Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Ringo in Richmond

Whoo-hoo! I saw my favorite drummer last night, and it was wonderful (and I say this in spite of all the AWB and Men at Work covers). Just breathing his air, yeah yeah yeah. He sounded great on drums, although I could have wished to hear him by himself rather than always doubling with Greg Bissonette (who also sounded great, to be fair). He opened up, standing down front, with a killer version of "Matchbox" followed by "It Don't Come Easy," then... "What Goes On"!!! What a thrill to hear him sing that! A hidden Beatles gem, and easily my favorite Ringo Beatle vocal. After he moved back to the drums, the highlights for me were "Boys" and "I Wanna Be Your Man"... yeah, the oldies. Also, it was surreal to hear Ringo playing drums on "Free Ride," of all things. I'm so thankful I got to see him. Big fun!

Monday, September 19, 2022

Playlist, Week of 2022-09-18

 


Recuperation time...

Playlist 2022-09-19:

*Daniel Barbiero/Gary Rouzer/Chris Videll: Indigo over Red on Grey
*Beach Boys: Today! (2012 mono remaster)
*Beach Boys: Friends (side 1)
*Beach Boys: Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971 (disc 5)
*Beatles: With the Beatles (2009 mono remaster)
*Beatles: Rubber Soul (2009 stereo remaster) (side 1)
*Tim Berne's Snakeoil: You've Been Watching Me "Small World in a Small Town"
*Anthony Braxton: Sextet (Parker) 1993 (disc 4)
*Anthony Braxton + Italian Instabile Orchestra: Creative Orchestra (Bolzano) 2007
*Anthony Braxton/Tomas Fujiwara/Tom Rainey: Trio (New Haven) 2013 (disc 3)
*Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Sextet: 2015-02-21 Tuscaloosa, AL (excerpt) (CDR)
*Anthony Braxton Falling River Music Trio: 2015-02-23 Tuscaloosa, AL (CDR)
*Marilyn Crispell/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: Nothing Ever Was, Anyway (disc 2)
*Kris Davis: Diatom Ribbons
*Deerhoof: Devil Kids (side 1)
*Duke Ellington: Duke 56/62 Vol. 1 (side 1)
*Grateful Dead: 1970-06-24 Port Chester, NY (late show) (CDR)
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 version 2 (in progress, 1:22:00-2:03:36)
*Grateful Dead: Steppin' Out with the Grateful Dead: England '72 (disc 4) "Dark Star"
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Oort-Entropy
*Andrew Hill Big Band: 2003-05-24 Bath (CDR)
*M.I.A.: Kala
*Matt Mitchell/Kate Gentile: Snark Horse (disc 1)
*N.E.R.D.: No One Ever Really Dies
*Nurse With Wound/Graham Bowers: Mutation ...The Lunatics Are Running the Asylum…
*Sean O'Hagan: Radum Calls, Radum Calls
*Prince: Crystal Ball (disc 1)
*Sparks: Propaganda (side 1)
*Cecil Taylor Unit: 1973-12-28 NYC (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Unit Core Ensemble: 1974-03-12 Carnegie Hall, NYC (CDR) (disc 1)
*Cecil Taylor Big Band: 1995-07-03 NYC (CDR) (disc 3) Track 2
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-07-08 London (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor/Anthony Braxton/William Parker: 2007-10-12 Bologna (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Quartet featuring Anthony Braxton: 2007-10-13 Reggio Emilia, Italy (CDR)
*Trio M: 2009-07-01 NYC (CDR) (disc 2)

Reading List, Week of 2022-09-18

Reading List 2022-09-19:

*Pynchon, Thomas. Mason & Dixon (reread/started)
*McDonald, Russ. Shakespeare's Late Style (finished)
*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 2 (reread/in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. King Henry VI Part 2 (Arden 3rd series, ed. Ronald Knowles) (reread/in progress)

 

Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Playlist, Week of 2022-09-11


I love Cecil Taylor's music from all decades of his life, but I find myself drawn to the '50s and 60's, especially Unit Structures and Conquistador!... hell, that's not even true, I love it all... I love the boundary-breaking versions of standards on his first albums, I love the early solo work of the '70s, I love the Unit with Ronald Shannon Jackson, I love the '80s quartet with Jimmy Lyons, I love the duos with Tony Oxley in the 2000s.... this is some major work that requires years of study... pleasurable, life-sustaining, pulsating study... I haven't come to the terms yet with the fact that he's no longer with us... 

Playlist 2022-09-12:

*Muhal Richard Abrams: The Visibility of Thought
*Alco Frisbass: Le Bateleur
*Souren Baronian: The Middle Eastern Soul of Carlee Records (disc 2)
*Beach Boys: Today! (2012 mono remaster)
*Anthony Braxton: Sextet (Parker) 1993 (disc 3)
*Anthony Braxton/Tomas Fujiwara/Tom Rainey: Trio (New Haven) 2013 (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton: Quartet (New Haven) 2014 (disc 1)
*Bill Bruford: Feels Good to Me
*Donald Byrd: Royal Flush
*Chemical Brothers: Dig Your Own Hole
*Rodger Coleman/Sam Byrd: Imaginary Vinyl
*Don Covay: Super Dude I
*Marilyn Crispell/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: Nothing Ever Was, Anyway (disc 1)
*Globe Unity: Compositions
*Grateful Dead: Birth of the Dead (disc 2)
*Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead
*Grateful Dead: 1968-05-18 Santa Clara County Fairgrounds (streaming)
*Grateful Dead: Dark Star 1972 version 2 (started, 0-1:22:00))
*Jefferson Pilot: The Optimist Field
*London Jazz Composers Orchestra featuring Anthony Braxton: 1988-03-25 Basel (CDR) (disc 1) track 4
*Garry Martin Project (CDR compilation) (disc 5)
*Nazz: Nazz Nazz
*Annette Peacock: An Acrobat's Heart
*Prince: Sign O’ the Times (Super Deluxe Edition) (disc 6)
*Sparks: Balls (side 3)
*Sparks: Exotic Creatures of the Deep (sides 1, 2, 3, 4)
*Sparks: A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (side 2)
*Cecil Taylor Quintet: 1965-07-02 Newport (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor: Unit Structures
*Cecil Taylor: 1971-07-24 Town Hall, NYC (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Ensemble: Gottingen (disc 2) (streaming)
*Trio M: 2009-07-01 NYC (CDR) (disc 1)
*UYA: 1992-04-21/28: Put Ed On (wav)
*Various artists: Shoeshine (cassette compilation) (side A)
*Various artists: Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (side 3)
*Violet: Violet Ray Gas and the Playback Singers
*John Zorn: Fencing 1978 (John Zorn's Olympiad Vol. 2)

 

Reading List, Week of 2022-09-11

Reading List 2022-09-12:

*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 2 (reread/started)
*Shakespeare, William. King Henry VI Part 2 (Arden 3rd series, ed. Ronald Knowles) (reread/started)
*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (reread/finished)
*Shakespeare, William. King Henry VI Part 1 (Arden 3rd series, ed. Edward Burns) (reread/finished)
*McDonald, Russ. Shakespeare's Late Style (in progress)

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Playlist, Week of 2022-09-04

These days I seem to be bookending my listening with lots of Anthony Braxton and Cecil Taylor... so be it... these are deep wells, and I feel like I've barely skimmed the surface... I'll have more to say about this at some point when I have more time... 

Playlist 2022-09-05:

*Marshall Allen/Sam Byrd/Tim Harding/Elliott Levin/Thomas Stanley: 2007-12-13 Richmond VA (CDR) track 2
*AMM: Indústria
*Art Ensemble: 1967/68 (disc 2) "Trio (Oh Susanna)"
*Beach Boys: Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971 (disc 4)
*Paul Bley/Gary Peacock/Paul Motian: Not Two, Not One
*Anthony Braxton/John Lindberg: Six Duets (1982)
*Anthony Braxton: Sextet (Parker) 1993 (disc 2)
*Anthony Braxton/Tomas Fujiwara/Tom Rainey: Trio (New Haven) 2013 (disc 1)
*John Carter: Dance of the Love Ghosts
*John Coltrane: Live in Japan (disc 1) "Afro Blue"
*Tadd Dameron: 1947-1949
*Miles Davis: In Concert (disc 2)
*Duke Ellington: Duke 56/62 Vol. 1 (sides 1, 2)
*Giorgio Gaslini/Anthony Braxton: Four Pieces
*Barry Guy/London Jazz Composers Orchestra: Portraits (discs 1, 2)
*Barry Guy/London Jazz Composers Orchestra: Study II, Stringer
*Barry Guy New Orchestra: Radio Rondo
*Barry Guy New Orchestra & Elliott Sharp: 2009-11-06 Berlin (CDR)
*Andrew Hill: 2001-08-14 Saalfelden (CDR)
*Andrew Hill Quintet: 2006-04-07 Geneva (CDR)
*Ingrid Laubrock + Kris Davis: Blood Moon
*Muffins: <185>
*Prince: The Flesh (boot CDR)
*Prince: Sign O’ the Times (Super Deluxe Edition) (discs 4, 5)
*Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation (Deluxe Edition) (disc 2)
*Cecil Taylor: The World of Cecil Taylor
*Cecil Taylor: Rotterdam 1967-07-01 (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor Workshop Ensemble: Melancholy
*Cecil Taylor Feel Trio: 2 Ts for a Lovely T (disc 6)
*Cecil Taylor Ensemble: Gottingen (disc 1) (streaming)
*David Torn/Tim Berne/Ches Smith: Sun Of Goldfinger "Soften the Blow"
*Mary Lou Williams: 1944-1945
*Work: Rubber Cage
*Robert Wyatt: Comicopera 

Reading List, Week of 2022-09-04

Reading List 2022-09-05:

*Kirby, Jack, and Stan Lee. Essential Fantastic Four Vol. 1 (reread/started)
*McDonald, Russ. Shakespeare's Late Style (started)
*King, Stephen. Elevation (started/finished)
*Mucedorus (finished)
*Shakespeare, William. King Henry VI Part 1 (Arden 3rd series, ed. Edward Burns) (reread/in progress)