Sean Daly

Sean’s Contributions


September 2003    Albums

Save My Soul
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

During my unfortunate Swingers phase-when I shouted "You're so money!" so many times that whenever a girl actually talked to me it was considered an act of God-I listened to Big Bad Voodoo Daddy all the time, and with good reason (you know, besides wanting...


September 2003    Albums

Live from New Orleans
Ingrid Lucia and the Flying Neutrinos

Curvaceous coquette Ingrid Lucia could swing her mean thing with the Flying Nutrias-you know, those bog-dwelling rat things taking over the Big Easy-and she'd still be flat-out fun to listen to. And I'm telling you: I hate rats. Of course, backed by those...


March 2003    Albums

Pushbutton Parfait
Raymond Scott Orchestrette

Bugs, Daffy, Yosemite Sam: They were down with Raymond Scott. When all delicious hell needed to break loose in the Looney Tunes universe, the cartoon wizards at Warner Bros. often headed for the delirious Scott songbook to soundtrack the mayhem. Control...


December 2002    Features

Jane Monheit: Any Way She Wants It

Here’s my theory: If hubba-hubba singer Jane Monheit were to style her Rapunzelian hair in a safe Doris Day bob—and maybe blot that cherry-bomb lipstick on her pronounced pucker—the brouhaha about her legitimacy as a true jazz vocalist wouldn’t be nearly...


December 2002    Albums

Ghost Train
Hot Club of Cowtown

Imagine a dude-ranch dustup between the chaw-chewin' rockabillies of BR5-49 and the neoswing creepies in the Squirrel Nut Zippers, and what you'd have is-well, what you'd have is a pretty pathetic fight come to think of it. Not a puncher in the bunch, sad...


March 2002    Albums

Shake Those Hula Hips
Big Kahuna and the Copa Cat Pack

Matt "Big Kahuna" Catingub is the jazzbo version of Jimmy Buffett. This, however, is not such a bad thing-that is, unless you consider music for Tiki bars a bad thing. The Hawaii-based big man (who croons, plays lead sax and does all the arrangements) and...


January/February 2002    Albums

Songs I Heard
Harry Connick Jr.

Making like a hepster Raffi in the midst of a Bourbon Street all-nighter, Harry Connick Jr., on the thoroughly oddball Songs I Heard, covers 16 seminal sing-alongs from classic kiddie flicks. From "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" to "Oompa Loompa" to...


December 2001    Features

Lavay Smith: Miss Thing Talks Back

Rats. Why did there have to be rats? There are few things in life that can kill the thrill of sharing a tiny umbrella with the heavenly not-so-tiny Lavay Smith as the two of you tipsily wander through New York City’s Bowery at 3 a.m. on a rainy Wednesday...


July/August 2001    Tangents

Hendrix Lives!

Sean Daly ponders what Jimi Hendrix would be doing if he hadn't died in 1970


June 2001    Albums

I Dig
Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble

Recorded April 29, 2000, at the Fine Line Cafe in Minneapolis, Minn., I Dig is an hour of big, brassy, and decidedly ballsy bachelor-pad and exotica cool from the Intergalactic Contemporary Ensemble (formerly the Minnesota Contemporary Ensemble). Led by...


June 2001    Hearsay

Andrew Bird

Everyone, at some point or another, has experienced the “swimming hour,” “when the everyday becomes incredible to you,” explains singer-songwriter-violinist Andrew Bird about the far-out concept and name for his new album. For some, the swimming hour surfaces...


May 2001    Albums

Here Come the Noise Makers
Bruce Hornsby

Long before he was playing backstage b-ball games with backup mates the Range-and scoring hits with 1986's "The Way It Is" and "Mandolin Rain"-the tall, hulking Bruce Hornsby was a budding jazz pianist, albeit one with sugar-coated hooks beating on the walls...


May 2001    Albums

Brian Setzer Orchestra

After '80s pop star Setzer watched his 1998 tattooed-swing album The Dirty Boogie go double-platinum and win a Grammy, the former Stray Cat knew he had finally found a gig to stick with. But for the much-anticipated follow-up, Vavoom!, the 40-year-old singer...


May 2001    Albums

Straight Ahead
The New Morty Show

Trumpeter Morty Okin isn't shy about his influences. He's all-Vegas, baby. We're talking 1950s glitzy Frank-Sammy-Dino Vegas. The booze, the broads, the all-night burners. Who cares if the bandleader and his backup group-most notably girl-among-wolves chanteuse...


April 2001    Albums

Swingin' for the Fences
Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band

Hello, my name is Sean, and I am a DVD slut. No matter how lousy a certain movie might be-heck, even when I've already seen the piece of crap in the theater-if the DVD version includes "bonus material" (deleted scenes, director's commentary, making-of featurettes...


December 2000    News

Swingin’ Around the Mistletoe: The Guide to Surviving the Holidays—With Music

No good has ever come from playing “Mele Kalikimaka” at a holiday party. Trust me: I’ve been in charge of spinning the tunes at my mother’s annual Christmas Eve shindig ever since I was tall enough to touch needle to vinyl. And every time I try to force...

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