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


                                                                      Phong Tran

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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Chris Videll

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)

Reading List, Week of 2017-02-12

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A worthy successor to his 1599, Shapiro's enjoyable book avoids making too many easy assumptions based on scanty evidence.

Reading List 2017-02-13:

*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four, Vol. 3 (reread/started)
*Pynchon, Thomas. Against the Day (reread/started)
*Sorrentino, Gilbert. Something Said: Essays (started)
*Shapiro, James. The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Friday, February 10, 2017

The Art of Drumming




Henry Cow

Chris Cutler on the art of drumming:
As a drummer I was used to - in fact I was wholly dependent upon - the minute differences in sound that arise out of the subtle interactions between the tuning of an instrument, the acoustic space in which it resonates, the material with which it is exited (hit, scrape, bounce), the exact pressure, velocity and nature of the stroke and the precise location of that stroke (every drum or cymbal produces different overtones and resonances at every point on its surface). Any variation in any one of these parameters makes a difference, and all the skills of expressive playing depend on knowing (or feeling) exactly how hard, exactly where and exactly with what, to hit, agitate or caress some resonant material in order to make it sound the way you need it to sound. In addition, drums is a multiple instrument and a drummer is always playing several different things at the same time - all of them in close proximity - so inevitably they affect and modify one another: bass drum resonating through floor tom, overtones and frequencies blending.... and of course, such a setting-of-a-system-in-motion is an important part of the controlled gestalt of playing - and therefore of the vocabulary of an experienced player. (Chris Cutler, "The Electrified Kit")

Monday, February 6, 2017

RAIC WRIR Gig

      Joey Wharton Photography

Full-band photo from the RAIC performance at the 2017 WRIR Party for the Rest of Us. Big noise

Playlist, Week of 2017-02-05



More goodness from Taylor Ho Bynum, whose creative orchestra vocabulary keeps expanding. Wonderful textures and inspired playing from all involved! Large ensemble comprovisation at its finest.

Playlist 2017-02-06:

*Big Satan: Souls Saved Hear
*Anthony Braxton and the AIMToronto Orchestra: Creative Orchestra (Guelph) 2007
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 2)
*Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the Plustet
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-28 Nashville (wav) (selections)
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 15 (disc 1)
*Luc Ex’: Assemblée
*Jimmy Ghaphery/Erik Schroeder: 2017-01-28 LoveJail, Richmond VA (mp3)
*Mary Halvorson Octet: Away with You
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey/Kris Davis/Ralph Alessi: Lark
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*Roscoe Mitchell: Conversations I
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-12-11 "Burrito Response" Bandito's, RVA (wav)
*Paraphrase: Pre-Emptive Denial
*Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes (disc 2)
*Bud Powell: Tempus Fugue-It (disc 2)
*Prezens: Slipped on a Bar
*RAIC: 2017-01-28 LoveJail, Richmond VA (mp3)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2016-07-01 NYC (CDR)
*Wadada Leo Smith: The Great Lakes Suite (disc 1)
*Spanish Donkey: Raoul
*Henry Threadgill Ensemble Double Up: Old Locks and Irregular Verbs
*Various artists: Wavelength Infinity: A Sun Ra Tribute (disc 2)
*Animal Collective: Painting With
*David Bowie: Pin Ups
*Cream: 1967-10-15 Detroit (CDR) (disc 1)
*Hatfield and the North with Robert Wyatt: 1973-01-02 Paris (CDR)
*King Crimson: Live in Toronto (disc 2)
*Jon Hassell/Brian Eno: Fourth World, Vol. 1: Possible Musics
*Opeth: Sorceress (Limited Edition) (disc 1)
*Todd Rundgren: Box o'Todd (disc 3)
*Stock, Hausen, and Walkman: Hairballs
*UYA: The Unrealized Sessions of UYA (High Noon ADAT Mixes) (disc 1)
*Wings: Wild Life
*Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention: Road Tapes, Venue #3 (1970) (disc 1)

Reading List, Week of 2017-02-05



Reading List 2017-02-06:

*Shapiro, James. The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 (started)
*Murakami, Haruki. 1Q84 (transl. Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel) (finished)
*Showcase Presents: Legion of Super Heroes, Vol . 1 (finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Thursday, February 2, 2017

RAIC Gig at WRIR Party This Friday



I am pleased to be playing with RAIC (Richmond Avant Improv Collective) this Friday at WRIR's 2017 Party for the Rest of Us. It's a large ensemble, with three drummers, three saxes, two guitars, bass, and cello (see the full lineup here). We're going on first, at roughly 7, and we're playing on the main stage. There will be a rough outline for our 25 minute-ish set, and the rehearsals have been fun and invigorating. Here's a shot from last night's; that's my kit on the far left. That's Jimmy on sax.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-01-30



Another magnificent recording from Ingrid Laubrock. The playing and composition on this are just marvelous; she continues to grow as a composer, and her playing continues to knock me out. Just amazing.

Playlist 2017-01-30:

*John Abercrombie: 1981-06-11 Seventh Avenue South, NYC (cassette) (side A)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (disc 4)
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium J (disc 1)
*Taylor Ho Bynum: Enter the Plustet
*Miles Davis & Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (Sketches of Spain) (disc 4)
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Such Sweet Thunder
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: 2014-05-22 London (CDR) (disc 2)
*Mary Halvorson: Meltframe
*Haste: A Broad Margin
*Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House: Roulette of the Cradle
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*Ingrid Laubrock Anti-House Quartet: 2016-11-12 Wels, Austria (wav)
*Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter
*NVS Trio: 2016-12-12 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*Charlie Parker: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve (disc 5)
*Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes (disc 1)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2016-07-01 NYC (CDR)
*Sonny Rollins Quartet with Don Cherry: Complete Live at the Village Gate 1962 (disc 3)
*Slobber Pup: Pole Axe
*Sun Ra & His Intergalactic Solar Research Arkestra: 1971-11-11 Delft, The Netherlands (CDR) (selections)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: 1976-08-25 Châteauvallon, France (CDR) (selections)
*Sun Ra: Lanquidity
*Sun Ra And His Arkestra: Sun Ra And His Arkestra At Inter-Media Arts April 1991
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: This Brings Us To, Volume 1
*Henry Threadgill Zooid: Tomorrow Sunny/The Revelry, Spp
*Various artists: Wavelength Infinity: A Sun Ra Tribute (disc 1)
*Nate Wooley: Battle Pieces
*Serenus Zeitblom Oktett with Ingrid Laubrock: 2016-09-06 Sardinia, Italy (CDR)
*John Zorn/The Spike Orchestra: Cerberus: The Book of Angels Volume 26
*Beatles: Don't Forget the Apples When You Go Downtown (boot CDR)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: 2016-10-08 (wav) (selections)
*Brian Eno: Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy)
*Jerry Garcia Band: 1993-11-12 NYC (disc 1)
*Hatfield and the North with Robert Wyatt: 1973-01-02 Paris (CDR)
*King Crimson: Live in Toronto (disc 1)
*Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (Deluxe Ed.) (discs 1, 2, 3, 4)
*Stereolab: Music for the Amorphous Body Study Center
*Uriel: Arzachel
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 2

Reading List, Week of 2017-01-30



In it for the long haul: Better get used to seeing these two books on my weekly reading lists, because they are both very long (668 and 1,062 pages respectively), and because I only read a few pages out of one or the other (rarely both) a day. These are other channels for me, that I flip to occasionally while plowing through whatever novel I've got going. The Anatomy is in the style of Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy  and is quite dense and packed with quotations. My sister and brother-in-law gave it to me years ago, and now the time is right to finally read it. Silliman's mammoth book is actually 26 books of "language poetry" (one for each letter of the alphabet), and no, I can't begin to explain what language poetry is, except to say that it's detailed and quite fun to read. I read Silliman's prose poem Ketjak back in the early '80s, and really enjoyed it, so I was delighted to discover this. I've delved into his blog from time to time (and was pleased to discover he once did a reading/performance with Marilyn Crispell!), and now is the right time for me to delve into this...but a little goes a long way. I am enjoying savoring the detail of 2-3 pages at a time.

Reading List 2017-01-30:

*Parsons, Brad Thomas. Amaro (selections)
*Rolls, Albert. "“A Dual Man [and Oeuvre], Aimed Two Ways at Once”: The Two Directions of Pynchon’s Life and Thought," in Orbit (Vol. 4, Issue 1, 2016) (started/finished)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (in progress)
*Murakami, Haruki. 1Q84 (transl. Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel) (in progress)
*Showcase Presents: Legion of Super Heroes, Vol . 1 (in progress)
*Silliman, Ron. The Alphabet (in progress)

Monday, January 23, 2017

Playlist, Week of 2017-01-22



This just in! Just released: the new Wig Drop album, Wig Drop 2. Full disclosure: one of my brother's bands, and I play on one track. More fun power-folk rock with lo-fi original twists. Do especially check out the first track, "The Waves"....this should be a hit!


Playlist 2017-01-23:

*John Abercrombie: 1981-06-11 Seventh Avenue South, NYC (cassette) (side B)
*Kenny Barron: What If?
*Tim Berne Bloodcount: Discretion
*Paul Bley: Turns
*Anthony Braxton: Trillium E (disc 3)
*Nels Cline/Larry Ochs/Gerald Cleaver Trio: 2016-12-08 Philadelphia (CDR)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-26 Nashville (wav)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2016-12-28 Nashville (wav)
*John Coltrane: The Major Works of John Coltrane "Om"
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: The Treasury Shows, Vol. 14 (disc 2)
*Jerry González and the Fort Apache Band: Obatalá
*Mary Halvorson Octet: Away with You
*Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society: Nasty
*Ingrid Laubrock: Serpentines
*Nicole Mitchell's Black Earth Ensemble: Intergalactic Beings
*Roscoe Mitchell: Conversations II
*Music Revelation Ensemble: No Wave
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2016-12-20 Gallery 5, Richmond VA (wav)
*Charlie Parker: The Complete Charlie Parker on Verve (disc 2)
*Don Pullen: New Beginnings
*Tom Rainey Trio: Hotel Grief
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: Secrets of the Sun
*James Blood Ulmer: Memphis Blood: The Sun Sessions
*James Blood Ulmer: Birthright
*Circles Around the Sun: Interludes for the Dead (selections)
*Cream: Disraeli Gears (Deluxe Ed.) (disc 1)
*Carmen Electra: On Top (boot CDR)
*Eno/Cale: Wrong Way Up
*Funkadelic: Toys
*Hatfield and the North with Robert Wyatt: Calyx (boot CDR)
*Heldon: Stand By
*Opeth: Sorceress (Limited Edition) (disc 1)
*Richard Pinhas: 2014-05-16 Victoriaville (CDR)
*Richard Pinhas/Yoshida Tatsuya: 2016-12-01 Tokyo (CDR)
*Robert Pollard: Cock Blocking the Romantics (selections)
*Prince: Montreux Jazz Festival 2013/From The Soundboard, Vol. 1 (boot CDR) (disc 2) (selections)
*Prince: Montreux Jazz Festival 2013/From The Soundboard, Vol. 2 (boot CDR) (disc 1)
*Sonic Youth: Washing Machine
*Unknown Mortal Orchestra: Multi-Love
*UYA: The Unrealized Sessions of UYA (High Noon ADAT Mixes) (disc 2)
*Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks: Orange Crate Art