AMN Picks of the Week: Battle Trance / Dead Neanderthals / Lucas Brode / Ashley Paul / Tramuc and Darius / Steve Lehman


English: Steve Lehman, moers festival 2010

Steve Lehman

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.

Battle Trance – Palace of Wind (2014)
Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014)
Lucas Brode – Prixvyou (2014)
Ashley Paul – White Night (2014)
Tramuc and Darius – Rebirth of Time (2014)
Steve Lehman Octet – Mise en Abīme (2014)

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AMN Reviews: Dead Neanderthals – Prime (2014; Gaffer Records)


gr052-prime-front-1500pxComing off a recent team-up with Machinefabriek, Dutch free-jazz / noise group Dead Neanderthals is back with Prime, a release due out in early October. Consisting of Colin Webster and Otto Kokke on dueling saxophones, and Rene Aquarius on drums, the Neanderthals amp it up in a major way on this effort. Ultimately, this is a free jazz blow-out ala Peter Brotzmann with a touch of hard noise wall on the side. Webster and Kokke don’t slow down the screeches and squeals for a bit on the album’s single 40-minute track. They turn in an all-out blast fest with Aquarius pounding the drums relentlessly. Fans of Merzbow, Painkiller, heavy drones, and saxophone madness will find plenty to like here. Perhaps you could say  that they are a one-trick pony – but what a heck of a trick!

Newsbits: Guru Freakout / Noiseless Ensemble / Steve Lehman / John Zorn


Mani Neumeier

Cover of Mani Neumeier

Releasing September 2, Mothership is the debut album from Guru Freakout, the avant garde side project created by percussionist, singer, and frontman of the legendary Krautrock band Guru Guru, Mani Neumeier, along with multi-instrumentalist/producer Jürgen Engler of German industrial band Die Krupps.

Noiseless Ensemble will perform at Zed’s Cafe, Saturday August 30th, 8-10 pm 8225 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Noiseless Ensemble performs creative improvised music, on the border between jazz and the avant garde. Their compositions range from graphic and textual notation to card games and games of chance. Drummer Robin Ghertner and bassist Harry Walker lead a diverse lineup of DC mainstays on explorations into sonic spaces that can be oblique, melodic, empty, and dynamic. They will be performing with Brad Linde on sax, founder and director of the Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra and regular collaborator of Lee Konitz.

Steve Lehman is interviewed about his new release Mise en Abime.

The Quietus reviews John Zorn’s new Nova Express release, On Leaves of Grass.

AMN Picks of the Week: Piero Bittolo Bon / Noiseless Ensemble / Mimlitsch, Darius, and Pozdrowicz / Bernie Worrell / Wadada Leo Smith / Method of Defiance


Bernie Worrell

Cover of Bernie Worrell

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.

Piero Bittolo Bon / Jump the Shark – Iuvenes Doom Sumus (2014)
Noiseless Ensemble – No Noise (2014)
Paul Mimlitsch / Andre Darius / Martin Pozdrowicz – Outsiders (2014)
Bernie Worrell – Purple World (2014)
Wadada Leo Smith / Bill Laswell – Akashic Meditation (2014)
Method of Defiance – Nebuchadnezzar (2014)

AMN Picks of the Week: Knifeworld / Thurston Moore and John Moloney / Paul Dolden / Mary Halvorson


English: Mary Halvorson, Jazz guitarist; Pictu...

Mary Halvorson

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.

Knifeworld – The Unravelling (2014)
Thurston Moore / John Moloney – Caught on Tape – Full Bleed (2014)
Paul Dolden – Who Has the Biggest Sound? (2014)
Mary Halvorson – Reverse Blue (2014)

Newsbits: Two Shows in Bristol, UK / James Hoff Release / Ron Anderson in NY / Okkyung Lee’s Mixtape


Korg MS-20 monophonic synthesizer

Korg MS-20 monophonic synthesizer (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Graham Dunning, Daniel Jones, Henry Collins & Stuart Chalmers will perform at Café Kino, 108 Stokes Croft, Bristol UK on September 17.

Also appearing at Cafe Kino will be Rie Nakajima, Consorts, and Miguel Prado on October 17.

New York based conceptual artist James Hoff is releasing his new album ‘Blaster’, a document of his explorations of computer viruses as agents within the composition process.

Ron Anderson will perform Sunday August 24th at 6pm at Prospect Range – 1226 Prospect Ave, Brooklyn. He will be playing his Vintage Korg MS-20 with Russ Alderson on amplified doumbek. Also performing: Chester Hawkins + Robert Pepper, Luciernaga + Aeronaut, and Lazurite + Thermos Unigarde.

Okkyung Lee talks about what’s on her mixtape.

Newsbits: Metal Machine Music / Henry Art Gallery Exhibition / Coltrane Memorial Concert / Guitarists


Burning Ambulance reviews Zeitkratzer’s take on Metal Machine Music.

Seattle’s Henry Art Gallery is featuring With Hidden Noise, an aural exhibition that brings together sound works made from traditional instruments and field recordings, and others masked through electronic processes. The exhibition features pieces by Taylor Deupree and Stephen Vitiello, Jennie C. Jones, Pauline Oliveros, Andrea Parkins, Steve Peters, Steve Roden, and Michael J. Schumacher.

The 37th Annual John Coltrane Memorial Concert will feature Donald Harrison in “A LOVE SUPREME”, celebrating the 50th Anniversary with the John Coltrane Memorial Concert Ensemble on Saturday, October 18, 2014 in the Blackman Theatre, Ell Hall, 360 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115.

And on a lighter note, apparently guitarists are different from the rest of us.