February 6, 2010

Playlist: Week of 2-6-10

* Buxtehude: Sonatas, Op.1 (Holloway/ter Linden/Mortensen) (Naxos CD)
* Buxtehude: Sonatas, Op.2 (Holloway/ter Linden/Mortensen) (Naxos CD)
* Venice Baroque Orchestra (Marcon/Carmignola): Concerto Italiano (Archiv Prod. CD)
* Vivaldi: Cello Sonatas (ter Linden/Mortensen) (Brilliant Classics 2CD)
* Handel: 12 Solo Sonatas, Op.1 (AAM/Egarr) (Harmonia Mundi 2CD)
* Handel: Trio Sonatas, Op.2&5 (AAM/Egarr) (Harmonia Mundi 2CD)
* Boyce: 8 Symphonies (English Concert/Pinnock) (Archiv Produktion CD)
* Ravel: Piano Music (Queffélec) (Virgin CD)
* Ravel: Orchestral Music (selections) (NYPhil/Chicago/Boulez) (Sony 3CD)
* Poulenc: Chamber Music (d.1) (Nash Ensemble) (Hyperion 2CD)
* Sun Ra: The Native Son, Berkeley, CA circa.1971 (SBD CDR)
* Sun Ra: unknown venue, circa.1972 (SBD CDR)
* Sun Ra: Universe in Blue (Saturn LP>CDR)
* Sun Ra: Dramaten, Stockholm, Sweden 10-12-71 (FM CDR)
* Sun Ra: The Antique Blacks (Art Yard CD)
* Pharaoh Sanders: Thembi (Impulse! CD)
* Miles Davis: The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (d.2-5) (Columbia/Legacy 5CD)
* Miles Davis: The Complete On the Corner Sessions (d.1) (Columbia/Legacy 6CD)
* Henry Threadgill’s Zooid: This Brings Us To, Vol.1 (Pi CD)
* Anthony Braxton 12+1tet: Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver 1-29-10 (AUD CDR)
* Anthony Braxton Sonic Genome Project: Roundhouse, Vancouver 1-31-10 (AUD 2CDR)
* Susie Ibarra: Songbird Suite (Tzadik CD)
* Bob Dylan: Blood on the Tracks (Columbia SACD)
* Van Morrison: Veedon Fleece (Polydor CD)
* Grateful Dead: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, CA 3-31-84 (SBD 3CDR)
* Grateful Dead: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, CA 4-01-84 (SBD 3CDR)
* Grateful Dead: Fox Theatre, Atlanta, GA 10-29-85 (SBD 3CDR)
* Steely Dan: Gaucho (MCA DVD-A)
* Talking Heads: Remain in Light (Sire/Warner Bros. DVD-A)
* The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta (A&M/Universal SACD)
* The Police: Ghost in the Machine (A&M/Universal SACD)
* My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (Plain LP)
* Robert Pollard: We All Got Out of the Army (GBV, Inc. LP)
* Robert Pollard: “Silk Rotor” (Happy Jack Rock Records 7”)

Commentary:

It is appropriate that my first new records of the year would be by Robert Pollard (photo). By now of course, it is a clich√© to say the guy makes too many records, but I am not complaining. As you can see, I love records! We All Got Out of the Army is another slickly produced collection of songs, but this time there’s an air of dark melancholy and dissonant, prog-rock undertones. After only a couple of listens, the songs have yet to sink in, but I like the sound of it very much. The accompanying seven-inch single (on peach-colored vinyl) contains the album track, “Silk Rotor” and two strong b-sides: “Fear of Heat,” a one-note rave-up bordering on Circus Devils-like paranoia and the gently whimsical “Rare Hazel Japan.” Both records feature beautiful collages by Pollard, making them delightful objects d’art as well. Nicely done! A new Circus Devils album, Mother Skinny, is due out on March 30 and two new Boston Spaceship discs should arrive in April and May. Can’t wait! Available directly from Rockathon.

1 comment:

Sam said...

Looks like you've been following up on your pledge to listen to more of the Miles boxes. You would think, with 9 more inches of snow on top of the 13 we got last weekend, that I would have a bit more time for more tunes, but no: I was too busy digging out the driveway.

Here's my listening and reading for last week:

Playlist 2010-02-08

*Brand X: Unorthodox Behaviour
*Anthony Braxton, Walter Thompson, & the Walter Thompson Orchestra: 2009-04-16 Brooklyn (CDR)
*Anthony Braxton/Walter Thompson: 2009-04-18 Brooklyn (CDR)
*Rodger Coleman & Andrew Dickson: No Why, Just Is
*Charles Mingus: Tijuana Moods (Bluebird First Editions) disc 1
*Charles Mingus: Music Written For Monterey 1965. Not Heard... Played In Its Entirety At UCLA, disc 1
*Roscoe Mitchell Quintet: 1991-06-28 Bolzano, Italy (CDR)
*Roscoe Mitchell: Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3
*Joe Morris: 2009-04-03 The Stone, NYC (CDR)
*New Loft: 2009-10-28 Little Blinking (wav)
*New Loft: 2010-01-20: Catch Breath, Sign Dot (wav)
*New Loft: 2010-01-27 Live at the Bossa Bistro, DC (mp3)
*Sam Rivers Trio: 1976-04-19 Philadelphia (CDR)
*Sonny Rollins: Saxophone Colossus
*Sun Ra: Unreleased test pressing tracks, NYC, 1965 (CDR)
*Cecil Taylor & Tony Oxley: 2009-10-02 Starsbourg, France (CDR)
*Animal Collective: Here Comes the Indian
*Beatles: Magical Mystery Tour (2009 stereo remaster)
*Beatles: Abbey Road (2009 stereo remaster)
*David Bowie: Low
*Broadcast: Broadcast & The Focus Group Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age
*Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Get Happy (2003 reissue, disc 2)
*Grateful Dead: 1969-08-16 Woodstock (CDR)
*Grateful Dead: 1969-08-21 Seattle (CDR)
*Grateful Dead: 1971-12-01 Boston Music Hall (set 2 Cryptical > Other One) (CDR)
*Grateful Dead: Dick's Picks 33 (Oakland 1976) discs 1, 2
*Henry Cow: In Praise of Learning
*High Llamas: Snowbug
*Buddy Holly: Down the Line: Rarities, disc 1
*Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
*Neil Young/Crazy Horse: Year of the Horse
*Wire: Pink Flag

Reading log 2010-02-08

*Kirby, Jack. Jack Kirby's Fourth World Featuring Mister Miracle (started/finished)
*Deadhead's Taping Compendium, vol. 1 (finished)
*Kirby, Jack. Jack Kirby's Mister Miracle (finished)
*The Complete Weird Science (EC) (in progress)
*Larson, Gary. The Complete Far Side (in progress)
*Musil, Robert. Man Without Qualities (in progress)
*A New Literary History of America (ed. Greil Marcus & Werner Sollors) (in progress)
*Shakespeare, William. Romeo and Juliet (Oxford ed., ed. Jill Levenson) (in progress)