John Corbett on Sun Ra

Via Lapham’s Quarterly.

He employed anachronistic singers like Clyde Williams and Hattie Randolph. He played familiar compositions with double-entendre titles especially meaningful to him, such as “East of the Sun,” “Keep Your Sunny Side Up,” “I Dream Too Much,” “Out of Nowhere,” “This Is Always,” “Second Star to the Right,” and “Over the Rainbow.” Never mind that Ra is known as one of the most adventurous and innovative figures in the history of the twentieth century. That he brought synthesizers to jazz. That his costumes and light shows paved the way for psychedelic rock. That he wrote apocalyptic and deeply philosophical poetry. That he identified as an extraterrestrial. That outer space and the unknown featured as prominently as ancient Egypt in his unique proto-Afrofuturist weltanschauung, which often manifested as a circus-like performance troupe that he called the Arkestra.

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Avant Scena Reviews

English: *description: Joe McPhee at the Empty...

Via Avant Scena.

Gard Nilssen´s Acoustic Unity – “Live In Europe” (Clean Feed, 2017)

Vinnie Sperrazza Apocryphal – “Hide Ye Idols” (LL, 2017)

Gerrit Hatcher/ Eli Namay/ Bill Harris – “Devouring the Guilt” (Amalgam, 2017)

Christopher Biggs – “Decade Zero” (Ravello Records, 2017)

Aalberg | Kullhammar | Zetterber | Santos Silva – “Basement Sessions Vol.4 (The Bali Tapes)” (Clean Feed, 2017)

Joe McPhee | Pascal Niggenkemper | Ståle Liavik Solberg – “Imaginary Numbers” (Clean Feed, 2017)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1107

Via Vital Weekly.

TYLER WILLIAM WILCOX – WORKS FOR TWO CHAPELS (CD by Caduc) *
ROSALIND HALL & JUDITH HAMANN – GOSSAMERS (CD by Caduc) *
CAPRICORNI PNEUMATICI – THE ERIVAR (CD by Monochrome Vision) *
SUGAI KEN – UKABAZUMOREZU (CD by Rvng Intl) *
QOD – ABSEQUENCE (CD by Silentes) *
VETROPACO – SUBVOID (CD by Silentes) *
HÉLÈNE BRESCHAND & ELLIOTT SHARP – CHANSONS DU CRÉPUSCULE (CD by Public Eyesore)
DAVE RUDER – QUALMS RECTIFIED (CD by Gold Bolus Recordings)
DER VERBOTEN – SAME (CD by Clean Feed)
AAAAAAAAXB – THE BEST OF (CD by Cordelia Records)
ZOZOBRA (LP by Magiaroja)
FUTURO DE HIERRO – PASO EN EL VACIO (LP by Magiaroja)
BARRY ADAMSON/PAN SONIC – MOTORLAB #3: THE HYMN OF THE 7TH ILLUSION (LP by Cold Spring Records)
SHE SPREAD SORROW – MINE (LP by Cold Spring Records)
NIKOLAS SCHRECK – THE FUTURA MODEL (12” by The Epicurean)
CHRISTIAN WOLFARTH & JASON KAHN – PERCUSSION/VOICE (CDR by Confront) *
JAMASP JHABVALA – RECOMPOSITION FROM LIVE SETS 2012-2015 (CDR by Pöllö Records) *
CRISTIAN ALVEAR & MAKOTO OSHIRO & SHINJIRO YAMAGUCHI & HIROYUKI URA – LUCKY NAMES (CDR by Wild Science) *
ALEX KELLER & SEAN O’NEILL – LCLX (CDR by Mimeomeme) *
SUB LOAM – THE UNFOLDING MAN (triple 3”CDR by Wist Records) *
NU NO – POP SONGS (CDR by Parva Editions) *
GARCIA DA SELVA – RADICAL SAVAGE (cassette by Urubu)
PANELAK – QUATSCH/SUNSPLAT (cassette by Urubu)
SOMNOROASE PĂSĂRELE – PENE (double cassette by Urubu)
LUCIFER’S ENSEMBLE – ALPHA (cassette, private)
DEE GRINSKI – SUBSPACE (cassette by Tape Lamour) *
LEHNBERG – MORGONDRÖM (cassette by Tape Lamour) *
A THOUSAND MOUTHS (cassette by Tape Lamour) *
LLARKS – REFLECTIONS (cassette by Tape Lamour) *
E42.A8 – NIOBIUM (cassette by Tanuki Records)
YANN LEGUAY – GROUND (cassette by Tanuki Records)

Can you be a fan of Frank Zappa but not his music?

Frank Zappa, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway

Via the AV Club, a surprisingly interesting read about someone who is not a Zappa fan but giving Frank an honest try.

I, too, have shrugged off Frank Zappa. Not just his post-1967 work, but all of it. I’ve even used “Zappa” as a kind of mocking shorthand for the sort of music I usually don’t like (noodling, zany, self-indulgent) despite never giving his records much in the way of close study to confirm whether that prejudice even rings true. Zappa was right: That’s my failing, not his. I haven’t just approached his stuff with a closed mind—I haven’t really approached it at all. And who knows, maybe somewhere inside his enormous, intimidating discography, there’s something I’d like if I just gave it a shot. After all, I like music.

Interview with Gary Lucas and Nona Hendryx About The World of Captain Beefheart Release

English: Gary Lucas, Nina Persson, Nona Hendri...

Via PopMatters.

From the opening bars of “Suction Prints”, we knew we had entered The World of Captain Beefheart and that was exactly where we wanted to be. There it was, that unmistakable fast ‘n bulbous sound, the sudden shifts of meter and tempo, the slithery and stinging slide guitar in tandem with propulsive bass, the polyrhythmic drumming giving the music a swing unlike any other rock band.

AMN Reviews: Dina Maccabee – Tethered Music (2017; Minus Zero)

Minus Zero is a new label started by Vijay Anderson, Ben Goldberg, and Dina Maccabee. All of the proceeds from album sales are donated to Planned Parenthood. This is a review in an ongoing series covering the label’s releases.

Written for choreographed dance, Tethered Music is a four-track EP featuring Dina Maccabee on violin, viola, and vocals, with Jessica Ivry on cello. The pieces fall somewhere between folk and classical, with slight avant-garde twinges. Maccabbee makes heavy use of plucking in additional to contrapuntal bowed motifs. Only one track contains vocals, overdubbed into a duet, with Maccabee’s delivery resembling that of Bent Knee vocalist Courtney Swain. Perhaps the most interesting offering is the final track and its layered string drone. But at only one-and-a-half minutes, it is gone far too soon.