Thursday, October 19, 2017

RAIC in the Studio

RAIC was in Etching Tin Studio over the weekend, and Samuel Goff invited me to join RAIC for the session to perform "Balance of the Three" (the piece we played at WRIR back in February). The session turned out great, and we got a nice recording, which should show up at some point on a RAIC release. Ten musicians, including three drummers! Here are some photos:


Samuel Goff

waiting to play

Monday, October 16, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-10-15



Beginning to delve into this massive Dylan box... I'm familiar with many of the shows from bootlegs, but of course this is far better sound and way more comprehensive... I am starting to warm up to the new Deerhoof CD... it's taking a while, but there are definitely interesting moments scattered throughout... Greg Saunier's drumming is a bit more subdued, and there aren't as many hooks, and I'm not as fond of the guests' appearances... but hey, I'm cranky... and I take it back: Matana Robert's short contribution is wonderful... For my Threadgill sweep, I am restricting it to groups he led or was a co-member of, so it's Air to start off with, and then the various Sextettes, Zooids, etc. but not recordings on which he was a guest... and working through the Air recordings I am once again reminded how amazing a drummer Steve McCall was... as I've mentioned before, I was fortunate to see him play with Arthur Blythe at the Village Vanguard (along with Fred Hopkins)... never got to see Air, though... Great solid hard bop from Paul Chambers, especially the sessions with Coltrane... I used to despise (well, that's a strong word; maybe scorn would be better) "jazz guitar"... it just all sounded so weak to me compared to Hendrix... well, I'm older now... my tastes have not mellowed, but I do enjoy Kenny Burrell's work on Whims of Chambers... I may not be ready for Joe Pass, but I am not adverse to checking out Wes Montgomery or Grant Green... what does that say about me?

Playlist 2017-10-16:

*Air: Air Song
*Air: Live Air
*Air: Air Raid
*Air: Air Time
*Air: Open Air Suit
*Susan Alcorn/Ingrid Laubrock/Leila Bordreuil: 2017-08-18 Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & 7-tette: Navigation (The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings) (disc 2)
*Paul Chambers: Chambers' Music
*Paul Chambers Sextet: Whims of Chambers
*Paul Chambers Quintet: Paul Chambers Quintet
*Pete Christlieb/Warne Marsh Quintet: Apogee
*Noah Howard: Patterns/Message to South Africa
*Ingrid Laubrock: 2017-06-05 Moers (CDR)
*Allen Lowe: Jews in Hell: Radical Jewish Acculturation (disc 2)
*Mahavishnu Orchestra: Birds of Fire
*Steve Miller/Lol Coxhill: "The Story So Far​.​.​." ".​.​.​Oh Really?" (disc 1)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-10-09 "Fight Back in the Kitchen" (wav)
*Sun Ra and His Mythic Science Arkestra: The Paris Tapes: Live at le Theatre du Chatelet 1971 (disc 1)
*Various artists: Jazzmen: Detroit
*Various artists: Wildflowers: The New York Jazz Loft Sessions, Complete (disc 1)
*John Zorn/Rashanim: Masada Rock
*Can: Soundtracks
*Deerhoof: Mountain Moves
*Bob Dylan: The 1966 Live Recordings (discs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
*Funkadelic: Music for Your Mother: Funkadelic 45s  (disc 1)
*Guided By Voices: August by Cake
*Devadip Carlos Santana: Oneness: Silver Dreams - Golden Reality
*Soul Brothers Six: Some Kind of Wonderful (CDR compilation) (disc 1)
*Steely Dan: Gaucho Outtakes and Demos (1979-80)
*Various artists: Best of the British Dance Bands
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label
*Various artists: Bombay Disco 2

Reading List, Week of 2017-10-15



Reading List 2017-10-16:

*King, Stephen, and Owen King. Sleeping Beauties (started)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*The New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion (ed. Gary Taylor and Gabriel Egan) (in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (introductory matter only) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Friday, October 13, 2017

Tom Rainey

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Excellent interview with drummer Tom Rainey over at Point of Departure. His list of drummers he was listening to in his early 20s is eerily similar to mine (if you add Robert Wyatt and Mitch Mitchell, and take away Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich):
TC: That makes perfect sense to me. Who do you consider your primary influences?
TR: The drummers that influenced me the most were all in my favorite bands. A brief and somewhat chronological list would look like: Ringo Starr (Beatles), Gene Krupa (Benny Goodman), Buddy Rich (Buddy Rich Big Band), Jack DeJohnette (Charles Lloyd and Miles Davis), Dave Garibaldi (Tower of Power), Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Alphonse Mouzon and Eric Gravat (Weather Report), Tony Williams (Miles Davis), Elvin Jones (John Coltrane), Ed Blackwell and Billy Higgins (Ornette Coleman), and Paul Motian (Paul Motian Quintet and Trio). There is so much more music across every genre that has informed me and this list represents only what I listened to through childhood into my early 20’s.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-10-08



I am enjoying exploring some older Steve Coleman music, especially Genesis... I used to have a couple of his early albums, but they didn't grab me when they came out... this stuff does... The compilation of James Brown appearances on Soul Train is damn hot... short, concentrated, tight... It's been a while since I've done a full chronological run through all of a particular artist's recordings in my collection... I've done this previously with John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Anthony Braxton, Cecil Taylor, Art Ensemble of Chicago, and Sam Rivers... it's about time for Henry Threadgill, maybe next week or the week after... in the meanwhile, I'm digging Old Locks and Irregular Verbs... Sun Ra as comfort food: Holiday for Soul Dance is good for what ails you (especially the title track)...

Playlist 2017-10-09:

*Susan Alcorn/Ingrid Laubrock/Leila Bordreuil: 2017-08-18 Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Genesis
*Steve Coleman and the Mystic Rhythm Society: Myths, Modes, and Means
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Oort-Entropy
*Return to Forever: No Mystery
*Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra: Holiday for Soul Dance
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: Other Planes of There
*Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
*Becker and Fagen: Early Demos and More (1969-81)
*Blue Cheer: Outsideinside
*David Bowie: Heroes
*David Bowie: Lodger
*James Brown: Soul Train Live
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: New CDR Compilation (disc 2)
*Al Green: Al Green Gets Next to You
*Temptations: Psychedelic Soul (disc 1)
*Various artists: Klangstudie and Komposition
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label
*Various artists: Soul of a Nation: Afro-Centric Visions in the Age of Black Power
*Various artists: "Life Is Dance!": Plugged-In Sounds of Wonder at the Pakistani Picture House

Reading List, Week of 2017-10-08

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Reading List 2017-10-09:

*McGuire, Richard. Here (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*The New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion (ed. Gary Taylor and Gabriel Egan) (in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (introductory matter only) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-09-24



Been enjoying digging through the three Ol' Virginia Soul compilations... like many collections of obscure regional soul and funk, there's a fair amount of derivative misses... I do think that for the most part there was a reason these weren't hits, and it wasn't just weak distribution... that being said, there are also many fine gems of wonderfully unadulterated raw soul... Loving Ingrid Laubrock's compositions for chamber orchestra and choir, with soloists including Kris Davis and Nate Wooley, as recently featured at the Moers Festival... Nice set from Communicating Vessels (with Daniel Barbiero) up on archive.org...

Playlist 2017-09-25:

*Susan Alcorn/Ingrid Laubrock/Leila Bordreuil: 2017-08-18 Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Daniel Barbiero/Cristiano Bocci: Non-Places
*Anthony Braxton: Eight (+3) Tristano Compositions 1989: For Warne Marsh
*Anthony Braxton: Knitting Factory (Piano/Quartet) 1994, Vol. 1 (disc 2)
*Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet & 7-tette: Navigation (The Complete Firehouse 12 Recordings) (disc 1)
*Philip Cohran and the Artistic Heritage Ensemble: Singles
*Steve Coleman and the Council of Balance: Genesis
*Communicating Vessels: 2017-09-17 Rhizome, Washington DC (streaming)
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Oort-Entropy
*Kip Hanrahan: Vertical’s Currency
*Kip Hanrahan: A Few Short Notes from the End Run
*Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society: Eye on You
*Ingrid Laubrock: 2017-06-05 Moers (CDR)
*Allen Lowe: Jews in Hell: Radical Jewish Acculturation (disc 1)
*Roscoe Mitchell Trio: Angel City
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-09-11 "Intention Span" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-09-18 "Rocket Soul Revue" (wav)
*Sun Ra: The Great Lost Sun Ra Albums: Cymbals & Crystal Spears (disc 2) "Sunrise in the Western Sky"
*Thing with Jim O'Rourke: Shinjuku Growl
*James Brown: Soul Train Live
*D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (Deluxe Ed.) (disc 2)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: New CDR Compilation (disc 1)
*Jefferson Pilot: Hello Mississippi
*Mark Nauseef & Miroslav Tadić: The Snake Music
*Various artists: Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music vol. 1: First a-chronology 1921-2001 (disc 2)
*Various artists: Classroom Projects: Incredible Music Made by Children in Schools
*Various artists: Ol' Virginia Soul, Part 2: Funky Virginia
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: The Nickel & Penny Labels

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-10-01



Some traveling music....

Playlist 2017-10-02:

*Beach Boys: 50 Big Ones
*Beatles: With the Beatles (2009 mono remaster)
*Beatles: Beatles for Sale (2009 mono remaster)
*Beatles: Mono Masters (2009 mono remaster) (disc 2)
*D’Angelo and the Vanguard: Black Messiah
*Deerhoof: Offend Maggie
*Deerhoof: Mountain Moves
*Hüsker Dü: Candy Apple Grey
*King Tubby: Two Big Bull in a One Pen Dubwise
*Prince: Released (CDR compilation)

Reading List, Week of 2017-10-01



Reading List 2017-10-02:

*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*The New Oxford Shakespeare: Authorship Companion (ed. Gary Taylor and Gabriel Egan) (in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (introductory matter only) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Friday, September 22, 2017

Sun Ra's "The Magic City" and "My Brother the Wind Vol. 1" on Cosmic Myth Records





I picked up these new reissues on CD from Cosmic Myth Records, and I have to say they have done a fantastic job with these. The sound is clear and vibrant, definitely the best I've ever heard this material. The presentation is wonderful as well--both discs have excellent liner notes with detailed essays full of fresh insights and new research that do a great job of giving context and analysis. Most of the material on these discs can be streamed at Bandcamp, but I highly recommend picking up the physical objects, both for the superior fidelity and for the packaging.

My Brother the Wind Vol. 1 includes two alternate takes (and four false starts and warmups!) of "The Perfect Man." The alternate takes are revelatory in showing how the arrangement changed. John Gilmore is on drums for the first take, with Marshall Allen attempting (and not quite nailing) the loopy melody on oboe. It's wonderful to hear how the piece developed to its final state as the masterpiece it is (with one of my all-time favorite Gilmore sax solos). The whole album is, of course, amazing, displaying how quickly and deeply Ra mastered the moog and made it his own.

The Magic City presents the entire album in stereo for the first time, and the added clarity and detail in the title track are well worth it. My only quibble would be that they could have easily also included the entire mono version of the title track rather than just the unique last couple of minutes. That would have made the disc more complete. But there's always the Evidence disc, so I'm not complaining.

These reissues really set the standard high for Ra recordings, so cheers and hats off to Cosmic Myth Records for a job well done.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Reading List, Week of 2017-09-24



Reading List 2017-09-25:

*The New Oxford Shakespeare Authorship Companion (ed. Gary Taylor and Gabriel Egan) (started)
*Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway (reread/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (introductory matter only) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, September 18, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-09-17



Living By Lanterns was a unique experiment taking off from and building on audio archives of Sun Ra housed at Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago... in particular, Mike Reed and Jason Adasiewicz used a reel from 1961 with several sketches of pieces not heard anywhere else, to the best of their knowledge... they then transmuted and developed these shadow fragments into the pieces we hear here... trying to discern the original Ra melodies after the fact is like trying to filter Shakespeare and Fletcher's original words from Theobald's Double Falsehood...  at times it feels like I hear traces of unheard Ra, but it's all "transmolecularized"... probably very appropriately... at any rate, what I do hear is a top-notch band of excellent Chicago and New York musicians like Ingrid Laubrock, Tomeka Reed, Taylor Ho Bynum, and Mary Halvorson going for broke with beautiful compositions and arrangements... both the the studio album and the live concert are wonderful... I would love to hear the original "Reel 43" from the archives to see what they did with it...

Playlist 2017-09-18:

*Air: Air Raid
*AMM: The Inexhaustible Document
*Milton Babbitt: Occasional Variations
*Daniel Barbiero: Fifteen Miniatures for Prepared Double Bass (streaming)
*Daniel Barbiero/Cristiano Bocci: Non-Places
*Jason Bivins and Ian Davis: Benthic
*Anthony Braxton: Knitting Factory (Piano/Quartet) 1994, Vol. 1 (disc 1)
*Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the Plustet
*Ornette Coleman Quartet: Live in Paris 1971
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Who Doesn't Fade?
*Steve Coleman and Five Elements: The Opening of the Way
*Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales
*Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (disc 2)
*Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes
*Arve Henriksen: Towards Language
*Vijay Iyer Sextet: Far from Over
*Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society: Street Priest
*Ingrid Laubrock: 2009-08-01 The Stone, NYC (CDR)
*Living By Lanterns: New Myth/Old Science
*Living By Lanterns: 2013-08-25 Sant’Anna Arresi (CDR)
*Mephista: Entomological Reflections
*Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Celebrating Fred Anderson
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-08-21 "Fire Head" (wav)
*Beach Boys: The SMiLE Sessions (disc 1)
*Beatles: The Early Beatles (Capitol CD stereo)
*Beatles: Meet the Beatles! (Capitol CD stereo)
*Beatles: The Beatles' Second Album (Capitol CD stereo)
*Beatles: Beatles VI (Capitol CD stereo)
*Booker T. & the MGs: Time Is Tight (disc 2)
*D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (Deluxe Ed.) (disc 1)
*Jerry Garcia: Garcia
*Gong: Angel's Egg
*Grateful Dead: 1973-03-16 Uniondale, NY (CDR) “Dark Star”
*Grateful Dead: 1973-03-21 Utica NY (CDR) “Dark Star”
*Grateful Dead: 1973-03-28 Springfield MA (CDR) "Dark Star"
*Grateful Dead: 1973-06-10 Washington DC (CDR) "Dark Star"
*Jefferson Pilot: Soundtrack to Welcome Stranger
*Darlene Love: The Sound of Love: The Very Best of Darlene Love
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (discs 1, 2, 4)
*Residents: Whatever Happened To Vileness Fats?
*Frank Sinatra: In the Wee Small Hours
*Dusty Springfield: Dusty in Memphis
*Steely Dan: Gaucho Outtakes and Demos (selections)
*Various artists: Tempos, Ramblers, Uhuru: Giants of Danceband Highlife
*Various artists: Ol' Virginia Soul, Part 1: Jump Up and Down
*Various artists: Ol' Virginia Soul: Encore!
*Various artists: The Stax Story (disc 1)
*Various artists: You Thrill My Soul: Female & Girl Group Sides from the Early Stax Sessions
*Various artists: Bombay Disco: Disco Hits from Hindi Films 1979-1985
*Various artists: Anthology of Noise and Electronic Music vol. 1: First a-chronology 1921-2001 (disc 1)
*Various artists: Space, Energy & Light: Experimental Electronic And Acoustic Soundscapes 1961-88

Reading List, Week of 2017-09-17

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Reading List 2017-09-18:

*Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway (reread/started)
*Jones, John. Shakespeare at Work (finished)
*Lopez, Jeremy. "The Shadow of the Canon," in Shakespeare Quarterly, 65:2 (2014) (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (introductory matter only) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-09-10





Double Dose of Daniel! Daniel Barbiero and Cristiano Bocci's new album Non-Places is brilliant, with its imaginative use of field recordings... they are used not just as background but as active participants, often looped to supply hypnotic voicings to add to the compelling sounds of the basses... easily one of Dan's best recordings... Plus he has a great new album of prepared solo bass pieces... stream it here... Early Tony Williams Lifetime stuff continues to amaze me... what the hell is Tony Williams doing on the drums??!... what taste and dexterity--in such power... and Larry Young: whew... (yes, nothing but astute criticism here on this blog, folks)... The first two Syreeta Wright albums (from 1972 and 1974)  need to be considered in full light of the five-album run of Stevie Wonder masterpieces in the '70s... in many ways they are both Stevie Wonder albums with a different lead vocalist... he produced and did most of the arrangements, wrote (or co-wrote with her) most of the songs, plays keyboards, and sings background (and, in some cases, lead)... both albums hold their own when set next to his hallmark albums... Happy to see that NPR is streaming the first disc of the new Hüsker Dü compilation of early demos, live tracks, and singles... rough, raw, 'n' ready!... Now that I finished the 1972 "Dark Star" compilation, I am exploring selected ones from 1973, and they are wild... in particular, both the 1973-03-16 and 1973-03-21 versions have significant passages where the Dead are more aggressively "out" than usual, playing pretty much flat-out aggressive free jazz, driven largely not by Garcia but by Bill Kreutzmann... his drumming in these passages is sharp, muscular, (again) aggressive, arrhythmic, and totally beautiful, and he guides the band into territories they rarely, if ever, explored with Mickey Hart... yet another reason why I think the single-drummer Kreutzmann-only years of the Dead are far superior to the later (post-1974) ones with Hart... I'm looking forward to revisiting more '73 Dark Stars...

Playlist 2017-09-11:

*Pepper Adams: Pepper Adams Plays Charlie Mingus
*Susan Alcorn/Ingrid Laubrock/Leila Bordreuil: 2017-08-18 Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*AMM III: It Had Been an Ordinary Enough Day in Pueblo, Colorado
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: People in Sorrow
*Art Ensemble of Chicago (trio): 1979-03-31 Verona, Italy (CDR)
*Daniel Barbiero: Fifteen Miniatures for Prepared Double Bass (streaming)
*Daniel Barbiero/Cristiano Bocci: Non-Places
*Anthony Braxton: The Complete Arista Recordings of Anthony Braxton (discs 7, 8)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J: 2014-04-19 Roulette, NYC, Act Two (DVD)
*Nels Cline Singers: 2015-03-19 Barcelona (CDR) (disc 1)
*Rodger Coleman: Guitar Experiments (2014) (wav)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2015-05-14 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Rodger Coleman & Andrew Dickson: 2016-11-02 Nashville (mp3)
*Chick Corea: The Musician (disc 3)
*Sylvie Courvoisier/Mary Halvorson/Ikue Mori: 2010-07-24 Whitney Museum of Modern Art (CDR)
*Marilyn Crispell/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: Nothing Ever Was, Anyway (disc 1)
*Marilyn Crispell/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: Amaryllis
*Decoy: Vol 1: Spirit
*Michael Formanek: Small Places
*Drew Gress: 7 Black Butterflies
*Barry Guy: The Blue Shroud
*Kip Hanrahan: Coup de Tête
*Ingrid Laubrock: 2009-08-01 The Stone, NYC (CDR)
*Roscoe Mitchell Trio: Angel CiTY
*Louis Moholo-Moholo Octet: Spirits Rejoice!
*Ikue Mori: 2009-01-25 NYC (CDR)
*Max Roach And Cecil Taylor: Historic Concerts
*Schlippenbach Trio: Features
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: The Magic City (Evidence)
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: The Magic City (Full Stereo Version)
*Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra: My Brother the Wind Vol. 1 (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: In the Orbit of Ra
*Sun Ra: Gilles Peterson Presents Sun Ra and His Arkestra: To Those of Earth...and Other Worlds
*Tony Williams Lifetime: Emergency! (selections)
*Tony Williams Lifetime: Turn It Over (selections)
*John Zorn/Simulacrum: The Painted Bird
*John Zorn/Simulacrum: 49 Acts of Unspeakable Depravity in the Abominable Life and Times of Gilles de Rais (selections)
*Beach Boys: 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow (disc 1)
*Booker T. & the MGs: Time Is Tight (disc 2) (selections)
*Cornelius: Mellow Waves
*Betty Davis: The Columbia Years 1968-1969
*Deerhoof: Mountain Moves
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: New CDR Compilation (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Grateful Dead: 1973-02-22 Champaign-Urbana IL (CDR) "Dark Star"
*Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks 28 (1973) "Dark Star"
*Grateful Dead: 1973-03-16 Uniondale, NY (CDR) “Dark Star”
*Grateful Dead: 1973-03-21 Utica NY (CDR) “Dark Star”
*Grateful Dead: 1973-12-01 Boston (CDR)
*Grateful Dead: 1974-05-14 Missoula MT (CDR)
*Hüsker Dü: Savage Young Dü (disc 1) (streaming)
*Henry Kaiser: Everything Forever
*Neu!: Neu!
*Olivia Tremor Control: Music From the Unrealized Film Script, Dusk at Cubist Castle
*Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain (Deluxe Expanded Edition) (disc 4)
*Steely Dan: Countdown to Ecstasy
*Steely Dan: Katy Lied
*Steely Dan: The Royal Scam
*Tower of Power: The East Bay Archive vol. 1 (1973-04-23 Boston) (selections)
*Various artists: More from the Other Side of the Trax
*Various artists: Bollywood Steel Guitar
*Various artists: "Life Is Dance!": Plugged-In Sounds of Wonder at the Pakistani Picture House
*Various artists: Bokoor Beats: Vintage Afro-Beat, Afro-Rock, & Electric Highlife From Ghana
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: Mighty Mike Lenaburg
*Syreeta Wright: Syreeta
*Syreeta Wright: Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta
*Yes: Relayer (Alternate Album) (2016 remaster) (disc 2)
*Frank Zappa: Sleep Dirt (Deluxe Ed.)

Reading List, Week of 2017-09-10

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Reading List 2017-09-011:

*Sharpe, Matthew. Jamestown (finished)
*Sun Ra. Collected Works Vol. 1: Immeasurable Equation (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Jones, John. Shakespeare at Work (in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (introductory matter only) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Let's Hear It for the 25%















When Porter founded 8tracks in 2006, it was the original mood playlist service. Users uploaded their self-created playlists, and the result was a platform ripe for a passive, or “lean-back,” music-discovery experience historically associated with TV or radio. In the digital music landscape, Pandora is the best known example of lean-back listening.
Elizabeth Moody, Pandora’s vice-president of global content licensing, said that the reality is most people actually want to be told what to listen to. “Regardless whether you’re a Spotify or Pandora subscriber, we’re learning that roughly 75 percent of people’s behavior is lean back,” she said. It’s only really when people are hanging out with friends or creating playlists for specific events that they’re actively seeking out specific music. (Anna Codrea-Rado, emphasis mine)
I'm happy to tell people what to listen to....

Monday, September 4, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-09-03




Digging the new Deerhoof, but it's not hitting me like Breakup Song or La Isla Bonita did... give it time... I'm really enjoying the disc of Steely Dan demos... they've been around forever but I'd never heard them... it's fun to imagine what the unreleased songs would have sounded like with the full Dan treatment... my favorite unreleased Steely Dan song is "The Second Arrangement," a Gaucho outtake, later than these demos... [written earlier in the week before hearing of Walter Becker's death... R.I.P.]... It's good to drench myself in the hot molten lead of Slobber Pup, the Spanish Donkey, and the Weasel Walter Quartet... thanks, Albert Ayler, for pointing the way... Like all the King Crimson 40th Anniversary Editions, Islands is packed with tons of enlightening extras... a model for deluxe editions of single albums... the Steven Wilson remix is rewarding in its clarity and vision... Pepper Adams Plays Charlie Mingus is a hidden gem of the early '60s... it's an all-Mingus compositions album, and Pepper Adams swings mightily, with the sanctioned and sanctified help of Danny Richmond on drums... great, too, to hear Paul Chambers play Mingus bass lines...

Playlist 2017-09-04:

*Pepper Adams: Pepper Adams Plays Charlie Mingus
*AMM: The Inexhaustible Document
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Mestre) 2008
*Nels Cline Trio: Ground
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Who Doesn't Fade?
*Chick Corea: The Musician (disc 2)
*Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales
*Decoy: Vol 1: Spirit
*Decoy & Joe McPhee: Oto
*Eric Dolphy: Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot, Vol. 1
*Eric Dolphy: Eric Dolphy at the Five Spot, Vol. 2
*Duke Ellington: Masterpieces by Ellington
*Flute Force 4: Flutistry
*Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society: Street Priest
*Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society: Eye on You
*Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith: Yo Miles! (disc 2)
*Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy: The Lady Who Swings the Band 1936-1938
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*Maurice McIntyre: Humility in the Light of the Creator
*Roscoe Mitchell Trio: Angel City
*Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Celebrating Fred Anderson
*New Air: Air Show No. 1
*No Material: No Material (disc 2)
*Schlippenbach Quartet: Three Nails Left
*Slobber Pup: Pole Axe
*Spanish Donkey: Raoul
*Sun Ra: selections (Bandcamp streaming)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: The Sun Myth (African Chant) (streaming)
*Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra: My Brother the Wind Vol. 1 (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
*Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra: Sign of the Myth
*Cecil Taylor: The Tree of Life
*Henry Threadgill's Zooid: 2017-03-26 Knoxville TN (CDR)
*Weasel Walter Quartet: Revolt Music
*Weasel Walter Large Ensemble: Igneity: After the Fall of Civilization
*World Saxophone Quartet: Requiem for Juliu
*Yo Miles!: Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith: Sky Garden
*Deerhoof: Slow Motion Detonation
*Flash: In the Pan
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 version 1 (finished, 08:27:00-10:00:00)
*Guided By Voices: selections (Magic Jukebox playlist)
*King Crimson: Islands (40th Anniversary Ed.) (disc 2) (selections)
*Neu!: Neu! 2
*Olivia Tremor Control: Black Foliage: Animation Music Volume One
*Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (disc 2)
*Steely Dan: Sun Mountain
*Swollen Monkeys: After Birth of the Cool
*Swollen Monkeys: On Vacation!
*Various artists: She's So Fine: The Rise of the Girl Groups (disc 3)
*Various artists: Motown Unreleased 1965
*Various artists: Ol' Virginia Soul, Part 2: Funky Virginia
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 2

Reading List, Week of 2017-09-03




Reading List 2017-09-04:

*Shakespeare, William. The New Oxford Shakespeare: The Complete Works (introductory matter only) (started)
*Crouch, Stanley. "Play the Right Thing," in New Republic, 1990-02-12 (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Jones, John. Shakespeare at Work (in progress)
*Sharpe, Matthew. Jamestown (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Sun Ra. Collected Works Vol. 1: Immeasurable Equation (in progress)

Friday, September 1, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-08-27

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A couple of recent Dime acquisitions... the Henry Threadgill set from the Big Ears Festival is nice, pretty sedate... The Lol Coxhill-Richard Sinclair gig from 1975 is testing my ability to mentally compensate for dodgy bootleg sound... it's a really rough audience recording, but it's also a one-time event, and the playing is really nice... Sinclair's bass playing comes through clearer than the drumming... I will have more to say about the new Sun Ra releases from Cosmic Myth Records in a separate posting... I will just say here that they are excellent and are must-haves... Jazz Free is a guitar extravaganza... The Susan Alcorn trio set (with Ingrid Laubrock) is brilliant... Laubrock is so good at pulling off these amazing extended quiet improvisations...

Playlist 2017-08-28:

*Air: Live Air
*Air: Air Mail
*Susan Alcorn/Ingrid Laubrock/Leila Bordreuil: 2017-08-18 Brooklyn NY (wav)
*Jim Black: Alasnoaxis
*Nels Cline/Henry Kaiser/Jim Thomas/Weasel Walter/Allen Whitman: Jazz Free: A Connective Improvisation
*Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith: Yo Miles! (disc 1)
*New Air: Live at Montreal International Jazz Festival
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-08-21 "Fire Head" (wav)
*Sun Ra: Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1991 (discs 1, 2)
*Sun Ra: selections (Bandcamp streaming)
*Sun Ra: Featuring Pharoah Sanders & Black Harold
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: The Magic City (Full Stereo Version)
*Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra: My Brother the Wind Vol. 1 (Remastered and Expanded Edition)
*Henry Threadgill: Song Out of My Trees
*Henry Threadgill's Zooid: 2017-03-26 Knoxville TN (CDR)
*Big Star: Complete Third (disc 3)
*Coxhill Sinclair Band: 1975-11-21 Reims, France (CDR)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2017-06-17 (wav) (selections)
*Gong: Expresso II
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 version 1 (in progress, 06:00:00-08:27:00)
*Guided By Voices: August by Cake
*Various artists: She's So Fine: The Rise of the Girl Groups (disc 2)
*Various artists: Ol' Virginia Soul, Part 1: Jump Up and Down

Reading List, Week of 2017-08-27

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Reading List 2017-08-21:

*Jones, John. Shakespeare at Work (started)
*Sharpe, Matthew. Jamestown (started)
*Hays, Michael L. "Shakespeare's Hand Unknown in Sir Thomas More: Thompson, Dawson, and the Futility of the Paleographic Argument," in Shakespeare Quarterly, 67:2 (2016) (started/finished)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 4: 1927-1928 (finished)
*Le Carré, John. The Little Drummer Girl (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Sun Ra. Collected Works Vol. 1: Immeasurable Equation (in progress)

Monday, August 21, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-08-20



In the 1975 Henry Cow show with Robert Wyatt at the New London Theatre, Wyatt is not just a guest; he is fully integrated with the band... part of this show was excerpted on the LP Concerts, but it's especially nice to hear Wyatt performing on Cow classics like "Beautiful as the moon; Terrible as an Army with Banners" and "Living in the Heart of the Beast"... the whole show is quite extraordinary, actually... The new Guided By Voices album sounds to my untutored ears like some of the most cohesive stuff Robert Pollard has put out in recent years... some great gems here... love the crossfading and quick transitions too... I hadn't forgotten about it, but it'd been a while, so it was nice to return to Antony Braxton's Echo Echo Mirror House Music... deep and nourishing... the unedited odyssey of Big Star's third album as documented in Complete Third shows that things weren't necessarily as incoherent or chaotic as legend sometimes has it... the early demos perhaps capture its spirit best...

Playlist 2017-08-21:

*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (disc 2)
*Nels Cline Trio: Ground
*Duke Ellington Small Groups: Back Room Romp
*Duke Ellington: The Great Ellington Units
*Sun Ra: selections (Bandcamp streaming)
*Sun Ra: Spaceways
*Sun Ra and His Astro Ihnfinity Arkestra: The Intergalactic Thing
*Sun Ra and His Mythic Science Arkestra: The Paris Tapes: Live at le Theatre du Chatelet 1971
*Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra: Sign of the Myth
*World Saxophone Quartet: Requiem for Julius
*Big Star: Complete Third (discs 1, 2)
*Dreamhead: 1991-04-28 Harp Studio, MA (selections)
*Bob Dylan: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12 (disc 2)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2017-06-17 (wav)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2017-07-15 (wav)
*Gong: Angel's Egg
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 version 1 (in progress, 05:07:00-06:00:00)
*Guided By Voices: August by Cake
*Henry Cow & Robert Wyatt: 1975-05-21 London (wav)
*Neu!: Neu!
*Tito Puente: The Essential Tito Puente (disc 1)
*UYA: 1991-05-05/27 The New Hippies (wav)
*Various artists: She's So Fine: The Rise of the Girl Groups (disc 1)
*Yes: Going for the One

Reading List, Week of 2017-08-20


























Reading List 2017-08-21:

*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Lunar Follies (reread/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 4: 1927-1928 (reread/in progress)
*Le Carré, John. The Little Drummer Girl (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Sun Ra. Collected Works Vol. 1: Immeasurable Equation (in progress)

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-08-13

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A short list, but action-packed. I put the 10-hour compilation of all the 1972 "Dark Star" improvs from the Grateful Dead on my phone. It was a travel week, so it was great to have it going while in the hotel room. I understand there's a Version 2 out there now--I need to snag that. Guess I'll finish getting through Version 1 first--this will be the second time through. It's great stuff.

Playlist 2017-08-14:

*Beach Boys: Today/Summer Days and Summer Nights (two-fer)
*Beach Boys: 50 Big Ones (disc 1)
*Beatles: With the Beatles (2009 mono remaster)
*Beatles: Hard Day's Night (2009 mono remaster)
*Beatles: Help! (2009 mono remaster)
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 version 1 (in progress, 01:10:00-05:07:00)

Reading List, Week of 2017-08-13


























Reading List 2017-08-14:

*Le Carré, John. The Little Drummer Girl (started)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Lunar Follies (reread/started)
*MacDonald, Ross. The Chill (reread/started/finished)
*Le Carré, John. The Secret Pilgrim (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 4: 1927-1928 (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Sun Ra. Collected Works Vol. 1: Immeasurable Equation (in progress)

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-08-06




Just getting around to Neu!... trancy space-rock, really nice... The more I listen, the more I realize I don't really know that much, and certainly don't have the vocabulary to express what I think about the music I listen to... unless you catch me with a beer... Maybe next week...

Playlist 2017-08-07:

*Anthony Braxton: Willisau (Quartet) 1991 (disc 4)
*Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (disc 1)
*Nels Cline: Coward
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2015-05-14 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Alexander Hawkins: Unit[e]
*Decoy & Joe McPhee: Oto
*Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith: Yo Miles!
*Maurice McIntyre: Humility in the Light of the Creator
*Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (disc 2)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-07-17 "Back Link, Don't Leak" (wav)
*No Material: No Material (disc 1)
*Bud Powell: Tempus Fugue-It (disc 4)
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: The Magic City
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: The Sun Myth (African Chant) (streaming)
*Sun Ra: The Great Lost Sun Ra Albums: Cymbals & Crystal Spears (disc 2)
*Sun Ra: Disco 3000: The Complete Milan Concert 1978 (Art Yard) "Disco 3000"
*George Clinton: George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love
*Bob Dylan: The Cutting Edge 1965-1966: The Bootleg Series Volume 12 (disc 1)
*Guided By Voices: August by Cake
*Gong: Camembert Electrique
*Gong: Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1)
*Gong: You
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 (started, 00:00:00-01:10:00)
*Jayhawks: Tomorrow the Green Grass
*Neu!: Neu!
*Neu!: Neu! 2
*Prince: For You

Reading List, Week of 2017-08-06



For more on Sorrentino's first novel, see Daniel Green's chapter from his forthcoming book on Sorrentino's work.

Reading List 2017-08-07:

*Le Carré, John. The Secret Pilgrim (started)
*Sun Ra. Collected Works Vol. 1: Immeasurable Equation (started)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. The Sky Changes (reread/started/finished)
*Clinton, George, with Ben Greenman. Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? (finished)
*Youngquist, Paul. A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 4: 1927-1928 (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Pure Solar World



This excellent meditation and study of various aspects of Sun Ra's work contains the best explication of Ra's poetry I've ever read, explaining his concepts of equations and clarifying how the poetry and the music reinforce each other in equational conceptual loops. Highly recommended! For more, here are two good reviews.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The Magic City



The Magic City is:
quite simply the most moving, evocative, and sustained group improvisation to come out of the sixties (Paul Youngquist, A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism, 2016, p. 186)
I could't agree more! I note with excitement that Cosmic Myth Records is now offering this (on vinyl and on CD) in a remastered stereo version. Has anyone heard this?

Also, there's tons of Ra on Bandcamp all of a sudden...many digital releases plus many of the bonus tracks that were previously only available on iTunes. You can see my overview of some of those bonus tracks here, plus more here. Exciting!

Monday, July 31, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-07-30




The performance of the Barry Guy New Orchestra, with Elliott Sharp, in Berlin in 2009 is just brilliant... Sharp's guitar and electronics are featured in the first piece, "Danaus," while the second piece, "Radio Rondo," focuses largely on the excellent piano work of Agustí Fernandez... Barry Guy's compositions for large ensemble continue to astound me... Sketches from Bamboo is a remarkable set of compositions for large ensemble from Roscoe Mitchell, from back in 1979... personnel includes Marilyn Crispell on piano, Anthony Braxton and Douglas Ewart on reeds, and Leo Smith on trumpet... I love the AACM-related large ensembles like this... in the early- to mid-80s, there were several creative orchestra ensembles sharing similar lineups from Braxton, Mitchell, and Smith... they are remarkably rich and nuanced... I am reading good things about Roscoe Mitchell's newest album on ECM... it's great to know he's still kicking it!... I have been enjoying investigating the various versions of John Zorn's Cobra out there... I went to an afternoon rehearsal of the game that Zorn conducted (coached?) at Harvard back in the, what? late '80s?... it wasn't as successful as any of the recordings... the Harvard students weren't loose enough... easy to understand; Zorn was an imposing figure, not bent on making anyone comfortable... Weasel Walter's Firestorm: good old-fashioned hardcore free jazz... always good to hear Marshall Allen blowing hard in this context... Sometimes things just up and grab you... smack you up the head in unexpected ways that make you think gaddam we are living in great musical times... case in point: the second disc of the Anthony Braxton São Paulo quartet set... this struck me last year, and it hit me again last night... somewhere around 45 minutes in, Braxton starts vocalizing through the horn in a way I haven't heard him do before, then Ingrid Laubrock joins in, embellishing the vocalizations, then all of a sudden Mary Halvorson comes in with a totally different sound universe of chords, as if from a different band, and wow it's just awesome, in the best sense of that word... this is just deep, beautiful music... what a great musical universe we live in.

Playlist 2017-07-31:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1997-06-29 Vignola, Italy (CDR)
*Han Bennink/Misha Mengelberg: Instant Composers Pool 010
*Anthony Braxton: Willisau (Quartet) 1991 (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Anthony Braxton: Anthony Braxton Quartet [Sao Paulo 2014] (disc 2)
*Kris Davis Trio: Waiting for You to Grow
*Kris Davis: Capricorn Climber
*Kris Davis/Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2011-10-22 Cormòns, Italy (CDR)
*Kris Davis Infrasound: Save Your Breath
*Barry Guy New Orchestra & Elliott Sharp: 2009-11-06 Berlin (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2011-07-25 NYC (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*Roscoe Mitchell Creative Orchestra: Sketches from Bamboo
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-07-17 "Back Link, Don't Leak" (wav)
*Bud Powell: Tempus Fugue-It (disc 3)
*Ben Redwine/Daniel Barbiero/Jonathan Matis: Microeconomics
*Marc Ribot: Shoe String Symphonettes
*Henry Threadgill & Make a Move: Everybody's Mouth's a Book
*Weasel Walter Quartet and Double Trio: Firestorm
*John Zorn: Cobra (disc 1)
*John Zorn: John Zorn's Cobra: Tokyo Operations '94
*Cornelius: Mellow Waves
*Brian Eno: Reflection
*Esquivel: More of Other Worlds, Other Sounds
*Gong: Angel's Egg
*Grateful Dead: Live/Dead "Dark Star"
*Henry Kaiser: Everything Forever
*King Crimson: Islands (40th Anniversary Ed.) (disc 1)
*Raymond Scott: Manhattan Research Inc. (disc 1)
*Bruce Springsteen: The Ties That Bind: The River Collection (disc 1)
*Tasavallan Presidentti: Lambert Land
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 2
*Robert Wyatt: Rarities, Vol. 1 (boot CDR)

Reading List, Week of 2017-07-30

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Reading List 2017-07-31:

*Clinton, George, with Ben Greenman. Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain't That Funkin' Kinda Hard on You? (started)
*Price, Richard. Samaritan (started/finished)
*L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time (reread/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 4: 1927-1928 (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Youngquist, Paul. A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (in progress)

Monday, July 24, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-07-23

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Around Robert Wyatt is an album of interesting orchestral settings of Wyatt songs... he even sings on some of them... some versions are more successful than others... sometimes the arrangements strike me as too intrusive... I'm just a crank... Interesting prog-math rock sounds from Upsilon Acrux... read a mention of them on a best-of list and they sounded intriguing... Alexander Hawkins' new double CD of medium- and large-sized ensemble works, Unit[e], starts off with a bang with the Jerome Cooper composition "For the People"... the whole album is stomping, grooving, brilliant free jazz, propelled by Hawkins' always excellent piano playing... with "[C]all," I also hear traces of Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society here... multiple harmolodic lines anchored by propulsive drums, maybe... elsewhere, echoes of various AACM large ensembles, especially Muhal Richard Abram's... In the world of soul and sophisticated pop, Dusty Springfield is always enjoyable... some of the production values are too polished for me, but her voice is a delight... faves from the B sides here include "Something Special" (her own composition), "Baby Don't You Know," and "I'll Love You for a While"... Somewhat sadly, the only version I've seen of King Crimson is the quartet as heard on Live at Cap D'Agde, 1982... sadly, because while I love Bill Bruford, I have a really hard time with Adrian Belew's strained vocals... thus, I don't find myself returning to this version of the group much... even though there's lots of cool stuff going on... even so, it's very beat-driven, and I prefer the more exploratory, freer Crimson music of, say, the version with Jamie Muir and John Wetton... again with the crankiness...

Playlist 2017-07-24:

*Alice Babs & Duke Ellington: Serenade to Sweden
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (disc 1)
*Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet: Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano & Drums)
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Who Doesn't Fade?
*Chick Corea: The Musician (disc 1)
*Eric Dolphy: Iron Man
*George Duke: Faces in Reflection
*Alexander Hawkins: Unit[e]
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey/Kris Davis/Ralph Alessi: Lark
*John McLaughlin: My Goal's Beyond
*Purple Trap: Decided ... Already The Motionless Heart Of Tranquility, Tangling The Prayer Called "I" (disc 2)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Jazz in Silhouette
*Sun Ra and His Mythic Science Arkestra: The Paris Tapes: Live at le Theatre du Chatelet 1971
*Various artists: Creative Music Studio (Archive Selections, Vol. 1) (disc 1)
*World Saxophone Quartet: Requiem for Julius
*John Zorn: Cobra (disc 2)
*Apples in Stereo: The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone
*Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (2017 remix vinyl) (side 2)
*Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Live at Hollywood High
*D’Angelo: Brown Sugar
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2017-07-15 (wav)
*Gong: You
*KIng Crimson: Live at Cap D'Agde, 1982
*Orchestre National de Jazz: Around Robert Wyatt
*Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain (Deluxe Expanded Edition) (discs 1, 2)
*Dusty Springfield: Complete A and B Sides 1963-1970 (disc 2)
*Upsilon Acrux: Upsilon Live
*XTC: Skylarking: Deluxe Edition (side 4)
*Neil Young: Tonight’s the Night
*Neil Young: Chrome Dreams (soniclovenoize reconstruction)

Reading List, week of 2017-07-23

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David Thomson is one of the most astute observers on how technology is changing our lives. Ostensibly about TV, Television: A Biography covers society, culture, technology, politics, the Internet, racism, feminism--everything that TV claims to cover but often only screens over.

Reading List 2017-07-24:

*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 4: 1927-1928 (reread/started)
*L'Engle, Madeleine. A Wrinkle in Time (reread/started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 94-102) (started/finished)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 3: 1925-1926 (reread/finished)
*Thomson, David. Television: A Biography (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Youngquist, Paul. A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (in progress)

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Blue Goose

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Is there a better summation of Duke Ellington's mastery of swing and mood than 1940's sublime Blue Goose?  It starts off with grand but subtle piano. Johnny Hodges states the whimsical theme; Harry Carney restates it majestically. Cootie Williams steps in, then the full band comes in. Ben Webster solos over the groove before Lawrence Brown takes over the theme, then the full band comes in again, with almost dissonant chords and flourishes. Hodges then recapitulates the theme and takes it out, with Ellington having the last word (or syllable). All over a sumptuous bed of relaxed but insistent swing. All in a little over three minutes. Just marvelous.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-07-16




In a great summer for major reissues, another one to add to the list is the new remastered and expanded edition of Purple Rain... key draw is the second disc of unreleased material, much of which I've heard, but not with this sound quality, including the amazing "Wonderful Ass,"one of my favorite Prince bootleg tracks...  second key draw is the presence of all the Purple Rain-related extended 12-inch singles, many on CD for the first time... there are some issues with this release, though, and the best overall review I've seen of it is here... It's also guitar week, it seems! In addition to revisiting some of the unreleased December 2016 sessions with Rodger Coleman, whose guitar playing always gets me excited, I'm enjoying delving a little deeper into the guitar playing of Nels Cline... his playing in the guitar/bass/drum trio context is particularly inventive, with a hefty dose of noise mixed in, especially on Instrumentals... Henry Kaiser's Everything Forever is an extended 80-minute solo guitar piece that quickly delves into "Dark Star" territory... it's a long trance piece, but the mood is beautifully sustained... Mix in some Garcia, some Fripp, and some Steve Hillage and you have a nice week of guitar.

Playlist 2017-07-17:

*Johann Christian Bach: Six Favorite Overtures (Academy of Ancient Music)
*Anthony Braxton Zim Sextet: 2017-06-03 Moers (CDR)
*Nels Cline: Coward
*Nels Cline Singers: Instrumentals
*Nels Cline Trio: Ground
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-26 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: Saturn Sings
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2011-07-25 NYC (CDR)
*Roscoe Mitchell Creative Orchestra: Sketches from Bamboo
*Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (disc 1)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: Super-Sonic Jazz
*Sun Ra: 1982-06-24 Mannheim, Germany (CDR) (disc 1)
*Henry Threadgill Sextet: Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket
*John Zorn: Moonchild: Songs Without Words
*Apples in Stereo: The Discovery of a World Inside the Moone
*Area: Maledetti (Maudits)
*Beach Boys: 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow (selections)
*Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (Super Deluxe Ed.) (discs 2, 3)
*Gong: Live in Sherwood Forest '75
*Grateful Dead: Cornell 5.8.77 (disc 3)
*Grateful Dead: 50 Shades of Black & White (1987-04-07 East Rutherford NJ)
*Hatfield and the North: The Rotters’ Club (side 2)
*Henry Kaiser: Everything Forever
*King Crimson: Islands (40th Anniversary Ed.) (disc 2)
*King Tubby: Two Big Bull in a One Pen Dubwise
*Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain (Deluxe Expanded Edition) (discs 2, 3)
*Prince: Released (CDR compilation)
*Prince: Unreleased (CDR compilation)
*Rolling Stones: Havana Moon
*Neil Young: On the Beach

Reading List, Week of 2017-07-16




Reading List 2017-07-17:

*Thomson, David. Television: A Biography (started)
*Youngquist, Paul. A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism (started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 92-93) (started/finished)
*Steele, Greg. Kitties (started/finished)
*Brontë, Anne. Agnes Grey (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 3: 1925-1926 (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Other, Better World




Thmei was the activist group formed by Sun Ra and Alton Abraham in the 1950s in Chicago:
Thmei needed a public address system, a means of spreading its message of building a better world through culture and art. Or maybe a medium that was the message, art that built the better world it announced. For Sun Ra, music was that art, a creative medium that could challenge reality and offer something better in the process: a new sound, a progressive sensibility, a bold promise that however ugly the world might be, a more beautiful one awaited those adventurers who could feel and respond to music's call. (Paul Youngquist, A Pure Solar World: Sun Ra and the Birth of Afrofuturism, 2016, p. 62)

Friday, July 14, 2017

Pick of the Week



Happy to see that Who Doesn't Fade? has been chosen as a Pick of the Week over at Avant Music News! What an honor--thanks, guys.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-07-09



In addition to that other big re-release celebrating 1967, we now have 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow, featuring a gorgeous new true-stereo mix of the Beach  Boys' classic Wild Honey... the album sounds better than ever... while still maintaining its air of rediscovered simplicity, the new mix gives the album a beautiful sense of detailed clarity, a breath of country air, a sweeter thing or two... absolutely gorgeous... also included are tons of alternate takes, session tracks, and unreleased live and live-in-the-studio gems from the Smiley Smile and Wild Honey era... it's great to finally have "A Little Help from My Friends," as well as the full version of "I Was Made to Love Her" (with the coda at the end), on CD (both of these were previously only available on the LP "Rarities") (itself pretty rare).... The newly discovered tapes of Thelonious Monk's soundtrack sessions for Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 are primo... Also continuing my on and off explorations of Bud Powell, whose playing continues to fascinate me... As do the Beatles... Revolver and Sgt. Pepper: gaddam....

Playlist 2017-07-10:

*Nonpareil Wind Band: A Grand Sousa Concert (selectins)
*John Philip Sousa: Sousa Band (CDR compilation)
*Nels Cline Trio: Ground
*John Coltrane Quintet: 1961-07-01 Newport Jazz Festival (CDR)
*For Living Lovers: Brandon Ross/Stomu Takeishi: Revealing Essence
*Andrew Hill: 2001-08-14 Saaldelden, Austria (CDR)
*Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
*David Murray Octet: Dark Star: The Music of the Grateful Dead "Dark Star"
*Bud Powell: Tempus Fugue-It (disc 1)
*Ben Redwine/Daniel Barbiero/Jonathan Matis: Microeconomics
*Henry Threadgill Sextet: Just the Facts and Pass the Bucket
*David Torn & Prezens: 2007-08-24 Saalfelden (CDR)
*David Torn & Prezens: 2008-01-19 Budapest (CDR) (disc 2)
*World Saxophone Quartet: Requiem for Julius
*Amon Düül II: Live in Tokyo
*Beach Boys: 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow
*Beach Boys: Love You
*Beatles: Revolver (2009 mono remaster)
*Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (Super Deluxe Ed.) (discs 1, 2, 3, 4)
*De Facto: Megaton Shotblast
*Flash: Flash
*Henry Kaiser: Eternity Blue
*Henry Kaiser: Everything Forever
*King Crimson: Islands (40th Anniversary Ed.) (disc 1)
*Oneohtrix Point Never: R Plus Seven
*Dusty Springfield: Complete A and B Sides 1963-1970 (disc 1)
*Brian Wilson: Live at the Roxy Theatre (disc 2)

Reading List, Week of 2017-07-09



Reading List 2017-07-10:

*Brontë, Anne. Agnes Grey (started)
*Lemire, Jeff, and Dean Ormston.  Black Hammer: Secret Origins (started/finished)
*Turow, Scott. Testimony (started/finished)
*Corey, James S. A. Babylon's Ashes (finished)
*Shakespeare, William. Love's Labour's Lost (original-spelling ed.) (reread/finished)
*Turner, Steve. Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 3: 1925-1926 (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Friday, July 7, 2017

Another Bonus Playlist from the Magic Jukebox



It's time for another installment of a Magic Jukebox playlist, this time from late June 2017!

1. Beatles -  I'm looking through you (Anthology)
2. Beach Boys -  Child is father to the man
3. Beatles - Twist and shout (Ed Sullivan)
4. Duke Ellington - Raising the rent
5. Duke Ellington - Bluebird of Delhi (Myrah)
6. Beatles - Something/Blue jay way (Love)
7. Jimi Hendrix - Message to love (live Hawaii)
8. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Ooo baby baby
9. Miles Davis - Riot (Antwerp)
10. Roger & the Gypsies - Pass the hatchet
11. Elvis Presley - Return to sender
12. Flying Lotus - Coronus, the terminator
13. Pavement - Hit the plane down
14. Billie Holiday - Don't Explain
15. Duke Ellington - Tiger Rag Part 1
16. James Brown - Lickin' stick, lickin' stick (live Dallas)
17. Beatles - Your feet's too big (Star Club)
18. NPG - Get wild
19. Billie Holiday - Everything happens for the better
20. Impressions  - I need to belong to someone
21. Husker Du -  I don't know what you're talking about
22. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Would I love you
23. Paul McCartney & Elvis Costello - Playboy to a man (demo)
24. Hank Williams - My bucket's got a hole in it
25. Pavement - No life singed her (live)
26. Louis Armstrong - That's my home
27. Eddie Floyd - Holding on with both hands
28. Sun Ra - Unidentified synth/percussion piece (ESP tribute)
29. Otis Redding - I can't turn you loose (live)
30. Sun Ra - Springtime again (live Detroit)
31. Elvis Costello - Tears before bedtime
32. XTC - Terrorism
33. Zombies - I remember when
34. Paul Whiteman - I can't have the sweetie
35. Ornette Coleman & Prime Time: In all languages (live Wax Museum DC)
36. Beatles - The long and winding road
37. John Lee Hooker - Let's go out tonight
38. Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Glass box
39. XTC - Into the atom age
40. Duprees - You belong to me
41. OOIOO - On mani
42. Sun Ra - Dawn over Israel
43. Breeders - Flipside
44. Sly & the Family Stone - Trip to your heart
45. Sly & the Family Stone - Let me have it all
46. White Stripes - Dead leaves and the dirty ground
47. Nu Sounds - Perfume counter
48. Beatles - I've got a feeling
49. Guided By Voices - Motor away
50. Beatles - Reminiscing (Star Club)
51. Otis Redding - Dock of the bay (take 2)
52. Syreeta wright - Keep him like he is
53. Sun Ra - Overtones of China
54. Area - Giro, giro tondo
55. Duke Ellington - Cotton tail (soundie version)
56. Tad Thaddock - Attitude sax (live New Horizons)
57. John Coltrane - Pursuance
58. Miles Davis - Eighty one
59. Lollipop Shoppe - You must be a witch
60. Beatles BRG - It won't be long (yeah)
61. Time - My summertime thang #3
62. Sun Ra - State Street
63. De La Soul - D.A.I.S.Y. age
64. Sun Ra - 'Round midnight (live Detroit)
65. Sun Ra - Intergalactic Universe
66. Anthony Braxton - Composition 40D
67. Tad Thaddock - Billy the Song
68. John Lee Hooker - Down child
69. Betty & Charles - You can't find love
70. UYA - Unleash your armadillo
71. Mothers of Invention - King Kong II
72. Miles Davis - The theme (live Antwerp)
73. Beatles - Help! (take 4)
74. Guided By Voices - He's the uncle
75. Louis Armstrong - Blue again
76. Elvis Presley - Lover doll
77. XTC - No thugs in our house
78. Beatles BRG - Best of Ringo drum mix
79. Bobby Byrd - Never get enough
80. Dusty Springfield - Another night
81. Sun Ra - Along came Ra (live)
82. Sun Ra - Dance of the living image (rehearsal)
83. Captain Beefheart - Ant man bee
84. High Llamas - Up in the hills
85. Yardbirds - Shapes of things
86. Alemayehu Eshete - QondJit
87. Rufus Thomas - Sophisticated Sissy
88. Pavement - Two states
89. Santana - Batuka
90. Alton Ellis - Mad, mad, mad
91. Robert Wyatt - Maryan
92. Zach Hill - The Sacto smile
93. Mar-Keys - Bo-Time
94. Deerhoof - Frenzied handsome, hello!
95. Jackie Wilson - (I can feel those) vibrations
96. Isley Brothers -  Angels cried
97. Circus devils - Bull spears
98. Tower of Power - Flash in the pan
99. Delta Spirit - Trashcan
100. Sun Ra - Joy (live)

Monday, July 3, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-07-02



Thunderball: one of the ones that got away... I used to have this album as a kid, and I remember staging elaborate battle scenes with toy soldiers (or puppets?) with it going on in the background... wonderfully evocative... I stupidly sold it in a purge years ago, one of my few album-loss regrets... at least I can stream it... I've been going back and listening to other music from the Who Doesn't Fade? sessions... much of it is more aggressive than what we released, but more unfocused... can't release everything!... Highlight of the Grateful Dead documentary soundtrack is the 24-minute "Dark Star" from the Fillmore East 1970-02-14... much better sound than what was previously available... In the meanwhile, getting my prog rocks off with Steve Hackett... Phil Collins' drumming is always a pleasure... at least up to 1981, after which I just couldn't take his music any more... I'd stopped listening to Genesis long before... In my further explorations of Keiji Haino, I've delved into Fushitsusha, and this is some wild stuff... sonically dense noise guitar trio work... not crazy about his vocalizing, but it does work in context... Area is by far the greatest Italian prog group: a unique mixture of hard rock, fusion synth lines, free out jazz, and the insane vocals of leader Demetrio Stratos... Also enjoying revisiting the early folk psychedelia of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd...  Piper at the Gates of Dawn is closer to the Canterbury scene than any of their later albums, which is why I prefer it... by the time of Meddle, I get pretty bored... the Beatles Sgt. Pepper box continues to blow me away... The other big 1967 release, of course, is the Beach Boys Wild Honey collection... more on that next week!

Playlist 2017-07-03:

*John Barry: Thunderball (original soundtrack)
*Muhal Richard Abrams Experimental Band: 2012-08-25 Saalfelden, Austria (CDR)
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1995-01-12 Santa Cruz, CA (CDR)
*Arthur Blythe: Illusions
*Arthur Blythe: Blythe Spirit
*Nels Cline/Henry Kaiser/Jim Thomas/Weasel Walter/Allen Whitman: Jazz Free: A Connective Improvisation
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-26 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-28 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Duke Ellington: Live Th. Champs Elysées 29/30 Janvier 1965, Part. 2
*Fushitsusha: II (disc 2)
*Barry Guy & London Jazz Composers Orchestra: 1975-03-10 London (CDR)
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Amphi • Radio Rondo
*Bill Laswell: Baselines
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2017-01-04 NYC (CDR)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-06-12: "Spread the Eggs" (wav)
*Tony Oxley Sextet: 1998-09-10 Cologne, Germany (CDR)
*Eddie Prévost-John Stevens Double Trio: 1978-08-02 London (CDR)
*Ben Redwine/Daniel Barbiero/Jonathan Matis: Microeconomics
*Devadip Carlos Santana & Turiya Alice Coltrane: Illuminations
*Area: Crac!
*Jose "Chepito" Areas: Jose "Chepito" Areas
*Syd Barrett: The Madcap Laughs
*Beach Boys: 1967: Sunshine Tomorrow
*Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (Super Deluxe Ed.) (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Buffalo Springfield: Buffalo Springfield Again
*Faust: Rien
*Grateful Dead: Long Strange Trip: Motion Picture Soundtrack
*Grateful Dead: Cornell 5.8.77 (disc 2)
*Steve Hackett: Voyage of the Acolyte
*Pink Floyd: The Piper at the Gates of Dawn
*Prince: Crystal Ball (discs 2, 3)
*Stereolab: Chemical Chords
*Brian Wilson: Live at the Roxy Theatre (disc 1)
*WMWS: One Night Stand