Monday, December 22, 2008
Second album from Laswell's collective, going into a hard edged, streamlined Disco/Funk direction. Nicky Marrero, Nona Hendryx, Nile Rodgers and Fred Frith all contribute. It also features the curio "Memories", a song penned by Hugh Hopper of the Soft Machine that features some nasty sax from Archie Shepp and the lead vocal by the one and only Whitney Houston. Laswell sure liked to bring incongrous elements together, bless his heart. Not their best by any means, but i like it a lot.
This album is a CD compilation of Big Black's Atomizer album & the Headache EP. For anyone not familiar with Big Black's sound imagine an afternoon in the woods with a serial rapist about to sodomize you with a chainsaw when all of a sudden a rock slide engulfs you both.
"Big Black was a band that went where few bands dared to go (and where many felt bands shouldn't go), and for good or ill their pervasive influence had a seismic impact on indie rock. At the same time, Big Black was a group who maintained firmly held ideals when it came to doing business; they paid for their own recordings, booked their own shows, handled their own management and publicity, and remained stubbornly independent at a time when many independent bands were eagerly reaching out for the major-label brass ring." [Allmusic]
I think I fucked your girlfriend once, maybe twice I don't remember.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
More a force of nature than a musician, Cecil Taylor is the most advanced piano player in existence, in jazz or any other music. The innovations he has brought are so vast that only a few have ever been picked up by other players, and yet even those are not quite being grasped in full. This is "Unit Structures", one of his two Blue Note masterpieces of the 60s.
"...Taylor developed a radical improvising style at the piano that indulged in tone clusters, percussive attacks and irregular polyrhythmic patterns, a very "physical" style that required a manic energy during lengthy and frenzied performances, a somewhat "cacophonous" style that relished both atonal and tonal passages. The dynamic range of his improvisations was virtually infinite.
It took three years for Taylor to release another album, and it presented a larger ensemble and an even wilder sound, as violent as garage-rock, bordering on hysteria: Unit Structures (may 1966) featured (mostly) a septet with Lyons, Eddie Gale Stevens on trumpet, Ken McIntyre on alto sax, oboe and bass clarinet, two bassists (Henry Grimes and Alan Silva) and Andrew Cyrille on drums. These pieces (or, better, "structures") were conceived as sequences of polyphonic events rather than, say, series of variations on a theme. Nonetheless, Unit Structure, Enter Evening and Steps were highly structured compositions, and therein lied Taylor's uniqueness: his "free jazz" was also "free" of the melodrama that permeated Coltrane's and Coleman's music. Despite all the furor, Taylor's music always sounded firmly under the control of a cold intelligence." - Scaruffi
"One of the most high-profile projects of the endlessly prolific bassist and producer Bill Laswell, Material pioneered a groundbreaking fusion of jazz, funk, and punk that also incorporated elements of hip-hop and world music well before either's entrance into the mass cultural consciousness."
More Material material to come. heh.
what a great cover
"Initially conceived as entertainment for a downtown New York art community (which, at the time, was knee-deep in no wave), the Lounge Lizards spent more than a decade with various lineups playing so-called fake jazz with pop and avant-garde rock tendencies. The band's initial incarnation was led by saxophonist John Lurie, with brother Evan on piano, Arto Lindsay on guitar, Steve Piccolo on bass, and ex-Feelie Anton Fier on drums; this lineup appeared only on the band's acclaimed, all-instrumental, self-titled 1981 debut. Lindsay and Fier left shortly thereafter, each embarking on a lengthy series of projects, and the Luries recorded Live From the Drunken Boat in 1983 with a different and less compelling lineup. In 1985, during a hiatus in which Evan Lurie recorded his first solo piano album, the collection Live 79/81 was released; the group also recorded with producer Teo Macero and the London Philharmonic. The Lounge Lizards regrouped in 1986 with both Lurie brothers, saxophonist Roy Nathanson, trombonist Curtis Fowlkes, guitarist Marc Ribot(a local chasm filler favorite), bassist Erik Sanko, and drummer Dougie Bowne. This lineup recorded Big Heart Live in Tokyo (1986) and the studio LP No Pain for Cakes (1987), the latter of which featured the group's first vocal number. 1989's Voice of Chunk was initially sold only through the mail, but has since been reissued on CD. John Lurie has also done scoring work for several Jim Jarmusch films, including Stranger Than Paradise (1986), Down By Law (1988), and Mystery Train (1989)." -from: allmusic.com
this is one hell of a record even for the most trepidous jazz fan.
Requested by Chokabert. The excellent new album from Bohren.
"Bohren's habit of making music which often makes the listener feel like he or she is stuck in some dark room in which the oxygen is slowly and mercilessly being extracted has changed with "Dolores". When listening to "Dolores", listeners are sure to get feeling that, after all these years, the shutters are being raised, the windows thrown open, fresh air and sunlight are flooding into the room. Quite by chance, the most natural thing in the world, cool, crisp and brazen."-Ulrich Kriest
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Like "The Replacements" before they've managed to create an angst ridden record about being young, growing up, and not knowing what the fuck will happen next or if there's even a purpose. It's full of punky, sing along, shout out load moments with raw emotion and energy. Never has existentialism sounded so fun.
El Guincho - Alegranza
Flying Lotus - Los Angeles
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Lindstrom - Where You Go I Go Too
Santogold & Diplo - Top Ranking
DJ Rupture - Uproot
Well, 2008 was full of apalling trends and bullshit disco releases (kids, you'll never surpass Moroder, Chic and Larry Levan, so just stop) but it also had plenty of good shit hovering around. Let's see:
Kevin Drumm - Imperial Distortion
Noise master Drumm starts to see the beauty among the charred ruins and produces a stark, overwhelming but wondrously beautiful work that hits you strong in the chest.
Arthur Russell - Love is Overtaking Me
Singular proof of Russell being one of the best songwriters of the 20th century, shame we had to realize it on the 21st and 18 years after he died. His country, folk and pop songs still feature his amazing wit, self deprecation and nostalgia for open spaces that feature in other works, but structured within easily digestible formats, they can pack a punch twice as big. Amazing shit.
Sightings - Through the Panama
Andrew WK comes to the fold as producer and provides an astonishing clarity to this trio's uncompromising, punishing sound. Guitars slash your aorta, bass turns your intestines into jelly and drums make the Guggenheim collapse into itself. Music to make you fibrillate.
Valet -Naked Acid
Honey Owens of Nudge and Jackie-O Motherfucker dips her songs into delicious drone bliss, producing a ghostly spacedelia that sounds like it contains the secret of America's dark endeavors. Laudanum for your ears.
Pinch - Underwater Dancehall
Gas - Nah Und Fern
Braxton/Parker/Graves - Beyond Quantum
The Bug - London Zoo
Aethenor - Betimes Black Cloudmasses
Seun Kuti and Fela's Egypt 80
Honorable mentions to Steinski's long awaited retrospective, El Guincho, Portishead, Grails, A Handful of Dust box, Zomby, Excepter's Debt Dept, Peter Rehberg, Bohren's Dolores, Fennesz's Black Sea and Juaneco y su Combo. Yeah, looking back, it was a pretty good year.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Long before jay-z, The Damned spat out this lil gem of an album. Anyone not familiar with these mongrels, The Damned rose from the cesspool of early UK punk rock. One of the best and most persistant of the bunch. They burst out with the first ever (UK) punk rock single "new rose" and shit just hasn't been the same since. They're charectarized by a hokey goth influence which never overshadows their raw rock and roll energy. This is one of my all-time favorite bands, and this is The Black Album, one of their most overlooked and really my favorite, after that would have to come Machine Gun Ettiquette. Here we have some of their better known singles including "wait for the blackout" & "history of the world" one of their catchier tunes. If I ever were to make a top ten list of fav songs ever, which i hesitate to do, "Curtain Call" the apt-titled closer would be on the top of the list, a 17 minute mammoth of a track. Enjoy.
shadowboxing with yourself just seems to get you nowhere.