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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.

CardiacsOn Land and in the Sea (1989)
Louis Dufort – Connexion (2000)
Monique Jean – L’adieu au S.O.S (2003)
Natasha Barrett – Isostasie (2002)

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Spider Trio, featuring Wally Shoup Dave Abramson, and Jeffery Taylor, have a new release out called Woodland Theatre.

A live recording of Dominic Lash (Double Bass), Stuart Chalmers (Tapes/FX), and Dan Bennett (Modular Synth) is available at Bang the Bore.

Jason Roebke’s new quartet, Combination is reviewed .

A Gubaidulina concert in Boston is reviewed.


Anthony Braxton

Cover of Anthony Braxton

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.

Natsuki Tamura / Alexander Frangenheim – Nax (2014)
Tristan Perich / Vicky Chow – Surface Image (2014)
Anthony Braxton – Trio (New Haven) 2013
Howlround – Torridon Gate (2014)


EMPAC is hosting a concert featuring prepared piano on November 7th, with Stavros Gasparatos, where screws, rubbers, bolts, etc., are attached to the strings inside a piano, altering the sound.

Cuneiform Records’ Steve Feigenbaum is interviewed by What’s On Tap.

A Kickstarter has been launched for an evening celebrating the works of composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, with performances by students from the CalArts Community, to take place outside of Los Angeles.


Bill Laswell

Cover of Bill Laswell

From Music Times, a story of Bill Laswell‘s nearly-invisible presence on many recordings:

Hence the problematic nature behind Music Times headline announcing the creation of The Process: “Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Chad Smith to Release ‘The Process’ with Jon Batiste” (which has since been amended). No doubt that Smith fills the role of the most widely recognized member in the act, and Batiste has gathered both acclaim and attention with appearances on The Colbert Report, but surely bassist and final member Bill Laswell deserves an ounce of attention, considering the nearly 4,000 recordings bearing his name in some respect for his contributions.

AMN Reviews and Interviews: October 2014

Posted: November 2, 2014 by Mike in General

Last month we published the following reviews and interviews:

Reviews
Ann Starr – Sounding Our Depths: The Music of Morgan Powell
U SCO – Treffpunkt
Tomas Fujiwara Trio – Variable Bets
Dub Mentor featuring Yan Jun – Guns of Brixton
Ron Nagorcka – Atom Bomb Becomes Folk Art
Polbrone – o-nulu
Rob Mazurek and Black Cube SP – Return the Tides
Grego Applegate Edwards – Travels in Tyme
Scott Walker & Sunn O))) – Soused
Salvatore Martirano – The SalMar Construction
Robin Rimbaud & Scanner
Happy Family – Minimal Gods

Interviews
Darius Jones
Keir Neuringer

A Story of Robert Fripp

Posted: November 1, 2014 by Mike in General

Robert Fripp

Robert Fripp (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From The New Yorker, a rather humorous story about being inspired to music by King Crimson’s Robert Fripp.

And yet, when I saw that the legendary progressive rock band King Crimson, in its eighth incarnation, was on tour again, I was reminded that there was one night, nearly thirty years ago, when I did play an instrument, in a band, before an audience, capably. And we were great. As much as anyone, the man responsible was Robert Fripp, King Crimson’s cerebral, brilliant, exacting, intimidating lead guitarist.