Thursday, July 9, 2020

Self-Reflective Revision

Finnegans Wake. James Joyce (Oxford World's Classics) 4th Printing ...

A nice account of one aspect of Finnegans Wake:
In a process of revision that is itself self-reflective, Joyce moulds language for purposes we cannot grasp, leaving us to guess at how to bring these strange words towards meaning, at how they might 'same with' other words. This game with language seems purely experimental, toying with fixed rules of language, but it also reflects on the common processes of language change and variation--such as the way phrasal verbs, expressions, and grammatical structure emerge (and fade) continually. It compresses and makes these processes explicit, while taking them to an extreme, continually stressing the materiality of language and suggests that we can, if we wish, do what we like with it. Joyce refuses to lag behind those changes that occur to language in its everyday use, wishing instead to embody the spirit of the transformation of expression.  (Finn Fordham, Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake, Oxford 2007, p. 203-204)

Monday, July 6, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-07-05


My fascination with the Coin Coin series from Matana Roberts continues unabated... Continued and repeated listenings yield exponential pleasures... case in point: Sean O'Hagan's Radum Calls, Radum Calls... "America's Band" was always a stupid appellation for the Beach Boys, but damn, they sure sounded good on the 4th of July... Hot damn, Matthew Shipp on Whit Dickey's Morph... once again, I prove that writing about music is easy and fun!... 

Playlist 2020-07-06:

*AMM: The Nameless Uncarved Block
*Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
*Beach Boys: Smiley Smile (sides 1, 2)
*Beach Boys: Friends (sides 1, 2)
*Beach Boys: Spirit of America (sides 2, 3)
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10
*Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
*Cold Blood: Cold Blood
*Alice Coltrane: Universal Consciousness
*Death Grips: Year of the Snitch
*Deerhoof: Future Teenage Cave Artists
*Deerhoof: To Be Surrounded by Beautiful, Curious, Breathing, Laughing Flesh Is Enough
*Sugar Pie DeSanto: Go Go Power: The Complete Chess Singles 1961-1966
*Whit Dickey: Morph (discs 1, 2)
*Jack DeJohnette: In Movement
*Duke Ellington: The Complete 1932-1940 Brunswick, Columbia and Master Recordings of Duke Ellington and His Famous Orchestra (disc 11)
*Fela: Monkey Banana/Excuse O
*Fire!: The Hands
*Gang of Four: Entertainment
*George: Outside
*Gorillaz: Plastic Beach
*Zach Hill: Face Tat
*Ingrid Laubrock + Kris Davis: Blood Moon
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (selections)
*Nicole Mitchell/Tomeka Reid/Mike Reed: Artifacts
*Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Before There Was Sound
*Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravská Banda: Distant Radio Transmission (sides 1, 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell: Splatter
*Thurston Moore: Spirit Counsel (disc 1)
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Mike Patton: Pranzo Oltranzista
*Perch Hen Brock & Rain: Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere
*Flora Purim: Everyday, Everynight
*Flora Purim: That's What She Said
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
*Santana: Lotus (disc 2)
*Simulacrum: Beyond Good and Evil
*Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: Other Planes of There
*Lewis Taylor: Lewis II
*McCoy Tyner: Mosaic Select (disc 2)
*Various artists: Dave Godin's Deep Soul Treasures Vol. 5
*Brian Wilson: SMiLE
*XTC: Coat of Many Cupboards (disc 3)

Reading List, Week of 2020-07-05

The Bonehunters - Steven Erikson

Reading List 2020-07-06:

*Erikson, Steve. The Bonehunters (reread/started)
*Erikson, Steve. Midnight Tides (reread/finished)
*Fordham, Finn. Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, June 29, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-06-28


As the weather gets warmer, I often get drawn to fusion and funk... looking at this week's list, though, I don't see a lot of either... is that just an aspirational construct?... Lots of new Deerhoof coming out; more on that later... Longtime readers of this blog may notice a subtle difference in the playlist this week... I used to segregate the list broadly alphabetically into jazz and rock... those distinctions are often meaningless... my collection is organized strictly by artist, regardless of genre, so why not this playlist as well?... so, from now on, straight listing by artist...

Playlist 2020-06-29:

*AMM: Generative Themes
*Arctic Monkeys: Favourite Worst Nightmare
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: Chi-Congo
*Daniel Barbiero/Gary Rouzer: Postcards from Quarantine
*Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (mono 50th anniversary) (sides 1, 2)
*Beach Boys: Spirit of America (sides 1, 4)
*Beatles: The Beatles' Second Album (side 1)
*Beethoven: String Quartet No. 8 in E Minor (Emerson String Quartet)
*Anthony Braxton: 23 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (disc 1)
*Peter Brötzmann/Heather Leigh: Sparrow Nights
*Terri Lyne Carrington: The Mosaic Project: Love and Soul
*Billy Cobham: Spectrum
*Phil Collins: Face Value
*Kris Davis: Capricorn Climber
*Miles Davis: Bitches Brew (sides 3, 4)
*Deerhoof: Surprise Symphonies
*Deerhoof: Future Teenage Cave Artists
*Bob Dylan: Highway 61 Revisited (sides 1, 2)
*Earth Wind & Fire: I Am (side 1)
*Mike Elder/Harry Forrest/Greg Jordan/Sam Byrd: New CDR Compilation (disc 1)
*Fire! Orchestra: 2018-03-03 Geneva (CDR)
*Funkadelic: Music for Your Mother: Funkadelic 45s  (disc 2)
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 34 (1974-06-24 Miami) (discs 3, 4)
*Milford Graves: Bäbi (disc 1)
*George Harrison: All Things Must Pass (sides 1, 2)
*Heldon: Agneta Nilsson
*Henry Cow: 1974-5 (Cow Box Redux)
*François Houle/Alexander Hawkins/Harris Eisenstadt: You Have Options
*Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note: The Complete Recordings (disc 1)
*Janis Joplin: Janis (disc 3)
*King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard: Flying Microtonal Banana
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy: Episode 10
*Steve Lehman Octet: Travail, Transformation, and Flow
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (discs 14, 15)
*Paul McCartney and Elvis Costello: The McCartney/MacManus Collaboration (boot CDR)
*Roscoe Mitchell Quartet: Before There Was Sound
*Hank Mobley: Soul Station
*Muffins: 1979-02-25 Bethesda MD (CDR) (selections)
*Evan Parker/Keith Rowe/Barry Guy/Eddie Prévost: Supersession
*Pere Ubu: Datapanik in the Year Zero (disc 1)
*Flora Purim: Nothing Will Be as It Was… Tomorrow
*Queens of the Stone Age: ...Like Clockwork
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (sides 1, 2)
*Keith Rowe: The Room
*Devadip Carlos Santana & Turiya Alice Coltrane: Illuminations
*Wadada Leo Smith/Peter Kowald/Bobby Naughton: 1981-10-07 Richmond VA (CDR) (track 2)
*Sun Ra: 1968-03 Electric Circus, NYC (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*Sun Ra: Cosmo Earth Fantasy: Sub Underground Series Vol. 1 & 2 (Art Yard) “Cosmo-Earth Fantasy”
*Cecil Taylor Unit: It Is in the Brewing Luminous "Part 1"
*Thing with Jim O'Rourke: Shinjuku Growl

Reading List, Week of 2020-06-28

Midnight Tides The Malazan Book of the Fallen by Steven Erikson - Hardcover - April 17, 2007 - from Universe Of Books (SKU: 200605-1)

Reading List 2020-06-29:

*Erikson, Steve. Midnight Tides (reread/in progress)
*Fordham, Finn. Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, June 22, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-06-21


Postcards from Quarantine is a set of wonderful abstractions from Daniel Barbiero and Gary Rouzer... giving a sense of weight and heft to tonal shifts and shadows... What these lists don't cover is the ongoing soundtrack that plays out in my mind when I'm not listening to music... sometimes there are overlaps... or I will wake up with music in my head that I haven't heard in months, or years... when I get that calling, I tend to obey... it's often Miles... 

Playlist 2020-06-22:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Third Decade (side 2)
*Daniel Barbiero/Gary Rouzer: Postcards from Quarantine
*Binker and Moses: Alive in the East?
*Boris Bobby Jr.: 2012-04-22 RVA (wav)
*Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Planktonic Finales
*Stephan Crump/Ingrid Laubrock/Cory Smythe: Channels
*Tadd Dameron: Fontainebleau
*Miles Davis: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings of the Miles Davis Quintet 1965 to 1968 (disc 6)
*Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions "Calypso Frelimo"
*Bill Evans: The Complete Riverside Recordings (disc 7)
*Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: No Now Is So
*Billie Holiday: 55 Original Hits By Billie Holiday (side 1)
*Freddie Hubbard: Ready for Freddie
*Keith Jarrett: Nude Ants (disc 1)
*Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables: Volume 1 (disc 1)
*Charles Mingus: Mingus Dynasty (sides 1, 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell's Cards For Orchestra Project: 2009-08-30 Sant'Anna Arresi, Italy (CDR)
*New Loft: 2012-04-16 "Content Intent" (wav)
*Andrea Parkins: Faulty (Broken Orbit)
*Flora Purim: Stories to Tell
*David Sancious: Forest of Feelings (side 2)
*Manfred Schoof: European Echoes
*Ravi Shankar and Ali Akbar Khan: The Exotic Sitar and Sarod (side 2)
*Matthew Shipp Chamber Ensemble: The Gospel According to Matthew & Michael
*Matthew Shipp Trio: To Duke
*Sun Ra: Monorails & Satellites, Vol. 1
*At the Drive In: in•ter a•li•a
*Beatles: Yellow Submarine (side 1)
*Beatles: Hey Jude (side 1)
*Elvis Costello: This Year's Model (sides 1, 2)
*Crosby, Stills, & Nash: Crosby, Stills, & Nash
*Death Grips: Exmilitary
*Brian Eno: Before and After Science (side 1)
*Fela and Afrika 70: Zombie (side 1)
*Fela: Fela Ransome Kuti Vol. 1 & 2 (side 1)
*Fela: Open & Close/Afrodisiac
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 34 (1974-06-24 Miami) (discs 1, 2)
*Janis Joplin: Janis (disc 2)
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (discs 1, 11, 12, 13)
*OOIOO: Nijimusi
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1946: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*Various artists: The Sound of Bossa Nova (disc 2)
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 3

Reading List, Week of 2020-06-21

Midnight Tides - Steven Erikson

Reading List 2020-06-22:

*Erikson, Steve. Midnight Tides (reread/in progress)
*Fordham, Finn. Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, June 15, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-06-14


Not much to say this week... Great straight-ahead jazz from Gerald Cleaver... he's definitely one of the most interesting drummers out there... As is Tom Rainey, whose playing with Perch Hen Brock & Rain is brilliant as usual... 

Playlist 2020-06-15:

*Beethoven: String Quartet No. 3 in D Major (Emerson String Quartet)
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10
*Anthony Braxton: 20 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (disc 4)
*Anthony Braxton Standards Quartet: 2003-02-21 Bergamo, Italy (CDR)
*Gerald Cleaver & Violet Hour: Live At Firehouse 12
*Alice Coltrane: Transfiguration
*John Coltrane: The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (disc 4)
*Convergence Quartet: Slow and Steady
*Bill Evans: The Complete Riverside Recordings (disc 6)
*Keith Jarrett: Personal Mountains
*Ingrid Laubrock + Aki Takase: Kasumi
*Paradoxical Frog: Union
*Perch Hen Brock & Rain: Live @ The Jazz Happening Tampere
*Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society
*Art Tatum: Piano Starts Here (side 2)
*Alex Ward Item 10: Volition (Live At Cafe Oto) "Entreaty"
*Beatles: Beatles '65 (sides 1, 2)
*Beatles: Yesterday and Today (sides 1, 2)
*Beatles: The Beatles (sides 3, 4) (selections)
*Death Grips: The Money Store
*Fela: Original Suffer Head/I.T.T.
*Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma
*Funkadelic: Music for Your Mother: Funkadelic 45s  (disc 1)
*Gentle Giant: Interview
*Guided By Voices: Surrender Your Poppy Field
*Hail the Sun: Wake
*Janis Joplin: Janis (disc 1)
*King Crimson: Live in Newcastle
*Kinks: Arthur, or, The Decline and Fall of the British Empire (50th anniversary remaster) (disc 1)
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (discs 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 15)
*Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (Deluxe Ed.) (discs 3, 4)
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Ozric Tentacles: Eternal Wheel (The Best Of) (disc 1)
*Robert Pollard and His Soft Rock Renegades: Choreographed Man of War
*Rolling Stones: Flowers (side 1)
*Klaus Weiss Rhythm and Sounds: Time Signals
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 3
*Yes: The Word Is Live (disc 3)

Reading List, Week of 2020-06-14

Amazon.com: House of Chains: Book Four of The Malazan Book of the ...

Reading List 2020-06-15:

*Erikson, Steve. Midnight Tides (reread/started)
*Erikson, Steve. House of Chains (reread/finished)
*Fordham, Finn. Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, June 8, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-06-07


A new slab of wonderful new ditties, strange grooves, distorted guitar riffs, haunting vocals, and general rock wonderment from Wig Drop (a duo consisting of Jefferson Pilot and Tex Goldstein, 2/3 of Dark Carpet)... what should be playing on the radio stations of my dreams...

Playlist 2020-06-08:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: Spiral: Live at Montreux 1978
*AMM: For Ute
*Daniel Barbiero/Gary Rouzer: Postcards from Quarantine
*Anthony Braxton & Derek Bailey: Duo 2
*Anthony Braxton: 20 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (disc 3)
*Alice Coltrane: Carnegie Hall '71
*Alice Coltrane: Lord of Lords
*John Coltrane: Infinity (side 1)
*Miles Davis: In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete (disc 2)
*Whit Dickey: Morph (discs 1, 2)
*Duke Ellington: Duke Ellington Plays (EP) (sides 1, 2)
*Duke Ellington: Blues in Orbit (side 2)
*Bill Evans: The Complete Riverside Recordings (disc 5)
*Milford Graves: Bäbi (disc 2)
*Ingrid Laubrock: Forensic
*New Ting: 2019-02-25 "Make the Round Thing Talk" (wav)
*Keith Rowe/John Tilbury: Enough Still Not To Know (disc 4)
*Simulacrum: Beyond Good and Evil
*Sun Ra and His Astro Ihnfinity Arkestra: The Intergalactic Thing (side 2)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: 1974: Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor: Garden "Garden II"
*James Blood Ulmer: Live at the Caravan of Dreams
*Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (side 1)
*Beatles: Rubber Soul (American mono) (side 1)
*David Bowie: Lodger
*Sam Byrd/Garry Martin/Doug Pritchard/Sam Pritchard: 1999 Rehearsals (disc 1)
*Deerhoof: Surprise Symphonies
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 5 (1973-11-17 UCLA) (disc 3)
*Happy the Man: 1977-04-24 Rainbow's End, Williamsburg, VA (CDR)
*Kinks: The Anthology 1964-1971 (discs 1, 2, 3) (selections)
*Kinks: Face to Face (Deluxe Edition) (disc 1)
*Kinks: Something Else by the Kinks (Deluxe Edition) (disc 1)
*Kinks: The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society
*Kinks: Arthur, or, The Decline and Fall of the British Empire (50th anniversary remaster) (disc 1)
*Kendrick Lamar: To Pimp a Butterfly
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (discs 2, 3, 4, 5)
*Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66: Equinox
*Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66: Crystal Illusions
*Roxy Music: The Thrill of It All (disc 3)
*Tad Thaddock: Things 14 (1985): First without Jeff
*Tad Thaddock: Things 15 (1985): Excess Blankets (selections)
*Various artists: The Sound of Bossa Nova (disc 1)
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 3
*X: Los Angeles/Wild Gift
*X: More Fun in the New World

Reading List, Week of 2020-06-07


Reading List 2020-06-08:

*Cutler, Chris and Tim Hodgkinson. The Henry Cow Book (finished)
*Erikson, Steve. House of Chains (reread/in progress)
*Fordham, Finn. Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, June 1, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-05-31


Sympathizing with the protesters and hoping they don't get sick... or shot...  while the country burns, I continue to work and listen to music... Last week, an amazing thing was the presentation on Internet radio of half an hour of unheard Sun Ra from Mexico in 1974, available on Mixcloud... it's an amazing set with lots of solo synthesizer, plus June Tyson on "Stardust from Tomorrow" and "Outer Spaceways Incorporated" and a meaty "Discipline 27-II"... as far as I know, this is the only extant live material from this tour... there's hardly any material from 1974 period; it's one of the least represented years in the discography, so this is major... I love the material from The Compete "Is" Sessions... back when Chick Corea was interesting... it's 1969, and it's related to the work Herbie Hancock was doing with his Mwandishi band in 1971 (largely because of the presence of Bennie Maupin), but it's edgier and a bit more abstract... certainly the spirit of Miles Davis hovers over it, but Woody Shaw more than holds his own... Dave Holland and Jack DeJohnette, of course, cook... fusion? classic jazz standards? avant garde? free improvisaiton? I love it all... Wonderful to revisit the dark density of John Coltrane's Om.... let's hear it for clarified butter... Andrew!!! has some of John Gilmore's best work outside Sun Ra... Alice Coltrane's organ work continues to amaze and inspire me... Also enjoying pulling out my old battered Beatles albums, in all their mono glory, to play on the portable turntable out on the deck... Leslie Gore sounds damn good out there too... 

Playlist 2020-06-01:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago: Chi-Congo
*Anthony Braxton: 20 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (disc 2)
*Billy Cobham: Shabazz
*Alice Coltrane: Universal Consciousness
*Alice Coltrane: Transfiguration
*John Coltrane: Om
*Chick Corea: The Complete “Is” Sessions (discs 1, 2)
*Bob Crosby and His Orchestra: Their Greatest Hits (side 1)
*Kris Davis: Rye Eclipse
*Duke Ellington: Blues in Orbit (side 1)
*Duke Ellington and His Orchestra: Ellington Indigos (side 2)
*Bill Evans: The Complete Riverside Recordings (disc 3)
*Agustí Fernández/Artur Majewski/Rafał Mazur: Spontaneous Soundscapes
*Milford Graves: Bäbi (disc 1)
*Herbie Hancock: Treasure Chest (side 3)
*Andrew Hill: Andrew!!! (sides 1, 2)
*Keith Jarrett: Sun Bear Concerts (disc 6)
*George Lewis/Douglas Ewart: Jila - Save! Mon. - The Imaginary Suite
*Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano: Under a Double Moon
*Joe McPhee & Chris Corsano: Scraps and Shadows
*Lee Morgan: The Procrastinator (side 2)
*Oakland Elementary School Arkestra: The Saga of Padani
*Charlie Parker: The Immortal Charlie Parker (side 1)
*Keith Rowe/John Tilbury: Enough Still Not To Know (discs 1, 2, 3)
*David Sancious: Forest of Feelings (sides 1, 2)
*David Sancious And Tone: Transformation (The Speed Of Love) (side 1)
*Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks (disc 2)
*Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Quintessence (disc 2)
*Sun Ra and His Myth Science Arkestra: When Angels Speak of Love (2019 remaster)
*Sun Ra: The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra, Vol. 1
*Sun Ra Arkestra: 1974: Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City (streaming)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: 1976-08-24 Châteauvallon, France (CDR) (disc 3)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: 1976-09 Rehearsal (CDR)
*Mal Waldron: The Call (side 2)
*Lenny White: Venusian Summer (side 2)
*Larry Young: Of Love and Peace
*3-2-1: The Last 3-2-1 (cassette)
*3-2-1: 3-2-1 More Time (cassette)
*Beach Boys: Pet Sounds (side 2)
*Beatles: Introducing the Beatles (sides 1, 2)
*Beatles: Meet the Beatles (sides 1, 2)
*Beatles: A Hard Day's Night (OST) (sides 1, 2)
*Beatles: Beatles VI (sides 1, 2)
*Booker T & The MG's: The Booker T. Set (side 2)
*Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young: Deja Vu (sides 1, 2)
*Gentle Giant: 1976-09-23 Dusseldorf (CDR)
*Lesley Gore: The Golden Hits Of Lesley Gore (side 2)
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 5 (1973-11-17 UCLA) (disc 2)
*Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66: Look Around
*Muffins: Manna/Mirage
*Devadip Carlos Santana & Turiya Alice Coltrane: Illuminations
*Devadip Carlos Santana: The Swing Of Delight
*Frank Sinatra: Nice 'n' Easy (side 2)
*Wig Drop: Wig Drop 3

Reading List, Week of 2020-05-31

Memories of Ice (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 3): Erikson ...

Reading List 2020-06-01:

*Erikson, Steve. House of Chains (reread/started)
*Fordham, Finn. Lots of Fun at Finnegans Wake: Unravelling Universals (started)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (finished)
*Erikson, Steve. Memories of Ice (reread/finished)
*Cutler, Chris and Tim Hodgkinson. The Henry Cow Book (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-05-24


Fusion heaven, here... Forest of Feelings was one of those albums I never managed to get back in the '70s... I listened to friends' copies a lot, but even back then it was hard to come by... my brother generously gifted me a copy, and I have been digging it all over again... I lost track of David Sancious after his first two albums... there were guest appearances on Lenny White and Stanley Clarke albums, but nothing as mind-blowing as this, and after that I lost track... did he ever top his debut, though?... his guitar and keyboard playing are brilliant on Forest, and the band is crackerjack... After finishing Ted Gioia's book The Jazz Standards I've had a hankering for... well, jazz standards... love to hear them as played by Anthony Braxton, so I'll be working my way through his Standards Quartet discs again... there's also a fantastic youtube video of Braxton's more current quartet doing standards in London in January of this year, featuring Alexander Hawkins on piano... now that gets my blood going... will also be revisiting Bill Evans trio music and more Miles Davis in this vein... as well as acquainting myself in more depth with Keith Jarrett's standards trio (at least until I can't take the squawking any more)... 

Playlist 2020-05-25:

*Rashied Ali/Frank Lowe: Duo Exchange (side 1)
*AMM/MEV: Apogee (disc 2)
*Art Ensemble of Chicago: The Alternate Express (side 1)
*Anthony Braxton: 20 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (disc 1)
*Clifford Brown and Max Roach: Clifford Brown and Max Roach
*Chamber 4: City Of Light
*Gerald Cleaver/Uncle June: Be It As I See It
*Rodger Coleman: Real Gone 
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2015-05-14 Nashville (wav) Track 7
*Alice Coltrane: Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings (disc 2)
*Chick Corea: The Complete “Is” Sessions (disc 1)
*Marilyn Crispell/Eddie Prévost/Harrison Smith: 2012-11-07 London (CDR)
*Bill Dixon: Son of Sisyphus
*Michael Formanek Elusion Quartet: Time Like This
*Andrew Hill: From California with Love (side 1)
*Anna Högberg Attack: Lena
*Keith Jarrett: Sun Bear Concerts (disc 5)
*Henry Kaiser: 1980-05-03 Richmond Artists Workshop (CDR) (disc 2)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy: Episode 9
*Layers of Memory: 2019-12-07 RVA (wav)"No. 4"
*Sergio Mendes: Quiet Nights
*MIMEO/John Tilbury: The Hands Of Caravaggio
*Lee Morgan: The Procrastinator (side 3)
*New Ting: 2020-02-17 "Still Waitin' for Cantankeroid" (wav)
*New Ting: 2020-03-02 "Media Scan" (wav)
*Don Pullen/Milford Graves: In Concert at Yale University
*Flora Purim: Everyday, Everynight
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
*Keith Rowe and John Tilbury: Duos for Doris (disc 2)
*David Sancious: Forest of Feelings (side 2)
*Susana Santos Silva: Life and Other Transient Storms
*Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Quintessence (disc 1)
*Sun Ra: Continuation (Saturn/Corbett vs. Dempsey) (disc 2)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: 1976-08-24 Châteauvallon, France (CDR) (disc 2)
*Sun Ra: Piano Recital, Teatro  La Fenice, Venezia
*Sun Ra: The Other Side of the Sun (side 2)
*Cecil Taylor: Silent Tongues (side 1)
*McCoy Tyner: Supertrios
*Mal Waldron: The Call (side 1)
*Tony Williams Lifetime: Turn It Over (side 1)
*Art Bears: The World As It Is Today
*Clash: Sandinista (side 5)
*Dark Carpet: Factory Side
*Grateful Dead: Dave's Picks Vol. 5 (1973-11-17 UCLA) (disc 1)
*Guided By Voices: Surrender Your Poppy Field
*Happy the Man: 1976-04-03 Baltimore (discs 1, 2)
*Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (Deluxe Ed.) (disc 2)
*Roxy Music: Siren (side 2)
*Devadip Carlos Santana: Oneness: Silver Dreams - Golden Reality

Reading List, Week of 2020-05-24

How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound – punctum books

Reading List 2020-05-25:

*Cutler, Chris and Tim Hodgkinson. The Henry Cow Book (started)
*How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound (ed. Kaitlin Heller, Suzanne Conklin Akbari) (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Erikson, Steve. Memories of Ice (reread/in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, May 18, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-05-17


Like all weeks, this past one was a mixture of old and new... enjoying revisiting old friends while making new ones... doing some major catch-up on Alice Coltrane... love her organ work... warm and luscious tenor from Archie Shepp on Mariamar... two divergent paths for American prog: melodic and classical with Happy the Man, free jazz and experimental with the Muffins... 

Playlist 2020-05-18:

*Airto: Free
*AMM: Newfoundland
*AMM/MEV: Apogee (disc 1)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: 2014-12-30 Nashville (selections)
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Perihelion
*Alice Coltrane: Spiritual Eternal: The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings (disc 1)
*George Duke: Liberated Fantasies (side 1)
*Joe Henderson: Barcelona
*Anna Högberg Attack: Lena
*Keith Jarrett: Sun Bear Concerts (disc 4)
*Henry Kaiser: 1980-05-03 Richmond Artists Workshop (CDR) (disc 1)
*Roland Kirk Quartet: Rip, Rig, and Panic
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy: Episodes 5, 6, 7, 8
*George Lewis: Homage To Charles Parker
*Music Now Ensemble 1969: Silver Pyramid
*Flora Purim: Nothing Will Be as It Was… Tomorrow
*Flora Purim: That's What She Said
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
*Keith Rowe and John Tilbury: Duos for Doris (disc 1)
*David Sancious: Forest of Feelings (side 2)
*Archie Shepp: Mariamar (side 1)
*Bessie Smith: The World's Greatest Blues Singer (sides 1, 4)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: 1976-08-24 Châteauvallon, France (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*Sun Ra and His Arkestra: 1976-08-24 Châteauvallon, France (CDR) (disc 1)
*Thumbscrew: Ours
*David S. Ware/Apogee: Birth Of A Being
*World Saxophone Quartet: Revue
*3-2-1: More than 3 Minutes of 3-2-1 (cassette)
*3-2-1: Under the Influence of 3-2-1
*3-2-1: 3-2-1 plus Tad Thaddock
*Clash: Sandinista (sides 1, 2, 3, 4)
*Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You (sides 1, 2)
*Gentle Giant: 1975-11-24 Basel (CDR)
*Happy the Man: Happy the Man
*Happy the Man: Crafty Hands
*Henry Cow: Ex Box: Collected Fragments 1971-1978
*Ned Lagin: Seastones
*Paul McCartney: iMac (CDR compilation) (disc 2)
*Muffins: Open City (side 1)
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Prince: Xpectation

Reading List, Week of 2020-05-17

Amazon.com: Occupy Pynchon: Politics after Gravity's Rainbow ...

Reading List 2020-05-18:

*Carswell, Sean. Occupy Pynchon: Politics after Gravity's Rainbow (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Erikson, Steve. Memories of Ice (reread/in progress)
*How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound (ed. Kaitlin Heller, Suzanne Conklin Akbari) (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Friday, May 15, 2020

New Ting on Bandcamp


New Ting now has a Bandcamp page! Finally...took a while to get it going. While we will continue to maintain our master archive of all our improvisations and live sets over at archive.org, the Bandcamp page will be a curated set of recordings...the best of the best. Please check it out and enjoy!

Monday, May 11, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-05-10

Matana Roberts - Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis (2019, File ...

Ingrid Laubrock
and Tom Rainey have continued to release weekly updates to their Stir Crazy series of duos recorded during isolation... these recordings are wonderful... visceral, immediate, and alive... One of the most amazing sets of recordings I've been digging into recently is Matana Roberts's Coin Coin series... she is up to 4 of a projected 12 chapters, and each one so far is mindblowingly original... hypnotic horn lines and mesmerizing vocals charged with a unique mix of folk, trad jazz, bluegrass, and gospel transmogrified into avant-garde jazz of the highest order, imbued with a deeply mysterious sense of history and a mysticism that is unlike anything else I've heard... her singing voice is so appealing, and her sax playing very intense... there's so much going on that it's hard to imagine how she will top these first four chapters... a massive achievement... 

Playlist 2020-05-11:

*George Adams/Don Pullen Quartet: Earth Beams (side 1)
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10
*Circle: Paris Concert (side 2)
*Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: Aphelion
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: Imaginary Vinyl
*Convergence Quartet: Slow and Steady
*Jan Garbarek: Sart (side 2)
*Keith Jarrett: Sun Bear Concerts (disc 3)
*Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth: Epicenter
*Nicole Mitchell: Mandorla Awakening II: Emerging Worlds
*Roscoe Mitchell: Splatter
*Roscoe Mitchell with Ostravská Banda: Distant Radio Transmission
*Oregon: In Concert (side 1)
*Evan Parker/Keith Rowe/Barry Guy/Eddie Prévost: Supersession
*Bud Powell/Charles Mingus/Max Roach: The Greatest Jazz Concert Ever (sides 3, 4)
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Three: River Run Thee
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis
*Simulacrum: Beyond Good and Evil
*Cecil Taylor Unit: 1966-10-16 Stuttgart (CDR) (disc 1)
*Lenny White: Big City (side 1)
*John Zorn/Rashanim: Masada Rock
*3-2-1: Even More 3-2-1 (cassette)
*3-2-1: The Further Adventures of 3-2-1
*John Barry: Goldfinger (Definitive Soundtrack Collection)
*Deerhoof: Surprise Symphonies
*Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks Vol. 36 (1972-09-21 Philadelphia) "Dark Star"
*Hugh Hopper:  Hopper Tunity Box (side 2)
*Jefferson Pilot: Shadow Hobby
*Paul McCartney: iMac (CDR compilation) (disc 1)
*Sérgio Mendes & Brasil '66: Foursider
*Muffins: Open City (side 2)
*OOIOO: Nijimusi
*Talking Heads: The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (side 4)
*Various ‎artists: The Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Country Music (disc 8)

Reading List, Week of 2020-05-10

Deadhouse Gates: A Tale of The Malazan Book of the Fallen: Steven ...

Reading List 2020-05-11:

*Erikson, Steve, Memories of Ice (reread/started)
*Erikson, Steve, Deadhouse Gates (reread/finished)
*Carswell, Sean. Occupy Pynchon: Politics after Gravity's Rainbow (in progress)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound (ed. Kaitlin Heller, Suzanne Conklin Akbari) (in progress)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (in progress)

Monday, May 4, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-05-03


Sometimes I can say something about all this music; other times the words don't come... but the music is always, always good...

Playlist 2020-05-04:

*AMM: The Nameless Uncarved Block
*AMM: Generative Themes
*AMM / Merzbow: For Ute / Tower Of Ghost
*Paul Bley: Ballads (sides 1, 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Creative Music Orchestra "Comp. 25, Unit F Part 2, Unit G"
*Ornette Coleman: The Music Of Ornette Coleman: Forms & Sounds "Saints and Soldiers"
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: The Mathematics of War "New Landscape"
*Alice Coltrane: Huntington Ashram Monastery/World Galaxy
*Chick Corea/Return To Forever: Light As A Feather (sides 1, 2)
*Miles Davis: The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 (LP 3 side 2)
*Miles Davis: In Person Friday and Saturday Nights at the Blackhawk, Complete (disc 1)
*Miles Davis: Miles Davis at Carnegie Hall
*Keith Jarrett: Sun Bear Concerts (disc 2)
*Keith Jarrett: Arbor Zena (side 2)
*Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett at the Blue Note: The Complete Recordings (disc 6)
*Ingrid Laubrock: Forensic
*Roscoe Mitchell Discussions Orchestra: Discussions "Who Dat"
*Paradoxical Frog: Union
*Flora Purim: 500 Miles High
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter One: Les Gens de Couleur Libres
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile
*Keith Rowe: The Room
*Keith Rowe and John Tilbury: E.E. Tension And Circumstance
*David Sancious: Forest of Feelings (side 1)
*Archie Shepp: On This Night
*Wadada Leo Smith: Lake Biwa
*Sun Ra: Continuation (Saturn/Corbett vs. Dempsey) (discs 1, 2)
*Test: Test
*McCoy Tyner: Sama Layuca
*Ben Webster: King of the Tenors
*Deerhoof: Surprise Symphonies
*Gentle Giant: Playing the Fool
*Happy the Man: 1975-11-07 Fairfax VA (CDR)
*Squeeze: East Side Story (side 1)
*Talking Heads: The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (sides 1, 2, 3)
*Various ‎artists: The Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Country Music (discs 6, 7)

Reading List, Week of 2020-05-03

The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire - Kindle edition by ...

Reading List 2020-05-04:

*Erikson, Steve, Deadhouse Gates (reread/started)
*Mustich, James. 1,000 Books to Read Before You Die (started)
*DiCamillo, Kate. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane (started/finished)
*Gioia, Ted. The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (finished)
*Carswell, Sean. Occupy Pynchon: Politics after Gravity's Rainbow (in progress)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound (ed. Kaitlin Heller, Suzanne Conklin Akbari) (in progress)

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-04-26

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Wayne Shorter's '60s run of Blue Note albums is life-sustaining and essential... Prince's album The Slaughterhouse is one of his strongest of the 2000s, certainly more interesting than the major label releases like 3121 or Musicology... with "Y Should 👁 Do That When 👁 Can Do This?" he wears his Tower of Power heart on his sleeve... great grooves throughout and no MOR sappiness... It's great hearing an entire side of Clifford Jarvis cooking on drums with David Murray without his taking an extended solo (with which he slowed down so, so many Sun Ra concerts)...

Playlist 2020-04-27:

*John Abrercrombie/Dave Holland/Jack DeJohnette: Gateway
*Muhal Richard Abrams: Celestial Birds
*Airto: Fingers
*Airto: Virgin Land
*Anthony Braxton Quartet: 1982-04-24 Detroit (CDR)
*Circle: Paris Concert (side 1)
*Gerald Cleaver & Violet Hour: Live At Firehouse 12
*Andrew Cyrille/Milford Graves: Dialogue Of The Drums
*Kris Davis and Craig Taborn: 2016-10-03 Washington DC (streaming)
*Alexander Hawkins Ensemble: No Now Is So
*Keith Jarrett: The Köln Concert
*Keith Jarrett: Sun Bear Concerts (disc 1)
*Keith Jarrett: Arbor Zena (side 1)
*Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note: The Complete Recordings (discs 4, 5)
*Ingrid Laubrock’s Ubatuba Quintet: 2015-10-11 Barcelona (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock + Aki Takase: Kasumi
*Jimmie Lunceford: Jimmie Lunceford (side 4)
*Jimmy Lyons: The Box Set (disc 5)
*Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra: Galactic Parables: Volume 1 (disc 1)
*Sergio Mendes: Quiet Nights
*Thurston Moore/Evan Parker/Walter Prati: The Promise
*Lee Morgan: The Procrastinator (side 1)
*David Murray: The London Concert (side 2)
*David Murray Octet: Murray's Steps (side 1)
*Tony Oxley: 4 Compositions for Sextet
*Charlie Parker: Volume 10: Out Of Nowhere (side 2)
*Flora Purim: Stories to Tell
*Rova :: Orkestrova: An Alligator in Your Wallet
*Santos Silva/Wodrascka/Meaas Svendsen/Berre: Rasengan!
*Schlippenbach Trio: First Recordings
*Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer (side 2)
*Sun Ra and His Astro Infinity Arkestra: Strange Strings (side 1)
*Cecil Taylor Tentet: 1992-08-28 Saalfelden (CDR)
*McCoy Tyner: Atlantis
*Unstable Ensemble: The Liturgy of Ghosts
*Vector Trio: (quartet)
*Nate Wooley: Battle Pieces 2
*World Saxophone Quartet: Requiem for Julius
*3-2-1: Very Much 3-2-1 Band (cassette)
*3-2-1: Three to One Again (cassette)
*James Brown: Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (side 1)
*Gang Of Four:  Solid Gold (side 1)
*Happy the Man: 1975-10-30 Washington DC (CDR) (disc 2)
*Hugh Hopper:  Hopper Tunity Box (side 1)
*Eric Leeds: Times Squared
*Muffins: 1979-03-03 Bethesda MD (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*Pointer Sisters: The Pointer Sisters (side 1)
*Robert Pollard: Not in My Airforce
*Prince: The Slaughterhouse
*Santana: Welcome
*Talking Heads: Speaking In Tongues (side 2)

Reading List, Week of 2020-04-26

Gardens of the Moon (The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 1 ...

Third time around....

Reading List 2020-04-27:

*Garber, Marjorie. “Cymbeline,” in Shakespeare After All (reread/started/finished)
*Tanner, Tony. “Cymbeline,” in Prefaces to Shakespeare (reread/started/finished)
*Erikson, Steven. Gardens of the Moon (reread/finished)
*Shakespeare, William. Cymbeline (Folio) (reread/finished)
*Carswell, Sean. Occupy Pynchon: Politics after Gravity's Rainbow (in progress)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Gioia, Ted. The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (in progress)
*How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound (ed. Kaitlin Heller, Suzanne Conklin Akbari) (in progress)

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-04-19



Sam Goff's Transmissions continues to blow me away... One reason Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note is so enjoyable is that Keith Jarrett keeps his groaning and moaning to a minimum... it's still jarring to be enthralled with these absolutely gorgeous piano lines only to have them interrupted by him sounding like he has a ruptured spleen... The deep, robust tone of Sonny Rollins is like a soothing aural balm... Most of Bubble Puppy's only album is a bitter disappointment, surprisingly lame soft rock compared to the hard glittering brilliance of "Hot Smoke and Sassafras" and its B-side "Lonely"... oh well...

Playlist 2020-04-20:

*Decoy with Joe McPhee: AC/DC
*Fire! Orchestra: Exit!
*Stan Getz: Captain Marvel
*Samuel Goff: Transmissions
*Joe Henderson: Black Miracle (side 2)
*Richard "Groove" Holmes:  On Basie's Bandstand
*Keith Jarrett: The Survivors' Suite
*Keith Jarrett: Keith Jarrett At The Blue Note: The Complete Recordings (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: And Other Desert Towns
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy: Episode 4 (streaming)
*Jimmie Lunceford: Jimmie Lunceford (sides 2, 3)
*Jimmy Lyons: The Box Set (disc 4)
*Maybe Monday: Saturn's Finger
*Rob Mazurek/Exploding Star Orchestra Featuring Roscoe Mitchell: Matter Anti-Matter (disc 1)
*Mephista: Entomological Reflections
*Charles Mingus: The Jazz Experiments of Charles Mingus
*Ikue Mori: In Light of Shadows
*Sunny Murray's Untouchable Factor: 1975-06-29 Studio Rivbea, NYC (CDR)
*Sonny Rollins: Freedom Suite (sides 1, 2)
*Wayne Shorter: Night Dreamer (side 1)
*Soft Machine: Six
*Tyshawn Sorey: The Inner Spectrum of Variables "Movement III"
*Sun Ra: Monorails & Satellites: Works for Solo Piano Vols. 1, 2, 3 (disc 1)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: 1966-10-16 Stuttgart (CDR) (disc 1)
*Cecil Taylor--The Ensemble: The Light Of Corona "Two"
*3-2-1: The Internationally Unknown 3-2-1 Band (cassette)
*Art Bears: Winter Songs
*Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (EP) (record 2, side 3)
*David Bowie: Lodger
*James Brown: Papa's Got a Brand New Bag (side 2)
*Bubble Puppy: A Gathering of Promises
*Caravan: Caravan
*Gentle Giant: Interview
*Happy the Man: 1975-10-30 Washington DC (CDR) (disc 1)
*Happy the Man: Crafty Hands
*Hotel X: [Untitled 2020] (wav)
*Muffins: 1979-02-25 Bethesda MD (CDR)
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Pink Floyd: Ummagumma: The High Resolution Remasters (boot CDR) (disc 1) (selections)
*Robert Pollard: Waved Out
*Talking Heads: Speaking In Tongues (side 1)
*David Thomas and His Legs: Winter Comes Home (side 2)
*Various ‎artists: The Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Country Music (disc 5)
*Various artists: Bollywood Steel Guitar
*Various artists: Bokoor Beats: Vintage Afro-Beat, Afro-Rock, & Electric Highlife From Ghana

Reading List, Week of 2020-04-19

Cymbeline - The Arden Shakespeare by Nosworthy, James - 1969

Reading List 2020-04-20:

*Erikson, Steven. Gardens of the Moon (reread/started)
*Shakespeare, William. Cymbeline (Folio) (reread/started)
*Granville-Barker, Harley. Prefaces to Shakespeare, Volume I. "Cymbeline" (started/finished)
*Franzen, Jonathan. Freedom (finished)
*Shakespeare, William. Cymbeline (Arden 2nd series, ed. James Nosworthy) (reread/finished)
*Carswell, Sean. Occupy Pynchon: Politics after Gravity's Rainbow (in progress)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Gioia, Ted. The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (in progress)
*How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound (ed. Kaitlin Heller, Suzanne Conklin Akbari) (in progress)

Monday, April 13, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-04-12



Even though it got its own side on Big Fun, I always felt "Ife" was kinda buried in the context of that album... the super-clean remastered version on the On the Corner box set is a revelation... I think this original studio version is stronger than the subsequent live reworkings, which focused mostly on the killer bass line... Speaking of killer, the two live sets of Fire! Orchestra that recently appeared are just that, monumental presentations of most of the material from Arrival... The music of Herbie Hancock's Mwandishi group is a deep well that merits continual revisiting... Jewel in the Lotus is one of the best Hancock albums not appearing under his own name... Love hearing Eddie Prévost's free jazz drumming in a non-AMM context like the Steve Miller Trio... One thing about working from home is the luxury to play music a bit louder than I can at the office, can you tell?... and believe me, I am counting my blessings that I even have a home... stay healthy and safe out there, folks... I feel really lucky to have seen both the Muffins and Happy the Man in intimate settings back in the late '70s...

Playlist 2020-04-13:

*AMM: Laminal (disc 1)
*Anthony Braxton: GTM (Syntax) 2017 (disc 7) (streaming)
*Dave Brubeck: All the Things We Are
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-28 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Alice Coltrane: Universal Consciousness
*Alice Coltrane Sextet: Live at the Berkeley Community Theater 1972
*Company: 1979-03-04 London (CDR)
*Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions (disc 2) "Ife"
*Fire! Orchestra: 2018-03-03 Geneva (CDR)
*Fire! Orchestra: 2018-11-18 Stockholm (CDR)
*Herbie Hancock: Treasure Chest (side 2)
*Fletcher Henderson: The Complete Fletcher Henderson 1927-1936 (sides 3, 4)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy: Episode 3 (streaming)
*Steve Lehman Octet: Travail, Transformation, and Flow
*Liquid Friction Assemblage: 2019-02-01 Rhizome, Washington DC (CDR)
*Jimmie Lunceford: Jimmie Lunceford (side 1)
*Bennie Maupin: The Jewel in the Lotus
*Steve Miller Trio/Lol Coxhill: Miller's Tale (disc 1)
*Grachan Moncur III: New Africa/Aco Dei De Madrugada (One Morning I Waked Up Very Early)
*Thurston Moore: Spirit Counsel (discs 2, 3)
*Joe Morris Quartet: 2015-12-04 Amsterdam (CDR)
*Evan Parker: Strings with Evan Parker (disc 3)
*Gary Peacock: Guamba
*Barre Phillips: Mountainscapes
*Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (side 2)
*Nino Rota: A Selection of His Work with Federico Fellini (cassette compilation)
*Gary Rouzer: Studies and Observations of Domestic Shrubbery
*Devadip Carlos Santana & Turiya Alice Coltrane: Illuminations
*Sun Ra Arkestra: Reflections In Blue (side 2)
*Test: 2000-05-25 NYC (CDR)
*Mal Waldron: The Call (side 1)
*Alex Ward Item 10: Volition (Live At Cafe Oto) "Entreaty"
*Ben Webster: Ben Webster and Associates
*3-2-1: For Five (cassette)
*3-2-1: Three: 2; One: Zero (cassette)
*Cream: Goodbye Tour Live 1968 (disc 4)
*Happy the Man: Happy the Man
*Happy the Man: 1974-05-03 Harrisonburg VA (CDR)
*Henry Cow: Ex Box: Collected Fragments 1971-1978
*Material: Memory Serves
*Muffins: <185> (side 1)
*Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time (side 2)
*Talking Heads: Remain in Light (sides 1, 2)

Reading List, Week of 2020-04-12


Severance: Ma, Ling: 9781250214997: Amazon.com: Books

Reading List 2020-04-13:

*How We Read: Tales, Fury, Nothing, Sound (ed. Kaitlin Heller, Suzanne Conklin Akbari) (started)
*Ma, Ling. Severance (started/finished)
*Carswell, Sean. Occupy Pynchon: Politics after Gravity's Rainbow (in progress)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Franzen, Jonathan. Freedom (in progress)
*Gioia, Ted. The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. Cymbeline (Arden 2nd series, ed. James Nosworthy) (reread/in progress)

Monday, April 6, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-04-05

Happy The Man - Crafty Hands (1978, Vinyl) | Discogs

Prog rocks: Off...

Playlist 2020-04-06:

*Anthony Braxton: Creative Music Orchestra (NYC) 2011
*Company: 1979-03-03 London (CDR)
*Exploding Star Orchestra: Stars Have Shapes
*Jan Garbarek: Sart (side 1)
*Fletcher Henderson: The Complete Fletcher Henderson 1927-1936 (side 1)
*Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five: Louis Jordan's Greatest Hits (side 2)
*Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith: Yo Miles! (disc 2)
*Booker Little: Out Front
*Ingrid Laubrock Quintet: 2014-01-22 Brooklyn NY (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy: Episode 2 (streaming)
*Jimmy Lyons: The Box Set (disc 3)
*John McLaughlin: Redevotion (boot CDR)
*Thurston Moore: Spirit Counsel (disc 1)
*Joe Morris/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver: Altitude
*David Murray Octet with Jimmy Lyons: 1984-07 NYC (CDR)
*Charlie Parker: Charlie Parker in Sweden 1950 (side 1)
*Evan Parker: Strings with Evan Parker (disc 2)
*Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Septet: Seven
*Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell, Vol. 1 (side 1)
*Flora Purim: Encounter
*Wadada Leo Smith: America's National Parks (disc 1)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: Reflections In Blue (side 2)
*Cecil Taylor Quartet: 1966-11-30? Paris (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor: Poschiavo
*John Zorn: Cobra: John Zorn's Game Pieces, Vol. 2
*David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith: Sun Of Goldfinger "Eye Meddle"
*3-2-1: From 3 to 1 (cassette)
*3-2-1: Primitive (cassette)
*3-2-1: Three-Two-One Blasts Off! (cassette)
*3-2-1: That's Right, Additional 3-2-1 (cassette)
*Cream: Goodbye Tour Live 1968 (disc 3)
*Happy the Man: Crafty Hands (sides 1, 2)
*Lucas & Corey: L & C Live at Muchmore's (streaming)
*Skatalites: Ska Foundation (disc 2)
*Talking Heads: More Songs about Buildings and Food (sides 1, 2)
*David Thomas & The Pedestrians: More Places Forever (side 2)

Reading List, Week of 2020-04-05

The Mirror & the Light (Wolf Hall Trilogy): Mantel, Hilary ...

Reading List 2020-04-06:

*Franzen, Jonathan. Freedom (started)
*Shakespeare, William. Cymbeline (Arden 2nd series, ed. James Nosworthy) (reread/started)
*Mantel, Hilary. The Mirror & the Light (finished)
*Carswell, Sean. Occupy Pynchon: Politics after Gravity's Rainbow (in progress)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Gioia, Ted. The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (in progress)

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-03-29



The Night of the Purple Moon continues to be one of my all-time favorite Sun Ra records... warmth and generosity of spirit suffused through electricity and John Gilmore on drums... loving this: Ingrid Laubrock and Tom Rainey are releasing duet streams from their home: Stir Crazy... I really miss the last couple of minutes missing from the stereo version of The Magic City... Amazing rediscovery: The Call by Mal Waldron... have had that album for years but had not given it the attention it deserves... dug it up this week and whoa! not an acoustic piano in sight... it's all electric piano, plus organ... dreamy and unique...

Playlist 2020-03-30:

*Derek Bailey/Han Bennink: Han
*Daniel Barbiero and Cristiano Bocci: 2019-06-22 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav)
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet (New Haven) 2014 (disc 4)
*Company: Company 6 & 7
*Miles Davis/Gil Evans: The Complete Columbia Studio Recordings (disc 4)
*Miles Davis: The Complete Live at the Plugged Nickel 1965 (disc 7)
*Andrew Drury: Content Provider
*Fletcher Henderson: The Complete Fletcher Henderson 1927-1936 (side 2)
*Fletcher Henderson: Swing's The Thing (1931-1934) (side 1)
*Joe Henderson: Black Miracle (side 1)
*Keith Jarrett/Jan Garbarek: Luminessence (side 1)
*Ingrid Laubrock: Forensic
*Ingrid Laubrock Ubatuba: 2015-10-08 Bremen, Germany (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock/Tom Rainey: Stir Crazy: Episode 1 (streaming)
*Adam Lion/Matt Nelson: 2019-07-13 Gamelan Raga Kusuma, University of Richmond (wav)
*Sunny Murray: An Even Break (Never Give a Sucker)
*Larry Ochs Sax and Drumming Core: Wild Red Yellow
*Charlie Parker: Unheard Bird: The Unissued Takes (disc 1)
*Evan Parker: 50th Birthday Concert (discs 1, 2)
*Hermeto Pascoal & Grupo: No Mundo Dos Sons (disc 1)
*RAIC: 2019-07-13 Gamelan Raga Kusuma, University of Richmond (wav)
*Tomeka Reid Quartet: Old New
*Woody Shaw with Anthony Braxton: The Iron Men (side 2)
*Tyshawn Sorey: Alloy "A Love Song"
*Spring Heel Jack: The Sweetness of the Water
*Sun Ra and His Solar Arkestra: The Magic City (Full Stereo Version)
*Sun Ra and His Intergalactic Infinity Arkestra: The Night of the Purple Moon (sides 1, 2)
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-06-08 London (CDR)
*Thing: Boot!
*David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith: Sun Of Goldfinger
*Ralph Towner: Solstice (side 1)
*McCoy Tyner: Mosaic Select (disc 1)
*UYA: 1992-03-07: This Tactile Number (wav)
*UYA: 1992-03-10 (wav)
*Mal Waldron: The Call (sides 1, 2)
*YoshimiO/Susie Ibarra/Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe: Flower of Sulphur
*Mozart: Complete Works for Flute & Orchestra (Sharon Bezaly/Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra)
*Mozart: Symphony no. 34 in C/Witt: Symphony in C (London Mozart Players)
*3-2-1: 1983-01-21 Chester Va. (cassette)
*Cream: Goodbye Tour Live 1968 (disc 2)
*Robert Fripp: Exposure (side 1)
*Muffins: <185> (side 1)
*Dan Penn: Close To Me: More Fame Recordings
*Pere Ubu: New Picnic Time (side 1)
*Shardik: Shardik
*Talking Heads: Talking Heads: 77 (sides 1, 2)
*Talking Heads: Fear of Music (side 1)
*U.S. Maple: Talker
*Various ‎artists: The Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Country Music (discs 3, 4)
*Various artists: Canterbury Tales: Nuggets from the Psychedelic Underground (disc 3)

Reading List, Week of 2020-03-29

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Reading List 2020-03-30:

*Carswell, Sean. Occupy Pynchon: Politics after Gravity's Rainbow (started)
*Goldbarth, Albert. The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972-2007 (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Gioia, Ted. The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (in progress)
*Mantel, Hilary. The Mirror & the Light (in progress)

Monday, March 23, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-03-22



R.I.P. Danny Ray Thompson... the heavy anchor of many wonderful versions of "D.27-II"...

Playlist 2020-03-23:

*Marshall Allen/Danny Ray Thompson/Jamie Saft/Trevor Dunn/Balazs Pandi/Roswell Rudd: Ceremonial Healing
*Anthony Braxton: In the Tradition Volume 2 (side 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet (New Haven) 2014 (disc 4)
*Brötzmann/Laswell: Low Life
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-27 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Company: Company 4
*Company: Fables
*Company: 1983-05-23 BBC (CDR)
*Kris Davis and Craig Taborn: Octopus
*Duke Ellington: The Bethlehem Years, Volume I (sides 1, 2)
*Herbie Hancock: Head Hunters
*Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five: Louis Jordan's Greatest Hits (side 1)
*Louis Jordan: Greatest Hits Volume 2 (1941-1947) (sides 1, 2)
*Henry Kaiser & Wadada Leo Smith: Yo Miles! (disc 1)
*Tony Levin/David Torn/Alan White: Levin Torn White
*Arto Lindsay/Paal Nilssen-Love: Scarcity
*Jimmy Lyons: The Box Set (disc 2)
*Jay McShann Orchestra featuring Charlie Parker: Early Bird
*Charles Mingus: Jazz Composers Workshop
*Sunny Murray: Sunshine
*New Ting: 2020-03-02 "Media Scan" (wav)
*Plymouth: Plymouth "Standish"
*Chano Pozo : El Tambor De Cuba (Life And Music Of The Legendary Cuban Conga Drummer) (disc 3)
*Tom Rainey Trio: Combobulated
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis
*Cecil Taylor Unit: Live In Bologna (sides 3, 4)
*McCoy Tyner: Sama Layuca
*Kenny Wheeler: Deer Wan (sides 1, 2)
*Mozart: The Concertos for Piano & Orchestra (Murray Perahia/English Chamber Orchestra) (disc 3)
*Beatles:  From Liverpool: The Beatles Box (LP 1, side 1, LP 5, side 1)
*Boston Spaceships: Let It Beard
*Caravan: Caravan
*Gang Of Four: Solid Gold (side 1)
*Gang Of Four: Another Day/Another Dollar (sides 1, 2)
*Gentle Giant: Octopus
*Neu!: Neu! 2
*News from Babel: Letters Home
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Dan Penn: Close To Me: More Fame Recordings
*Tim Presley's White Fence: I Have to Feed Larry's Hawk
*Public Enemy: Bring the Noise 2000
*Squeeze: Singles - 45's And Under (sides 1, 2)
*Lewis Taylor: The Lost Album
*David Thomas & The Pedestrians: More Places Forever (side 1)
*Trouble Funk: Saturday Night Live From Washington D.C. (side 1)
*U.S. Maple: Sang Phat Editor
*Various ‎artists: The Smithsonian Collection Of Classic Country Music (discs 1, 2)
*Various artists: Canterbury Tales: Nuggets from the Psychedelic Underground (discs 1, 2)

Reading List, Week of 2020-03-22

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Reading List 2020-03-23:

*Gioia, Ted. The Jazz Standards: A Guide to the Repertoire (started)
*Ellis, Warren, et al. The Planetary Omnibus (finished)
*Watts, Graham. Shakespeare's Authentic Performance Texts: The Case for Staging from the First Folio (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Goldbarth, Albert. The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972-2007 (in progress)
*Mantel, Hilary. The Mirror & the Light (in progress)

Saturday, March 21, 2020

The Past Recaptured


I thought I had lost this forever! This is my original copy of the "Magic Juke Box" EP from my childhood: a strange and unsettling excursion into sleep and music, and of course the inspiration for the name I've given my iPods. The cover is long gone. The missing chunk also broke off long, long ago, way before I started using this in UYA. Place this on top of an album, put the needle in the missing chunk, and you've got a noisy loop. When I packed up all my records and moved back to Richmond from Boston, I couldn't find this among all the other UYA vinyl sources for turntable improvisations (a collection in and of itself) and I thought it gone forever. So imagine my surprise when I pulled out the album Hear the Beatles Tell All and out rolled Howdy Doody!

Monday, March 16, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-03-15



Music for a pandemic: Derek Bailey's absract, non-referential guitar squonks...  Annette Peacock's synthesized warblings... Billy Cobham's power shuffle... Morton Feldman's iterative slow lines... Alexander Hawkins's hardcore organ... Matana Roberts stating facts and naming names...

Playlist 2020-03-16:

*Derek Bailey: Improvisation
*Paul Bley: Ballads (side 1)
*Bley-Peacock Synthesizer Show: Revenge: The Bigger The Love The Greater The Hate (side 1)
*Anthony Braxton: In the Tradition Volume 2 (side 1)
*Anthony Braxton: 4 (Ensemble) Compositions 1992 "Comp. 164"
*Company: Company 2
*Company: Company 3
*Jacques Coursil: Black Suite
*Miles Davis: The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (disc 5) "Right Off"
*Elton Dean's Ninesense: Oh! For the Edge (side 2)
*Decoy with Joe McPhee: AC/DC
*Morton Feldman: Morton Feldman Festival 2008-02-09 Amsterdam Part 3 (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*Henry Kaiser: 1980-05-03 Richmond Artists Workshop (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*London Jazz Composers Orchestra featuring Anthony Braxton: 1988-03-25 Basel, Switzerland (CDR) (disc 2)
*Charles Mingus: Minor Intrusions (side 2)
*Roscoe Mitchell Sextet: 2017-01-29 Milano (CDR)
*David Murray: The London Concert (side 2)
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter One: Les Gens de Couleur Libres
*Sun Ra and His Space Arkestra: What Planet Is This? (disc 1)
*Sun Ra Arkestra: Live in Nickelsdorf 1984 (discs 1, 2, 3)
*Cecil Taylor: 3 Phasis (side 1)
*Various artists: Afro-Cuban Jazz (sides 2, 3, 4)
*Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (EP) (record 2, side 3)
*Cream: Goodbye Tour Live 1968 (disc 1)
*Chris Cutler/Fred Frith: Live In Prague And Washington (side 2)
*Grateful Dead: 1971-12-01 Boston Music Hall (set 2 Cryptical > Other One > Me and My Uncle) (CDR)
*Guided By Voices: Human Amusements at Hourly Rates
*Henry Cow: 1977-09-27 Oriago, Italy (CDR)
*Henry Cow: 1977-12-16 Amsterdam (CDR)
*Henry Cow: 1978-01-13 Zurich (CDR)
*Chaka Khan: What Cha' Gonna Do for Me (side 1)
*OOIOO: Nijimus
*Orckestra (Henry Cow + Mike Westbrook Brass Band): 1977-09-16 Milano, Italy (CDR) (disc 2)
*Pere Ubu: Dub Housing (side 2)
*Robert Pollard: The Best of 2012-2014
*Skatalites: Ska Foundation (disc 1)
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1970: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*XTC: Us Being Us (boot CDR)
*XTC: The Good Things (boot CDR)
*Frank Zappa: Son of Hot Rats (boot CDR)

Reading List, Week of 2020-03-15

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...a dog named Rogaine...

Reading List 2020-03-16:

*Ellis, Warren, et al. The Planetary Omnibus (started)
*Mantel, Hilary. The Mirror & the Light (started)
*Macdonald, Ross. The Ivory Grin (reread/started/finished)
*Schumacher, Julie. The Shakespeare Requirement (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Goldbarth, Albert. The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972-2007 (in progress)
*Watts, Graham. Shakespeare's Authentic Performance Texts: The Case for Staging from the First Folio (in progress)

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Bonus Playlist from the Magic Jukebox 2



Time for another bonus playlist from the Magic Jukebox, this time, though, from the newly refurbished and repopulated Magic Jukebox 2: twice as much space, twice the musical fun! This list is from earlier this month.Lots of classics!

1. Chuck Berry - Havana moon
2. Duke Ellington - Dinah Lou
3. Jefferson Pilot - House and home
4. Sun Ra - Disco 2021
5. Rationals - I need you
6. National Lampoon - Police auditions
7. Beatles - Only a Northern song (Anthology 2)
8. Thelonious Monk with John Coltrane - Bye-ya
9. Beach Boys - Passing by (demo with lyrics)
10. Beatles - When I get home
11. Carla Thomas - Give it a try (demo)
12. Beck - Hell yes
13. Sun Ra - Space aura
14. Stock, Hausen, & Walkman - Duvet
15. Heldon - Marie et Virginie comp (live)
16. Billy Hart - Hymn for the old year
17. Sun Ra - The horo
18. Sun Ra - Hidden cosmic treasures
19. Beach Boys: Heroes and villains: barbershop
20. Tad Thaddock - Drugged baby
21. Praxis - Direct hit
22. Bee Gees - Monday's rain
23. George Clinton - Way up
24. Sun Ra - Reflections in blue
25. Residents - Baby skeletons & dogs
26. Charlie Parker All Stars - Steeplechase
27. Tad Thaddock - Fat, pink baby
28. Scott Brookman - Inspected by Curly
29. MC Lyte - Listen up
30. Billy Cobham - Taurian matador
31. Praxis - Flicker
32. James Blood Ulmer - Are you glad to be in America? (Odyssey)
33. Debbie Dovale - I'm my own doctor
34. Love - Can't explain
35. Andy Partridge - C side
36. James Brown - Come over here
37. Elvis Costello & the Attractions - Shot with his own gun
38. Sonic Youth - Thunderclap for Bobby Pyn
39. Dr. John - You lie
40. Sun Ra - Calling planet Earth
41. Yanni Martinelli - Coconut lime
42. Carla Thomas - He picked me
43. S. D. Burman - Jane kya pilaya tune
44. Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd - 2015-05-14 track 3
45. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Foxy lady
46. Elvis Presley - Shake rattle & roll (live)
47. Eddie Floyd - Don't rock the boat
48. High Llamas - End on tick tock
49. Ikettes - (Never more) Lonely for you
50. Sonic Youth - Drunken butterfly
51. Rolling Stones - Who's been sleeping here?
52. Minutemen - This ain't no picnic
53. Eddie Floyd - High-heel sneakers
54. Sam Cooke - Sugar dumpling
55. Bob Dylan - I dreamed I saw St. Augustine
56. James Carr - Pouring water on a drowning man
57. Etta James - The same rope
58. Mahmoud Ahmed - Atawurulegn Lela
59. Plastic Ono Band  - Love
60. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Ain't no telling
61. Supremes - The boy that got away
62. Jimi Hendrix Experience - Fire (live Oakland)
63. Sun Ra - The code of interdependence
64. Stevie Wonder - Don't you worry 'bout a thing
65. Rex Stewart & His 52nd St. Stompers - Rexatious
66. Elder - Coordination of the tweezer
67. Fraternal Order of the All - Greetings from Planet Love
68. Sun Ra - Moon dance
69. Kip Anderson - Without a woman
70. Tad Thaddock - Choking Beverly Sills
71. Kinks - Love me till the sun shines
72. Otis Redding - Don't be afraid of love
73. Sun Ra - Stardust from tomorrow (live)
74. Duke Ellington - My gal is good for nothing but love
75. Etta James - Misty
76. Swamp Dogg - Knowing I'm pleasing you
77. Zephyr - Somebody listen
78. Beatles - I'm looking through you (Anthology version)
79. Stevie Wonder - Another star
80. Frank Zappa - Theme from Lumpy gravy
81. Miles Davis - When I fall in love
82. Animal Collective  - Spilling guts
83. Beach Boys - Don't hurt my little sister
84. Dan the Automator - Punjabis, pimps, & players
85. John Lennon - Mellotron improvisation (3)
86. Cootie Williams & His Rug Cutters  - Lost in meditation
87. Janis Joplin - Cry baby
88. Mary Wells - When your lover comes back
89. Santana - Savor (live Woodstock)
90. Valentinos - It's all over now
91. Flight of the Conchords - Boom
92. Asha Bhosle - Mera naam hai shabnam
93. Robert Johnson - Traveling riverside blues
94. Allied Chemical Brothers - Fart
95. Sun Ra - The double that
96. Chuck Willis - It's too late
97. Sun Ra - Mystery Mr. Ra (live)
98. Clarence Reid AKA Blowfly - Nobody but you
99. Jimi Hendrix - Message to love (live Hawaii)
100. Beatles - Birthday (2018 Giles Martin mix)

Monday, March 9, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-03-08



Washing my hands with music.....

Playlist 2020-03-09:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: Celestial Birds
*Arcana: 1997-06-07 Frankfurt (CDR)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2018-11-19 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2018-11-20 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-05-02 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-05-03 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Tadd Dameron with John Coltrane: Mating Call
*Miles Davis: The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 (LP 5 side 2)
*Dave Douglas: Freak In
*Jimmy Lyons: The Box Set (disc 1)
*Roscoe Mitchell Sextet: 2017-01-29 Milano (CDR)
*Evan Parker: Strings with Evan Parker (disc 1)
*Chano Pozo : El Tambor De Cuba (Life And Music Of The Legendary Cuban Conga Drummer) (disc 2)
*Tomeka Reid Quartet: Old New
*Matana Roberts: Coin Coin Chapter Four: Memphis
*Irene Schweizer/Louis Moholo: Irene Schweizer/Louis Moholo
*Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Biosystem
*Spontaneous Music Ensemble: Low Profile
*Keith Tippett Group: Dedicated to You, But You Weren't Listening
*Various artists: Afro-Cuban Jazz (side 1)
*Lester Young: The Aladdin Sessions (side 3)
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (discs 47, 48)
*Beatles:  From Liverpool: The Beatles Box (LP 2, side 1)
*Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (EP) (record 2, side 4)
*Boris: Boris at Last -Feedbacker
*Groundhogs: Thank Christ for the Bomb
*Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand (Director's Cut) (disc 2)
*Guided By Voices: Under the Bushes Under the Stars
*Guided By Voices: Hold on Hope EP
*Guided By Voices: Surrender Your Poppy Field
*Henry Cow: 1977-09-19 Firenze, Italy (CDR) (discs 1, 2)
*McDonald and Giles: McDonald and Giles
*News From Babel: Sirens & Silences/Work Resumed On The Tower
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Orckestra (Henry Cow + Mike Westbrook Brass Band): 1977-09-16 Milano, Italy (CDR) (disc 1)
*Pere Ubu: Dub Housing (side 1)
*Pere Ubu: The Art of Walking (side 1)
*Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year (side 1)
*Robert Pollard: Not in My Airforce
*Robert Pollard: Waved Out
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1969: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music

Reading List, Week of 2020-03-08

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Reading List 2020-03-09:

*Schumacher, Julie. The Shakespeare Requirement (started)
*Watts, Graham. Shakespeare's Authentic Performance Texts: The Case for Staging from the First Folio (started)
*Livingston, Sonja. Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses (finished)
*Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet (Folio) (reread/finished)
*Understanding Finnegans Wake (ed. Tatsuo Hamada) (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Goldbarth, Albert. The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972-2007 (in progress)

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Old Times Good Times


...the fact that I can't understand people who want to go over and over old times, getting all nostalgic and stuff, the fact that I'm scared of old times, the fact that old times are soggy, saggy cradles of regret... (Lucy Ellmann, Ducks, Newburyport, p. 57)

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Tyshawn Sorey at UVA














Went to Charlottesville last Friday for a performance by Tyshawn Sorey. It was billed as a concert, but beyond that I didn't really know what to expect--would he have a band? Would he play a mix of drums, piano, and trombone? He's equally adept on all three. Turns out it was a solo piano piece, a "spontaneous composition," as the program stated. Turns out it was amazing. The setting was a Unitarian church, and the lighting was minimal: one small lamp on top of the piano, which, about five minutes in, Sorey turned off, to pay the rest of the piece in darkness. He started off with long drawn-out Morton Feldman-esque low-end chords, sparsely scattered and somber. The chords built on themselves and morphed into an hour-long rumination of dynamic power shifts, including some of the fastest post-Cecil Taylor runs I've ever heard. These powerful runs grew in intensity to loud crescendo waves of thunderous swells only to be cut off and dynamically cut to sequences of quiet melodic chords. This pattern of a gradual build to overwhelming power/quick cut to quiet melody occurred several times as the piece progressed. Stunning.

[The picture above is not from UVA; it's from here.]

Monday, March 2, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-03-01



It's always interesting to hear AMM bring in outside players... I'm thinking particularly of their recordings with John Butcher...  it puts into focus exactly how singular, how sui generis their playing together always is... AAMM is no exception--even with the addition of the "A" Trio, you never once doubt that you're hearing anyone other than AMM...

Playlist 2020-03-02:

*"A" Trio & AMM: AAMM
*Arcana: The Last Wave
*Derek Bailey: Fairly Early with Postscripts
*Brötzmann/Schlippenbach/Bennink: Fifty Years After…
*Bill Bruford: Feels Good to Me
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-28 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Colla Parte: 2019-11-24 Rhizome, Washington DC (wav) (set 1)
*John Coltrane: My Favorite Things: Coltrane At Newport "Impressions"
*Company: Company 1
*Lowell Davidson Trio: Lowell Davidson Trio
*Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons
*Miles Davis: 1970-08-18 Tanglewood (CDR)
*Miles Davis/Marcus Miller: Music From Siesta (side 2)
*Nick Fraser/Kris Davis/Tony Malaby: Zoning
*Samuel Goff: Transmissions
*Illegal Crowns: The No-Nosed Puppet
*Robert Landfermann/Ingrid Laubrock/Achim Kaufmann/Tom Rainey: Topaz
*Bill Laswell: Baselines (side 1)
*Layers of Memory: Hence Thrice
*Myra Melford: Snowy Egret
*Myra Melford's Snowy Egret: The Other Side of Air
*Charles Mingus: The Black Saint and the Sinner Lady (sides 1, 2)
*New Ting: 2020-02-17 "Still Waitin' for Cantankeroid" (wav)
*Tony Oxley/Derek Bailey Quartet: 1993-09 Crawley, England (CDR)
*Charlie Parker: Bird At The Roost, The Savoy Years: The Complete Royal Roost Performances, Vol. One (side 1)
*Evan Parker/Barry Guy/Paul Lytton: Music for David Mossman
*Evan Parker/Trance Map +: Crepuscule in Nickelsdorf
*David Sancious And Tone: Transformation (The Speed Of Love) (side 2)
*Three Body Problem: 2019-11-02 Washington DC (wav)
*VWCR: Noise of Our Time
*John Zorn: In the Hall of Mirrors
*John Zorn: Tractatus Musico-Philosophicus
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (discs 45, 46)
*Beatles:  From Liverpool: The Beatles Box (LP 4, side 1)
*Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Get Happy (side 2)
*English Beat: Wha'ppen? (side 1)
*Grateful Dead: Sunshine Daydream “Dark Star"
*Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand (Director's Cut) (disc 1)
*Guided By Voices: Surrender Your Poppy Field
*Henry Cow: Unrest (Cow Box Redux)
*Henry Cow: 1976-11-18 Nancy, France (CDR)
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Robert Pollard: Not in My Airforce
*Robert Pollard: Waved Out
*Skeleton Crew: Learn to Talk
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1968: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*Zombies: The BBC Radio Sessions (side 1)

Reading List, Week of 2020-03-01



Reading List 2020-03-02:

*Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet (Folio) (reread/started)
*Summers, Courtney. This Is Not a Test (started/finished)
*Ware, Chris. Rusty Brown (started/finished)
*Gaddis, William. The Recognitions (reread/finished)
*Moore, Steven. A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's The Recognitions (rev. ed.) (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Goldbarth, Albert. The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972-2007 (in progress)
*Livingston, Sonja. Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses (in progress)
*Understanding Finnegans Wake (ed. Tatsuo Hamada) (in progress)

Monday, February 24, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-02-23



I am disposed to love Sean O'Hagan's Radum Calls, Radum Calls... I deeply love the High Llamas, have done so for years, and really love O'Hagan's way with chords... so I have been curiously dismayed at how underwhelmed I've been with this new one... the territory is not new, the melodies are nice, but nothing's been insinuating itself into my brain... so is it my fault or the music's?... I'm inclined to blame myself... it does sound better every time I listen... and don't get me wrong, there's lots to like here... two harps, subtle use of synth, quirky lyrics, typically intriguing chord changes... whether or not it's a favorite, it's always nice to have more from O'Hagan... I think I said the same thing to myself about Here Come the Rattling Trees, with which this album shares the deepest affinity...

Playlist 2020-02-24:

*Boneshaker: Thinking Out Loud
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-27 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-11-25 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons
*Miles Davis: The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 (LP 3, side 2)
*Miles Davis: The Complete On The Corner Sessions (disc 2) "Ife"
*ExclusiveOr/Architeuthis Walks On Land/International Contemporary Ensemble: Modules
*Jan Garbarek Quartet: Afric Pepperbird
*Barry Guy/Mats Gustafsson/Raymond Strid: Tarfala
*Herbie Hancock: Treasure Chest (side 4)
*Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith - Yo Miles!: 2000-03-04 Fillmore (CDR) (discs 2, 3)
*Andy Kirk and His Clouds of Joy: The Lady Who Swings the Band 1936-1938 (side 2)
*Lama + Chris Speed: Lamaçal
*Ingrid Laubrock: Some Things
*Ingrid Laubrock & Liam Noble: Let’s Call This...
*Layers of Memory: Hence Thrice
*Joe McPhee/Mats Gustafsson: Brace For Impact
*Charles Mingus: Minor Intrusions (side 1)
*Charles Mingus: Nostalgia in Times Square (side 2)
*Joe Morris/William Parker/Gerald Cleaver: Altitude
*RAIC: Symbiosis, Vol. 1 (cassette)
*Susana Santos Silva: Life and Other Transient Storms
*Santos Silva/Wodrascka/Meaas Svendsen/Berre: Rasengan!
*Leo Smith Creative Orchestra: Budding Of A Rose "Budding of a Rose"
*Sun Ra with Pharoah Sanders and Black Harold (Orb Tapes cassette)
*Sun Ra: Cosmo Earth Fantasy: Sub Underground Series Vol. 1 & 2 (Art Yard) “Cosmo-Earth Fantasy”
*Cecil Taylor Orchestra of Two Continents: 1984-10-20 Rubigen, Switzerland (CDR) (disc 2)
*Zion80: Hod
*Beach Boys: SMiLE (side 1)
*Beatles:  From Liverpool: The Beatles Box (LP 4, side 2)
*Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (EP) (record 1, sides 1, 2)
*Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Get Happy (side 1)
*Dark Carpet: Factory Side
*Fred Frith: Gravity
*Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks 36 (Philadelphia 1972-09-21) "Dark Star"
*Guided By Voices: Vampire on Titus
*Guided By Voices: How Do You Spell Heaven
*Henry Cow: Beginnings (Cow Box Redux)
*Henry Cow with Robert Wyatt: 1975-05-21 London (CDR)
*Henry Cow: 1975-10-25 Massy-Palaiseau, France (CDR)
*Nails: Obscene Humanity
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*OOIOO: Nijimusi
*Various artists: Duffy's 45s No. 2 (CDR compilation)
*Various artists: Sessions '64!! (10-in. LP) (sides 1, 2)
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1967: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*Various artists: Crickets: Best of the Fading Captain Series 1999-2007 (disc 1)
*Yes: The Word Is Live (disc 2)

Reading List, Week of 2020-02-23

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Reading List 2020-02-24:

*Understanding Finnegans Wake (ed. Tatsuo Hamada) (started)
*Livingston, Sonja. Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses (started)
*Giles, D. C., Pietrzykowski, S., & Clark, K. E. "The psychological meaning of personal record collections and the impact of changing technological forms." Journal of Economic Psychology, 28(4), 429–443. (started/finished)
*Tomine, Adrian. Killing and Dying (started/finished)
*Cutter, Matthew. Closer You Are: The Story of Robert Pollard and Guided By Voices (finished)
*Einsohn, Amy, and Marilyn Schwartz. The Copyeditor's Handbook, 4th ed. (in progress)
*Gaddis, William. The Recognitions (reread/in progress)
*Goldbarth, Albert. The Kitchen Sink: New and Selected Poems 1972-2007 (in progress)
*Moore, Steven. A Reader's Guide to William Gaddis's The Recognitions (rev. ed.) (in progress)

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Reading Plan for 2020


Reading: For me, not a sickness, but a compulsion, yes, a crutch, a staving against depression, and a mental savior. The flow of words is the flow of life. I wrote most of this late the other night when I should have been reading.

So, my reading plan for this year is simple--what it takes to get me there...

--Rusty Brown, after finishing The Recognitions

--Finnegans Wake again, after reading Finn Fordham and the rest of Tatsuo Hamada: Understanding Finnegans Wake

--Malazan again, after reading Erikson's "Deconstructing the Siege of Pale Aftermath Scene"

--Side trips into Emily Dickinson, Giles Goat-Boy, Ross Macdonald, Javier Marías, Malcolm Fox, Shakespeare...

--Mason & Dixon and Against the Day again, after Occupy Pynchon

Anything beyond these is gravy.

Thinking about the reading is not the reading.

Reading is not the thinking; it is the being.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Playlist, Week of 2020-02-16




I have really been enjoying the new album from OOIOO... Nijimusi is perhaps closest in spirit to Taiga and to the Boredoms' Vision Creation Newsun, with its extended grooves, layered guitar chords, and general spacey feel... six years was a long time to wait for a new album; here's hoping the next one will show up sooner... Kabalaba (with Muhal Richard Abrams) and the 1984 Paris concert with Cecil Taylor are prime examples of full-bore Art Ensemble... both feature pretty much high-energy in-your-face improvisation the whole time... and both feature excellent guest work from pianists who match their energy and power at every step of the way... gawd, I love this music... Digging deep into recent recordings with Rodger Coleman... where the hell do we come up with all this stuff?... I also continue to be energized by Henry Cow...

Playlist 2020-02-17:

*Art Ensemble of Chicago with Muhal Richard Abrams: Kabalaba
*Black Host: Life In The Sugar Candle Mines
*Bill Bruford's Earthworks: The Sound of Surprise
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: The Mathematics of War "New Landscape"
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-27 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Rodger Coleman and Sam Byrd: 2019-08-28 Nashville (rough mix wav)
*Alice Coltrane: Ptah the El Daoud
*Miles Davis: The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 (LP 1, LP 2)
*Duke Ellington: Duke 56/62 Vol. 1 (sides 2, 4)
*Samuel Goff: Transmissions
*Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith - Yo Miles!: Sky Garden (discs 1, 2)
*Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith - Yo Miles!: Upriver (discs 1, 2)
*Henry Kaiser/Wadada Leo Smith - Yo Miles!: 2000-03-04 Fillmore (CDR) (disc 1)
*Layers of Memory: Hence Thrice
*Keeril Makan: In Sound
*Maybe Monday: Saturn's Finger
*John McLaughlin: My Goal's Beyond (side 2)
*New Ting: 2020-02-03 "Fred's Lane Is My Lane" (wav)
*Larry Ochs/Nels Cline/Gerald Cleaver: What Is to Be Done "Shimmer Intend Spark Groove Defend"
*David Sancious And Tone: Transformation (The Speed Of Love) (side 1)
*Soft Machine: 5
*Cecil Taylor/Art Ensemble of Chicago: 1984-10-30 Paris (CDR) (track 2)
*John Zorn: Chimeras (revised)
*Various artists: History of Electronic/Electroacoustic Music (CDR compilation) (disc 44)
*Big Star: Complete Third (disc 2)
*Chris Cutler/Fred Frith: Live In Prague And Washington (side 1)
*Dirty Projectors: Lamp Lit Prose
*Graham Central Station: Release Yourself (side 2)
*Guided By Voices: Propeller
*Guided By Voices: Vampire on Titus
*Guided By Voices: Bee Thousand
*Henry Cow: 1975-05-17 Grenoble, France (CDR)
*Henry Cow with Robert Wyatt: 1975-06-22 Rome (CDR)
*Henry Cow: Western Culture (Cow Box Redux)
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*OOIOO: Nijimusi
*Chano Pozo : El Tambor De Cuba (Life And Music Of The Legendary Cuban Conga Drummer) (disc 1)
*Sheriff Jack: Everybody Twist
*Skeleton Crew: The Country of Blinds
*Esperanza Spalding: Emily's D+Evolution
*Various artists: Country & Western Hit Parade 1966: Dim Lights, Thick Smoke, and Hillbilly Music
*Wilco: 2004-07-08 Stockholm (CDR)
*Brian Wilson: No Pier Pressure (side 2)