AMN Reviews: Rupp, Williamson and Buck, Weird Weapons 2; Joe Williamson, Hoard

Olaf Rupp, Joe Williamson and Tony Buck, Weird Weapons 2 (cs197); Joe Williamson, Hoard (cs199)

With Weird Weapons 2, the multinational trio of German guitarist Olaf Rupp, Canadian double bassist Joe Williamson, and Australian percussionist Tony Buck create a sound that Buck has rightly described as “very active and busy.” Both long tracks are intense and relentless essays into the unconventional applications available to conventional instruments. This is acoustic music as the sound of raw materials—string instruments and drums decomposed into wood and metal elements in a clattering, scraping cloud of sound. On occasion the recognizable voice of guitar or double bass emerges, only to recede again into the sound signatures of its constituent parts. The overall effect is of an accumulation of countless individual sonic facts into a thick mass.

Williamson’s solo recording is very much in the same vein. The two long cuts feature the rough, low frequency rumble of overpressured bowing, providing a throbbing undertow that sounds at times like a straining engine—created acoustically, this is industrial music from a time before electricity.

Ratchet Series at the Skylark

Shows coming to Chicago’s Ratchet Series:

The Ratchet Series at the Skylark
2149 S. Halsted St., Chicago
Tel: (312) 948-5275

Monday, October 3
Caroline Davis – alto sax
Marquis Hill – trumpet
John Sutton – bass
Jeremy Cunningham – drums

Monday, October 10
Toby Summerfield – guitar
Anton Hatwich – bass
Quin Kirchner – drums

Monday, October 17
music and lyrics by Mikel Patrick Avery

Mary Lawson – vocals
Aaron Shapiro – banjo
John Sutton – cello
Nicholas Gajewski – bass
Mikel Avery – drums

Monday, October 24

Ryan Shultz – bass trumpet
Mitch Paliga – saxophone
Paul Hartsaw – saxophone
Anton Hatwich – bass
Damon Short – drums

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AMN Picks of the Week

Steve Coleman

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.

Steve Coleman / Five Elements – Harvesting Semblances and Affinities (2010)
Steve Coleman / Five Elements – Mancy of Sound (2011)
Joe Williamson – Hoard (2011)
Olaf Rupp / Joe Williamson / Tony Buck – Weird Weapons 2 (2011)
John Zorn / Marc Ribot / Trevor Dunn – Enigmata (2011)
John Zorn – Nova Express (2011)
Anthony Braxton – Trio (Wesleyan) 2005 (2005)

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Avant Ghetto Presents: Container, Unicorn Hard-On, Laser Poodle, Moemlien

From Brooklyn’s Avant Ghetto:

October 24th 9pm
Public Assembly
70 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211


Container is Nashville, TN resident Ren Schofield’s experimental excursion into the world of beat oriented electronic music. Container’s first full length album was just released on the Cleveland/Vienna based label Spectrum Spools and has triggered response such as: “like Surgeon on DMT covering Cybotron jams with a bubble machine”, and “Container has created a twisted, time-warping and insolently fucked lo-fi techno record that has to rank among the very best full-length statements of 2011.”


For many years now Unicorn Hard-On has been infiltrating the American and European underground with her unusual style of animal inspired electronic dance music. Incorporating elements of techno, industrial, noise, and synth pop, four sequenced Electribes are used to create eerie backgrounds of tonal interference, glittering splashes of synth, and gradually multiplying pulsing beats, forming a wall of mutated dance madness.


Two kids who hooked up their electronic wizardry are challenging
the boundaries of electronic dance music. In form of an organic, constantly shapeshifting pulse, played on a pile of electronics and drum machines, Laser Poodle is a sweet late night stroboscopic trip. Laser Poodle is Amsterdam based Fyoelk (Germany) and Yellow Galactic Human (Denmark).


is the solo project of Hannah from Amsterdam. She is exploring the many sides of the cassette tape as a medium for capturing and manipulation of sounds. Fieldrecordings and melodic sequences are layered into uplifting sonic spheres of the extraterrestrial kind, with a warm and open feel to them. In her adventures she uses electronics, toy keyboards, violoncello, various acoustic objects & instruments and voice. Hannah is also playing in the free music group Cotopaxi (with Fyoelk), who have toured in Europe and the United States. They are organizing concerts in Amsterdam as the “Hallo Gallo” collective.

Umbrella Music Through October 30

From Chicago’s Umbrella Music:

Oct 05
Nick Mazzarella Trio
The Hideout

Oct 06
SET I: Jason Adasiewicz
SET II: Beatty/Poretti Duo

Oct 09
Valentine Trio
Hungry Brain

Oct 11
Trio Braam-De Joode-Vatcher

Oct 12
SET I: Abrams/Rosaly Duo
SET II: Drake/Bishop/Parker/Abrams
The Hideout

Oct 16
Tony Malaby‘s Tamarindo
Hungry Brain

Oct 19
Jason Roebke Combination
The Hideout

Oct 23
SET I: Connie Crothers
SET II: Harris Eisenstadt’s Chicago Chamber
Hungry Brain

Oct 30
Ughi/Caine Duo
Hungry Brain

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All About Jazz Reviews

Keith Tippett

From All About Jazz:

Jason Kao Hwang / EDGE
Crossroads Unseen (Euonymus Records)

Uri Caine Trio
Siren (Winter & Winter)

Gösta Berlings Saga
Glue Works (Cuneiform Records)

Keith Tippett Octet
From Granite To Wind (Ogun Records)

Pascal Marzan / John Russell
Translations (Emanem)

Rob Brown
Unknown Skies (Rogueart Records)

Dead Cat Bounce
Chance Episodes (Cuneiform Records)

Billy Fox’s Backbirds & Bullets
Dulces (Clean Feed Records)

Trevor Watts & Veryan Watson
5 More Dialogues (Emanem)

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