187: “Aurora En Pekin” by Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos

Marc Ribot - Sexy Rock Star PhotoMarc Ribot, American guitarist, along with his prosthetic Cubans, aims to tear your heart out.

If you’re drinking Red Bull, do not watch this. If you were raped in a Cuban prison, do not watch this. If you kill, and don’t chill, then don’t watch this. No good can come of it.

It’s a live video of the band in action, performing a tune from their 1998 self-titled debut, “Aurora en Pekin.”  Your mom likes it.


Song: Aurora En Pekin
Artist: Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos
Album:  Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos
Label: Atlantic / Wea
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Watch: YouTube

115: “Hey Joe” by Medeski, Martin & Wood

It's so obvious that John Medeski just farted in this picture.I shan’t post songs by the same artist very many times.  These guys deserve a double-post (see original post).

The notion of hearing a jazz piano trio cover Jimi Hendrix has a great deal of potential to initiate your gag reflex.  Medeski, Martin & Wood calls bullcrap on that.  French intended.

First video: a recording from an intimate live performance of “Hey Joe” at Tonic in NYC.  For some reason it has 3 1/2 minutes of dead time at the end.

Second video: a lo-def video recording of “Hey Joe” at a jazz festival from 2001 (thanks, astute readers!!).  Marc Ribot sits in for a smoking solo on this soul-searing rendition of one of Hendrix’s finest.  Mais, oui.

Always improvise.  And enjoy.

Song: Hey Joe
Artist: Medeski, Martin & Wood
Album: Tonic
Label: Blue Note
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47: “Little Bittern” by John Zorn

Rock star, right?  It's Ribot, it's all right.Marc Ribot shreds the gee-tar on this one.  “Feelgood” is not usually a John Zorn adjective, but it is here.

Get ready to nod your head with vigor, whilst you enjoy.

Song: Little Bittern
Artist: John Zorn
Album: O’o
Label: Tzadik
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