Miles Ahead

Oh my, how long has it been since the rumors about a Miles Davis first surfaced? Years! I’m always a bit cautious when it comes to biographies about musicians, or just any other artist. Sure, they’re often interesting, but then I often crave for a decent in-depth documentary on that person instead of taking the shortcut of a Hollywood adaptation. It’s different with Don Cheadle’s take on the life of Miles Davis, titled Miles Ahead after the album, but not revolved around it (I remember teasers from the Kind of Blue recording session.) Cheadle is not only taking on the role of Miles himself, he also directed the movie, and from the looks he did a hell of a good job, both in applying an appealing visual quality to the movie and, more importantly, performing convincingly.

The preliminary ratings for the movie on IMDb (7.7), Rotten Tomatoes (73%) and Metacritic (64%) make hope the high expectations are met. “Miles Ahead” is set for a U.S. release on April 1st, 2016.

Bitches Brew Skateboards

Bitches Brew Skateboards

Remember those Miles Davis Quintet skateboards designed by Ian Johnson? This year, Western Edition pays tribute to the Miles Davis album Bitches Brew with a series of eight four decks. The original artwork for the album cover was created by Mati Klarwein, whose son Balthazar is a passionate skater himself. That little detail led to the commissioning of the artwork, but unfortunately the decks have sold out in no time, despite the high price tag. Maybe you’ll have more luck at your local skate shop.

July 18, 2012 If you don’t mind shady Facebook pages, here is your chance to win the entire set!

July 19, 2012 Turns out I could hunt down the series in a local store. Disappointingly, the series consists of only four decks and not eight as the images suggest. The dark motives are on the upper side of the decks, the bright one on the lower. In the end, I decided against buying as I found the price tag too high.

Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Originally released in 1970, Miles Davis’ jazz fusion album Bitches Brew celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Despite the album’s unconventional style and revolutionary sound, it became Miles’ first gold-album and manifested his reputation as “the Picasso of jazz” (Duke Ellington).

Miles Davis - Bitches Brew 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition

Sony will release a special collector’s edition on four CDs, accompanied by an “audiophile pressing” on double-vinyl, a DVD of the previously unreleased concert of the Miles David Quintet at Copenhagen’s Tivoli Konsertsal, a 48-page book and some other memorabilia. Alternatively, there will also be a legacy edition containing 2 CDs and the DVD.

Both items are now available for pre-order from Sony Music, Amazon has the Deluxe Box Set and the Legacy Edition. The official release date is August 31, 2010.

September 14, 2010 The official website has announced it, the collector’s edition is available starting today!

Weekly Bits 42/2009

Earlier this week, the participants of the Red Bull Music Academy 2010 were chosen. Among the lucky winners is L.A.’s incredibly talented Jennifer Lee, better known as TOKiMONSTA. In order to celebrate, Brainfeeder is giving away one of her tracks, another new remix can be found on Jenn’s SoundCloud page.

More news from Brainfeeder made the round this week, label founder Flying Lotus is supposed to do a collaboration with UK’s Burial. I remember quite some Burial related announcements from the past that never took off, but in this case there’s even something to listen to.

The success story of Mayer Hawthorne goes on, this time the Rolling Stone magazine is giving him a feature. At the same time, Mayer has released his new single Green Eyed Love with remixes from Waajeed and Classixx, a new video is also available.

I’ve seen quite some superlatives for the 50th anniversary of Kind of Blue, but Columbia Records takes the cake with its latest Miles Davis box set.  On November 24th, they release The Complete Columbia Album Collection on 70 CDs and one DVD. It will be exclusively available on Amazon.

Legendary disc jockey Greg Wilson finally got himself an account on SoundCloud and gives away a bunch of edits and mash-ups.

The nice people of Warm are talking to New York DJ and radio-host  Tim Sweeney, who is looking back at ten years of running Beats In Space and will soon launch a label by the same name.

In other news, you might also want to check out this skateboard by Jeff Mill’s Axis Records, a new video by Lefto featuring Dorian Concept and Lukid, or the latest podcast from MUTEK mixed by French re-edit master Pilooski.

Weekly Bits 37/2009

You know I have a crush on the Kindred Spirits label, so I’m pleased to report they have some new releases. Build an Ark will soon return with their new album “Love”, in the meantime you can listen to the new EP which is available for pre-order. Already available is the album from the Kindred Spirits Ensemble, should be in stock at every good record store.

As I continue sucking up everything related to Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue album lately, I stumbled across these Legacy Podcasts about Jazz of 1959. In four episodes you can learn about jazz in the year ’59, the making of the milestone album Kind of Blue, but also on Dave Brubeck’s and Charles Mingus’ albums that came out that year.

I very much enjoyed Resident Advisor’s interview with Disco punk DJ Harvey and you should also check out FACT’s interview with Floating Points.

Mymanhenri has posted this live recording of Dorian Concept, Mamiko Motto and Cinnaman playing at L.A.’s Dublab.

Fans of the classic Reinforced label might want to show their love with this new (ehm, oldskool) t-shirt. And if I had some money left, I’d get me one of these Ghostly 10 Year Edition Posters from ISO50.

Weekly Bits 36/2009

After a couple of delays due to problems with the pressing, the anticipated new 12-inch from Floating Points  is finally available. You can buy your copy of Vacuum EP at Boomkat, Juno or Bleep, full-length previews are available on SoundCloud.

Also out now is Mayer Hawthorne‘s debut album A Strange Arrangement, if you hurry up you will get a free 4-inch record on top. His label Stones Throw has also posted a new remix from Astronote, which you can download for free!

More free tracks this week come from Seiji and Greymatter. K15 has two remixes of Dabrye and Radiohead to share, and Vikter Duplaix also has beautiful new song to give.

Slate Magazine compiled the best (and worst) movie appearances of the Miles Davis‘ epic Kind of Blue. S have a look at Miles at the Movies.

Sonic Router did a review of an album I’m really looking forward to, Unbalance by 2562 (also known as Dogdaze or A Made Up Sound).

Suneel Jethani of Cyclic Defrost is in conversation with Dabrye and Charlie Dark on this article on post-Dilla hip-hop.

Kind of Bloop

Cover Artwork

Cover Artwork

I think I mentioned this project on Twitter some months ago, Kind of Bloop is an 8-bit tribute to the Miles Davis masterpiece Kind of Blue. Driven by the question how the legendary album would sound if created on eighties homecomputers, Andy Baio tried raising enough money to pay $2000 of royalties. The goal was easily achieved and the project eventually realised.

01. Ast0r – So What
02. Virt – Freddie Freeloader
03. Sergeeo – Blue in Green
04. Shnabubula – All Blues
05. Disasterpeace – Flamenco Sketches

While a CD is currently available to supporters only, digital downloads will be out for sale to the public on August 20th.

August 19, 2009 On the occasion, let me mention that BBC Radio 2 is streaming The Secret Kind of Blue for the next couple of days on their iPlayer

June 23, 2011 As reported by Gizmodo, photographer Jay Maisel sued they guys behind Kind of Bloop over a copyright infringement claim.

Miles Davis Quintet Skateboards

The Kind of Blue Deluxe Edition was already an impressive collection for all Miles Davis fans out there. It was released to celebrate the record’s 50th anniversary and it consists of a vinyl record, four CDs and a DVD. Skateboard company Western Edition also celebrates an anniversary, this year is their tenth in business. They put 1 and 1 together and now present an impressive set of skateboards, honoring the original quintet behind the recording of Kind of Blue.


Seriously, even if you never put a foot on a skateboard in your life, isn’t this set of decks worth buying? You can order them at FTCSF or at your local skate shop.

via Radcollector (thanks Cubikmusik!)