Ches Smith Interview

Source: Heavy Metal Bebop.

To call drummer Ches Smith merely versatile would be selling him way short. He’s played the most advanced jazz with artists such as Tim Berne and massively heavy rock with bands like Theory of Ruin, and covered just about every point in between with projects like Marc Ribot’s Ceramic Dog and Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant. In this conversation, he discusses his early years playing Poison covers, how he absorbed the the language of bebop drumming, his time on the road with Mr. Bungle, the inner-workings of Trio-Convulsant and Theory of Ruin (a band that featured former Fudge Tunnel and Nailbomb guitarist-vocalist Alex Newport), what he learned from touring alongside Slayer’s Dave Lombardo and the Melvins’ Dale Crover, the metal metamorphosis of Good for Cows (his duo with bassist Devin Hoff), how he was eventually able to bring his full range of jazz and rock know-how to the table in a single setting, and much more. To learn more about Ches, go to chessmith.com

AMN Picks of the Week: John Zorn / Ratchet Orchestra / Anthony Braxton / Butcher, Lauzier & Normand

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.

John Zorn / Spike Orchestra – The Book Beri’ah: Binah (2018)
John Zorn / Gnostic Trio – The Book Beri’ah: Netzach (2018)
Ratchet Orchestra – Coco Swirl (2019)
Anthony Braxton / Tri-Centric Vocal Ensemble – GTM (Syntax) 2017 – Composition No. 192 (2019)
John Butcher / Philippe Lauzier / Eric Normand – How Does This Happen (2018)

Coming to Detroit

Source: Trinosophes.

Saturday & Sunday7/13 & 7/14: Phil Ranelin’s 80th birthday weekend!
Detroit music icon, trombonist and founder of the legendary Tribe Records, Phil Ranelin returns to Detroit to celebrate his 80th birthday. A visionary artist who, following the ’67 rebellion in Detroit, channeled the spirit of self-determination into the organization known as Tribe (which included not only the label, but also a magazine and production company). and in doing so helped launch the careers of Marcus Belgrave, Wendell Harrison, Griot Galaxy and Doug Hammond among others. For this birthday celebration weekend, Phil has enlisted the talents of Rod Williams (piano), Marcus Elliot (winds), Jaribu Shahid (bass) and Djallo Djakate (drums). It’s almost like we put together the band for him! Do not miss this celebration of one of the great living heroes of Detroit music.
Doors at 8pm on Saturday, 7pm on Sunday.
Advance Tickets: $12 general, $20 front row, both night pass $35
At the door: $15 general, $20 at the door.

COMING SOON
7/17: Michael Morley (New Zealand– The Dead C etc.)
7/19: Two Rooms showcase- Ryan Jewell Quintet record release show

5049 Records Podcast Episode 214 – Jeff Tobias 

Source: 5049 Records.

Multi-instrumentalist Jeff Tobias was raised on Long Island, spent many years in Athens GA and has been living in New York City for the past seven years. He was a member of bands Dark Meat, We Versus the Shark and Nymph. He currently plays in Sunwatchers and Reps and last year he released his first recording of solo saxophone music. Jeff is a good cat and this conversation is one of my favorites of recent memory.

GREX, Sonic Eddy and Fanoplane in DC, August 1

From Ted Zook:

On August 1,  GREXSonic Eddy and Fanoplane perform at Dew Drop Inn DC, which is located at 2801 8th Street NE;  https://goo.gl/maps/m6FiQDaYXcg2piwj6 .  $5-10 sliding scale.  The show starts at 8pm.
Grex is an art rock band based out of Oakland, California.  In biological terms, “grex” refers to the aggregation of a multitude of tiny, amoeba-like creatures combining to create a superorganism.  Grex (the band) works the same way: two musicians who can function as one, the whole greater than the sum of its parts.  The band is a collaboration between guitarist/vocalist Karl Evangelista, a Los Angeles native, and keyboardist/vocalist Rei Scampavia, originally from Arlington, Virginia.  The band’s mission: to explore the meeting point between fun, delightfully strange songcraft and the dark outer reaches of experimental music. The group has been called “an otherworldly experience” (Eugene Weekly) and “true genre warping music” (KFJC), recalling the explosive energy of Jimi Hendrix, the dark power of the Pixies, and the whimsical weirdness of Deerhoof.
Grex’s most recent album, entitled Electric Ghost Parade, is its magnum opus—an exhilarating, incendiary, and unpredictable paean to the epic psychedelic albums of the 1960’s, traversing the cutting edge of modern indie rock, noise, and free jazz.
Grex’s August 1 performance is part of its 10th Tenth Anniversary Tour across the US.

Sonic Eddy is psychedelic freak folk with a twang in its step, the new full band project from longtime Virginia music maker Maya Renfro (The OSYX, This Could Go Boom!, Pagan Reagan).  Renfro is often backed by experimental shredder Evan O’Neal and the rhythmic crashes of Mitchell Bass.

Fanoplane is an experimental music project led by Ted Zook (NS Design Omnibass strung as a basscello) and Bob Boilen (ARP synthesizer), host of NPR’s All Songs Considered.  The project is named for the finite projective plane as defined by Italian mathematician Gino Fano.  In this musical context, Fanoplane is an improvisational project focused on projecting the infinite gifts of the Muse; all performances are unscored, unrehearsed, and improvised extemporaneously on the spot.
This partnership was realized after Bob appeared with Ted as the Boilen/Zook Duo and as a guest musician with Ted’s earlier projects, including Heterodyne and the Lost Civilizations experimental music project.  The group’s debut at Washington’s prestigious Corcoran Gallery in March included guest musicians Jerry Busher (percussion), Doug Kallmeyer (bass; electronics), Maggie Gilmore (vocalizations; flute) and Sonia Maria Herrero (violin); free download:  https://bit.ly/2U91oFr.   Guest musicians join as schedules allow.  Most recently, Fanoplane performed at RhizomeDC; free downloads:   http://bit.ly/2Nr3Sfz (binaural); http://bit.ly/2J05YPg (stereo).