Robert Baird

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Robert Baird  |  Apr 11, 2014  |  4 comments
It’s a very scary and weird commentary on the state of the music business, that posthumous albums have now become a booming category.
Robert Baird  |  Aug 21, 2015  |  0 comments
The Royal Mile has now unfortunately become the Scottish equivalent of Times Square, in all its crowded, annoying commercialism run amok glory. No topless women with the Union Jack or Saltire painted across their breasts yet, but give it time.
Robert Baird  |  Jan 10, 2014  |  1 comments
While this may be stating the obvious, being inarticulate about how a film moves you is sometimes actually the point.
Robert Baird  |  May 10, 2006  |  1 comments
As a follow-up to my last entry, I was sitting in my favorite watering hole over the weekend, listening to my favorite jukebox㬎 tunes for 5 bucks–when a couple sitting at the bar next to me struck up a music conversation about what was playing: Elvis Costello, The Shins, King Sunny Ade, Lefty Frizzell, James Brown, Arctic Monkeys, you name it. At one point, talking about the cover art of an album I can’t remember now I said, being the absent-minded old man of the bunch, 'Have you ever seen that record?'
Robert Baird  |  Jan 24, 2008  |  1 comments
The great Eliane Elias put on a quite a show last night in NYC. Touring in support of her new album, Something For You, Eliane Elias Sings and Plays Bill Evans, the pianist, singer and longtime Evans admirer lit up Dizzy's at Jazz at Lincoln Center, which is easily one of the best–sounding rooms for live music that I've ever been in. The food in there is fairly tasty and not wildly overpriced, a total rarity on the New York jazz club scene. And that behind the stage, floor to ceiling glass that adds a Central Park West backdrops to every performance is genuinely divine. Say what you want about Wynton, but the man did make the three JALC venues happen.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 12, 2015  |  1 comments
Maybe it’s the sound. Or the way it looks slung around your neck. Or its mystical appeal to females, but the appeal of the electric guitar has been there literally from its invention in the early 1930s.
Robert Baird  |  Mar 16, 2016  |  2 comments
If we live in an economy of ideas, then SXSW interactive is full of them, good, bad and indifferent.
Robert Baird  |  Jul 12, 2007  |  0 comments
It's too bad the word "jam" was ever invented, much less the concept it implies being attached to music.
Robert Baird  |  May 27, 2009  |  2 comments
Sad to hear of the death of guitarist/keyboard player/singer/songwriter/mad genius Jay Bennett at age 45. I don’t want to be a hater here but like many others, his portrayal in the Wilco film, I Am Trying To Break Your Hearthas always been very problematic for me.
Robert Baird  |  Sep 08, 2006  |  0 comments
Okay maybe Kate Moss wasn’t so far wrong.
Robert Baird  |  Jul 05, 2012  |  2 comments
One of the real coups of Holger Peterson’s Stony Plain Records which is the subject of my Aural Robert column in the July issue of Stereophile was signing the great Canadian blues guitar player Jeff Healy to a deal late in Healy’s too short life to make both blues and jazz albums.
Robert Baird  |  Jan 26, 2012  |  2 comments
Being “old school” can be either a compliment or a nasty put–down depending on who’s doing the talking.
Robert Baird  |  May 26, 2017  |  7 comments
Another week, another beautiful-sounding, wonderfully packaged reissue from Analogue Productions.
Robert Baird  |  Jul 18, 2014  |  3 comments
"I made my first record when I was 15, started playing clubs when I was 15. Started drinking and smoking when I was 15. Sex when I was 15. Fifteen was a big year for me,"

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