AMN Reviews: Bubblemath – Edit Peptide (2017; Cuneiform Records)

Do you like the English band The Cardiacs? You do? Good. Now give Bubblemath a try.

Not unlike their British predecessors, Bubblemath provides a vocal-oriented avant-pop / progressive rock with punk and Zappa influences, as well as more time changes than you can count. Edit Peptide, their second album, comes after what appears to be an unintentional 15-year hiatus. In any event, it is good to have them back.

The lineup is of the classic type: vocals, guitars, keys, bass, and drums, with all contributors adding backing vocals. Bubblemath also makes use of unusual instrumentation for a rock band: chimes, gong, glockenspiel, xylophone, dulcimer, mandolin, and banjo. Regardless, they will not let you forget that they are a rock band.  That said, the aforementioned time changes come at you left and right, even mid-verse. And the song structure eschews convention, offering little repetition, and few choruses per se. The feel of the music is oftentimes a modern take on 70’s prog rock. The long solos are taken out and replaced with a sense of urgency, odd lyrical social commentaries, slick general weirdness, and more than a little fun.

Cuneiform Records has, of late, done a wonderful job putting out these advanced-but-accessible recordings. Even though they do not sound similar, Edit Peptide is a nice follow-on to last year’s Cuneiform release from Bent Knee.

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This Week in New York 

Source: I Care If You Listen.

JG THIRLWELL: CHOLERA NOCEBO
JG Thirlwell presents Cholera Nocebo, a 50 minute electro-acoustic presentation performed with software and sampling, autoharp, prepared piano and small electronic and acoustic objects and instruments.
Tuesday, May 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

DOVER QUARTET: CELEBRATING THE RELAUNCH OF DAVID LYNCH’S TWIN PEAKS
The Dover Quartet offers a program celebrating the relaunch of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. The program will feature a pre-world-premiere sneak peak at selections from Daniel Schlosberg’s Twin Peak Fantasy – a musical kaleidoscope of Angelo Badalamenti’s renowned score of the original TV series. The Dover Quartet will also perform David Ludwig’s Pale Blue Dot, Caroline Shaw’s Plan & Elevation, and music from Angelo Badalamenti’s original score to Twin Peaks.
Tuesday, May 30 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Le Poisson Rouge, 158 Bleecker Street, New York, NY

ELECTRIC LADY | ASHLEY JACKSON
Harpist Dr. Ashley Jackson brings her latest project Electric Lady to 1 Rivington. Centered around her collaborations with New York-based composer Danielle Eva Schwob, it is a celebration of contemporary solo and chamber works written by female composers, whose works form the heart of this engaging program.
Wednesday, May 31 at 6:30 PM
Tickets $10-$20
Metropolis Ensemble, 1 Rivington Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY

THE M6: MEREDITH MONK’S THIRD GENERATION
The M6, a vocal ensemble dedicating to performing more rarely heard compositions by Meredith Monk as well as new material, performs a collection of solo and group works, including the world premiere of a yet to be titled work for six voices.
Wednesday, May 31 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

BEYOND | LOS ANGELES PERCUSSION QUARTET
LAPQ makes its New York debut with a program marking the release of its latest surround-sound recording, Beyond, out June 16 on Sono Luminus. Andrew McIntosh’s I Hold the Lion’s Paw is the centerpiece, with works by National Sawdust composer-in-residence Ellen Reid, Pulitzer Prize finalist Christopher Cerrone, Anna Thorsvaldsdottir, and others in the mix.
Thursday, June 1 at 7:00 PM
Tickets $29
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

AND SO IT BEGINS | DEBRA KAY
This concert features a performance of composer Debra Kay’s work And So It Begins for saxophone and string orchestra .
Thursday, June 1 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25
St. Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave., New York, NY

NOT LESS THAN THE GOOD
Commissioned by New Thread Quartet and composed by David Morneau, this world premiere of Not Less Than the Good simulates a sunrise by combining the meditative playing of the saxophone quartet with ambient synthesizers and sounds recorded during the pre-dawn and early morning hours at Walden Pond. The hour-long performance is punctuated by readings of excerpts from Henry David Thoreau’s Walden performed by poet J. D. McClatchy.
Friday, June 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $25, $20 members, free for students with ID
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, NY

CURATED BY MEREDITH MONK: SONG OUT! FOLK ‘N’ POP FANTASIES
A new group consisting of Dick Connette, Rachelle Garniez, Mimi Goese, Steve Elson, Kevin Kuhn, Derek Nievergelt, and Karen Waltuch perform songs from Connette’s 2017 album Oysters Ice Cream Lemonade. The songs will be performed by the instrumental ensemble in various combinations, and will feature guest vocalists Suzzy Roche and Ana Egge.
Friday, June 2 at 8:00 PM
Tickets $15-$20
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY

PETER ASKIM AND JENNIFER KOH | THE NEXT FESTIVAL OF EMERGING ARTISTS
Violinist Jennifer Koh joins the artists of The Next Festival of Emerging Artists in a program of contemporary works for string orchestra. Led by Artistic Director Peter Askim, the performance will include Anna Clyne’s Rest These Hands, written for Ms. Koh, as well as the music of living composers.
Sunday, June 4 at 4:00 PM
Tickets $25
National Sawdust, 80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY

All About Jazz Reviews

English: Larry Coryell, at "Jazz im Palme...

Source: All About Jazz.

Toxic: Mat Walerian/Matthew Shipp/William Parker
This Is Beautiful Because We Are Beautiful People (ESP Disk)

Samo Salamon Sextet
The Colours Suite (Clean Feed Records)

Cuong Vu/4-Tet
Ballet: The Music Of Michael Gibbs (RareNoiseRecords)

Larry Coryell‘s 11th House
Seven Secrets (Savoy Jazz)

Various Artists
E.S.T. Symphony (ACT Music)

Gato Libre
Neko (Libra Records)

Chris Potter
The Dreamer Is the Dream (ECM Records)

Yang
The Failure of Words (Unsung Records)

Itaru Oki – Nobuyoshi Ino – Choi Sun Bae
Kami Fusen (NoBusiness Records)

June at the IBeam Brooklyn

Ellery Eskelin

Source: IBeam Brooklyn.

Duo and Quartet with special guest
Thursday, June 1st 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
1st set: DUO (8 pm)
Keir Neuringer – saxophone
with special guest – piano
2nd set: QUARTET (9 pm)
Jonathon Haffner – saxophone
Ben Stapp – tuba
Dalius Naujokaitis – drums
with special guest – piano

Innocent When You Dream: The Music of Tom Waits CD Launch
Friday, June 2nd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
8pm
Brian Drye – Solo Trombone
8:45pm
Innocent When You Dream
Aaron Shragge – trumpet/shakuhachi
Ryan Anselmi – tenor sax
Myk Freedman – lap steel guitar
Mike Gam – bass
Deric Dickens – Drums

Devin Gray’s Dirigo Rataplan
Saturday, June 3rd 9:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Ellery Eskelin-tenor sax
Dave Ballou-trumpet
Michael Formanek-bass
Devin Gray-drums/compositions

Notes to Connie
Monday, June 5th 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Music starts at 8 pm.
Sets are approximately 30 minutes.
Set 1
Adam Melville – soprano saxophone (solo)
Set 2
Bill Payne – clarinet
Carol Liebowitz – piano
Special Guest – violin
Set 3
Jeff Pearring – alto saxophone (solo)
Set 4
Virg Dzurinko – piano
Special Guest – tenor saxophone
with Paula Hackett – poetry

Eva Novoa Trio
Friday, June 9th 9:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Novoa / Gress / Gray
Eva Novoa, piano & compositions
Drew Gress, bass
Devin Gray, drums

Novoa / Kamaguchi / Takeishi
Saturday, June 10th 8:00 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Eva Novoa, piano & gongs
Masatoshi Kamaguchi, bass
Satoshi Takeishi, drums
8pm & 9pm (2sets)

Gregorio/Giallorenzo Duo & Jaimie Branch Trio
Saturday, June 17th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Gregorio/Giallorenzo Duo
Guillermo Gregorio – clarinet
Paul Giallorenzo – piano
Jaimie Branch Trio
Jaimie Branch – trumpet
Brandon Lopez – bass
Mike Pride – drums

KAZE
Friday, June 23rd 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation
Kappa Maki – trumpet
Christian Bezos – trumpet
Satoko Fujii – piano
Peter Ménard – drums

Aaron Irwin Trio / New Nemesis Trio

Thursday, June 29th 8:30 PM $15 Suggested Donation

Aaron Irwin Trio
Aaron Irwin – Saxophone
Mike Baggetta – guitar
Jeff Hirshfield – drums

New Nemesis Trio
Brian Drye – trombone
Justin Carroll – piano/synths
Jeff Davis – drums