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From Champion Up North:

First we pay tribute to ‘Sculptress of Sound’ Delia Derbyshire. The ‘woman behind the wobbulator’ once approached Decca Recording Studios in London, only for them to tell her unequivocally that they did not employ women in their recording studios. Despite various companies knocking her back, she continued to pursue her passion, and in 1960 she landed an opportunity with the BBC as a trainee assistant studio manager.

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2014 Best of Year Lists: Part IV

Posted: December 21, 2014 by Mike in General

It’s that time again. We gather best-of-2014 lists from around the web and provide links here. Enjoy.

The NPR jazz critic’s poll
Chris Barton’s best jazz albums
A Closer Listen’s top ten modern composition, top ten field recordings and soundscapes, top ten experimental, and top ten drone.

Chicago Scene: December 21-31, 2014

Posted: December 21, 2014 by Mike in Performances

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

Sunday, December 21st 2014

6:00AM at Links Hall, 3111 N Western ($25)
24th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

9:00PM at Norman’s Bistro, 1001 E 43rd, 773.966.5821 (Free)
Jam session with Ernest Dawkins, Dennis Luxion, Isaiah Spencer, Emma Dayhuff

9:00PM at the Redline Tap, 7000 N Glenwood, 773.465.8005 ($5) (wheelchair-accessible)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (wheelchair-accessible)
Cactus Truck : John Dikeman, Jasper Stadhouders, Onno Govaert
Jason Roebke, Matt Schneider, Marcus Evans

Monday, December 22nd 2014

6:00AM at Links Hall, 3111 N Western ($25)
24th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

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, December 23rd 2014

6:00AM at Links Hall, 3111 N Western ($25)
24th Annual Winter Solstice Concerts
Hamid Drake, Michael Zerang

Friday, December 26th 2014

7:00PM-5:00AM at Multi Kulti, 1000 N Milwaukee, 4th Fl ($10-$15 suggested donation)
MultiKulti Holiday Jazz Fest
Vincent Davis and Percussion Plus, with Junius Paul, Ed Wilkerson
Rajiv Halim Quartet with Emma Dayhuff, Matt Gold, Michael Piolet
Andrew Lawrence Sextet with Ben Schmidt Schwartz, Brent Griffin Jr, Sam Mosching, Emma Dayhuff, Peter Manheim
Corey Wilkes Trio
Isaiah Spencer Trio
More TBA
Late night jam

Saturday, December 27th 2014

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound

Sunday, December 28th 2014

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($12)
Patterns in a Chromatic Field
Morton Feldman Chamber Players

10:00PM at the Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont, 773.709.1401 (wheelchair-accessible)
Mike Reed’s Sights & Sounds

Monday, December 29th 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

Wednesday, December 31st 2014

7:00PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($35-$25)
The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

9:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($35-$25)
The Sun Ra Arkestra directed by Marshall Allen

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

http://now-is.org/

http://www.ratchetmusic.com

http://www.umbrellamusic.org

http://www.mcachicago.org

http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenterschedule.html

http://www.skylarkchicago.com

http://www.hideoutchicago.com

http://www.elasticrevolution.com

http://www.myopicbookstore.com/music.html

http://www.lampo.org

http://dalniente.com

http://iceorg.org/events/category/chicago

http://www.emptybottle.com/

Something Else! Reviews

Posted: December 21, 2014 by Mike in Reviews

Paul Dunmall

Paul Dunmall (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Something Else!:

JÜ – JÜ Meets Møster (2014)
Novellino / Rosi / Mazurek / Barnes – Objects In Mirror Are Closer Than They Appear (2014)
Andrew Barker, Paul Dunmall + Tim Dahl – Luddite (2014)
Hippie Diktat – Black Peplum (2014)
Natsuki Tamura + Alexander Frangenheim – Nax (2014)
Ross Hammond + Grant Calvin Weston – Blues and Daily News (2014)

DMG Newsletter December 19th, 2014

Posted: December 21, 2014 by Mike in Performances, Releases, Reviews

Czech violinist Iva Bittova in concert Photo: ...

Czech violinist Iva Bittova in concert 

From DMG:

Iva Bittova! Lottle Anker with Fred Frith/Ikue Mori/Phil Minton/Chris Cutler! Two from Tisziji Munoz with John Medeski & Marilyn Crispell! Five from Doubt Records! Ken Thomson & Slow/Fast! Sam Newsome – Art of Soprano – Vol. 2! Alex Machacek & Marco Minnemum!

Linda Sharrock/Itaru Oki/Eric Zinman/Mario Rechtern ! Gary Husband with Allan Holdsworth/Jimmy Herring/Ray Russell/Wayne Krantz! Two from John Dikeman & Cactus Truck! Peter Brotzmann & Jason Adasiewicz LP! Steve Reich Ensemble Rare Reissue LP! Les Ambassaduers!

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The DMG Free In-Store Music Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, December 21st Double-Header:
6pm: LENA BLOCH / NICOLAS LETMAN / DERIC DICKENS!
7pm: TODD CAPP’S MYSTERY TRAIN!

Sunday, December 28th:
6pm: DMG Annual Year End/New Year Holiday Party!

Rare Monday, December 29th:
6pm: SAADET TURKOZ / STEVE SWELL / PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER!
Experimental Vocalist Based in Switzerland with Two of Downtown’s Finest!

Sunday, January 4th, 2015:
6pm: KALABALIK Returns to DMG to Help Celebrate the New Year!

Sunday, January 11th:
6pm: SANDRA WEISS & DAVID GROLLMAN!

Sunday, January 25th:
6pm: MOPPA ELLIOTT & JON IRABAGON – Two Solos & A Duo!

Sunday, February 1st:
6pm: DANIEL LEVIN / FRANZ LORIOT / FLIN VAN HEMMEM!
7pm: PASCAL NIGGENKEMPER & CHRISTIAN LILLINGER! Sunday, February 8th:
6pm: DANIEL CARTER & PATRICK BRENNAN – HornWeb Duo!


Rudresh Mahanthappa

Rudresh Mahanthappa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Andrew Drury Quartet – Content Provider (2015)
Andrew Drury – The Drum (2015)
Kenosha Kid – Inside Voices (2014)
Rudresh Mahanthappa – Bird Calls (2015)
Bernhard Lang – Monadologie XII (2014)

Monsieur Délire Reviews

Posted: December 20, 2014 by Mike in Reviews

From Monsieur Délire:

UELI FUYÛRU DERENDINGER / Tsuro no Sugomori (Percaso)
INDU / Juggernaut (Slam Productions)
RADIAN & HOWE GELB / Radian Verses Howe Gelb (Radian Releases)
BRYAN EUBANKS & JASON KAHN / Drums Saxophone Electronics (Intonema)
KEITH ROWE, ILIA BELORUKOV & KURT LIEDWART / Tri (Intonema)
GENS CHRÉTIENS / Live / Live à l’Oeuf / Live à la Casa del Popolo (Cuchabata Records)