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: 1926-1926 (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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One of the best books on Hamlet I've read...

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)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-04-09



Another wonderful release from Daniel Barbiero. Unlike this duo's previous recording (Frequency Drift), on Lunge Ken Moore plays only analog synthesizers. Paired with Dan's sensuous, deep tones on bass, Moore's understated sound sculptures create dark but brilliant meditative settings for these fine improvisations.

Playlist 2017-04-10:

*Daniel Barbiero/Ken Moore: Lunge
*Daniel Barbiero/Sam Byrd/Jimmy Ghaphery: 2017-03-21 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*Sylvie Courvoisier/Mary Halvorson/Ikue Mori: 2010-07-24 Whitney Museum of Modern Art (CDR)
*Eric Dolphy: The Complete Prestige Recordings (disc 7)
*Duke Ellington Small Groups: Back Room Romp
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 19 (disc 1)
*Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes
*Mary Halvorson Quintet: Saturn Sings
*Andrew Hill: 2001-08-14 Saaldelden, Austria (CDR)
*David Holland/Derek Bailey: Improvisations for Cello and Guitar
*Harold Johnson Sextet: House On Elm Street
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2017-01-04 NYC (CDR)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-03-27 "Can Floor Sink-O-Matic" (wav)
*New Tony Williams Lifetime: Believe It
*Herbie Nichols: The Complete Blue Note Recordings (disc 2)
*Tony Oxley Sextet: 1998-09-10 Cologne, Germany (CDR)
*Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2016-07-01 NYC (CDR)
*Mario Schiano: And His All Stars
*Sun Ra: Singles: The Definitive 45s Collection 1952-1991 (disc 1)
*David Torn Prezens: 2008-01-14 London (CDR)
*Beach Boys: The SMiLE Sessions (disc 1) (selections)
*Booker T. & the MGs: Time Is Tight (disc 1)
*David Bowie: Re:Call 1 (disc 1)
*Golden Dawn: Power Plant
*Steve Heimbecker: The Enormouslessness Of Cloud Machines (disc 2)
*Jethro Tull: Aqualung
*Mastodon: Crack the Skye
*Mastodon: The Hunter
*NRBQ: Froggy's Favorites Vol. 1: Live 1979-1999 (disc 1)
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (disc 3)
*Opeth: Watershed (selections)
*Opeth: Ghost Reveries (selections)
*Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles 4
*Richard Pinhas/Oren Ambarchi: Tikkun
*Praxis: Zürich (selections)
*Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM): Photos of Ghosts
*Prix: Historix
*Todd Rundgren: Box o'Todd (disc 1)
*UYA: 1991-02-03 Blow (wav)
*UYA: 1991-02-24 Into Skin (wav)
*UYA: 1991-03-06/10 Way, Way Up (wav)
*Robert Wyatt: Odd Ditties (boot CDR) (disc 2)
*Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans (side 1)
*Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention: Road Tapes, Venue #3 (1970) (disc 2)
*Zephyr: Zephyr (selections)

Reading List, Week of 2017-04-09



Reading List 2017-04-10:

*Moody, Rick. The Ice Storm (started)
*Perry, Thomas. The Old Man (started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 12-30) (started/finished)
*Tezuka, Osamu. Ayako (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)

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-04-02



Dolphy's alto sax solo on Fire Waltz is rapidly becoming one of my favorites of his.

Playlist 2017-04-03:

*Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin (Sergiu Luca) (disc 1)
*Robert Ashley: Private Parts (The Record)
*Daniel Barbiero/Sam Byrd/Jimmy Ghaphery: 2017-03-21 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*Lenny Breau: The Velvet Touch of Lenny Breau - Live!
*Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the Plustet
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: Imaginary Vinyl
*Eric Dolphy: The Complete Prestige Recordings (disc 7)
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 18
*Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House Quartet: 2016-11-12 Wels, Austria (wav)
*Radu Malfatti/Keith Rowe: Phi (disc 1)
*RAIC: Lovers Never Leave (streaming)
*Jimmy Smith: Retrospective (disc 1)
*Sun Ra And His Arkestra: Sun Ra And His Arkestra At Inter-Media Arts April 1991
*Cecil Taylor Unit: 1980-12-17 Washington DC (wav)
*David Bowie: The Man Who Sold the World
*Brecker Brothers: Back to Back
*Caravan: If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You
*Caravan: In the Land of Grey and Pink
*Deerhoof: Green Cosmos
*Formanex: Pic-Nic
*Keiji Haino: Experimental Mixture
*Steve Heimbecker: The Enormouslessness Of Cloud Machines (disc 1)
*Gil Mellé: The Andromeda Strain (OST)
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (disc 4)
*Protest the Hero: Pacific Myth
*Thundercat: Thundercat (CDR compilation)
*UYA: 1990-12-18/1991-01-02 Warp Wipe (wav)
*UYA: 1991-01-02/05 Open Other End (wav)
*UYA: 1991-01-05/08 Thigh Agenda (wav)
*Various artists: Doob Doob O'Rama: Filmsongs from Bollywood
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 2

Reading List, Week of 2017-04-02



What a mammoth masterpiece! Easily my second favorite Pynchon novel (after Gravity's Rainbow, natch). My re-reading was greatly enhanced by two sites that really helped sort out details: the Pynchon Wiki for Against the Day and the Chumps of Choice read-through and discussion. Thanks, all who contributed to those fine sites. Now I just need to figure out what it all meant....

Reading List 2017-04-03:

*Shakespeare, William. The Merchant of Venice (Arden 3rd series, ed. John Drakakis) (reread/started)
*Tezuka, Osamu. Ayako (started)
*Kirkman, Robert, et al. The Walking Dead (issues 1-11) (started/finished)
*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. Good-Bye (started/finished)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/finished)
*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. Abandon the Old in Tokyo (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Friday, March 31, 2017

RAIC Release "Lovers Never Leave" Now on Bandcamp



Lovers Never Leave is a new album by RAIC, now streaming and available for download on Bandcamp. It consists of two sessions I was happy to participate in: a live performance at Sound of Music Studios (video here) and a session at the Harry Partch Appreciation Society practice space (more audio from that session here). While you're there, check out the other cool RAIC releases.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-03-26



Playlist 2017-03-27:

*Daniel Barbiero/Sam Byrd/Jimmy Ghaphery: 2017-03-21 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-28 Nashville (wav) (track 4)
*John Coltrane: The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (disc 1)
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 17
*Mary Halvorson Octet: Away with You
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*Living By Lanterns: New Myth/Old Science
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-02-20 "Ash Pass Surprise" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-03-13 "Box of Voices" (wav)
*David Torn Prezens: 2008-03-14 New Haven, CT (CDR) (disc 1)
*John Zorn: Cobra: John Zorn's Game Pieces, Vol. 2
*Asha Bhosle: selections
*Deerhoof: I Thought We Were Friends (single/streaming)
*Henry Cow: 1978-01-13 Zürich (wav)
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (disc 1)
*Shirelles: The World's Greatest Girls Group (disc 1)
*UYA: 1990-12-13 Skidmarks (wav)
*Various artists: Y2K: The Byrd Edition (cassette compilation) (side A)

Reading List, Week of 2017-03-26



Reading List 2017-03-27:

*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. Abandon the Old in Tokyo (started)
*Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese: The Early Years (started/finished)
*Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese in Africa (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Barbiero/Byrd/Ghaphery at Rhizome


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Lot of fun playing at Rhizome this week! Great space for dynamics, and we were able to get quite quiet at times. The set is up for listening and free download at archiv.org.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-03-19



Playlist 2017-03-20:

*Terry Adams: Talk Thelonious
*Anthony Braxton Quartet: 1993-07-18  Oakland, CA (CDR) (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (disc 4)
*Duke Ellington: The Complete 1936-1940 Variety, Vocalion, and Okeh Small Group Sessions (disc 3)
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 17 (disc 1)
*Michael Formanek/Tim Berne/Jeff Hirshfield: Loose Cannon
*Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Intergalactic Beings
*Jelly Roll Morton: Volume Two (JSP)
*Music Improvisation Company: 1968-1971
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-02-27 "Several Round Things" (wav)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-03-06 "Coagulation of the Laid" (wav)
*Sonny Rollins Quartet with Don Cherry: Complete Live at the Village Gate 1962 (discs  5, 6)
*Wadada Leo Smith: Kabell Years 1971-1979 (disc 4)
*Sun Ra And His Arkestra: Sun Ra And His Arkestra At Inter-Media Arts April 1991 (disc 1)
*Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
*Ahleuchatistas: Of the Body Prone
*Cobalt: Slow Forever (disc 2)
*Darkside: Psychic
*Henry Cow: 1975-05-17 Grenoble, France (wav)
*Madvillain: Madvillainy
*NRBQ: Workshop
*NRBQ: Wild Weekend
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (disc 3)
*Opeth: Sorceress (Limited Edition) (disc 2)
*Primus: Pork Soda
*Prince: Tokyo 1990 (boot)
*UYA: 1990-11-11/18: Yo Age and in Old (wav)
*UYA: 1990-12-05: Dreams of Brazil (wav)
*UYA: 1990-12-08: Rebuilding Billy (wav)
*Various artists: Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (disc 3)
*Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks: Orange Crate Art
*Zevious: Passing Through the Wall

Reading List, Week of 2017-03-19



Reading List 2017-03-20:

*Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese in Africa (started)
*Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese: A Mid-Winter Morning's Dream (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, March 13, 2017

Barbiero/Byrd/Ghaphery Trio: Gig In DC Next Week

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Daniel Barbiero, Jimmy Ghaphery, and I will be improvising at Rhizome in DC next week. Double bass, alto sax (and maybe clarinet?), and drums/percussion/coffee cans.

Details are here, and there's a Facebook page. We'll be sharing the evening with Sahba Sizdakhani and Jim Strong. Rhizome is a great space for our kind of quiet(-ish) improvising.

Here's a video of our last performance there, last summer.

If you're in the DC area, check it out!

Playlist, Week of 2017-03-13



Playlist 2017-03-13:

*AMM: 2003-11-12 Glasgow (CDR)
*AMM: 2016-11-12 Budapest (CDR)
*Louis Armstrong: The Complete RCA Victor Recordings (disc 4)
*Aych: As the Crow Flies
*Daniel Barbiero/Sam Byrd/Jimmy Ghaphery: 2016-08-27 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*Bix Beiderbecke: Great Original Performances 1924-1930
*Anthony Braxton Quartet: 1993-07-18  Oakland, CA (CDR) (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (disc 3)
*Rodger Coleman: 2016-01-20 Portland Brew 12 South, Nashville (wav)
*Silvia Corda: Traces for Semi-Prepared Double Bass (Danile Barbiero) (streaming)
*Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales
*Kris Davis: Rye Eclipse
*Kris Davis Trio: 2015-01-22 Vienna (CDR)
*Drew Gress: The Sky Inside
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-02-27 "Several Round Things" (wav)
*Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief
*Sonny Rollins Quartet with Don Cherry: Complete Live at the Village Gate 1962 (disc 4)
*R.U.B.: 2006-03-05 Tokyo (CDR)
*Wadada Leo Smith: Kabell Years 1971-1979 (disc 3)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: 1975-07-25 Antibes (wav)
*Kevin Ayers and the Whole World: The Garden of Love
*Cream: 1967-10-15 Detroit (CDR) (disc 2)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2017-03-04 (wav)
*Electric Wurms: Musik, Die Schwer Zu Twerk
*Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody
*Grateful Dead: History of the Grateful Dead, Vol. 1 (Bear's Choice)
*Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead [Skull and Roses]
*Henry Cow: 1972 Hemel Hempstead (wav)
*Mike Keaneally: Wing Beat Fantastic
*NRBQ: Scraps
*Shirelles: The World's Greatest Girls Group (disc 1)
*UYA: 1990-10-28 Plug (wav)
*UYA: 1990-11-04/07 Erd Nove (wav)
*UYA: 1990-11-07/11 Wingspan "Cher" Boogie (wav)
*Syreeta Wright: Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta
*Robert Wyatt: Odd Ditties (boot CDR) (disc 1)
*Yardbirds: Having a Rave Up (side 1)

Reading List, Week of 2017-03-13



I'm a little over halfway through rereading Pynchon's mammoth novel Against the Day, and it has been every bit as overwhelming the second time around. This is dense, magical prose, and it's a reading experience where the sentences practically force you to slow down to absorb their special Pynchonian rhythm. For example:
Out in the middle of the glaring night, somewhere disguised in echo and phase-interference, chimes had begun to sound, a harmonic-minor nocturne too desolately precise to be attributable to human timing and muscle-power, more likely one of the clockwork carillons peculiar to this part of Belgium, replacing a live carillonneur, whose art was said to be in decline.... (p. 562)
Now, that's a damn sentence.  I am constantly stunned and enchanted by his writing here, which rivals Gravity's Rainbow in its strange power. Here's some more:
It was said that great tunnels like the Simplon or St.-Gotthard were haunted, that when the train entered and the light of the world, day or night, had to be abandoned for the time of passage however brief, and the mineral roar made conversation impossible, then certain spirits who once had chosen to surrender into the fierce intestinal darkness of the mountain would reappear among the paying passengers, take empty seats, drink negligibly from the engraved glassware in the dining cars, assume themselves into the rising shapes of tobacco smoke, whisper a propaganda of memory and redemption to salesmen, tourists, the resolutely idle, the uncleansably rich, and other practitioners of forgetfulness, who could not sense the visitors with anything like the clarity of fugitives, exiles, mourners, and spies--all those, that is, who had reached agreement, even occasions of intimacy, with Time. (p. 659)

Reading List 2017-03-13:

*Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese: A Midwinter Morning's Dream (started)
*Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese: Voodoo for the President (started/finished)
*Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese: Banana Conga (started/finished)
*Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese: The Brazilian Eagle (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, March 6, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-03-05



Playlist 2017-03-06:

*Luciano Berio: A Portrait, Part I (CDR) (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton: 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (disc 9)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (discs 1, 2)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: Imaginary Vinyl
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 16 (disc 2)
*Duke Ellington/John Coltrane: Duke Ellington and John Coltrane
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-02-20 "Ash Pass Surprise" (wav)
*Plymouth: 2015-03-06 Amsterdam (CDR)
*RAIC: 2016-09-01 "Lovers Never Leave" Sound of Music Studios, RVA (mp3)
*RAIC: 2017-02-01  "Balance of the Three" Richmond VA (mp3)
*RAIC: 2017-02-03 "Balance of the Three" WRIR Party, Renaissance Ballroom, RVA (mp3)
*Billy Strayhorn: Lush Life
*Cecil Taylor Trio: 1975-06-09 Village Gate, NYC (wav)
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp
*Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
*Various artists: 3 Nights at Cafe Oto (disc 2)
*Boredoms: Super Roots 6
*Cobalt: Slow Forever (disc 1)
*Funkadelic/Parliament/George Clinton & P-Funk All Stars: Live "The Funkadelic Collection" Greatest Hits 1972-1993 (disc 2)
*Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead
*Grateful Dead: Anthem of the Sun
*Grateful Dead: Workingman's Dead
*Heldon: Un Rêve Sans Conséquence Spéciale
*Henry Cow: Legend
*Henry Cow: Western Culture
*Listening Woman: Getting Mystic
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (selections)
*Opeth: Sorceress (Limited Edition) (disc 1)
*Protest the Hero: Pacific Myth
*Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles 3
*Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles 7
*Andy Partridge: Fuzzy Warbles 8
*Ernest Ranglin: 2016-07-30 Berlin (CDR)
*Thundercat: Thundercat (CDR compilation)
*UYA: 1990-09-27 Great White Electric Art Ensemble (wav)
*UYA: 1990-10-04 Psychedelic Jazz (wav)
*UYA: 1990-10-11 Wrinkles in Time (wav)
*UYA: 1990-10-14 Open Hole (wav)
*UYA: 1990-10-24 Rainbow Statements (wav)
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 2

Reading List, Week of 2017-03-05



Reading List 2017-03-06:

*Pratt, Hugo. Corto Maltese: The Brazilian Eagle (started)
*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 2: 1923-1924 (finished)
*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 (reread/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, February 27, 2017

New Release: Imaginary Vinyl



I am pleased to announce the digital-only release of our new album Imaginary Vinyl over on Bandcamp. Put the imaginary needle on the imaginary record....

Playlist, Week of 2017-02-26



Playlist 2017-02-27:

*Beethoven: The Early String Quartets (Juilliard String Quartet) No. 5, 6
*Beethoven: Grosse Fuge, Op. 133 (Berlin Philharmonic)
*Luciano Berio: A Portrait, Part I (CDR) (disc 1)
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me
*Anthony Braxton: 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (discs 5, 6, 7, 8)
*Nels Cline/Larry Ochs/Gerald Cleaver Trio: 2016-12-08 Philadelphia (CDR)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: Imaginary Vinyl
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 16 (disc 1)
*Duke Ellington: The Reprise Studio Recordings (disc 5)
*Duke Ellington & His Orchestra: The Conny Plank Session
*Jimmy Ghaphery/Erik Schroeder: 2017-01-28 LoveJail, Richmond VA (mp3)
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2017-02-20 "Ash Pass Surprise" (wav)
*RAIC: 2017-01-28 LoveJail, Richmond VA (mp3)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2016-07-01 NYC (CDR) (disc 2)
*Wadada Leo Smith: Kabell Years 1971-1979 (disc 2)
*David Torn Prezens: 2008-01-10 Cologne (CDR) (disc 2)
*Various artists: That Devilin' Tune (Vol. I,  disc 5)
*Various artists: Hot Violins
*Tony Williams Lifetime: 1970-11-06 Newcastle, England (CDR)
*Hannibal Montana: Martial Arts in the Time of Firearms
*Henry Cow: 1972 or 1973 Explorer's Club, London (wav)
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (discs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Stop!
*UYA: 1990-08-21 Texture Finger (wav)
*UYA: 1990-08-29 Finger (wav)
*UYA: 1990-09-13 Police Ticket (wav)
*UYA: 1990-09-16 UYA and Friends (wav)
*Various artists: Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (disc 2)
*Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans (2016 remaster) (side 3)

Reading List, Week of 2017-02-26



Excellent dark comic fiction, grim and strange.

Reading List 2017-02-27:

*King, Frank. Walt and Skeezix, Vol. 2: 1923-1924 (started)
*Tatsumi, Yoshihiro. The Push Man and Other Stories (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 (reread/in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, February 20, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-02-19



Have they ever. Persevere...

Playlist 2017-02-20:

*BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra: 2016-11-19 Glasgow (Braxton: Comp. 27, 63; Fei; Bynum) (CDR)
*Tim Berne: Fractured Fairy Tales
*Anthony Braxton: 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (discs 2, 3, 4)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 4)
*Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the Plustet
*Convergence Quartet: Owl Jacket
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Such Sweet Thunder
*Duke Ellington: The Reprise Studio Recordings (discs 2, 3, 4)
*Globe Unity Orchestra: 2016-11-04 Berlin (CDR)
*Mary Halvorson Octet: Away with You
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: 2017-01-04 NYC (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*New York Hot Trumpet Repertory Company: 1983-12-17 DC Space, Washington DC (CDR)
*Tony Oxley Celebration Orchestra: 1998-09-10 Cologne, Germany (CDR)
*Tony Oxley Sextet: 1998-09-10 Cologne, Germany (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor: 1978-07-22 Antibes, France (wav)
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To, Volume 1
*Various artists: 3 Nights at Cafe Oto (disc 3)
*Tony Williams Lifetime: 1969-12-19 Village Gate, NYC (CDR)
*Tony Williams Lifetime: 1970-07-28/29 Ungano's, NYC (CDR)
*David Bowie: Live Santa Monica '72
*Impressions: Times Have Changed
*NRBQ: High Noon: A 50-Year Retrospective (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Organ Transplants Vol. 1
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Organ Transplants Vol. 2
*UYA: 1990-07-22/25 How Many Chords? (wav)
*UYA: 1990-08-01 No Carpet (wav)
*UYA: 1990-08-15 Banana Burn (wav)

Reading List, Week of 2017-02-19



Reading List 2017-02-20:

*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Something Said: Essays (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 (reread/in progress)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Artistic Necessities of Gilbert Sorrentino




Gilbert Sorrentino on his writing concerns:
The writers who influenced me [among them Joyce and Flann O'Brien] did so because of the deeper influence of genetic coding. They agreed with my own artistic necessities, which are: an obsessive concern with formal structure, a dislike of the replication of experience, a love of digression and embroidery, a great pleasure in false or ambiguous information, a desire to invent problems that only the invention of new forms can solve, and a joy in making mountains out of molehills. (from "Genetic Coding," in Something Said: Essays, p. 265)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-02-12



Damn, but Andrew Hill is brilliant. Doesn't hurt that he's got John Gilmore on two albums here, playing at his absolute best outside the Arkestra. There's also Point of Departure. Damn.

Playlist 2017-02-13:

*Shostakovich: The String Quartets (Emerson String Quartet) (disc 3)
*Tim Berne: Science Friction
*Anthony Braxton: 9 Compositions (Iridium) 2006 (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 3)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2015-05-15 Centennial Park Black Box Theater, Nashville (mp3)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-28 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Kris Davis: Duopoly
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 15 (disc 2)
*Duke Ellington: The Reprise Studio Recordings (disc 1)
*Andrew Hill: The Complete Blue Note Andrew Hill Sessions (1963-66) (disc 4)
*RAIC: 2017-02-01  "Balance of the Three" Richmond VA (mp3)
*RAIC: 2017-02-03 "Balance of the Three" WRIR Party, Renaissance Ballroom, RVA (mp3)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2016-07-01 NYC (CDR)
*Manfred Schoof Sextett: Manfred Schoof Sextett
*Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suite (disc 2)
*Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Research Arkestra: Planets of Life or Death, Amiens '73
*Various artists: 3 Nights at Cafe Oto (disc 1)
*Nate Wooley: Battle Pieces
*Serenus Zeitblom Oktett with Ingrid Laubrock: 2016-09-06 Sardinia, Italy (CDR)
*David Crosby: If I Could Only Remember My Name
*Deerhoof: The Magic
*Flaming Lips: Oczy Mlody
*Grateful Dead: Anthem of the Sun
*Grateful Dead: American Beauty
*Hatfield and the North with Robert Wyatt: 1973-01-02 Paris (CDR)
*Listening Woman: Getting Mystic
*Microdisney: The Clock Comes Down the Stairs
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Oh My Bag!
*Stock, Hausen, & Walkman: Ventilating Deer
*Various artists: Take Me to the River: A Southern Soul Story 1961-1977 (disc 1)
*Various artists: WSAM: Hour of Power (CDR compilation)
*Stevie Wonder: Songs in the Key of Life (selections)
*Yes: Tales from Topographic Oceans (2016 stereo instrumental mixes) (sides 1-4)