The Necks on Tour

Upcoming tour dates from The Necks:

Known as one of the great cult bands of Australia, The Necks conjure music that defies description in orthodox terms.

Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is regularly described as, simply, unique. Together for over twenty years, they have honed an assured process of building around repeated motifs through subtle shifts and layering, to produce an extraordinarily dense and hypnotic effect frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove. As their dedicated followers know, their performances are entirely improvised consisting of two pieces evolving over around 50 minutes each and are an experience that has to be heard to be believed.


21 May: Halifax – Dean Clough
8.00pm / Tickets £15/ £12

22 May: Birmingham – CBSO Centre
8.00pm / Tickets £13/£9
Box office : 0121 780 3333

27 May: London – Union Chapel – support by Hauschka
7pm / Tickets £15 adv

28 May: Bristol – St Georges
8.00pm / Tickets £15(£13); £10(£8)

29 May: Dunfermline – Carnegie Hall
7.30pm // Tickets £12.50
Box Office: 01383 602302

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Frank Zappa: A ‘Lumpy’ Legacy

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NPR Music discusses the latest Zappa release.

Frank Zappa was called many things during his life, but lazy wasn’t one of them. He put out more than 60 records, and unreleased music is still trickling out more than 15 years after his death. It’s part of an effort by his widow, Gail, to keep Zappa’s legacy alive.

The most recent effort from the Zappa Family Trust is a three-disc set titled Lumpy Money. It combines music — released and unreleased — that Frank Zappa recorded in 1967. One session produced the Mothers of Invention album We’re Only in It for the Money, the group’s third release. The other was a surprise.

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New Point of Departure

A new Point of Departure magazine is out.

Page One: a column by Bill Shoemaker

What’s New?: The PoD Roundtable

A Fickle Sonance: a column by Art Lange

The Book Cooks: Experimental Music : Audio Explorations in Australia
& Cornelius Cardew (1936 – 1981) A Life Unfinished

Moment’s Notice: Recent CDs Briefly Reviewed

Ezz-thetics: a column by Stuart Broomer

Travellin’ Light: Paul Lytton

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Firehouse 12 Records To Release New CDs From Carl Maguire And John Hébert

From Improvised Communications:

On June 16th, Firehouse 12 Records will release music from its two newest artists, keyboardist/composer Carl Maguire’s longstanding band Floriculture and bassist/composer John Hébert. Sided Silver Solid (FH12-04-01-009) is Floriculture’s second recording and its first as a quintet featuring new members, violist Stephanie Griffin and multi-instrumentalist Oscar Noriega. Hébert makes his recorded debut as a bandleader on Byzantine Monkey (FH12-04-01-010) after nearly a decade as one of New York’s most in-demand sidemen.

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DMG Newsletter January 30th, 2009

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From DMG:

Full Blast: Brotzmann/Pliakas/Wertmuller Ltd 2CD Ed! Mats Gustafsson solo LP and Quintet CD! Gerald Cleaver/Willam Parker/Craig Taborn! Mcphee’s ‘Trio X’ 2 LP set!

Luc Ferrari/Otomo Yoshihide! Roger Kleier! Bernstein/Rojas/Osgood! Ran Blake! Christy Doran‘s New Bag! Brad Shepik! Charles Evans! Loren Connors! Norman Savitt!

Thomas Lehn/Markus Schmickler! Cornelius Cardew! ..and 12 new releases on Konnex!

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Sonomu Reviews

From Sonomu:

Aidan Baker, I Fall into You (Basses Frequences)
The newly-remastered version of a set originally recorded by Aidan Baker on a simple four-track cassette and released on CDR label Public Eyesore in 2002. Cleverly and deservedly re-released to reach the growing audience for Aidan Baker´s quality material. The delicate looping and sophisticated… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:07, 30 Jan 2009

Various Artists, Music for Museums (2 CD Kwan Yin)
Like Brian Eno´s ground-breaking but seldom-used “Music for Airports”, this two CD set was designed for play not only in a specific site – the museum – but in specific rooms in that structure – the lobby, gallery, bookshop, cafe, and even the bathroom. The printed instructions (again echoing Eno)… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:03, 30 Jan 2009

Laurent Jeanneau, Soundscape China (Kwan Yin)
A crazy quilt of sounds from mainland China. “A mix of original field recordings, ethnic minorities in Yannun, TV, scratched Chineses CDs”, often long, unbroken chunks, processed in 2001 and 2002 by Laurent Jeanneau, also known as Kink Gong. Morning exercise programes, instructions and political… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 08:01, 30 Jan 2009

John R. Carlson, Recollections (3″ CDR Parvoart)
Same evocative cover photography, same Bechstein C piano, all the same parameters as his first three-inch release some months earlier on this label (and reviewed here:, but now with Oliver Sonntag adding percussion on two tracks. Nothing has been prearranged… [read]
Posted by Stephen Fruitman at 07:55, 28 Jan 2009

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Editions Mego Releases

Out on Editions

BJ Nilsen & Stilluppsteypa: Man From Deep River CD
Lucio Capece & Mika Vainio: Trahnie CD
Tochnit Aleph reissue – special CDR packaged in LP cover the first POP (Zbigniew Karkowski & Peter Rehberg) album.
Anthony Pateras & Robin Fox: End Of Daze CD

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