Gary Lucas and Nona Hendryx Interviewed About The World of Captain Beefheart 

Source: PopMatters.

From the opening bars of “Suction Prints”, we knew we had entered The World of Captain Beefheart and that was exactly where we wanted to be. There it was, that unmistakable fast ‘n bulbous sound, the sudden shifts of meter and tempo, the slithery and stinging slide guitar in tandem with propulsive bass, the polyrhythmic drumming giving the music a swing unlike any other rock band.

Wayward in Limbo Recordings

Source: Wayward Music Series.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, we’ve been considering how we can most directly assist the artists who inhabit our particular niche of the Seattle music community.

With the Chapel closed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Wayward Music Series now moves from the concert hall to the living room. In place of our usual ten monthly concerts, Nonsequitur is curating and commissioning ten Seattle artists each month to create a series of streaming audio sessions of exclusive material. Many of these will be essentially “live” performances recorded at home for this occasion. Others may create a mix of pre-recorded material that has not been previously released elsewhere.

These tracks are available to stream at no charge on SoundCloud via the links below, and will be promoted like our concerts via our weekly e-newsletter, our Facebook group, and our Twitter feed. The artists retain all rights to their recordings. We strongly encourage you to visit their web sites and purchase their recordings or contribute to their personal crowdfunding campaigns.

This series will continue for as long as we are unable to use the Chapel for performances.

#68: Samantha Boshnack/Chris Credit
Compositions and improvisations for trumpet/ flugelhorn and tenor/baritone saxophone by two of Seattle’s finest jazz explorers.

#70: Pink Void
Crystal Perez plumbs her own emotional depths with guitar drone and synth noise in a search for comfort in these weird times.

#69: Rob Angus
This veteran loop master creates moody electro-acoustic pieces that tread a dark and mysterious path between ambience and dance.

#71: Dangerknife
Brad Rouda, Nico Sophiea and friends improvise abstract soundtracks for invisible films that play in the listener’s mind.

Reviews You May Have Missed – November 2020

Last month we published a number of original reviews of some very interesting music. Check out the list below.

The Best Ambient Music on Bandcamp: November 2020 

Source: Bandcamp Daily.

The pioneering New Age artist Pauline Anna Strom has described her work as exploring “the space of an imagination.” As a blind composer, she explored the world through generated sound and texture—rather than sampling natural water, for example, she once said, “I want to create the water through algorithms.” In a year where the real, tactile world feels removed from the everyday experience of life, ambient artists have instead created soundtracks to their interior worlds—for Emily A. Sprague, that meant exploring isolation in the earliest days of quarantine; for Ana Roxanne, it was an excavation of identity outside of traditional ideas of gender binaries. Though there’s often a sense of ethereality associated with the genre, these ambient releases are imbued with a sense of imagined physical spaces, from the Denver DIY displacement of Madeline Johnston to the Detroit love letters of Heathered Pearls.

AMN Picks of the Week: The End / A ∩ D / Upward / Lauren Redhead / Tamman, Carlstedt & Gauci / Iker Ormazabal

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.

Because of current events, these postings may be coming more frequently than once a week for a while.

The End – Allt Är Intet (2020)
A ∩ D (Angela Frances Wilson & Devin Sarno) – Two Lives (2020)
Upward – Beams (2020)
Lauren Redhead – The Octopus (2020)
Tamman / Carlstedt / Gauci – Studio Sessions Vol. 11 (2020)
Iker Ormazabal – The Oscillation (2020)

Sound American 25: The Folk Issue Coming Soon

Source: newworld-records.

THE FOLK ISSUE, our second issue of 2020, celebrates and explores the intersections of experimental and folk music. Guest edited by Sarah Hennies and Anna Roberts-Gevalt–two of America’s most forward-looking practitioners in experimental and folk music, respectively–this issue takes on questions of musical community and what it means to work inside and outside of its traditions.

The issue features writing by Ana Alonso-Minutti on La Llorona, Drew Daniel on Throbbing Gristle, Henry Flynt on his own violin practice, Suzanne Kite in conversation with Scott Benisiinaabandan, John McCowen interviewing Sean Meehan, Kurt Newman and Martin Arnold, Ian Nagoski on bird call impresario Charles Kellogg, and Anna Roberts-Gevalt’s moving COVID diary and conversation with Meredith Monk and Peggy Seeger. This issue’s Exquisite Corpse is by vocalist and composer Amirtha Kidambi.

Dusted Reviews

Source: Dusted.

Albert Ayler – 1965 · Spirits Rejoice & Bells Revisited (Ezz-thetics)

Angel Bat Dawid & Tha Brothahood — LIVE (International Anthem)

Lucio Capece & Werner Dafeldecker — Iteration (Another Timbre)

The Doomed Bird of Providence — Rumbling Clouds of War Hover over Us (10 to 1)