AMN Picks of the Week: Barbiero, Moore, and Vosh / Gridfailure & Megalophobe / The Invisible Party / Jordan Glenn

Here is where I post, at a frequency of about once a week, a list of the new music that has caught my attention that week. All of the releases listed below I’ve heard for the first time this week and come recommended.

Daniel Barbiero / Ken Moore / Dave Vosh – Transparent Points on Four Axes (2018)
Gridfailure & Megalophobe – Tasukete (2018)
The Invisible Party – Shumankind (2018)
Jordan Glenn – BEAK (2018)

Avant Scena Reviews

Source: Avant Scena.

Rothenberg/Hein/Tammen – “Bird Saw Buchla” (Clang, 2018)

Ivo Perelman/Jason Stein – “Spiritual Prayers” (Leo Records, 2018)

José Lencastre Nau Quartet – “Eudaimonia” (FMR, 2018)

Tom Abbs & Frequency Response – “Hawthorn” (Engine Studios, 2018)

Akira Sakata/Simon Nabatov/Takashi Seo/Darren Moore – “Not Seeing is a Flower” (Leo Records, 2018)

Ken Thomson – “Sextet” (New Focus Recordings, 2018)

Alberto Pinton Trio – “RÖD” (2018)

Coming to the Vortex Jazz Club

Source: London’s Vortex Jazz Club.

THU 27 SEPTEMBER 2018
SLOTH RACKET
Sloth Racket is a band of UK improvisers led by baritone saxophonist Cath Roberts, with Sam Andreae on alto saxophone, Anton Hunter on guitar, Seth Bennett on bass and Johnny Hunter…

WED 03 OCTOBER 2018
PAUL DUNMALL/LIAM NOBLE/JOHN EDWARDS/MARK SANDERS
Leave your preconceptions at the door and prepare to be blown away by this improvising quartet.

THU 04 OCTOBER 2018
EVAN PARKER & FRIENDS
One of the most influential jazz saxophonists is back with his monthly Vortex series.

Nick Didkovsky Interview

Source: a Jazz Noise.

Nick Didkovsky is approximately one-third of Eris 136199, with Han-earl Park and Catherine Sikora. The new, eponymous Eris 136199 album is out on 9th October, pre-ordering now on Bandcamp and it’s been the catalyst for a trio of 7Qs interviews (Catherine Sikora was posted last week; an updated Park will be out next…) Anyway, gorgeous melée of unpredictable delight Eris 136199 may be, there’s plenty else to love in Didkovsky’s other works. Not least “Phantom Words”, of which Han-earl Park has said, “Nothing like guitar as I would imagine it. Music to lose yourself in (in the best possible way). You find yourself melting right into it… You should go and download it. Right now.” And the melting only intensifies on on “Chord”, a double electric guitar recording with Tom Marsan. Then there’s Vomit Fist, Didkovsky’s metal band. Oh, and his tribute to Alice Cooper’s “Pretties For You”. Not forgetting Doctor Nerve, the experimental, genre-leaping rock band he founded back in 1983. Where did it all begin…?

Vital Weekly Reviews 1150

Source: Vital Weekly.

KJ – EX (CD by Dronarivm) *
SPHYXION – 2 (CD by Zoharum) *
MAEROR TRI – ARCHAIC STATES (CD by Zoharum) *
MAEROR TRI – ULTIMATE TIME (CD by Zoharum) *
XAVIER CHARLES & JACQUES DI DONATO – ILEX (CD by Protagoniste) *
DAUNIK LAZRO & DOMINIQUE RÉPÉCAUD & KRISTOFF K.ROLL & GÉRALDINE KELLER – ACTIONS SONIQUES (CD by Centre Malreaux)
FRANCISCO MEIRINO – THE RUINS (CD by Misanthropic Agenda)
GERRITT WITTMER – CREATION STORIES (CD by Misanthropic Agenda)
JEROME NOETINGER, ROBERT PIOTROWICZ, ANNA ZARADNY – CRACKFINDER (LP by Musica Genera) *
LE SYNDICAT FACTION VIVANTE – INTERACTION SOCIALE (LP by Aussaat)
ANNE GILLIS & JAC BERROCAL & JACQUES DOYEN – FUEL 217/SACRE (7′ by Présence Capitale D’Avantage)
CRAZY DOBERMAN – RUST CLATTER FOR THE MIDWEST SUN (7″ by Il Dischi Del Barone)
NIKITA RAFAELOV – SPIRIT OF GAIA (CDR by Gotta Let It Out) *
HOBAMA – SAME (CDR by Gotta Let It Out) *
JACOBSON/FRIIS/MANISCALCO – SPLIT: BODY (cassette by Gotta Let It Out)
DYLAN NYOUKIS & DAN MELCHIOR – UNUSUAL DEALERS (CDR by Chocolate Monk) *
RED BRUT/BLOOD STEREO – SPLIT (CDR by Chocolate Monk)
BEN LINK COLLINS – ALABAMA FIELD SERIES PART ONE (CDR by Alabama Field) *
BEN LINK COLLINS – REFLECTING SHADE (CDR by Alabama Field) *
ANACLETO VITOLO – OBSIDIAN (CDR by Primrose/Flipper) *
CINEMA PERDU – 2 COMPOSITIONS WITH FOUND SOUNDS (3″CDR by Taalem) *
TAINNOS – KIERTO (3″CDR by Taalem) *
EMMANUEL MIEVILLE – JIN GNAG JING (LE SUTRA DU DIAMANT) (3″CDR by Taalem) *
ILIA BELORUKOV & MIGUEL A. GARCIA & ALFREDO COSTA MONTEIRO – ETWAS (cassette by Tanuki Records) *
ANDREA BORGI – SUPERELIEF (cassette by Hemisphare nokukyo) *
PHIL MAGUIRE – FOLAMH, ENDLESS (cassette by Hemisphare nokukyo) *
PHILIP SULIDAE – PETRIFICATION AND STRIFE (cassette by Hemisphare nokukyo) *
WHITE BOY SCREAM – REMAINS (cassette by Crystalline Morphologies) *
GABIE STRONG – INCANTATIONS VOL. 1 (cassette by Crystalline Morphologies) *
SHELTER DEATH – I CANNOT HEAR THE FILTHY CITY (cassette by Crystalline Morphologies) *
MENG QI – SPAN (cassette by Cloudchamber) *
PUSCHA – UNDULATIONS (cassette by Cloudchamber) *
PRMS – CONTRETEMPS (cassette by Cloudchamber) *

“Rock in Opposition”: Ten Bands Giving Progressive Rock an Anarchic Edge 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

While even the most conventional rock prides itself on being in “opposition” to—well, you name it—Rock in Opposition (RIO) built its entire ethos around the idea of non-conformity. The genre began in 1978, when English avant-gardists Henry Cow organized a music festival dubbed “Rock in Opposition”: a movement of like-minded European bands and artists who were frustrated by the strictures of rock, and by the unwillingness of the music industry to nurture their radicalism (see Henry Cow’s cancelled deal with Virgin Records one year prior). Some of the earliest bands in this movement—Henry Cow, Etron Fou Leloublan, Stormy Six—could be loosely characterized as progressive rock with a more anarchic and confrontational edge, while others—Univers Zero, Aksak Maboul—were all but unclassifiable, mixing everything from chamber music to noise and electronics to create a new, brain-melting sound.

In the years following the inaugural festival, RIO grew from a one-off gathering into a movement, an institutional umbrella for all the bands and artists who espoused the event’s titular motto. And while the increase in bands who self-apply the RIO label means it’s now become something of a bona fide subgenre in its own right, the genre also shares a kindred spirit with zeuhl music: a similarly alien branch of prog that originated with the French group Magma, who finally united the two camps once and for all at RIO Festival 2009 in Paris. The movement’s pursuit of the new, the challenging, the weird, and the thrilling is as vital today as it’s ever been, as this list of 10 of the best active, RIO-associated bands shows.