Phil Miller Remembered

Source: Team Rock.

The death of Phil Miller announced yesterday evening robs progressive music of one of its most distinctive voices. The guitarist, whose work with a string of bands that included Delivery, Matching Mole, Hatfield And The North, National Health and his own outfit, In Cahoots, came to define the Canterbury scene.

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AMN Picks of the Week: Bell / Schnellertollermeier / Providence Research Ensemble / Ben Rath / Patrick Shiroishi

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.

Bell – Secrets from a Distant Star (2017)
Schnellertollermeier – Rights (2017)
Providence Research Ensemble – Music of J.P.A. Falzone (2017)
Ben Rath – Black Heart Music (2017)
Patrick Shiroishi – Tulean Dispatch (2017)

Fundraiser for Fred Chalenor 

Source: GoFundMe.

Fred was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s almost three years ago. Two weeks ago he suffered a major neurological “event”. He had what appeared to me as a layperson to be a stroke or seizure, bit the living daylights out of his tongue, slid to the floor and cracked his sacrum. He was hospitalized for five days then began a stay of 20 days in a skilled memory care nursing facility, as covered by Medicare. His release date is October 18th. After that he is all mine. No more help from Medicare other than physical therapy.

Fred played on a handful of great albums, including Caveman Shoestore, Curlew, Hughscore, Pigpen and more.

Newsbits: David Grubbs / Ornette Coleman / Coil / Put Blood in the Music / Lina Allemano

The Quietus reviews a new album from David Grubbs.

The Chicago Reader covers the reissues of Ornette Coleman‘s Ornette at 12 and Crisis.

Vice.com reviews Coil‘s Time Machines, which is out for reissue.

Charles Atlas’ very weird Put Blood in the Music from 1989 is on Youtube with a rare interview of a young John Zorn, as well as coverage of Sonic Youth.

Earlier this week we added Lina Allemano’s two new recordings to our picks of the week, and reviewed one of them (the other review is coming, promise!). Also on Youtube is an interview with her from last year which provides insight into the life of a modern non-mainstream musician.

Wesleyan Music Professor Tyshawn Sorey Awarded Genius Grant

English: Tyshawn Sorey at moers festival 2010

Source: Hartford Courant.

Tyshawn Sorey, a composer, experimental musician and music professor at Wesleyan University in Middletown, was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, popularly referred to as a “genius grant,” it was announced Wednesday.

A release from The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation cited Sorey for “assimilating and transforming ideas from a broad spectrum of musical idioms and defying distinctions between genres, composition, and improvisation in a singular expression of contemporary music.”

AMN Picks of the Week: Common Eider, King Eider / The League of Assholes / The Heliosonic Tone-Tette / Tomas Fujiwara / Ed Palermo Big Band

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.

Common Eider, King Eider – Shrines For The Unwanted, Respite For The Cast Aside (2017)
The League of Assholes – IM PEACH (2017)
The Heliosonic Tone-Tette – Heliosonic Toneways, Vol. 1 (2017)
Tomas Fujiwara – Triple Double (2017)
Ed Palermo Big Band – The Adventures of Zodd Zundgren (2017)