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David Huber
01-29-2007, 01:24 PM
After I stumbled into jazz via Miles Davis' electric period, I've been digging around the Jazz section of Borders and my new Flava of the Month is John Zorn. I've picked up Naked City, IAO, Taboo and Exile, Film Works 1986-1990, and Moonchild. I have to say I'm really digging him, but I can see how he could really irritate some people. Plus I think if delve a little bit into his psyche you'd find some pretty sick stuff, but that's neither here nor there. Zorn or No Zorn?

William R.
01-29-2007, 01:28 PM
I'm a moderate fan. He either really hits me or his strikes out completely. There's no in the middle with this guy.

John G.
01-29-2007, 01:42 PM
John Zorn rocks. I'm especially fond of his Naked City works.

Derek Steckler
01-29-2007, 05:38 PM
I like the guy. I saw him play live to Kenneth Anger films. Anger was there, and even HE liked it. And he's not an easy man to please. Will put a curse on you at the drop of a hat, or so I've heard. Zorn's also put out one hell of a lotta albums, which you can pick up at your friendly neighborhood library. If you live in NYC, that is.

Bård Haugland
01-29-2007, 05:53 PM
Just heard Naked City - Torture Garden, don't know if he even was in on that, but it may seem so. Totally crazy, but cool to listen to for a while.

Patrick B.
01-29-2007, 06:00 PM
Can he be compared to Mike Patton?

Chad Haden
01-29-2007, 07:34 PM
I'm a moderate fan. He either really hits me or his strikes out completely. There's no in the middle with this guy.

I agree with Will

Chad Haden
01-29-2007, 07:35 PM
Also, nobody is more irritating than Mike Patton

Damian P
01-29-2007, 08:40 PM
I like Zorn but I have given up on blindly buying his albums. The high-pitch-endless-drone-of-noise shit drives me insane.

Patrick B.
01-30-2007, 11:34 AM
Also, nobody is more irritating than Mike Patton

He seems like a Jerk-off. But he makes some fuckin' grade A music.

John G.
01-30-2007, 11:48 AM
Also, nobody is more irritating than Mike Patton
Face it, Mr. Bungle owns you.

Chad Haden
01-30-2007, 05:11 PM
Face it, Mr. Bungle owns you.

Nope, sorry dude but if you looked up over-rated in the dicitionary you'd see Mike Patton

John G.
01-30-2007, 08:07 PM
Nope, sorry dude but if you looked up over-rated in the dicitionary you'd see Mike Patton
Would that be next to the picture of the Rolling Stones? ;)

Jonny Redman
01-30-2007, 08:12 PM
Also, nobody is more irritating than Mike Patton

I concur

Damian P
01-30-2007, 08:35 PM
I like Patton but I must say I have never heard a good word about him outside of his musical talent. FNM kicked much ass when I saw them in Philly. They handled a rough crowd and technical problems in stride.

Tom K
01-31-2007, 12:38 AM
I went with Yay...I can't listen to Zorn all the time, but in the right setting, its cool stuff...


Can he be compared to Mike Patton?

No...Patton is heavily influenced by Zorn...


I like Patton but I must say I have never heard a good word about him outside of his musical talent. FNM kicked much ass when I saw them in Philly. They handled a rough crowd and technical problems in stride.

He runs a great label and does not rip off bands...As far as FNM, I like everything except for the hit album (Epic??) I like the stuff with the original singer a lot...the later Patton era stuff was decent too...

When I saw Fantomas, I was blown away...

Randy Thomas G
01-31-2007, 12:43 AM
He's done so much stuff that a fair bit doesn't work. My favourite stuff is the first two Masada records, Kristallnacht and the Genet tribute.

Adult Themes by Patton is a great, bat-shit crazy record, but I've never cared for most of his other stuff.

Christopher L
02-01-2007, 11:34 PM
I dig Zorn, maybe a little less now than I did in the '90s but I still think he's nearly always worth a listen. I have every studio album up to "Astronome" and even that fucking Joe Piscopo CD. Now, Patton - he's just some guy who happened to bond with Zorn over their respective porn collections. :) Seriuosly, Patton has done some good stuff, but when he's sat in with Naked City in concert, he's shown that he's not worthy enough to polish Yamatsuka Eye's nutsack.

Randy Thomas G
02-01-2007, 11:48 PM
Eye is the man. Untouchable.