Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Prurient – Pleasure Ground
Prurient’s Aka Dominick Fernow idea of pleasure is unlike anyone else’s-unless of course you have deep psychological problems, enjoy good beatings and are quite partial to the taste of human flesh. Pleasure ground at first pins you to the wall giving you a good battering, before letting you slide down the wall in sorrowful and grim contemplation.

Smegma – 33 1/3
The godfathers of American noise return with an aptly titled offer that celebrates their 33 1/3 years of noisy & puzzling existence. The enclosed sounds are often deeply denser, playful and varied collection of sample and sound element based tracks, with all manner of instrumental and noise matter weaved in and out of it.

Burning Swallows – The Illusion of Centers And Contested Terrains
Burning Swallows is a new collaboration between Lea Cumming(Kylie Minoise, Opaque and kovorox Sound lable mainman) & John Cromar(Noma, Opaque). It offers up one near on 40 minute track of growing and surrounding suffocating guitar and electronics torture. From the outset the pair slowly press down on your windpipe tightening and tightening their grip as the track progresses, not letting you grasp for breath the track slips away.

Dave Smolen – Feedlines

Feedlines is a CD-R conisisting of five pieces, all designated only by their track numbers, with blank tracks in between some of the pieces. The purpose of the blank spaces are noted as “silence to discourage continuous listening”. This self explanatory comment tells us we are supposed to take each of these (to simplify we’ll call them “suites”) as their own entity. This pratice is not all that uncommon in the field of improv music or, in fact, lot of music that fits into the “what the fuck?” category of instrumental music.

Firehouse 12 Calendar

New Haven’s Firehouse 12 has published its Spring calendar:

David Weiss and the Point of Departure Quintet
Friday, May 11, 2007

An Evening with Alvin Lucier
Saturday, May 12, 2007

Rudresh Mahanthappa
Friday, May 18, 2007

Olivia Block and John Lely
Saturday, May 19, 2007

Kris Davis Quartet
Friday, May 25, 2007

Seth Kim-Cohen and Eric Roth
Saturday, May 26, 2007

Andy Milne & Dapp Theory
Saturday, June 2, 2007

Adam Birnbaum Trio
Friday, June 8, 2007

AAJ Reviews

From AAJ:

06-May-07 Joseph Jarman
As If It Were The Seasons (Delmark Records)

06-May-07 David S. Ware Quartet
Renunciation (AUM Fidelity Records)

06-May-07 Multiple Artists
Jazz Mozart: John Di Martino & Uri Caine

06-May-07 Multiple Artists
Careers That Trane Built: Pharoah Sanders and Alice Coltrane (Impulse!)

06-May-07 Bennie Maupin
Penumbra (Cryptogramophone)