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Skeleton Crew: Learn to Talk / The Country of Blinds

Read "Learn to Talk / The Country of Blinds" reviewed by Matt Cibula

Caution: this is extremely challenging listening. Fred Frith and Tom Cora's twisted pop/jazz/Americana/punk band Skeleton Crew managed all of two albums in the mid-1980s, and no wonder why--they flip back and forth wildly between dark anarchic anti-songs and weirdo hooky new-wavey stuff, sometimes even within the same song.

Learn to Talk dates from 1984, and sounds like it, too. There's more than a hint of the Eno/Byrne axis here, especially in Cora's high, agonized, ironic voice, and a whole lot ...


Ocean Blues

"Ocean Blues" performed by the Dave Wilson Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café (Philadelphia) on March 29, 2018. From the album One Night At Chris’ (2019) featuring Dave Wilson (saxophone), Dan Monaghan (drums), Tony Marino (bass) and Kirk Reese (piano).

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