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Playing to ‘A New Standard’: Exclusive Interview With Jazz Pianist Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo

Among family, friends, and his many acquaintances, Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo is known for his infectiously positive spirit, his playful hijinks, and a smile that absolutely lights up a room.

But it’s the music that emanates deep within Egbo-Egbo’s soul his piano as a constant appendage, his jazz, classical and pop leanings and the constant intermingling and pushing of musical genres that reveals the creative standard of the man. As a Toronto-based pianist, composer, producer and sound designer, 2018 marks the official release of his new musical work, appropriately titled A New Standard.

The twelve-song album contains a wide selection of entries originally created by a number of legendary composers over the last two centuries. They are, naturally for Egbo-Egbo, culled from disparate genres: classical, jazz, and curiously, even rock music. In A New Standard, Egbo-Egbo lovingly performs a fun and up-temp version of Sigmund Romberg’s and Oscar Hammerstein II’s “Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise,” as well as a rollicking account of John Coltrane’s “Mr. P.C.” that merges brilliantly into the classically jazzy and beloved theme song from the 1967 Spider-Man cartoon by composers Paul Webster and Robert Harris.

In a more contemporary sense, Egbo-Egbo’s rendition of Bob Dylan’s”Make You Feel My Love” brings a wonderfully fresh and emotional sense of affection to the beloved classic, but surprisingly, there’s also a perfectly lonely interpretation of Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For a Film)” found on the new compilation, whose aural sense of isolation any fan of the band might expect and adore. This time, it’s just with a piano.

Biff Bam Pop’s consulting editor and regular contributor, JP Fallavollita, got the chance to steal Thompson T. Egbo-Egbo away from his busy schedule to talk music, his home city of Toronto, and the release of his latest album, the shimmering and wonderful A New Standard. Read the rest of this entry

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Pump Up The Jam: February 2, 2018

Chris Corner of IAMX fondles his erotic merchandise. Photo: Gretchen Lanham

This week on Pump Up The Jam: IAMX, A Place To Bury Strangers, The Damned, The Birth Defects, Holy Motors, and Ty Segall.
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Let Us Now Praise Noise: Late January Edition

Tia Sprocket: photo by Liza Orozco

This week: Sunshine Ward, Fister, Chrch, Asylum, Grindmother, Suman, Tia Sprocket.

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Ty Segall Takes On ‘The Opposition’

Fanny Dog was there in spirit.

Last fall, Ty Segall performed some solo acoustic shows in North America (including one in Toronto) and released some new tunes via Bandcamp. In December, he announced that these songs would be included on his upcoming album Freedom’s Goblin, which was set for release on January 26. He also performed one of these songs (“Fanny Dog”) on Conan.

Last night, Segall performed another tune (“My Lady’s on Fire”) on Comedy Central’s The Opposition with Jordan Klepper. It marks the first time a musical guest has appeared on the show, which premiered in September 2017. Klepper even incorporated Segall into some of the comedy bits.
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Pump Up The Jam: January 5, 2017

Holy Motors after eating chewy pancakes in the rain.

This week on Pump Up The Jam: Fischerspooner, The Birth Defects, Holy Motors, Priest, and JB Dunckel.
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Faves of 2017: Composer JG Thirlwell

Photo by Dustin Dis

JG Thirlwell is a composer/producer/performer based in Brooklyn, NY. His discography is extensive under many pseudonyms including Foetus, Steroid Maximus, Manorexia, Baby Zizanie, Wiseblood, Clint Ruin and others. Thirlwell’s oeuvre stretches the gamut from orchestrations, big band, cathartic noise-rock to abstract electronics and sound sculpture, chamber music, serial music and imaginary soundtracks – sometimes all in the same album. In addition, Thirlwell scores the TV series The Venture Brothers, and most recently, has also begun scoring the TV series Archer.
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Let Us Now Praise Noise: Late December 2017 Edition

Prayers

In my last column of 2017, I’ll talk about Prayers, Corrosion of Conformity, Big Star, and L.A.M.F. See you in 2018!
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Tim Murr Lists His Faves of 2017

Lifeforce

Oh 2017, what happened? I remember looking forward to ’16 ending, with high hopes for the coming year, but then Trump shat all over the country and… no, positivity only here. Only the best stuff of the last year!
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Faves of 2017: Moe Adame of Burning Image

Moe Adame is the singer and guitarist for California’s legendary deathrock band, Burning Image. The band recently reissued a remastered version of its 2011 album Oleander (reviewed here).
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Faves of 2017: Graham Skipper, Actor and Filmmaker

Sequence Break

Graham Skipper has appeared in films like Almost Human, The Mind’s Eye, Beyond the Gates, and Downrange. He also starred as Herbert West in Re-Animator: The Musical. Most recently, Skipper wrote and directed the sci-fi/horror/romance film Sequence Break, which will be screening on Shudder in 2018. You can follow him on Twitter at @GrahamSkipper.
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