Monday, May 14, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-05-13



Sun Ra's Pleiades: a rediscovered classic... his only (?) recording with chamber orchestra... Irwin Chusid and company have done a remarkable job of cleaning up this recording... I have the old Leo 2-CD version, and it's almost unlistenable (this from someone who has a high tolerance for bootleg sound!) -- Chusid has rebalanced the instruments so it doesn't sound like the tabla is right inside your eardrum, the strings now have vibrancy and presence, and the sax solos are more prominent... it's an entirely new listening experience! ...More new Anthony Braxton releases available and streaming at Bandcamp... I love the piece for 100 tubas!...

Playlist 2018-05-14:

*AMM: At the Roundhouse
*Paul Bley: Barrage
*Arthur Blythe/In the Tradition: 1982-02-18 Village Vanguard, NYC (CDR) (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Composition No. 19 (For 100 Tubas) (streaming)
*Fire! Orchestra: Exit!
*Fire! Orchestra: Ritual
*Alexander Hawkins: Unit[e]
*Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell: Matter Anti-Matter (disc 2)
*David Murray: Shakill's Warrior
*Musica Elettronica Viva/AMM: Live Electronic Music Improvised
*Rova :: Orkestrova: An Alligator in Your Wallet
*Muggsy Spanier: Great Original Performances 1931 and 1939
*Sun Ra: Of Abstract Dreams
*Sun Ra & His Arkestra with Chamber Orchestra: Pleiades: A Jazz Symphonique (streaming)
*Cecil Taylor: 1982-07-24 Pisa (wav)
*Cecil Taylor Unit and Diane McIntyre Sound in Motion Dance Co.:  1983-03-19 Camden, England (wav)
*Cecil Taylor Ensemble: Always a Pleasure
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-06-08 London (CDR)
*Zu/Mats Gustafsson: How to Raise an Ox
*King Crimson: Live In Vienna (disc 2)
*Lester Lanin: Best of the Big Bands
*Lifeguards: Waving at the Astronauts
*Object Collection: It's All True (streaming)
*Psycho and the Birds: We've Moved
*Sonic Youth: The Eternal
*Sonic Youth: The Destroyed Room
*UYA (Trio): 1991-07-06 Hold the Bunny Down (wav)
*Various artists: Movie Musicals 1927 to 1936
*Various artists: Music for Merce (1952-2009) (disc 1)
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 8)
*Various artists: Variations #1: Transition (Jon Leidecker) (CDR)
*Various ‎artists: Tropicália (A Brazilian Revolution in Sound)
*Yes: Close to the Edge

Reading List, Week of 2018-05-13

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Reading List 2018-05-14:

*Shakespeare, William. King Henry VI, Part 1 (Arden 2nd series, ed. Andrew S. Cairncross (reread/started)
*Almond, Steve. The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories (started/finished)
*Middleton, Thomas, and William Rowley. The Changeling (started/finished)
*Milton, John. Paradise Lost (reread/finished)
*Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost (in progress)
*Thomson, David. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (4th ed.) (in progress)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-05-06




Have enjoyed going back to some live Sylvie Courvoisier recordings I have, after getting into her newer Intakt recordings with Ikue Mori... The ripples of Big Ears continue to reverberate... as does the world that Cecil Taylor opened up for us... So much great music out there...

Playlist 2018-05-07:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: Levels and Degrees of Light
*Muhal Richard Abrams & Roscoe Mitchell: Spectrum
*Lotte Anker/Sylvie Courvoisier/Ikue Mori: Alien Huddle
*Peter Brötzmann Trio: Mayday
*Alex Cline: For People in Sorrow
*Rodger Coleman: Gone Again
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: The Mathematics of War (wav)
*Sylvie Courvoisier: 2009-01-04 NYC (CDR)
*Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman: 2010-07-03 Whitney Museum of Modern Art, NYC (CDR)
*Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet: 2010-11-12 Nevers Jazz Festival, France (CDR)
*Fire! Orchestra: Ritual
*Mats Gustafsson/Jim O'Rourke: Xylophonen Virtuosen
*Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra: Hocus Pocus
*Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2018-04-02 "Hold It Against Me" (wav)
*Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Toward the Margins
*Richard Pinhas/Tatsuya Yoshida/Ryoko Ono: Live At Tusk Festival (side 1)
*Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Cymbals​/​Symbols Sessions (New York, 1973) (streaming)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2011-05-06 Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT (CDR) (selections)
*Craig Taborn: Avenging Angel
*Cecil Taylor/The Ensemble: The Light of Corona
*Cecil Taylor/Tony Oxley: 2007-10-11 Modena, Italy (CDR)
*Nora Byrd & John Williams: 2018-01-13 "The Craic," Chicago (CDR)
*Nora Byrd & John Williams: 2018-02-03 "The Craic," Chicago (CDR)
*Grateful Dead: 1969-12-26 Dallas (CDR) (electric set)
*Latin Playboys: Latin Playboys
*Tito Puente: The Essential Tito Puente (disc 1)
*Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped
*UYA: 1991-06-09 Time Bites (wav)
*UYA: 1991-06-23 Tension Rods (wav)
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 7)
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: Sitting in the Park

Reading List, Week of 2018-05-06

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Finally finished it! Been picking away at The Anatomy of Bibliomania for over a year now...

Reading List 2018-05-07:

*Le Carré, John. The Tailor of Panama (finished)
*Thomson, David. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (4th ed.) (started)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (finished)
*Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost (in progress)
*Milton, John. Paradise Lost (reread/in progress)

Monday, April 30, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-04-29



Lots more new Sun Ra making the scene... always a pleasure... I'm really digging the newly released music from the Cymbals sessions in 1973.... Note that two tracks here also appeared (under different names) on Sign of the Myth... and "The Universe Is Calling" originally appeared as "Jazz and Romantic Sounds" on Out There a Minute... still, it's wonderful to have the entire session all in one place, and in much improved sound... Also thoroughly entranced by Mats Gustafsson's Fire! Orchestra... skronk big-band with great grooves and mesmerizing vocals... Dug up an old cassette I recorded of Arthur Blythe with John Hicks, Steve McCall, and Fred Hopkins at the Village Vanguard... I saw Blythe several times in the '80s, but this was the only time I saw his In the Tradition quartet... really amazing, blistering alto sax... and great to hear McCall in this free-bop/swing context... he is just burning!...

Playlist 2018-04-30:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: One Line, Two Views
*Tony Allen: The Source
*Arthur Blythe/In the Tradition: 1982-02-18 Village Vanguard, NYC (CDR) (disc 1)
*Peter Brötzmann Trio: Mayday
*Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman/Ikue Mori/Evan Parker: Miller's Tale
*Fire! Orchestra: Exit!
*Fire! Orchestra: Enter
*Fire! Orchestra: Ritual
*Stan Getz and Joano Gilberto: Getz/Gilberto
*Annette Hanshaw: The Twenties Sweetheart
*Graham Haynes: Transition
*Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell: Matter Anti-Matter (disc 1)
*Steve Miller/Lol Coxhill: "The Story So Far​.​.​." ".​.​.​Oh Really?" (disc 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell: Songs in the Wind
*Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (disc 2)
*Ray Noble & His Orchestra featuring Al Bowlly: The Very Thought of You
*Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra: Sign of the Myth
*Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Cymbals​/​Symbols Sessions (New York, 1973) (streaming)
*Sun Ra: 1980-02-05 Squat Theatre, NYC (CDR)
*Craig Taborn: Daylight Ghosts
*Cecil Taylor Quartet: 1969-11-02 London (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Big Band: 1995-07-03 NYC (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*Cecil Taylor/Tony Oxley: 2007-06-08 London (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor/Tony Oxley: 2007-10-11 Modena, Italy (CDR)
*Fred Astaire: Starring Fred Astaire (disc 1)
*John Barry: Goldfinger (Original Motion Picture Score)
*Flight of the Conchords: Flight of the Conchords
*Grateful Dead: 1969-02-22 Vallejo CA (CDR) (disc 2)
*George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (disc 2)
*King Crimson: Live In Vienna (disc 1)
*Dean Martin: The Essential Dean Martin
*Lee Perry: I Am the Upsetter (disc 4)
*Todd Rundgren: Runt + The Alternate Runt (disc 2)
*Sonic Youth: NYC Ghosts & Flowers
*Sonic Youth: Murray Street
*Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse
*Sonic Youth with Mats Gustafsson and Merzbow: Andre Sider Af Sonic Youth
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (discs 5, 6)
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace
*Yes: 1975-07-23 Providence RI (CDR) (disc 2)

Reading List, Week of 2018-04-29

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Reading List 2018-04-30:

*Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost (started)
*Le Carré, John. The Tailor of Panama (started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 115-130) (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Milton, John. Paradise Lost (reread/in progress)

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-04-22



So, inspired by the music of Matt Mitchell and Kate Gentile, I've been going back to the Tim Berne's Snakeoil albums... these are really excellent, and are easily my favorite Berne recordings... and in a nice stroke of serendipity, I just stumbled on this, even though it came out last month: the always insightful Hank Shteamer wrote this blog post about Snakeoil which is definitely worth checking out... Always a pleasure to go back to the old original Art Ensemble sessions... And how wonderful it was that Cecil Taylor and Anthony Braxton played together, back in 2007... already over ten years ago, holy crap... too bad they didn't make it to the studio, but the live performances are choice...

Playlist 2018-04-23:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: Song for All
*Art Ensemble: 1967/68 (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Tim Berne: Snakeoil
*Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: Shadow Man
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: Incidentals
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium R: Composition 162 - An Opera in Four Acts/Shala Fears for the Poor (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton: Sextet (Parker) 1993 (disc 8) (streaming)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2017-12-27 Nashville (selections)
*Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Genesis
*Miles Davis: Seven Steps: The Complete Columbia Recordings Of Miles Davis 1963-1964 (discs 1, 2)
*Eric Dolphy: Berlin Concerts
*E.S.T.: Leucocyte
*Kate Gentile: Mannequins
*Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far from Over
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*Mahavishnu Orchestra: 1973-02-24 Rindge, NH (CDR)
*Matt Mitchell: A Pouting Grimace
*Roscoe Mitchell Trio: No Side Effects (disc 1)
*Roscoe Mitchell: Bells for the South Side (disc 1)
*Roscoe Mitchell Discussions Orchestra: Discussions
*Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief
*Return to Forever: Where Have I Known You Before
*Tyshawn Sorey: The Inner Spectrum of Variables (disc 2)
*Sun Ra: Of Abstract Dreams (streaming)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: One Too Many Salty Swift and Not Goodbye
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-06-08 London (CDR)
*Amon Düül II: The UA Years 1969-1974
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2018-04-07 (wav)
*5uu's: Hunger's Teeth
*Funkadelic: Reworked by Detroiters (disc 1)
*Grails: Doomsdayer's Holiday
*Henry Kaiser: Everything Forever
*Mars Volta: Frances the Mute
*Steve Miller/Lol Coxhill: "The Story So Far​.​.​." ".​.​.​Oh Really?" (disc 1)
*Neu!: Neu!
*OOIOO: Shock City Shockers, Vol. 2: OOIOO Remix
*Sonic Youth: Dirty
*Sonic Youth: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star
*Sonic Youth: Washing Machine
*Sonic Youth: A Thousand Leaves
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 4)
*Various artists: The Telugu Connection (CDR)
*Junior Wells' Chicago Blues Band: Hoodoo Man Blues
*Wire: Chairs Missing
*X-Legged Sally: Compilation CD [1986-1997]
*Neil Young: Tonight’s the Night