Anton Fier : Dreamspeed/Blindlight 1992-1994
Anton Fier is well-known in rock circles as the drummer for the Feelies, the original Lounge Lizards and mastermind of the Golden Palominos, and these two CDs, both long out of print and now with two unreleased bonus tracks, may well be his best work.
Featuring Japanese vocalist Phew, bass terrorist Bill Laswell, Bootsy Collins, Buckethead, Makino Kazu (Blonde Redhead) and many of Anton’s longtime collaborators, dreamspeed/blindlight 1992–1994 is the definitive document of one of the Downtown scene’s most elusive musicians.
Jerry Hunt : SongDrapes
Born in Waco, Texas, Jerry Hunt was a friend of Jack Ruby, a pianist in strip clubs, a student of the occult and the founder of his own mail order church at the age of 13. Jerry Hunt was also one of the great pioneers of live electronic music. Very much a modern-day shaman, he designed most of his own equipment and used it in unique ways to create backdrops for his magical performances that referred to, among many other things, exotic ritual, the esoteric traditions of Rosicrucianism, Aleister Crowley and modern science. The SongDrapes were some of Jerry’s last and greatest creations, and feature vocalists Karen Finley, Shelley Hirsch and Mike Patton.
John Zorn : Flaga: The Book Of Angels Volume 27
For one of the last CDs in the Book of Angels series Zorn has put together an astonishing all-star piano trio featuring three of the most powerful and respected musicians in the jazz/new music scene: Craig Taborn, Christian McBride and Tyshawn Sorey. Diving into eight tunes from Zorn’s mystical Masada project they take off in flights of melodic, rhythmic and harmonic fancy that will make your head spin. Visceral and virtuosic, Flaga is one of the most spontaneous and exciting installments in the Masada catalog.