Frank Zappa
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On the more humorous side of things, NewsBiscuit reports that John Cage is being cheated out of royalties.

Listology provides five albums that will annoy your roommate. Unless you roommate likes this site…

Baltimore’s Out of Your Head has posted videos of recent performances.

Ensemble Dal Niente will present music by Mark-Anthony Turnage, John Adams, and Louis Andriessen in Chicago, Friday, November 19, 8:00pm, at the DePaul University Concert Hall.

Next weekend, the Roundhouse in London will feature three days of Frank Zappa events to mark his 70th birthday.

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Three Releases on the Way from Northern Spy Records

From Northern Spy:


It’s been a long journey for Northern-Spy artist Colin Langenus and Tom Hohmann, like floating stoned on the back of the turtle that carries the world. Or primal scream therapy. That trip culminates with R.I.P., the group’s final release, and the first of Brooklyn’s newest indie label. A swan song of a group at the top of its form, flowing with ease through psychedelia, stoner rock, prog, Native American mythos, and even political disintegration. R.I.P. was mixed by sludge-riff wunderkind, Max Hodes and features local NYC lumininaries such as Jeremy Danneman (Parade of One) and Matt Mottel (Talibam!). Graced by Tom Hohmann’s original cover art and pressed both on high quality vinyl and CD digipack, it will be a small treasure to carry forward for both the band’s fans and those just discovering this fascinating group as they embark on their next journeys.

Old Time Relijun
Songbook, Volume One

To have walked into K dorm at the lefty college out in Olympia, WA in 1995 was to experience an immediate assault on the senses. The slap of the stench of dancers writhing, hippies and scenesters, post-Nirvana poster-childs and riot grrls. And there was a good chance that at the far end of the floor bowing under the weight of bodies, the sons of Uterus and Fire, Old Time Relijun, were in charismatic glory. Their first recorded output, Songbook Vol. I, long out of print, is brought to revival by Brooklyn’s newest indie imprint, Northern-Spy Records. Over the course of 7 albums, frontman Arrington de Dionyso (Malaikat Dan Singa) and upright bassist Aaron Hartman (Girls In Trouble) have established an indie rock avant-garde with elements of the naive, the spiritual, international folk sounds and shake your ass funkiness. Yet, nothing since has ever captured the rawness, the train wrecks and crocodile piss recorded by Diana Arens at Dub Narcotic back in those early days. Mastered for the first time, Northern-Spy presents this CD digipak release, a classic from its artist, Arrington de Dionyso. Also, for you 7″ aficionados, 4 little gems from the album, Sabertooth Tiger, Mirror, and the 4-track versions of Baby Dragon and Lion-Tamer, are a little crown to you to own on their own. The tent’s going up, the bibles are being passed around, it’ll all burn down before the end of the night. Don’t miss out.

Jooklo Duo
The Warrior

Not since Albert Ayler stalked the hamnar of Stockholm and reverberated his fire music off the walls of LES tenements has there been an avant-garde jazz saxophonist who can all out wail like Virginia Genta can. Don’t let her calm presence fool you. Nor should David Vanzan’s taller stature lead to believe this is not an equal opportunity free jazz freak-out. From when their poles first were converged by the Cosmic Force in 1999, Italy’s (with Finnish godparents) Jooklo Duo has been winning hearts and brains worldwide through jaw-dropping performances and a series of limited edition releases keeping at bay ravenous fans only long enough to get to the next gig. Now, for their first U.S. release, Northern-Spy Records launches its own assault on an as yet unsuspecting public with the 7”, The Warrior. Recorded October 11th, 2010, at Troglosound Home Studio, it’s as compact and complex as a leather-bound book of esoterica ready to haul you off to the most hidden lands of universal energy.

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Dither Electric Guitar Quartet in New York

From Dither:

Saturday, December 11, 2010
7:00 pm, reception to follow
$10 Admission

Abrons Arts Center
466 Grand St, New York, NY, 10002
F to Delancy, J/M/Z to Essex, B/D to Grand

Dither, in collaboration with the Incubator Arts Project, announces Dither’s Incubator Workshop, an action-packed evening of new works for electric guitar quartet by composers Eve Beglarian, Nick Didkovsky, Ted Hearne, and Tristan Perich. Presented in an interactive setting at Abrons Arts Center, the Workshop is an opportunity for Dither to perform new pieces from every stage of development, and to showcase the work of four exciting voices in contemporary music. The event will begin at 7:00 pm on Saturday, Dec 11, incorporate interviews throughout the program with each of the composers, and conclude with an informal reception.

Currently in their fourth season of performances, Dither is rapidly gaining recognition for creative programming and precision playing. New Music Box praises Dither’s debut album as “a provocative rocking that sounds good, feels good, and even when the music hits its fever pitch and the wailing claps you sharply, things still manage to keep to the honest side of controlled.” The New York Times describes Dither’s music “an exploded view of the instrument’s potential” and praises the album’s “muscular arpeggios, livid feedback, ominous rumbles and radiant drones.” Of Dither’s festival at the Invisible Dog, The New Yorker declared the event as the week’s “official concert on the edge” and Time Out New York simply asked “What’s not to Love?”

The program of Dither’s Incubator Workshop will include the premiere of Nick Didkovsky’s Vox Requiem, an epic piece that draws heavily from the composer’s undying love for glorious guitar tones. Also premiered will be Tristan Perich’s Interference Logic, written for four electric guitars accompanied by 1-bit music: beautiful synthesized tones amplified through small speakers placed amongst the performers. Additionally, Dither will perform movements from Aberrations, an evening length work by recent Gaudeamus-prize winner Ted Hearne, which will be premiered in its entirety in Fall of 2011. Finally, the quartet will perform Eve Beglarian’s Garden of Cyrus which was arranged by the composer earlier this year, and has quickly developed into a highlight of Dither’s repertoire.

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Jon Gibson and Ralph Gibson at Interpretations

Terry Riley
Image via Wikipedia

From New York’s Interpretations:

Jon Gibson and Ralph Gibson: Music & Motion
Alexandra Gardner and the NOW Ensemble
Thursday, November 18, 2010
8PM at Roulette
20 Greene Street (between Canal and Grand)

Electro-acoustic and Multi-media works from two collaborative teams. Photographer and guitarist Ralph Gibson and multi-wind instrumentalist Jon Gibson collaborate on MUSIC & MOTION, featuring Jon Gibson’s 1975 video piece entitled One Way, and Ralph Gibson’s film Typography. Electroacoustic composer Alexandra Gardner and New York’s NOW Ensemble present an evening of Gardner’s new and recent chamber works, featuring the premiere of Mint Conditioner for double bass and electronics.

Described as “mesmerizing” by Steve Smith of The New York Times, the music of composer Alexandra Gardner has an expressive sound and a flair for the imaginative and unexpected. Performed by the dynamic young New York group NOW Ensemble, and cellist Leigh Stuart of FIREWORKS, the evening will feature new and recent chamber music, including the world premiere of Mint Conditioner for double bass and electronics, and the New York premiere of Now or Never, commissioned by NOW Ensemble.

MUSIC & MOTION presents new collaborative multimedia work from Jon Gibson and Ralph Gibson, two artists whose activities include both music and visual arts. Ralph Gibson’s work since the 1970s has been steadily impelled towards the printed page, and his photographs are included in museum collections around the world. Gibson’s awards include fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. Jon Gibson has been a member of Philip Glass’s ensemble since the 1960s and has also worked with Steve Reich, Terry Riley, LaMonte Young, Merce Cunningham. Gibson’s visual work, closely related to his music, has been exhibited and collected internationally.

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Robert Rich Interview

Robert Rich
Cover of Robert Rich

From Synthesizer Music and Electronics:

Since building his first analog synthesizer kit in the mid-1970s, Robert Rich‘s career is a virtual history of the last 30 years of experimental and electronic music. Growing up in Silicon Valley, Robert’s exposure to the technical, musical and artistic allowed him to merge his interests in the realms of science and engineering to emerge as one of the first true multimedia artists. Rich integrated computing, music and natural phenomenon to become one of the leaders of the ambient and atmospheric music. Synth ME was fortunate enough to ask Robert Rich some questions touching on topics from the past, present and future. We wanted to learn about what Robert thinks of synthesizers, ambient music, the Internet and much more.

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