AMN Picks of the Week


(the) Melvins live in concert

(the) Melvins live in concert (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.

Joel Harrison – Holy Abyss (2012)
Jesse Stacken – That That (2007)
miRthkon – Vehicle (2009)
Lustmord – Other (2008)
French TV – I Forgive You For All My Unhappiness (2010)
Melvins – Freak Puke (2012)

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Monsieur Délire Reviews


Paal Nilssen-Love

Paal Nilssen-Love (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Monsieur Délire:

THE SKIES / Egyptology (Clapping Music – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
AZURAZIA / Original Soundtrack: Lowering the Mediterranean, Irrigating the Sahara (Grautag – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion)
CAN / The Lost Tapes (Spoon Records)
ALBAN BAILLY, NICK MILLEVOI & JOE MOFFETT / Strange Falls (eh?)
TERRIE EX & PAAL NILSSEN-LOVE / Hurgu! (PNL Records – merci à/thanks to Dense Promotion))
OLIVER CARMAN / [musique non publiée / unreleased music]
ARTISTES VARIÉS – VARIOUS ARTISTS / Axe (Spectropol)
THE HAGUE / Black Rabbit (ind. – merci à/thanks to XO Publicity)
MAÏKOTRON UNIT / Effugit (Jazz from Rant)
GOLDENBATS / Goldenbats II (Spectropol)
ANTHONY BRAXTON & JOE MORRIS / Four Improvisations (Duo) 2007 (Clean Feed)
GUIDO MÖBIUS / Spirituals (Karaoke Kalk)
MAGMA / Félicité Thösz (Seventh)
JOHN ZORN / Templars: In Sacred Blood (Tzadik)

Newsbits: Klang / Spy Festival


From Improvised Communications: On September 18th, Chicago-based clarinetist/composer James Falzone‘s six year-old working quartet KLANG, featuring Jason Adasiewicz (vibraphone), Jason Roebke (bass) and Tim Daisy (drums), will release its fourth recording, brooklyn lines … chicago spaces (Allos Documents). This new collection of original Falzone compositions was inspired by the aesthetic stimulation he discovered on the streets of Brooklyn during a week-long residency there last summer.

The Spy Music Festival, which starts tonight in New York, is previewed.

Dusted Reviews


Steve Noble Quartet, the Vortex 19.05.10

Steve Noble Quartet, the Vortex 19.05.10 (Photo credit: andynew)

From Dusted:

Artist: Jimmy Lyons and Sunny Murray Trio
Album: Jump Up
Label: Hatology

Artist: Stephen O’Malley & Steve Noble
Album: St. Francis Duo
Label: Bo’Weavil

Artist: Carl Ruggles
Album: The Complete Music of Carl Ruggles
Label: Other Minds

Artist: Lorn
Album: Ask the Dust
Label: Ninja Tune

Artist: Can
Album: The Lost Tapes
Label: Mute

Gapplegate Music Reviews


Jessica Lurie, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone...

Jessica Lurie, Billy Tipton Memorial Saxophone Quartet, performing at Bumbershoot 2008, Seattle Center, Seattle, Washington. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From Gapplegate:

Jessica Lurie Ensemble, Megaphone Heart
Remi Alvarez / Ingebrigt Haker Flaten, First Duet Live
Dave Mihaly’s Shimmering Leaves Ensemble, Eastern Accents in the Far West
Jerry Granelli Trio, Let Go
John Yao Quintet, In the Now

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times


From NYTimes.com:

Bargemusic (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) There’s a characteristic mix at the floating barge this week. Friday brings Rob Schwimmer playing new music for piano, theremin and continuum, Saturday has a tantalizing program of piano music by Liszt, Cage, Messiaen and Franco Donatoni (with Jeffrey Swann as soloist) and Sunday features music by Haydn, Schumann and Brahms for piano trio. At 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. on Sunday, Bargemusic, Fulton Ferry Landing next to the Brooklyn Bridge, Brooklyn, (718) 624-2083, bargemusic.org; $25, $20 for 65+, $15 for students on Friday; $35, $30 for 65+, $15 for students on Saturday and Sunday. (Woolfe)

Darmstadt Institute 2012 (Friday) This lively, casual series ends with a bang — many bangs, actually — as John Colpitts, a k a Kid Millions, the drummer of the avant-rock band Oneida, presents the latest iteration of his Man Forever project, which combines the heady focus of early Minimalism, the exhilaration of free jazz and the chthonic force of punk rock. Mr. Colpitts will also present new works involving guitars and dance. At 8 p.m., Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, at Livingston Street, downtown Brooklyn, (718) 330-0313, issueprojectroom.org; $15. (Steve Smith)

‘Empty Words’ (Saturday) John Cage reportedly sought to “demilitarize” language with “Empty Words,” a 12-hour recitation in which he wrested words by Thoreau loose from syntax, grammar and structure. Here, the John Cage Trust and the New Albion record label present a rare airing of a Cage recording of the work, with dusk and dawn music provided by Josh Quillen of So Percussion. At 7 p.m., the Spiegeltent at the Richard B. Fisher Center for the Performing Arts, Bard College, (845) 758-7948, fishercenter.bard.edu; sold out. (Smith)

Jazz Listings From The New York Times


English: Cindy Blackman plays at Willisau Jazz...

English: Cindy Blackman plays at Willisau Jazz 2007, Switzerland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From NYTimes.com:

Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey (Friday) This shrewdly inclusive outfit — part jam band, part jazz group and increasingly set apart by Chris Combs’s playing on lap steel guitar — recently released “The Race Riot Suite” (Kinnara/Royal Potato Family), a laudably ambitious effort to address a notorious series of events in the band’s hometown, Tulsa, Okla., in 1921. The album’s vibrant eclecticism should come off well in this late-night set, part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. At 12:30 a.m., Blue Note, 131 West Third Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 475-8592 bluenote.net; $15 cover, with a $5 minimum. (Chinen)

Out of Your Head Brooklyn (Sunday) This biweekly series, an offshoot of a similar effort in Baltimore, assembles crews of young musicians for first-time spontaneous interplay. The first set, at 9:30 p.m., will include the saxophonists Nathaniel Morgan and Anna Webber, the keyboardists Jessie Stacken and Landon Knoblock, and the drummer Flin van Hemmen. The second set, at 11 p.m., will feature the guitarist Dustin Carlson, the bassist Will McEvoy and the drummer Booker Stardrum. At Freddy’s Bar, 627 Fifth Avenue, South Slope, (718) 768-0131, freddysbar.com, outofyourhead.org; free. (Chinen)

★ Marc Ribot Trio (through Sunday) Marc Ribot, whose persuasively prickly guitar playing has long been a protean feature of the downtown scene, leads the trio previously at the core of Spiritual Unity, his tribute to the free-jazz saxophonist Albert Ayler. The bassist is Henry Grimes, a survivor of the Ayler-era avant-garde; the drummer is Chad Taylor, who also works in the realm of experimental rock. It’s not a group one expects to see at the Village Vanguard, despite Ayler’s history there, so consider this a momentous incursion. At 9 and 11 p.m., Village Vanguard, 178 Seventh Avenue South, at 11th Street, West Village, (212) 255-4037, villagevanguard.com; $25, with a one-drink minimum. (Chinen)

★ Spectrum Road (Friday) On its new self-titled Palmetto debut, this jazz-rock supergroup — Jack Bruce on bass, Vernon Reid on guitar, John Medeski on organ and Mellotron and Cindy Blackman on drums — brings combustible intensity to the music of the Tony Williams Lifetime, its north star and repertory muse. The group has more than a passing claim to its chosen repertory: Mr. Bruce, best known as a member of Cream, recorded with the Tony Williams Lifetime in the early 1970s, and Ms. Blackman is Williams’s purest disciple on drums. This stand is part of the Blue Note Jazz Festival. At 8 p.m., B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, 237 West 42nd Street, Manhattan, (800) 745-3000, bbkingblues.com; $50. (Chinen)

Jesse Stacken Trio (Friday) The pianist Jesse Stacken applies an obsessive conceptual rigor to his new album, “Bagatelles for Trio” (Fresh Sound New Talent), which negotiates a balance between classical form and jazz improvisation, in ways that aren’t obvious or forced. His colleagues on the album, and in this concert, are the bassist Eivind Opsvik and the drummer Jeff Davis; they have constituted a working unit for much of the last decade, and it shows. At 8 p.m., Tenri Cultural Institute, 43A West 13th Street, Manhattan, (212) 645-2800, tenri.org; $15 in advance, $20 at the door. (Chinen)

Anthony Braxton Fall Tour Dates


Anthony Braxton

Anthony Braxton (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

These are not from an official source, but here is what we have been told:

Oct 10 – Anthony Braxton Falling River Music Quartet – Institut français – Berlin (Germany)
Oct 13 – Anthony Braxton 12+1tet – Teatro alle Tese – Venezia (Italy)
Oct 16 – Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet – Ad limitum Festival – Warszawa (Poland)
Oct 17 – Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet – The Seed / AkBank – Istanbul (Turkey)
Oct 19 – Anthony Braxton Diamond Curtain Wall Quartet – Macedonia Opera and Ballet – Skopje (Macedonia)