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A few thoughts leading into the weekend…

IODA Promonet has recently been shut down and replaced by a different service. For the last several years, we had been getting the material for many of our podcasts from this site. Not only will there be no new podcasts from IODA, but all of the old ones no longer work. Thus, if you look back through older posts, those podcasts will no longer be available. If you know of a site that provides easy and free access to promo material for podcasts, drop me a line.

In more sad news, Google recently announced that it will shut down Google Reader in July. AMN makes heavy use of Google Reader, as I have subscribed to hundreds of sites, and cull the most relevant info from those sites for posting here. While there may be several new services that effectively take the place of Google Reader, it will be inconvenient to make a change, since Reader works so well. In the mean time, if you’re so willing, please sign an online petition to keep Google Reader up and running. There are several, and I have signed this one.

Reviews have become one of the most popular features of AMN. Our writers get their work read by several hundred, or more, avid fans of avant music. Also, musicians and labels are continuously sending us material for review. The demand is so high that we cannot possibly review everything we get, or even come close. However, adding more reviewers is always an option. If you’d like to join the ranks of AMN reviewers, email me ( with (1) a writing sample, (2) an idea of the type of music you’d like to review, and (3) approximately how many reviews per month you think you’ll be able to write.

AMN turns 10 years old on April 29th. More on that later.


Dusted Reviews

Nicole Mitchell of Tortoise 2.0
Nicole Mitchell of Tortoise 2.0 (Photo credit: silverfuture)

From Dusted:

Artist: Nicole Mitchell’s Ice Crystals
Album: Aquarius
Label: Delmark

Artist: Pan Gu
Album: Primeval Man Born of the Cosmic Egg
Label: Utech

Artist: Insect Ark
Album: Long Arms
Label: Geweih Ritual Documents

Artist: Charbel Haber
Album: It Ended Up Being a Great Day, Mr. Allende
Label: Al Maslakh

Jazz Listings From The New York Times

English: Nels Cline @ All tomorrow's parties f...
English: Nels Cline @ All tomorrow’s parties festival 2004 (London) Français : Nels Cline @ All tomorrow’s parties festival 2004 (Londres) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Nels Cline and Greg Saunier Duo/The Inbetweens (Friday) Mr. Cline, the lead guitarist in Wilco, and Mr. Saunier, the drummer in Deerhoof, are obvious kindred spirits: rockers with expansive interest in improvisation; dynamos accustomed to driving the plot with texture; mystical Californians, by birth or by choice. They perform a duo set, at 8 p.m., in this compatible double bill with the Inbetweens, a band consisting of the guitarist Mike Gamble, the bassist Noah Jarrett and the drummer Conor Elmes. The Inbetweens will perform at 9:30 p.m. in celebration of the release of their fourth album, “Out On a Limb” (Layered Music). ShapeShifter Lab, 18 Whitwell Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn,; $15. (Chinen)

James Falzone and Klang (Friday and Saturday) Mr. Falzone is a clarinetist, a composer and an ascendant force on the Chicago scene, from which he drew the musicians in Klang: Jason Adasiewicz on vibraphone, Jason Roebke on bass and Tim Daisy on drums. The band plays this two-night residency in celebration of its perky but intensely focused recent album, “Brooklyn Lines… Chicago Spaces” (Allos), and welcomes a small series of guests: on Friday, the trumpeter Nate Wooley and the trombonist Steve Swell; on Saturday, the drummer Harris Eisenstadt and the saxophonist Darius Jones. (On Friday only, Mr. Falzone will also play in a three-clarinet lineup with Mike McGinnis and Jeremiah Cymerman.) At 8:30 p.m., IBeam, 168 Seventh Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn,; $10 suggested donation. (Chinen)

Tony Malaby’s Reading Band (Saturday) The tenor saxophonist Tony Malaby has a burly but beseeching tone, and in his own bands he often pushes toward an amiable ruckus. His name for this quartet suggests that he’ll be introducing new material on the bandstand — which wouldn’t be a setback, given the adaptive grace of its lineup, with the trumpeter Ralph Alessi, the bassist Drew Gress and the drummer Billy Drummond. At 9 and 10:30 p.m., Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, (212) 989-9319,; $20 cover includes a drink. (Chinen)

Todd Sickafoose’s Tiny Resistors/Stephan Crump’s Rosetta Trio (Wednesday) This double bill — presented by “The Checkout: Live” from 92YTribeca, which will broadcast on WBGO (88.3 FM) — features a pair of ensembles working with modern variations on chamber jazz, both led by bassist-composers. Tiny Resistors basks in indie-rockish atmosphere, with a lineup featuring Jenny Scheinman on violin, Steve Cardenas on guitar, John Ellis on saxophone and clarinet, Alan Ferber on trombone, Jonathan Goldberger on guitar and Ted Poor on drums. Rosetta Trio takes a quieter route, with Mr. Crump’s bass serving as the fulcrum between Liberty Ellman, on acoustic guitar, and Jamie Fox, on electric. At 8 p.m., 92YTriBeCa, 200 Hudson Street, at Canal Street, (212) 601-1000,; $12 in advance, $15 day of show. (Chinen)

Classical Music Listings From The New York Times

English: Sufjan Stevens at the Independent Mus...


Ensemble ACJW (Tuesday) When Messiaen first traveled to Utah and visited Bryce Canyon he declared it to be the most mystical landscape he had ever encountered. A sense of wonder and awe informs his resulting composition, “Des Canyons aux Étoiles,” which will be performed by members of the Carnegie Hall and Juilliard School’s Academy. At 6 p.m., Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall, (212) 247-7800,; $40 and $50. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

‘Planetarium’ (Thursday) Brass are from Mars, strings are from Venus? New musical constellations form in an evening of music inspired by the solar system by the singer-songwriter Sufjan Stevens; the composer Nico Muhly; and Bryce Dessner, guitarist of the rock band the National. Thursday through March 23 at 8 p.m., March 24 at 7 p.m., Howard Gilman Opera House, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, at Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, (718) 636-4100,; $25 to $65. (da Fonseca-Wollheim)

Taran’s Free Jazz Hour Podcast 05/2013

English: Bobby Bradford, moers festival 2008

From Taran’s Free Jazz Hour:

Clean Feed
Capricorn Climber: Kris Davis & Band

Hammered: Ches Smith and the Arches

Gregg Simpson
New Orchestra Quintet, Complete Recordings 1978-79

the Tree on the Mound: Jeff Albert’s Instigation Quartet

Unknown Known: Joshua Abrams Quartet

Norbert Stein
Pata on Cadillac: Norbert Stein & Band

D’istante3: Blaise Siwula, Giancarlo Mazzu, Luciano Toja

Relative Pitch
Take your Time: Vinny Golia, Bobby Bradford, Ken Filiano, Alex Cline

Peter Van Huffel
Howl: Peter Van Huffel’s Gorilla Mask

Max Ridgway
Souldust: Ridgway, Cheryl Pyle, Randall Colbourne

Rich Halley
Back from the Woods: Rich Halley 4

Ancestors: Wadada Leo Smith, Louis Moholo Moholo