Monday, January 17, 2022

Playlist, Week of 2021-01-16


Catching up on Christmas goodies.... the XTC Steven Wilson remix of Drums and Wires is wonderful: full-bodied and punchy... the Ape vinyl version sounds damn good too... Lots of excellent Sun Ra vinyl out there... since I am not lucky enough to own a single Saturn, this is a way to vicariously pretend... Two standout albums of the last few years: We Are on the Edge and Radum Calls, Radum Calls... Devil Kids has Deerhoof kicking ass and taking no prisoners, with a quick overview of at least one song from most of each of their albums... Greg Saunier sounds as good as he ever has... 

*Susan Alcorn/Leila Bordreuil/Ingrid Laubrock: Bird Meets Wire
*Art Bears: Hopes and Fears
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: We Are on the Edge: A 50th Anniversary Celebration (discs 1, 2)
*Billy Bang: A Tribute to Stuff Smith
*Beatles: With the Beatles (2009 stereo remaster) (side 1)
*Borderlands Trio: Wandersphere (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Nine Compositions (Hill) 2000
*Anthony Braxton Large Ensemble: 2008-12-03 Wesleyan (CDR) "Comp. 173 & 102"
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet (New Haven) 2014 (disc 4)
*Chicago: Chicago at Carnegie Hall Complete (selections CDR) (disc 5)
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Who Doesn't Fade? "What Remains"
*John Coltrane: A Love Supreme: Live in Seattle
*Decoy & Joe McPhee: Oto "Opening Night"
*Deerhoof: Devil Kids
*Duke Ellington: 1899-1974 (sides 1, 4)
*Duke Ellington: The Greatest Jazz Concert in the World (discs 2, 3)
*Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks 4 (1970-02-13 Fillmore East) "Dark Star"
*Grateful Dead: Listen to the River: St. Louis '71 '72 '73 (disc 20) "Dark Star"
*Jimi Hendrix: Hendrix Live In Hawaii - 1970 (sides 1, 2)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy (CDR compilation) (disc 12)
*Hank Mobley: The Complete Blue Note Hank Mobley Fifties Sessions (disc 2)
*Hank Mobley: Soul Station
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Pere Ubu: Datapanik in the Year Zero (disc 4)
*RAIC: Lamentations
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: The Magic City (remastered and expanded stereo version) (side 1)
*Sun Ra: Astro Black (side 1)
*Sun Ra: Pathways to Unknown Worlds (side 2)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Omniverse (side 2)
*Sun Ra and His Cosmo Love Adventure Arkestra: Pine Street Theatre, October 28th 1988 (side 1)
*Craig Taborn: Light Made Lighter
*Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra: Live at Le Mans (disc 2)
*Umlaut Big Band: Mary's Ideas (disc 1)
*Anna Webber: Clockwise
*Dan Weiss: Starebaby
*New Tony Williams Lifetime: Believe It
*Tony Williams: The Joy of Flying
*Brian Wilson: At My Piano
*Amy Winehouse: Back to Black (sides 1, 2)
*XTC: Drums and Wires (Surround Sound Series) (disc 2) (selections)


 

Reading List, Week of 2022-01-16

 



Reading List 2022-01-17:

*Hanks, Fletcher. I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! (reread/started)
*Booth, Stephen. Shakespeare's Sonnets (ed. with analytic commentary by Booth) (in progress)
*McCartney, Paul. The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present (in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. Sonnets (1609 Quarto) (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. Sonnets (ed. Helen Vendler) (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Arden 3rd series, ed. William C. Carroll) (reread/in progress)

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

The Symbiosis of Sun Ra and John Gilmore

The Ellington song "Stompy Jones" showed up randomly on the Magic Jukebox 2 last night-- a live version from the first night of Sun Ra's Detroit residency in 1980. It's got a typically brilliant sax solo from John Gilmore, but it's also got so much more than that. It's a wonderful demonstration of the symbiotic relationship between Gilmore and Ra. Gilmore, of course, is swinging yet solid: the solid rock of hard-rocking swing. As hard as it is to tear your ears away from Gilmore's solo, try to pay attention to what Ra's doing (on organ)-- he's comping, feeding Gilmore chords and ideas, responding to figures from Gilmore, engaging in a robust dialogue all throughout the solo. It's a conversation, and a heated one at that--a symbiotic coupling of sounds. When Gilmore stops, Ra continues with a brief but outstanding solo, and it's clear he's been inspired by Gilmore's playing. Beauty ensues!

Monday, January 10, 2022

Playlist, Week of 2022-01-09


Dave Brubeck sounds downright AACM-y on All the Things We Are.... it helps that Anthony Braxton is on two tracks... I want to explore Andrew Hill more…  especially the later stuff… Nice to hear Ingrid Laubrock in an avant-rock context on Andrew Drury's Content Provider… Finally watched Get Back.... so much, and so little, to say... amazing how much they perked up when Billy Preston joined them... it's a joy to see... and damn if Paul doesn't knock it out of the park on every damn take of "I've Got a Feeling"... 

Playlist 2022-01-10:

*Susan Alcorn/Leila Bordreuil/Ingrid Laubrock: Bird Meets Wire
*Beatles: Let It Be (sides 1, 2)
*Beatles: Let It Be… Naked (disc 1)
*Beatles: Anthology 3 (disc 2)
*Borderlands Trio: Wandersphere (disc 1)
*David Bowie: Young Americans
*David Bowie: Re:Call 3
*Anthony Braxton: 4 Compositions (Ulrichsberg) 2005 Phonomanie VIII (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet (New Haven) 2014 (disc 4)
*Dave Brubeck: All the Things We Are
*Chicago: Chicago at Carnegie Hall Complete (selections CDR) (disc 4)
*Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True (sides 1, 2)
*Deerhoof: Halfbird
*Deerhoof: Actually, You Can
*Deerhoof: Devil Kids
*Andrew Drury: Content Provider
*Duke Ellington: The Bethlehem Years, Vol. 1 (sides 1, 2)
*Duke Ellington: Ellington Uptown
*Duke Ellington: Hot Summer Dance
*Andrew Hill: Dance with Death
*Billie Holiday: The Complete Original American Decca Recordings (disc 2)
*Dave Holland: Prism
*Irreversible Entanglements: Open the Gates
*King Crimson: Starless (disc 15)
*Layers of Memory: Hence Thrice
*Lovely Little Girls: Glamorous Piles & Puffy Saddlebags
*Lovely Little Girls: Cleaning the Filth from a Delicate Frame
*Lovely Little Girls: Glistening Vivid Splash
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (disc 2)
*Hank Mobley: The Complete Blue Note Hank Mobley Fifties Sessions (disc 1)
*Pere Ubu: Terminal Tower (sides 1, 2)
*Matthew Shipp/Nate Wooley: What If?
*Wadada Leo Smith's Golden Quartet: Golden Quartet
*Wadada Leo Smith: Ten Freedom Summers (disc 4)
*Sparks: Angst in My Pants
*Sun Ra: Pathways to Unknown Worlds (side 1)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Omniverse (side 1)
*Craig Taborn: Light Made Lighter
*Cecil Taylor: The Willisau Concert
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp
*Keith Tippett Tapestry Orchestra: Live at Le Mans (disc 1)
*Robert Turman: Chapter Eleven (disc 1)
*June Tyson/Sun Ra: Saturnian Queen of the Sun Ra Arkestra (sides 1, 2)
*Anna Webber: Clockwise
*New Tony Williams Lifetime: Million Dollar Legs
*Brian Wilson: At My Piano
*XTC: Drums and Wires (Surround Sound Series) (disc 1)
*XTC: English Settlement (sides 1, 2, 3, 4)
*John Zorn/Simulacrum: The Garden of Earthly Delights 

 

Reading List, Week of 2022-01-09


 Reading List 2022-01-10:

*McCartney, Paul. The Lyrics: 1956 to the Present (started)
*Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Arden 3rd series, ed. William C. Carroll) (reread/started)
*Erikson, Steven. The God Is Not Willing (finished)
*Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Arden 2nd series, ed. Clifford Leech) (reread/finished)
*Booth, Stephen. Shakespeare's Sonnets (ed. with analytic commentary by Booth) (in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. Sonnets (1609 Quarto) (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. Sonnets (ed. Helen Vendler) (reread/in progress)

Monday, January 3, 2022

Playlist, Week of 2022-01-02

Happy New Year! Hope to get back to more commentary and reviews this year... we'll see... sometimes I don't feel so verbose, but the listening continues...

Playlist 2021-12-27 and 2022-01-03:

*Autechre: Chiastic Slide (sides 1, 2)
*Beatles: Beatles for Sale (2009 mono remaster)
*Beatles: Rubber Soul (2009 mono remaster)
*Cluster: Cluster
*Deerhoof: Actually, You Can
*Irreversible Entanglements: Open the Gates (sides 1, 2, 3, 4)
*Kluster: Klopfzeichen
*Matching Mole: Matching Mole
*Opeth: Waterfall
*RAIC: Gestalt
*Sparks: Live at the Record Plant
*Sparks: Lil Beethoven
*Sparks: Hello Young Lovers
*Sparks: Exotic Creatures of the Deep
*Rod Stewart: Merry Christmas, Baby
*Sun Ra: Sleeping Beauty
*Lewis Taylor: Stoned- Part II
*Various artists: Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection Vol. 1 (disc 1)
*XTC: Drums and Wires (sides 1, 2) 

Reading List, Week of 2022-01-02

Reading List 2021-12-27 and 2022-01-03:

*Erikson, Steven. The God Is Not Willing (started)
*Atkinson, Kate. Behind the Scenes at the Museum (finished)
*Booth, Stephen. Shakespeare's Sonnets (ed. with analytic commentary by Booth) (in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. Sonnets (1609 Quarto) (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. Sonnets (ed. Helen Vendler) (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. The Two Gentlemen of Verona (Arden 2nd series, ed. Clifford Leech) (reread/in progress)