Monday, February 27, 2017

New Release: Imaginary Vinyl



I am pleased to announce the digital-only release of our new album Imaginary Vinyl over on Bandcamp. Put the imaginary needle on the imaginary record....

Playlist, Week of 2017-02-26



Playlist 2017-02-27:

*Beethoven: The Early String Quartets (Juilliard String Quartet) No. 5, 6
*Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (Berlin Philharmonic)
*Luciano Berio: A Portrait, Part I (CDR) (disc 1)
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me
*Anthony Braxton: 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (discs 5, 6, 7, 8)
*Nels Cline/Larry Ochs/Gerald Cleaver Trio: 2016-12-08 Philadelphia (CDR)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: Imaginary Vinyl
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 16 (disc 1)
*Duke Ellington: The Reprise Studio Recordings (disc 5)
*Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Conny Plank Session
*Jimmy Ghaphery/Erik Schroeder: 2017-01-28 LoveJail, Richmond VA (mp3)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-02-20 "Ash Pass Surprise" (wav)
*RAIC: 2017-01-28 LoveJail, Richmond VA (mp3)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2016-07-01 NYC (CDR) (disc 2)
*Wadada Leo Smith: Kabell Years 1971-1979 (disc 2)
*David Torn Prezens: 2008-01-10 Cologne (CDR) (disc 2)
*Various artists: That Devilin' Tune (Vol. I,  disc 5)
*Various artists: Hot Violins
*Tony Williams Lifetime: 1970-11-06 Newcastle, England (CDR)
*Hannibal Montana: Martial Arts in the Time of Firearms
*Henry Cow: 1972 or 1973 Explorer's Club, London (wav)
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (discs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Stop!
*UYA: 1990-08-21 Texture Finger (wav)
*UYA: 1990-08-29 Finger (wav)
*UYA: 1990-09-13 Police Ticket (wav)
*UYA: 1990-09-16 UYA and Friends (wav)
*Various artists: Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (disc 2)
*Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans (2016 remaster) (side 3)

Reading List, Week of 2017-02-26



Excellent dark comic fiction, grim and strange.

Reading List 2017-02-27:

*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 2: 1923-1924 (started)
*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. The Push Man and Other Stories (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 (reread/in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-02-19



Have they ever. Persevere...

Playlist 2017-02-20:

*BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: 2016-11-19 Glasgow (Braxton: Comp. 27, 63; Fei; Bynum) (CDR)
*Tim Berne: Fractured Fairy Tales
*Anthony Braxton: 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (discs 2, 3, 4)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 4)
*Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the Plustet
*Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Such Sweet Thunder
*Duke Ellington: The Reprise Studio Recordings (discs 2, 3, 4)
*Globe Unity Orchestra: 2016-11-04 Berlin (CDR)
*Mary Halvorson Octet: Away with You
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2017-01-04 NYC (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*New York Hot Trumpet Repertory Company: 1983-12-17 DC Space, Washington DC (CDR)
*Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra: 1998-09-10 Cologne, Germany (CDR)
*Tony Oxley Sextet: 1998-09-10 Cologne, Germany (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor: 1978-07-22 Antibes, France (wav)
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To, Volume 1
*Various artists: 3 Nights at Cafe Oto (disc 3)
*Tony Williams Lifetime: 1969-12-19 Village Gate, NYC (CDR)
*Tony Williams Lifetime: 1970-07-28/29 Ungano's, NYC (CDR)
*David Bowie: Live Santa Monica '72
*Impressions: Times Have Changed
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Organ Transplants Vol. 1
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Organ Transplants Vol. 2
*UYA: 1990-07-22/25 How Many Chords? (wav)
*UYA: 1990-08-01 No Carpet (wav)
*UYA: 1990-08-15 Banana Burn (wav)

Reading List, Week of 2017-02-19



Reading List 2017-02-20:

*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Something Said: Essays (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 (reread/in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Artistic Necessities of Gilbert Sorrentino




Gilbert Sorrentino on his writing concerns:
The writers who influenced me [among them Joyce and Flann O'Brien] did so because of the deeper influence of genetic coding. They agreed with my own artistic necessities, which are: an obsessive concern with formal structure, a dislike of the replication of experience, a love of digression and embroidery, a great pleasure in false or ambiguous information, a desire to invent problems that only the invention of new forms can solve, and a joy in making mountains out of molehills. (from "Genetic Coding," in Something Said: Essays, p. 265)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-02-12



Damn, but Andrew Hill is brilliant. Doesn't hurt that he's got John Gilmore on two albums here, playing at his absolute best outside the Arkestra. There's also Point of Departure. Damn.

Playlist 2017-02-13:

*Shostakovich: The String Quartets (Emerson String Quartet) (disc 3)
*Tim Berne: Science Friction
*Anthony Braxton: 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 3)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2015-05-15 Centennial Park Black Box Theater, Nashville (mp3)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-28 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Kris Davis: Duopoly
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 15 (disc 2)
*Duke Ellington: The Reprise Studio Recordings (disc 1)
*Andrew Hill: The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions (1963-66) (disc 4)
*RAIC: 2017-02-01  "Balance of the Three" Richmond VA (mp3)
*RAIC: 2017-02-03 "Balance of the Three" WRIR Party, Renaissance Ballroom, RVA (mp3)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2016-07-01 NYC (CDR)
*Manfred Schoof Sextett: Manfred Schoof Sextett
*Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suite (disc 2)
*Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: Planets of Life or Death, Amiens '73
*Various artists: 3 Nights at Cafe Oto (disc 1)
*Nate Wooley: Battle Pieces
*Serenus Zeitblom Oktett with Ingrid Laubrock: 2016-09-06 Sardinia, Italy (CDR)
*David Crosby: If I Could Only Remember My Name
*Deerhoof: The Magic
*Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody
*Grateful Dead: Anthem of the Sun
*Grateful Dead: American Beauty
*Hatfield and the North with Robert Wyatt: 1973-01-02 Paris (CDR)
*Listening Woman: Getting Mystic
*Microdisney: The Clock Comes Down the Stairs
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Oh My Bag!
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Ventilating Deer
*Various artists: Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (disc 1)
*Various artists: WSAM: Hour of Power (CDR compilation)
*Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (selections)
*Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans (2016 stereo instrumental mixes) (sides 1-4)