Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-08-12

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Really enjoying my third time through the 1972 Dark Star extravaganza... it's fun to dip into these extended improvisations totally out of context... of course, it's also great to listen to them totally in context, which I'll return to at some point in the future.... I came across a reference to Catatumbo on Ingrid Laubrock's website, hadn't heard it yet...a nice free improv trio, with her sax playing being typically inspiring... Always nice to return to Sun Ra's masterpiece When Angels Speak of Love... besides Gilmore (of course), the standout player for me on this is the under-recorded Walter Miller on trumpet...

Playlist 2018-08-13:

*Anton Webern: Complete Webern - Boulez (disc 1)
*AMM: 2001-04-15 Chicago (CDR)
*Catatumbo: Catatumbo
*John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Deluxe Edition) (disc 2)
*Jerry Goodman & Jan Hammer: Like Children
*Barry Guy/Blue Shroud Band: Tensegrity (Small Formations) (disc 2)
*Mary Halvorson Quartet: Paimon (Zorn/Book of Angels Vol. 32)
*Alexander Hawkins: Song Singular
*Ingrid Laubrock & Liam Noble: Let’s Call This...
*Roscoe Mitchell: Conversations II
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2018-07-01 Strange Matter, Richmond VA (wav)
*Billy Strayhorn: The Peaceful Side
*Sun Ra and His Myth Science Arkestra: When Angels Speak of Love
*Craig Taborn: Avenging Angel
*Various artists: Subradar Sampler #01
*Various artists: That Devilin' Tune (Vol. 1, disc 7)
*Al Bowlly: Just a Bowl of Cherries: The Complete Flexi-Discs
*Scott Brookman, Yani Martinelli and Friends: Songs from the Old House​/​MADRID
*Esquivel & His Orchestra: Complete 1954-1962 Recordings (disc 1)
*Grateful Dead: Anthem of the Sun (50th Anniversary Deluxe Ed.) (disc 1)
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 version 2 (in progress, 04:56:08-09:05:15)
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 24: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley, CA 1972-08-25 (disc 1)
*Jefferson Pilot: The Optimist Field
*King Crimson: 1972-02-12 NYC (disc 2)
*Paul McCartney: Flowers in the Dirt (Deluxe Ed.) (disc 1)
*Panzerpappa: Koralrevens Klagesang
*Popol Vuh: Affenstunde
*Proctor and Bergman: TV or Not TV
*Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (disc 4)
*Various artists: Tokyo Flashback
*Various artists: Variations #5: The Discipline (Jon Leidecker) (CDR)
*Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans (side 1)
*Frank Zappa: Shut Up 'n Play Yer Guitar (disc 2)

Reading List, Week of 2018-08-12

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One of the greatest books of comic art ever... Monty is still going strong....

Reading List 2018-08-13:

*Meddick, Jim. Primary Crullers: A Robotman Book (reread/finished)
*Shakespeare, William. Richard III (ed. John Jowett, New Oxford Shakespeare, Critical Reference Ed.) (reread/finished)
*Bouros, Terri. Young Shakespeare's Young Hamlet: Print, Piracy, and Performance (in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Bleeding Edge (reread/in progress)
*Thomson, David. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (4th ed.) (in progress)

Monday, August 13, 2018

A Typically Perfect Pynchon Sentence



Jim Henderson. Looking north up Broadway at the Apthorp on a cloudy afternoon. 

Just one random perfect sentence from Bleeding Edge:
She squints past roofline contours, vents, skylights, water tanks and cornices under this pre-storm lighting, shining as if already wet against the darkening sky, down the street to where the cursed Deseret rears above Broadway, one or two storm-nervous lights already on, its stonework at this distance seeming too uncleansable, its shadows too many, ever to breach. (Thomas Pynchon, Bleeding Edge (Penguin 2013), p. 199)

Monday, August 6, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-08-05



Shout-out to Scott Brookman and Yani Martinelli's new release... nice new batch of tunes, with Yani and friends augmenting phone videos of Scott playing guitar and singing... international cross-pollination!... Both Directions at Once is solid '63 Coltrane... I despise the crappy hype that has surrounded this release; these sessions were never planned as an album, "lost" or otherwise... the new compositions are wonderful... great to hear multiple studio versions of "Impressions," although none of them approach the barn-burning intensity of any of the '61 live versions... The new Parliament album is underwhelming... some nice stuff, sure, but I'm missing the funk... the P-Funk.. the bomb...

Playlist 2018-08-06:

*AMM: 2000-10-14 Boston (CDR)
*Cornelius Cardew: Works 1960–70 (Tilbury/Duch/Davies)
*Rodger Coleman: Gone Again
*John Coltrane: Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album (Deluxe Edition) (disc 1)
*Mats Gustafsson & Thurston Moore: Hit the Wall!
*Barry Guy/Blue Shroud Band: Tensegrity (Small Formations) (disc 1)
*Alexander Hawkins Trio: Alexander Hawkins Trio
*Alexander Hawkins/Evan Parker: Leaps in Leicester
*Ahmad Jamal Trio: Jamal At The Pershing Volume 2
*Thelonious Monk: The Complete Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection (disc 2)
*Ikue Mori: In Light of Shadows
*Ikue Mori: Obelisk
*Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Cymbals​/​Symbols Sessions (New York, 1973) (disc 2)
*Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts
*Ben Webster with Strings: Music for Loving (disc 2)
*Lily Allen: No Shame
*Scott Brookman, Yani Martinelli and Friends: Songs from the Old House​/​MADRID
*Clash: Sandinista! (disc 2)
*Delivery: Fools Meeting
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 19: Honolulu Civic Auditorium 1970-01-23/24 (discs 2, 3)
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 version 2 (in progress, 02:49:37-04:56:08)
*King Crimson: Lizard (40th Anniversary Series)
*Parliament: Medicaid Fraud Dogg
*Pink Floyd: A Tree Full of Secrets (disc 1)
*Spirit: Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus
*Various artists:  Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music: Country & Western Hit Parade 1945

Reading List, Week of 2018-08-05

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Reading List 2018-08-06:

*Meddick, Jim. Primary Crullers: A Robotman Book (reread/started)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Bleeding Edge (reread/started)
*The Living Dead 2 (ed.  John Joseph Adams) (finished)
*Shakespeare, William. Richard III (ed. John Jowett, New Oxford Shakespeare, Critical Reference Ed.) (reread/started)
*Bouros, Terri. Young Shakespeare's Young Hamlet: Print, Piracy, and Performance (in progress)
*Thomson, David. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (4th ed.) (in progress)

Monday, July 30, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-07-29

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Travel music....

Playlist 2018-07-30:

*Beach Boys: 50 Big Ones (disc 1)
*Beatles: Anthology 1
*Elvis Costello: This Year's Model (2002 reissue, disc 1)
*Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Get Happy (2003 reissue, disc 1)
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 version 2 (in progress, 02:31:02-02:49:37)
*Jefferson Pilot: The Optimist Field
*Kinks: The Anthology 1964-1971 (disc 2)
*Roxy Music: The Thrill of It All (disc 2)

Reading List, Week of 2018-07-29

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Reading List 2018-07-30:

*Bouros, Terri. Young Shakespeare's Young Hamlet: Print, Piracy, and Performance (started)
*The Living Dead 2 (ed.  John Joseph Adams) (started)
*Chance, Rebecca. Killer Heels (started/finished)
*King, Stephen. Pet Sematary (reread/started/finished)
*Rankin, Ian. Strip Jack (started/finished)
*Rankin, Ian. Tooth and Nail (started/finished)
*Rankin, Ian. Hide and Seek (reread/started/finished)
*Rankin, Ian. Knots and Crosses (reread/finished)
*Thomson, David. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (4th ed.) (in progress)