From The Guardian, a link to a free preview stream of Ms. Roberts’ next album:
Most artists end up looking cautious and blinkered when put next to Matana Roberts and her utterly epic 12-album project Coin Coin, which has now reached its third chapter. She’s jokingly described it as “my Ring Cycle”, and it’s just as weighty. It’s an exploration of black history, femininity and American identity, reaching back into the horrors – and moments of glorious emancipation – of the antebellum era and the civil rights struggle.
In Chapter One: Gens de Couleur Libres, she used a jazz orchestra, contracting to a smaller ensemble for Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile. In chapter three, subtitled river run thee, Roberts strikes out solo, threading her saxophone, improvised song and spoken word through multiple layers of field recordings, in a gorgeously dense journey to the past.
From New Orleans’ Open Ears Music Series:
Scott Nicholson – No Hand Jiving – 22 July 2014 – Audio Archive
Scott Nicholson – voice & violin; Will Thompson – keys; Brad Walker – saxophone; Jesse Morrow – bass; Brad Webb – drums
Improv Mash-up – 1 July 2014 – Audio Archive
Reagan Mitchell – alto sax; Jeff Albert – trombone; jenna McSwain – keyboard; Jesse Morrow – bass; Doug Garrison – drums
From End of the Alphabet Records (follow the link to listen):
End of the Alphabet Records are proud to announce their 5th and 6th releases since the label started in September this year: “Live at the Pyramid Club” by FANZ and “Microfeedback Lausanne” by Yan Jun.
FANZ are a four piece freak noise outfit from Wellington, New Zealand, featuring the legendary Antony Milton (here taking the drum seat), End of the Alphabet boss man, Noel Meek, South Korean performance artist, Samin Son and noisenik Fergus Nelson Moores. They have been described as being “something like a cross between The Skaters and The Futurians” (Pseudoarcana). Solidly in the New Zealand tradition of weirdo outsider noise makers, FANZ are four solo music freaks getting together to make a racket that one audience member described as “symphonic noise.”
“Live at the Pyramid Club” was recorded at the most recent in a 15 year tradition of music venues in Wellington dedicated to experimental music and consists of two sides of improvised free noise and drone propelled by caveman drums. It is a wild ride of an album that sucks its listeners into a whirlpool of feedback and screams . . .
Yan Jun’s release, “Microfeedback Lausanne”, End of the Alphabet’s first (and far from last) release from Asia, is a simply sublime work of feedback drone; electrics stripped back to nothing but their essential bliss. Recorded as part of a “series of headphone concerts as hypnotizing events” in Switzerland, “Feedback Lausanne” is a work of beautiful simplicity.
Yan Jun, known as the “Godfather of Chinese experimental music” (Tinymixtapes) has been working in experimental music since the early nineties as a writer, musician, sound artist and organiser. He is a key figure in the Chinese scene and massively influential both inside and, increasingly, outside of China. His writing features regularly in The Wire, he tours widely internationally and organises a plethora of gigs at home in Beijing.
Both albums are out on December 10th
Cover of Sun Ra
From New Orleans‘ Open Ears Music Series:
Jimbo Walsh Quintet – 24 June 2014
Jimbo Walsh – piano & guitar, Jesse Morrow – bass, Dave Cappello – drums, Travis Blotsky – saxophone, Janna Saslaw – flute
Rex Gregory Trio – 10 June 2014
Rex Gregory – saxophones, Jesse Morrow – bass, Marcello Benetti – drums
Tarik Hassan Quartet – 3 June 2014
Tarik Hassan – bass, Chris Alford – guitar, Paul Thibodeaux – drums, Rex Gregory – saxophones
Helen Gillet & James Singleton
Helen Gillet – cello & James Singleton – bass
Open Ears Big(ish) Band – Celebration of Sun Ra
Jeff Albert – trombone & conductor; Jimbo Walsh – piano; James Singleton – bass; Doug Garrison – drums; Antonio Gambrell & John Culbreth – trumpets; Rick Trolsen – trombone; Ray Moore, Rex Gregory, Brad Walker, & Dan Oestreicher – saxes; Janna Saslaw – flute.
From New Orleans’ Open Ears Music Series:
Jesse Morrow Tax Day Quintet – 15 April 2014
Jesse Morrow – bass, Chris Alford – guitar, Paul Thibodeaux – drums, Brad Walker & Rex Gregory – saxophones
Georgi Petrov Trio – 8 April 2014
Georgi Petrov – guitar, Trey Boudreaux – bass, Brad Webb – drums
Cover of Nels Cline
NPR is offer a full stream of this new release.
Nels Cline is a gateway drug in the best of ways. He’s known as the guitar player for one of America’s best bands, Wilco. His crazy performances, filled with static shrieking and string bending, have led fans to the other side of music. It’s a style that interweaves jazz, progressive rock and noise.
We reviewed the album here.