Thursday, July 9, 2020

Self-Reflective Revision

Finnegans Wake. James Joyce (Oxford World's Classics) 4th Printing ...

A nice account of one aspect of Finnegans Wake:
In a process of revision that is itself self-reflective, Joyce moulds language for purposes we cannot grasp, leaving us to guess at how to bring these strange words towards meaning, at how they might 'same with' other words. This game with language seems purely experimental, toying with fixed rules of language, but it also reflects on the common processes of language change and variation--such as the way phrasal verbs, expressions, and grammatical structure emerge (and fade) continually. It compresses and makes these processes explicit, while taking them to an extreme, continually stressing the materiality of language and suggests that we can, if we wish, do what we like with it. Joyce refuses to lag behind those changes that occur to language in its everyday use, wishing instead to embody the spirit of the transformation of expression.  (Finn Fordham, Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake, Oxford 2007, p. 203-204)

Monday, July 6, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-07-05


My fascination with the Coin Coin series from Matana Roberts continues unabated... Continued and repeated listenings yield exponential pleasures... case in point: Sean O'Hagan's Radum Calls, Radum Calls... "America's Band" was always a stupid appellation for the Beach Boys, but damn, they sure sounded good on the 4th of July... Hot damn, Matthew Shipp on Whit Dickey's Morph... once again, I prove that writing about music is easy and fun!... 

Playlist 2020-07-06:

*AMM: The Nameless Uncarved Block
*Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
*Beach Boys: Smiley Smile (sides 1, 2)
*Beach Boys: Friends (sides 1, 2)
*Beach Boys: Spirit of America (sides 2, 3)
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10
*Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
*Cold Blood: Cold Blood
*Alice Coltrane: Universal Consciousness
*Death Grips: Year of the Snitch
*Deerhoof: Future Teenage Cave Artists
*Deerhoof: To Be Surrounded by Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh Is Enough
*Sugar Pie DeSanto: Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966
*Whit Dickey: Morph (discs 1, 2)
*Jack DeJohnette: In Movement
*Duke Ellington: The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (disc 11)
*Fela: Monkey Banana/Excuse O
*Fire!: The Hands
*Gang of Four: Entertainment
*George: Outside
*Gorillaz: Plastic Beach
*Zach Hill: Face Tat
*Ingrid Laubrock + Kris Davis: Blood Moon
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (selections)
*Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed: Artifacts
*Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Before There Was Sound
*Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravská Banda: Distant Radio Transmission (sides 1, 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell: Splatter
*Thurston Moore: Spirit Counsel (disc 1)
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Mike Patton: Pranzo Oltranzista
*Perch Hen Brock & Rain: Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere
*Flora Purim: Everyday, Everynight
*Flora Purim: That's What She Said
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
*Santana: Lotus (disc 2)
*Simulacrum: Beyond Good and Evil
*Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: Other Planes of There
*Lewis Taylor: Lewis II
*McCoy Tyner: Mosaic Select (disc 2)
*Various artists: Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol. 5
*Brian Wilson: SMiLE
*XTC: Coat of Many Cupboards (disc 3)

Reading List, Week of 2020-07-05

The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson

Reading List 2020-07-06:

*Erikson, Steve. The Bonehunters (reread/started)
*Erikson, Steve. Midnight Tides (reread/finished)
*Fordham, Finn. Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-06-28


As the weather gets warmer, I often get drawn to fusion and funk... looking at this week's list, though, I don't see a lot of either... is that just an aspirational construct?... Lots of new Deerhoof coming out; more on that later... Longtime readers of this blog may notice a subtle difference in the playlist this week... I used to segregate the list broadly alphabetically into jazz and rock... those distinctions are often meaningless... my collection is organized strictly by artist, regardless of genre, so why not this playlist as well?... so, from now on, straight listing by artist...

Playlist 2020-06-29:

*AMM: Generative Themes
*Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: Chi-Congo
*Daniel Barbiero/Gary Rouzer: Postcards from Quarantine
*Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (mono 50th anniversary) (sides 1, 2)
*Beach Boys: Spirit of America (sides 1, 4)
*Beatles: The Beatles' Second Album (side 1)
*Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor (Emerson String Quartet)
*Anthony Braxton: 23 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (disc 1)
*Peter Brötzmann/Heather Leigh: Sparrow Nights
*Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
*Billy Cobham: Spectrum
*Phil Collins: Face Value
*Kris Davis: Capricorn Climber
*Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (sides 3, 4)
*Deerhoof: Surprise Symphonies
*Deerhoof: Future Teenage Cave Artists
*Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (sides 1, 2)
*Earth Wind & Fire: I Am (side 1)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: New CDR Compilation (disc 1)
*Fire! Orchestra: 2018-03-03 Geneva (CDR)
*Funkadelic: Music for Your Mother: Funkadelic 45s  (disc 2)
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 34 (1974-06-24 Miami) (discs 3, 4)
*Milford Graves: Bäbi (disc 1)
*George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (sides 1, 2)
*Heldon: Agneta Nilsson
*Henry Cow: 1974-5 (Cow Box Redux)
*François Houle/Alexander Hawkins/Harris Eisenstadt: You Have Options
*Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note: The Complete Recordings (disc 1)
*Janis Joplin: Janis (disc 3)
*King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy: Episode 10
*Steve Lehman Octet: Travail, Transformation, and Flow
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (discs 14, 15)
*Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello: The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration (boot CDR)
*Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Before There Was Sound
*Hank Mobley: Soul Station
*Muffins: 1979-02-25 Bethesda MD (CDR) (selections)
*Evan Parker/Keith Rowe/Barry Guy/Eddie Prévost: Supersession
*Pere Ubu: Datapanik in the Year Zero (disc 1)
*Flora Purim: Nothing Will Be as It Was… Tomorrow
*Queens of the Stone Age: ...Like Clockwork
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (sides 1, 2)
*Keith Rowe: The Room
*Devadip Carlos Santana & Turiya Alice Coltrane: Illuminations
*Wadada Leo Smith/Peter Kowald/Bobby Naughton: 1981-10-07 Richmond VA (CDR) (track 2)
*Sun Ra: 1968-03 Electric Circus, NYC (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*Sun Ra: Cosmo Earth Fantasy: Sub Underground Series Vol. 1 & 2 (Art Yard) “Cosmo-Earth Fantasy”
*Cecil Taylor Unit: It Is in the Brewing Luminous "Part 1"
*Thing with Jim O'Rourke: Shinjuku Growl

Reading List, Week of 2020-06-28

Midnight Tides The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson - Hardcover - April 17, 2007 - from Universe Of Books (SKU: 200605-1)

Reading List 2020-06-29:

*Erikson, Steve. Midnight Tides (reread/in progress)
*Fordham, Finn. Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, June 22, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-06-21


Postcards from Quarantine is a set of wonderful abstractions from Daniel Barbiero and Gary Rouzer... giving a sense of weight and heft to tonal shifts and shadows... What these lists don't cover is the ongoing soundtrack that plays out in my mind when I'm not listening to music... sometimes there are overlaps... or I will wake up with music in my head that I haven't heard in months, or years... when I get that calling, I tend to obey... it's often Miles... 

Playlist 2020-06-22:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Third Decade (side 2)
*Daniel Barbiero/Gary Rouzer: Postcards from Quarantine
*Binker and Moses: Alive in the East?
*Boris Bobby Jr.: 2012-04-22 RVA (wav)
*Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales
*Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Channels
*Tadd Dameron: Fontainebleau
*Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet 1965 to 1968 (disc 6)
*Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions "Calypso Frelimo"
*Bill Evans: The Complete Riverside Recordings (disc 7)
*Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: No Now Is So
*Billie Holiday: 55 Original Hits By Billie Holiday (side 1)
*Freddie Hubbard: Ready for Freddie
*Keith Jarrett: Nude Ants (disc 1)
*Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables: Volume 1 (disc 1)
*Charles Mingus: Mingus Dynasty (sides 1, 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell's Cards For Orchestra Project: 2009-08-30 Sant'Anna Arresi, Italy (CDR)
*New Loft: 2012-04-16 "Content Intent" (wav)
*Andrea Parkins: Faulty (Broken Orbit)
*Flora Purim: Stories to Tell
*David Sancious: Forest of Feelings (side 2)
*Manfred Schoof: European Echoes
*Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan: The Exotic Sitar and Sarod (side 2)
*Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble: The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael
*Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke
*Sun Ra: Monorails & Satellites, Vol. 1
*At the Drive In: in•ter a•li•a
*Beatles: Yellow Submarine (side 1)
*Beatles: Hey Jude (side 1)
*Elvis Costello: This Year's Model (sides 1, 2)
*Crosby, Stills, & Nash: Crosby, Stills, & Nash
*Death Grips: Exmilitary
*Brian Eno: Before and After Science (side 1)
*Fela and Afrika 70: Zombie (side 1)
*Fela: Fela Ransome Kuti Vol. 1 & 2 (side 1)
*Fela: Open & Close/Afrodisiac
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 34 (1974-06-24 Miami) (discs 1, 2)
*Janis Joplin: Janis (disc 2)
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (discs 1, 11, 12, 13)
*OOIOO: Nijimusi
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1946: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*Various artists: The Sound of Bossa Nova (disc 2)
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 3

Reading List, Week of 2020-06-21

Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson

Reading List 2020-06-22:

*Erikson, Steve. Midnight Tides (reread/in progress)
*Fordham, Finn. Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)