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Deputy Music Editor and Jazz Critic — LA Times

Deputy pop music editor @latimes and @pophiss as well as a pop culture writer, jazz critic and ginger. We're trapped in the belly of this horrible machine.

'Blurred Lines' verdict: In jazz, the vibe is everything

latimes.com — Jazz may be miles away from pop in terms of financial power -- its intake roughly amounts to the change Pharrell Williams leaves behind in the couch cushions -- but its Twitter community reacted to this week's "Blurred Lines" verdict, in which a jury compelled Williams and Robin Thicke to pay $7.4 million to the Gaye estate, like much of the music world: with a mostly appreciative indictment of Thicke, who is already easily pegged as an interloper for appropriating the sound of a legend like Marvin Gaye.

Grammys 2015: Jazz sticks to the familiar as Chick Corea wins two

sacbee.com — Awards speeches are ideal forums for jokes, even during the Grammys' Internet-only pre-show broadcast. But there was a kernel of truth to what was said from the stage as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band accepted honors in the big band category for the album "Life in the Bubble": "Once again we want to thank Chick Corea for not making a large ensemble album."

Grammys 2015: Jazz sticks to the familiar as Chick Corea wins two

latimes.com — Awards speeches are ideal forums for jokes, even during the Grammys' Internet-only pre-show broadcast. But there was a kernel of truth to what was said from the stage as Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band accepted honors in the big band category for the album "Life in the Bubble": "Once again we want to thank Chick Corea for not making a large ensemble album."

Chris Barton: A chilling privacy call from our Supreme Court

nzherald.co.nz — Our Supreme Court has handed down a chilling ruling about the state's right to invade individual privacy - particularly when it's contained, as it is so often these days, on computers or mobile phones.

Overrated/Underrated: 'Dear Future Husband,' 'Ghostbusters' and more

timelines.latimes.com — There's a lot of pop culture to sort through week after week. Times staff writer Chris Barton offers his take on what's up and what's down in music, movies, television and just about anything else out there that is worth considering.

Chris Barton's best jazz albums of 2014

latimes.com — At the end of a year seemingly marked by more tragedy and loss than usual, here are 10 jazz albums from 2014 to raise spirits. The Steve Lehman Octet, "Mise en Abîme" (Pi Recordings): Saxophonist Steve Lehman calls the sound explored here "spectral harmony," an ephemeral-sounding concept that involves overtones and microtones but better translates as an intricate and adventurous whole.

Grammys 2015: Bold tributes among jazz nominees

latimes.com — Grammy voters have long shown a soft spot for tribute albums, and this year the jazz category features some inspired twists on the form. Honoring an acclaimed folk-pop singer-songwriter, pianist Billy Childs' lovingly drawn "Map to the Treasure: Reimagining Laura Nyro" was nominated in the jazz vocal album category.

Jazz picks: Vijay Iyer, Brad Mehldau with the Bad Plus and more

latimes.com — Vijay Iyer: 'Music of Transformation' at UCLA One of the most inventive and exciting jazz pianists working today, 2013 MacArthur Grant winner Vijay Iyer continues to redraw the boundaries of jazz while incorporating influences that stretch from Billy Strayhorn to L.A. beat alchemist Flying Lotus.

Vince Guaraldi's 'A Charlie Brown Christmas' score is a gift

latimes.com — The greatest of all holiday specials, " A Charlie Brown Christmas ," is on ABC at 8 tonight [Thursday]. (It's also available to stream free via Hulu .) Last year, I wrote about its music, which is some of my favorite music of all time.

Jazz picks: Marc Ribot, Austin Peralta remembered and more

latimes.com — A selection of jazz and jazz-adjacent shows this weekend. Marc Ribot @ Royce Hall A constantly exploring guitarist who has often been heard applying a flinty edge to recordings by Tom Waits, Marc Ribot paid tribute to giants of the jazz saxophone with this year's bracing trio recording, "Live at the Village Vanguard."
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Mar 24, 2015

Been up since 530. This stream of the new Godspeed You Black Emperor album is so, so timely theguardian.com/music/2015/mar…

Mar 23, 2015

Dead Inside is trending on twitter. Is this the singularity?

Mar 21, 2015

This week in Overrated/Underrated: 'Dear Future Husband' (no), and anyone remember James? timelines.latimes.com/overrated-unde…

Mar 20, 2015

Yeah, that was me blasting Live Forever and spilling kombucha on my floormat. #sosorry #losangeles

Mar 18, 2015

News from the ironic theme park industry RT @latimes Southern California gets its first water coaster at lat.ms/1bfyx7v

Mar 17, 2015

Just switched from Badmotorfinger to A Night at the Village Vanguard Vol. 1, ama

Mar 17, 2015

RT @PopHiss: So close MT @romenesko AP correction: Accused murderer Robert Durst is *not* a former member of Limp Bizkit. bit.ly/1DxhSrR

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