AMN Reviews: Praxis – Sound Virus (2015; MOD Technologies)

By Michael Eisenberg

unnamedBill Laswell / Buckethead / Brain, featuring John Zorn, Mick Harris, and Yamatsuka Eye

This hasn’t left the smart phone for a good couple weeks, that’s how much I’m digging it! Having not heard Praxis in a while, upon hearing this one it all came back, and I don’t think much has changed over the years.

Lots of shredding by Buckethead, but actually lots of very melodic passages as well. I think the very fact that it isn’t a 100% shred-fest was the record’s greatest appeal to me. Oh it’s there, believe me, it’s there big time. But there is some really beautiful / tuneful guitar playing popping up all over the place too.

Of course there is the patented Laswell woofer ripping dub-ified bass lines but we are also getting a whole bunch of little audio easter eggs (that I guess can be attributed to BL) that made me smile…lots! What I’m talking about are some of the random studio fuckery bits that are dumped into this recording. Things you would probably miss if you weren’t listening carefully. I’m still hearing new things after several listenings and I think this aspect is very cool.

Zorn makes a few cameos squealing away on his sax and you also get Eye in there blubbering and blathering in some indecipherable tongue, but thats cool…it kind of adds a Naked City vibe a little. Mick Harris…I have no idea where he is but the drumming throughout is solid of course.

In the end…good stuff. If you are even a casual fan of any of these guys, this release comes highly rec’ed!

New From Tzadik

John Zorn (cropped version)

Out now on Tzadik:

John Zorn
Pellucidar—A Dreamers Fantabula

Their 5th CD and their first in over 4 years, Zorn’s most delightful and popular instrumental unit returns with nine compositions inspired by the imaginary worlds of fantasy literature. Featuring some of Zorn’s catchiest hooks and plenty of fiery solos from Ribot, Saft and Wollesen, “Pellucidar blends soul, surf, jazz, minimalism, rumba, tango, samba, exotica and more in classic Dreamers style. Accompanied by a 36-page booklet filled with colorful art by Tzadik’s exclusive designer Chippy, Pellucidar is a long awaited addition to the sparkling Dreamers legacy! Exotic music for the 21st century that is an absolute delight from first note to last.

Les Rhinocéros
Les Rhinocéros III

Together since 2010, Les Rhinocéros has brought their manic and zany mixture of heavy metal riffs, world music, noise, math rock, klezmer, reggae, minimalism, soundtracks and sick improvisation to appreciative audiences all over the world. Their long awaited third release ups the ante once again with a wide variety of manic compositions performed tighter than ever by this virtuosic trio. Featuring guests Gal Klein, Joe Herrera, Matt Rippetoe, Kamyar Arsani, Reese Higgins and David Coltun this is a passionate young band breaking new ground in instrumental music!

Point of Departure 51

From Point of Departure:

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

Kirk Knuffke: No Limits: by Troy Collins

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks:
Spirits Rejoice!: Jazz and American Religion
Jason C. Bivins
(Oxford University Press; Oxford and New York)

Moment’s Notice: Reviews of Recent Recordings

Travellin’ Light: Dave Rempis

Chicago Scene: June 27 – July 2, 2015

This is a weekly overview live avant performances in the Chicago area.  Contact us if you’d like your shows listed.

Saturday, June 27th 2015

7:00PM at the Rhythm Room, 1715 Maple Ave, Evanston IL, 847.491.9723 (Free)
Jimmy Bennington Colour and Sound Trio, with Jim Baker, Brian Smith

8:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($20-$15)
Wadada Leo Smith, Douglas Ewart, Mike Reed

9:00PM at No Nation, 1542 N Milwaukee, 2nd Fl, 773.790.7810 ($5 suggested donation)
On The Ground #2
Tim Daisy Solo
Nick Macri, Tim Daisy

Sunday, June 28th 2015

9:00PM at The Owl, 2521 N Milwaukee, 773.235.5300 (Free)
Joshua Abrams, Jason Adasiewicz, David Boykin, Avreeayl Ra

Monday, June 29th 2015

7:30PM at Experimental Sound Studio, 5925 N Ravenswood, 773.769.1069 ($10-$5)
Option Series
Ari Brown Solo, and discussion with Ken Vandermark

9:00PM at Beat Kitchen, 2100 W Belmont, 773.281.4444 (wheelchair-accessible)
Extraordinary Popular Delusions : Jim Baker, Mars Williams, Brian Sandstrom, Steve Hunt

Wednesday, July 1st 2015

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Dave Douglas and High Risk : Dave Douglas, Jonathan Maron, Mark Guiliana, Shigeto

Thursday, July 2nd 2015

7:30PM at Constellation, 3111 N Western ($25-$20)
Dave Douglas and High Risk : Dave Douglas, Jonathan Maron, Mark Guiliana, Shigeto

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String Orchestra of Brooklyn at Roulette Reviewed

From The New York Times:

Concert programs often feature works with starkly contrasting styles, but an imaginative lineup at Roulette on Thursday by the String Orchestra of Brooklyn included three pieces that created a consistent mood.

The program, “Dimensions of Time and Silence,” opened with Morton Feldman’s solemn, spare “Rothko Chapel” (1971) for soprano, viola, percussion, celesta and chorus, composed for the building of the same name in Houston. Its gentle harmonies and quiet interjections on percussion (Christopher Graham) and celesta (Vasudevan Panicker) are gently interwoven with lonely viola melodies, elegantly rendered here by Emily Brookwater.