Site News: Facebook Feed is Down – UPDATE

Our feed on Facebook has been down since Friday.  So far, all of our attempts to get it up and running again have failed.  While we’re looking into the issue, please feel free to follow us here, on the web site, via Twitter, or via our RSS feed.


UPDATE: 6/5/12 – I’ve rerouted our Facebook feed to be direct rather than to be based on our Twitter feed. That seems to have solved the problem. If you follow the Facebook feed only, visit our web site to find out what you’ve missed.


AMN Reviews: Sky Thing – Garbage Strike

Sky Thing: Garbage Strike [pyr053]

With Garbage Strike, sound artist John Collins McCormick – working under the name Sky Thing – creates a sonic portrait of post-industrial wastelands. McCormick uses a varied collection of sounds produced by electronics, objects, turntables, industrial detritus, field recordings, and conventional instruments. The five resulting tracks are studies in themes and variations for drones. Blast Place, for example, combines the sounds of friction with what appears to be rocks tumbling in a cylinder; Sheerest (CWTKK) follows with hissing, rattling high frequencies punctuated by the creak of a door on its hinges and the footsteps of a person entering (or leaving) the room. Things a Cat Can Do to a Fence, by contrast, is the sound of motors running down—an actual or quasi field recording of dying factories. All in all, a thoughtful take on a given moment in time.

Pauline Oliveros Tribute at Darmstadt Essential Repertoire

Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland
Photo of Pauline at a dinner/concert in Oakland (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Darmstadt Essential Repertoire, an annual new-music festival founded in 2008 by the New York composers Nick Hallett and Zach Layton, has become one of the city’s most reliable sources for concerts as entertaining as they are edifying. Equally important, the series is a crowbar meant to pry open a rigid canon and admit outliers whose work, however obscure, has proved significant and durable.

This year’s festival, hosted by the Issue Project Room in downtown Brooklyn, opened on Friday evening with a tribute to Pauline Oliveros, a composer whose exposure is modest relative to the breadth of her influence. Even for marginalized artists, a milestone birthday is a ready trigger; Ms. Oliveros, who turned 80 on Wednesday, is being celebrated widely this year.

Cyclic Defrost Reviews

From Cyclic Defrost:

Plaistow – Lacrimosa (Insubordinations)
Bersarin Quartett – II (Denovali)
Ollo – Transistor Resistor/Full Stop Blue (Metal Postcard)
Sven Kacirek – Scarlet Pitch Dreams (Pingipung)
Kynan Tan – Raetina (Listen/Hear Collective)
Decibel – Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre, Perth 28/5/12

Tonight at New York’s Super Coda

English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010
English: Matana Roberts, moers festival 2010 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

From thesupercoda:

Tonight at The Delancey 168 Delancey st. We revel in the intelligence and merriment these individuals make with noise and joy. I am so grateful the following musicians and performers are here all at once to so generously share their work with us. There are donations, there are two for one drinks, sets every 45 minutes starting on 8:30. Would love to see you there.

in order of appearance:

Jessica Pavone – String instrumentalist, Jessica Pavone has led her own bands; Army of Strangers and The Pavones, has performed in ensembles led by Anthony Braxton, Jason Cady, Jeremiah Cymerman, Matana Roberts, Aaron Siegel, Henry Threadgill, and Matthew Welch, as well as such collective groups as the Mary Halvorson/Jessica Pavone Duo, Normal Love, and The Thirteenth Assembly.
Jessica’s music has been released by the Tzadik, Thirsty Ear, Skirl and Porter record labels.

Dave Treut’s w/Spencer Zahn –

Jason Ajemian w/Jason Nazary – Jason Ajemian has acquired a high profile in the improvised music scene over the years, performing with Jeff Parker weekly for five years in Chicago, Rob Mazurek’s Mandarin Movie, Exploding Star Orchestra, and the Chicago Underground Trio, Ken Vandermark’s Crisis Ensemble and currently with Marc Ribot’s Sun Ship and Matana Robert’s CoinCoin. Ajemian’s curiosity has ranged far and wide—he’s just as comfortable in the hushed, folksy setting of Born Heller, his duo with Josephine Foster, as he is in the breath-processed arrangements of his large ensemble Who Cares How Long You Sink. Given such a variety of musical interest, a detour like “From Beyond,” Ajemian’s backwards version of Back Sabbath’s “Into the Void” for chamber ensemble, begins to seem like an obvious stop on this bassist’s journey from the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to Chicago and his current home in New York City.

Lucas Brode w/David Lynch – Lucas Brode is a composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist from Upstate New York. Currently, he plays guitar, glockenspiel, melodica and percussion in the collaborative instrumental rock ensemble Hannibal Montana and leads Monsoon In Bloom, an experimental modern fusion band for which he composes.

BLISTER – Sean Ali, David Grollman, Lucio Menegon.

The Jazzfakers – Confused, driven, and curious, the JazzFakers come alive from eons of pulsing sound waves.

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Photograph of Swedish musician Neneh ...

From All About Jazz:

Neneh Cherry & The Thing
The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound)

Hard Hat Area (Moonjune Records)
Reviewed by Glenn Astarita

Kay Grant / Alex Ward
Fast Talk (Emanem)

John Butcher / Mark Sanders
Daylight (Emanem)

Veryan Weston / Ingrid Laubrock / Hannah Marshall
Haste (Emanem)