New Music on Vinyl: Everybody Loves It, But It Doesn’t Make Much Sense 

English: Vinyl disc Polski: płyta winylowa

Source: NewMusicBox on whether the current vinyl resurgence has financial legs.

The vinyl resurgence should be great for new music, right? After all, who buys records in 2015? Nerds. Curious, acquisitive types. People with a thing for the timeless artifact. Those who are willing to seek out sounds beyond those that the streaming services are ready to deliver right to their earbuds. And the very fact that some music lovers are spending their money on physical editions of music after more than a decade of gorging on ones and zeros has to be good news for people who sell music, doesn’t it?

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Cuneiform Records Artists on Tour

Thinking Plague in 1998 From the left: Dave Ke...

Source: Cuneiform Records.

BENT KNEE
January 13 – BAR – 254 Crown St – New Haven CT 06511 (with Kindred Queer; Procedure Club) – No Cover
January 16 – Great Scott – 1222 Commonwealth Ave – Allston MA 02134 (with The Shills; Naytronix; Oh Malo) – $10
February 19 – Ralph’s Diner – 148 Grove St – Worcester MA 01605 – $7
February 26 – The Last Safe – 160 Merrimack St – Lowell MA 01852 – $5
February 27 – Midway Cafe – 3496 Washington St – Jamaica Plain MA 02130 (with New Tarot; Bury Me Standing) – $8
May 8 – RoSFEST 2016 – Gettysburg, PA

BLUE CRANES
February 15 – Mississippi Studios – 3939 N Mississippi Ave – Portland, OR (opening for Ches Smith/Mat Maneri/Craig Taborn)

EMPIRICAL
February 22-27 – Old Street Underground pop up shop – London, UK
[For six days, the band will take over a retail unit in the centre of Old Street Underground station and transform the space into an inviting pop-up Jazz Lounge featuring performances and workshops!
Listeners will be invited to visit the lounge for lunchtime and evening commute live sets, with late night sessions scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Early birds will also be able to catch an 8am mid-week performance. All gigs will be free of charge. To give younger audiences a chance to experience live jazz at more suitable times, Empirical also invites Hackney and Islington school and community groups to sign up to free educational workshops demonstrating the principles of jazz improvisation.]

MICHAEL GIBBS with BILL FRISELL
January 14 – with the University of Washington Symphony – Meany Hall at the University of Washington – 4140 George Washington Lane Northeast – Seattle, WA 98105 (opening will be Bill Frisell and his quartet performing the music of Michael Gibbs)
January 15 – with the University of Washington Big Band – Meany Hall at the University of Washington – 4140 George Washington Lane Northeast – Seattle, WA 98105 (opening will be Bill Frisell and his quartet performing the music of Michael Gibbs)

GUTBUCKET
January 28 – Shapeshifter Lab – Brooklyn, NY
January 29 – x2 at The Record Company – Boston, MA
January 30 – Orion Sound – 2903 Whittington Ave, Suite C – Baltimore, MD : 8:00 PM

HAMSTER THEATRE
February 14 – The Dairy Center For The Arts – 2590 Walnut Street (26th & Walnut) – Boulder, CO (with Glass and Thinking Plague)

JANEL AND ANTHONY
January 16 – Union Arts DC – 411 New York Ave NE (enter through the loading dock off the corner of 4th and Penn Street NE) – Washington DC – with Nick Mazzarella Trio

LE REX
January 15 – Kulturcinema – Arbon, Switzerland
January 26 – Kleintheater – Luzern, Switzerland
February 19 – Kreuz – Nidau, Switzerland

LED BIB
April 23 – Jazzahead Conference – Bremen, Germany

GARY LUCAS’ FLEISCHEREI featuring SARAH STILES [our latest signing – CD out in January]
February 7 – The Museum Of The Moving Image – 36-01, 35 Ave – Astoria, NY 11106 – (718) 777 6888 / 2:00 pm
March 5 – American FIlm Institute – appearing as part of the Jewish Film Festival – 8633 Colesville Road – Silver Spring, MD 20910 – (301) 495 6700

ED PALERMO
January 17 – Mohonk Jazz Weekend – New Paltz, NY
February 13 – The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY (845) 236 7970 (record release show!)
April 17 – The Falcon – 1348 Route 9W – Marlboro, NY (845) 236 7970

ALEC K. REDFEARN and THE EYESORES
February 13 – Orion Sound – 2903 Whittington Ave, Suite C – Baltimore, MD : 8:00 PM

REVOLUTIONARY SNAKE ENSEMBLE
February 9 – Mardi Gras party & 25th anniversary concert, with special guests Godwin Louis & Jason Palmer – Regattabar- Harvard Sq, Cambridge, MA – 7:30 – 8:45 pm

SCHNELLERTOLLERMEIER
January 16 – tba – Basel, Switzerland
January 19 – Tuesday Jazz im Alten Spital – Solothurn, Switzerland
March tba – Ireland and England tour in planning

WADADA LEO SMITH
April 1 – Big Ears Festival – Knoxville, TN

SONAR
February 24 – E-Werk – Freiburg, Germany
February 25 – Early Bird – Innsbruck, Austria
February 26 – KunstWerk e – V Ulm – Germany
March 1 – Jazz Ohne Stress – Freiburg, Germany

THINKING PLAGUE
February 14 – The Dairy Center For The Arts – 2590 Walnut Street (26th & Walnut) – Boulder, CO (with Glass and Hamster Theatre)

THUMBSCREW
May 12 – Roulette – 509 Atlantic Avenue – Brooklyn, NY (record release show!)

Vital Weekly Reviews 1015

logo2Source: Vital Weekly.

Federico Durand – A Traves Del Espejo (Cd by 12k) *
Carlo Costa – Strata (Cd by Neither/nor) *
Valerie Kuehne & the Wasps Nests – The Apocalypse as Witnessed by a Slice of American Cheese
(Cd by Gold Bolus Recordings)
Broadcloth – In Stitches (Cd by Gold Bolus Recordings)
Adam Golebiewski – In Front of Their Eyes (Cd, Private) *
the Joy of Nature – A Roda Do Tempo (Cd by Cynfeirdd) *
Regler – Regel #5 (Classical Music) (Cd by Nuenirecs) *
Mattin – Anti Social Realism (Dvd-r by Kwanyin)
Janek Schaefer/bas Mantel – World News (3″cd by Rev Laboratories) *
Vortex/j-kristoff Camps – Le Grand Attracteur (Lp by Un Reve Nu)
Eloise Decazes & Delphine Dora – Folk Songs Cycle (10″ by Okraina Records)
Ed Sanders – Yiddish Speaking Socialists of the Lower East Side (10″ by Okraina Records)
Mazut – 1 (Cdr by Bdta) *
Orphax – Dream Sequence #2 (3″CDR, private) *

New Ches Smith and Rova Releases Reviewed

Craig Taborn (Prezens, at the Vortex (London) ...

Source: The New York Times.

Ches Smith’s “The Bell” is an excitingly slippery album, both conceptually and physically, in the playing. It appears to be delicate chamber music for percussion, viola and piano. Then it slides into something else: trenchantly rhythmic, improvised music, alive with smeary, interactive connections among the three players: the drummer Mr. Smith, the violist Mat Maneri and the pianist Craig Taborn.

Source: The New York Times.

he members of Rova Saxophone Quartet, an intrepid ensemble formed in the San Francisco Bay Area more than 35 years ago, took this into consideration when they conceived Electric Ascension, a repertory tribute group stocked with texture-mad improvisers like the guitarist Nels Cline. The expanded assemblage has toured in Europe and North America, and a vital album — “Electric Ascension,” credited to Rova::Orkestrova — was released on Atavistic in 2005.

NoBusiness Records New and Upcoming Releases

English: Thomas Borgmann, Offside Festival Gel...

Source: NoBusiness Records.

William Hooker – “LIGHT. The Early Years 1975-1989”
Featuring: David S. Ware, David Murray, Jemeel Moondoc, Roy Campbell Jr., Booker T. Williams, Alan Braufman, Hasaan Dawkins, Mark Hennen, Lewis Barnes, Richard Keene, Les Goodson, Mark Miller.

Jean-Luc Cappozzo, Didier Lasserre – “Ceremony’s A Name For The Rich Horn”

Marilyn Lerner, Ken Filiano, Lou Grassi – “Live at Edgefest”

Thomas Borgmann, Max Johnson, Willi Kellers – “One For Cisco”

Vladimir Tarasov, Eugenijus Kanevičius, Liudas Mockūnas – “Intuitus”

Ashish Vyas, Lost Civilizations, and Utenzil in DC on January 17

On January 17, 2016, Ashish Vyas will be joining the Lost Civilizations experimental music project and Utenzil in the Indie Adams Morgan series at the Black Squirrel’s Tap Room, which is located at 2427 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009.

Ashish Vyas will be presenting solo electronica set. He is a bassist and artist who’s eclectic musical taste has guided him on his sonic adventures. His influences and interests have taken him from improvisational, avant-garde music to post-punk rock to exotic, world sounds and rhythms to electro-pop.  Currently he is recording and performing with electronic, world music, downtempo pioneers THIEVERY CORPORATION; and on the other end of the spectrum in post-punk rock outfit TIME is FIRE. He was a founding member of the now defunct San Diego art rock band GoGoGo Airheart (1996-2006), which released several albums, EP’s and 7″ singles. That lead to tours throughout the States and Europe. As a performer he has toured with or played with artists as diverse as Marshall Allen (Sun Ra), Lou Pride, Federico Aubele, SEE-I, Everyone Orchestra, Natalia Clavier, Sleepy Wonder, Grant Green Jr., Chris Haskett (Rollins Band), Ron Holloway, and others who have slipped his mind.

The Lost Civilizations experimental music project is a collaboration between Mike Sebastian (tenor sax, saxello and baritone saxophone) and T. A. Zook (basscello). Although T. A. Zook won’t be able to perform on January 17, the project will be augmented by Jerry Busher (drums); and Patrick Whitehead (flügelhorn and trumpet).

Utenzil is the solo project of Michael McMorris, which brings together fitful decades of musical experience/experiments plus software, laptops, mixer and instruments which include various controllers, a DIY double neck midi guitar, live guitar and voice.