Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Cool jazz (and girl comics)

In my last year of high school and during my undergrad, I enthusiastically read Mark Frauenfelder & Carla Sinclair's zine bOING bOING, and I still read the (very different) weblog for Mark's posts.

Today he pointed to a reissue of Raymond Scott & The Secret Seven's amazing album The Unexpected. If you're not familiar with Scott's music, I also highly recommend Manhattan Research Inc. - a bunch of 1950s-60s recordings "featuring Raymond Scott's performances on his pioneering electronic music inventions" and Microphone Music: "recorded between 1937 and 1939 ... the title refers to Scott's emphasis on the microphone as a 'seventh member' of his legendary six-man Quintette, and the mic's importance in helping Scott shape the recorded sound of his ensembles." Wacky great stuff.

And it may very well have been Carla Sinclair (and Trina Robbins) who got me all excited about girl comics, like the fine work of Phoebe Gloeckner, Roberta Gregory, Jessica Abel and Julie Doucet. Grrr.


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