Monday, September 14, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-09-13


Love how the Dead returned to "Dark Star" in the '90s... I'm finding all the chanting on Alice Coltrane's Radha-Krsna Nama Sankirtana strangely relaxing... usually not my cup of tea... I get impatient with the "spiritual" side of world music... Don Cherry's explorations in that realm leave me cold... Got blown away all over again by the utterly amazing playing of the "Lost Quintet" on Miles Davis's Live in Europe 1969... on "Milestones," Miles and Wayne Shorter lead the band in a peppy rendition of the head, with Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette swinging as hard as Paul Chambers and Philly Joe Jones ever did, only for the horns to drop out as Chick Corea pulls the rug out from the head and leads the rhythm section away to some kind of out, open space... then horn lines come back in, back to finger-snapping hard swinging, then... out again... Miles then jumps in on this tension, stomping all over the contrasts with burning lines that define gravity, followed by some of Shorter's most intense soloing ever... just staggering, masterful music...


Playlist 2020-09-14:


*Beatles: The Beatles' Second Album (side 2)

*Beatles: Something New (sides 1, 2)

*Beatles: The Beatles (Super Deluxe Edition) (disc 4)

*Anthony Braxtion Quartet: 1976-10-28 Graz, Austria (CDR) track 3

*Alice Coltrane: Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings (disc 1)

*John Coltrane: Live in Seattle (discs 1, 2)

*Miles Davis Quintet: Live in Europe 1969 (The Bootleg series, Vol. 2) (disc 1)

*Deerhoof: Surprise Symphonies

*Eric Dolphy: Stockholm Sessions (side 2)

*Eric Dolphy: Last Date (sides 1, 2)

*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: New CDR Compilation (disc 2)

*Duke Ellington: All Star Road Band (side 4)

*Duke Ellington: Unknown Session

*Grateful Dead: Wake Up to Find Out (discs 2, 3)

*Guided By Voices: Mirrored Aztec

*Andrew Hill: One for One (side 2)

*Keith Jarrett: Standards Live

*Elvin Jones : The Prime Element (side 2)

*Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Does Your House Have Lions: The Rahsaan Roland Kirk Anthology (disc 1)

*Lemon Twigs: Songs for the General Public

*Lee Morgan: The Sidewinder

*Charlie Parker: The Complete Dean Benedetti Recordings of Charlie Parker (disc 2)

*Charlie Parker: Charlie Parker (Vol. 3, side 2)

*Charlie Parker Quintet: Complete Live at Birdland (discs 1, 2)

*Charlie Parker: Bird at St. Nick's

*Prince: 1999 (Super Deluxe Edition) (DVD: Live in Houston 12/29/82)

*David Sancious and Tone: Dance of the Age of Enlightenment

*Sun Ra Arkestra: Kosmos in Blue: A John Gilmore Anthology, Vol. 1

*Clifford Thornton & the Jazz Composer's Orchestra: The Gardens of Harlem

*Various artists: Ad-Rock & Mike D's Alphabetical Jukebox (CDR compilation) (discs 3, 4, 5)

Reading List, Week of 2020-09-13

Polvo de sueños / Dust of Dreams by Steven Erikson: 9788417347048 |  PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books

No, I'm not reading Spanish; I just like this cover...

Reading List 2020-09-14:

*Erikson, Steven. The Crippled God (reread/started)
*Erikson, Steven. Dust of Dreams (reread/finished)
*Burton, Robert. The Anatomy of Melancholy (in progress)
*Marsh, Dave. The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made (reread/in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, September 7, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-09-06


The end of summer, and the listening's good... Although Bird shows up a lot randomly on the Magic Jukebox 2, it's been good to delve a little deeper... the Dean Benedetti box set is really amazing, and the somewhat low fidelity doesn't bother me a bit... those damn solos!... and nice to hear Bird's treatment of lesser-recorded songs like "Byas a Drink" and "It's the Talk of the Town"... a real time capsule... Jumping ahead to just last year, great to hear Ingrid Laubrock playing Anthony's Braxton Zim Music... in my spare time, I'd like to compare this to the London run of Zim Music from May of 2018... My old original Beatles records from when I was a kid still sound damn solid... they just leap out of the grooves and grab you... they still haven't let go after all these years...

Playlist 2020-09-07:

*Lotte Anker/Sylvie Courvoisier/Ikue Mori: Alien Huddle
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: Tribute to Lester
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: Reunion
*Beatles: Meet the Beatles (side 1)
*Beatles: Help! (side 1)
*Beatles: The Beatles (Super Deluxe Edition) (disc 6)
*Anthony Braxton: 2019-11-03 Berlin (CDR)
*Bill Bruford: Fainting in Coils (sides 1, 4)
*Nels Cline Trio: Ground
*Alice Coltrane: Ptah the El Daoud
*Cul De Sac: Crashes to Light, Minutes to Its Fall
*Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington 1938 (side 4)
*Duke Ellington: Love You Madly (1952-11-14 Carnegie Hall) (side 2)
*Mike Elder/Greg Jordan/Harry Forrest/Sam Byrd: 2019-09-21 (wav)
*Mike Elder/Greg Jordan/Harry Forrest/Sam Byrd: 2020-01-04 (wav)
*Fire! Orchestra: Arrival
*Grateful Dead: Pacific Northwest '73-'74: Believe It if You Need It (disc 1)
*Guided By Voices: Do the Collapse
*Guided By Voices: Isolation Drills
*Hampton Hawes: Trio and Quartet 1951-1956: Live and Studio Sessions (disc 2)
*Andrew Hill: One for One (side 1)
*Lemon Twigs: Songs for the General Public
*Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66: Equinox
*Lee Morgan: The Procrastinator (side 4)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-04-17: "Unsudden Settling into Grey Emotion" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2019-01-28 "Rump Roost Tools of America" (wav)
*Charlie Parker: The Complete Dean Benedetti Recordings of Charlie Parker (disc 1)
*Charlie Parker: Charlie Parker Volume II (side 2)
*Charlie Parker: Cheers (side 2)
*Charlie Parker: Bird: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve (disc 1)
*Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes (disc 2)
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
*Omar Rodriguez: Omar Rodriguez
*Rolling Stones: The Brussels Affair '73
*Sonny Rollins Quintet with Kenny Dorham And Max Roach: Rollins Plays for Bird (side 1)
*Ruins: Symphonica
*Sun Ra: Strange Worlds in My Mind
*Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Cymbals​/​Symbols Sessions (New York, 1973) (disc 2)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: 1973-07-04 Queens NY (CDR)
*Sun Ra & His Arkestra: Oblique Parallax
*Cecil Taylor: In Transition (sides 2, 3)
*Thumbscrew: The Anthony Braxton Project
*Richard Teitelbaum with Anthony Braxton: Time Zones "Crossing"
*June Tyson/Sun Ra: Saturnian Queen of the Sun Ra Arkestra
*Various ‎artists: Reunion Tape 1 (cassette compilation) (side A)
*Various artists: Ad-Rock & Mike D's Alphabetical Jukebox (CDR compilation) (discs 1, 2)
*When: Homage Series Vol. 1: Sun Ra
*John Zorn/Simulacrum: Baphomet

Reading List, Week of 2020-09-06

Dust of Dreams: Book Nine of The Malazan Book of the Fallen (Malazan Book  of the Fallen (9)): Erikson, Steven: 9780765348869: Amazon.com: Books 

Reading List 2020-09-07:

*Burton, Robert. The Anatomy of Melancholy (in progress)
*Erikson, Steven. Dust of Dreams (reread/in progress)
*Marsh, Dave. The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made (reread/in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, August 31, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-08-30




I'm a sucker for that Canterbury keyboard sound, that almost-schlocky horror movie organ sound exemplified by Mike Ratledge and Dave Sinclair... it's in heavy evidence in the work of Dave Stewart on Hopper Tunity Box... Stewart cleaned his sound up for his stint with Bruford... while his playing is nice there, I prefer the dirtier sound of his playing with Hatfield and the North and National Health (the first two albums, anyway)... I like the pairing of Derek Bailey with the Ruins, but I think I prefer the Ruins on their own... perversely, their insanity is rather curbed with the addition of Bailey... Some great pop on the new Lemon Twigs album... I can tell it's one of those records that will bear up to repeated listening... I guess I can't avoid the hype, but it is fun picking through the lists and stories about Charlie Parker these days... he still sounds astounding... this is a good list... I hear a lot of Morton Feldman in Tyshawn Sorey... I am enjoying going back through some of my old Blue Note reissue albums... they just sound fantastic...

Playlist 2020-08-31:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Meeting
*Beatles: Introducing the Beatles (sides 1, 2)
*Hamiet Bluiett: Im/possible to Keep (disc 2)
*Bill Bruford: Fainting in Coils (sides 2, 3)
*Buffalo Springfield: Last Time Around
*Don Cherry/Penderecki/The New Eternal Rhythm Orchestra: Actions "Actions"
*George Clinton Presents Parliament/Funkadelic: Mothership Connection Newberg Session
*John Coltrane: Kulu Sé Mama (side 2)
*Miles Davis & His Tuba Band: Pre-Birth of the Cool (sides 1, 2)
*Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions (disc 2) "Ife"
*Elton Dean Quartet: 2004-07-26 London (CDR)
*Death Ambient: Drunken Forest
*Decoy with Joe McPhee: Spontaneous Combustion (disc 1)
*Derek and the Ruins: Saisoro
*Duke Ellington's Spacemen: The Cosmic Scene
*Agustí Fernández plus Big Ensemble Taller De Músics: Aura
*Fire! Orchestra/Krzysztof Penderecki: Actions
*Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet: Time Like This
*Benny Goodman: Small Groups 1941-1946 (CDR compilation) (disc 2)
*Guided By Voices: Mirrored Aztec
*Joe Henderson: Multiple
*Henry Cow and Friends: A Celebration of Lindsay Cooper: 2014-11-21 London (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*Andrew Hill: One for One (side 2)
*Dave Holland: Emerald Tears (side 1)
*Hugh Hopper: Hopper Tunity Box (side 1)
*Keith Jarrett: Standards, Vol. 2
*Jefferson Pilot: Shadow Hobby
*Elvin Jones : The Prime Element (sides 1, 3)
*King Crimson: Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (disc 3)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: And Other Desert Towns
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy (CDR compilation) (disc 4)
*Lemon Twigs: Songs for the General Public
*Grachan Moncur III: Mosaic Select (disc 3)
*Necks: Body
*New Ting: 2019-07-29 "Tardy But Hardy" (wav)
*Charlie Parker: Charlie Parker Volume III (side 1)
*Elvis Presley: A Boy From Tupelo: The Complete 1953-55 Recordings (disc 2)
*Dudu Pukwana and Spirits Rejoice: 1980-06-01 Nyon Festival, France (CDR)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2013-10-19 Brooklyn NY (CDR) "track 6"
*Rova :: Orkestrova: Electric Ascension
*Schubert: Octet (Michael Collins)
*Frank Sinatra: Nice 'n' Easy (side 1)
*Matthew Shipp Quartet: Not Bound
*Sonic Youth: Slaapkamers Met Slagroom
*Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy "A Love Song"
*Space Debris: Behind the Gate (disc 2)
*Cecil Taylor: In Transition (sides 1, 2)
*Tammi Terrell: Come On and See Me: The Complete Solo Collection (disc 2)
*McCoy Tyner: Cosmos (side 1)
*Various ‎artists: Crumb: Original Soundtrack (side 1)
*Various ‎artists: Reunion Tape 1 (cassette compilation) (side B)
*Various ‎artists: Random Radar Records (A Random Sampler) (side 2)
*XTC: Drums and Wires
*XTC: Black Sea (Surround Sound Series) (disc 1)
*XTC: English Settlement (2016 original master ed.)

Reading List, Week of 2020-08-30

SITE EXCLUSIVE* The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader – Clover Press

Reading List 2020-08-31:

*Bolling, Ruben. The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader (finished)
*Burton, Robert. The Anatomy of Melancholy (in progress)
*Erikson, Steven. Dust of Dreams (reread/in progress)
*Marsh, Dave. The Heart of Rock and Soul: The 1001 Greatest Singles Ever Made (reread/in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, August 24, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-08-23

P. Brötzmann Group* - Fuck De Boere (Dedicated To Johnny Dyani ...

Fuck De Boere
: easily as aggressive as Brötzmann's Machine Gun but with more Derek Bailey... Two ends of the spectrum, each deeply satisfying in its own way: Birth of the Cool vs. Pangaea... 

Playlist 2020-08-24:

*Daevid Allen Weird Quartet: Elevenses
*Beethoven: Piano Sonatas in B Flat, Op. 106 & in C Minor , Op. 111 (Edith Vogel)
*Hamiet Bluiett: Im/possible to Keep (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton: 23 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (disc 4)
*Anthony Braxton: 2019-11-03 Berlin (CDR)
*Peter Brötzmann: Fuck De Boere
*Clifford Brown: The Complete Blue Note and Pacific Jazz Recordings (disc 2)
*Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield
*Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield Again
*Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Trust (ide 1)
*Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool (side 1)
*Miles Davis: Pangaea (side 1)
*Death Ambient: Synaesthesia
*Benny Goodman: Small Groups 1941-1946 (CDR compilation) (disc 1)
*Fletcher Henderson: A Study in Frustration: The Fletcher Henderson Story (side 8)
*Billie Holiday: 55 Original Hits by Billie Holiday (side 3)
*Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note: The Complete Recordings (disc 6)
*King Crimson: Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (disc 2)
*Large Unit: Erta Ale (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Ingrid Laubrock + Kris Davis: Blood Moon
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy (CDR compilation) (discs 2, 3)
*Machine Gun: Machine Gun
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Robert Pollard: The Best of 2012-2014
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2011-05-06 Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT (CDR) "track 3"
*Sam Rivers Quintet: Zenith
*David Sancious and Tone: Dance of the Age of Enlightenment
*Soft Machine: 5
*Soft Machine: Seven (side 1)
*Billy Strayhorn: The Peaceful Side
*Sun Ra: Intergalactic Research
*Tammi Terrell: Come On and See Me: The Complete Solo Collection (disc 1)
*Thumbscrew: The Anthony Braxton Project
*Various artists: Bombay Disco: Disco Hits from Hindi Films 1979-1985
*Otomo Yoshihide/Chris Pitsiokos: Live in Florence
*John Zorn/Simulacrum: Baphomet