Sunday, February 26, 2012

Jazz Radio: The Global Swing Broadcast



I've found myself listening to more Jazz over the internet as time goes by - a larger selection of great music to enjoy, especially when one has to finish up a bit of writing.  However, many great stations fail to garner the recognition they so rightly deserve, soo... as my bit to help shine the spotlight, I'm highlight a few of these!  I'm starting off with a wonderful station emanating from Europe, if I'm correct... the Global Swing Broadcast!  In addition to excellent classic swing music, they have an superlative selection of Jazz music.  Ttheir website has a complete playlist, so you'll be up-to-date on their goings on!  For more information, their website, and facebook pages...

Website and feed: http://www.gsb.fm/

Facebook location: https://www.facebook.com/GlobalSwingBroadcast

(Noted a few minutes ago that the fellows at Dieselpunks.org are again ahead of the curve (or at least ahead of me)!  Mr. Tome Wilson was kind enough to find the stream address so... for those in SL, here is it is, in case you wish to add it to your musical selections...)
http://199.16.186.38:8080/stream

Monday, February 20, 2012

The Seraph City Wikipedia


As part of the effort to re-kindle some activity in Seraph City, I've stared a Wiki for SC, with the idea of providing a dedicated and interactive website for the sim.  Its still in its *very early* stages (as a visit will tell), but I hope to have it polished up by late March.  If you'd like to contribute, please simply leave a comment here, and I'll be more than happy to add you!  And, the website is at: http://seraphcity.wikia.com/wiki/Seraph_City_Wiki

Sunday, February 19, 2012

A refocus to the SL Jazz After Midnight - More classic Jazz, more Dieselpunk genre... but what does that mean?



I've been doing a lot of introspective searching on how I'm spending my time, and decided to make a few challenging but necessary choices.  Aside from culling the number of blogs I"m involved with (those who know, say that over eight is too many... so I guess I have too many)!  As such, I've decided to keep the SL JAM, but its focus will be changed a bit... less on SL Jazz clubs, and more on the Jazz era genre.  What does that mean?, well....

1) I'll be spending more item with SL sims, events, and other things related to the Dieselpunk era - in other words, from the 1920's to the late 1940's.  There is plenty to see in SL regarding this, and though not as popular as other genres (atm, anyways), I'd like to bring them to the forefront.

2) I will focus less on the general SL Jazz scene, and more on venues that promote the "classic" Jazz era (again, the Jazz music from the 1920s to the 1940's).  There aren't as many, but most that exist in SL are quite good, and worth a visit.

3) I'll be adding more about my home sim of Searph City.  Its been dormant for ages now, and perhaps a bit of attention will help it move ever-so-slightly from its slumber.  Hence, the blog will be re-worked towards this goal.

Over the next few months, I'll be adding more (as expected), but there will be some big announcements regarding a few things.  As such, make it a point of considering the SL JAM your SL Jazz and Dieselpunk him, and Abyssinia! 

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Top 10 Jazz Venues in Second Life, ending January 29, 2012...


#1 - Frank's Place 2

Part of the overarching project for the SL JAM was an attempt to keep tabs on the most popular Jazz clubs in Second Life.  Thought some RL issues have been vexing as of late, keeping me from updating the site last week, I'm listing the to ten Jazz clubs in SL, as of January 29, 2012.



#2 - Sweethearts

In an effort to prevent any arguemnts about "ranking" of the clubs, I've listed the stats I used here...

Frank's Place         89770
Sweetheart's Jazz 58618
Phat Cat's Jazz Club         34584
! That's Amore         34272
Cloud Nine         27735
RMS Titanic         27687
Frank's Elite Jazz Club 27152
Jade's Jazz Pier         25964
Foxxies Jazz         25452
Smooth ~ a Jazz Club 25411



#3 - Phat Cat's Jazz Club

Mind you, these number change by the hour, so as of today's post, I've checked and, of course, the listing is a bit off.  Nonetheless, the ten listed here tend to fluxuate in the "old" search engine.



#4 - That's Amore

Please bear in mind, there are additional venues which are not listed - I've done that on purpose.  Essentially the main criterion is that Jazz has to be a main focus of the club, not just a search engine addition.



#5 - Cloud Nine Romantic Dancing

Too many clubs simply add the term "Jazz", and when one arrives at the club, you'll hear a selection of Blues (which is good, but it isn't Jazz), or rock, or even heavy metal.  I do understand the difficulties in drawing traffic to a venue, but if I'm looking for a Jazz club, at the very minimum, I'd like to hear some Jazz.



#6 - R.M.S. Titanic


All of the venues listed will eventually be reviewed, as Foxxies was last month.  Do keep checking back, and as time allows, I'll do more reviews on the larger Jazz clubs!





#7 - Frank's Elite Jazz Club
(Membership required to attend Frank's Elite)



#8 - Jade's Jazz Pier (nee Lounge)



#9 - Foxxies Jazz Club



#10 - Smooth Jazz Club & Lounge


Saturday, February 4, 2012

Dieselpunk Travelogue: Reasonable Desires, and Afterhours at the Fitzgerald


After doing a bit of searching in-world, I've been able to slowly rebuild a collection of Dieselpunk locales which have emerged over the past year.  One notable destination I came across ages ago was a very nice Jazz venue named "Afterhours at the Fitzgerald".  Being ever curious, I decided to locate it... and was surprised at what I discovered!


Not only was it still surviving (as the SL Jazz business is a bit draconian), but it flourished!  Located on a new sim called "Reasonable Desires", it is actually part of a Dieselpunk venue whose main endeavor is named Reasonable Desire (as pictured above).



As part of the Dieselpunk genre, located in the main store, is a Cabaret corner, selling all the items necessary to show off one of the major entertainments of the era.  Nice selection, and the prices are reasonable (as far as I can tell for ladies' attire).



The central area has a number of vendors, which surround the Reasonable Desires sphere!  Easy to locate, and is often popular with the row of "lucky chairs" in front of the main store.  Each store has a topic (e.g. animations, clothes, etc), but my attention was caught by the newspaper stand just off to the right of the photo!



Throughout the sim, there are numerous small era details and imagery, such as the "painted" advertisements above, set in a genre look.  Very well done - but one word of warning... the area has a bit of a grey tone overall, so it might be best advised to take your photos in a dark setting - the colors seem a bit washed out in a daytime setting.



The key entertainment venue of Reasonable Desires its club, the "Afterhours at the Fitzgerald".  I remember when it was a small venue on a single sim, but its emerged into one of the better genre clubs in SL.  The exterior is one of the best 1930's looking that I've seen to date!



It plays a "Martini in the Morning" feed, but also has RL guest singers as well.  I was very impressed with the few I've had a chance to listen to, so be on the lookout for them.  Also, there is a very nice attached lounge and coffee shop (complete with poetry readings), so if you are simply seeking a place to relax, that might be the key!



A nice quite slow-dance with my lovely gal, Breezy!

To pay Afterhours at the Fitzgerald and Resonable Desires a visit, please follow the SLurl to: http://slurl.com/secondlife/Reasonable%20Desires/140/178/26

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Dieselpunk Music - Electro Swing, by Buddah



Dieselpunk music is perhaps more varied than one might think.  Drawing upon the "classics", such as swing standards and other types of musical selections from the era, Dieselpunk music is still what might be called "developing" - its not a definite style, as of yet.  However, there are plenty of variations, such as this take on take on The Benny Goodman Orchestra's "Sing, Sing, Sing", by Buddah - there are plenty of new variations and exceptionally talented bands making themselves known, so you never know what you might find with a bit of luck!