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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PSF Records New Releases

Keiji Haino, moers festival 2007
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New from PSF Records:

Keiji Haino / Koitsukara usetaitameno hakarigoto
Released: October 15, 2008

Maher Shalal Hash Baz with Masami Shinoda / Koshi kudake no inu (DVD)
Released: September 21, 2008
Guitar, vocals, organ, drums, trumpet-Tori Kudo
Alto sax, flute-Masami Shinoda
Euphonium, ocarina-Hiro Nakazaki
Bass-Hirofumi Mitani
Drums-Kanji Nakao
Guitar, bass-Takuya Nishimura

Ryojiro Furusawa & Kan Mikami / Buriki/Tin
Released: September 21, 2008
Guitar, vocals-Kan Mikami
Drums-Ryojiro Furusawa

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Shapes of sounds to come

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Australia’s The Age discusses a new sound art display in Melbourne.

Co-curated by Melbourne sound and visual artist Marco Fusinato, as well as Alexie Glass and Emily Cormack of Gertude Contemporary Art Spaces, the installation features 100 works produced by 100 sound artists in the 21st century and bills itself as Melbourne’s first significant survey to engage with sound art’s contemporary directives and explorations in a gallery context.

Alongside Walker sit prominent international artists of the ilk of US improvisational legend John Zorn, Austrian visual and multimedia artist Hermann Nitsch, Japanese noise guitarist Keiji Haino, and avant-garde turntablists Christian Marclay US and Philip Jeck UK . Also in the collection are works from US doom metal ensemble Sunn O, electronic composers such as Ryoji Ikeda Japan and Fennesz Austria , French musique concrete artist Jerome Noetinger, German producer Florian Hecker, Jim O Rourke and Sonic Youth.

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