September 29, 2013

Playlist Week of 2013-09-28

* Buxtehude: Seven Sonatas, Op.1 (Holloway/ter Linden/Mortensen) (Naxos CD)
* John Coltrane: The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings (d.1-2) (Impulse! 4CD)
* Wayne Shorter: Joy Rider (Columbia LP)
* Bill Evans Trio: I Will Say Goodbye (Fantasy LP)
* Herbie Hancock: Speak Like A Child (Blue Note CD)
* Herbie Hancock: Maiden Voyage (Blue Note CD)
* Herbie Hancock: The Prisoner (Blue Note CD)
* Herbie Hancock: Thrust (Columbia/Legacy CD)†
* Charles Lloyd: Waves (A&M LP)
* Keith Jarrett: Fort Yawuh (Impulse! LP)
* Return To Forever: Romantic Warrior (Columbia LP)
* Stanley Clarke: School Days (Epic/Friday Music LP)
* Matthew Shipp: Piano Sutras (Thirsty Ear CD)
* Osibisa: Woyaya (Decca/MCA LP)
* Miguel: Kaleidoscope World (RCA CD)†
* Paul McCartney & Wings: Wingspan (d.1) (Capitol 2CD)†
* Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 (Elektra/Rhino 2LP)
* Grateful Dead: Nightfall Of Diamonds 10-16-89 (GDP 2HDCD)
* Jerry Garcia Band: Garcia Live Vol.2: Greek Theatre 8-5-90 (Round/ATP 2HDCD)
* Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Weld (Reprise 2CD)†
* Love: Love (Elektra/Sundazed LP)
* Love: Da Capo (Elektra/Sundazed LP)
* Jeff Beck Group: Rough And Ready (Epic LP)
* Deep Purple: Burn (Warner Bros. LP)
* Deep Purple: Come Taste The Band (Warner Bros. LP)
* The Soft Machine: The Soft Machine (ABC/Probe/Sundazed LP)
* Jon Hassell: Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two (Editions EG LP)
* Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Echo (Warner Bros. CD)†
* Gang Of Four: Songs Of The Free (Warner Bros. LP)
* X: Live At The Whiskey-A-Go-Go On The Fabulous Sunset Strip (Elektra 2LP)
* Guided By Voices: Alien Lanes (Matador LP)
* Gastr Del Sol: The Serpentine Similar (Drag City LP)
* Gastr Del Sol: Crookt, Crackt, Or Fly (Drag City LP)
* Gastr Del Sol: Mirror Repair (Drag City CDEP)
* Radiohead: The King Of Limbs (XL/TBD CD)
* Radiohead: TKOL RMX 1234567 (TBD 2CD)
* Opeth: Deliverance (Music For Nations/KOCH CD)
* Opeth: Ghost Reveries (Roadrunner HDCD)†
* Schpongle: Museum Of Consciousness (Twisted 2LP)
* Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino CD)†
* The Black Keys: Brothers (Nonesuch CD)†
* The Wilderness Of Manitoba: When You Left The Fire (tinyOGRE 2LP)



It’s been another insanely busy week chez NuVoid as renovations to my studio continue to take up pretty much all of my spare time. As you can see from the photograph above, the ceiling is now complete. To be honest, I was skeptical of the wood panel idea, but the result is amazing! We painted the old ceiling tiles bright white to match the trim and re-installed them around the edge of the room, creating a sort of crown molding effect, which makes the red oak stained panels “pop.” I have to admit, it looks way nicer than the usual drop ceiling! Combined with track lighting and forest green walls, the room is really starting to take shape.

The rubber flooring will be delivered on Monday, which needs to acclimate to the environment before we put it down later in the week. In the meantime, I’ll be touching up the paint job and generally cleaning up the mess we’ve made. That just leaves the cutting, painting and installation of the baseboards to finish off the room. Hopefully, the area rug will arrive in time to move in next weekend! Hooray!



If you're wondering what sort of thing I intend to do in the newly-renovated studio, check out my CD, Rodger Coleman & Sam Byrd: "Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano and Drums)":

Rodger Coleman: Indeterminate (Improvisations for Piano and Drums)

September 22, 2013

Playlist Week of 2013-09-21



* Herbie Nichols: The Complete Blue Note Recordings (Blue Note 3CD)
* Ornette Coleman: Naked Lunch (Original Soundtrack) (Milan CD)
* Ornette Coleman & Joachim Kuhn: Colors (Verve CD)
* Herbie Hancock: My Point Of View (Blue Note CD)
* Herbie Hancock: Inventions And Dimensions (Blue Note CD)
* Michael Mantler: Something There (Watt/ECM LP)
* David Murray Octet: Murray’s Steps (Black Saint LP)
* Richard Beirach: Hubris (ECM LP)
* Mary Halvorson Septet: Illusionary Sea (Firehouse 12 2-45RPM LP)
* Dawn Of Midi: Dysnomia (Thirsty Ear 2LP)
* The Crusaders: Scratch (Blue Thumb LP)
* Mandrill: Composite Truth (Polydor LP)
* Mandrill: Mandrilland (Polydor 2LP)
* Mandrill: New Worlds (Arista LP)
* D’Angelo: Brown Sugar (EMI CD)†
* D’Angelo: Voodoo (Virgin CD)†
* DJ Shadow: Endtroducing… (Mo Wax CD)
* DJ Shadow: Preemptive Strike (Mo Wax CD+CDEP)
* DJ Shadow: The Private Press (MCA 2CD)
* LTJ Bukem: Drawn Inwards (Kinetic 2CD)
* Reanimator: Black Market Science (Ion CD)
* Elixir: Hegalien Zone (Ion CD)
* Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Columbia CD)
* Frank Ocean: Nostalgia Ultra ( MP3)
* Willie Nelson: Teatro (Island HDCD)
* Grateful Dead: Sunshine Daydream (GDP/Rhino 4LP/3HDCD+Blu-Ray)
* Grateful Dead: Nightfall Of Diamonds (selections) (GDP 2HDCD)
* Amon Düül II: Wolf City (United Artists LP)
* Black Sabbath: Vol.4 (Warner Bros./Rhino LP) †/‡
* Tangerine Dream: Optical Race (Private Music LP)
* Klaus Schulze: Body Love (Soundtrack) (Island LP)
* Big Star: Keep An Eye On The Sky (d.1-3) (Ardent/Rhino 4CD)†
* Metallica: Metallica (Warner Bros./Rhino 4-45RPM LP)
* Jim O’Rourke: Eureka (Drag City LP)
* Jim O’Rourke: Halfway To A Threeway (Drag City EP)
* U.S. Maple: Long Hair In Three Stages (Skin Graft LP)
* Steven Wilson: The Raven That Refused To Sing (KScope Blu-Ray)
* Deafheaven: Sunbather (Deathwish, Inc. 2-45RPM LP)†/‡



Studio renovations are really coming along! As you can see, we painted the room this weekend. I have to thank Brian's wife, Amanda, for her interior design expertise. I would not have chosen this color on my own - but now that I see it on the walls I am blown away by how good it looks. We also took down the ceiling tiles and painted the frame semi-glossy black. The plan is to build wood ceiling tiles for the center, and ring the outside edges in white. Or something like that...With a 1/2" black rubber floor, gorgeousl black & white area rug and white trim, it's going to look amazing!

iPhone Pano by Brian Totro

September 15, 2013

Playlist Week of 2013-09-14



* J.S. Bach: Solo & Double Violin Concertos (AAM/Manze/Podger) (Harmonia Mundi SACD)
* Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op.4, etc. (Chicago/Barenboim) (Teldec CD)
* Charles Mingus: The Jazz Workshop Concerts 1964-65 (d.1) (Mosaic 8CD)
* Bud Powell: The Amazing Bud Powell (Blue Note CD)
* Sun Ra: The Futuristic Sounds of Sun Ra (Savoy CD)
* Sun Ra: Cosmic Tones For Mental Therapy (selections) (Saturn/Evidence CD)
* Sun Ra: My Brother The Wind, Vol.2 (selections) (Saturn/Evidence CD)
* Sun Ra: Solo Piano, Vol.1 (Improvising Artists CD)
* Sun Ra: St. Louis Blues: Solo Piano Vol.2 (Improvising Artists CD)
* Charlie Haden/Jan Garbarek/Egberto Gismonti: Folk Songs (ECM LP)
* Roscoe Mitchell: Composition/Improvisation Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (ECM CD)
* Evan Parker Transatlantic Ensemble: Boustrophedon (In Six Furrows) (ECM CD)
* Weather Report: Heavy Weather (Columbia LP)
* Gary Burton: The New Quartet (ECM LP)
* Terje Rypdal: Waves (ECM LP)
* Derek Bailey/Pat Metheny: The Sign Of 4 (d.2-3) (Knitting Factory Works 3CD)
* Pat Metheny/Dave Holland/Roy Haynes: Question And Answer (Geffen CD)
* Pat Metheny: Zero Tolerance For Silence (Geffen CD)
* Steve Khan: Casa Loco (Antilles LP)
* Mike Stern: Jigsaw (Atlantic LP)
* Taylor Ho Bynum: Navigation (selections) (Firehouse 12 MP3)
* Mary Halvorson Quintet: Illusionary Sea (Firehouse 12 2-45RPM LP/CD)(†)
* Dawn Of Midi: Dysnomia (Thirsty Ear 2LP)
* Chris Forsyth: Kenzo Deluxe (Northern Spy CD)
* Chris Forsyth: Solar Motel (Paradise of Bachelors MP3)
* Johnny Cash: American VI: Ain’t No Grave (American CD)
* Jerry Garcia Band: After Midnight: Kean College ‘80 (selections) (Garcia/Rhino 3+1HDCD)
* Crosby Stills & Nash: CSN (Atlantic/Audio Fidelity CD)
* Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles: Live! (Columbia LP)
* Devadip Carlos Santana: Oneness: Silver Dreams, Golden Reality (Columbia LP)
* Hawkwind: Hall Of The Mountain Grill (United Artists LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Rubycon (Virgin LP)
* Tangerine Dream: Thief (Original Soundtrack) (Elektra LP)
* Happy The Man: Happy The Man (Arista LP)
* Happy The Man: 3rd “Better Late…” (Azimuth LP)
* 801: Live (Polydor LP)
* U2: The Unforgettable Fire (Deluxe Edition) (Island/Universal 2CD)
* Yo La Tengo: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out (Matador CD)
* Yo La Tengo: Danelectro (Matador CDEP)
* Guided By Voices: Do The Collapse (TVT CD)
* Robert Pollard: Honey Locust Honky Tonk (GBV, Inc. LP)
* The Orb: Live 93 (d.1) (Island 2CD)
* Beach House: Bloom (Sub Pop CD)
* Children: Hard Times Hanging At The End Of The World (Kemado LP)



Finally (finally!), I have started renovating my studio downstairs - a project which is long overdue. After not one but two water incidents (a leaky foundation and a broken water heater - both of which were long ago fixed), there was mold and mildew in places, smelled nasty and had basically become a dumping ground for excess stuff (and a haven for creepy-crawly things). Thankfully, my nephew, Brian Totoro, not only has mad audio/visual skills but also loves to work with his hands and has gleefully taken charge of this project. This weekend, we cleared the room out, removed the stinky carpet, cut-out the damaged drywall and ripped out the moldings. You can see the transformation in the photos above.

The plan is to repair the drywall, re-paint, install rubber flooring and add an area rug. His wife, Amanda, happens to be an interior designer, so I am letting her run with it. We're thinking an interesting color for the walls (like a pale forest green) with white trim. It could be truly stunning, making my collection of framed concert posters "pop." We may even replace the ceiling tiles with wood and paint the metal framing black. It is going to be really, really cool.

Brian keeps talking about the "vibe" of the room being important and since it is right now completely torn up, it is a completely blank slate. Therefore, we have the opportunity make it just exactly how we want it. He sent me a text that I am taking to heart in this project:

The more you like thy room,
The more you want to be in thy room.
The more you want to be in thy room,
The more you're in thy room.
The more you're in thy room,
The more you're creating in thy room.


Brian has also designed a massive record shelf for the living room, allowing me move my old crates downstairs into the studio. That will mean I will finally have access to all of my records (most of which have been packed away in boxed for years). This is so exciting!

But it also means there will be a lot of activity chez NuVoid in the coming weeks, so posting may be light. Please bear with me!