It was absolute music: you can take Bach and play his music with a steel-drum band and it will sound like Bach. And you can orchestrate Monk’s solos and accompaniments for a salsa band and it will sound like Monk.

From a good article on Thelonius Monk and his music by jazz pianist and composer Fred Hersch on the Paris Review blog. It made me want to listen to Underground.

I guess I’m officially a bougie 30someting now. 

“Let’s hear it for your third attempt at trying to hack it in the real world”

“Snitch Jacket” is a great new song by Two Inch Astronaut, offering, as Lars Gotrich for NPR Music puts it, “real talk – whether you’re a 20-something or just endlessly haunted by past failures.” Two Inch Astronaut is post-punk in the same way I’m post-graduate. Potentially professional, perennially yearning. 

Two Inch Astronaut’s new record  “Can You Please Not Help” will be out June 2nd via Exploding In Sound Records