Monday, January 15, 2018

Reading List, Week of 2018-01-14

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Reading List, Week of 2018-01-15:

*Collins, Wilkie. The Moonstone (started)
*Middleton, Thomas, and Thomas Dekker. The Roaring Girl, or, Moll Cutpurse (finished)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. The Moon in Its Flight: Stories (reread/finished)
*Gombrich, E. H. A Little History of the World (transl. Caroline Mustill) (in progress)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)

Playlist, Week of 2018-01-14

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Not much commentary this week... wanted to get back to Coltrane's Ascension, it'd been a while... listened to the first version this week, will get to the second next week... it still really holds up, and is just super... although it flags a little bit with the bass section... amazing that they didn't mention it at all in the latest documentary, but, really, why am I not surprised?... they would have had to cut out some Wynton Marsalis commentary to fit that in...

Playlist 2018-01-15:

*Mendelssohn/Bruch: Violin Concertos (Gil Shaham/Philharmonia Orchestra)
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1976-03-14 Philadelphia (CDR) (disc 3)
*Anthony Braxton: The Montreux/Berlin Concerts (side 1)
*Rodger Coleman: 2016-207 various solo pieces (.mp3)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2017-12-27 Nashville (wav)
*John Coltrane: The Major Works of John Coltrane (disc 1)
*Ingrid Laubrock: 2017-06-05 Moers (CDR)
*New Orleans Rhythm Kings: New Orleans Rhythm Kings and Jelly Roll Morton
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-02-27 "Several Round Things" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-11-27: "All That Remains" (wav)
*Tyshawn Sorey: The Inner Spectrum of Variables (disc 2)
*Tyshawn Sorey: Verisimilitude
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: 2008-10-23 Gorizia, Italy (CDR)
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: 2008-10-25 UmeƄ, Sweden (CDR)
*Various artists: Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music vol. 4: Fourth a-chronology 1937-2005 (disc 2)
*Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs
*Beach Boys: Pet Sounds
*Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (Super Deluxe Ed.) (disc 1)
*D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (Deluxe Ed.) (disc 1)
*Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings (disc 28)
*Prince: Letitgo (Maxi Single)
*Prince: Space (Maxi Single)
*Tito Puente: The Complete 78s: Vol. 3 (disc 1)
*Jimmy Reed: Mr. Lucky: The Complete Vee-Jay Singles (disc 1)
*Sonic Youth: Evol
*UYA: 1991-05-029 Slice Loading (wav)
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: The Trager & Note Labels
*Various artists: Nu Yorica! Culture Clash in New York City: Experiments in Latin Music 1970-77 (disc 1)
*Yes: 1975-02-16 Philadelphia (CDR) (disc 1)

Monday, January 8, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-01-07



In my Henry Threadgill listening thread, it's good to be getting into the Zooid years... Liberty Ellman's guitar tone is softer than previous guitarists Threadgill used, and suits the compositional structure better... and Zooid is all about composition, I think, with not so much clear "soloing" going on, especially from Threadgill, who almost seems to recede into the compositional fabric of the music even as he, and the rest of the band, are continually soloing... it may be more harmolodic than not... I realize I don't have a clear grasp on this music yet, or have a way to write about it... whatever it is, it's always very melodic, and the pulse is always steady and propulsive...

Playlist 2018-01-08:

*Daniel Barbiero/Sam Byrd/Jimmy Ghaphery: 2017-12-02 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*Anthony Braxton: GTM (Outpost) 2003 (disc 1)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2017-12-27 Nashville (wav)
*Duke Ellington: The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (disc 5)
*Billie Holiday: Lady Day: The Complete Billie Holiday on Columbia 1933–1944 (disc 5)
*Ingrid Laubrock with Liam Noble & Tom Rainey: Sleepthief
*Lounge Lizards: No Pain for Cakes
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-02-27 "Several Round Things" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-10-09 "Fight Back in the Kitchen" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-11-27: "All That Remains" (wav)
*Paradoxical Frog: Paradoxical Frog
*Tyshawn Sorey: The Inner Spectrum of Variables (disc 1)
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: 2007-05-17 NYC (CDR) (disc 2)
*Fall of Troy: Manipulator
*Tito Puente: The Complete 78s: Vol. 2
*Sonic Youth: Bad Moon Rising
*This Heat: This Heat
*Various artists: Space Age Cocktail Lounge (disc 2)
*Yes: 1972-12-15 London (CDR)

Reading List, Week of 2018-01-07

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Reading List, Week of 2018-01-08:

*Gombrich, E. H. A Little History of the World (transl. Caroline Mustill) (started)
*Middleton, Thomas, and Thomas Dekker. The Roaring Girl, or, Moll Cutpurse (started)
*King, Stephen. Joyland (started/finished)
*Esslemont, Ian C. Deadhouse Landing (started/finished)
*MacDonald, Ian. Revolution in the Head, 3rd ed. (reread/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. The Moon in Its Flight: Stories (reread/in progress)

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Let's Hear It for Ringo





















As for Starr, long travestied as an amiable mediocrity riding The Beatles coat-tails, he is nothing less than the father of modern pop/rock drumming -- the modest man who invented it. His faintly behind-the-beat style subtly propelled The Beatles, his tunings brought the bottom end into recorded drum-sound, and his distinctly eccentric fills remain among the most memorable in pop music. (Ian MacDonald, Revolution in the Head, 3rd ed., p. 383)

Saturday, January 6, 2018

New Track from RAIC: Balance of the Three



The RAIC recording session I participated in last October is now on Bandcamp for free download (for a limited time) and streaming. Balance of the Three will eventually be part of an album to be released this spring, but for now it's up as a single. Check it out!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Best of 2017



Wow, it's a great honor to be included in the Avant Music News list of best albums of 2017!  Check out Who Doesn't Fade? here. Happy also to see Daniel Barbiero and Cristiano Bocci's Non-Places on the list.