AMN Picks of the Week: William Hooker / Zevious / Gerry Hemingway / Hilmy and Barbiero

Ernst Reijseger, Moers Festival 2007
Ernst Reijseger, Moers Festival 2007 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

William Hooker – Heart of the Sun (2013)
Zevious – Passing Through the Wall (2013)
Georg Graewe / Ernst Reijseger / Gerry Hemingway – Continuum (2006)
Gerry Hemingway – The Whimbler (2005)
Steve Hilmy / Daniel Barbiero – take a sound. do something to it. do something else to it. (2013)

Lost Civilizations in DC on November 13

LOST CIVILIZATIONS (Photo credit: IntangibleArts)

On November 13, the Lost Civilizations experimental music project will appear at Adams Morgan’s Black Squirrel on a bill including Marian Fahey McLaughlin and Br’er. The performance is part of Anders Thueson ‘s Indie Adams Morgan series (

The Black Squirrel ( is located at 2427 18th Street NW Washington, D.C. 20009 (202) 232-1011. The event starts at 9 pm.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project:
The Lost Civilizations experimental music project (; is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and bass clarinet) and T. A. Zook (basscello and misc. instruments). Although essentially a duo, when schedules permit, it is joined by Jerry Busher (drums); Amanda Huron (percussion); Doug Kallmeyer (bass and electronics) and Emily Chimiak (violin). On November 13, the project will be joined by percussionist Amanda Huron (

Marian McLaughlin:
Marian McLaughlin, a musical troubadour-at-heart, creates lyrically-driven songs accompanied by arrangements on her classical guitar. Her songs are delicate, yet full of depth, as she aims to explore assonance, dissonance, extinction, and existence through a variety of lyrical subject matter, from Greek mythology to aviation attempts from the 1800s. Weaving together intricate chords often in alternate tunings, Marian is highly inspired by the fingerpicking of John Fahey, but stylistically, follows in the steps of long-gone songstresses like Dory Previn and Linda Perhacs, and appreciates the innovation of her contemporaries such as Larkin Grimm, Joanna Newsom and St. Vincent.

Br’er ( initially began as the solo recording project of Philadelphia native Benjamin Schurr as a means of completing several unfinished songs he began for another project. From these meager beginnings Br’er quickly became its own entity, growing into an ever shifting lineup of musicians (including Christian Mirande, Darian Scatton, Roger Alejandro Martinez, Gabrielle Smith, Shaina Kapeluck, Jordin Goff and Hyden Weiner-Grossman) culled from across the Philadelphia area to help bring Schurr’s dense experimental pop compositions to life. After several manic recording sessions with borrowed equipment, broken keyboards and a shifting scene of partners and cohorts, Br’er’s first album “Of Shemales and Kissaboos” was born, and finally emerging as a functional live outfit in July of 2007. Since its initial inception, Br’er has been an ever evolving project, changing shape and sound as both a live band and as a recording project.



November 3, 2013
Jenny Hval Band, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Håvard Volden Jenny Hval Kyrre Laastad

November 3, 2013
Stine Janvin Motland & C Spencer Yeh, Angel Orensanz Foundation
C Spencer Yeh Stine Janvin Motland

November 3, 2013
Void Ov Voices, Angel Orensanz Foundation
Attila Csihar

November 1, 2013
Eugene Chadbourne & Tatsuya Nakatani, The Stone
Eugene Chadbourne Tatsuya Nakatani

Musique Machine Reviews

From Musique Machine:

Vomir/ Inanition – Split
Monuments Are No Good To The Dead – Earths Hum Vol.I
Logical Fiend – The Scar Of A Dead City
Prosektor – Schizophrenia
Ákos Rózmann – Images of the Dream and Death
Nodolby – Deranged/U​nlaced
Alberto Boccardi – Self Titled
Various HNW Artists – Short Noise Wall
Dead Body Collection & Carrion Black Pit – Ten Thousand Doors to Her
No Paris – Past Decussations
Kikuchi Yukinori / Tim Olive – Base Material

Interview with Morton Subotnick

Morton Subotnick Checks Out Bluetooth Violin Bow

From Roulette:

Morton Subotnick is a seminal figure in the history of 20th Century music as electronic music pioneer, composer, and experimenter of the highest calibre. In the 1960s, Subotnick advanced both the imagination and the language of electronic music by taking Don Buchla’s initial synthesizers builds into uncharted territories with his 1968 work, From Silver Apples of the Moon, which is widely regarded as one of the very first – and finest – examples of long-form electronic-based music. In this interview, Subotnick discusses the latest project, From Silver Apples of the Moon to a Sky of Cloudless Sulphur IV: LUCY, a collaboration with visual artist Lillevan which brings him to the Roulette stage and beyond, and talks about his influences, and the prescient early insights that propelled his extraordinary career and art.