with the (a/c?) hiss on the recording…