EZTV’s “Calling Out”

EZTV

Joshua Daniel

EZTV’s “Calling Out” totally flew under my radar for months after its release from Captured Tracks in July. Captured tracks puts out a lot of quality stuff. Yet it still somehow evaded me. I had no idea what it was and to be honest I thought it might sound somewhat like Mac Demarco, alas it doesn’t in the least.
EZTV is a band from Brooklyn, however it does have a member from Seattle that used to run Cairo on Capitol Hill. The record has an immediate pop rock attack that you grew to love from bands like Big Star. The sound is very immediate and catchy. Production is very on point with smartly written pop rock songs. This is however not a complete rip off of the classic records you know to love. EZTV add their own spin on things with somewhat lazy vocal styling, more guitar production and lots of overall harmony.
I first heard of the band through Kevin Cole on KEXP. He played a track and I pulled my phone out to check the artist, adding it to my favorites. The next day he played another track, I did the same. This continued until I went on my phone and previewed the record. I kept the record on repeat. I ran to Silver Platters and purchased the record. It’s a constant spinner on my turntable. This record is definitely going to be in my top 5 releases of the year. It will appeal to any generation that knows and loves classic rock or pop rock.

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The Vinyl Junkie Reviews Gerry Mulligan’s “Mainstream Of Jazz”

Gerry Mulligan

The Vinyl Junkie

I want to point you to a very rare and wonderful album that has been underpriced at Silver Platters. Hopefully, it will still be in stock when you arrive. It’s a near mint copy of Gerry Mulligan & His Sextet called the “Mainstream of Jazz” on the original Emarcy label 36101.
As the jazz cognoscente know, Mulligan helped pioneer the cool school of jazz with Miles Davis on the “Birth of Cool” album and then subsequently took his piano-less quartet, featuring the great Chet Baker, from the West Coast to national stardom during the 1950s.
This LP highlights the great, innovative baritone sax of Mulligan with a different cast of sidemen, including the sax master Zoot Sims, bassist Bill Crow, drummer Dave Bailey, Bobby Brookmeyer on trombone and either the under-recorded Jon Eardley or Don Ferrara on trumpet. The sextet bops through six tunes, including “Igloo,” ”Blue at the Roots” and “Elevation.” All of the songs were recorded in New York City between January and September 1956.
Quite honestly, it doesn’t get much better than this album, if you happen to be a fan of bop and cool West Coast jazz. If you want even more material from this session, try to find the now out-of-print volumes 2 and 3 on Japanese only releases. Silver Platters might have them on CD.

Dr, Dave Szatmary

Author Of

Rockin’ In Time