Archive for the ‘General’ Category


Trace Recordings announces a new release: BLK TAG – My God, It’s Full Of Stairs. A 28 track remix and reconstruction album of BLK TAG’s recent release; ‘A Distilled + Debilitating Loneliness’. The album features remixes by, amongst others, Anduin, Chester Hawkins, Guillermo Pizzaro, Building Castles Out Of Matchsticks, Raf and O, ONE CHORD PONIES, Daniel Barbiero and Gary Rouzer, Rothko, un[KNWN] to name but a few. http://www.tracerecordings.com/

The Guardian reviews the latest release from Einstürzende Neubauten, as well as the recent Lindsay Cooper tribute in London.

DMagazine reviews a rare avant-classical show in Dallas, featuring SMU Artist-in-Residence Matt Albert.

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RIP Will Connell

Posted: November 22, 2014 by Mike in General

Will Connell Jr. died Wednesday November 19, 2014 at Beth Israel Hospital. He had been scheduled for a residency at The Stone in New York from December 23rd to 28th. A tribute will take place instead.

Connell was profiled in Point of Departure back in 2010.


Dave Burrell

Dave Burrell (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A Stockhausen Festival Kickstarter has been launched to fund an LA performance of Kathinka’s Gesang, the second scene from Stockhausen’s opera Saturday from Light.

The Nathan Hubbard Trio’s recent performance at the Loft in San Diego is reviewed.

Pere Ubu’s recent Cambridge, UK performance is reviewed.

At Troy NY’s EMPAC, Pharmakon will perform December 5. It is described as “[a]n intensely intimate and confrontational performance by Pharmakon, a death industrial music project from Margaret Chardiet.”

Nameless Sound presents Dave Burrell at Latham Hall, Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas Avenue, Houston TX 77002, December 13.

The 10 Best Jazz / Classical Recordings

Posted: November 19, 2014 by Mike in General

From wrongmog, a list that includes Babbitt, Ellington, Braxton, and Butch Morris.

As the London jazz festival gets into full swing, this week’s 10 picks are devoted to that much denigrated, occasionally inspired, sometimes insipid, but also genuinely fruitful interzone between jazz and classical. There’s a deeply problematic but potentially catalytic cultural politics and musical symbiosis between the practices and possibilities of both worlds – as if it were possible to reduce the massive diversity of both “jazz” and “classical” to single musical planets rather than the musical multiverses that they both are. The point is, composers and musicians over the last century have wanted to make the most of everything in the sonic world around them, trying to create something that sounds like a distinctive, single thing rather than that most benighted of phenomena, a “fusion” that sounds like neither one thing nor the other.


Recently I had the opportunity to purchase almost 50 used CDs at a very good price. I’m slowly going through these and will be posting some of the better ones in a few special “retro” Picks of the Week articles. Enjoy.

Las Orejas y la Lengua – La Eminencia Inobjetable (1996)
Guy Reibel – Granulations-Sillages (1979)
Jonty Harrison – Évidence matérielle (2000)
Jonty Harrison – Articles indéfinis (1996)
Robert Normandeau – Figures (2009)


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.

tetema – Geocidal (2014)
Thisquietarmy – Alter of Drone (2014)
Miguel Isaza – Uji (2014)
Carrier / Lambert / Lapin – The Russian Concerts Vol. 2 (2014)
Marsen Jules – At GRM (2014)
Icepick (Nate Wooley, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten & Chris Corsano) – Hexane (2014)


Jazz Right Now reviews new albums from Tomas Fujiwara and Carlo Costa.

New Music Circle presents Roscoe Mitchell and Craig Taborn in St. Louis on December 5.

The Frank Wright Quartet’s Blues for Albert Ayler is given a long review by Chris Searle.

Washington DC’s Transparent Productions features Mario Pavone’s Pulse Quintet on Sunday, November 16.