Listed: Jeff Parker + Metropolitan
There have been very few seamless collaborations between Chicago's various "scenes" and ever fewer successful crossovers, however guitarist Jeff Parker bucks this trend entirely. Through primarily a jazz guitarist (Parker has released solo albums on Delmark, Atavistic, and, most recently, Thrill Jockey), he also licks his chops in Tortoise, and has been a session guitarist on some of the finest albums to emerge from Chicago in the past ten years. His sound is unmistakable, spastic and unpredictable, yet at the same time precise and refined. While the media of the present hasn't quite figured out how to pigeonhole him just yet, history will certainly reflect that he is one of the more noteworthy guitarists of his generation. His new album, The Relatives, a jazz record featuring collaborations with a number of his local associates, is now out on Thrill Jockey.
1. Jackie McLean asking me and Chad Taylor for a light in Ireland, 1997.
2. The Genius's (GZA) line during his 2nd verse on "Liquid Swords", from the LP Liquid Swords - "'cause n****z styles are old like mark five sneakers/Lyrics are weak like clock radio speakers".
3. Billie Holiday, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown and Alvin Stoller's version of "These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)", rec. 1952, Verve Records.
4. Masayuki Takayanagi - Lonely Woman
5. Hearing Tortoise at The Empty Bottle, July 4, 1995.
6. Awakened from slumber by Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie playing "Bebop" and having an epiphany, 1985.
7. Joe Henderson, Charlie Haden and Al Foster at The Regattabar, Boston, Mass., 1987.
8. Sonic Youth at The Reading Festival, 1998.
9. Francis Bacon exhibition - Dublin, 2000.
10. Ornette Coleman 4tet and Prime Time at The Channel - Boston, 1987.
11. Being interviewed by George Lewis, my old apartment - Chicago, 1999.
12. Otis Redding's version of "Chain Gang".
13. Sun Ra - "Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy"
14. My father, Ernie Parker taking me to see Gil Scott-Heron - Norfolk, Virginia 1976.
15. Hearing Mike Watt recite the Buddy Rich tapes word-for-word - England, 2004.
16. Seeing Beans slay hecklers, Tortoise/Beans US tour, 2004
17. OOIOO live at The Empty Bottle - Chicago, 2004.
18. Eleventh Dream Day at Lounge Ax - January, 2000.
19. Hearing Mad Professor blow up the PA in 5 minutes with Lee Perry at the Cubby Bear - Chicago, 1997.
20. Kraftwerk and Black Sabbath - Roskilde Festival, 1998.
21. Bourbon-drenched "philosophical debates" with Rob Mazurek (or anyone, for that matter).
22. Tar Babies - Link In A Chain.
23. The Designer (Casey Rice) and Derek Bailey - Chicago, 2001.
24. Dusty Radio 1390 (R.I.P.).
25. My VHS tape of Steppin' At Club Seven.
Metropolitan formed in 1998, at the tail end of indie-rock’s golden era. While the rest of the underground has moved on to more fashionable backbeats, this D.C. trio have stayed faithful to the sounds of their childhood. John Masters (guitar, vocals), Shyam Telikicherla (bass) and Saadat Awan (percussion) could easily be mistaken for a seminal Matador or Flying Nun band, a welcome respite these days. Velocity Girl and the Jean-Paul Sartre Experience meet the Jesus and the Mary Chain – not a bad combination. Metropolitan’s third album, The Lines They Get Broken was released April 5th on Crank Automotive.
2. Todd Barry - Medium Energy (2001)
MF Doom - MM..Food? (Rhymesayers, 2004)
2. Styrofoam - Nothing's Lost (Morr Music, 2004)
3. SND - Tender Love (EFA, 2002)
2. Echo & The Bunnymen - Ocean Rain (Sire, 1984)
3. Radiohead - OK Computer (Capitol, 1997)
By Dusted Magazine