Monday, May 14, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-05-13

Sun Ra's Pleiades: a rediscovered classic... his only (?) recording with chamber orchestra... Irwin Chusid and company have done a remarkable job of cleaning up this recording... I have the old Leo 2-CD version, and it's almost unlistenable (this from someone who has a high tolerance for bootleg sound!) -- Chusid has rebalanced the instruments so it doesn't sound like the tabla is right inside your eardrum, the strings now have vibrancy and presence, and the sax solos are more prominent... it's an entirely new listening experience! ...More new Anthony Braxton releases available and streaming at Bandcamp... I love the piece for 100 tubas!...

Playlist 2018-05-14:

*AMM: At the Roundhouse
*Paul Bley: Barrage
*Arthur Blythe/In the Tradition: 1982-02-18 Village Vanguard, NYC (CDR) (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Composition No. 19 (For 100 Tubas) (streaming)
*Fire! Orchestra: Exit!
*Fire! Orchestra: Ritual
*Alexander Hawkins: Unit[e]
*Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell: Matter Anti-Matter (disc 2)
*David Murray: Shakill's Warrior
*Musica Elettronica Viva/AMM: Live Electronic Music Improvised
*Rova :: Orkestrova: An Alligator in Your Wallet
*Muggsy Spanier: Great Original Performances 1931 and 1939
*Sun Ra: Of Abstract Dreams
*Sun Ra & His Arkestra with Chamber Orchestra: Pleiades: A Jazz Symphonique (streaming)
*Cecil Taylor: 1982-07-24 Pisa (wav)
*Cecil Taylor Unit and Diane McIntyre Sound in Motion Dance Co.:  1983-03-19 Camden, England (wav)
*Cecil Taylor Ensemble: Always a Pleasure
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-06-08 London (CDR)
*Zu/Mats Gustafsson: How to Raise an Ox
*King Crimson: Live In Vienna (disc 2)
*Lester Lanin: Best of the Big Bands
*Lifeguards: Waving at the Astronauts
*Object Collection: It's All True (streaming)
*Psycho and the Birds: We've Moved
*Sonic Youth: The Eternal
*Sonic Youth: The Destroyed Room
*UYA (Trio): 1991-07-06 Hold the Bunny Down (wav)
*Various artists: Movie Musicals 1927 to 1936
*Various artists: Music for Merce (1952-2009) (disc 1)
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 8)
*Various artists: Variations #1: Transition (Jon Leidecker) (CDR)
*Various ‎artists: Tropicália (A Brazilian Revolution in Sound)
*Yes: Close to the Edge

Reading List, Week of 2018-05-13

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Reading List 2018-05-14:

*Shakespeare, William. King Henry VI, Part 1 (Arden 2nd series, ed. Andrew S. Cairncross (reread/started)
*Almond, Steve. The Evil B.B. Chow and Other Stories (started/finished)
*Middleton, Thomas, and William Rowley. The Changeling (started/finished)
*Milton, John. Paradise Lost (reread/finished)
*Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost (in progress)
*Thomson, David. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (4th ed.) (in progress)

Monday, May 7, 2018

Playlist, Week of 2018-05-06

Have enjoyed going back to some live Sylvie Courvoisier recordings I have, after getting into her newer Intakt recordings with Ikue Mori... The ripples of Big Ears continue to reverberate... as does the world that Cecil Taylor opened up for us... So much great music out there...

Playlist 2018-05-07:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: Levels and Degrees of Light
*Muhal Richard Abrams & Roscoe Mitchell: Spectrum
*Lotte Anker/Sylvie Courvoisier/Ikue Mori: Alien Huddle
*Peter Brötzmann Trio: Mayday
*Alex Cline: For People in Sorrow
*Rodger Coleman: Gone Again
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: The Mathematics of War (wav)
*Sylvie Courvoisier: 2009-01-04 NYC (CDR)
*Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman: 2010-07-03 Whitney Museum of Modern Art, NYC (CDR)
*Sylvie Courvoisier/Mark Feldman Quartet: 2010-11-12 Nevers Jazz Festival, France (CDR)
*Fire! Orchestra: Ritual
*Mats Gustafsson/Jim O'Rourke: Xylophonen Virtuosen
*Fletcher Henderson And His Orchestra: Hocus Pocus
*Wes Montgomery: The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery
*New Ting Ting Loft: 2018-04-02 "Hold It Against Me" (wav)
*Evan Parker Electro-Acoustic Ensemble: Toward the Margins
*Richard Pinhas/Tatsuya Yoshida/Ryoko Ono: Live At Tusk Festival (side 1)
*Sun Ra & His Arkestra: The Cymbals​/​Symbols Sessions (New York, 1973) (streaming)
*Tom Rainey Trio: 2011-05-06 Firehouse 12, New Haven, CT (CDR) (selections)
*Craig Taborn: Avenging Angel
*Cecil Taylor/The Ensemble: The Light of Corona
*Cecil Taylor/Tony Oxley: 2007-10-11 Modena, Italy (CDR)
*Nora Byrd & John Williams: 2018-01-13 "The Craic," Chicago (CDR)
*Nora Byrd & John Williams: 2018-02-03 "The Craic," Chicago (CDR)
*Grateful Dead: 1969-12-26 Dallas (CDR) (electric set)
*Latin Playboys: Latin Playboys
*Tito Puente: The Essential Tito Puente (disc 1)
*Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped
*UYA: 1991-06-09 Time Bites (wav)
*UYA: 1991-06-23 Tension Rods (wav)
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 7)
*Various artists: Eccentric Soul: Sitting in the Park

Reading List, Week of 2018-05-06

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Finally finished it! Been picking away at The Anatomy of Bibliomania for over a year now...

Reading List 2018-05-07:

*Le Carré, John. The Tailor of Panama (finished)
*Thomson, David. The New Biographical Dictionary of Film (4th ed.) (started)
*Jackson, Holbrook. Anatomy of Bibliomania (finished)
*Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost (in progress)
*Milton, John. Paradise Lost (reread/in progress)