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

Reading List, Week of 2017-07-02

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Reading List 2017-07-03:

*Corey, James S. A. Babylon's Ashes (started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 88-91) (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 3: 1925-1926 (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. Love's Labour's Lost (original-spelling ed.) (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Turner, Steve. Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year (in progress)

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-06-25




Beautiful noise-imbued ambience from Anduin... stream it here... There's never time to listen to everything I want to listen to every day... if I had days long enough to be able to listen to everything I wanted to on a daily basis, something from Cecil Taylor would always be included.... Garden is one of my fave Cecil solo recordings, as much for its lyricism as for its pyrotechnical brilliance... I'm still absorbing the Feel Trio box set, and Tony Oxley continues to be my favorite drummer for Cecil... Fun to revisit the old Arthur Blythe Columbia albums... tons of great ideas and great playing, although my tastes have certainly changed over the years... I have a harder time enjoying his sharp vibrato trills now, which strike me as shrill... I need to dig out my old cassettes of the Blythe "In the Tradition" quartet at the Village Vanguard... as I remember, there were technical difficulties, but also incredible playing, especially from Fred Hopkins and Steve McCall... so glad I got to see both of these masters, and in such a vibrant, intimate setting... stay tuned...

Playlist 2017-06-26:

*Arthur Blythe: Lenox Avenue Breakdown
*Arthur Blythe: In the Tradition
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 4)
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Who Doesn't Fade?
*Coleman Hawkins: 1953-1954
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-06-12: "Spread the Eggs" (wav)
*Charlie Parker Quintet: Complete Live at Birdland (disc 2)
*Cecil Taylor: Garden 1st Set
*Cecil Taylor Feel Trio: Two Ts for a Lovely T (disc 10)
*Anduin: Noir Tales
*Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (Super Deluxe Ed.) (disc 3)
*Gong: Flying Teapot (Radio Gnome Invisible Part 1)
*Grateful Dead: Road trips, Vol. 4 No. 5: Boston 6-9-76 (disc 3)
*Grateful Dead: Cornell 5.8.77 (disc 1)
*Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention: Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object Audio Documentary (disc 1)



Reading List, Week of 2017-06-25

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The summertime sci-fi reading binge continues....

Reading List 2017-06-26:

*Shakespeare, William. Love's Labour's Lost (original-spelling ed.) (reread/started)
*Turner, Steve. Beatles '66: The Revolutionary Year (started)
*Murphy, Andrew. "Shakespeare Goes Digital: Three Open Internet Editions" in Shakespeare Quarterly, 61:3 (2010) (started/finished)
*Corey, James S. A. Nemesis Games (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)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Music and Youth

 Free jazz legend Cecil Taylor swindled out of $500,000 by traitorous contractor
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Youth, to paraphrase some smart geezer, may be wasted on the young. But music doesn't have to be. (Jon Pareles, "Out of Tune With the Times?" in New York Times, 1988-04-24)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-06-18




Just got the new Sgt. Pepper box set... wonderful Father's Day gift from my lovely wife!... More on it later... needless to say, it sounds great.... It's always fun to revisit the wacky world of Gong... Pip Pyle's drumming on the first album is much simpler and more straight-forward than his work with Hatfield and the North or National Health... Finally getting around to watching the DVD of the live performance of Trillium J... it's wonderful! I'm glad I tried to absorb the music by itself before trying to watch it... the visuals give it a whole new dimension, of course, but what I really enjoy is hearing how the orchestra lives and breathes behind and around the singing... More soft spots: 1. the Brian Wilson's last Beach Boys record, That's Why God Made the Radio... lots of MOR pap, sure, but also some brilliant melodies and gorgeous singing... 2. the warped rock-and-roll of the title track from Yes' Going for the One... beautiful Steve Howe slide guitar...

Playlist 2017-06-19:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1997-06-29 Vignola, Italy (CDR)
*BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: 2016-11-19 Glasgow (Braxton: Comp. 27, 63; Fei; Bynum) (CDR)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J: 2014-04-19 Roulette, NYC, Act One (DVD)
*Anthony Braxton Zim Sextet: 2017-06-03 Moers (CDR)
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Who Doesn't Fade?
*Fushitsusha: II (disc 1)
*Rod Laver Quartet: 2017-06-15 Richmond VA (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-04-17: "Unsudden Settling into Grey Emotion" (wav)
*Charlie Parker Quintet: Complete Live at Birdland (disc 1)
*Purple Trap: Decided ... Already The Motionless Heart Of Tranquility, Tangling The Prayer Called "I" (disc 1)
*Return to Forever: Where Have I Known You Before (side 1)
*Aki Takase & Ingrid Laubrock: 2016-11-04 Berlin (CDR)
*Them Against Them: Night Returns with a Gallup
*Wuppertal Workshop Ensemble: The Family
*John Zorn: Cobra (disc 2)
*Beach Boys: 50 Big Ones (disc 2)
*Beach Boys: That’s Why God Made the Radio
*Beatles: Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band (Super Deluxe Ed.) (discs 1, 2)
*Gong: Camembert Electrique
*Grateful Dead: Road trips, Vol. 4 No. 5: Boston 6-9-76 (disc 2)
*Led Zeppelin: Presence
*NRBQ: Tiddly Winks
*Prince and the Revolution: Dream Factory (soniclovenoize reconstruction) (boot CDR)
*Prince: The Vault: Old Friends 4 Sale
*Prince: The Dawn (boot CDR) (disc 1)
*Prince: Box o' Chocolates (boot CDR)
*Prince: Rave In2 the Joy Fantastic
*Various artists: Big Dance Mix (CDR compilation) (discs 1, 4)
*Yes: Going for the One

Reading List, Week of 2017-06-18

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Reading List 2017-06-19:

*Corey, James S. A. Nemesis Games (started)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 3: 1925-1926 (reread/started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 85-87) (started/finished)
*Corey, James S. A. Cibola Burn (finished)
*Shakespeare and the Digital World (ed. Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan) (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Consolidation



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The danger ... is that the illusion of infinite choice may well belie the forces of coercion and manipulation which steer that choice, and the fact that despite the appearance of greater autonomy, our choices are increasingly similar to those of everyone else around us. (Stephen Purcell, "The Impact of New Forms of Public Performance," in Shakespeare and the Digital World, ed. Carson and Kirwan, 2014, p. 222)

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Announcement of New CD: Who Doesn't Fade?



I am pleased to announce that Rodger Coleman and I have a new CD out: Who Doesn't Fade? It's available for streaming or purchase. Rodger has done a fantastic job editing and mastering these live-in-the-studio improvisations, recorded at the end of last year. The cover photography by Jeff McLennan and design by James Buttery fit the music perfectly. Please check it out!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-06-11

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Loving the Aki Takase duos with Ingrid Laubrock... this is my first exposure to this pianist, and I will definitely need to check out more... Continuing to enjoy Jeff's Wig Drop recordings...he's got a way with a melody, and I love the textures and am jealous of his drumming... I was never a big fan of the Flo and Eddie period of the Mothers of Invention, but the Road Tapes release of a live show from 1970 is to my ears way more fun and interesting than Just Another Band from L.A.... A large part of it is the material; they rework a lot of melodies from Uncle Meat as well as bits from earlier albums... but also, there's less Flo and Eddie "comedy," Zappa's guitar playing is superb, and the band is super-tight... Excellent heartfelt improvisations from RAIC... nice to hear Zoe Olivia Kinney's cello so well-recorded... Revisiting Brian Wilson's first solo album reminded me that there are some wonderful melodies there, buried beneath the overproduced '80s synth sheen that bothered me so much when it first came out... "Let It Shine" and "Melt Away" are true gems... The BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra's renditions of large-scale works by Anthony Braxton, Taylor Ho Bynum, and James Fei are remarkable... you don't get stuff like that in these parts... thank goodness for the radio, the internet, and dime... Speaking of Braxton, the recent Zim Sextet Moers set is typically fantastic... this is music of life, positivity, and the breathtaking exhilaration of exploration and the communal creation of music... I've been lucky enough to hear many mid-sized Braxton ensemble recordings, and the recent ones from the last five or six years have pretty much all been uniformly Great (with a capital G!)... I love it that Ingrid Laubrock has been a part of many of these; her breathy tones and endless stream of ideas meld beautifully with Braxton's quicksilver lines and burnished sound... the Moers lineup also features cello, two harps, tuba, and the perennial cornet of Taylor Ho Bynum. Fantastic stuff!

Playlist 2017-06-12:

*Muhal Richard Abrams Orchestra: Blu Blu Blu
*Muhal Richard Abrams: One Line, Two Views
*Daniel Barbiero/Cristiano Bocci: Vόστος
*BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: 2016-11-19 Glasgow (Braxton: Comp. 27, 63; Fei; Bynum) (CDR)
*Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers: 'S Make It
*Anthony Braxton: Piano Quartet, Yoshi's 1994 (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 3)
*Anthony Braxton Zim Sextet: 2017-06-03 Moers (CDR)
*John Coltrane: Live Trane: The European Tours (disc 6)
*Kris Davis Trio: 2014-03-04 London (CDR)
*Decoy & Joe McPhee: Oto
*Duke Ellington: The Afro-Eurasian Eclipse
*Ghaphery/Bivins/Davis: 2007-09 Chapel Hill, NC (CDR)
*Ghaphery/Bivins/Davis: 2007-09 South Carolina (CDR)
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Inscape - Tableaux
*Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea
*Mary Halvorson Octet: Away with You
*Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: 2016-11-05 Strasbourg, France (CDR)
*George Lewis/Douglas Ewart: Jila - Save ! Mon. - The Imaginary Suite
*Joe Morris/Agusti Fernandez/Nate Wooley: From the Discrete to the Particular
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-05-01 "Push That Sound Over Here, Will You?" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-05-08 "No Crickets Here" (wav)
*Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 2
*Bud Powell: Bud! The Amazing Bud Powell Vol. 3
*RAIC: Love Lingers Like Poison In The Veins
*Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief
*Archie Shepp: Mama Too Tight
*Archie Shepp: The Way Ahead
*Pete La Roca Sims: Turkish Women at the Bath
*Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suite (disc 2)
*Aki Takase & Ingrid Laubrock: 2016-11-04 Berlin (CDR)
*Them Against Them: Night Returns with a Gallup
*David Torn & Prezens: 2008-01-19 Budapest (CDR) (disc 1)
*John Zorn: Cobra (disc 1)
*John Zorn: The Painted Bird
*Archie Bell & the Drells: Tighten Up
*Boredoms: Vision Creation Newsun
*Clash: The Singles (disc 2)
*Count Five: Psychotic Reaction
*Cream: Disraeli Gears (Deluxe Ed.) (disc 2)
*Dr. Dog: Be the Void
*Dr. Dog: Psychedelic Swamp
*Bob Dylan and The Band: The Basement Tapes- Complete (disc 6)
*Bob Dylan: Time Out of Mind
*Bob Dylan: Together Through Life
*Grateful Dead: Road trips, Vol. 4 No. 5: Boston 6-9-76 (disc 1)
*Al Green: Anthology (disc 1)
*Hatfield and the North with Robert Wyatt: 1973-01-02 Paris (CDR)
*Hatfield and the North: Hattitude
*Heldon: Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale
*Lauryn Hill: The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
*King Crimson: Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (disc 2)
*Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (Deluxe Ed.) (disc 1)
*Joni Mitchell: The Hissing of Summer Lawns
*Joni Mitchell: Hejira
*Andy Partridge: Extras (The Unreleased Fuzzy Warbles Demos) (boot CDR)
*Prince: Crystal Ball (disc 1)
*Remains: The Remains
*Arsenio Rodriguez: Inolvidable 6
*Spacemere: Apartment Opera
*Dusty Springfield: Ooooooweeee!!!
*UYA: 1990-03-19 Middle East, Cambridge MA (CDR)
*UYA: 1990-09-03 Willow Jazz Club, Somerville MA (CDR) (disc 2)
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 2
*WMWS: One Night Stand
*Brian Wilson: Brian Wilson
*Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention: Road Tapes, Venue #3 (1970) (disc 2)

Reading List, Week of 2017-06-11



Reading List 2017-06-12:

*Corey, James S. A. Cibola Burn (started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 81-84) (started/finished)
*Thompson, Ann, and Neil Taylor. "Additions and Reconsiderations" in Shakespeare, Hamlet (Arden 3rd series, rev. ed.) (started/finished)
*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. A Drifting Life (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Shakespeare and the Digital World (ed. Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, June 5, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-06-04

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Busy week, lots of traveling and work... Highlight of the week was getting to hear an almost-completed mix of the new Jefferson Pilot release... it's an EP-length mini-suite of epic proportions with strange dischordant banging and ruminations from the Troubled Youth Orchestra... Got through the long "Good Lovin'" suite that was included as bonus material on the Grateful Dead CD of Europe '72... I don't think it's Pigpen's finest hour... there are many versions of "Lovelight" that gel far better... that being said, it's great driving music (as is the absolutely stunning "Truckin'" suite that precedes it on the disc!)... Excellent brand-new set from Anthony Braxton at Moers, a crack band with special guest Ingrid Laubrock... see here for a short write-up.

Playlist 2017-06-05:

*Anthony Braxton/Tomas Fujiwara/Tom Rainey: Trio (New Haven) 2013 (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton Zim Sextet: 2017-06-03 Moers (CDR)
*Miles Davis: The Complete Bitches Brew Sessions (disc 2)
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: Bending Bridges
*Andrew Hill: 2000-04-29 London (CDR)
*Paul Lytton/Nate Wooley: 2011-03-02 The Stone, NYC (CDR)
*Beach Boys: Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of The Beach Boys (disc 1)
*James Brown & the Famous Flames: Live at the Apollo
*Dr. Dog: B-Room
*Brian Eno: Music for Films
*Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks 16 (1969-11-08 Fillmore West) (disc 1)
*Grateful Dead: Europe '72 (disc 2)
*Jefferson Pilot with the Troubled Youth Orchestra: Sympathy for SuperBad
*King Crimson: Radical Action to Unseat the Hold of Monkey Mind (disc 1)
*Shelby Lynne: Just a Little Lovin’
*UYA: 1990-09-03 Willow Jazz Club, Somerville MA (CDR) (disc 1)
*Various artists: The Stax Story (disc 3)
*Various artists: Nigeria Soul Fever: : Afro Funk, Disco and Boogie: West African Disco Mayhem! (disc 2)
*Dionne Warwick: The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits

Reading List, Week of 2017-06-04

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Reading List 2017-06-05:

*Josipovici, Gabriel. Hamlet: Fold on Fold (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Shakespeare and the Digital World (ed. Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. A Drifting Life (in progress)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-05-28

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I've long been a sucker for the Hammond B-3 and similar organ sounds--nurtured by Felix Cavaliere and the Rascals--and lately, after a couple of years of digging Jamie Saft's work with Slobber Pup and Plymouth, not to mention John Medeski's playing in Simulacrum, I've been going back to the motherlode with Larry Young, first with the Tony Williams Lifetime and now with some great Blue Note albums... Then there's Alexander Hawkins, whose Decoy albums are full of brilliant off-kilter, spacey, and always stunning Ra-inspired organ work...  There's some great organ work from Rodger Coleman on our forthcoming release, too!... Have been digging Terry Adams' takes on Monk tunes, Talk Thelonious, especially his version of "Ruby, My Dear," which is as much a tribute to Brian Wilson as it is to Monk... The Hatfield and the North radio session from 1973 is notable for two reasons: Robert Wyatt guests on vocals (and does a killer duet with Richard Sinclair on "God Song"), and it is the only Hatfield recording I know of with Richard's cousin David Sinclair (formerly of Caravan and Matching Mole) on keyboards instead of Dave Stewart... it's a fabulous set...

Playlist 2017-05-29:

*Terry Adams: Talk Thelonious
*Colla Parte: 2015-08-15 Auxiliary, Richmond VA (wav)
*Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket
*Decoy: Vol 1: Spirit
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Inscape - Tableaux
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-05-08 "No Crickets Here" (wav)
*Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial
*Sun Ra: Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1991 (disc 3)
*Larry Young: Into Somethin’
*Larry Young: Unity
*Larry Young: Lawrence of Newark
*Chicago: Live in Japan (disc 1)
*Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Blood & Chocolate
*Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody
*Hatfield and the North with Robert Wyatt: 1973-01-02 Paris (CDR)
*Hurray for the Riff Raff: The Navigator
*Jefferson Pilot: Soundtrack to Welcome Stranger
*OOIOO: Shock City Shockers, Vol. 2: OOIOO Remix
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 2
*Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention: Meat Light: The Uncle Meat Project/Object Audio Documentary (discs 2, 3)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Reading List, Week of 2017-05-28




Reading List 2017-05-29:

*Aton, Ayé. Sun Ra + Ayé Aton: Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972 (started/finished)
*Corey, James S. A. Abaddon's Gate (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Josipovici, Gabriel. Hamlet: Fold on Fold (in progress)
*Shakespeare and the Digital World (ed. Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. A Drifting Life (in progress)

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-05-21




Rodger Coleman sent me the final masters for our next CD release, Who Doesn't Fade?... he has done a fantastic job; it sounds wonderfully clean and is some of the spaciest stuff we've ever done... coming later this year... Continuing my ongoing explorations of Tom Rainey's drumming.... Drew Gress Quintet, Big Satan, Prezens, Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House, his own trio... the guy gets around!... Pianist Agustí Fernández's contributions to Barry Guy New Orchestra's Amphi • Radio Rondo are fantastic... My wife was at the Clash show in LA in 1982 featured on Stinkfoot in Hollywood... it's nice to think that I'm hearing her in the crowd!

Playlist 2017-05-22:

*Daniel Barbiero/Ken Moore: Lunge
*Big Satan: Souls Saved Hear
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 2)
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Who Doesn't Fade? (final master wav)
*John Coltrane: Live in Japan "Leo"
*Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman: 2010-07-03 Whitney Museum of Modern Art, NYC (CDR)
*Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes
*Drew Gress Quintet: 2006-01-22 Bimhuis, Amsterdam (CDR) (disc 2)
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Amphi • Radio Rondo
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: 2014-05-22 London (CDR) (disc 2)
*Brian Jones Wurlitzer Trio: Drug Piano
*Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Strong Place
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-05-08 "No Crickets Here" (wav)
*Prezens: Slipped on a Bar
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2011-05-06 Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT (CDR) (disc 2)
*Secret Keeper: Emerge
*Sun Ra: Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1991 (disc 2)
*David Bowie: David Bowie [1969]
*Chicago: Live in Japan (disc 2)
*Clash: Stinkfoot in Hollywood (boot CDR)
*Heldon: Agneta Nilsson
*Joy Division: Closer
*King Crimson: 1971-1974 (CDR)
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (selections)
*Tower of Power: In the Slot (side 1)
*Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention: Road Tapes, Venue #2 (1973) (disc 2)

Reading List, Week of 2017-05-21

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Reading List 2017-05-22:

*Corey, James S. A. Abaddon's Gate (in progress)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Josipovici, Gabriel. Hamlet: Fold on Fold (in progress)
*Shakespeare and the Digital World (ed. Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)
*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. A Drifting Life (in progress)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Playlist, week of 2017-05-14

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I'm loving Taylor Ho Bynum's large-scale works... Enter the Plustet takes a different approach than 2014's Navigation... it's both tighter and more expansive at the same time... I somehow missed out on Heldon and Richard Pinhas all through the 20th century, so thanks to Rodger I've been playing catch-up... great stuff (again with the incisive criticism!)... Working my way through some Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey duets I got off of youtube... and what pleasurable work it is! They play really well together and beautifully extend the legacy of Interstellar Space... it's hard for me to watch the videos, though, because I don't want to be influenced by Rainey... he's just so damn good, and watching him I just want to emulate everything he does... I couldn't pull it off but I'd make a fool of myself trying.. The live Drew Gress Quintet music is an excellent showcase for Tom Rainey's "jazzy" side... he really swings hard here, and his drumming is impeccable... The Nels Cline/Larry Ochs/Gerald Cleaver Trio + Marshall Allen set in Philly: sublime hardcore free improvisation... I saw this trio in Richmond and they were again sublime... here, Marshall Allen fits like a glove... life-affirming energy!...

Playlist 2017-05-15:

*Muhal Richard Abrams Quintet: 2016-01-31 Milan (CDR)
*Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the Plustet
*Nels Cline/Larry Ochs/Gerald Cleaver Trio + Marshall Allen: 2016-12-11 Philadelphia (CDR)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Aphelion
*Kris Davis: Duopoly
*Decoy & Joe McPhee: Oto
*Globe Unity Orchestra: 2016-11-04 Berlin (CDR)
*Drew Gress Quintet: 2006-01-22 Bimhuis, Amsterdam (CDR) (disc 1)
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Oort-Entropy
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2014-03-24 NYC (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2016-01-04 NYC (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2016-09-25 NYC (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey/Kris Davis/Ralph Alessi: Lark
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-04-17: "Unsudden Settling into Grey Emotion" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-05-01 "Push That Sound Over Here, Will You?" (wav)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: It Is in the Brewing Luminous
*John Zorn: The Painted Bird
*Ahleuchatistas: What You Will
*David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (The Motion Picture Soundtrack) (disc 2)
*Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style
*Gentle Giant: In a Glass House
*Keiji Haino: Experimental Mixture- In the World (disc 2)
*Heldon: Interface
*King Crimson: 1969-1970 (CDR)
*King Crimson: 1970-1971 (CDR)
*Minutemen: 3-Way Tie (For Last)
*UYA: 1990-03-19 Middle East, Cambridge MA (CDR)
*UYA: 1990-09-03 Willow Jazz Club, Somerville MA (CDR)

Reading List, week of 2017-05-14

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Reading List 2017-05-15:

*Corey, James S. A. Abaddon's Gate (started)
*Josipovici, Gabriel. Hamlet: Fold on Fold (started)
*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. A Drifting Life (started)
*Erens, Pamela. The Virgins (started/finished)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 68-80) (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Shakespeare and the Digital World (ed. Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hamlet's Double Movement



[Hamlet] is brilliantly constructed moment by moment to convey a sense at once of a hopeless stasis, of endless talk and nothing decisive happening, and of a machine hurtling helplessly towards a conclusion at once longed for and fought against.
     This doubleness is felt by every viewer and reader, but it is very difficult to hold on to. For if we try to understand the play, to fathom its deepest springs, we lose the sense of its unfolding in time, while if we focus on its relentless forward motion we feel ourselves being carried not towards understanding but away from it. And all the while this double movement precisely mirrors Hamlet's own experience. (Gabriel Josipovici, Hamlet: Fold on Fold, Yale Univ. Press, 2016, p. 8)

Friday, May 12, 2017

Two Excellent Articles from Daniel Barbiero

Actually, one is an essay and one's a review. Both are well worth reading:



A review of Jack Wright's new book...

...and an intriguing essay about free improvisation. Building on notions of self-exposure, he says:
The central, medium-independent content of free improvisation is the improviser’s disclosure of him- or herself, from the first person perspective. ...
Think of how music can convey an emotion such as agitation—with rapid flurries of notes, loud dynamics, dissonant pitch combinations it can model the restlessness and unease of an agitated emotional state. ... What is being represented is the state of the improviser, the first person perspective on the performance, in the medium of organized sound. ...
The expressive part of free improvisation’s content can be described—we can say of a player that his line is agitated or her harmonies are anxious—but in itself it isn’t description. Through the agitated line or anxious harmonies the performer isn’t describing his or her state but rather is expressing it.
The only caveat I would have for that is: don't underestimate the power of acting. My playing may be agitated, but I may be pretending, not expressing....

I love thinking about playing in this way, and Daniel's writing about music always gets in deep.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-05-07



Not much to say about the new 3-CD set of Sun Ra singles except that the sound is much improved over the Evidence release. That, and finally having clean, best-sounding-ever versions of the Pat Patrick-heavy single "A Blue One" and "Orbitration in Blue," only rediscovered after the Evidence set came out, make this a must-have collection... The Ingrid Laubrock recording with the Serenus Zeitblom Oktett is more than just her sitting in (I realize my use of the word "just" could be taken pejoratively, but I don't mean it that way); it's a five-part composition by her, and it is wonderful. Strange and spacey at times, the string-heavy instrumentation (two electric guitars, viola, cello, electric bass) plus vibraphone is a great setting for her saxophone work... it's definitely an ensemble piece, not a concerto for saxophone... that being said, at times, it's downright Braxtonian... excellent music... Still loving the Barry Guy New Orchestra discs... I have been working my way through Andy Partidge's Fuzzy Warbles series... many gems scattered throughout, but also many reasons to remind me why he can be so infuriating and irritating at times, with many (most?) of the demos of XTC songs not so different from the released versions as to merit much interest, and with several pieces being just abrasive and self-indulgent (like "The Laugh Track" or "Jacob's Ladder")... but then he includes masterworks like "I Defy You Gravity" and "I Don't Want to Be Here" and all is forgiven...

Playlist 2017-05-08:

*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (disc 4)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 1)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2007-12-29 Nashville
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Perihelion
*Eric Dolphy: Iron Man
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Oort-Entropy
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Amphi • Radio Rondo
*Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*Manfred Schoof: European Echoes
*Sun Ra: Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1991 (disc 1)
*John Zorn/Simulacrum: 49 Acts of Unspeakable Depravity in the Abominable Life and Times of Gilles de Rais
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-04-17: "Unsudden Settling into Grey Emotion" (wav)
*Serenus Zeitblom Oktett with Ingrid Laubrock: 2016-09-06 Sardinia, Italy (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: 1981-11-07 Zurich (wav)
*Beach Boys: Made in California (disc 3)
*David Bowie: Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars (The Motion Picture Soundtrack) (disc 1)
*Al Bowlly: Just a Bowl of Cherries
*Deerhoof: selections
*Henry Cow: Late
*Joy Division: Closer
*Andy Partridge: The Official Fuzzy Warbles Collector's Album (disc 9)
*Prince and the Revolution: Around the World in a Day
*Todd Rundgren: Box o'Todd (disc 2)
*UYA: 1991-04-17 Metalayers (wav)
*UYA: 1991-04-21 Castle Shadows (wav)

Reading List, Week of 2017-05-07



Reading List 2017-05-08:

*Corey, James S. A. Caliban's War (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Shakespeare and the Digital World (ed. Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan) (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-04-30

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Really enjoying Ingrid Laubrock's contribution to Music for a Film That Never Was, an anthology of invited musical contributions to imagined films. I love the concept, and her "Mississippi" is a mysterious, undulating evocation of a watery realm, scenes taking place on sunken ships... The Tony Williams Lifetime is a group I wish I'd really gotten into when they were active. I didn't discover them until the '80s. I prefer Turn It Over because of the addition of Jack Bruce. I can hear a definite influence of Tony Williams on the drumming of Bill Bruford with King Crimson. In many ways Lifetime is like an alternative Crimson with more organ and less posturing... I need to go back to Yamataka Eye and John Zorn's first duo recording to compare, but it's hard to see how it could be any better than Naninani II... there's so much going on, it's wonderfully varied in both texture and mood, and it feels like there's less screaming (not that I mind Eye's screaming, but less of it leaves room for the subtle keyboard and percussion work that's going on)... I always listen a bit every week to stuff I've played on; not only does it help my analyze (and try to improve) my own playing, but I always find that there's so much going on that I've missed, whether because of being so much in the moment, or paying attention to one part over another, or due to placement in the room and differing sound levels... I particularly find this to be the case with New Ting Ting Loft improvisations, and last week's piece "Unsudden Settling into Grey Emotion" is no exception. For this one we tended to stay quiet for a good 20 minutes before breaking out the volume, which doesn't always happen... it makes for interesting textures and tensions...

Playlist 2017-05-01:

*Bloodcount: Saturation Point
*Anthony Braxton/Evan Parker: Duo (London) 1993
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (discs 2, 3)
*Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales
*Yamataka Eye and John Zorn: Naninani II
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Oort-Entropy
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-04-10 "Swipe Out" (m4a)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-04-17: "Unsudden Settling into Grey Emotion" (wav)
*Herbie Nichols: The Complete Blue Note Recordings (disc 3)
*Paradoxical Frog: 2011-06-10 Vision Festival, NYC (CDR)
*Various artists: Music for a Film That Never Was (streaming)
*Tony Williams: Spring
*Tony Williams Lifetime: Turn It Over
*Ahleuchatistas: Of the Body Prone
*Deerhoof: La Isla Bonita
*Steve Hackett: Voyage of the Acolyte
*Henry Cow: Cow Cabinet of Curiosities
*Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles 5
*Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles 6
*Various artists: Hot Women: Women Singers from the Torrid Regions of the World
*Various artists: Rum Punch
*Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention: Road Tapes, Venue #2 (1973) (disc 1)

Reading List, Week of 2017-04-30

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Reading List 2017-05-01:

*Corey, James S. A. Caliban's War (started)
*Shakespeare and the Digital World (ed. Christie Carson and Peter Kirwan) (started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 64-67) (started/finished)
*Corey, James S. A. Leviathan Wakes (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, April 24, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-04-23



More free-form thoughts:  Planktonic Finales is more evidence of the deep wondrousness of Ingrid Laubrock's playing... I am just starting to learn more about Keiji Haino, and am perhaps starting bass-ackwards since I am checking out his recent DJ works instead of going back to early solo works or Fushitsusha, but what the hell. This is cool stuff, Plunderphonically fascinating... When I need a kick in my drumming rear, Tony Williams' hard-driving work with Lifetime always does the trick. I'm not crazy about his vocals, but when the grooves kick in, watch out! ... The Barry Guy large ensemble albums are simply gorgeous, and I am especially enjoying Agusti Fernandez's piano work in this context... he is someone whose playing I have enjoyed exploring over the past couple of years (same with Alexander Hawkins)... Over the past few months I have been working my way through the UYA archives, and that continues to be a fascinating process (more on that way later).... I have been stretching out my jaunt through the first 20 volumes of the Duke Ellington Treasury Shows, a treasure trove of Ellingtonia airshots from the mid-1940s. It's been good to listen a little at a time since there is a fair amount of repetition, but there are gems throughout... Tony Oxley is continually inspiring. On Digger's Harvest his playing is typically brilliant, with his command and deployment of clattering textures and dynamic levels, qualities I strive for in my playing...

Playlist 2017-04-24:

*Terry Adams & Marshall Allen: Ten by Two
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet (Santa Cruz) 1993 (disc 2)
*Taylor Ho Bynum Sextet: Asphalt Flowers Forking Paths
*Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales
*George Duke: I Love the Blues, She Heard My Cry
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 20 (disc 1)
*Duke Ellington: Masterpieces by Ellington
*Yamataka Eye and John Zorn: Naninani II
*Michael Formanek/Tim Berne/Jeff Hirshfield: Loose Cannon
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Oort-Entropy
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Amphi • Radio Rondo
*Booker Little: Out Front
*John McLaughlin/Jaco Pastorius/Tony Williams: Trio Of Doom
*Evan Parker/Walter Prati: Hall of  Mirrors
*Annette Peacock & Paul Bley: Dual Unity
*Ivo Perelman: Soul
*Alexander von Schlippenbach & Tony Oxley: Digger's Harvest
*Tony Williams: Life Time
*Tony Williams Lifetime: Emergency
*Ahleuchatistas: Even in the Midst…
*David Bowie: Re:Call 1 (disc 2)
*Car Seat Headrest: Teens of Style
*Emerson Lake & Palmer: Brain Salad Surgery
*Grateful Dead: 1969-02-22 Vallejo, CA (CDR)
*Keiji Haino: Experimental Mixture- In the World (disc 1)
*Henry Cow: Beginnings
*King Crimson: THRaKaTTaK
*NRBQ: All Hopped Up
*OOIOO: Shock City Shockers, Vol. 2: OOIOO Remix
*Primus: Pork Soda (selections)
*UYA: 1991-03-06/10 Halfway Up (wav)
*UYA: 1991-04-03/07 Tempohole (wav)
*UYA: 1991-04-14 Salutes and Lost Love (wav)
*Zevious: Passing Through the Wall

Reading List week of 2017-04-23


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Reading List 2017-04-24:

*Corey, James S. A. Leviathan Wakes (started)
*Burnet, Graeme Macrae. His Bloody Project (started/finished)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 45-63) (started/finished)
*Moody, Rick. Hotels of North America (finished)
*Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice (Arden 3rd series, ed. John Drakakis) (reread/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Imaginary Vinyl Notice in Jazzwise


There's a nice little write-up about Imaginary Vinyl in the current print issue of the UK jazz publication Jazzwise Magazine. Pretty neat!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-04-16




Thought I would try some more free-form thoughts on the music I've listened to this week--this is a blog, after all. As time permits. The Rick Biddulph music is sourced from a cassette given to my brother by Rick himself, who was a roadie for National Health when we saw them back in '79 in DC. It turns out to be a primo slice of unreleased Canterbury, vintage Dave Stewart and Pip Pyle, plus Northette-style vocals from Barbara Gaskin. I'd love to know more about this... The Great Lakes Suite didn't knock me out at first, but on subsequent listening it's really strong--excellent Leo Smith, with Threadgill actually soloing on sax a lot, something I've missed on his most recent recordings with Zooid--I mean it's always been there, sure, but it's nice to hear him featured in a quartet lineup like this. Shades of Made in Chicago, with DeJohnette on drums as well. Burning..... The Braxton Trillium stuff continues to excite  and bewilder me...gotta have a certain amount of bewilderment...keeps your ears on their toes, so to speak... The Getz samba album is beautiful: simple and evocative-- music of a past I never had. A time of sunsets and parrots.... Chicago Live in Japan is from 1972, back when they were interesting. Terry Kath shines on this, wonderful guitar work, great vocals, even some out/abstract guitar feedback on "Song for Richard and His Friends"... I wrote some about Daniel Barbiero and Ken Moore's Lunge last week, really nice... After getting into the Eric Dolphy/Booker Little quintet Five Spot stuff over the last couple of weeks, I pulled out Iron Man from 1963. I hadn't checked this out in a while, and frankly I'd forgotten how much I love it. A great setting for Dolphy, and Woody Shaw is the perfect complement... Shock Axis is the new Joe Morris, powerful heavy avant-rock that continues the trajectories he's been building with Plymouth and Slobber Pup... Well, I can't write this much about everything, so that's all for now...

Playlist 2017-04-17:

*Daniel Barbiero/Ken Moore: Lunge
*Tim Berne: The Shell Game
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet/Quintet (NYC) 2011
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (disc 1)
*Convergence Quartet: Song/Dance
*Whit Dickey/Mat Maneri/Matthew Shipp: Vessel in Orbit
*Eric Dolphy: Iron Man
*Duke Ellington: The Great Ellington Units
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 19 (disc 2)
*Feel Trio: Celebrated Blazons
*Michael Formanek: Small Places
*Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd: Jazz Samba
*Drew Gress: 7 Black Butterflies
*Illegal Crowns: Illegal Crowns
*Radu Malfatti/Keith Rowe: Phi (disc 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell/Tony Marsh/John Edwards: Improvisations
*Joe Morris: Shock Axis (streaming)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-04-10 "Swipe Out" (m4a)
*Manfred Schoof Sextett: Manfred Schoof Sextett
*Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suite (disc 1)
*Sun Ra: Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1991 (discs 2, 3)
*Wuppertal Workshop Ensemble: The Family
*Lester Young: Classic Columbia, Okeh, and Vocalion Lester Young with Count Basie (1936-1940) (disc 1)
*Rick Biddulph: Rick’s Medley for U.S. Tour (cassette>CDR)
*Chicago: Live in Japan
*Deerhoof: The Magic
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2017-03-04 (wav)
*Donnie and Joe Emerson: Dreamin' Wild
*Steve Heimbecker: The Enormouslessness Of Cloud Machines (disc 3)
*Led Zeppelin: Physical Graffiti (disc 2)
*NRBQ: At Yankee Stadium
*NRBQ: NRBQ (The Yellow Album)
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (selections)
*Yes: Going for the One

Reading List, Week of 2017-04-16



Reading List 2017-04-17:

*Moody, Rick. Hotels of North America (started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 31-44) (started/finished)
*Moody, Rick. The Ice Storm (finished)
*Perry, Thomas. The Old Man (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice (Arden 3rd series, ed. John Drakakis) (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)