August 24, 2016

Jessica Pavone/Ava Mendoza/Rodger Coleman @ Blackbird Tattoo on August 27

I'm honored to be opening for Jessica Pavone and Ava Mendoza (who will playing solo and as a duo) this coming Saturday, August 27 at Blackbird Tattoo & Gallery in here in Nashville. I will be doing a solo electric guitar set similar to my last performance at Portland Brew in January, which went pretty well. It's certainly a bit intimidating to share the stage with such incredible musicians.

Thanks again to the fine folks at FMRL for bringing the music to Music City!

Doors open at 8:30, music starts at 9:00. Hope to see you there.

August 23, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-08-20

* Miles Davis: Complete On The Corner Sessions (d.1) (Columbia/Legacy 6CD)
* Bobby Hutcherson: Dialogue (Blue Note CD)
* Bobby Hutcherson: Linger Lane (Blue Note LP)
* Bobby Hutcherson: Natural Illusions (Blue Note LP)
* Bobby Hutcherson: The View From The Inside (Blue Note LP)
* Bobby Hutcherson: Highway One (Columbia LP)
* Jack DeJohnette: Made In Chicago (ECM CD)
* Gateway: Homecoming (ECM CD)
* Lonnie Smith: Keep On Lovin’ (Groove Merchant LP)
* Francis Bebey: African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (Born Bad 2LP)
* Joanna Brouk: Hearing Music (Numero Group 2LP) †
* Soft Machine: Six (Columbia 2LP)
* Soft Machine: Seven (Columbia LP)
* Silver Apples: Silver Apples (Kapp LP)
* Vanilla Fudge: Vanilla Fudge (Atco LP)
* Love: Black Beauty (High Moon LP)
* Steve Roach/Byron Metcalf/Mark Seelig: Mantram (Projeckt CD)
* Thalia Zedek Band: Eve (Thrill Jockey LP)
* Opeth: Pale Communion (Roadrunner 2LP) †/‡
* Steven Wilson: Hand. Cannot. Erase. (KScope 2LP) †/‡
* Boards of Canada: The Campfire Headphase (Warp 2LP)
* Pelican: What You All Come To Need (Southern Lord 2LP) †/‡
* Nothing: Tired of Tomorrow (Relapse LP) †/‡
* Ryley Walker: Primrose Green (Dead Oceans LP) †/‡



Went down to Birmingham, Alabama this weekend for the big record show. Check out the haul:

August 16, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-08-13

* Nono: Composizione per Orchestra N.1/Der Rote Mantel (Wergo CD)
* Scelsi: Natura Renovatur (Uitti/Muchner Kammerorchester/Poppen (ECM CD)
* Voxnova: Scelsi, Byzantium, The Alchemists (hatART CD)
* John Coltrane/Archie Shepp: New Thing At Newport (Impulse! CD)
* Les McCann: Layers (Atlantic LP)
* Bernie McGann: 1966 (Sarang Bang LP)
* Murray McNabb: The Way In Is The Way Out (Sarang Bang 2LP)
* Old And New Dreams: Playing (ECM LP)
* The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Nice Guys (ECM LP)
* Eberhard Weber Colours: Silent Feet (ECM LP)
* Collin Walcott: Grazing Dreams (ECM LP)
* Steve Tibbetts: A Man About A Horse (ECM CD)
* Jon Hassell: Power Spot (ECM LP)
* Anouar Brahem: Le Voyage de Sahar (ECM CD)
* Anouar Brahem: The Astounding Eyes of Rita (ECM CD)
* David Torn: Only Sky (ECM CD)
* Ingrid Laubrock: Ubatuba (Firehouse 12 CD)
* Francis Bebey: African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (Born Bad 2LP)
* Constance Denby: Sanctum Sanctuorum (First Light CD)
* The Crazy World of Arthur Brown: The Crazy World of Arthur Brown (Track LP)
* Flower Traveling Band: Satori (Phoenix LP)
* Nektar: A Tab In The Ocean (Passport LP)
* This Heat: Health And Efficiency (Piano/Modern Classics 12”)
* The Chills/Sneaky Feelings/et al.: Dunedin Double (Flying Nun/Captured Tracks 2-45RPM LP)
* Anna Holmer & Steve Moshier: Breadwoman & Other Tales (RVNG Int’l LP)
* Ulver: Bergtatt (Century Media LP)
* Ulver: Kveldssanger (Century Media LP)
* Blut Aus Nord: The Desanctification (Debemur-Morti CD)
* Boris: Akuma No Uta (Southern Lord CD)
* Boris: Amplifier Worship (Southern Lord CD)
* Agalloch: The Mantle (The End 2LP)
* Graves At Sea: The Curse That Is (Relapse 2LP)
* Pallbearer: Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore 2LP)
* Lord Dying: Poisoned Altars (Relapse LP)
* Wye Oak: Tween (Merge LP)



Sorry about the delay. Whither the blog....?

Here is another vinyl video:

August 7, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-08-06

* Vivaldi/Max Richter: The Four Seasons Recomposed (DG CD/DVD)
* Boulez: Trois Sonates pour Piano (Helffer) Naïve/Montagne CD)
* Miles Davis: Complete In A Silent Way Sessions (d.1-2) (Columbia/Legacy 3CD)
* Les McCann: Layers (Atlantic LP)
* Don Cherry: Live In Stockholm (Caprice 2LP)
* Jerry Granelli: Visions (Excalibur LP)
* Love: Four Sail (Elektra/Sundazed LP)
* Love: Out Here (Blue Thumb 2LP)
* Sprit: The Family That Plays Together (Ode lP)
* Clearlight: Visions (Polydor LP)
* Black Sabbath: Black Sabbath (Warner Bros./Rhino LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Stratosfear (Virgin LP)
* PFM: The Award-Winning Marconi Bakery (Peters International LP)
* Neu!: Neu! (Brain/Astralwerks CD)
* Neu!: Neu 2 (Brain/Astralwerks CD)
* Neu!: Neu ’75 (Brain LP
* Heldon: II: “Allez-Téia” (Disjuncta/Urus LP)
* Heldon: Third: “It’s Always Rock’n Roll” (Disjuncta/Urus 2LP)
* Automatic Man: Automatic Man (Island LP)
* Sonic Youth: Goo (Geffen/Mobile Fidelity LP)
* Jim O’Rourke: Simple Songs (Drag City LP)
* Agalloch: Pale Folklore (The End 2LP)
* Agalloch: The Mantle (The End 2LP)
* Agalloch: Ashes Against The Grain (The End 2LP)
* Chris Forsyth & The Solar Motel Band: The Rarity of Experience (No Quarter 2LP+7”)
* Lower Dens: Nootropics (Ribbon Music 2-45RPM LP)
* Wye Oak: Tween (Merge LP)
* Wye Oak: Shriek (Merge LP)




July 31, 2016

Playlist Week of 2016-07-30

* Steve Reich: Tehillim (ECM LP)
* Miles Davis: The Complete In A Silent Way Sessions (d.1,4) (Columbia/Legacy 4CD)
* Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods (d.1) (Bluebird 2CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Atlantis (Columbia LP)
* Dorothy Ashby: Afro-Harping (Cadet/Verve CD)
* Tony Scott: Music For Zen Meditation & Other Joys (Verve LP)
* Anthony Braxton: 3 Compositions (EEMHM) 2011 (selections) (Firehouse 12 Blu-Ray)
* Gruppo d’Improvvosazione Nuova Consonanza (EMI/Superior Viaduct LP)
* The Group: The Feed-Back (RCA/Schema LP/CD)
* Edward Vesala: Satu (ECM LP)
* Mary Halvorson: Meltframe (Firehouse 12 LP)
* Tomas Fujiwara & The Hookup: Actionspeak (482 Music CD)
* Tomas Fujiwara & The Hookup: The Air Is Different (482 Music CD)
* Gianmarco Liguori: Penta Beat (Sarang Bang 7”)
* Gianmarco Liguori: Duga-3 (Sarang Bang LP) (†)
* Neneh Cherry: Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound 2LP)
* Roxy Music: Avalon (Virgin HDCD)
* Richard Pinhas & John Livengood: Cyborg Sally (Souffle Continuu 2LP)
* Stomu Yamashta’s Go: Live From Paris (Island 2LP)
* This Heat: This Heat (Piano/Modern Classics LP)
* Steve Roach: On This Planet (Fathom CD)
* Opeth: My Arms, Your Hearse (Candlelight CD)
* Opeth: Still Life (Peaceville CD/DVD)
* Sleep: The Clarity (Praise Iommi 12”)
* Earth: Primitive And Deadly (Southern Lord 2LP)
* Sunn O))) & Boris: Altar (Southern Lord 3LP)
* Vhol: Deeper Than Sky (Profound Lore LP)
* White Hills: Heads On Fire (Thrill Jockey LP)
* The Sword: Warp Riders (Kemado LP)
* Minsk: The Ritual Fires of Abandonment (Relapse/Gilead Media 2LP)
* Windhand: Windhand (Forcefield LP)
* True Widow: Circumambulation (Relapse LP)
* Alabama Shakes: Sound & Color (ATO 2LP)



I learn about a lot of interesting music in the YouTube Vinyl Community -- more than I can possibly keep up with! 

But one record really stood out recently, with its beautiful, hand silkscreened jacket and described by a trusted VC-er as "Heldon meets Miles Davis in New Zealand" (or something like that). 

Intrigued, I checked out Gianmarco Liguori's Duga-3 over on Bandcamp and ordered a copy. I enjoyed the immediate (lossless) download while waiting for the LP, which arrived astonishingly fast from the other side of the world. 

Released in a limited edition of 200 vinyl copies back in 2011, I am frankly amazed this didn't sell out long ago; it is simply one of the best records I've heard in a long time. Yes, I hear Heldon and electric Miles -- but also some contemporary classical moves and a very up-to-date approach to technology which makes it all hard to classify. In fact, I hear something new every time I put it on. Seriously, go check it out.

I hope the VC buys them all up. Worth every penny, in my opinion -- even with international shipping costs being what they are.

Anyway, you can listen to me yammer while it plays in the background on my latest video. Even more amazing, Mr. Liguori included a seven-inch from 2007 and a handwritten postcard in the package and we have corresponded a bit via email since posting this video. Dig it!