Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Upcoming Gig: Confluence

The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra is performing this Saturday; promises to be fun! Details below as well as here.

Nancy Havlik's Dance Performance Group & Mt Rainier Student Group @ Joe's Movement Emporium


When: Saturday, May 3rd @ 8pm
Where: Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt Rainier, MD 20712
Metro: Rhode Island Ave (Red Line), Multiple Bus Lines (all 80's, T18)
Tickets: $12 (general admission), $10 (seniors and students), $7 (youth)
Reservations: 301.699.1819
The Program:

The program opens with a dance/flute solo by Alexey Brazhnikov, leading the audience from the lobby into the theater.

Young dancers of the Mount Rainier Student Group perform new works, directed by members of Dance Performance Group, featuring the children's own ideas and choreography.

In Advance of Rotations/Inversions/Projections features four of Nancy Havlik’s dynamic dancers in an interpretation of Bach's Cello Suite #1 in G Major, performed live by Katie Chambers.

The Company performs with Daniel Barbiero (double bass) and the Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra (percussion, reeds, saxophone and vibes) in the premiere ofHere Comes Everybody, a take on card games, chance and the unexpected as performance elements, inspired by Cage, Cunningham and Duchamp.

The performance culminates with an improvised celebration with both companies and musicians, toasting the spirit of art and community.

The Performers:

Nancy Havlik’s Dance Performance Group:
Choreography: Nancy Havlik & Hannah Whitley
Dancers: Alexey Brazhnikov, Janine Baumgardner, Amanda Blythe, Jonathan DeVilbiss, Shaun English, Ken Manheimer, Angela Schopke, Hannah Whitley and the young dancers of the Mount Rainier Student Group.

The Subtle Body Transmission Orchestra:
Musical Director: Daniel Barbiero (double bass)
Sam Byrd (percussion & objects)
Jimmy Ghaphery (reeds & flutes)
Tim Harding (alto saxophone)
Rich O'Meara (vibraphone & percussion)
with guest cellist Katie Chambers.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Playlist, Week of 2014-04-28

Playlist 2014-04-28:

*League of Automatic Music Composers: Automatic Music Cassettes 78-81 “Home -  Martian Folk Music”
*AMM: The Crypt: 12th June 1968, The Complete Session
*Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society: Brooklyn Babylon
*Anthony Braxton Small Ensemble: 2009-04-30 Wesleyan: Echo Echo Mirror House Music (disc 1)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies (reference lacquer, 24-bit/96kHz transfer) (side B)
*Chick Corea/Dave Holland/Barry Altschul: A.R.C. (side 1)
*Miles Davis: 1971-03-11 Lennie’s on the Turnpike, Peabody, MA (CDR)
*Miles Davis: 1971-10-22 Dietikon, Switzerland (CDR)
*Miles Davis: What I Say? Vol. 2 (Vienna 1971-11-05)
*Free Nelson Mandoomjazz: The Shape of Doomjazz To Come/Saxophone Giganticus
*David Fiuczynski: Planet Microjam
*Merzbow/Gustafson/Pandi: Cuts
*Mumpbeak: Mumpbeak
*Naked Truth: Shizaru
*Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Myth Science Solar Arkestra: Horizon
*Various artists: WSAM: Jazz Moods (cassette compilation)
*John Zorn: Mount Analogue
*Acid Mothers Temple & the Melting Paraiso U.F.O.: Son of a Bitches Brew
*Elvis Costello: Armed Forces (2002 reissue, disc 1)
*D’Angelo: Live at the Jazz Cafe, London
*Funk Brothers: The Best of the Funk Brothers
*Jefferson Pilot: Hello Mississippi
*King Crimson: The Road to Red (disc 20)
*Modest Mouse: Sad Sappy Sucker
*National Health: Playtime
*Lucia Pamela: Into Outer Space with Lucia Pamela
*Jimmy Reed: Found Love
*Rolling Stones: Their Satanic Majesties Request (mono) (boot CDR)
*Various artists: WSAM: Brian and More (cassette compilation)
*St. Vincent: St. Vincent
*Senses Fail: Renacer
*Robert Wyatt: ‘68

Reading List, Week of 2014-04-27

Reading List 2014-04-28:

*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland (started/finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: The Good Prince (started/finished)
*Coover, Robert. John’s Wife (finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: Sons of Empire (finished)
*Weldon, Michael J. Psychotronic Video Guide (in progress)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies

Cosmologies cover art

I'm a little behind in getting this out there, but, hey, so it goes in the Land of No-Nose. Rodger has put up the files for our new release, Cosmologies, over on Bandcamp. If you keep up with Rodger's blog (and I hope you do), you've already read many details about this whole process, from the recording last Christmas to the mastering by Richard Dodd to the laqueur transfers, etc.  If not, here are a few posts if you want more details:

Laqueur transfers

So, yeah, the files themselves are available for download or streaming, and if you're into vinyl, there will be an actual record album, on 180-gram vinyl! I am extremely excited about this; it's certainly the best my drumming has ever been recorded, and I am happy with my playing. Rodger, as always, plays brilliantly--he's chock full of great ideas and has the power and chops to execute them. We definitely enter that "other better world" with these recordings, and Rodger's engineering is superb...it's warm, crystal clear, and massive. Please check it out and let me know what you think!

Note: the image above is not the final artwork for the cover; that's still forthcoming.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jefferson Pilot: Hello Mississippi!

Hello Mississippi cover art

I want to bring your attention to a wonderful new album by Jefferson Pilot, Hello Mississippi!. (Full disclosure: Jefferson Pilot is my brother, Jeff Byrd.) Over the last few years, Jeff has been writing, playing drums and keyboards, and singing in a trio, Dark Carpet. In addition to duo projects with each of the other members of Dark Carpet (Lassie with Colin, Blackman with Tracy), he has been working on solo material under the name Jefferson Pilot. Hello Mississippi! is his first full-length solo album, and it's a humdinger of a release: wonderful, (sometimes) warped, and (sometimes) beautiful rock, pop, funk, and experimental songs.  Each song is its own unique sound universe, with lots of little aural events in each one, and the sum total is an extravaganza of sounds and tunes. Lots of voice effects, unexpected twists and turns, strangely catchy melodies, imaginative and driving drum beats: there's a lot going on here, but the overall effect is not busy or cluttered--it's invigorating and exciting. Except for bass and guitar on a couple of tracks (played by Colin), Jeff is playing everything here, including lots of overdubbed vocals. Jefferson Pilot has taken the lo-fi aesthetic of Guided By Voices and combined it with the play-it-all aesthetic of Todd Rundgren and the play-anything aesthetic of the Residents. Those aren't direct referents or influences by any means here, but just my feeble attempt to describe the soundscapes here. I have too many favorite songs to single any out (and they keep changing), but I will note that the album opens with the voice of our father, taken from a road trip in 1969, and closes with a unique take on a mysterious found tape of an unknown band's painful studio rehearsal. This album is aural gold, and I couldn't be prouder of Jeff's accomplishment. I encourage anyone reading this to get over to Bandcamp and download or stream the album and see what you think!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Playlist, Week of 2014-04-20

Playlist 2014-04-21:

*Chopin: Sonata No. 3 in B Minor & Four Ballades (Cecile Ousset)
*League of Automatic Music Composers: The League of Automatic Music Composers, 1978-1983
*Morton Feldman: For Philip Guston (S.E.M. Ensemble) (discs 3, 4)
*David Tudor and Gordon Mumma: David Tudor & Gordon Mumma
*AMM: Before Driving to the Chapel We Took Coffee with Rick and Jennifer Reed
*Arcana: 1997-06-07 Frankfurt (CDR)
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: Reunion
*Anthony Braxton/Walter Thompson: 2009-04-18 Brooklyn (CDR)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Cosmologies (LP master) (24-bit WAV)
*Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (discs 4, 5, 6)
*Miles Davis: What I Say? Vol. 1 (Vienna 1971-11-05)
*Charles Mingus: The Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus
*Slobber Pup: Black Aces
*Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra: Other Strange Worlds
*John Tilbury: Barcelona Piano Solo
*B-52’s: Wild Planet
*B-52’s: Cosmic Thing
*Willis Earl Beal: Nobody Knows
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2014-03-07 (wav)
*Jefferson Pilot: Hello Mississippi
*King Crimson: The Road to Red (disc 19)
*Prince: Days of Soundboard, Vol. 5: Rehearsals 2012-2013 (boot CDR)
*Marc Ribot y Los Cubanos Postizos: Muy Divertido
*Lewis Taylor: The Lost Album

Reading List, 2014-04-20

Reading List 2014-04-21:

*Coover, Robert. John’s Wife (started)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: Sons of Empire (started)
*Bloom, Harold. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” in Shakespeare: Invention of the Human (reread/started/finished)
*Garber, Marjorie.  “Love’s Labour Lost,” in Shakespeare After All (reread/started/finished)
*Tanner, Tony. “Love’s Labour Lost,” in Prefaces to Shakespeare (reread/started/finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: Wolves (started/finished)
*Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea (finished)
*Shakespeare, William. Love’s Labour’s Lost (Arden ed., 2nd series, ed. R.W. David) (reread/finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (finished)
*Weldon, Michael J. Psychotronic Video Guide (in progress)

Friday, April 18, 2014

New Ting Ting Loft at RVA Noise Fest Sunday at 1 PM

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RVA Noise Fest III is in town this weekend, and New Ting Ting Loft is playing at the noon-to-2 PM event at Steady Sounds on Sunday, April 20. Here's the full lineup. We'll be there (some of us, anyway; I won't be there, but at least Jimmy and Tommy will). Stop on by!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Playlist, Week of 2014-04-13

Playlist 2014-04-14:

*Morton Feldman: For Philip Guston (S.E.M. Ensemble) (discs 1, 2)
*AMM: Laminal (disc 3)
*Jean Chevalier/Christophe Howard/Julien Ottavi/Keith Rowe: [N:Q]
*Miles Davis: Live-Evil (disc 2)
*Miles Davis: The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Formanex: Treatise- Cornelius Cardew
*Havard/Leduc/Morin/Ottavi: Digital Live Radio Session
*Donald Miller: Little Treatise on Morals
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2014-03-31 “Let X Be Y” (wav)
*Harold Rubin/Barre Phillips/Tatsuya Nakatani: 3 on a Thin Line
*Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra: Other Strange Worlds
*Scott Brookman: A Song for Me, a Song for You
*Flaming Lips: Peace Sword
*Buddy Holly: The Buddy Holly Collection (disc 2)
*King Crimson: Larks Tongues in Aspic
*National Health: D.S. Al Coda
*OOIOO: Kira Kira Kira
*Lewis Taylor: The Lost Album
*Various artists: Rough Guide to Psychedelic Bollywood
*Zombies: Odessey and Oracle

Reading List, Week of 2014-04-13

Reading List 2014-04-14:

*Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of Earthsea (started)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall (started)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: Arabian Nights (and Days) (started/finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: Homelands (started/finished)
*Granville-Barker, Harley. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” in Prefaces to Shakespeare, Vol. II. (started/finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: The Mean Seasons (started/finished)
*Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale (finished)
*Shakespeare, William. Love’s Labour’s Lost (Arden ed., 2nd series, ed. R.W. David) (reread/in progress)
*Weldon, Michael J. Psychotronic Video Guide (in progress)

Monday, April 7, 2014

Playlist, Week of 2014-04-06

Playlist 2014-04-07:

*League of Automatic Music Composers: Automatic Music Cassettes 78-81 “Blind Lemon,” sides A & B
*AMM: Laminal (disc 2)
*AMM: At the Roundhouse
*AMM: From a Strange Place
*AMM with John Butcher: Trinity
*AMM: Sounding Music
*Arcana: The Last Wave
*Miles Davis: Miles Davis At Fillmore (disc 2)
*Miles Davis: 1970-08-02 CBS Records Convention, Nassau (CDR)
*Miles Davis: 1970-10-15 Fillmore West (CDR)
*Miles Davis: 1970-10-17 Fillmore West (CDR)
*Miles Davis: 1970-10-18 Fillmore West (CDR)
*Miles Davis: Live-Evil (disc 1)
*Dave Holland: Prism
*Roscoe Mitchell and the Sound Ensemble: 3x4 Eye
*Roscoe Mitchell Sound Ensemble: 1988-10 Detroit (CDR)
*Roscoe Mitchell: Hey Donald
*Wadada Leo Smith: Lake Biwa
*Spontaneous Music Ensemble: A New Distance
*Cecil Taylor Unit: 1976-01-30 Philadelphia (CDR)
*B-52s: The B-52s
*The Band: Live at the Academy of Music 1971 (disc 1)
*Buttfinger: Power92 Jams (streaming)
*Deerhunter: Monomania
*Guided By Voices: English Little League
*Henry Cow: Leg End
*Jefferson Pilot: Hello Mississippi
*King Crimson: The Road to Red (disc 18)
*OOIOO: Gamel
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Stop!
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Organ Transplants Vol. 2
*Stooges: Fun House
*UYA: 1990-05-09 Green St. Station, Boston (wav)
*Various artists: Gee-Tair (CDR compilation)
*Warpaint: Exquisite Corpse
*Who: Live at Leeds (2001 Deluxe Ed.) (disc 1)

Reading List, Week of 2014-04-06

Reading List 2014-04-07:

*Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale (started)
*Alexander, Lloyd. The High King (reread/started/finished)
*Alexander, Lloyd. Taran Wanderer (finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: Storybook Love (started/finished)
*Willingham, Bill, et al. Fables: March of the Wooden Soldiers (started/finished)
*Shakespeare, William. Love’s Labour’s Lost (Arden ed., 2nd series, ed. R.W. David) (reread/in progress)
*Weldon, Michael J. Psychotronic Video Guide (in progress)