Captain Beefheart Mini-Fest in Berkeley this Weekend

From the San Francisco Examiner:

By the time rock and avant-garde composer, multi-instrumentalist and painter Captain Beefheart retired from music in 1982, he had released a host of commercial and live albums, the best of which continue to inspire the Bay Area’s cutting-edge music scene.

This weekend in Berkeley, “Hardly Strictly Personal–A Celebration of Post Beefheart Art,” brings together dozens of artists from the experimental community to play music influenced by the boundary-breaking Beefheart (aka Don Van Vliet, 1941-2010) who, along with Frank Zappa, revolutionized rock in the 1960s.

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Vital Weekly 965

From Vital Weekly:

LEONEL KAPLAN & BIRGIT UHLER – STEREO TRUMPET (CD by Relative Pitch) *
WHOTE – MOONS (CD by VII Sounds Ltd) *
COLOMBO & SCHIAFFINI & MARINO – TOTEM (CD by Zone Di Musica)
SIDSEL ENDRESEN & STIAN WESTERHUS – BONITA (CD by Rune Grammofon)
ALBATROSH –NIGHT OWL (CD by Rune Grammofon)
CELER – SKY LIMITS (CD by Baskaru) *
ACHIM WOLLSCHEID & BERNARD SCHREINER – CALIBRATED CONTIGENCY (CD by Baskaru) *
ARCHITEUTHIS WALKS ON LAND – THE SURVEYORS (CD by Carrier Records) *
MY DAILY NOISE (CD by Zora_Records) *
STEFAN CHRISTOFF & DAVID PARKER – WIRES TONES EP (EP by Howl Arts)
NOVELLINO & ROSI & MAZUREK & BARNES – OBJECTS IN MIRROR ARE CLOSER THAN THEY APPEAR (CD by Discreet Records)
FE<MALE FOU – SUCKER MULE’S DREADFUL MURDER (LP by Suitcase Recordings)
BLOOD RHYTHMS – ASSEMBLY (LP by No Part Of It/RRRecords)
ARVO ZYLO – FALLING TOWER, TERRIBLE FOUNTAIN (cassette by Side Of The Sun Recordings)
BRYAN LEWIS SAUNDERS & ARVO ZYLO – THE PLEASURE TUNNEL/THE TEMPLE OF PARADISE (cassette by No Part Of It)
DAVE CLARKSON – MUSIC FOR LIGHTHOUSES (CDR by Linear Obsessional Recordings) *
CLADE – KLAVIERSTÜCKE (CD by Clade_Rec) *
BRANDON HURTADO/TANNER GARZA (cassette by Bookend Recordings)

Igloo Magazine Reviews

From Igloo Magazine:

V/A :: E.X.P.L.O.D.E. (The Irrational Media Society)
V/A :: Europe (A Strangely Isolated Place)
Theologian :: Pain Of The Saints (Malignant)
The Isolator :: Distance EP (Lockertmatik)
Subminimal :: Sinian (Möller)
Ochre :: Isolette EP (Shipwrec)
Simon Whetham :: From the Mouths of Clay (The Helen Scarsdale Agency)

El Intruso 7th Annual Critics Poll and Musician’s Poll

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Jason Kao Hwang 

The results from this pair of polls have been posted. Follow the links below to see the details. Thanks to Sergio Piccirilli for his great efforts in putting this together.

In the El Intruso 7th Annual Critics Poll the following critics participated:
Alain Drouot, Alberto Gutierrez, Andrey Henkin, Antonio Branco, Carlos Iramain, Cayetano López, Cisco Bradley, Christopher Monsen, Dan Bilawsky, Dan Sorrells, David R. Adler, Esteban Arizpe Castañeda, Eyal Hareuveni, Fabricio Vieira, Francis Davis, George Grella, Gregory Applegate Edwards, Guillaume Belhomme, Guy Peters, Hrayr Attarian, James Hale, John Eyles, Karl Ackerman, Kurt Gottschalk, Laurence Donohue-Greene, Marcelo Morales, Marco Paolucci, Mark Corroto, Markus Stegmayr, Matt Marshall, Michael Nastos, Mike Borella, Nikola Markovic, Nuno Catarino, Paul Acquaro, Pete Butchers, Peter Hum, Ralph Miriello, Raúl da Gama, Roberto Barahona, Sergio Piccirilli, Stef Gijssels, Stuart Broomer, Tim Niland, Tom Hull, Troy Collins

In the El Intruso 9th Annual Musicians Poll the following musicians participated:
Aaron Novik, Adam Hopkins, Adam Levy, Alexander Hawkins, Alexey Kruglov, Alex Ward, Alon Nechushtan, Andrea Parkins, Andrew D’Angelo, Andrew Raffo-Dewar, Andrew Rathbun, Anja Lechner, Asaf Sirkis, Augustin Brousseloux, Ayman Fanous, Balazs Pandi, Ben Goldberg, Biagio Coppa, Birgit Ulher, Bobb Bruno, Bob Gluck, Brandon Seabrook, Brett Sroka, Brian Chase, Bryan Murray, Carla Bozulich, Carlos Costa, Ches Smith, Chris Pitsiokos, Christopher Hoffman, Chris Welcome, Cristian Amigo, C. Spencer Yeh, Curtis Hasselbring, Daniel Levin, Danny Frankel, Dan Weiss. Darius Jones, Dave Ballou, David Bindman, David Rothenberg, David Weiss, Devin Gray, Dorian Wood, Dylan Ryan, Edén Carrasco, Eivind Opsvik, Enrico Fazio, Federico Ughi, Fernando Vigueras, Frank Carlberg, Frank Gratkowski, Franz Loriot, Fumio Yasuda, Gerry Hemingway, G.E. Stinson, Hafez Modirzadeh, Harris Eisenstadt, Hernani Faustino, Hugo Carvalhais, Ingrid Laubrock, Ivo Perelman, James Ilgenfritz, Jason Kao Hwang, Jason Stein, JC Sanford, Jean-Carla Rodea, Jeb Bishop, Jeff Cosgrove, Jennifer Charles, Jeremiah Cymerman, Jim Campilongo, Jim Pugliese, Joao Pedro Viegas, Joe Hertenstein, John O’Gallagher, Jon Bafus, Jon Lundbom, Jon Madof, John Schott, José Gurria-Cárdenas, Joseph Daley, Josh Sinton, Jozef Dumoulin, Juan Pablo Carletti, Kaveh Rastegar, Keir Neuringer, Ken Field, Kevin Shea, Kirk Knuffke, Klaus Kugel, Kyle Bruckmann, Kyoko Kitamura, Landon Knoblock, Larry Ochs, Lisa Mezzacappa, Lotte Anker, Lucas Niggli, Luis Vicente, Marcelo Dos Reis, Marco Colonna, Marco Fierro, Marino Pliakas, Mark Hanslip, Mary Halvorson, Matthew Lux, Matthew Silberman, Matt Lavelle, Matt Turner, Mats Gustafsson, Max Johnson, Michael Jaeger, Michel Delville, Miguel Zenon, Mike Gamble, Moppa Elliott, Nate Wooley, Nils Wogram, Noël Akchoté, Ohad Talmor, Olie Brice, Pandelis Karayorgis, patrick brennan, Paulo Chagas, Piero Bittolo Bon, Ricardo Tejero, Rich Brown, Roberta Piket, Rodrigo Pinheiro, Ross Hammond, Sabrina Lastman, Sam Sadigursky, Samuel Blaser, Sarah Bernstein, Scott Amendola, Seppe Gebruers, Silke Eberhard, Sophie Dunér, Sthepen Buono, Steve Lehman, Steve Swell, Tania Giannouli, Theo Bleckmann, Theresa Wong, Thomas Heberer, Tim Daisy, Tim Dahl, Tomas Fujiwara, Travis LaPlante, Vijay Iyer, Wil Blades, Zeno de Rossi

Nels Cline on Julian Lage Duo

From the Phoenix New Times:

Guitarists Julian Lage and Nels Cline lead wildly different musical lives. Lage operates primarily in a jazz realm, having collaborated with Jim Hall, Gary Burton, and Eric Harland. Yet, he’s also worked with mandolin master David Grisman and fiddle and bluegrass virtuoso Mark O’Conner, among others. Cline, when not fronting The Nels Cline Singers, is perhaps best known as a guitarist in Wilco. Together, however, the pair journey down an entirely esoteric musical path that meanders through rock, folk, country, and 1970s-esque soundtracks, all with crafty sensibility, improvisation, and dexterity.

Big Ears Festival 2015 Full Lineup

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Aaron and Bryce Dessner

From the Big Ears Festival:

Kronos Quartet: Artists-in-Residence
Laurie Anderson, Terry Riley, tUnE-yArDs, Max Richter, Swans, Ben Frost, Bryce Dessner, The Bad Plus Bill Frisell, Jamie xx, Perfume Genius, Rhiannon Giddens, Tanya Tagaq Clark, Nels Cline, “Häxan” re-scored by Demdike Stare, Grouper, SQÜRL, Sam Amidon, A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Nosaj Thing, Gyan Riley, Harold Budd & Keith Lowe, Steve Gunn, Amen Dunes, Jozef Van Wissem, Hildur Guðnadóttir, Holly Herndon