Monday, February 17, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-02-16




I have really been enjoying the new album from OOIOO... Nijimusi is perhaps closest in spirit to Taiga and to the Boredoms' Vision Creation Newsun, with its extended grooves, layered guitar chords, and general spacey feel... six years was a long time to wait for a new album; here's hoping the next one will show up sooner... Kabalaba (with Muhal Richard Abrams) and the 1984 Paris concert with Cecil Taylor are prime examples of full-bore Art Ensemble... both feature pretty much high-energy in-your-face improvisation the whole time... and both feature excellent guest work from pianists who match their energy and power at every step of the way... gawd, I love this music... Digging deep into recent recordings with Rodger Coleman... where the hell do we come up with all this stuff?... I also continue to be energized by Henry Cow...

Playlist 2020-02-17:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago with Muhal Richard Abrams: Kabalaba
*Black Host: Life In The Sugar Candle Mines
*Bill Bruford's Earthworks: The Sound of Surprise
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: The Mathematics of War "New Landscape"
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-27 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-28 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Alice Coltrane: Ptah the El Daoud
*Miles Davis: The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 (LP 1, LP 2)
*Duke Ellington: Duke 56/62 Vol. 1 (sides 2, 4)
*Samuel Goff: Transmissions
*Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith - Yo Miles!: Sky Garden (discs 1, 2)
*Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith - Yo Miles!: Upriver (discs 1, 2)
*Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith - Yo Miles!: 2000-03-04 Fillmore (CDR) (disc 1)
*Layers of Memory: Hence Thrice
*Keeril Makan: In Sound
*Maybe Monday: Saturn's Finger
*John McLaughlin: My Goal's Beyond (side 2)
*New Ting: 2020-02-03 "Fred's Lane Is My Lane" (wav)
*Larry Ochs/Nels Cline/Gerald Cleaver: What Is to Be Done "Shimmer Intend Spark Groove Defend"
*David Sancious And Tone: Transformation (The Speed Of Love) (side 1)
*Soft Machine: 5
*Cecil Taylor/Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1984-10-30 Paris (CDR) (track 2)
*John Zorn: Chimeras (revised)
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 44)
*Big Star: Complete Third (disc 2)
*Chris Cutler/Fred Frith: Live In Prague And Washington (side 1)
*Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose
*Graham Central Station: Release Yourself (side 2)
*Guided By Voices: Propeller
*Guided By Voices: Vampire on Titus
*Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand
*Henry Cow: 1975-05-17 Grenoble, France (CDR)
*Henry Cow with Robert Wyatt: 1975-06-22 Rome (CDR)
*Henry Cow: Western Culture (Cow Box Redux)
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*OOIOO: Nijimusi
*Chano Pozo : El Tambor De Cuba (Life And Music Of The Legendary Cuban Conga Drummer) (disc 1)
*Sheriff Jack: Everybody Twist
*Skeleton Crew: The Country of Blinds
*Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1966: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*Wilco: 2004-07-08 Stockholm (CDR)
*Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure (side 2)

Reading List, Week of 2020-02-16

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Reading List 2020-02-17:

*Cutter, Matthew. Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices (started)
*Goldbarth, Albert. The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972-2007 (started)
*Greer, James. Guided By Voices: A Brief History (started/finished)
*Longbehn, Volker. Arno Schmidt's Zettel's Traum: An Analysis (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Gaddis, William. The Recognitions (reread/in progress)
*Moore, Steven. A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's The Recognitions (rev. ed.) (in progress)

Friday, February 14, 2020

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-02-09



Excellent new solo release from RAIC mastermind Sam Goff... field recordings, turntable samples, solo percussion, and lots of wild sounds all contribute to a sonic melange of exotic density and experimental textures... easily one of his best projects!... 

Playlist 2020-02-10:

*Paul Bley: Paul Bley with Gary Peacock (sides 1, 2)
*Cab Calloway & His Orchestra: Cruisin' With Cab (side 2)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-27 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-28 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Duke Ellington/John Coltrane: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (side 1)
*Farmers By Nature: Love and Ghosts (disc 2)
*Fred Frith/Rova Saxophone Quartet: Freedom in Fragments
*John Gilmore: Non-Sun Ra Sax Solos (youtube)
*Samuel Goff: Transmissions
*Kip Hanrahan: Desire Develops an Edge
*Oliver Lake: NTU: Point From Which Creation Begins (side 2)
*Myra Melford's Snowy Egret: The Other Side of Air
*Charles Mingus: Mingus Plays Piano (Spontaneous Compositions And Improvisations) (sides 1, 2)
*Butch Morris: Current Trends In Racism In Modern America (side 2)
*New Ting: 2020-01-29 Shockoe Denim, RVA (wav)
*New Ting: 2020-02-03 "Fred's Lane Is My Lane" (wav)
*Tyshawn Sorey: Pillars (disc 3)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: 1966-10-16 Stuttgart (CDR) (disc 2)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: Live In Bologna (side 1)
*Cecil Taylor/Anthony Braxton/William Parker: 2007-10-12 Bologna (CDR)
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 43)
*Beach Boys: 1969 (I'm Going Your Way)
*Art Bears: The World As It Is Today
*Jeff Beck: Wired
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Sam Byrd: 2020-02-01 (wav)
*Gong: Camembert Electrique
*Grateful Dead: 1975-03-23 Kezar Stadium, San Francisco (CDR)
*Henry Cow: 1972 Hemel Hempstead (CDR)
*Henry Cow: 1973? Explorer's Club, London (CDR)
*Henry Cow: 1974-5 (Cow Box Redux)
*Henry Cow: Late
*Mars Volta: The Bedlam in Goliath
*OOIOO: Nijimusi
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Annette Peacock: Been In The Streets Too Long (side 2)
*U.S. Maple: Long Hair in Three Stages
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1964: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1965: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*Yes: The Word Is Live (disc 1)

Reading List, Week of 2020-02-09

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Reading List 2020-02-10:

*Moore, Steven. A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's The Recognitions (rev. ed.) (started)
*Barry, Lynda. Making Comics (started/finished)
*Henry Cow. Cow Box Redux (50th Anniversary Box) Books 1-3 (finished)
*Showcase Presents: Legion of Super Heroes, Vol . 2 (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Gaddis, William. The Recognitions (reread/in progress)
*Longbehn, Volker. Arno Schmidt's Zettel's Traum: An Analysis (in progress)

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-02-02



So much Henry Cow, from Cow Box Redux and on, is also leading to me to other post-Cow endeavors like this one from Lindsay Cooper featuring Robert Wyatt on vocals... Still absorbing the new OOIOO and the new Sean O'Hagan... well, I am still absorbing everything, I guess... music continually re-invigorates itself in my mind...

Playlist 2020-02-03:

*Art Ensemble: 1967/68 (disc 1) "Quartet No. 1"
*John Coltrane: Live in Japan (disc 2)
*Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons
*Miles Davis: The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 (LP 5)
*Dave Douglas: Freak In
*Duke Ellington/John Coltrane: Duke Ellington & John Coltrane (side 2)
*Fire! Orchestra: Arrival
*Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony Malaby: Zoning
*Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters
*Layers of Memory: 2019-12-07 RVA (wav)
*John McLaughlin: My Goal's Beyond (side 1)
*Roscoe Mitchell Discussions Orchestra: Discussions "Who Dat"
*Roscoe Mitchell Orchestra: Littlefield Concert Hall, Mills College, March 19-20, 2018
*Myra Melford: Snowy Egret
*New Ting: 2020-01-21 Crystal Palace, RVA (wav)
*Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Low Profile
*Sun Ra And His Astro-Ihnfinity Arkestra: Sun Embassy (side 1)
*Lester Young: The Aladdin Sessions (sides 1, 4)
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 42)
*Art Bears: Winter Songs
*Lindsay Cooper: Rags
*Fred Frith: Guitar Solos
*Gentle Giant: Acquiring the Taste
*Gentle Giant: Interview
*Henry Cow: 1977-11-18 Brussels (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*Henry Cow: Western Culture (Cow Box Redux)
*News From Babel: Sirens & Silences/Work Resumed On The Tower
*News From Babel: Letters Home
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Sheriff Jack: Let's Be Nonchalant
*OOIOO: Nijimusi
*Skeleton Crew: Learn to Talk
*UYA: 1992-03-03: Also a Client (wav)
*Various artists: Eeny-Meeny and Loc-a-li: Exotic Blues & Rhythm vol. 11 & 12