Adam Goldberg’s Heart Grows Fonder For: Jazz

The Goldberg Sisters is the new musical project from Adam Goldberg, the always entertaining actor/filmmaker whose impressive resume includes the likes of Saving Private RyanDazed And Confused, Friends, Entourage, Zodiac2 Days In Paris and the Flaming Lips’ Christmas On Mars. The band’s 10-track, self-titled album (on Apology Music/Play It Again Sam) follows Goldberg’s 2009 musical debut, Eros And Omissions, released under the moniker LANDy. As with that project, The Goldberg Sisters finds Goldberg collaborating with Aaron Espinoza (Earlimart, Admiral Radley), though this time out, the duo was assisted by a handful of other musicians, including Goldberg’s girlfriend Roxanne Daner on violin. The result is a satisfying collection of effects-heavy, urbane psychedelia held together by Goldberg’s high-pitched, Lennon-esque croon. Goldberg will be guest editing magnetmagazine.com all week. Read our new Q&A with him.

Goldberg: I was the kid in high school with the windows rolled up on lunch break, eating in my car, listening to an Art Tatum tape I made from an LP that one of my mother’s ex-boyfriend’s gave me when he unloaded his vinyl collection on me after he replaced them with those new shiny silver coasters of the day. You know, that kid. Jazz moved me and gave me an identity when I felt I had little else to go on in that department. In no way does or did my love for it preclude mine for Wire or Elvis Costello or Brian Eno, but it’s its own thing, like comparing coffee and Tide.

John Coltrane (the gamut, from standards to Om)
Cannonball Adderley
Miles Davis (the gamut, from Cool to Bitches)
Yusef Lateef (who wouldn’t let me use his music in Scotch And Milk because the scenes featured drinking and pre-marital sex)
Roland Kirk (who wanted his ashes to be rolled up into a huge joint and smoked)
Don Byas (who played the “sexaphone”)
Mingus, Mingus, Mingus
Jimmy Scott
Chet Baker
Bill Evans, Bill Evans, Bill Evans (he calms me)
Nina Simone
Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday, Billie Holiday

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