Wednesday, December 7, 2016

New Ting Ting Loft Gig at Bandito's This Weekend

Banditos Burrito Lounge - Host your Private Party

New Ting Ting Loft is playing this Sunday, at Bandito's Burrito Lounge, at 10 PM. We'll be opening for our RAIC friend Sam Goff's band Among the Rocks and Roots.

Sam has more kind words for us:

Sonic tricksters? Avant Garde afficionados? Whatever. They were here before you and will be here after you're gone. Best live band in Richmond. Best improv band in Richmond. The irony of an avant garde improv act playing a sports bar/burrito restaurant on a Sunday night is not lost on us by the way. Thanks to Bandito's for allowing us to put on such craziness! As excited about this as anything this year. 

Well, we'll be tearing it up and hopefully helping those late-night tacos get digested better! The Facebook event page is here.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Playlist, Week of 2016-12-04



Playlist 2016-12-05:

*Anthony Braxton/Taylor Ho Bynum: Duets (Wesleyan) 2002
*Anthony Braxton/Chris Dahlgren: ABCD
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Mannheim) 2010
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 13 (disc 1)
*Duke Ellington: The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse
*Mary Halvorson and Weasel Walter: Opulence
*Roscoe Mitchell: Sound Songs
*Joe Morris: Wildlife
*Music Improvisation Company: 1968-1971
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-11-14 "You Are Worth Waiting For" (wav)
*Bud Powell: Tempus Fugue-It (disc 2)
*Matthew Shipp: Equilibrium
*Sun Ra: 1979-11-24 Soundscape, NYC (CDR) (selections)
*Sun Ra: 1980-02-24 Willisau (Rehearsal) (CDR) (selections)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: Sunrise in Different Dimensions (selections)
*Sun Ra: Dance of Innocent Passion "Intensity"
*Sun Ra: Just Friends (side 2)
*Sun Ra: 1982-06-24 Mannheim, Germany (CDR)(selections)
*Sun Ra and His Outer Space Arkestra: Nuclear War
*Sun Ra All Stars: Milan, Zürich, West Berlin, Paris (disc 5)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: Live at Praxis '84 (selections)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: Mayan Temples (selections)
*John Zorn/David Krakauer: Pruflas: Book Of Angels Volume 18
*John Zorn/Simulacrum: 49 Acts of Unspeakable Depravity in the Abominable Life and Times of Gilles de Rais
*Kevin Ayers and the Whole World: The Garden of Love
*Brian Eno: Discreet Music
*Heldon: Agneta Nilsson (side 1)
*Heldon: Interface
*King Crimson: Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (disc 2)
*UYA: 1990-04-01/04-04 Page Being Turned (wav)
*UYA: 1990-04-08/04-11 Image Track (wav)
*UYA: 1990-04-17 Queen Train Steak (wav)
*UYA: 1990-04-24 Monkey Expectations (wav)
*Robert Wyatt: Old, New, Borrowed, Brew (boot CDR) (discs 1, 2)

Reading List, Week of 2016-12-04



Reading List 2016-12-05:

*Egil's Saga (transl. Bernard Scudder) (started)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (started)
*Hiaasen, Carl. Hoot (started/finished)
*Lee, Stan, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko. Monster Masterworks (started/finished)
*Munro, Lucy. "The Knight of the Burning Pestle and Generic Experimentation," in Early Modern English Drama (ed. Sullivan, Cheney, and Hadfield) (started/finished)
*Gass, William. A Temple of Texts (finished)

Monday, November 28, 2016

Reading Plan Update



It's time to check on on my reading plan from last year, and monitor the "progress" I've made. My reading plans are always aspirational--but also as always, my desires outstrip my supply of time. I also allow for detours and spur-of-the-moment sidetracks (to quote Michael Dirda's motto: "Read at whim!").

Here's what I had in store as of October of 2015:

Reading Plan (in alphabetical order by author):

some Beaumont and Fletcher [nope!]
Bryson, Bill. A Short History of Nearly Everything [yes!]
Garner, Bryan, and David Foster Wallace. Quack This Way: David Foster Wallace & Bryan A. Garner Talk Language and Writing [nope!]
Gombrich, E.H. A Little History of the World [nope!]
Howlett, Kevin. The Beatles: The BBC Archives [nope!]
James, Henry. The Golden Bowl [nope!]
Knausgaard. My Struggle, books 3-6 [vols. 3-5: yes! Vol. 6 not out yet in English]
some John Le Carré [yes! Russia House and Perfect Spy]
Marias, Javier. Your Face Tomorrow, vol. 2, 3 [nope!]
Peace, David. The Damned UTD and Red or Dead [yes/nope!]
some Philip Roth [nope!]
Rothfuss, Patrick. The Slow Regard of Silent Things [yes!]
William Shakespeare and Others: Collaborative Plays  [yes! Some of them, anyway]
some Zadie Smith (White TeethN/R, On Beauty, Changing My Mind[nope!]
Turow, Scott. Personal Injuries [yes!]
Vollmann, William. Rising Up and Rising Down: Some Thoughts on Violence, Freedom and Urgent Means [nope!]

plus rereads:
Austen, Jane. Sanditon [nope!]
Calvino, Italo. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler [nope!]
Doyle, Arthur Conan. Sherlock Holmes stories and novels [nope!]
Gaddis, William. The Recognitions [nope!]
Hemingway, Ernest. Sun Also Rises, Farewell to Arms [nope!]
Homer. Odyssey (Pope translation) [nope!]
Milton, John. Paradise Lost [nope!]
Nabokov, Vladimir. Laughter in the Dark, The Enchanter, The Gift, Real Life of Sebastian Knight, The Eye [nope!]
Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day [nope!]
Shakespeare, William, and John Fletcher. Two Noble Kinsmen [yes, Arden 3rd Series
!]
some Shakespeare from Oxford Original Spelling edition [yes! Two Noble Kinsmen]
Wallace, David Foster. Infinite Jest [yes!]

Well, as you can see, I managed to read less than half of what I set out to. That's not bad! Of course, I won't be carrying over all the unread books to my new reading plan...I've got other fish to fry.

So, here's my new reading plan for the upcoming year--we'll see how this goes.

Reading Plan (in alphabetical order by author):

first time:
Egil's Saga
Howlett, Kevin. The Beatles: The BBC Archives
Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania
Knausgaard. My Struggle, book 6 [when it comes out]
some John Le Carré (starting with Secret Pilgrim)
Manguel, Alberto. Reading Pictures
Marias, Javier. Your Face Tomorrow, vol. 2, 3 (plus reread vol. 1)
Munro, Alice. New Selected Stories
Murakami, Haruki. 1Q94
Shi Nai'An. Outlaws of  the Marsh (transl. Shapiro)
some Zadie Smith (White TeethN/R, On Beauty, Changing My Mind
Stendhal. Charterhouse of Parma
Stendhal. Red and Black

rereads:
Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility
Austen, Jane. Emma
Austen, Jane. Sanditon
Calvino, Italo. If on a Winter's Night a Traveler 
Doyle, Arthur Conan. Sherlock Holmes stories and novels 
some James Ellroy
Faulkner, William. Absalom, Absalom!
Gaddis, William. The Recognitions 
Hemingway, Ernest. Sun Also Rises, Farewell to Arms 
Homer. Odyssey (Pope translation)
Melville, Herman. Moby-Dick
Milton, John. Paradise Lost 
Nabokov, Vladimir. Laughter in the Dark, The Enchanter, The Gift, Real Life of Sebastian Knight, The Eye 
Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day
more Shakespeare
Twain, Mark. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Woolf, Virginia. To the Lighthouse


Playlist, Week of 2016-11-27



Playlist 2016-11-28:

*Mozart: Piano Concertos Nos. 14, 17, 21 (Pires)
*Derek Bailey with Min Tanaka: Music and Dance
*Brand X: Unorthodox Behaviour
*Anthony Braxton/Georg Gräwe: Duo (Amsterdam) 1991
*Anthony Braxton and the AIMToronto Orchestra: Creative Orchestra (Guelph) 2007
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet/Quintet (NYC) 2011
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Unheard Voices
*Mary Halvorson/Reuben Radding/Nate Wooley: Crackleknob
*Roscoe Mitchell: Conversations I
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-11-07 "Other Drummers" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-11-14 "You Are Worth Waiting For" (wav)
*Bud Powell: Tempus Fugue-It (disc 1)
*Matthew Shipp/Nu Bop: 2004-04-05 Rome (CDR)
*Sun Ra All Stars: Milan, Zürich, West Berlin, Paris (discs 3, 4)
*Cecil Taylor: The Eighth
*Golden Dawn: Power Plant
*Al Green: Anthology (disc 1) (selections)
*Robert Pollard: Not in My Airforce
*Robert Pollard: Waved Out
*UYA: 1990-03-27/04-01 Spill (wav)
*Various artists: That Devilin' Tune (Vol. II,  disc 4)
*Various Artists: Complete Motown Singles (selections)
*Various Artists: WSAM: Some Organ (CDR compilation)
*Various Artists: George Clinton's Family Series (selections)

Reading List, Week of 2016-11-27



Reading List 2016-11-28:

*Hernandez, Gilbert and Jaime. Love and Rockets: New Stories, No. 8 (started/finished)
*Hernandez, Gilbert and Jaime. Love and Rockets: New Stories, No. 7 (started/finished)
*Hernandez, Gilbert and Jaime. Love and Rockets: New Stories, No. 6 (started/finished)
*Knutson, Roslyn L. "Theater Companies and Stages," in Early Modern English Drama (ed. Sullivan, Cheney, and Hadfield) (started/finished)
*Wall, Wendy. "Dramatic Authorship and Print," in Early Modern English Drama (ed. Sullivan, Cheney, and Hadfield) (started/finished)
*Hernandez, Gilbert and Jaime. Love and Rockets: New Stories, No. 4 (finished)
*Martin, Judith. Miss Manners' Guide to Domestic Tranquility (finished)
*Gass, William. A Temple of Texts (in progress)

Friday, November 25, 2016

Still at It


thanks to Rodger
Be it established that this pair are pleased to be American and regard themselves as normally patriotic; neither, however, goes in for extended national flag-waving, so often exploited by whatever ruling party to suppress dissent. Both inclining, moreover, to the Liberal persuasion and ipso facto to distrust of their nation's current right-wing administration, they worry that a countrywide orgy of patriotic display will obscure and serve that administration's pre-9/11 agenda, just when its prospects had looked happily dim in the divided Congress. No Kyoto Protocols against global warming for us Yanks, thanks! No Anti-Ballistic Missile or Anti-Landmine treaties or International Criminal Court for us, either; maybe no more Roe v. Wade abortion-rights too, while they're at it, and forget about stricter gun-control legislation and protection of our national parks against corporate predation. Instead, zillions for the futile and counterproductive "Star Wars" missile-defense program and for gargantuan military buildups; even more tax breaks for the very wealthy; huge budget deficits where there had been healthy surpluses, and never mind national health care, Social Security, the environment, and separation of church and state! Et cetera: your Knee Jerk Bleeding Heart Liberals' off-the-shelf nightmare. (John Barth, Book of Ten Nights and a Night, 2004, p. 86)