AMN Reviews: M’lumbo – Popular Science (2013)

a0889226532_2Strange recording, this. M’lumbo, as far as I can tell, is a New York based collective of about nine musicians playing far-reaching covers of popular songs and classic TV show themes. This double CD, released about a year ago, also features Jane Ira Bloom, Page Hamilton, and Gary Lucas in guest roles. While incorporating a big-band jazz feel, often in the psychedelic space-rock vein, M’lumbo also includes spoken word samples, sometimes synchronized with or related to the music, often not.

For instance, Popular Science starts off with an 11-minute version of the theme song to Hawaii Five-0. While it is unrecognizable as such at first, there are plenty of diversions. About 90 seconds in, the group changes over to a funky, almost-reggae riff on the theme.  This multi-horn attack goes on for another four minutes or so until they switch again to a guitar led jam featuring spoken word samples galore. Then the main theme returns.  In a similar, fashion, The James Bond Theme is deconstructed. With heavy guitars and horns leading the way, this morphs into a trumpet solo followed by a spacey improv, keyboard noodlings, and then a return to the theme.

Also receiving the M’lumbo treatment are Michael Jackson’s Beat It, Rock Around the Clock, and TV themes from Peter Gunn, The Pink Panther, Andy Griffith and Sesame Street. Somehow this approach never gets old, probably because M’lumbo takes each cover in a twisted and unexpected direction.  While the first CD was recorded in the studio, the second was recorded live, and features performances of several of the same tracks, as well as a handful of different pieces.

I hear more than my share of weird and wonderful recordings these days, but M’lumbo stands alone. Unclassifiable, quirky, and pure fun, Popular Science is two hours of mind-altering goodness.  Highly recommended.

Chicago Scene: April 19 – May 3

This is a weekly overview live performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, April 19th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Michael Moore 4tet with Harmen Fraanje, Clemens Van Der Feen, Michael Vatcher

Sunday, April 20th 2014

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Christoph Erb, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang

Monday, April 21st 2014

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Tuesday, April 22nd 2014

7:30PM at The Musical Offering, 743 Custer Ave, Evanston IL, 847.866.6260 ($10-$5)
Sound Wired Concerts : Draw the Strings Tight
Sarah Beske, Veronica Nettles — music by György Ligeti, John Corigliano, Chan Ka Nin, Edie Hill

10:00PM at Bar DeVille, 701 N Damen, 312.929.2349 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Loris : James Davis, Tim Stine, Jeff Greene, Frank Rosaly

Wednesday, April 23rd 2014

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Fonema Consort
Voix de Stras’

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Joshua Abrams, Dana Hall, Ben Waltzer

Thursday, April 24th 2014

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Dave Rempis, Brian Labycz
Jason Adasiewicz, John Niekrasz

Friday, April 25th 2014

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Mivos Quartet : Olivia De Prato, Joshua Modney, Victor Lowrie, Mariel Roberts — music by Ke Xu, David Brynjar Franzson, Helmut Lachenmann
9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($8)
Jason Stein Quartet with Keefe Jackson, Joshua Abrams, Frank Rosaly

Sunday, April 27th 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Chicago Composers Orchestra

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 ($7) (wheelchair-accessible)
Dave Rempis, Joshua Abrams, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, April 28th 2014

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Julien Desprez, Mathieu Sourisseau, Mankwe Ndosi, Keefe Jackson, Jason Adasiewicz, Dan Bitney, Avreeayl Ra

Tuesday, April 29th 2014

9:30PM at The Whistler, 2421 N Milwaukee (wheelchair-accessible)
Julien Desprez, Mathieu Sourisseau, Mankwe Ndosi, Ed Wilkerson, Jason Stein, Marquis Hill, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Avreeayl Ra

Wednesday, April 30th 2014

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western (Free)
Jon Deitemyer Trio with Rob Clearfield, Matt Ulery

9:30PM at the Hideout, 1354 W Wabansia, 773.227.4433 ($8)
Christof Kurzmann, Ken Vandermark
Christof Kurzmann, Fred Lonberg-Holm, Michael Zerang

Thursday, May 1st 2014

9:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Rebellum – Burnt Sugar Arkestra’s funk & roll splinter cell

9:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
Christoph Erb, Jason Adasiewicz, Jason Roebke

Friday, May 2nd 2014

8:00PM at Elastic, 2830 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.772.3616
CIMMfest Presents
Larry Ochs, Dave Rempis, Jason Adasiewicz, Tim Daisy

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($10)
Danny Fox Trio with Chris Van Voorst Van Beest, Max Goldman

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

7:00PM and 10:00PM at Reggies 2105 South State St.
Bladerunner (John Zorn, Bill Laswell, Dave Lombardo)

8:00PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$8)
The Bridge #4
Julien Desprez, Mathieu Sourisseau, with Rob Mazurek, Mwata Bowden, Matt Lux

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio : Liberty Ellman, Jamie Fox, Stephan Crump

For more information, such as show times and directions, as well as upcoming performances, see:

Experimental Music From Mexico

Remi Álvarez

Remi Álvarez (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Surround:

Since the mid 2000s the avant-garde jazz, electro-acoustic improvisation, sound art, and noise scenes in México have experienced a period of singular creative energy, and 2013 seems to have been the year in which something close to the whole breadth of these scenes was finally registered in documents that do it justice. An undeniable trait of the Mexican experimental scene is its raucous decentralization. Half of the discs in this list were made by musicians who do not live in the nation’s capital: Yair López lives in Puerto Vallarta; Mario Quiroga/Vulgar Disease in Puebla; Miguel Pérez/Wehrmacht Lombardo in Ciudad Juárez; both members of Xtul live in Mérida, and Angélica Castelló has lived in Austria for nearly two decades. Sergio Sánchez/Los Heraldos Negros, Remi Álvarez and the other two members of his trio, as well as the members of Generación Espontánea, Carlos Marks and Muz Muz, live in México City.

Richard Pinhas on Tour in Europe and US, Two New Albums

RICHARD PINHAS @  sonic circuits 2013

RICHARD PINHAS @ sonic circuits 2013 (Photo credit: IntangibleArts)

Tourdates from Richard Pinhas. He will also be releasing two duet albums with experimental music stars Oren Ambarchi and Yoshida Tatsuya on Cuneiform Records.

April 19
Nantes, France – Bitche Party; Richard Pinhas and Friends! 3 rue de Bitche

May 7
Paris, France – Richard Pinhas and Friends celebrate Richard’s birthday in a very special concert at Le Divan Du Monde, 75 rue des Martyrs – Featuring: Noel Akchoté, Patrick Gauthier Band, Bernard Paganotti, Antoine Paganotti, Duncan Pinhas, Kandinsky Effect, and more!)

May 16
Victoriaville, Quebec, Canada – FIMAV (Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville – World Premiere Performance: Richard Pinhas with Japanese noise masters Keiji Haino, Merzbow, and Tatsuya Yoshida – Click here for more information or scroll down

May 23, 24
Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA – Details TBA

May 28
Oakland, California, USA – Details TBA

May 29
San Francisco, California, USA – Details TBA

June 1
Silver Spring, Maryland (Washington D.C.) – Sonic Circuits Presents -
Pyramid Atlantic, 8230 Georgia Avenue [DC Metro-Red Line-Silver Spring]

June 7
St. Etienne, France – Festival des Musiques Innovatrices 2014
Musée de la Mine St. Etienne

July 7
Marseille, France – Festival MIMI 2014- Richard Pinhas & Etienne JAUMET
Hôpital Caroline – Iles du Frioul

July 19
Gorlice, Poland – Ambient Festival
Gorlickie Cultural Centre, Beskid Niski, in Gorlice

August 3
London, England – Corsica Studio
4/5 Elephant Road

Monsieur Délire Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

SARA SERPA & ANDRÉ MATOS / Primavera (Inner Cicle Music)
ANGDING RAY / Solens Arc (Raster-Noton)
LUFTH / Distanz und Nähe (Oktaf)
JASON VAN GULICK / Entelechy (Idiosyncratics)
XAVI REIJA / Resolution (Moonjune)
THE GHOST OF A SABER TOOTH TIGER / Midnight Sun (Chimera Music)
FLORIAN WITTENBURG / 17 Clips (Nurnicthnur)
HOLLYWOOD DREAM TRIP / Would You Like to Know More? (Streamline)