Tow Away Zone: Thad Jones & Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra

I love big band, but I also get that it can be lame. Like really really lame. But Thad Jones and Mel Lewis aren't like that. They and their band actually groove and are generally badasses, and their 1969 album Central Park North is a classic. "Tow Away Zone" is the first track and it's one of my favorites. Composed… » 9/22/13 8:53pm 9/22/13 8:53pm

Lou Donaldson and Lonnie Smith: Cherokee

I saw Lou Donaldson play the other night. Which is crazy, because Lou Donaldson is 86. But he's still the man. He was joking around and calling out charts. And though his range is kind of impaired at this point, he was using the limitations to be more creative with what he did have. And at the end of the set he busted… » 8/18/13 9:00pm 8/18/13 9:00pm

1940s Video Shows Off Crazy Bike Innovations

I'm not completely sure what's going on in this clip or where it's even from but it contains a) weird and crazy bicycles, b) jazzy music, and c) old timeyness—thus, it rules. I'm pretty sure the language is Czech, so if any of you know Czech, please tell me what they're saying! My favorite strange bikes: the really,… » 8/02/08 7:30pm 8/02/08 7:30pm

HD DVD's Animatronic Secret Weapon Not Enough to Defeat Blu-ray

As if 1080p video, full-resolution audio, net connectivity and multi-tuner signal decoding wasn't enough, Toshiba's HD DVD team had even cooked up a system of embedded animatronic control before the format was put out of its misery. In this video left over from CES 2008, this little mechanical jazz band playing the… » 2/25/08 5:40pm 2/25/08 5:40pm