Performances Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter September 4th, 2009

From DMG:

Dennis Gonzalez – 2 CDs! Satoko Fujii Orchestra Nagoya! NUTS with Rasul Siddik & Itaru Oki! Eugene Chadbourne & David Sait! Abercrombie/Feldman/Morgan/Baron! Trevor Dunn‘s MadLove! Sax- Ruins! John Tchicai‘s Five Points!

NEW: Noble/Edwards/Ward! Ryan Blotnick! Acid Mothers Temple! Kawabata Hot RATllesnakes! Charles Tyler! Gary Burton & Chick Corea complete Duets Box! Paul Bowles & Bill Laswell! Derek Bailey & Min Xiao-Fen! Electric Psych Sitar Headswirlers!


Downtown Music Gallery FREE In-Store Performance Schedule Continues with:

Sunday, Septembr 13th at 6pm:
Amazing Free/Jazz Sax & Contrabass Duo!

Sunday, September 20th at 6pm:
Two Colossal Bass Clarinetists in a Rare Duet!

Sunday, September 27th Double Header!
A Fine New Drums/Trumpet/Cello Trio!
Wow! Powerful Trombone & Tenor/Soprano sax Duo!

Tuesday, September 29th at 6pm:
Amazing violin/bass/percussion Trio!
Slam Recording Artist Performs a Rare Tuesday Set at DMG!

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Artist Profile Interviews

The prodigal doc returns

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Eugene Chadbourne is interviewed and profiled by FFWD.

When you decide to check out one of Eugene Chadbourne’s gigs with the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir this week, it could be for one of many reasons. Perhaps you know him as the inventor of the electric rake, a cacophonous mash-up of guitar pick-ups and garden tools. Or maybe you stumbled upon one of his dozens of albums, which are hard to miss with titles like 69th Sinfunny and Jesse Helms Busted for Pornography. And if you’re into local trivia, you may recall that he spent part of his life living in this very city as a Vietnam-era draft dodger and that he rose like a shot through the ranks of the Calgary Herald.

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Eugene Chadbourne in St. Louis

From Riverfront Times:

Unlike his more dour peers, Eugene Chadbourne is an avant-garde icon for the rest of us. In more than 30 years of performing, the multi-instrumentalist, improviser, writer and raconteur has filled more than 100 of his own and other people’s albums with guitar freakouts, goofy voices, banjo freakouts, left-wing satire, amplified yard-implement freakouts and even songs with verses and choruses and everything. He’s collaborated with John Zorn, Billy Bragg and Corrosion of Conformity, and he still tours everywhere, all of the time.

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Releases Reviews

DMG Newsletter March 6th, 2009

From DMG:

Evan Parker & Ingebrit Haker-Flaten, BENGT BERGER BITTER FUNERAL BEER BAND With DON CHERRY, Aki Takase & Eugene Chadbourne Play Fats Waller, THE 13th ASSEMBLY w/ TAYLOR HO BYNUM & MARY HALVORSON, ROSCOE MITCHELL Solo,

The Return of Matt Darriau’s Paradox Trio w/ Brad Shepik, Noel Akchote & Han Bennink, Steve Geraci w/ Arthur Rhames & Rashied Ali, Abdullah Ibrahim Solo Piano Disc,

2 from Borbetmagus, 2 from Faust, Paul Flaherty LP Only & Trio w/ Greg Kelley & C. Spencer Yeh, Merzbow, Oren Ambarchi & The Institute of Sunology!

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The Squid’s Ear Reviews

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From the Squid:

Kevin Blechdom / Eugene Chadbourne – The Chaddom Blechbourne Experience
– Kurt Gottschalk

Keiji Haino Keiji Haino – The 21st Century Hard-y Guide-y Man – Koitsukara Usetaitameno Hakaragito
– Kurt Gottschalk

Eugene Chadbourne / David Sait Eugene Chadbourne / David Sait – Auspicious Fish: Postage Paid Duets Vol. 1
(Apprise Records)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Mamoru Fujieda Mamoru Fujieda – Patterns of Plants II
– Kurt Gottschalk

Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band Kazutoki Umezu Kiki Band – Alchemic Life
(Not Two Records)
– Kurt Gottschalk

Baghdassarians / Baltschun / Scherzberg / Thein Baghdassarians / Baltschun / Scherzberg / Thein – Ilinx
– Brian Olewnick

Alexander von Schlippenbach/Eddie Prevost Alexander von Schlippenbach/Eddie Prevost – Blackheath
– Brian Olewnick

“Blue” Gene Tyranny/Joel Ryan “Blue” Gene Tyranny/Joel Ryan – The Intermediary
(Lovely Music Ltd.)
– Brian Olewnick

Kim Cascone Kim Cascone – Music For Dagger And Guitar
(Aural Terrains)
– Max Schaefer

Kenneth Kirschner Kenneth Kirschner – Filaments & Voids
– Max Schaefer

Barnacled Barnacled – Charles
– Phil Zampino

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Rick Potts at Lampo

From Chicago’s Lampo:

JAN 24 9pm
Ever have one of those soul-searching moments in the middle of the night, when you look at yourself in the mirror and wonder—how come Rick Potts has never been to Chicago? We did. Now Lampo is thrilled to bring Rick here for his long overdue local debut.

Potts is a founding member of the Los Angeles Free Music Society (L.A.F.M.S.)—a loose collective of musicians formed in 1973, with a shared interest in Cage, Partch, Zappa, Beefheart, Bailey and Ra (Sun). Together in various ensembles Rick, brother Joe, Tom Recchion, Chip Chapman, Dennis Duck, Fredrik Nilson, Joseph Hammer and others crossed genres and techniques, mixing free jazz, noise rock, chance composition, tape collage and kitsch.

Here, he performs new versions of two recent works.

In “Carousel of Progress,” he offers an abstracted audio history of technology, inspired by the Walt Disney / General Electric promotional amusement park ride that displayed with human-like robots how life has improved for us each decade because of the invention of new household appliances. The last part of Disney’s ride heralded the promise of a utopian future where humans would enjoy increased leisure time because of advances in technology. These ideas are contrasted with the reality of living in a world with more and more machinery. Using samplers with carousel sounds, musical saw, the “Mando-Bird” hinged-neck electric mandolin, synthesizer and effects, the rise and fall of these dreams of technology’s past, present and future are expressed. It runs about 22 minutes.

In “Kasper,” Potts plays a freeform mix of chopped up percussive rhythms and synthesizer sounds with pre-recorded, record manipulated, thrift store LPs providing the vocal track. The title and muse for this comes from a ghostly black cat that appeared on the day his family dog died, Friday the 13th, July 2007. With a little help, the machines play themselves.

Rick Potts (b. 1957, San Gabriel, Calif.) is an improviser and instrument maker who has been on the musical fringe of Los Angeles the last 35 years. A founding member of the L.A. Free Music Society, Potts played in one of its premier units, Le Forte Four, as well as Airway and numerous spin-off ensembles. He is a homemade sound scientist, with custom hinged-neck guitars, musical saw, synths, samplers and random objects, who produces sounds which are unique, alarming and funny. He has played with tape loop maestro, Joseph Hammer, in the ensembles Solid Eye and Dinosaurs with Horns for many years and improvised with a vast array of international artists such as Chris Cutler, Eugene Chadbourne, Keiji Haino and Otomo Yoshihide, as well as locals Tom Recchion and brother Joe Potts.

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Eugene Chadbourne Interview

Chadbourne submits to an interview.

Most fields of work require a form of safety code, rules to be followed for protection, fire drills to practice, and so forth. Music is not one of these fields. Or at least, it shouldn’t be, according to the philosophy of Dr. Eugene Chadbourne.

“I have always desired moving beyond this feeling of safety in music where the person listening can always predict what is going to happen,” the guitarist/ banjo player and singer wrote to the DI by e-mail. “Where the music is going in terms of harmony and rhythm, no note is out of place and everything is perfect … It makes my hair stand on end. Have you seen my hair? It is not a pretty sight.”

Chadbourne has been an active musician and, thus, an active participant in his philosophy of pushing boundaries since the 1970s, when he began playing in New York City with avant-garde saxophonist and fellow composer John Zorn.

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